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#41 a77

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 0214 AM


 They complain about young women manning the guns, and they were increasingly relying on schoolboys and Russian prisoners of war to man the German Flak batteries.I think they were also utilizing women in some roles by the end weren't they?

 

 

From wiki https://en.wikipedia...uftwaffenhelfer"450,000 female helpers (anti-aircraft personnel) in all departments served with the Luftwaffe within the 'auxiliary antiaircraft defense" "In 1945, "Flakhelferinnen" and other female assistants were trained and allowed to carry weapons to defend themselves"

 

The Germans did have some funny idea, its was ok for female to serves a FLAK gun, but a female was not allow to "pull the tigger" becuse it was uncivilived to have female killing in war,


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Posted 11 August 2019 - 0752 AM

Since the Pacific Theater part is rather short, I'm adding the Mediterranean one, including lots of comment on the political situation in Italy. I excluded domestic reports from Vichy France, saving them for the "neutrals and lesser allies" section.

 

The New Start

By Dr. Wolfdieter von Langen, Rome

 

Extensive commentary on the newly-established Fascist Republic, ca. 150 lines

 

Dashing Coup de Main on Levitha

How the two Dodecanese islands were conquered

 

Report of a group of German grenadiers freeing themselves from temporary captivity and assisting in the retaking of the islands, ca. 90 lines

 

Fascist Action Units in Rome Again

By our correspondent

en Dr. v. L. Rome, 26 October


On 28 October, the anniversary of the March on Rome, the Fascists of Rome will muster for the first formation of the local organisation of the Fascist Republican Party. According to the announcement of Rome's local party leaders, it will be commemorated that Roman Fascism gave its verdict about unworthy members in high positions since its muster on [illegible] April this year already, and the traitors Bottai, de Bono etc. had to flee the congregation at this time. At the same time it is announced that Fascist action units, "Squadre d'Azione", have been raised in Rome again as shock troops of the party under the leadership of the shock troop leader Pollastrini, well-known in Rome. They are recruited from old Fascist fighters who already served in the action units under Farinacci, when he made a clean sweep of the then-opposition after the Mattoti affair. As the first fighter for Republican Fascism, Fascist Mengolini fell in the line of his duty on 18 October in Rome. In the announcement of the Roman Fascio it is stated that the Republican Fascists will avenge his death.

 

 

Badoglio Sold Out Sicily

Island to be separated from the mother country

Milan, 26 October


Italian radio reports of a secret clause in the ceasefire agreement made by Badoglio with the Anglo-Americans on 3 September. The ex-king and his general had conceded to the enemy in this clause that Sicily would be separated from the mother country after the war and get an "autonomous astatute", but the implementation of this regulation would only be published "at an appropriate time".

 

Badoglio and Victor Emmanuel thus have committed treason to all sides, as far as it was possible for them. They betrayed the Italian people in their existential fight; they betrayed the Duce, who had known to create a respected position among the nations for Italy in 20 years of work again; they committed treason against the German allies and broke their word multiple times; they double-crossed, as the latest announcements of the OKW reveal, the Anglo-Americans even as they were making a pact with them already, and they have now also betrayed Sicily, which ended up in the hand of the enemy through their insidious activities.

 

 

Greek emigrant coterie. The former supreme commander of the Greek Army and later state president General Pantalos took position on Athens radio against the emigrant coterie [cut off]

 

 

Africa Fighters and Africa Bonus

Report prisoners' mail to the Wehrmacht

 

Recently some former Africa fighters have written from captivity directly to their next of kin. It is necessary in their own interest to immediately announce those self-reports to the next defense reporting office or the "Tunis" task force which has been established at any acting general command. This notification is important since claims for the Africa bonus and other charges can be secured only by this. In this, the old field post number of the Africa fighter has to be stated in every notification. Dependents who have so far not taken any steps for inquiries are again requested to fill in a questionaire at the next defense reporting office. It forms the basis for the inquiries and for later regulation of charges.

