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Coming into carrier on the finish of the conflict of england, the pugnacious Bristol Beaufighter was once deployed in numbers through Fighter Command simply in time for the beginning of the Luftwaffe’s evening ‘Blitz’ on Britain. Flown by way of specialized nightfighter squadrons – numerous of them elite pre-war Auxiliary Air strength devices – it used to be the 1st nightfighter to be built with an airborne radar as ordinary. therefore outfitted, it mixed the power to ‘see’ the enemy at evening with the devastating hitting energy of 4 cannon and 6 laptop weapons. This booklet covers the exploits of the boys who made ace within the Beaufighter and comprises wonderful unique paintings including first hand money owed of the motion.

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The rail strike began on August 10 at the 17 main rail depots, bringing transport in the city area to a halt. It was the first major strike in Paris since the Occupation began and neither the Germans nor the French Milice were able to break it by force. By the second week of August 1944, it was obvious to the average Parisian that the Germans were abandoning the city. The “grey mice,” the uniformed women of the Wehrmacht, had disappeared, as had most German civilian employees. German offices in the center of the city were burning their files in the courtyards.

Qxd:Layout 1 10/12/07 13:19 Page 31 Ultimately, it was the First Army’s V Corps sent to Paris rather than Patton’s Third Army. The two main units deployed were the US 4th Infantry Division, and Leclerc’s 2e Division Blindée (2e DB). The corps also had the 5th Armored Division and 28th Infantry Division attached at this time but merely on paper: the 28th Division was in a blocking position on the Eure River in XIX Corps’ sector and the 5th Armored Division was on the Seine river in XV Corps’ sector.

50-cal. heavy machine gun. By the end of the day, the two US anti-aircraft battalions in the bridgehead claimed 29 fighters shot down, 13 by the 463rd AAA and 15 by the 456th AAA although Luftwaffe records would suggest a lower total, with 23 aircraft lost on August 22, some of which in areas away from the Mantes bridgehead. A detailed account of this air battle can be found in the French military history journal 39–45 by Bruno Renoult, “Luftwaffe contre Anti-Aircraft: Les combat aériens sur la tête de pont de Mantes-août 1944” in No.

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