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The Limits of Soviet Air Power: The Bear vs Mujahideen in Afghanistan by E. Westermann

Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42"This manuscript analyzes the failure of Soviet air and ground forces to defeat the Afghan mujahideen during the nine-year Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. In pursuit of this objective, Soviet military strategy underwent a process of increasing radicalization that eventually resulted in a sanctioned policy of terror by Soviet air and land forces. During this period, airpower played a critical role in this campaign of terror by providing the platforms for punitive bombardment, chemical attack, aerial mining, troop insertion, and fire support. The ability of a relatively ill-equipped and technologically inferior opponent to force the eventual withdrawal of one of the world's most vaunted military powers has broader implications for contemporary political and military leaders. Soviet military operations against the mujahideen in Afghanistan, from December 1979 until the withdrawal of the Limited Contingent of Soviet Forces in February 1989, provide an instructive case study for evaluating the efficacy of airpower as an instrument of coercion. The Afghanistan example offers an excellent historical case for measuring the inherent limitations of airpower as a coercive instrument in the conduct of counterinsurgency operations." >>More

Official Illustrated Guide Moscow Anti-Aircraft Defense System, 1955

Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42S-25 is a surface-to-air guided missile, the first operational SAM system in the Soviet Union. It was deployed in several rings around Moscow, starting in 1955 and became combat ready in June 1956. It was used only to defend Moscow, similar ring was planned to protect Leningrad, but was abandoned due to the appearance of the upgraded and mobile SAM S-75 (SA-2 Guideline). S-25 is short for “System 25”, and was referring to the entire system of missiles, radars, and launchers. Below is the illustration from two unpublished guides for S-25 and V-300 (SA-1 Guild) SAM, compiled in 1955 and declassified until recently. >>More

Luftwaffe Battlefield Air Interdiction in the Battle of Kursk 1943 by W. Dalecky

Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42"This study attempts to show the misapplication of tactical airpower by the Luftwaffe in support of German ground forces during the Battle of Kursk in July 19^3- The analysis is based on the investigation of historical references and provides lessons learned which, might, be applied in future conflicts. The study shows that the Luftwaffe concentrated its efforts at Kursk on Close Air Support and neglected Battlefield Air Interdiction. This was primarily because Close Air Support had' proven itself so successful in German experience prior to Kursk. However, the failure of the Luftwaffe to interdict Russian reinforcements at Kursk proved to be critical and contributed to the German defeat. Air planners must realize that a correct balance between Close Air Support and Battlefield Air Interdiction is essential to the efficient use of airpower during any tactical application in support of ground forces. Neither Close Air Support nor Battlefield Air Interdiction should gain primacy in doctrine, rather, a mix of the two should be applied on a situational basis." >>More

Last Line of Defense. Nike Missile Sites in Illinois

Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42"In 1991, the US Army Corps of Engineers, which oversaw the construction of the nation’s Nike missile bases, asked the National Park Service, Rocky Mountain Regional office, to prepare Historic American Engineering Records (HAER) of two Nike antiaircraft missile sites in the State of Illinois. Although the missile and radar equipment had long since been removed from these bases, the Corps of Engineers – in consultation with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency – recognized that these military installations represented a significant chapter in the history of the Cold War. Nike Missile Base C-84 near the Chicago suburb of Barrington, Illinois, was one of 23 Nile missile installations that comprised the Chicago (IL)-Gary (IN) air defense system. Nike Missile Base SL-40, near the farming community of Hecker in southern Illinois, was one of five Nike bases that formed a protective ring around the St. Louis (MO) metropolitan area." >>More

March and Fight of the German Africa Corps in 1941, Drawings by Kurt Caesar

Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42"On December 9th 1940 British unleashed their major offensive against Sidi el Barani, hoping to take the entire Italian and North African coast in their possession. Italy lost Cyrenaica. But the very first days of February 1941 brought a big surprise: the British stopped their offensive in the Agedabia. The vast extension of the supply routes of 1000 km long forced them to take a respite to organize the subsequent advance to Tripoli. This undeniable initial success was extensively exploited for propaganda purposes. The world held its breath. In that critical days, the first units of the German Africa Corps landed in Tripoli. Behind the scenes a tough and grim battle for the replenishment had begun. Which of the two opponents will be able to strike decisive blow first? The leadership of the DAK was entrusted to a young general who was a tactical Instructor at a well-known German military school before the war..." >>More