 

 

Seized in Venice

 

Italian submarines and a torpedo boat which were seized by German troops in the arsenal's harbor [cut off; picture shows Wehrmacht soldier with SMG shouldered on deck of submarine in the foreground with another sub and torpedo boat in background]

 

Badoglio Wants To Withdraw

He feels the ground wobble under his feet / His betrayal of Sicily

 

Tirade against Badoglio, ca. 90 lines

 

General Bergeret Arrested in North Africa

Charges for "conspiracy and high treason"

 

Suggesting that  the former Vichy air minister will be sure to share the fate of murdered Admiral Darlan after delivering North Africa to the Allies, ca. 50 lines

 

Checkmate to the King

By Hans Schrader

 

Lead of the 28 October issue on the situation in Italy, ca. 105 lines

 

Confused Conditions in the Gang Camp

Clashes in Serbia and Greece / "political" generals

 

Report on conflicts between nationalist and communist resistance movements, ca. 75 lines

 

Another Cowardly Traitor Exposed

Admiral Brivonesi responsible for the sinking of 6 tankers

 

Self-explaining, ca. 40 lines

 

"Battle And Work"

Celebration of the Berlin Fascio on the 21st anniversary of the March on Rome

Berlin, 28 October

 

On the occasion of the 21st anniversary of the March on Rome, the Fascio of Berlin held a celebration in the domed chamber of the Reich sports field, festively decorated with the German and Italian flags.

 

In this event participated the members of the Italian embassy, the Fascio of Berlin, a strong delegation of the Italian workers active in Germany, a delegation of the Italian Armed Forces, as well as diplomatic representatives of the countries allied to the Axis powers. From the German side among others showed: Reich organisation leader Dr. Ley, the president of the German-Italian Society state minister Dr. M. Meißner, state secretary Keppler of the Foreign Office, and the president of the Union of Inter-State Associations, SS-Obergruppenführer Lorenz, as well as numerous other representatives of party, state and Wehrmacht.

 

 

The Negus Requests Italian Labor Troops

Barcelona, 28 October

 

The Negus has officially requested several thousand Italian labor troops from the Anglo-American military authorities in Southern Italy. He wishes to be acknowledged in the distribution of such labor contingents under all circumstances, and reminded of the promises of the British government that satisfaction would be given to him and his country in the case of a British victory over Italy.

 

Since the Badoglio soldiers are employed as labor slaves of the Anglo-Americans in their own country, the Ethiopian trabant also considers himself entitled to pose his demands in this regard. If Badoglio therefore assumed that he had respects or thanks to exopects as a "co-belligerent", then he will always be [cut off]

 

 

Decree of the Duce for the Protection of Internal Security

Rome, 28 October

 

The Italian state gazette publishes a ministerial decree of the Duce regulating the discipline of Italians in times of war. The decree includes a total of 13 points. In these among other things abetting the escape of prisoners of wars or inmates of concentration camps, publishing press articles against the prestige of the Axis powers and public security, unautorized participation in congregations, operating or tolerating radio broadcasting stations or listening to enemy stations, work flight and strike participation and similar anti-state actions are penalized by hard labor, in severe and the specificallöy listed cases even by death. The decree takes effect upon publication by the state gazette and radio.

 

 

North Africa Emigrants Caught in the Middle

jb. Vichy, 28 October

 

The French emigrants who could hardly wait for the arrival of the Americans in North Africa the previous year and now are turning their backs on North Africa disappointed and upsets is [sic] growing steadily. Not just General Nogues, the resident general of French Morocco who fled from Rabat to Lisbon, and not just Chatel, the governor general of Algeria who is also hiding from the Americans in Lisbon, but also a flock of lesser people have made deucedly bad experiences upon closer contact with the Angloamericans. If they were not arrested and they succeeded in escaping, they could consider themselves lucky yet.

