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  1. ARMIES OF WWII - Romanian Infantry

    Romanian Infantry Division The Infantry division was organized after the German model: three infantry regiments; one partially motorized reconnaissance group; one antitank company (6 x 47mm Schneider model 1936); a pioneer battalion; and two artillery regiments. It has a total of 17,500 men. Armies of WWII - blog Continue reading →
  2. WEAPONS OF WWII - Aircraft

    Weapons of WWII - Aircraft Blog The Hardware – Aircraft Although the Supermarine Spitfire is often portrayed as the fighter plane that “won” the Battle of Britain, it was in fact Sidney Camm’s robust and durable Hurricane that destroyed more German aircraft than the rest of the British planes combined. Well into 1941, the Hurricane was the RAF’s most numerous fighter. Designed as a monoplane version of the earlier Fury, the Hurricane was not as technically advanced as the Spitfire and had an unstressed, largely fabric, covering. The prototype first flew in November 1935, and the Hurricane Mk I entered service late in 1937 as the RAF’s first monoplane fighter. Early Hurricane aircraft were fitted with a two-blade, fixed-pitch propeller that later gave way to a three-blade, constant-speed unit. Some 19 squadrons operated with Mk I Hurricanes on the outbreak of World War II in September 1939 and some 32 squadrons were equipped by August 1940. The production total was about 3,650 aircraft. Some 7,500 of the improved Mk II fighter-bomber Hurricanes, with an uprated powerplant, heavier armament, and enhancements such a metal-skinned wings, three-blade propeller and better armor protection, were deliver from September 1940 onward, in various configurations. Many aircraft were tropicalized for North African and Far Eastern service with a special chin air filter. The Mk IV Hurricane was the final British production model and was fitted with uprated engine, additional armor, and provisions for underwing stores, including antitank guns. The Sea Hurricane was a naval version of the plane. Continue reading →
  3. BATTLES OF WWII - Eastern Front, Greece & Yugoslavia

    Location: Greece and Yugoslavia     Date: April 6-27, 1941 Commanders and Forces: German:   Second Army (von Weichs), Twelfth Army (von List); total German forces: 680,000 troops, 1,200 tanks, 700 aircraft Italian:  Second Army (General Vittorio Ambrosio, 565,000 troops). Yugoslav:  Yugoslav Army (King Peter II, 1 million men, 700 aircraft). Greek:  Greek Army (Marshal Alexander Papagos, 430,000 troops, 50 aircraft). British...
  4. ARMIES OF WWII - Waffen SS

     Waffen-SS Order of Battle, Normandy, June 1944 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division Götz von Berlichingen (June 10) (SS-StandartenFuhrer Otto Baum) Total Strength: 17,321 men SS-Panzergrenadier Regiment 37 SS-Panzergrenadier Regiment 38 SS-Panzerjager Abteilung 1:12 x Marder, 22 x Pak 40 (arrived later in the month) SS-Panzer Abteilung 17: 42 x StuG III SS-Panzer Abteilung Regiment 17: 25 x 105mm, 12 x 150mm...

    Battle of River Plate WWII Battle of the River Plate Location: South Atlantic Ocean Date: December 13, 1939 Commanders and Forces German:  Pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee (captain Langsdorff); Commanders and Forces British:  Cruisers Exeter, Achilies, and Ajax (Commodore Harwood) Casualties: German:  36 killed, 60 wounded British: 72 killed, 28 wounded Continue reading →