Armies in East Africa 1914-18 by Peter Abbott, Raffaele Ruggeri

By Peter Abbott, Raffaele Ruggeri

One of many least-published yet best campaigns of the good warfare used to be that fought in East Africa by means of forces of colonial troops - British Empire, German, Belgian and Portuguese. wanting assets as a result of the precedence given to different fronts, eu, African and Indian infantrymen recorded epics of persistence as they hunted the outnumbered yet brilliantly led German colonial forces throughout an enormous, disease-ridden desert. The achievements of the German commander Paul von Lettow Vorbeck - the final German commander within the box to put down his fingers in 1918 - introduced him reputation and appreciate corresponding to these gained by way of Rommel in international warfare II. The occasions and the forces are defined the following in concise aspect, and illustrated with infrequent photos and notable color plates.

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Dijkhuizen I""'" i I VOIII I till, ' I)OSO', 111 1anll (JivinO ~, ~ I laull )( ~ I th ( II I ;lti n{1 LAC \ •. : From the front, there is a passing resemblance to an M-1 0; the GI on the left has his boot in the opening left in the sheet metal cladding for the hull MG. Dijkhui 40 (j ermans successfully disguised the shape of the hull and turret, but not those wheels. The tanks were painted in olive drab paint and markings applied by III , Iy and stencil , you can see the overspray on the turret star.

NARA 51 More of the Pakwagen comes into view. Here we can see that the rear armour surrounding the fighting compartment is missing. The Pak 40 had a long recoil, and the armour may have been removed to give it more leeway. With sustained firing , the recuperator fluid would have gradually heated up and lost its effectiveness. A 52 'fire pause' mark would have let the gun crew know that its limits had been reachod What became of the rear facing driver's visor / position is unknown. Note that ti ll rear fender stowage compartment does not appear to have a locking mechani ~lIli on it.

The original caption for this film segment covering pages 58-65 reads "Surrender: Susice, Czechoslovakia 9 May 1945 ... " Winterberg is also known as Vimperk . The US 5th Infantry Division occupied Vimperk until 21 May 45. The vehicle on this page carries licence plate number WH 1738793.

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