 

In Madrid, one of those French USA- slaves has arrived again, who, grabbed by fear, has taken to his heels. This concerns a man named Popelin, who has been the secretary of the former interior minister in Vichy, Pierre Peucheu. Popelin now has to suffer the deserved emigrant fate - in North Africa he is being wanted by poster, to [cut off]

 

 

Focal Point Mediterranean

By Rear Admiral Gadow

 

Lead of the 29 October issue concentrating on the military situation, ca. 105 lines

 

Traitors Quarrel in the Badoglio Camp

Anti-fascist parties against the House of Savoy and its followers

 

Report on Liberals, Marxists, Communists and Christian Democrats reneging on proposal for a broad coalition government, ca. 60 lines

 

The Fascist Republic Calls to Arms

Great speech of Pavolini for anniversary of March on Rome

 

Self-explaining, ca. 100 lines

 

 

Fascist Rebuilding in Full Swing

Venice, 29 October

 

The leadership of the Fascist Republican Party has moved its central seat permanently to Northern Italy, namely close to the Duce's headquarters. Party secretary Pavolini is in closest contact with the Duce daily. Thereby the immediate implementation of the decisions made by the Duce is secured. The work of the Fascist rebuilding is now in swing in all areas of political, social and economic life. A permant representancy of the party remains in Rome to ensure the implementation of the Duce's decisions in Central Italy.

 

 

Bari Starving

Dr. v. L. Rome, 30 October

 

Inside a few weeks after the capital of Apulia, Bari, has been declared the seat of the Badoglio phony government, life in this city has become an economic and domestic political chaos. In the city, the infamous political and criminal elements of Italy are having a rendezvous. Through the influx of Italian traitors, which went over to the enemy, and the presence of numerous Badoglio soldiers as well as other refugees from the provinces of Foggia, Benevent and Campobasso, the city proves overpopulated to a hardly imaginable degree. While the number of inhabitants reached about 200,00 at normal times, more than 500,000 people are in Bari now. Hand in hand with this goes a price hike, which has turned the areas around Bari that used to be so inexpensive into Italy's most expensive regions of all. The biggest part of the population, which finds itself unable to pay fantasy prices, is condemned to hunger.

 

 

Rigorous Terms for the Badoglio Clique

Amendment to ceasefire agreement

Vigo, 30 October

 

As Reuters claims to have learned, an agreement cionsisting of about 40 articles encompassing the economic and financial conditions to be met by Italy was signed on 1 October between the Allies and the Badoglio government. Persons who had seen the documents had called the terms "rigorous". Reuters points out that the new conditions were handed over in accordance with point 12 of the ceasefire, which was signed on 3 September and only touched upon the military capitulation then. The delivery of Italy to the Anglo-Americans thus continues. In this, "rigor" is the watchword. It is characteristic that Reuters cites point 12 of the ceasefire agreement. This is that clause giving the enemy any opportunity and handle for the ruthless exploitation and subjugation of Badoglio Italy. This clause they will pull out often yet, and Badoglio will flog off one piece after the other. But these are the effects of a despicable treason, about which the Badoglio clique could have been clear from the word go. Instead of the expected relief, he will get to feel the "rigor" often yet.

 


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Posted 11 August 2019 - 0957 AM

 


 They complain about young women manning the guns, and they were increasingly relying on schoolboys and Russian prisoners of war to man the German Flak batteries.I think they were also utilizing women in some roles by the end weren't they?

 

 

From wiki https://en.wikipedia...uftwaffenhelfer"450,000 female helpers (anti-aircraft personnel) in all departments served with the Luftwaffe within the 'auxiliary antiaircraft defense" "In 1945, "Flakhelferinnen" and other female assistants were trained and allowed to carry weapons to defend themselves"

 

The Germans did have some funny idea, its was ok for female to serves a FLAK gun, but a female was not allow to "pull the tigger" becuse it was uncivilived to have female killing in war,

 

 

Yeah, that figures.

 

Thanks for that btw, you too Banshee.


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Posted 16 August 2019 - 1202 PM

Agreed, thank you for the work put into this.

 

...No, our will shall never become wavering, and never be too weak for all trials which fate may pose to us! In this will we shall with all our toughness and determination do at any hour what the hard law of war demands of us. Our will for victory is our will for life - and a German future will be only through victory!...

 

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 1540 PM

While I'm here, here's the "lesser Allies and neutrals" section.

 

German-Finnish Community Against Bolshevism

Berlin, 26 October


In a conversation with the correspondent of a German news agency, former Finnish state president Svinhufvud called the Finnish-German friendship a rare example of ideal sympathy in this world of egoism. The friendship of the Finnish people to Germany, said the ex-president, was not subject to any fluctuation. It did not let any doubt arise about the victory of Germany with Finland in this war. The mutual friendship of both peoples was based in numerous facts.

