By Martin Clemens
This outstanding memoir through the near-mythic British district officer and coastwatcher who assisted in shaping the 1st nice Allied counteroffensive within the Pacific warfare is a compelling precise event tale according to a magazine Martin Clemens saved through the battle. while, it might probably good be the final serious resource of study of the Solomons crusade. good-looking, articulate, and brave, the Scottish-born, Cambridge-educated Clemens controlled to outlive years at the back of jap traces in a single of the main unfriendly climates and terrains on the earth. After many partisan and secret agent missions, in 1942 he emerged from the jungle and built-in his Melanesian commando strength into the center of the first Marine Division's operations, incomes and the unfettered admiration of now-legendary Marine officials like Vandegrift, Thomas, Twining, Edson, and Pate. His special point of view, fleshed out from targeted diary entries, presents a revealing - now not regularly flattering - portrait of the Solomons crusade and the Marines who directed it.
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The enemy was driven back. When Bäke returned to the command post following the successful mission, he found orders awaiting him for a special operation. In addition to the 11th Panzer Regiment, thirty-four Tigers (of sPzAbt. /PR 23) had been placed under his command. These units combined to form Heavy Panzer Regiment Bäke. Also placed at his disposal was 1st Battalion, 88th Artillery Division, which was equipped with Hummel self-propelled artillery. Oberstleutnant Bäke now commanded a fighting force that would be able to stand up to any Soviet attack.
The division commander stated plainly that the upcoming Operation Zitadelle (Citadel) contravened all the basic principles of strategic command. The offensive was planned for the precise areas where the Soviets were massing their forces. The enemy would be awaiting the attack. He had laid down heavily fortified positions to a depth of fifty kilometers or more. "Our forces will not be sufficient to break the enemy's resistance and force a breakthrough. But if we do break through this in-depth front with our attack forces, we will be too weak to extend the breakthrough and cut off and surround the enemy.
5cm gun, which had just been unloaded at the Tatsinskaya station. They were intended for the 11th Panzer Regiment, but now they provided welcome reinforcement to von Hüners-dorff's battle group. Further tanks were unloaded on the evening of 9 January 1943. Designated Panzer Company Walzer, these drove out to join Battle Group von Hünersdorff. Dr. Bäke's armored group, which was down to fourteen tanks, was held in reserve as a mobile strike force. Under its commander, the Bäke group intervened wherever the situation became threatening.
Alone on Guadalcanal: A Coastwatcher's Story by Martin Clemens