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So what were conditions like in Hamburg in 1945?

A thread for #HolocaustMemorialDay

53rd Welsh Division arrived in the city to find it in complete ashen ruins from the firebombing, only one building - the Atlantic Hotel - still stood. /1
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There were over 400 camps around the city, containing around 100,000 malnourished, half-starved and desperately ill slave workers drawn from across Europe: "Displaced Persons" from across Europe.

In all honesty, no liberating Allied soldier could comprehend what had happened. /2
What they were witnessing was the grisly sinews of Nazi Germany's genocide state.Manufacturing everything from uniforms, boots, munitions, weapons, engine parts...

The essential, disposable pool of slave labour facilitating total war.

Simply worked to death & replaced. /3
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Winston Churchill, Sir Stafford Cripps, King George VI inspect HMS Victorious at Scapa Flow, 11 October 1942.

Inc Fleet Air Arm Martlets (British name for Wildcats) & Royal Marines.

Feel free to use!

Our shared heritage is best shared. /1
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King George VI leads the inspection of HMS Victorious ship's company. /2
King George V chats to the Royal Marine officer. /3
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I thought this SdKfz 250 neu numbered '416' looked familiar (or at least IDable given numbers), so dropped the amazing @Niels_1944 a line.

There's a SdKfz 251 behind it as well...

Turns out 416 is from 12th SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs, 12th SS-Panzer's recce. /1
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Niels recognised it standing out in this @BritishPathe footage, in a rare full close up.

04.36 onwards, about 12 seconds. /2
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The Missing Lynx members did a project trawling through British Pathe footage to ID vehicles/units etc back in 2002 - 2004.

Thanks to vehicle mods, this ties it to 12th SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs, KOed between St. Lambert & Chambois. /3
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The exceptional 1945 diary of an Infantry Battalion's Medical Officer.

Captain Ross, 6 Royal Welch Fusiliers

Let's start with January 1945 & the Ardennes.

Now shared for the first time, I hope you enjoy it.

Our shared heritage is best shared./1
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Welsh Spearhead
A History of the 53rd Reconnaissance Regiment 1941 - 1946
Philip Cowburn

More of our shared heritage, shared! /1
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I hope you enjoy my content, if you particularly do so, feel free to sling me a coffee!

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#OTD in 1944

Hour by Hour: Showdown in Normandy
After 5 DAYS of intense action as Second Army attempted to envelop Panzergruppe West... tanks stop rolling, lines are refortified & both sides lick their wounds.

Battle of manoeuvre by attrition rolls on. /1
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Our story will focus on the kink of the line at the BOTTOM, by Èvrecy.

This spur was hard won during Operation Greenline, as 15th Scottish & 53rd Welsh Divisions attempted to through through the blasted market town & reach the Orne.

II SS-Panzerkorps put paid to that plan. /2
The minuscule crossroads of Le Bon Repos sat near the bottom of Hill 113, allowing British FOOs to peer over the flank of Hill 112 & direct observation accordingly into II SS-Panzerkorps rear areas.

It MUST be removed. /3
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Turns out IWM's 3 minute vid on Jagdpanther by Delaney was JUST an EDIT of an 11 MINUTE monstrosity!
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First off, all my comments/facts in this thread stand.

That is important to remember.

So a huge amount is fundamentally misunderstood & confused. /2

He "that great combination of firepower... and the proven Panther tank chassis that is reliable and very well defended... the tank destroyer the German Army of the Second World War."

No.

Armoured triangle, but top trumps NONSENSE analysis. /3
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#OTD in 1944

Second Army's massive offensive to destroy Panzergruppe West further expands to two Corps (XII and XXX) w. 4 Divisions involved in 3 Operations; Greenline, Pomegranate, & Cormorant.

5 miles of explodes into action.

Goodwood comes 2 days later./1
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Troubling reports reach Army Group B's Headquarters that some form of breakout looms.

Luftflotte III readies every available fighter and pilot, cancelling all rest and maintenance, to throw in a mega counter-strike. /2
One snapshot sees a massive armoured engagement swirling between the villages of Gavrus & Bougy as 153 'Essex' RAC's Churchills duke it out with 9th SS-Panzer's Panthers and StuGs at close range...

Will Panzergruppe West... and by extension Army Group B, survive? /thread
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Special Interrogation Report
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Generalleutnant Edgar Feuchtinger commander of 21st Panzer Division in Normandy
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What does he have to say???
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Extracts of a series of trials during Exercise Spartan
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A brief thread on Sir Tasker Watkins' VC action in 1944.

It's undeniable that Sir Tasker is one of the greatest Welshmen of the 20th Century, but there remains no biography & description of his VC action is just lazy copypasta of the original citation. /1
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So first off, there are two slightly variant citations kicking about - with one different phrasing on display at Ashcroft's gallery at IWM.

The original eye witness statements have been lost by MOD, are currently not at Kew & god-knows where.

Here is one of the variants. /2 Image
In addition several other crucial files relating to Welsh soldiers were lost by MOD.

This is a bit of a theme.

Anyway, it meant the sources were limited.

So every bugger relies on the citation. /3
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By 1944 a standard German infantry division had about 4.000 horses. Yes, you read that correctly: 4.000
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The number of horses for the artillery as show here is actually too low because it included some batteries with just 3 guns, instead of the actual 4 Image
For Normandy such 'standard' divisions included the 271ID, 272ID, 275ID, 276ID, 277ID, 331ID, 352ID, 353ID, 363ID. Of course these were not identical in strength for various reasons
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The Administrative History of the Operations of 21 Army Group on the Continent of Europe: 6 June 1944 to 8 May 1945

This covers Phase II, inc... a little Op you may have heard of... #MarketGarden

Please #RT, share & DL! /1
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Our shared heritage is best shared! /2
If you particularly enjoy this feel free to sling me a coffee! /3

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#OTD in 1944

Panzergruppe West launches a major counter-attack against Op Epsom, aiming to break VIII Corps, eliminate the Scottish Corridor & drive the British back. /1
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This ultimately dooms Army Group B to a grinding battle of attrition & dashes any hopes of a major counter-strike to the sea.