 

World history would lose its sense, Svinhufvud further stated, if Europev was to fall into the hands of Bolshevism. It was a blemish of history that a system like the Bolshevik one could have existed in Europe for 20 years, and  the support of Bolshevism through other powers was a shame for Europe. If Bolshevism was to win, this would be the death of Finland, too.

 

Anti-Gang Fighting in France

Laval promises to establish order

j. b. Paris, 27 October

 

Recently terrorist gangs have appeared in individual districts of inner France, which are dwelling in woods, raiding farms and commit all sorts of wrongdoing. This gangsterism, of which the citizen in the cities notes hardly anything at all, is wholly common criminality, which provokes the disgust and outrage of all decent Frenchmen.

 

The French government is now determined to put an end to this gangsterism as quick as possible. Head of government Laval announced in the council of ministers' last session that French police will be equipped with modern weapons to be be deployed against the terrorists in the near term. It is to be assumed that some focussed police actions will succeed  in catching or subdueing the work-shy rabble, which sojourns especially in little-settled departments. Indicative of the government's determination to establish order in the country are Laval's latest addresses to public prosecutors, who were compelled to not let themselves be intimidated by hostile threats, but to see that in the terrorists which [cut off]

 

Wrong Tracks of French Domestic Policy

War Veterans Legion abandons hope / Depolitization going on

 

Critique of Petain's attempt to create a unified state party out of an amalgamation of various veterans' organization with different politics, ca. 80 lines

 

Domestic Adjustments

Minister President Hansson against the opponents of neutrality

 

Report on Swedish prime minister speaking out against abandoning neutrality, ca. 45 lines

 

Prisoner Exchange in Barcelona

Cordial reception of the German severely maimed

 

Report on exchange of British and German wounded POWs, ca. 50 lines

 

French Volunteers Against the Bolsheviks

jb. Vichy, 28 October

 

A new contingent of French volunteers has departed from Paris to move to the Eastern front. The new unit is under the command of Captain Bridoux, the son of General Bridoux, the state secretary of defense.

 

The one major field remaining is the Eastern front.


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Posted 17 August 2019 - 1047 AM

BansheeOne, could you tell us a bit more on what the swedish PM is supposed to have said? Thanks in advance. :)


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Posted 17 August 2019 - 1055 AM

Sure. Any more requests about so-far untranslated longer pieces in the topics listed by now before I fire up the scanner?
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Posted 17 August 2019 - 1334 PM

Dispatches from the Novrossiysk front would probably represent an undiscovered country as far as what is available on the day to day of that front.

 

Any mention of a certain Steiner, or at least his creator's 101st Jaeger Division, would be fascinating.


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Posted 18 August 2019 - 0741 AM

So while doing the Swedish article, I also did the general assessments on the military sitiuation in the Pacific and Mediterranean, the political quarreling in the Balkans and the prisoner exchange in Spain, because I thought those were the most interesting across a range of fields.

 

Domestic Adjustments

Minister President Hansson against the opponents of neutrality

hw. Stockholm, 27 October

 

Swedish Minister President Hansson held a speech in Upsala, in which he once again dealt with the allegations and machinations against the government's policy of neutrality, which had already played a role in the last parliamentary debate, after it had previously been used as a reason for an extensive press campaign.
 

The Minister President stated, without naming the circles concerned - it was a large circle of newspapers especially from Stockholm and Gothenborg, who wanted to bring Sweden into a position of conflict with Germany and into active support of the Anglo-American-Soviet league -, the most zealous anti-government litigants were among those who from the beginning disapproved of the entire policy of the government during the war. The Prime Minister said i. a.: "Their motivations [cut off] strong sympathy for the other. From their starting points it would have been natural to demand a Swedish choice of sides in the war. They have been discouraged by knowing how strongly the policy of neutrality is anchored in our people, and instead they have criticized decisions that the state executive considered to be correct in view of the main purpose of our efforts to keep Sweden out of the war. Since they considered it futile to attack the people, they turned against the government and especially against some of their members."
 

