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I don't know where this information came from. It must be quite an old source. SS-FJ-Btl 500 was withdrawn to Laibach (Ljubljana) after Drvar and the subsequent anti-terrorist sweeps in the outlying areas and was rebuilt with men from the Feldausbildungs-Kompanie, which had been held in reserve, and new recruits from external sources. That said, parachute training had come to a grinding halt by then so there wouldn't have been more than two or three-hundred trained paratroopers available for the proposed jump on Aaland, alongside Fallschirmjäger-Btl "Brandenburg". "Tanne" did indeed include a seaborne element. In fact, the operation, as proposed, was not dissimilar to Operation "Taifun", sometimes referred to as "Leopard", the capture of Leros the previous November.sid guttridge wrote:Hi Paddy,
I belatedly caught your earlier reference to the cancelled drop on the Aaland Islands by SS-Fallschirmjaeger Battlion 500 in June 1944.
My information was that it was "600" rather "500" that was slated for this operation. The fact that "500" had been rendered effectively hors de combat during the raid on Tito in May tended to reinforce this impression.
Hi Paddy,Paddy Keating wrote:I don't think General Lothar Rendulic made a parachute descent at any time. The only WW1 veteran I can think of who qualified as a Fallschirmjäger was Richard Heidrich, CO of the Heer's Fallschirm-Infanterie-Bataillon. I haven't heard of a parachute landing in Tirana. I was not aware of any serious attempt made to relieve German forces there in November 1944. That said, it's not a subject I have studied closely. I believe that some elements from SS-Fallschirmjäger-Btl 500 were in Albania in the early spring of 1944. The only German parachute operation of which I am aware around the turn of 1944/1945 was the drop in the Ardennes.
My earlier post at http://www.feldgrau.net/phpBB2/viewtopi ... &start=105The only thing Professor Steinberg mentioned was, the colonel-general jumped together with a paratroop company at the headquarters of the Italian 11th Army at Greece and arrested the commanding Italian general and his command staff.