Erwin Rommel has achieved almost legendary status as the German Field Marshall of World war Two? Mainly for his cunning in outwitting and outmanoeuvring his allied enemies he is now known as the desert fox. This is a truly remarkable achievement, given the hatred for Nazism and all things Nazi in the wake of World War Two. But History’s verdict asks if this is a deserving accolade? Ironically, often those who admired him most were his former enemies; while some of his strongest criticism came from fell German officers. Just what were his true strengths and achievements as well as … learn more
German medium tank PzKpfw IV Ausf G PzKpfw IV Ausf G (SdKfz 161/1 and SdKfz 161/2) Type: German medium tank History The 1,750 PzKpfw IV Ausf G were acquired by ten separate orders, issued to Krupp-Gruson, Vomag and Nibelungenwerke. Of this number, only 1,687 were completed as PzKpfw. The remainders were used as prototypes for the Hummel (bumble-bee) 10 chassis and the Brummbär (grizzly bear) 53 chassis. From late March 1943, the 7.5cm KwK40 L/48 (SdKfz 161/2) was installed instead of the L/43, with a total of 1,275 Ausf G receiving the L/43. Delivery of Ausf G, with additional armour … learn more
War Diary for Monday, October 23, 1939: Sea War Atlantic: British Home Fleet escorts iron ore convoy from Narvik, Norway (arrives back on October 31).
War Diary for Monday, October 23, 1944: Russian Front Russians now hold 137-km front in East Prussia. Italy 5th US Army troops capture Monte Salvaro. Air War Germany: 955 RAF planes drop 4,538 t. bombs in night October 23-24 on Krupp’s works, Essen; IBs start fires in vast slag heaps, which are still smouldering in late 1940s. Sea War Pacific: Japanese cruisers Atago, Maya (sunken) and Takao (disabled) torpedoed by US submarines Dace and Darter, off Palawan (Philippines). Darter runs aground. Politics Britain, USA and USSR recognize de Gaulle’s administration as Provisional Government of France.
War Diary for Sunday, October 22, 1939: Occupied Countries Poland: ‘Elections’ held in Russian-held West Ukraine and West White Russia (Russian-occupied Poland). Home Fronts India: Congress Party declines to support the British war effort and condemns British imperialism.
War Diary for Sunday, October 22, 1944: Western Front 1st Canadian Army captures Breskens on Scheld Estuary. Italy British 8th Army crosses river Savio, south of Ravenna. Air War Germany: Allied Air Forces bomb Hamm, Neuss, Hamburg and numerous targets across the Reich by day and night (losses nil).