Germany

18 August 1940 Part I

Air Warfare British Germany 12 Min Read

Perhaps because of the failure of the intended raid on RAF Kenley on 15 August 1940 another mission was ordered, this time to be carried out by a specialist low-level attack unit, the Dornier 17-Z-equipped 9./KG76. Nine of the unit’s aircraft streaked low across the English Channel at lunchtime on 18 August, just above the waves, crossing the Sussex coast…

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Germany History Medieval Viking 9 Min Read

German Medieval Warfare

Warfare was a dominant feature of medieval German history. After the late fourth century, Germanic tribes penetrated the western Roman Empire in force, bringing important changes to the military system. Roman discipline and organization gave way to badly organized forces with poor training, few arms, and almost no discipline. Military…

Germany History Poland 19 Min Read

THE DESTRUCTION OF POLAND I

Caught by surprise by the Nazi-Soviet pact, the Poles resisted valiantly as the two powers seized their homeland. For Europe, it was the first opportunity to witness the blitzkrieg in full effect. At 0440 hours on 1 September 1939, German aircraft of the Luftwaffe bombed air bases in Poland. Five…

Germany History Poland Waffen-SS 19 Min Read

THE DESTRUCTION OF POLAND II

Guderian’s potent army Guderian now had four mechanised divisions under his direct command: the 3rd and 4th Panzer Divisions and the 2nd and 20th Motorised Divisions. It was an extremely potent force, made more effective because Bock allowed Guderian a free hand both tactically and logistically. As it was not…

Battle British France Germany 9 Min Read

‘Confident and Full of Hope’

French troops fought encircled until all their ammunition was used and led several counter-attacks, the commander of 253.ID, general Kühne, was even captured. The Germans let the defenders parade in the streets after the battle granted them the honors of war to salute their fierce resistance. During the height of…

Germany Weapons 17 Min Read

German Early Warning Radar Systems

German Würzburg Radar The conviction that Germany did not possess radar as an early warning technology had stemmed partly from the absence of anything resembling the high radio towers so prominent on Britain’s coastlines. Watson-Watt, in fact, had spent his vacation in the summer of 1937 looking for tell-tale aerials…

Air Warfare Germany 9 Min Read

Berlin blockade and airlift

Dancing with Bears-The Berlin Airlift – Set during the Berlin airlift this scene captures the harassment of the Soviet planes as Allied cargo comes in on a constant schedule. By Brian Bateman The Berlin blockade and subsequent airlift was the first serious confrontation between the Western allies and the Soviet…

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Flak towers: then and now

The construction of Flaktürme (Flak towers) in major cities began in response to the first…