The Prime Minister finally turned against such inner-Swedish quarreling, which would not be fit to strengthen Sweden's external position. Looking after Sweden's external interests was however the essential thing. A state executive, which was to take over this task, must have authority. For that, trust was [cut off]

 

Confused Conditions in the Gang Camp

Clashes in Serbia and Greece / "political" generals

hw Stockholm, 28 October

 

New York and London Jew newspapers are pleased to note the lively activity of the Communists in occupied Italy. The correspondent of the New York "Herald Tribune" reports from Naples that the Communists under the direction of the Neapolitan party secretary Reale and the Naples professor Omodeo as well as the Azione had issued a very drastic program. It envisions i. a. abdication of Victor Emanuel and Umberto as well as "suppression of the Vatican's reactionary aspirations".

Other English papers do not quite so openly
show the enthusiasm for the spreading of Bolshevik machinations. Similar applies to the attitude towards the Balkans. In a large part of the English and American press, complaints are made about the increasingly confused situation of the partisans of the Allies in Southeastern Europe. The antagonisms between Communist and "patriotic" gangs are growing stronger, with open struggles between the two elements in Yugoslavia and also in Greece. Moscow is now hoped to find some formula for bridging the differences to avoid further fighting.

Mihailovich has meanwhile issued a communique on clashes with opposing gangs in Montenegro and on the old Albanian-Greek-Yugoslav border. He accuses the gangs of Tito to have started it, to which they respond with similar allegations. The Yugoslav exile "government" in Cairo officially continues to support Mihailovich, who of course acts as its war minister, although pretends to pursue a Serb-nationalist
policy and the charge is being made against him of having collaborated with Italians even before Badoglio, namely against his rival Tito, whose radical left-wing supporters he regards as a great danger. In London, this presentation is refuted. There it is claimed that the Communists are only a minority among the gangs, whose headquarters, although in close contact with Moscow, however also maintains links with the English High Command Middle East. Mihailovich is said to work only with Englishmen. On the other hand, the information that Mihailovich had for some time been expressing a certain passivity at English behest, while Tito's gangs had become extraordinarily active at the direction of Moscow, is said to be untrue.

The antagonisms in Greece, revealed by the intervention of the English Commander-in-Chief Maitland Wilson, are described as similar as the Yugoslav ones. Here, too, it had come to fighting on a small scale.

"Observer" accuses the governments of the Western powers that their stance on the so-called popular movements (i. e. gang groups) in former Yugoslavia and Greece was based partly upon ignorance, partly upon rumor-spreading by willing troublemakers.The allegations of supremacy of the Communists in these movements were untrue. While those had particularly distinguished themselves, but they would not have the majority. "Observer" also complains that too many of the Allied generals had become
mere politicians, who let themselves be guided by their political sympathies or dislikes.

 

The Military Situation in East Asia

A second speech of Tojo before the Japanese Diet

Tokyo, 29 September

 

Minister President General Tojo spoke for the second time before the Japanese Reichstag in his capacity as Minister of War. In longer statements he treated the theaters of war on New Guinea and Solomon Island. The enemy pursued the tactic here to land primarily where the rule of the air could be secured. At the landing sites he tried to build up air bases to expand the air rule. Clashes with Japanese land forces would be avoided if possible. A further effort on the part of the enemy would be made, Tojo continued, to disrupt the Japanese supply lines through the air force and the navy. This hostile tactic was being thwarted by the Japanese Army in cooperation with the Navy. Japanese airplanes, in addition to their task of protecting the lines of communication, constantly attacked enemy air bases with the greatest success, inflicting the greatest damage on enemy supplies. The front reports showed that the enemy losses in aerial battles were in each case several times greater than the Japanese losses. Tojo once again mentioned that the total loss of the English and Americans in New Guinea of dead and wounded amounted to over 14,000. The battles in the jungles and on the inhospitable islands of the South Pacific offered indescribable difficulties. According to reports of prisoners, however, the enemy still has far greater difficulties, and his human consumption in the areas there was extremely high due to tropical diseases and nervous breakdowns.

