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By James Lucas

Kesselring, Manstein, version, Rommel, and others of reduce rank yet equivalent skill: what an important position did those 15 males play within the Nazi army hierarchy, in strategic making plans, and at the battlefield? From the pen of a number one author on German forces comes a beneficial contribution to our research of struggle. by means of deciding on figures who each one had an additional size, a unique quality--administrative ability, motivational skill, tactical understanding, originality of thought--Lucas illuminates the workings of command, regulate, army constitution, and soldiering.

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Carried into the Regimental Aid Post (RAP), he was being treated when the doctor attendinghim suddenly fell lifeless acrosshis body. A dagger-shaped piece of shell casing had killed the medical officer as he worked. Shortly after this, Heydte's battalionleft the line forrest and recuperation. During that time it was initially detached from its parent formation, 3rd Paratroop Regiment, and renamed Training Battalion No. Training Battalion No. 1 had been sent to Libya to fight under Rommel's command, and Lehr Bataillon 2 was not to stay long in Germany, for in July 1942 it, too, was sent to Libya, where it formed part of Ramcke's Battlegroup.

So far as arms and ammunition were concerned, the men of the battlegroup had only the weaponsand ammunition withwhich they had jumped, and only six of the arms containers were found, and then only after a long search. Among the equipment in the containers was a small wireless set, a mortar and several rounds of ammunition. As daylight grew the battlegroup melted into the dense forests and took up all-round defensive positions. Heydte's first priorities were to establish com municationwith 6th Panzer Armyand to locatethe positionof the US forces.

Kesselring reported to Goering that no fewer than 2,500 enemy air craft had been destroyed on the ground, a claim that the Supreme Commander did not believe, for he had been told that the whole Soviet Air Force numbered only 6,000 machines. A check showed that Kesselring's figure had been, if any thing, too modest. But then came the order that his squadrons were to concen trate on supporting the ground forces and were no longer to destroy the enemy's fighter strength. The Russians, relieved of the burden of fighting an unequal war in the air,were free to attack German ground targets.

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