The 'funnies' of the 79th Armoured Division in World War II - crabs, flails, crocodiles and others. This is a very rare document indeed, and gives the real details on flame throwing tanks, bridge-layers, flails and DD tanks, together with their tactical use. 79th Armoured Division was set up to give armoured support to the D-Day landings, and many modified tanks were created to ease the problems of troops landing against a well-entrenched enemy on a foreign shore. This publication is essential reading for all students of D-Day 6 June 1944, and subsequent operations where the 'funnies' did sterling work in making life a little easier for the infantry.
The Dieppe Raid could be described as a disaster; this is a complete reprint of the original mammoth report issued by Combined Operations Headquarters in 1942. Careful reading shows what was known about the town and its defences, the plan and the aftermath. The volume is complete with all its plans, diagrams, maps and photographs in exactly the same place as in the original, and nothing has been omitted. Please note that some of the maps are oversized. A very valuable analysis of this combined opeartion.
A compilation of five pamphlets issued during the first half of World War II by the British War Office. These pamphlets (entitled "Brief Notes") were actually quite comprehensive. The pamphlets cover the organisation, personnel, training and tactical and operational aspects of the German Army, with examples from all theatres of war (including Russia). The publication includes a translation of "Tactical handling of the German Armoured Division" and of "Tactical handling of the Lorried Infantry Regiment" - both captured German documents. Sourced from all forms of intelligence, this is one of the most valuable and authoritative sources on the doctrine of the German Army up to the end of 1942; further, much of what is written still applied in 1945.
Prior to the success of Operation Supercharge in November 1942, the situation in August and September was still apparently biased in the favour of the joint German-Italian forces in North Africa. At the end of August the Germans launched an ambitious attack against the El Alamein defensive position, threatening to outflank the British and Commonwealth troops. This is the detailed account of that battle, accompanied by a full set of planning and situation maps (seven of them in size A2). Further CAB papers on subsequent events will be published (and see Operation Supercharge elsewhere on this web site).
This pamphlet examines the New Zealand division in the Cyrenaica campaign. It looks at what the division did, and at the enemy it was fighting. It is of particular importance because it covers a complete campaign in the desert from the point of view of one of its elements, and it points out the lessons that should be learned from the campaign and from the enemy. With a set of coloured maps illustrating the campaign.
This is an English language translation of the account of the rescue of Mussolini from captivity in the Gran Sasso hotel by a special forces operation led by the notorious Otto Skorzeny, with a contribution from Ernst Radl, who was there as well. It covers the whole operation from planning to execution and is a fascinating read - especially as it gives an insight into German special operations, a field in which Skorzeny was an expert. The original document was signed by both authors as a true translation of their report.
The landings in North Africa which went under the operational code name of TORCH were a success. US Forces did suffer some setbacks and a steep learning curve once on the ground, but the operation as a whole succeeded. This paper looks at the role of OSS (the American Office of Strategic Services) in obtaining the necessary intelligence to ensure the success of the landings. This is a paper well worth reading because of the background it gives to the political and military situation in Morocco at the time, and how OSS personnel achieved their aim.
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