21st Panzer Division: Rommel's Afrika Korps by Chris Ellis

By Chris Ellis

The recent Spearhead sequence is designed to examine the leading edge of battle, facing devices able to working thoroughly independently within the vanguard of conflict. each one quantity within the sequence examines the selected unit's origins and background, its agency and order of conflict, its conflict background theatre by way of theatre, its insignia and its markings. additionally coated are biographies of an important commanders of every unit. each one identify ends with an evaluation of unit effectiveness - as noticeable by way of the unit itself, through its competitors and the sunshine of newer historic examine. The books additionally comprise a close reference part with a serious bibliography, a list of proper museums and sites, information regarding re-enactment teams and memorials. shaped in North Africa in August 1942 from the fifth Leichte department, the twenty first Panzer department fought in all of the significant battles of the wasteland struggle, together with the Afrika Korps' improve to El-Alamcin, the battling retreat to Tunisia, and operations opposed to the yankee forces at Kasserine, until eventually it used to be destroyed round Tunis in 1943. It used to be back thoroughly annihilated within the conflict of the Falaise hole. back reformed twenty first Panzer might finish its days at the jap entrance, the place it surrendered to the Russians at Cottbus; southeast of Berlin, in April 1945. This diverse and chequered background contains a number of the fiercest struggling with of global battle 2 and makes twenty first Panzer the right topic to begin Ian Allan Publishing's Spearhead sequence.

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He was gone in a flash that’s for certain, but the import of the few words he’d uttered lingered for me to ponder and gel into the first sign I might actually survive the day. To that point, I’d presumed being ignored was an indication that little could be done for me, and today it is with some guilt that I recall the relief those words brought with them, and that Smitty’s suffering served to bring me hope. Perhaps ten minutes later we flared into the landing pad adjacent the emergency entrance of the 85th Evacuation Hospital at Phu Bai.

Blackened with dirt and the scorching heat of the blast, no one was really certain of the victim’s identity. Ron Johnson recalls Lt. South cradling the broken body gently in his arms, tears streaming down his cheeks as he yelled for Doc Smitty’s help. By coincidence, I was later told, a dustoff medevac helicopter just happened to have been nearby on a routine, non-urgent mission at the moment our own radios came to life with the first frantic calls for help. To this day, I continue to draw breath as a result of that most fortuitous circumstance and the medevac’s diversion to our small hilltop.

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