My Reminiscences of East Africa by von Lettow Vorbeck

Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42"In all the German colonies, though but a few decades old, a life lull of promise was discernible ere beginning to understand the national value of our colonial possessions; settlers and capital were venturing in; industries and factories were beginning to flourish. Compared with that of other nations, the colonizing process of Germany had progressed peacefully and steadily, and the inhabitants had confidence in the justice of German administration. This development had barely commenced when it was destroyed by the world war. In spite of all tangible proofs to the contrary, an unjustifiable campaign of falsehood is being conducted in order to make the world believe that the Germans lacked colonizing talent and were cruel to the natives. A small force, mainly composed of these very natives, opposed this development. Almost without any external means of coercion, even without immediate payment, this force, with its numerous native followers, faithfully followed its German leaders throughout the whole of the prolonged war against a more than hundredfold superiority. When the armistice came it was still fit to fight, and imbued with the best soldierly spirit. That is a fact which cannot be controverted, and is in itself a sufficient answer to the hostile misstatements." >>More

Proceedings of Seminar on Air Antitank Warfare

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Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42"On 25 - 26 May 1978 a Seminar on air antitank warfare was held at the Springfield Hilton, Springfield, Virginia. Presentations were made by Mr. John Boyd ("Patterns in Conflict"), Mr. Wayne Coloney ("Armored Warfare: a Frontline Soldier's View"), Mr. Bell (of HERO) ("Nature of the European FEBA"), and Mr. Pierre Sprey ("Countering a Blitz"). These presentations were followed by a question and answer session with former Luftwaffe Colonel Hans-Ulrich Rudel. Colonel Rudel was the most decorated German Officer of World War Two and had the distinction of destroying 519 Soviet tanks with his JU-87G Stuka equipped with two 37-mm cannons." >>More

Civil War in Ukraine, 2014: Infographics

Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Civil War in Ukraine. "Novorossia" republics under Ukrainian Army offensive, July 5 - November 22, 2014 >>More

Duel of the Caricatures: Ukraine, Russia, Kiev, Crimea 2014

Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Ukranian artist Yury Zhuravel vs Russian artist Vitaly Podvitsky. >>More

Tactics and Techniques of Electronic Warfare by Bernard C. Nalty

Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42"Electronic Countermeasures in the Air War Against North Vietnam is one of a series of monographs on USAF tactics and techniques in Southeast Asia. Electronic countermeasures is but one aspect of the broad subject of electronic warfare, which was waged in all its complexity throughout Southeast Asia. Nevertheless, in choosing to deal with this topic, the Office of Air Force History faced a difficult security problem, for key material is so closely held that its inclusion might result in a history to which the average Air Force officer would not have access. As a result, this special intelligence was not used. Instead, various agencies involved in electronic countermeasures, having access to material not available to the historian, were invited to comment on a draft of the monograph, to ensure an essentially correct account." >>More

Conversations with a Stuka Pilot: Paul-Werner Hozzel

Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42"As part of a program to evaluate the lethality of current airborne automatic cannon ammunition against threat armored vehicles, the Wayne H. Coloney Company invited former Brigadier General Paul- Werner Hozzel, German Air Force, to present some of his experiences in combat in the Second World War. General Hozzel presented his ideas and recollections in a one-day seminar at the National War College to members of the alumni association and other distinguished guests. Two days later, at the invitation of Professor R.H.S. Stolfi, Naval Postgraduate School, he gave a similar seminar to students and faculty at Monterey, California. The seminar participants and audience varied markedly and included officer students at the Naval Postgraduate School, active-duty Air Force general officers, retired Admiral Arleigh Burke, USN, and the Director of Net Assessment for the Department of Defense." >>More