German ops don't go well... to the extent that Lt-Gen Miles Dempsey doesn't actually believe this is the main counter-strike.

It's too crap. /2
Staggered, uncoordinated, messy & piecemeal commitment of units doesn't help.

I & II SS-Panzerkorps completely bugger it.

A more assertive attempt on 1 July runs into more messy problems, e.g. Rauray.

This is arguably *the* decisive campaign battle for both sides. /thread
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The Administrative History of the Operations of 21 Army Group on the Continent of Europe: 6 June 1944 to 8 May 1945.

This covers Part I through Phase I.

Properly meaty stuff.

Please #RT, share & DL!

Our shared heritage is best shared!
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Do you like tanks and A F V s???

AFV Recognition Part II: July 1943, Enemy turreted AFVs

Essential reading for anyone interested in how British and Canadian soldiers IDed the enemy.

Please #RT, share and DL!

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The First 100 Days aka Miles Dempsey's diary covering first 100 days of the campaign to liberate North-West Europe.

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I'm a passionate believer in the need for transparent, open access history available to ALL - so have at it!

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It's probably best to mention early on... that if you find this particularly helpful/useful/enjoyable, feel free to sling me a coffee!

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Time for a thread. As an archaeologist, I spend most of my time looking at wartime defences to work out how they would be used and how they were sited in the landscape to be most effective.

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Every so often I get to look at documents to add further meaning to surviving defences, which is a hugely important. This make me very happy. Unfortunately, documentary research is rarely undertaken for anti-invasion defences. This makes me very sad. Image
Before I start, I need to clarify some of the misunderstandings around this period. There is a lot of mythology surrounding this whole period, some of which is now ingrained and taken for fact and at worst is #duffhistory. Here’s the main ones-
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The History of 9 Army Group Royal Artillery

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So, let's have give this report a bit more thought - and perhaps flip bits on the head.

a) Lack of use of binocs/reliance on cupola/less awareness of incoming fire/losing nerve.

British tank comds tended to unbutton to fight. So their cas rate is higher... /1
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Once you seal yourself inside a metal box you lose a huge amount of senses, that said you are less likely to become a casualty to arty/mortar fire etc.

This isn't particularly surprising, but does perhaps indicate German crew should have been more willing to unbutton. /2
But again, there is this key cultural difference between British and German approaches - that underpins a).

Losing nerve is harder to judge, but numerous German tanks were KOed around Rauray so it's likely confidence was undermined & unexpected losses shook tank crews. /3
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#OTD in 1918, Lieutenants Alan McLeod and Arthur Hammond, while flying over Albert, France, shot down a German Fokker Triplane before being bounced by eight more enemy aircraft. They shot down three more before crashing. A THREAD 1/10
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McLeod and Hammond served in No. 2 Squadron, RAF flying the Armstrong Whitworth F.K 8, a two-seater. It was an effective and dependable aircraft that was used for reconnaissance, artillery spotting, ground attack, contact patrols, and bombing. 2/10
McLeod & Hammond were wounded by MG fire which also set their petrol tank on fire. McLeod side-slipped his craft to keep the flames away but it was still too hot in the cockpit, so he lept onto the wing and crouched low with the joystick pulled hard over in his right hand. 3/10
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Welcome to the #watchparty #livetweet of Battlefields: El Alamein (2001).

The documentary, presented by Richard Holmes, is available on YouTube.



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This is the "director's cut" of the #livetweet, featuring additional images and quotes.

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Richard Holmes (1946-2011) was a British military historian and army officer.

Known to the British public for his television documentaries, he once explained, "I don't really see myself as a TV presenter. I'm a historian who likes telling stories."

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Welcome to the #watchparty #livetweet of Battlefields: El Alamein.

The 2001 documentary, presented by military historian Richard Holmes, is available on YouTube.



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Richard Holmes (1946-2011) was a British military historian and army officer.

Known to the British public for his television documentaries, he once explained, "I don't really see myself as a TV presenter. I'm a historian who likes telling stories."

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The Second Battle of El Alamein took place from 23 October - 11 November 1942.

The Allied commander was Lieutenant-General Bernard Montgomery. (IWM E 18980).

The Axis commander was Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel (BArch 101I-443-1582-32).

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MAJOR #KURSK ARTICLE/ARCHIVAL DISCOVERY! 20.7.43 & 1.8.43 II SS Panzer Korps armoured inventories reveal actual number of SS AFV lost during Operation #Citadel (41AFV+ PzI, 7.5% of 547 AFV) & the battle of #Prokhorovka (Max 16AFV 3.1% of 522 AFV) #SWW #WW2 doi.org/10.1080/161612…
Soviet/Western Cold War era sources claimed II SS Panzer Korps lost between 300 AFV (57.5%) & 400 AFV (76.6%) during the battle of Prokhorovka. The commander of 5th GTA General Rotmistrov claimed the latter. Even in 2020 there were claims II SS Panzer Korps lost 75% of its AFV.
What the historiography of Citadel/Prokhorovka always lacked was a single stand-alone post-Prokhorovka (12.7.43) & post-Operation Citadel (5-16.7.43) II SS Pz Korps AFV inventory which could simply be compared with the pre-Operation Citadel & 10.7.43 II SS Pz Korps AFV inventory.
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