By Derek Robinson
It's a vintage Derek Robinson tale: 3 teams of guys converge for a last conflict within the western wilderness in the course of international struggle II. An SAS patrol travels throughout the Sahara to assault a German airbase; a German intelligence officer units out to settle a private grudge; and the lads from Hornet Squadron (from Robinson's prior Piece of Cake) are overhead, dedicated to suicidal ground-attack missions to fulfill their commander. Fast-talking, darkly funny, and stinging.
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The profitable rescue of imprisoned Italian dictator Benito Mussolini from atop the Gran Sasso plateau by means of German glider-borne troops on 12 September 1943 was once some of the most dramatic targeted Forces operations in army heritage. Arrested via his personal officials in July 1943, Mussolini were whisked away to an remoted and heavily-guarded mountain-top inn, the lodge Campo Imperatore at Gran Sasso, that may in simple terms be reached by way of a seriously guarded cable vehicle station. It used to be transparent to the Germans - who wanted to rescue Mussolini which will hold at the very least the looks that Italy used to be nonetheless at the Axis part - that any traditional rescue operation must struggle its method via an excessive amount of competition and that Mussolini's captors may have considerable time to execute him prior to he will be rescued. as soon as Mussolini's situation at Gran Sasso was once proven, Hitler ordered normal der Fallschirmtruppe Kurt scholar to arrange a rescue venture. the particular raid used to be deliberate and led by means of paratrooper significant Otto Mors from the Fallschirmjager-Lehr Bataillon, yet SS Haupsturmführer Otto Skorzeny grabbed a lot of the laurels of this operation.
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Summing up the air battles around the Spanish capital, Harro Harder wrote; ‘We were all convinced that it was madness to continue sending the He 51s on escort missions over Madrid. The Ratas played cat and mouse with us. Even the “Martin” (SB) bombers were at least 50 km/h faster than us. The morale of the pilots was excellent, but all the guts in the world were useless with such technical inferiority. So once again we were to be employed in low-level attacks. ’ 50 A row of four He 51Bs of J/88 photographed in 1937 following the application of a camouflage pattern in place of the previously plain finish.
Fitted with 10 kg bombs, their I-15s, supported by formations of Russian-flown Polikarpov R-5 biplane reconnaissance-bombers carrying 50 kg bombs, attacked enemy columns ceaselessly. 32 escorts, forced to adopt more cautious measures to ensure their own survival, would turn for home. On 9 February, two He 51s were downed in flames during combat with Republican fighters, and on the 14th Heinkels failed to protect Ju 52/3ms heading to Arganda to bomb enemy troop concentrations because of an attack by Soviet fighters.
J/88 comprising Hauptmann Lothar von Janson and Feldwebel Franz Heilmayer, shot down one of four I-15s encountered at 1715 hrs northwest of Ochandiano for his own first victory. The enemy pilot bailed out and landed in Nationalist territory – ‘an 18-year-old raw beginner on an overland ferry flight’ recorded Lützow. Indeed, by now the Republican fighter force in the area had suffered such devastating losses in aircraft, many of which were caused by bombing and strafing attacks on their airfields, that replacement machines were having to be flown in.