Battle for Northern Africa-interesting info
Posted 23 April 2010 - 06:33 PM
From "At Rommel´s side-the lost letters of Hans-Joachim Schraepler"
Posted 30 April 2010 - 12:41 PM
One wonder's whether Rommel's reputation would have survived the war if he did. Plenty of other reputations on both sides went down the tubes post war.
Posted 30 April 2010 - 12:51 PM
One wonder's whether Rommel's reputation would have survived the war if he did.
Didn´t Monty have his pic in his HQ wagon? And Patton admired him quite alot, I think. Rommel would have made big money with books and touring the world...
Posted 30 April 2010 - 01:11 PM
For all the worship, Rommel's campaigns were losing ones. He outran his supplies far too often, and insisted on going over the heads of his superiors to get his way by dealing directly with Hitler far too often for my tastes.
I much prefer Russian front German officers, like Hoth, Bock, Balch...or dare I say it, Bittrich.
Posted 30 April 2010 - 06:35 PM
I much prefer Russian front German officers, like Hoth, Bock, Balch...or dare I say it, Bittrich.
What happened to Model? The man who saved it all? Of course according to Hitler´s rules.
Posted 01 May 2010 - 08:33 AM
At Arnhem, Model nearly lost it entirely, saved only by the cool head of Wilhelm Bittrich. Model was quick to grab the credit from Bittrich as well.
Walter Model could certainly stand up to Hitler, and as a divisional commander, he was certainly competant, if unsophisticated. But, as an Army commander, offensively Model was out of his depth. I would compare him to Erwin Rommel, great divisional commander, but rising to his level of incompetance as an offensive Army Commander.
Defensively, Model's actions were often seemingly calculated to severly annoy the majority of officers under his command, as is demonstrated by the number of requests for transfer every time he turned up in a new command.
As you can see, my feelings toward Model are as mixed as my feelings toward Rommel.
Posted 01 September 2010 - 07:43 PM
At Takoradi various buildings had been commandeered and a large landing strip laid down. This was the secret route to get Fighter Aircraft to the Desert War in North Africa without which that war could not have been won. With the help of the Free French a series of landing strips had been built en route to Khartoum, spaced so that Fighter Aircraft could make the journey on their limited fuel. These planes were shipped from the UK in kit form and assembled at Takoradi to be flown in hops across Africa to the front line. No ships were available to take planes the long sea route via the Cape and Red Sea.
BBC - WW2 People's War - Takoradi (Ghana): Memories of the RAF
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Posted 03 October 2010 - 10:30 AM
On the basis of these considerations, colonnello Ferdinando Raffaelli conceived an unusual solution, consisting in loading the highest possible quantity of explosives aboard a single crewless aircraft and radio-controlling it onto its predetermined target, that was thus to be destroyed by a direct impact.
This solution offered many advantages: it allowed a crew to be spared, and a higher load of explosives to be carried since no fuel was needed for a return flight. Moreover, old machines nearing the end of their useful life could be advantageously used to this purpose.
Two aircraft were made available for this unusual type of mission. Initially, two S.79s were chosen, one as the flying bomb (and therefore called A.R.P. for radio-controlled aircraft) and the other as the remotely-guiding aircraft (in turn called E for radio-controlling aircraft). Later, the P.-machine was replaced by a Cant Z 1007 bis.
On 12August 1942, at 01.00 p.m. the two aircraft took off from the Villacidro air base. Maresciallo Badii took off on the A.R.P., set it on its planned route, then parachuted to safety. Colonnello Raffaelli followed with its CantZ 1007 bis radio-controlling the S. 79 flying bomb, bound for the British fleet near the Tunisian coast.
But off the island of La Galite, probably on account of a defective capacitor on the S.79, the latter escaped the radio-control from the R-aircraft, began turning westward, flew beyond Tunisian borders and crashed on the sides of a Little Atlas mountain at an altitude of 1,800 m (6,000 ft) and 70 km (43 miles) off the town of Philippeville.
17th Bomb Group in Villacidro, Sardinia, Italy, 1943-1944.
Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Posted 05 October 2010 - 07:03 AM
VILLACIDRO: UN PO' DI STORIA
The intended target was the Pedestal convoy and the SM 79 was painted yellow to make it more visible to the controlling aircraft and nicknamed canarino (canary) because of this.
BTW in the same operations the Italian also finally tested a big bomb, the 750Kg 630 PD bomb derived from a 381mm (15") shell. It was carried by two Re 2001, apparently both bombs hit HMS Victorious but failed to explode.
