Download e-book for iPad: 7th Flieger Division: Student's Fallschirmjager Elite by Chris Ellis

By Chris Ellis

ISBN-10: 0711028559

ISBN-13: 9780711028555

The recent Spearhead sequence appears on the leading edge of battle, facing devices able to working independently within the leading edge of conflict. Covers the unit's origins and historical past, business enterprise and order of conflict, conflict historical past theatre via theatre, insignia and markings. Vol. three is at the German seventh Flieger department.

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14 The reality was less impressive; the fleet of small ships patrolling Britain’s shores sank just two U-boats in September. The futility of these tactics was obvious to many of those whose duty it was to carry them out. It was in luck rather than ‘science and seamanship’ that most placed their trust. The destroyer Walker was sent on more than one wild goose chase in those first months; John Adams remembers hours spent on ASDIC sweeps of empty sea: I think the staff ashore were very fidgety. Where I drew the line was one particular report from the lighthouse on the south corner of the Isle of Man that a periscope had been sighted 6 miles away.

This was perhaps to be expected; it was impossible to forget the terrible cost in lives and ships exacted by the U-boat only twenty years before. The object of British maritime strategy was to deny Germany vital imports of food and raw materials, whilst securing its own. During World War I the former had proved much easier to accomplish than the latter. For most of the war, the Royal Navy had imposed a punishing economic blockade which had played no small part in the final victory. Yet British ships had been less successful in securing the country’s own sea commu- Pingers nications.

After his initial training the twenty-seven-yearold had elected to join the staff at Portland: ‘It was only small ships, destroyers and the like, which were fitted with the ASDIC, and I liked the idea of being in small ships – you’re a more compact company, it’s congenial. ” When Usherwood joined the ASW school in 1937 it was little more than a collection of wooden huts; the staff was small and the facilities limited. ‘It was seen as a bit of a Cinderella service. ’ Those who worked with the new detection device were known rather derisively as ‘pingers’, after the pinging echo made by the ASDIC as it sent out its pulse.

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