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by dsetzer
Sun Nov 01, 2009 12:11 pm
Forum: Heer
Topic: Retreat from Monte Cassino
Replies: 4
Views: 1968

Re: Retreat from Monte Cassino

My understanding is that the Gustav Line or Winter Line ran from the mouth of the Garigliano River through Monte Cassino to a point just south of Ortona. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_Line The Canadians took Ortona in December of 1943 and the Allied offensive started from the Garigliano i...
by dsetzer
Sun Nov 01, 2009 6:30 am
Forum: Heer
Topic: Retreat from Monte Cassino
Replies: 4
Views: 1968

Retreat from Monte Cassino

At Monte Cassino the German army was ordered to hold the position at all costs. When the unthinkable happened and they were finally forced to abandon the mountain in May of 1944, there was no real plan for that contingency. What followed was a disorderly retreat over a very broad front that was very...
by dsetzer
Sun Sep 20, 2009 5:40 am
Forum: Heer
Topic: The Battle of Ortona
Replies: 0
Views: 1082

The Battle of Ortona

In December of 1943 Canadian and Indian units of the British 8th Army advanced on Ortona, Italy commencing a battle that would be called, "Little Stalingrad." A German soldier who was there for part of the battle has written an account of his experiences and it has been posted on the German Historic...
by dsetzer
Fri Sep 04, 2009 7:09 am
Forum: Heer
Topic: Daily doings of German soldiers
Replies: 7
Views: 3102

Re: Daily doings of German soldiers

On the web site of the German Historical Museum one can find an account by a German soldier who served in occupied France in 1940. The account (in German) can be found here: http://www.dhm.de/lemo/forum/kollektives_gedaechtnis/319/index.html The relations between the occupying troops and the locals ...
by dsetzer
Sun Aug 30, 2009 12:21 pm
Forum: Heer
Topic: On the wrong end of a B-17 attack
Replies: 0
Views: 1267

On the wrong end of a B-17 attack

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be on the ground during a raid by a group of B-17's? On November 2, 1942 Werner Mork was sitting in his supply truck in Tobruk harbor waiting to take on a load of supplies being unloaded from the ships docked there. Suddenly the harbor erupted into an ...
by dsetzer
Sun Aug 23, 2009 7:17 am
Forum: Heer
Topic: British Fighters on the Attack - Afrika Korps
Replies: 0
Views: 915

British Fighters on the Attack - Afrika Korps

Corporal Werner Mork of the 686 Nachschub Abbeilung in the Afrika Korps has given us a vivid description of what it was like to be attacked in the open desert by British fighter-bombers. In addition to the attack and its gruesome aftermath, he goes on to talk about the daily life of a soldier in Nor...
by dsetzer
Wed Aug 19, 2009 4:37 pm
Forum: Luftwaffe
Topic: Luftwaffe Attack on Korsika
Replies: 0
Views: 1286

Luftwaffe Attack on Korsika

In March of 1944 Axis Sally promised the boys of the 340th Bombardment Group stationed on Corsica a 'visit.' During the night of May 13-14, 1944 the Luftwaffe made good on the promise. A daring raid was executed with incredible precision. Actually it was a double raid. Part one consisted of an attac...
by dsetzer
Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:10 pm
Forum: Heer
Topic: A Corporal's Life in the Wehrmacht
Replies: 4
Views: 2365

Re: A Corporal's Life in the Wehrmacht

It is astonishing what the robot translators can do, and in many cases they are the only option.

I do not think of myself as being very strong in German, but I do think that my translation is a bit more readable and understandable than the automated service.

Do you agree?
by dsetzer
Mon Aug 17, 2009 4:11 pm
Forum: Heer
Topic: A Corporal's Life in the Wehrmacht
Replies: 4
Views: 2365

A Corporal's Life in the Wehrmacht

The 18-year old Werner Mork volunteered for the Wehrmacht immediately after the outbreak of war in September of 1939. He was still in the army when the war ended in 1945. His memoirs constitute a full-faceted portrait of the daily life of a simple soldier in the German army. Many episodes of his sto...