The Taylor Committee Investigation of the Bay of Pigs by Jack B. Pfeiffer

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Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42"More than twenty years after the event, CIA personnel who were closely involved in the Bay of Pigs (BOP) operation continue to speak bitterly about the outcome. That the criticism of the Agency for its "fiasco" began even as the search for survivors from the beaches at Playa Giron and Playa Larga was underway—and continues to the present—has done nothing to mollify the feelings of those who were involved that they have taken a "bum rap" for a political decision which insured the military defeat of the anti-Castro forces the Agency had been authorized to organize and train for the overthrow of Fidel Castro." >>More

Cuba, January 1961, Paintings and Sketches

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Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42In January 1961, just 3 months before Bay of Pigs invasion, two Soviet artists, V. Ivanov and P. Ossovsky visited Cuba to create images of the besieged nation, anxiously awaiting the imminent US intervention. >>More

Japanese 1904-1905 War Engravings

Japanese 1904-1905 War Engravings

Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Russo-Japanese War engravings by Getsuzô, Kobayashi Kiyochika, Suzuki Kason, Utagawa Kokunimasa, Watanabe Nobukazu, Ikeda Terukata, Kôkyo, and unknown Japanese artists. >>More

Cryptanalysis in the German Air Force by Waldemar Werther

Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42"During the period of preparation for the establishment of the intercept equipment of the Air Force in 1936, the first State employees intended for cryptanalysis (who were all of them civilians up to the outbreak of the war) were sent to the permanent intercept posts of the Army in the East for the purpose of basic training. The results of this training were unsatisfactory because the Army was reticent in releasing even the most elementary information, and furthermore, because the individuals sent lacked in most cases the necessary qualifications for their work; the personnel officials made their selections on anything but a proper basis, and appointed many persons who turned out to be completely unsuitable for the work of a cryptanalyst. The creation of a capable and successful cryptanalytic group was accomplished only in the course of the following years of tiresome work, without outside assistance, and through an internal development achieved by dropping numerous unsatisfactory elements." >>More

Hitler in Poland by Heinrich Hoffmann

Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Official photo album, published by NSDAP after the end of the campaign in Poland, 1939. Photos and text by official Hitler's photographer, Professor Heinrich Hoffmann. >>More

Report on Rocket Power Plants Based on T-Substance by Hellmuth Walter

Report on Rocket Power Plants Based on T-Substance by Hellmuth WalterRomanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42

"In the search for an energy source independent of air for the propulsion of underwater craft, attention was early concentrated on T-substance. It was possible to convince the OEM [Navy High Command] very quickly of the importance of this material. In 1934, the first experiments were undertaken. A difficulty was at once presented "by the limited concentration that had "been attained. At first only 60 percent T-substance could be supplied; this amount was later increased to as much as 85 percent. Decomposition and combustion experiments conducted on the grounds of the CPVA in Kiel-Dietrichsdorf led to the first practical information as to the technical feasibility of the use of T-substance. New perspectives soon developed because a method of concentrated energy production had been found here, which was capable of many applications. The idea of using this energy for the propulsion of missiles either in guns or as rockets suggested itself and appropriate proposals, which quickly led to the construction of the first experimental devices, were made to the official quarters concerned. In January 1937, the first flight of a DVL aircraft with T-substance auxiliary propulsion took place at Alimbemuhle in the presence of Colonel Udet, who piloted the third flight. In June 1937, the first T-substance rockets were fired (Altenwalde). Then in rapid succession take-off auxiliary, main propulsion, and other rocket drives were brought out in experimental versions." >>More

Peculiarities of Russian Warfare by Erhard Raus

Peculiarities of Russian Warfare by Erhard Raus

Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42"PECULIARITES OF RUSSIAN WARFARE”was prepared by a committee of former German generals and general staff corps officers at the EUCOM Historical Division Interrogation Enclosure, Neustadt, Germany, in late 1947 and early 1948. The names of the committee members are not being announced at this time. All members, however, had extensive experience on the Eastern Front during the period 1941-45. The principal author[Raus], for example, commanded, in succession, a panzer division, a corps, a panzer army, and an army group." >>More

