Saturday, April 30, 2005
Friday, April 29, 2005
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
In Vol.II of the British official history of the war in the Mediterranean and Middle East, there is a picture showing ships burning in Suda Bay. Another picture below that shows German paratroopers in the air, landing near Suda Bay on 20 May 1941. Suda Bay is the farthest East that I have been, in the Mediterranean Sea. We anchored in the bay, with the same granite cliffs that I had seen in photographs. Suda Bay is in far Northwest Crete, facing North, as I remember. I think that we were there to take part in wargames with the the John F. Kennedy (CV-67). Part of that was to simulate launching "Alpha Strikes" on the Southwest USSR, I believe. While in the far Eastern portion of our cruise, we had a Soviet Petya class frigate as our constant companion. In the Western Med, we had a minesweeper. We also saw various Soviet warships, including Krivak class destroyers.
I was an ensign in Operations Dept. on the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42). I actually don't remember the date we were there, although I would guess it to be in late 1976. I say that because we had our collision in the Straits of Messina in January 1977, and spent the rest of the cruise in the Western Med.
The German attack on Crete is noteworthy as a disaster to the British navy. Many destroyers were lost to air attack, including Lord Louis Mountbatten's flotilla leader the Kelly. The Kelly had survived near loss in 1940, having been torpedoed, only to be bombed and sunk in 1941.
Lord Mountbatten, Prince Charles' favorite "uncle", survived, only to be killed by the IRA. Prior to World War One, the family name had been Battenburg. Lord Mountbatten's father, Prince Louis of Battenburg, changed their name to "Mountbatten" after 1914. They were descendents of the Stuart family. King James' daughter Elizabeth Stuart had married Frederick V, Elector Paletine and sometime King of Bohemia, about 1613. Their daughter Sophia married an Hannoveran nobleman. The present royal family is descended from her, as her son George succeeded Queen Anne, when she died of smallpox with no surviving heirs.
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Monday, April 25, 2005
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Friday, April 22, 2005
Thursday, April 21, 2005
- Divisional headquarters
- Armoured reconnaissance regiment with 666 men, 61 tanks and 11 light tanks
- Armoured Brigade with 10 tanks in the headquarters, three armoured regiments iwth 666 men, 61 tanks and 11 light tanks, a motor infantry battalion with 819 men
- Motorized infantry brigade with 2,994 men with 1 MG company with 12 MG's and three motor infantry battalions
- Divisional artillery with 1 field regiment (24-25pdr), 1 motorized regiment (24-25pdr self-propelled guns), 1 a/t regiment (48-17pdr), and 1-AA regiment (54-40mm AA)
- Engineers (1ooo men)
- Signals (728 men)
- "Supply, Transport, and Medical Troops"
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Monday, April 18, 2005
Sunday, April 17, 2005
- Gavin Long, To Benghazi, 1952.
Saturday, April 16, 2005
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Thursday, April 07, 2005
- 23rd Armoured Brigade commanded by Brigadier G.W. Richards. The 23rd was composed of the 8th RTR, 40th RTR, 46th RTR, and 50th RTR, along with the 121st Field Regiment RA, 168th Light AA battery RA, and engineers and ambulance units
- 4/8th South African Armoured Car Regiment
- Artillery, consisting of the 7th Medium Regiment, the 64th Medium Regiment, and the 69th Medium Regiment
- This was along with mortars and signals units
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
The 1st Armoured Division fought in the Second Battle of El-Alamein. The divisional commander was Major-General Raymond Briggs. The division consisted of the 2nd Armoured Brigade and the 7th Motor Brigade, plus divisional troops.
The 2nd Armoured Brigade commander was Brigadier A. F. Fisher. The brigade's units were The Queen's Bays, 9th Lancers, and the 10th Hussars, with the Yorkshire Dragoons motor battalion.
The 7th Motor Brigade was commanded by Brigadier T. J. B. Bosvile, and consisted of the 2/Rifle Brigade, 7/Rifle Brigade, and the 2/King's Royal Rifle Corps (60th Rifles).
The divisional troops included: 12th Lancers (armoured cars), 2nd RHA, 4th RHA, 11th RHA (HAC), elements of the 78th Field Regiment, 76th A/T Regiment, and 42nd Light AA Regiment. They also included engineers, signals, and ambulances.
Tuesday, April 05, 2005
Monday, April 04, 2005
Sunday, April 03, 2005
Saturday, April 02, 2005
- 1 Regiment RHA 16-25pdrs
- 4 Regiment RHA 24-25pdrs
- 104 Regiment RHA 16-25pdrs
- 51 Regiment RHA 24-25pdrs
- 2/1 Field Regiment RAA 24-25pdrs
- 2/2 Field Regiment RAA 12-4.5in howitzers and 12-18pdrs
- 7th MEdium Regiment RA 2-60pdrs, 8-6in howitzers, and 8-6in guns
- 64th Medium Regiment RA 16-4.5in guns
Pzkw I: 1,445, 1,045, 889
Pzkw 35(t): --, 163, 203
Pzkw II: 1,228, 1,095, 1,197
Pzkw 38(t): --, 256, 801
Pzkw III: 101, 388, 1,565
Pzkw IV: 213, 148, 358
In some ways, the numbers of Pzkw I's in service in 1941 is surprisingly high. By 1941, though, it has fallen to third place in the inventory. The Pzkw III had become the most used tank. In 1940, it was the Pzkw II, with the Pzkw I a close second.