On the situation in Burma Tojo says that
the fighting had also increased there, while in the past an average of 1,000 combat aircraft had been involved in attacks, the number had increased in September to 1,600. At the Burma front, there were signs that the enemy was about to launch the long-announced offensive. The Japanese Army had already dealt  a fierce counterthrust to the Chungking forces on the Yunang border mid-month.

In the occupied southern territories, Tojo continued, there was peace and order everywhere.

The strength of the enemy air force in Chungking China Tojo
estimated at about 800-400 aircraft. Which consisted mostly of American long-range bombers. On the Chinese front, the Japanese forces were also constantly conducting successful operations. In the land operations, a constant decline in Chinese morale was felt due to the Japanese policy towards China.

 

Focal Point Mediterranean

By Rear Admiral Gadow

 

Stronger than in all other combat zones, politics is now mixing in the Mediterranean with warfare. In fact, this already happened with the landing in North Africa, which is now known to have been devised and planned in the USA, in order to gain a foothold in the economic territory at the same time. The initially relatively clear situation of Anglo-American competition, embodied in the two puppets Giraud and de Gaulle, then became complicated by the restoration of the Jewish prerogatives and popular front, and the new impetus of Communism in de Gaulle's organization. But the highest emphasis occurred only with the formation of the Mediterranean Commission in Algiers, into which Moscow dispatched as a highly qualified representative Vyshinsky with his 30 Myrmidonen. From that moment on, as the magazine "19th Century and after" put it, the question of whether Balkan and Dardanelles can be surrendered, and what that would mean for England in the Mediterranean, has been renewed. That in this case the so painstakingly conquered position in the Middle East, from the Suez Canal to Iran, and thus the core of the imperial connections, would be lost. One could say to this that England has neen no longer master of Iran for some time after all, that Bolshevik interference in the Mediterranean already dates from the civil war in Spain and is today in full swing from French North Africa to Egypt towards the east unto the Bosnian lands of Tito. More important however is how these complications affect the conduct of the war.

With the failure of the Italian leadership in North Africa, and of the Italian fleet in securing supplies, Rommel's promising position at Al Alamein was lost. The turnaround began, soon aggravated by the enemy invasion in Morocco-Algeria, which was again opposed by too little Italian effort. Tunis could not be held like that either, and in the enemy landing in Sicily not
much was lacking to make the Italian desertion visible from the outset. At that time a strong deployment of the Italian fleet and air force would still have been able to provide a halt, but defeatism was already too deep, with the glorious exception of those brave men who had always sood their ground, who went over to their German allies without hesitation along with their vehicles and aircraft, or else preferred death and self-scuttling to shame, like the commander of the submarine "Murena".

This collapse has allowed all further enemy success, and only the tenacious and dogged German resistance could slow their pace. The lossless evacuation of Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica could not be prevented by the enemy despite his superiority. It resulted in the contraction of the German front in southern Italy. In the Battle of Salerno, the huge firepower of the enemy ship guns helped avoid a second Gallipoli or Dunkirk, but the invasion fleet lost over 600,000 GRT, also 3 cruisers, 2 destroyers, 1 torpedo boat, 15 landing craft, 9 transports with 58,000 GRT etc., and also other warships and transporters were catastrophically damaged. This was the third major bloodletting after the 600,000 GRT for North Africa and the 1.2 million GRT for Sicily,  which is followed by ongoing individual losses. With the expansion of the offensive in southern Italy, the need for supplies grows rapidly, it was calculated from the enemy side at 1.5 tons
of material per man and month, without the necessary personnel replenishments, repatriation of the wounded etc. Thus, while our resistance continues to stiffen, the length of the connections and the need for transportation continues to grow with the enemy, which in the sucked-dry country includes all food and even water. At this point, therefore, it becomes clear how much the deployment of the U-Boats in all seas, even with the present extent reduced by the circumstances, further weighs upon the strategic possibilities. Although the monthly loss of 3-400,000 GRT can not compensate the regeneration by new builds, the lead aqchieved by the tripartite powers is too large to get lost in this slightly more sluggish time.

