11/21/14

Wüstennotstaffel – Part Two

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Part Two continues the story of the Wustennotstaffel in May 1942. Featured stories include the Wüstennotstaffel‘s role in the British capture of General der Panzertruppe Ludwig Crüwell during the Battle of Gazala, and the dramatic escape by a Wüstennotstaffel pilot and German doctor from the feared and renowned British Long Range Desert Group and Special Air Service. Perhaps the most surprising story is that of a nocturnal sabotage mission undertaken by the Wüstennotstaffel.

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The article includes numerous photos, two colour profiles of Fieseler Storch aircraft and five maps. Also featured are two detailed appendices – one with unit losses and one with known desert rescues.

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11/29/14

Émigrés throughout the French Empire

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By 1792 militant émigrés formed three tiny “armies”: The Prince of Conde’s on the upper Rhine; the “Army of the Princes” (Louis and Artois) with the Prussian invaders; and the Duke of Bourbon’s in Flanders.

Sickness and hardship practically destroyed the last two during 1792. Other émigré units formed in England but were wiped out by Hoche during an attempted invasion in 1795. Conde maintained a small force until 1800, serving with both Austrians and Russians. (Saint-Cyr observed that his headquarters was elaborate enough for an army of 100,000.) Survivors formed the Chasseurs Britanniques Regiment in the British service; others took service with various foreign armies.

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11/29/14

Afrika Korps Arrives in Tunisia

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It was clear to everybody but Hitler, Mussolini, and Kesselring, however that the Afrika Korps could not hold off the invaders forever. The Allies already held a huge advantage in manpower and equipment, with more arriving steadily, and they would not remain inexperienced for long. While the fighting along the Tebourba Line was still in progress, Hitler established the Tunisian second front by summoning a Prussian general named Jürgen von Arnim from Russia and christening his new unit Fifth Panzer Army. Amim’s command relationship to Rommel was left unclear, adding yet another layer of friction to the already muddled Axis command structure.

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11/29/14

German-Italian Buildup in Tunis

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The terms of the 1940 French surrender specified that the colonies of France remain nominally independent albeit subject to the government in Vichy. This meant that them was not a single German or Italian soldier in Morocco or Algeria to resist the Allied landings. Some of the American troops, expecting to he welcomed as Liberators, waded ashore with loudspeakers blaring, “Ne tirez pas. Nous sommes vos amis. Nous sornmes Americains.” (Don’t shoot. We are your friends. We are Americans.)

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11/29/14

MiG-31M

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Mig-25 vs Mig-31 Side View

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The original MiG-25 was originally designed for the interceptor and reconnaissance roles, and was subsequently adapted for the SEAD role. Variants are divided into these three role-based families, with a separate section detailing the distinct family of MiG-31 variants and precursors. The MiG-31 was based on the aerodynamic configuration of the MiG-25, but featured a new structure, systems, avionics and engines, and was a much later aircraft optimised to meet the threat posed by air-launched cruise missiles. The MiG-31 brought the MiG-25 right up to date, and the type’s present moribund status reflects the political and economic realities of the new Russia, rather than any shortcoming of the aircraft itself.

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