The Decryption of the Picture by Henry Lowenhaupt

The Decryption of the Picture by Henry Lowenhaupt

Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42"One day in August 1958 Charles V. Reeves showed me a picture of the Sverdlovsk Central Dispatching Office of the Urals Electric Power System which he had found in the July issue of Ogonek, the Soviet equivalent of Look magazine (Figure 1a). He remarked that at the Boston Edison Company he had controlled electric power generation and flow in the Boston metropolitan area from just such a dispatching station." >>More

World War I Allied Propaganda Posters

World War I Allied Propaganda Posters

Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Collection of the French, American and Italian propaganda posters >>More

Kesselring: an Analysis of the German Commander at Anzio by Teddy D. Bitner

Kesselring: an Analysis of the German Commander at Anzio by Teddy D. Bitner

Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42"This study attempts to analyze the decisions made by Field Marshal Albert Kesselring prior to and during the battle of Anzio in February 1944. The focus of the investigation is on Kesselring’s decision to shift Army Group reserves from the Rome area prior to the Allied amphibious assault at Anzio on 18 January 1944, then his involvement in the development and execution of the German counterattack against the Allied beachhead conducted on 16 February 1944. The investigation reveals that Kesselring, the Army Group Commander, made a proper and effective decision in committing the Army Group reserves to the German defensive line prior to the invasion, and that his involvement in the development and execution of the German counterattack at Anzio was doctrinally sound and generally effective." >>More

Revolutionary Forces in the Early Phase of the Hungarian Revolution 1956 by Zoltan Virag

Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42"The aim of this thesis is to provide insight and analysis of the factors that contributed to the military success of the revolutionary forces against the Hungarian and Soviet armed and security forces during the early phase of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution 1956. The thesis in the beginning substantiates an overall comprehension of the Hungarian political, economical, and social conditions from 1953 till 1956. The presentation of this time period facilitates the understanding of the circumstances leading to the revolution break out. Furthermore, thesis examines the legal and legitimacy questions of the Soviet military intervention in the framework of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance, commonly known as the Warsaw Pact." >>More

Russian-Japanese War 1904-1905 Photo Gallery by Victor Bulla

Russian-Japanese War 1904-1905 Photo Gallery by Victor Bulla

Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Victor Bulla, son of the famous official photographer of the Russian Tsar Court Karl Bulla, received independent recognition as a photographic reporter during the Russian-Japanese war 1904-05, when, as the 19-years old ensign, he became military photographer with the Siberian Reserve Brigade. He participated in the battle of the Dalin Pass and Mukden, actions at Erdagou, Zunio, Sandepu, Lanafan, Putilov Hill, in General Mishchenko’s raid and other key events of the war. Bulla's front-line reports were extensively published in the most popular illustrated magazines "Niva" (The Field), "Iskry" (Sparks) and major Russian newspapers and reprinted all over the world. Victor frequently took the duties of the medical assistant on the battlefield, and for his actions was later awarded by Silver Medal "For Courage" on the St. George's ribbon. >>More

Tanks in the Great War 1914-1918 by J.F.G.Fuller

Tanks in the Great War 1914-1918 by J.F.G.Fuller

Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42"THE following work is the story of a great and unique adventure as heroic as the exploits of the Argonauts of old, and, though the time perhaps has not yet arrived wherein to judge the part played by tanks in the Great War, I feel that, whatever may be the insight and judgment of the eventual historian of the British Tank Corps, he will probably lack that essential ingredient of all true history—the witnessing of the events concerning which he relates." >>More