 

As it is known, the American people and in the end American imperialism, too, is more interested for the Pacific than for Europe. This demands lavish operations there. Soviet Russia is demanding the second front in Western Europe, which also poses higher demands to military effort and shipping space. England for his part  [cut off]

 

Prisoner Exchange in Barcelona

Cordial reception of the German severely maimed

rd Madrid, 29 October

 

In bright weather, which let the coast shine in the splendor of the mild autumn in the Mediterranean, the exchange of German and English seriously wounded took place in the port of Barcelona on Wednesday morning. In the mid-morning, the two German ships, coming from Marseilles, had dropped anchor in the west dock. In the forenoon hours of Wednesday, the exchange took place. In a hall festively decorated with the flags of the Reich, the German ambassador conveyed the greetings of the Führer and bid welcome to the soldiers. Today, the ambassador said, it was the hospitable soil of Spain which the returnees entered, tomorrow it would be Germany that rejoiced to be reunited with its brave sons and to win the victory with them for which they already had made such high sacrifices.

The Spaniards had held ready a large number of nurses, stretchers and wheelchairs in an accommodating and precautionary manner, helping the wounded on the German ships. For the seriously wounded, a number of aircraft
already arrived at the airfield of Barcelona on Tuesday for repatriation to Germany. After the finish of the official act, a stream of flowers and gifts spilled over the returnees on their ships. The Falange and the Spanish Women's League handed over packages, and from the NSDAP and other organizations came parcels with wine, canned food, soap, tobacco, fruits and sweets. The BdM girls and Hitler boys from Barcelona brought gifts aboard, some of them homemade, elaborately packaged and provided with long, childlike welcoming letters for the soldiers, and sang German folk songs and performed folk dances. The representatives of the Spanish authorities, who had created all the facilities for exchange in conjunction with the Red Cross and the Falange organizations in a truly human and friendly way, congratulated the German ambassador on the manly and exemplary attitude of those returned home.

In the course of the afternoon the ships then, bid farewell most cordially by the German ambassador and all the German representancies, sailed with
course set for Germany!


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Posted 25 August 2019 - 0612 AM

I'm reminded that the Eastern Front articles still remain. There are also the daily Wehrmacht dispatches from all fronts, though they are always on the bottom of the page and thus cut off in the copies.

 

Blocking Line of our Wehrmacht Unbreakable

Most embittered fighting in the south of the Eastern Front / Armored forces which pressed ahead destroyed

 

Extensive depiction of defensive battles on the coast of the Sea of Asov, ca. 110 lines

 

Capital Fight in the South of the Eastern Front

The battle grows / Successful counterattacks into the flank of the Soviets thrusting towards Krivoy Rog

 

Headliner of 27 October issue continued on page 2, total ca. 90 lines

 

11 Soviet Divisions Beat Back

The massed attacks of the enemy at Krichev without success / Bolshevik gangs destroyed

 

Headliner of the 28 October issue, ca. 70 lines

 

Reckless Attacks Failed

Continuing heavy fighting on the southern front / High soviet losses of blood in vain forays

 

Headliner of the 29 October issue, ca. 80 lines

 

282 Bolshevik Tanks Killed

Enemy destroyer sunk in Eastern Mediterranean / Individual targets bombed in London

 

Wehrmacht dispatches of 25 October, ca. 60 lines

 

Heavy Defensive Fighting in the East

Sea action off Trondheim / 20 British aircraft shot down

 

Wehrmacht dispatches of 26 October, ca. 65 lines

 

Our Troops in Heavy Defense

The struggle between Asov Sea and Dnieper knee / Successes at the Volturno

 

Wehrmacht dispatches of 27 October, includes part dedicated to Dnieper fighting, ca. 70 lines

 

Unabated Toughness of Defense

No expansion of breach west of Melitopol

 

Wehrmacht dispatches of 28 October, ca. 40 lines

 

Defense or Counterattack

High losses of the Soviets at Melitopol / Fighting on the Volturno

 

Wehrmacht dispatches of 29 October, ca. 60 lines

 


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#51 R011

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 0956 AM

Reports of victory after victory that somehow keep getting closer to Berlin.
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#52 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 27 August 2019 - 0327 AM

Shortening the lines of communication. They will really be in for it then! :D


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