By June 1941, Germany's war machine looked to be unstoppable. The Nazi blitzkrieg had taken Poland, France, and Holland with shocking speed. The Luftwaffe had bombed London, while German U-boats wrought havoc on Allied shipping on the Atlantic. And yet, as James Holland shows at the start of The Allies Strike Back, 1941-1943 - the second volume in his magisterial narrative of World War II in the West - cracks were already appearing in Germany's apparent invincibility. Shortages of food and materiel were becoming critical. And, having failed to defeat Britain, Adolf Hitler fatefully pivoted east to invade the Soviet Union - territory he felt compelled to conquer for Germany's protection - and on June 22, 1941 precipitated the largest clash of arms the world had ever seen. Built for speed and quick conquest, German forces by that fall were bogged down in a horrible war of attrition that blunted the Nazi momentum. The Allies Strike Back offers fascinating new perspective on the critical middle years in World War II's western theatre, as the advantage between Axis and Allied forces swung back and forth on the Atlantic and eastern front, and in north Africa and Europe. Acclaimed historian James Holland has spent years conducting original research and interviews, mining newly available archives, visiting battlefields and uncovering letters and diaries previously unread. Acknowledging that strategy and tactics have been the focus of previous histories, he gives equal space to the logistics and supply of men and materiel without which no war can be fought. Allied and Axis leaders criss-cross Holland's narrative, but he also memorably introduces listeners to heretofore unknown participants: Sgt. Ralph Schaps, who experienced the Louisiana Maneuvers that propelled him into Europe; Colonel Hermann Balck, in command of a German panzer regiment in Africa; U-boat captain Teddy Suhren, operating against Allied shipping in the Atlantic; Billy Drake, squadron 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Baker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/032040/bk_adbl_032040_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Oberkommando des Heeres (OKH) was Nazi Germany's High Command of the Army from 1936 to 1945. Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (OKW) commanded OKH only in theory. However, after 1941, de facto OKW directly commanded operations on the Western front while OKH commanded the Eastern front.For commanding the navy and the air force, Third Reich had also Oberkommando der Marine (OKM) and Oberkommando der Luftwaffe (OKL) respectively. These were theoretically subordinate to OKW, but in actuality acted quite independently.
The Dornier Do 217 was a bomber used by German Luftwaffe during World War II as a more powerful version of the Dornier Do 17, known as the Fliegender Bleistift (German: "flying pencil"). Designed in 1937 and 1938, its design was refined and production began in 1940. It entered service in 1941 and by the beginning of 1942 was available in significant numbers. The Dornier Do 217 had a much larger bomb load capacity and had much greater range than the Do 17. The early Do 217E variants were more powerful than the Heinkel He 111 and Junkers Ju 88, having a greater speed, range and bomb load. Owing to this it is designated a heavy bomber rather than a medium bomber. The Do 217 served on all fronts in all roles. On the Eastern Front and Western Front it operated as a strategic bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. It also performed tactical functions, either direct ground assault or anti-shipping strikes during the Battle of the Atlantic and Battle of Normandy. The type also served in anti-shipping units in the Mediterranean, attacking Allied Convoys and Sea power during the campaign.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Battle of Sedan or Second Battle of Sedan was a decisive battle fought during the Battle of France during the Second World War. The battle was part of the German Wehrmacht's battle plan to encircle the Allied Armies in Belgium and north-eastern France. The German Army Group A crossed the Meuse river with the intention of capturing Sedan and pushing northwards towards the channel coast, in order to entrap the Allied Forces that were advancing east into Belgium, as part of the Allied Dyle Plan strategy. The initial assault was spearheaded by the Luftwaffe. Owing to the bombing and low morale, the French defenders broke down psychologically and were unable to mount a coherent defence. The Germans captured the Meuse bridges at Sedan allowing them to pour reinforcements and armour across the river on 14 May. The Allied Air Forces, the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Armée de l'Air (French Air Force) tried to destroy the bridges only to be prevented by German aerial resistance leading to very high losses and the breaking of the Allied bomber strength in the campaign.
Otto Dommeratzky (3 May 1916 13 October 1944) was a highly decorated Major in the Luftwaffe during World War II, and one of only 882 recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. Dommeratzky was born on 3 May 1916 at Löderburg, near Staßfurt in Sachsen-Anhalt. Dommeratzsky flew his first combat missions over Poland and in the French campaign with II.(S)/Lehrgeschwader 2. He later operated over the Balkans in spring 1941 and participated in the invasion of Russia in June 1941. In January 1942, II.(S)/LG 2 was redesignated SchG 1, and during 1942 and 1943, Dommeratzky served with 8./SchG 1, over the central and southern sectors of the Eastern front, predominantly in the anti-tank role.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Hans Röhrig (4 November 1919 13 July 1943) was a former German Luftwaffe fighter ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross during World War II. Hans Röhrig was credited with 75 victories. He recorded 56 victories over the Eastern front and 19 victories recorded over the Western front.Hans Röhrig was first assigned to Erprobungsgruppe 210. He flew many fighter-bomber missions over England during the Battle of Britain and according to one source, recorded five aerial victories during this time but those victories remain unconfirmed. On 1 May 1941, Röhrig was transferred to JG 53 stationed on the Eastern front. He recorded his first victory on 25 July, when he shot down a Russian DB-3 twin-engine bomber. Röhrig relocated with 3./JG 53 to the Mediterranean theatre at the end of 1941. From bases in Sicily, he flew missions over Malta but was unable to add any further victory during this time.
Bernhard Carl "Bert" Trautmann, OBE (born 22 October 1923), is a retired German footballer who played for Manchester City from 1949 to 1964. Brought up during times of inter-war strife in Germany, Trautmann joined the Luftwaffe early in the Second World War, serving as a paratrooper. He fought on the Eastern Front for three years, earning five medals including an Iron Cross. Later in the war he was transferred to the Western Front, where he was captured by the British as the war drew to a close. One of only 90 of his original 1,000-man regiment to survive the war, he was transferred to a prisoner-of-war camp in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Lancashire. Trautmann refused an offer of repatriation, and following his release in 1948 he settled in Lancashire, combining farm work with playing as goalkeeper for local football team St Helens Town. Performances for St Helens gained Trautmann a reputation as an able goalkeeper, resulting in interest from Football League clubs. In October 1949 he signed for Manchester City, a club playing in the highest level of football in the country, the First Division.