Finding, Fixing, and Finishing the Guideline by John Deeney IV

Finding, Fixing, and Finishing the Guideline by John Deeney IV

"During Operation Rolling Thunder, the United States Air Force was unprepared for the introduction of the SA-2 Guideline surface-to-air missile system into the North Vietnamese integrated air defense system (IADS). Following a series of aircraft losses in the summer of 1965, the USAF identified an emerging time critical requirement for a dedicated SAM suppression capability. This thesis will provide background for USAF air operations during Rolling Thunder. Next this thesis will use the Find, Fix, Finish, Exploit, and Analyze (F3EA) targeting methodology as an interpretive model for analyzing the creation, fielding, and tactical employment of USAF "Wild Weasel" platforms. This thesis will then analyze the structure and effectiveness of the North Vietnamese IADS, and show how mobility tactics and integration drove the requirement for the Wild Weasel platform. This thesis will discuss the initial acquisition and development of the Wild Weasel program up to and including the Wild Weasel III platform (F-105F/G), and then will examine how the operations-intelligence cycle allowed US aircrew to refine their understanding of the capabilities of the North Vietnamese IADS, and its emerging tactics. This thesis will conclude with an assessment of the Wild Weasel program during Rolling Thunder, and recommendations for future offensive counter-air planning and execution". >>More

Debriefing of Francis Gary Powers, February 1962

Debriefing of Francis Gary Powers, February 13, 1962

Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42After his return from the Soviet captivity, Powers has undergone a most intensive debriefing by CIA interrogators, aeronautical specialists, and other experts concerned with various aspects of his mission and subsequent capture by the Soviets. From 16 tapes of the debriefings in existence, 13 were recently declassified, and allow us to learn firsthand about the intricate details of one of the most famous episode of the Cold War. >>More

The Life of Admiral Togo by Arthur Lloydtthias Dogenby Matthias Dogenby Matthias Dogen

The Life of Admiral Togo by Arthur Lloydtthias Dogenby Matthias Dogenby Matthias Dogen

Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42 "For the imperfections of the present volume I can only plead that I hope it may prove to be a first edition, and that further studies and the publication of more detailed information may enable me at some future time to complete, or at least to elaborate, the biography of a great man in whom the whole world is interested.The modest and retiring life which Admiral Togo has hitherto lived has made it difficult for the biographer to collect many picturesque incidents relating to his early years. But modesty is one of the greatest of virtues, and that he has always exhibited this virtue in so conspicuous a manner seems to be one of the elements which make the greatness of his character." >>More

Architectura Militaris Moderna by Matthias Dogen, by Matthias Dogenby Matthias Dogenby Matthias Dogen 1647

Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42 Architectura Militaris Moderna by Matthias Dogen. >>More

Performance Investigation of a Jumo 004 Combustor

Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42A German Jumo 004 combustor was investigated under conditions simulating zero-ram operation of a 24C jet-propulsion engine over ranges of altitude and engine speed to obtain the altitude oper¬ating limits and characteristics of the German combustor. The combustion efficiency, outlet-temperature distribution, and total- pressure drop were determined. A comparison of the performance of the combustor with 62-octane (AN-F-22) and JP-1 (AN-F-32) fuels was made. >>More

The Moral Condition of a Nazi Soldier by Prof. A. Jerusalemsky

The Moral Condition of a Nazi Soldier

Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Soviet propaganda brochure about moral degradation of the German Army, published on September 15, 1941. >>More

Der Adler, Issue 23. November 18, 1941

Der Adler, Issue 23. November 18, 1941

Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Official magazine of the German Air Ministry. The last number, distributed in USA before the start of the war. Typical propaganda piece: heroic deeds of the airmen, reports from the front, winners of the Iron Cross, training, adventure, Fuhrer's care, treatment of the wounded, leisure and culture, rough trench humor, some advertising. >>More

Comments on Russian Roads and Higways by Max Bork

Comments on Russian Roads and Higways by Max Bork

Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42"Comments on Russian Railroads and Highways," was originally prepared in German under the supervision of Historical Division, USAREUR. The author, Gen. Lt. a.D. Max Bork, in 1939 and I940 was a Branch Chief in the Transportation Division of the German Army General Staff." >>More

Ju-88 Flying Operations

Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42"Ju 88 is "one man's airplane" when speaking about flying it, as one man, the pilot, is able to use and oversee the engine and flying controls during normal flights." >>More

Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42

Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42

Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Romanian and German Troops in Bessarabia, Ukraine and Crimea, 1941-42Extensive photo collection. Section included: "Over the Prut", "Bessarabia is Free Again", "Hot Battle for the Dnieper Crossing", "Victorious March continues through the Ukraine", "Italian Troops", "Battle for Odessa and Ochakov", "To Bug and Dnieper", "Thrust to the Sea of Azov", "Our Enemies", "Fallen General Ritter von Schobert", "The Struggle for the Crimea has begun", "Going South through the Steppe", "Through the Yaila Mountains to the South Coast", "The Struggle for the Feodosia", "Breakthrough in Kerch", "Sevastopol", "Visit of Historical Significance", "Caring for the Comrades". >>Part I, >>Part II, >>Part III

1950s Military Vehicles Pictorial Dictionary

1950s Military Vehicles Pictorial Dictionary

Dictionary features 101 black and white period drawings and 2000 entires. Sections included: General, Armament and Anti-tank Weapons, Power Plant, Electrical Equipment, Transmission, Chassis, Evacuation and Firefighting Equipment. >>More

Gebirgsjäger in Ukraine, 1941-42: Photo Collection

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German Traffic Analysis of the Russian Communications

"The contents of this volume deal with German exploitation of Russian communications through Traffic Analysis. There is not as much source material available on Russia as there is on United States and England. The main interest of the interrogation officers normally was centered on gaining intelligence concerning American and British communications, and consequently, interest concerning German activity on the communications of other countries had to be of secondary importance. In addition, because of the conditions under which many of the interrogations were conducted—a number of them being made in active combat zones—there were often times great difficulties encountered in carrying out even the necessary routine line of questioning. Even had there been ideal conditions under which to work it is probable that not much more intelligence could have been obtained on Russian communications because the German personnel who were engaged in that work were in the Russian zone of operations. Only a few of these fell into English or American hands—the Russians capturing the others. However, the material which is, available does give a fairly adequate, though not complete, picture of Russian communications as seen by the German Traffic Analyst." >>More

An Essay on Military Intelligence in War by Jean-Charles Bernis

An Essay on Military Intelligence in War by Jean-Charles Bernis

"The fact that knowledge of the enemy is a factor of success in war is so well proved that no one would dare to deny it seriously. There are still too many, however, who, in spite of the evidence, maintain that this knowledge of the enemy cannot be acquired except by long and difficult research - so long and difficult that the information obtained is almost never of use when it arrives, often incomplete, sometimes false, and that it is just as likely to deceive us as to inform us. They add, moreover, that with the use of rapid means of transportation and the common employment of night movements, the difficulty of getting information in time for it to be used with certainty and precision increases to a pure impossibility. Numerous also are these who are still haunted by the memory of certain notable errors attributed – oftentimes wrongly - to certain G-2 sections, during the war or previous to the war, accused of having misled either the commander or the subordinates." >>More

German 291 Infantry Division: from Latvia to the Volchov Pocket, 1941-42.

Photo Diary of the German 291 Infantry Division: From Latvia to Battle for the Voclhov Pocket, 1941-42

Photo Diary of the German 291 Infantry Division: From Latvia to Battle for the Voclhov Pocket, 1941-42. Part I. Part II. >>More

Waffen SS in the West, 1940

Waffen SS in the West, 1940

Front line photo gallery by German war reporter Friedrich Zschäckel. >>More

The First Ironclad Engagement in the World by E.V.White

The First Ironclad Engagement in the World by E.V.White

"WERE the present a period of war between the States, the reader could readily appreciate the occasion for this publication. In that event, the novelty of the new instrument of destruction—the Iron-Clad—would intensely interest the military student, and the skill and courage manifested by the combatants would stir the enthusiasm and call forth the patriotism of the reader." >>More

Friend or Foe? Aircraft Identification, 1940

Friend or Foe? Aircraft Identification, 1940

"Here, in compact form, is most of the pictorial information drawn from the pages of THE AEROPLANE which, in past weeks, has been helping to lighten the responsibilities of certain important branches of the air defence. It is not intended for reference while the bombers are overhead. It is offered to those who, by making themselves accustomed to the look of the war machines, would acquire the aptitude to pick them out al sight. It may relieve the tedium of many a gunner's idle hours on duty and make him a vastly more valuable member of the crew at the same time. It may aid many an infantryman who later will have to turn his machine-gun on to ground-strafers. It may help thousands of civilians to take an intelligent interest in the machines which threaten us and in those which defend us." >>More

