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by PaulJ
Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:53 am
Forum: Heer
Topic: German Defences and Ops Utah Beach rear area
Replies: 1
Views: 2670

Re: German Defences and Ops Utah Beach rear area

Not from the German perspective, but a quick and easy link is the US Army's official history: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-E-XChannel/index.html including a quite detailed map of the AUDOVILLE-LA-HUBERT area: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-E-XChannel/maps/USA-E-XChannel-3.jpg It ...
by PaulJ
Tue Jul 24, 2012 10:13 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Partisans, Guerillas, and Resistance
Replies: 13
Views: 5085

Re: Partisans, Guerillas, and Resistance

This is a problem fraught issue. 9/11 prompted a determined but it now appears ultimately unsuccessful widespread international effort to define terrorism. For an excellent summary, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrorism_(definitions_of) Having said that, I would argue that current usage (note, ...
by PaulJ
Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:02 pm
Forum: Operational Map Project & Archival Research
Topic: Canadian archives
Replies: 2
Views: 3394

Re: Canadian archives

Canadian military records and artifacts reside in various places. The Canadian Forces themselves have a small organization called the Directorate of History and Heritage (DHH - formerly known as the Directorate of History or DHist, a designation which you still see in notations). http://www.cmp-cpm....
by PaulJ
Thu Mar 10, 2011 7:30 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Artillery tactics and operation. WWII.
Replies: 9
Views: 4813

Re: Artillery tactics and operation. WWII.

The seminal work in the field:

Shelford Bidwell & Dominick Graham, Fire Power: British Army Weapons And Theories Of War, 1904-1945
by PaulJ
Fri Dec 24, 2010 9:59 am
Forum: Wargames
Topic: Panzergrenadier battalion HQ
Replies: 7
Views: 4942

Re: Panzergrenadier battalion HQ

Okay, just at the moment (as I sit here on Christmas leave sipping coffee), can't lay my hands on what I was thinking of, but offer this: for a WWII Inf Bde (Brit model, based upon WE II/141/2): Main HQ: - Comd, personal staff - Ops staff (Brigade Major, Into O, a few others) - 3 x Liaison Officers ...
by PaulJ
Sun Dec 19, 2010 3:11 pm
Forum: Wargames
Topic: Panzergrenadier battalion HQ
Replies: 7
Views: 4942

Re: Panzergrenadier battalion HQ

Cristoph, Well informed as always. I understand the KStN, but could I ask you how they laid-down that organization into forward and rear HQ etc? Obviously, it would depend largely upon the situation (and in fact, how to lay this down was one of the critical command decisions a commander had to make)...
by PaulJ
Sun Dec 19, 2010 10:25 am
Forum: Wargames
Topic: Panzergrenadier battalion HQ
Replies: 7
Views: 4942

Re: Panzergrenadier battalion HQ

Here's a deeper question I've always wondered about, and never seen anything on -- how did the Germans' organize the echeloning of their HQ? Did they echelon them at all? What I mean is this: in British/Commonwealth practice, there would actually be up to no less than FOUR DIFFERENT headquarters for...
by PaulJ
Sun Aug 22, 2010 10:16 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Battle of Britain
Replies: 18
Views: 6252

Re: Battle of Britain

A large part of the RAF buget was spent on frills instead of necessities such as training, designing aircraft,etc.A lot of money was spent on fancy officers messes and there guest nites ,to me trying to look like army regimental mess' of a hundred year old regiment. Okay, there's a clear, specific ...
by PaulJ
Tue Aug 17, 2010 5:47 pm
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Battle of Britain
Replies: 18
Views: 6252

Re: Battle of Britain

Rodger, not sure what you mean. The RAF *WAS* like the [Brit] Army -- 0fficers' messes and what not. Still is for that matter. What's your point?
by PaulJ
Sat Aug 14, 2010 6:33 pm
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Pronunciation de Guingand?
Replies: 1
Views: 2974

Pronunciation de Guingand?

Quick question -- can anyone comment upon the correct pronunciation of Freddie de Guingand's name? I mean, of course, Major-General Sir Francis de Guingand, Monty's chief of staff, and the author of, amongst other works, Operation Victory (London: Hodder 1947). Duh Gwinjj-and? Duh Gwin-Gand? Somethi...
by PaulJ
Sat Aug 14, 2010 1:51 pm
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Battle of Britain
Replies: 18
Views: 6252

Re: Battle of Britain

Roger, Well, yes and no. A few responses I would make: When the RAF was formed the pilots were to be the elite of the air service, so they were given all the staff jobs. I would suggest that it's misleading to try and describe pilots as meant as the "elite" of the RAF. In one sense this is true -- t...
by PaulJ
Sat Aug 07, 2010 5:51 pm
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: 23rd Hussars - Le Beny Bocage
Replies: 19
Views: 11143

Re: 23rd Hussars - Le Beny Bocage

Matt,

Straight off the top of my head I can tell you that "trooper" is simply the term in cavalry regiments (in British and Commonwealth Armies) for private. As such, he could have been a driver, gunner, radio operator or loader.
by PaulJ
Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:11 pm
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Looking for Pub Sources on 21st Army Group and US 3rd Army
Replies: 5
Views: 2037

Re: Looking for Pub Sources on 21st Army Group and US 3rd Army

Always start with the official histories, many of which are available in their entirety on-line.

See http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/ETO/Central/index.html
by PaulJ
Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:36 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Question regarding the Firefly
Replies: 15
Views: 2805

Re: Question regarding the Firefly

Don't have any stats to offer on Firefly accuracy per se, but in a related angle -- I do know that they had issues with smoke and dust raised by the concussion of firing obscuring observation of the target after firing. This made it difficult to impossible to adjust fire, which [indirectly] has the ...
by PaulJ
Thu Dec 31, 2009 3:44 pm
Forum: Campaigns and Battles
Topic: Guerilla Campaigns
Replies: 1
Views: 686

Guerilla Campaigns

How much effort did the Allies [Anglo-American and Soviet] put into guerrilla warfare behind Axis lines? Now, Churchill did famously call for SOE to "set Europe ablaze", and they were subsequently joined in due course by the OSS, and those organizations did indeed work behind the lines with resistan...