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By George Forty

In 1939 the German military, with the infantry as its spine, have been most likely the best-trained and best-equipped military on the planet. via the lengthy Russian iciness of 1941/42 they have been on an inexorable slide towards defeat. This publication tells that tale throughout the many unpublished photos of Gerhard Sandmann, who served as an infantry soldier until eventually he used to be captured in 1944, hence making sure survival of either himself and his photographic list. 24 color and a hundred sixty five b/w images. 6 maps. 128 pages. A4 hardback

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H is dismissal was not rescinded, despite almost immediate proof that he had been right - the airfield at Gzhatsk was overrun by German forces just hours after the transfer order had been received. The disgraced general was appointed to command a flying school at Ulan-Ude, and it would take a year of conrinuous lobbying before he was able to return to active service. In December 1942 Zakharov was appoinred commander of303rd lAD, one of whose subordinate units would achieve fame as the Normandie- ieman French vol unreel' regiment.

This was particularly true when the Finns counrerarracked in the Karelian Isthmus ro the north of Lake Ladoga on 6 January, the Fokkers downing eight DB-3 bombers. In response ro Finnish gains on the ground, the VVSRKKA stepped up its aerial attacks to cover a big build-up of troops. Despite increased fighter cover, Soviet bomber units suffered more heavy losses between 17 and 20 January, with 27 aircraft being downed. With the Polikarpov units now wary of engaging the DXXls, they switched their arrenrion to the Finnish bomber force instead.

Fighters were sem up to destroy it, but the fI rst attack proved to be a failure. Petr Brinko insisted that he could do the job on his own. After take-off, he remained at tree(Op height in his 1-16 as he approached the balloon, before zooming up (0 fire six RS-82 rockets at the blimp. H is target erupted in flames, but Brinko's 1-16 was also hit by ground fire. Although the ace was able to bring his badly damaged fighter home, he did not survive the wounds he had suffered during the mission. One of the most effective Baltic Fleet 1-16 pilots was Vasiliy Golubev, who also began his combat career at \-Ianko with 13th lAP.

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