By Wolfgang Fischer, John Weal
Inside of weeks of warfare being declared, Wolfgang Fischer had volunteered to affix the Luftwaffe and spent approximately 5 of the succeeding six years of hostilities in uniform. in this time he used to be given a succession of postings various from a long-range recce unit; as a decoder in a met place of work in occupied France; to a bomber squadron; and as a flying teacher, ahead of becoming a member of a squadron of the well-known Richthofen Geschwader in Italy, from the place he was once shot down in his FW a hundred ninety by means of Mustangs en path to Normandy.
By now a Lieutenant, he survived to fly offensive rocket assaults over Gold seashore on D-Day, in simple terms to be shot down back on D + 1, and captured and despatched first to a medical institution within the united kingdom, then into captivity within the united states. He used to be ultimately repatriated in April 1946. His description of these kinds of occasions is pleasing and well-written, starting from comedian to tragic. it really is designated in taste, giving a worthy perception into the undeniably commonplace lot of these serving within the air arm of the 3rd Reich. Expertly translated and edited through John Weal, it is a invaluable accompaniment to Norbert Hannig's 'Luftwaffe Fighter Ace' released through Grub highway in 2004.
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It was an inauspicious beginning for the Red Army, but worse was soon to follow and the large fleet of BT-7s was virtually eliminated by the end of 1941. Specification BT-7 Crew: 3 The BT-2 was the first Soviet tank design to incorporate the Christie suspension, and led to a whole string ofBT variants that were eventually developed into the T-34 series. The Christie suspension gave the BT-2 a good cross-country performance, as this photograph graphically demonstrates. 83 m (6ft) USSR T-34 medium tank It is now difficult to write of the T-34 medium tank without using too many superlatives, for the T-34 has passed into the realms of legend.
This involved a better suspension to carry the extra weight and the result was the Light Tank M3, based generally on the M2A4. It was in full-scale production by 1941, and mass production of the M3A1 really got under way once the USA had entered the war. Early versions used riveted construction, but welded turrets and eventually welded hulls were successively introduced, and there were also many detail design changes. By the time M3 production ceased 5,811 had been built. 62-mm (0,3-in) machine-guns (one on the turret roof for AA defence, one in the hull front and two fixed in the sponsons for operation by the driver).
This left a number of spare tank chassis with no operational role, so the opportunity was taken to convert these vehicles into the first German self-propelled gun. 456-m) Pak 35/36 onto a turretless PzKpfw I. While this conversion showed promise it was not adopted because even by mid-1940 it was appreciated that the 37-mm gun lacked power to deal with future armour. 7-cm Pak(t). The Czech gun was a powerful, hard-hitting weapon that was well capable of penetrating most armour it was likely to encounter and Alkett AG produced a total of 132 conversions.