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German E-Boats By Ronald Ledwell
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While the German High Seas Fleet was bottled up in the Baltic Sea and the Norwegian Fjords by the British Home Fleet, their Schnellbootes operated in the English Channel almost with impunity. The... More > "E-Boats" so named by the British were fast and powerful. Triple shafted driven propellers by powerful diesel super-charged engines, 21 inch torpedoes and 20mm and 37mm canons combined with speeds in excess of 40 knots, made them a powerful convoy interdiction weapon in the English Channel. They outclassed the smaller British M.T,Bs and not until the Allies had mastery of air in the latter half of the war and had developed their own answer to the E-Boat; the Fairmile Marine D model "Dog Boat" did the Allies come to grips with them. The E-Boats operated from bases in the Fjords of Norway to the German occupied island of Gurnsey, inflicting crippling losses on English coastal shipping.< Less
Congo Mercs By Ronald Ledwell
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The events that capitulated the Congo into prominence in 1960 were many: Congo’s recent independence from Belgium, Congo’s immense mineral wealth, the lack of leadership which plunged the... More > country into civil war, and the harsh treatment by the Belgians of the native population for the proceeding 100 years. The Congo then sank into civil war with numerous warlords fighting for power. The Simba movement brought additional horror to the conflict. European and American hostages were taken, some were killed in the most brutal way. To stop the bloodshed mercenary groups were financed by certain governments and flown into the Congo. The name "Simba" comes from the fact that the tribal fighters were told by their witch doctors that they would be immune to bullets, and would be transformed into lions when they were in battle.< Less
World War 2 - Stalingrad By Ronald Ledwell
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On August 23rd 1942, the German Sixth army opened the siege of Stalingrad on the Volga River with a massive bombing attack from the air. It was to be an easy victory, so easy that Hitler split half... More > of the forces in the South and sent them down into the Caucasus to capture the oil fields of Baku. From the beginning, both Sixth Army and the Caucasus Army ran into trouble. The Russians adapted a scorched earth policy in the South, setting fires to the oil fields of Baku and constantly reinforcing the Russian troops defending Stalingrad. Eventually, both German Armies would be trapped and destroyed.< Less
World War 2 U-Boat By Ronald Ledwell
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U-Boat the Happy Times: Shortly after America’s entry into World War 2, German U-Boats were roaming almost at their leisure up and down the East Coast sinking ships, just about entirely... More > unopposed. The Pacific War was drawing all of the assets of the US Navy and none could be spared for the Atlantic at this crucial time. Hitler’s U-Boats ravaged American shipping, eagerly targeting freighters and oilers and other transports against a background of a well illuminated East Coast shoreline. No wonder the Germans called these days “The Happy Times.”< Less