By Philip Kaplan

For far of worldwide battle II England supplied the single western eu base from which the British and American air forces may perhaps take the struggle into Nazi-occupied Europe and Germany itself. the yank 8th and 9th Air Forces struck enemy objectives by means of day at nice distances, frequently on raids of 8 or 9 hours period, whereas the RAF flew such a lot of its not easy missions at evening. This hugely illustrated e-book will express what it used to be like for pilots, aircrew and floor group in the course of their wartime provider. It not just takes the reader on regular USAAF and RAF raids, however it additionally depicts the paintings of the mechanics and fitters as they struggled to maintain battered plane airworthy, how the medics coped with the numerous wounded who lower back from the raids and appears at the place the airmen secure in the a number of bases or within the neighborhood villages and cities. it's going to contain interval and later pictures of the bases, the airplane, memorials and correct destinations in Britain, France and Germany. will probably be a shiny and robust human expression of the bomber airmen's wartime adventure.

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During the retreat followed the Soviet offensive started on 11 December 1942, those still in running order were soon lost, mostly because of mechanical breakdowns or simple lack of fuel. By September 1943 some 70 L 6/40 tanks and 90 L 40 self-propelled guns were still available in Italy. L 3/35, UNKNOWN BATTAGLIONE CARRI L, 132ª DIVISIONE CORAZZATA ARIETE, LIBYA 1941 The last L 3/35 production series, built in 1938, had the main armament replaced with two 8mm Breda 38 machine guns that gave an improved traverse over the old 8mm Fiat 35; the Breda, with their shorter barrels, could be traversed 28° in both directions as opposed to the Fiat, which only had 24° traverse (Breda also had a vertical traverse of 36° against the 27° of the Fiat).

38 A view of the top of a Semovente L 40 negotiating mud in Tunisia in 1942–43; this view gives an idea of the crammed space of the fighting compartment with the pilot on the right, the loader immediately behind him and the gunner/commander on the left. Its 1942 establishment included an HQ squadron and two Gruppo esplorante corazzato (armoured reconnaissance groups), the first equipped with one armoured car and two L 6/40 squadrons, the second with one L 40 self-propelled gun, one anti-aircraft and one motorcycle-mounted squadron.

The first tests of war in North Africa were equally disappointing, particularly because of a fragmented use of the available L 3, split at company level into different mobile groups (raggruppamenti). On 15 June 1940 an Italian column, supported by two truck-borne companies of the IX light-tank battalion, was attacked by British armour while moving towards the Egyptian frontier at Sidi Omar–Capuzzo. The British forces, with armoured cars and two A 9 cruiser tanks, were able to destroy most of the column and the 12 L 3 tanks used to support it.

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