56th Fighter Group (Osprey Aviation Elite, Volume 2) by Roger A. Freeman

By Roger A. Freeman

One of many first Thunderbolt teams to determine motion within the ecu Theatre of Operations (ETO) with the united states military Air Forces, the 56th Fighter team (FG) was once additionally the single fighter unit in the 8th Air strength to stay outfitted with the potent P-47 until eventually war’s finish. Led by means of the inspirational ‘Hub’ Zemke, this workforce used to be accountable for devising a number of the bomber escort strategies hired through VIII Fighter Command among 1943 and 1945. via VE-Day the 56th FG had shot down a hundred extra enemy airplane than the other staff within the 8th Air strength, its pilots being credited with 677 kills in the course of 447 missions. The exploits of this elite fighter unit are precise during this quantity including photos, their plane profiles and insignia.

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The attack made slow progress, the Russians fighting stubborn rear guard actions as they fell back, and the Dnestr River was reached only on the 15th. On the right of Von Schobert the Romanian Army began to move forward as the Soviets evacuated Bessarabia. The main effort continued with Von Kleist's armor still in the van, the Seventeenth Army to the south moving more slowly on a broad front. GERMAN OPERATIONS TO THE STALINGRAD DEBACLE 29 By 11 July one panzer unit had reached the outer defenses of Kiev, but violent tank-led counterattacks from both north and south in the vicinity of Zhitomir and Berdichev, the twin cities that controlled the western approaches to the Ukrainian capital, brought forward movement to a halt and inflicted heavy casualties on several of the armored divisions.

3 GERMAN OPERATIONS TO THE STALINGRAD DEBACLE 31 creasingly disorganized. On the 14th the two armored units linked up near Lubny. By the 16th the ring was tightly sealed and at 1200 on the 19th the Swastika was raised over the citadel of. Kiev. The Germans claimed 665,000 prisoners, 3,718 guns, and 886 tanks captured or destroyed. The armies of Budenny's Southwest Front were destroyed for all intents and purposes, and for the time being the Soviet marshal was left without an effective fighting force.

39, OKW/WFSt/Abt. L. ), Nr. 442090/41, g. kdos. 41, in ibid. 9 See :Liddell Hart, The German Generals Talk (New York, 1948), p. 185. 10 A Russian army approximated a German corps in size. 11 General der Infanterie Guenther Blumentritt, "Strategy and Psychological Warfare," pp. 11-12. Foreign Studies Br, OCMH. GERMAN OPERATIONS TO THE STALINGRAD DEBACLE 35 Faced with a virtually impossible situation and influenced "to some extent" by the Russian winter propaganda,12 Von Bock and Von Kluge requested permission to withdraw behind the Ugra River.

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