Soldiers of the Reich by Wolf Willrich

Soldiers of the Reich by Wolf Willrich

Forty-eight black-and-white and color drawings of the German soldiers, distinguished themselves in the campaigns of 1940 in Western Europe, by Nazi artist Wolf Willrich. >>More

Luftwaffe Gunnery Primer: Aerial Fixed Wesapons D.(Luft) 5000/1), 1944

Luftwaffe Gunnery Primer: Aerial Fixed Wesapons

"D. (Luft) 5000/1 Luftwaffe Gunnery Primer provides fighter pilots with heavily illustrated methods and techniques of aerial gunnery. Only the most valuable and proven methods and techniques will be discussed." >>More

Principles and Experiences of Position Warfare by Walter Hartmann

Principles and Experiences of Position Warfare by Walter Hartmann

Analysis of German experience in positional warfare and retrograde movement, written from memory by the former commanding officer of the 87th Infantry Division Walter Hartmann in 1947, includes two parts: "description of the principles and experiences about the position warfare of a division"; and "description of the principles and experiences about of a withdrawal movement of the division, carried out in phases over a depth of 60 km." >>More

A Reflection on the Causes of the German Defeat by Lothar Rendulic

A Reflection on the Causes of the German Defeat by Lothar Rendulic

"Much will be written about this subject at some future time by qualified, and probably still more by unqualified persons. To treat it exhaustively would undoubtedly require a thick volume. Therefore, the following opinions can be evaluated only as patchwork. I am stating them with the reservation imposed upon me by the limited insight I was able to gain from the various positions I held. They do not, however, intend either to make excuses or to cover up anything." >>More

Then and Now: Leningrad Blockade 1941-44

Then and Now: Leningrad Blockade 1941-44

"Then and Now: Leningrad Blockade", series of collages by Sergey Larenkov, now on exhibition in Saint Petersburg. Author researched archive footage of the siege 1941-1944, recreated exact camera location and angle, made corresponding photos of the modern city, and then combined old and modern photos in one." >>More

Ice Railway Bridge Over The Dnieper River by Hauptmann Ludwig Schmeller

Ice Railway Bridge Over The Dnieper River by Ludwig Schmeller

"Captain Schmeller's report describes an ice railway bridge across the Dnieper River near Kiev constructed for the purpose of supplying the German Sixth Army, which was operating in the area extending from Kharkov to south of Kursk. The supply and railway situation east of the Dnieper was extremely critical during the winter of 1941-42, since the withdrawing Russian troops had destroyed all bridges across the river. At that time only makeshift bridges could be constructed, because many months would be required to build bridges strong enough to resist the pressure of high water. Near Kiev, between Kremenchug and the Pripyat Marshes, there was available only one temporary bridge having a carrying capacity of twenty-two tons. In order to obtain a railway bridge in the brief time available, it was decided to build an ice bridge, as described in this study..." >>More

The German Defense of Berlin, 1945, by Oberst Wilhelm Willemer

The German Defense of Berlin 1945, by Oberst Wilhelm Willemer

"No cohesive, over-all plan for the defense of Berlin was ever actually prepared. All that existed was the stubborn determination of Hitler to defend the capital of the Reich. Circumstances were such that he gave no thought to defending the city until it was much too late for any kind of advance planning. Thus the city's defense was characterized only by a mass of improvisations. These reveal a state of total confusion in which the pressure of the enemy, the organizational chaos on the German side, and the catastrophic shortage of human and material resources for the defense combined with disastrous effect. The author describes these conditions in a clear, accurate report which I rate very highly. He goes beyond the more narrow concept of planning and offers the first German account of the defense of Berlin to be based upon thorough research. I attach great importance to this study from the standpoint of military history and concur with the military opinions expressed by the author." >>More

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