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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 Salerno Beach Head By Ronald Ledwell
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SALERNO: The invasion at Salerno was to be a sudden amphibious operation, quickly concluded and followed by a rapid dash up the coast to the Capital of Rome. In one fell swoop, the Allies were going... More > to occupy Italy and trap large formations of occupying German troops in the southern boot of the Italian peninsula. However, unknown to the Americans and British: the German Wehrmacht had already acted with their customary efficiency, rushing battle hardened divisions to the invasion beach, ringing it in a fist of steel.< Less
World War 2 Operation Citadel By Ronald Ledwell
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Operation Citadel: It was to be the most perfect operation ever mounted by the German Wehrmacht. They assembled their elite, battle hardened divisions and equipped them with the most advanced tanks... More > and assault guns. Two-thirds of the entire Luftwaffe’s entire available airpower was enlisted in support. Hitler was so certain that “Operation Citadel” would succeed that his order for the operation ended with “Victory at Kursk will be a beacon for the whole world.” Unfortunately for the Germans, Hitler had postponed the attack, waiting for deliveries of new tanks and guns for so long, the Russians got wind of it and were able to build strong defenses in depth. The German attack failed to nip off the bulge in Army Center’s front, but more important for the Russians, it allowed them to weaken thirty German divisions from which they were never to recover.< Less