(From Wikipedia): Operation #Leader
was a successful air attack conducted by the United States Navy against German shipping in the vicinity of Bodø, Norway, on 4 October 1943, during World War II. The raid was executed by aircraft flying from the aircraft carrier USS Ranger, which at the time was attached to the British Home Fleet. The American airmen located many German and Norwegian ships in this area, and are believed to have destroyed five and damaged another seven. Two German aircraft searching for the Allied fleet were shot down as well. Three American aircraft were destroyed in combat during the operation, and another crashed while landing.
This is our display of one of the 3 lost aircraft, and the story of the airmen. #lestweforget
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As ocean liners were quickly becoming high in number and were at the fore front of technology, the Messageries Maritimes Compagnie (MM) obtained a new ship. Completed in 1874, the new liner Djemnah was 3,700 tons, had a length of 410 ft and could make a mere 10 knots. Djemnah was among the normal type of liner for her time, and of course still had sail power just in case the engines failed. For the years to follow, the liner would serve faithfully and truly up until the year of 1914. While the ship was still owned by MM, she was operated as a troopship. She lasted till the last year of the WWI when she was sighted by Wilhelm Marchall’s UB-105 on July 14th, 1918. Djemnah was on a run from Marseille to Madagascar, but UB-105 fires a salvo of torpedoes while she was about 70 miles north of Derna in the Mediterranean. At 9:30 PM that night, at least two torpedoes ripped open Djemnah’s side and she went down in less than two minutes, taking between 436-548 lives. This year will be the 100th anniversary of the sinking. #100thanniversary #uboat #mediterranean #wwi #ww1 #worldwarone #worldwari #worldwar1 #liner #french #ship #maritime #history #photo #1874 #1918 #2018 #tragedy #merchantmarine #merchantnavy #oceanliner #lestweforget #djemnah
Normandy veteran R. von Rosen/schwere Panzerabteilung 503. „...We reached the front on July 8, 1944, we were subordinate to the 21st PD in east of Caen. I was Commander of my Tiger Tank with the No 311. On July 11, 1944, we succeeded in a battle at Giberville / St. Honorine to destroy several Sherman's. Whenever we went into battle the Allied artillery started firing. On July 18, Operation Goodwood began. We lay with our tanks in a park with tall old trees. Then began the air raid, it was thrown about 7500 tons of bombs. I crawled under my tank. Other men searched cover inside the tanks. Everything was destroyed, pure violence, I can not describe it. The pressure waves took my breath away. I was thrown away, my tank was pushed several meters away. The whole park was just a crater landscape, the old tall trees did not exist anymore. One heavy tank was hit directly by a bomb, there was nothing left of the crew. Another was thrown on the roof, two of the crew died. I was in a trance and must have been unconscious for a short while until I understood that I was still alive...“ In the picture (parade for the german newsreel) you see von Rosen in his Tiger II turret No 300 on 25th September 1944 in Sennelager.
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German Soldiers captured during the Second Battle of the Marne, 1918.
Narrative: On this day 100 years ago, the Germans kicked off what would be their final offensive on the Western Front. The point of this operation was to draw more troops away from Flanders, where Ludendorff hoped his decisive victory would come. On the morning of the 15th, German stormtroopers attacked both sides of the city of Rheims, which was the anchor of the French Armies defending Paris. While success was seen on the first two days, the Marne River being crossed in multiple places, ultimately the Germans ran out of steam and were forced to retreat to their starting positions. An allied counterattack followed on the 18th, with a ferocious German defense proving no match for the massive allied armies utilizing tanks and fresh American troops. This was the turning point of the war, and the final display of any sort of offensive prowess the German Army had. Overall, 40 German divisions participated in the battle, sustaining over 150,000 casualtes in the process. The German name for this battle was “Friedensturm”.
Analysis: Well I knew this day would come and I’ve been dreading it. Honestly what was Ludendorff thinking?? I have no idea why he thought it was a good idea to try yet another diversionary attack, and why he was so obsessed with Flanders in the first place. Maybe he saw the British as a mightier foe than the French? Even so getting the British to leave doesn’t ensure a victory, but then again neither does taking Paris. If I were Ludendorff, I would have followed up the success of Blücher/Yorck with an all-out attack on the Marne with the express goal of capturing Paris and ending the war once and for all. Hell, I would have taken troops away from Flanders, the east, and even requested the best Austrian troops from Italy for this offensive. At this point the numbers game was not in Germany’s favor, and it was ridiculous to pussy-foot around the real issue, that time was running out and you can only fail so many time before it all comes crashing down. The exhausted Germans lost the initiative they held since March, and these problems compounded themselves until November 11th.