German Commanders of World Wars II (2) by Gordon Williamson

By Gordon Williamson

This can be the second one ebook in a two-part sequence concerning the German Commanders of worldwide conflict II and covers unusual commanders from the Waffen-SS, the Luftwaffe and the military. The commanders coated comprise such recognized names as Josef Dietrich, Theodor Eicke, Kurt Meyer, Joachim Peiper and Karl Donitz and the booklet info their attention-grabbing wartime reviews. the color plates are within the uniquely meticulous type of the revered international conflict II illustrator Malcolm McGregor.

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In May 1941 he was given temporary command of Luftlande Sturmregiment 1 during the airborne invasion of Crete after its commander, Eugen Meindl (qv), was seriously wounded. Ramcke dropped by parachute on the island on 21 May with 500 reinforcements, and personally led a number of attacks that secured the capture of Canea on 27 May. Ramcke was promoted to Generalmajor in July 1941, and on 21 August of that year was decorated with the Knight's Cross for his exploits on Crete. 5 During March 1942, Ramcke was briefly attached to the Italian Army to assist with the training of the Italian 'Folgore' Parachute Division, and was then given command of an airborne brigade earmarked to accompany the Italian troops in the proposed invasion of Malta.

Although a few special operations and insertions of reinforcements were undertaken in battalion strength, the Fallschirmtruppe were largely employed thereafter as conventional light infantry, fighting on all fronts. Flieger Div, whose various coups de main in the Low Countries opened the Blitzkrieg campaign in the West. who wore paratroop uniform and bore the prestigious title of Fallschirmjager were actually jump-qualified. Fallschirmjager Division fought in Italy in 1943-45, forming I Fallschirmkorps.

Neither was Kretschmer inclined towards the over-exuberant behaviour for which some of his peers were noted; he was a quiet, serious man, who was nicknamed by his men 'Silent Otto'. For more than four years Kretschmer was held in the notorious Bowmanville POW camp - Camp 30 - in Canada, where he was the senior ranking officer. The prisoners managed to get in radio contact with U-Boat HQ; and in September 1944, Krestchmer was informed that he had been promoted in captivity to Fregattenkapitan on 1 September.

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