By William Lubbeck
". . . a well-wrought flooring point view of lifestyle in hell."-World struggle II MagazineThis is the awesome tale of a German soldier who fought all through international battle II, emerging from conscript inner most to captain of a heavy guns corporation at the jap Front.William Lubbeck, age 19, was once drafted into the Wehrmacht in August 1939. As a member of the 58th Infantry department, he acquired his baptism of fireside in the course of the 1940 invasion of France. the next spring his department served at the left flank of military crew North in Operation Barbarossa. After grueling marches amidst numerous Russian our bodies, burnt-out automobiles, and a lot of cheering Baltic civilians, Lubbeck's unit entered the outskirts of Leningrad, making the inner most penetration of any German formation. The Germans suffered hardships the subsequent iciness as they fought either Russian counterattacks and the brutal chilly. The 58th department used to be thrown backward and forward around the entrance of military team North, from Novgorod to Demyansk, at one aspect battling again Russian assaults at the ice of Lake Ilmen. A soldier who most well-liked to be with reference to the motion, Lubbeck served as ahead observer for his corporation, dueling with Russian snipers, partisans and full-scale attacks alike. His concerns weren't restrained to his personal safeguard, besides the fact that, as information arrived of failures in Germany, together with the destruction of Hamburg the place his female friend served as a military nurse. In September 1943, Lubbeck earned the Iron pass and was once assigned to officers' education tuition in Dresden. by the point he back to Russia, military staff North used to be in full-scale retreat. Now commanding his former heavy guns corporation, Lubbeck alternated sharp counterattacks with inexorable withdrawal to Memel at the Baltic. In April 1945 his corporation used to be approximately obliterated, yet within the final scramble from East Prussia, he was once capable of evacuate on a newly minted German destroyer. After his unencumber from British captivity, Lubbeck immigrated to the us the place he raised a profitable relations. With the help of David B. harm, he has drawn on his wartime notes and letters, Soldatbuch, regimental heritage and private stories to recount his frontline event, together with infrequent firsthand money owed of either triumph and disaster.returncharacterreturncharacter returncharacterreturncharacter studies returncharacterreturncharacter"...a well-wrought flooring point view of way of life in hell."WWII journal No three, 06/2007"... compiled with consciousness to information. The reader will think as if he's along Lubbeck as he calls fireplace missions at the enemy in the course of his 3 years of service."Military dealer 11/2007
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Four more triple 25mm mounts were also fitted, two near the bridge and two on the stern. Suzuya received ten single mounts and Kumano 16. After being damaged at Midway, Mogami returned to Japan in August 1942. One of the Japanese lessons from the battle was that the numbers of scouting aircraft operating from the cruisers were inadequate. Accordingly, it was decided to convert Mogami into an aircraft cruiser. This entailed the removal of the two aft 8in turrets and the extension of the aircraft deck to the stern of the ship, providing room for 11 seaplanes.
4 turret is not that of a US Marine Corps dive-bomber. (Naval History and Heritage Command) A B O V E RIGHT Mikuma shown on fire in the June 7 photo sequence taken by Enterprise aircraft. Her forward turrets have their guns askew, the result of bomb damage. The first turret has a hinomaru painted on top as an aid to friendly air recognition. The mainmast and aircraft deck are entirely gone, the result of an explosion caused by the ship's torpedoes detonating. (Naval History and Heritage Command) Mogami on June 15,1944, as she steams with the carriers of the First Mobile Fleet en route to meet the US Navy off the Marianas.
In the aftermath of the battle of the Java Sea, Mogami and Mikuma engaged the American heavy cruiser Houston and the Australian light cruiser Perth in the battle of Sunda Strait on the night of February 28-March 1. The two Allied cruisers were sunk under a hail of torpedoes and searchlight-directed gunfire from the two Japanese cruisers and their escorting destroyers. Unfortunately for the Japanese, in the confusion Mogami sank five Japanese units (four army transports and a minesweeper) when her torpedoes missed the intended target (Houston) 35 Mogami class anti-aircraft fit, October 1944 Ship Triple mounts Twin mounts Single mounts Total 25mm guns Mogami 14 0 18 60 Suzuya 8 4 18 50 Kumano 8 4 24 56 and ran into the anchorage of the invasion fleet.