Author: ajcrou

31 October 1940

31 October 1940 Southern Front At the end of October, South African Prime Minister General Jan Smuts decides to organize an inspection tour of his armed forces in Kenya. He is accompanied for this purpose by his adviser General Pierre van Ryneveld. The visit also coincides with the arrival in Kenya of Major-General Alan G.…
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27 – 30 October 1940

27 – 30 October 1940 Northern Front After several days of intense training, No.14 (RAF) Squadron makes its first operation with its new Bristol Blenheim Mk IV. For this purpose, three aircraft take off with  Flight Lieutenant John K. Buchanan at 06h00 to bomb the warehouses of the port of Massawa from an altitude of…
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26 October 1940

26 October 1940 Northern Front On the northern front, an air incident is close to turning to tragedy for No.14 (RAF) Squadron. The unit is still in training on the Bristol Blenheim Mk IV. For this purpose, the Squadron Leader Deryck C. Stapleton is responsible for testing the Bristol Blenheim T2057 in flight. He is…
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Victory Was Beyond Their Grasp – Douglas E. Nash

Victory Was Beyond Their Grasp – Douglas E. Nash Douglas E. Nash. Victory Was Beyond Their Grasp: With the 272nd Volks-Grenadier Division from the Huertgen Forest to the Heart of the Reich. Casemate Publishers, 2015. 416 p. I recognize that I am not a great reader of monographs about Army units. However, I wanted to…
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25 October 1940

25 October 1940 Southern Front The events of the day allow to highlight the major evolution provided by the arrival of the Hawker Hurricane on the southern front. Thus, three Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 are sent to bomb Port Reitz, near Mombasa, at an altitude of about 4 500 meters. Two Hawker Fury of No.2 (SAAF) Squadrons…
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23 – 24 October 1940

23 – 24 October 1940 Southern Front This day is relatively insignificant in terms of activity. Two Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 make a surprise visit on the Kenyan airfield of Malindi. Nevertheless, these very small attacks probably have only a psychological objective in order to keep the opponent under pressure. Yet 24 October is a major turning…
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22 October 1940

22 October 1940 Northern Front The day is essentially marked by the organization of a massive attack, combined between the three Squadrons based at Aden, on airfields of Alamata and Dessie (northern Ethiopia). The distance between Aden and Alamata requires the organization of a refueling on the island of Perim in the Red Sea. Three…
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21 October 1940

21 October 1940 Northern Front Three Wellesleys of No.223 (RAF) Squadron took off between 19h20 and 20h20 to bomb the airfields of Asmara and Gura. Once again, the results are difficult to evaluate. Unfortunately, when landing at Summit, around one o’clock in the morning, the Vickers Wellesley L7774 suddenly stalled at an altitude of about…
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20 October 1940

20 October 1940 Northern Front As previous days, the Italians continue to attack British ships in the Red Sea (convoy BN 7) by sending Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 and Savoia-Marchetti SM.81. Around noon, a Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 of 44bis Gruppo BT was engaged by the Bristol Blenheim Mk IVF T2112 (Flying Officer Heslop M.F. Barnitt [1] and Sergeant…
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19 October 1940

19 October 1940 Northern Front The French continue their reconnaissance flights aboard Glenn-Martin 167F n°102 (Flight Lieutenant Jacques Dodelier, Warrant Officer Yves Trecan, Flight Sergeant Ronan Michel and Robert Cunibil) with the sector Dire Dawa – Shinile – Zeilah between 08h15 and 12h00. One Caproni Ca.133 is seen on the airfield of Dire Dawa, while…
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