Posted 14 October 2010 - 03:11 PM
From " The Brutal friendship: Mussolini,Hitler and the fall of fascism" by F.W.Deakin
Posted 17 October 2010 - 10:45 AM
From "Rommel´s North-Africa campaign Sept 1940-Nov 1942 " by Jack Greene and Alessandro Massignani
Posted 24 October 2010 - 09:49 PM
The Maori champion, Lieut. Aubrey Te Rama-Apakura Rota, luckily had one with him. Rota was warned that he would have to take full risk of being wounded or worse, and that the incident was to be officially regarded as an exercise in the combat school, where ‘accidents ‘were fairly frequent. There would be no holds barred on either side. Stripping off his tunic, the young Maori stood facing the grinning ‘modern soldier ‘in much the same way his forebears had faced the British redcoats a century before. The signal to start was given. The soldier lunged in and thrust in perfect precision, but each move was parried by the light-footed Maori who bided his time and stood on the defensive. Failing to penetrate the Maoris’ guard, the other soldier grew increasingly angry as thrust after thrust was tossed aside by the stout wooden weapon. Sometimes it was repelled with such violence that the European soldier was flung sideways. Finally, he crouched and charged in directly at the Maoris’ midriff. This was Rota’s chance. Grasping his weapon firmly, he sidestepped, tipped aside the blind thrust, and caught the lunging figure a smart uppercut in the stomach with the bladed end of the taiaha. In a flash he whirled the weapon about, to crash the business-end on top of his opponent’s skull. Down he went, to be out of action for some days in the camp hospital—another regrettable accident from the small arms school. The effect on those present was profound. Money changed hands at great odds, as the jubilant minority collected. The story was repeated with almost unbelievable astonishment throughout the Middle East.
Posted 01 March 2011 - 03:34 PM
From Rommel´s North Africa campaign by Greene-Massignani
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Posted 12 April 2011 - 10:47 PM
Here is the link to a panoramic photo of the Kalavryta Holocaust Memorial Site, and information on the events that day: Kalavryta, the Holocaust Memorial site
Massacre Of Kalavryta
Kalavrita Atrocities Survivors & Descendants Sought for Documentary : Greek News
Kalavryta, a photo from Ahaia, Peloponnesus | TrekEarth
H.F.Meyer - Von Wien nach Kalavryta. Die blutige Spur der 117. Jäger-Division durch Serbien und Griechenland
BBC - WW2 People's War - SOE, the Irish Agent and the Greek Massacre
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Posted 02 June 2011 - 06:35 PM
From " England´s last war against France " by Colin Smith
Posted 02 June 2011 - 07:45 PM
A very interesting site with coverage of the El Alamein battle with flash animation of troop movements.Very teaching!
The above is a broken link. See now: BBC - History - World Wars: Animated Map: The Battle of El Alamein
FYI see also: http://www.the-map-as-history.com/
Edited by Fred Wilson, 03 June 2011 - 05:01 AM.
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Posted 17 July 2011 - 10:11 AM
War production department was only given a ministerial head in February 1943, after three years of war, was a measure of the lack of coordination of the Italian war effort.
From The Brutal Friendship by F.W.Deakin
Posted 14 October 2012 - 03:11 PM
On 4 July 1941 Caldwell saw a German pilot shoot and kill a close friend, Pilot Officer Donald Munro, who was descending to the ground in a parachute. This was a controversial practice, but was nevertheless common among some German and Allied pilots. One biographer, Kristin Alexander, suggests that it may have caused Caldwell's attitude to harden significantly. Months later, press officers and journalists popularised Caldwell's nickname of "Killer", which he disliked. One reason for the nickname was that he too shot enemy airmen after they parachuted out of aircraft. Caldwell commented many years later: "...there was no blood lust or anything about it like that. It was just a matter of not wanting them back to have another go at us. I never shot any who landed where they could be taken prisoner."
Posted 14 October 2012 - 03:26 PM
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 09:59 PM
The Avalon Prject - Laws of War : Laws and Customs of War on Land (Hague IV); October 18, 1907
As you can see it is rather problematic. I believe there is a post war addition that declares it unlawful.
[h=3]Art. 23.....[/h]To kill or wound treacherously individuals belonging to the hostile nation or army;
To kill or wound an enemy who, having laid down his arms, or having no longer means of defence, has surrendered at discretion;
This section could by extension be used as well but again it is hardly definitive:
The Avalon Project - Laws of War : Adaptation to Maritime War of the Principles of the Geneva Convention (Hague X); October 18, 1907
[h=3]ARTICLE 16[/h]After every engagement, the two belligerents, so far as military interests permit, shall take steps to look for the shipwrecked, sick, and wounded, and to protect them, as well as the dead, against pillage and ill treatment.
Posted 24 December 2012 - 04:50 PM
"Iron arm" the mechanization of Mussolini´s Army 1920-40, by John Joseph Timothy Sweet
Posted 25 December 2012 - 02:19 AM
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