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 Saturday, October 21, 1939: Sea War Atlantic: French Force de raide (including world’s fastest destroyers) escorts large Atlantic convoy (until October 30) and intercepts German SS Sante Fe. RAF fighters shoot down 4 out of 9 He 115 seaplanes attacking convoy off the Humber.
War Diary for Saturday, October 21, 1944: Western Front Americans secure Aachen. Sea War Pacific: Cruisers Honolulu and Australia (first Kamikaze attack) seriously damaged in Japanese air attack at Leyte.
War Diary for Friday, October 20, 1939: Sea War Atlantic: Germany warns that neutral merchant ships joining Allied convoys will be sunk without warning.
War Diary for Friday, October 20, 1944: Sea War Pacific – US 6th ARMY LANDS IN LEYTE GULF (Philippines): MacArthur wades ashore and declares: ‘I have returned’. He calls upon Filipinos to rise and strike blow after blow against Japanese. Eastern Front Yugoslavia: Belgrade captured by Tito’s Partisans and Russian forces. Home Fronts USA: Explosions at natural gas storage plant in Cleveland, Ohio, kills 121 people. Air War Germany: 583 RAF bombers attacking Stuttgart and dropping 2,425 t of bombs.