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Leo Niehorster

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  1. Great information. Will contact them and see if they can assist. Many thanks again. -- Leo
  2. Thank you for this intersting and helpful link. If only there was something like this for the Saint-Amaurice and Gotthard Fortresses. -- Leo
  3. Thank you for your replies. Sorry — I did mean May 1940. I have the data of the old Schweiz 1940 site, but it was not completely right. I have been working with the author, Andreas P. Herren, to make a new presentation to be shown on my site. He has no interest in re-uploading his old site or starting a new, amended one. I have the various plans (Operationsbefehle) for 1940, although not with a detailed OB down to battalions and companies, such as I have for July 1939 and April/May 1940. Saint-Maurice is within the area of the 10th Mountain Brigade, whereas Gotthard is under the 9th Division area. My interest is to locate which of the formations' units were actually emplaced in these fortresses. -- Leo
  4. Slightly off-topic. I am looking for the detailed OB of the Gotthard Fortress and Saint-Maurice Fortress, as well as the Dietikon Group on or about 11 May 1941. I.e. before the reteat into the Limmat positions. Something along the lines of my Sargans Fortress, 1 July 1939 Thanks -- Leo
  5. Think you mean the Caucasus Mountains. Carpathians was in 1944. -- Leo
  6. A lot of stuff ... Lend Lease to the U.S.S.R. in Wortld War II -- Leo
  7. 👍 Not to mention the fanatics who go to extreme lengths to protect "their" page(s) which contain misinformation, incorrect data, and downright lies. In my area of interest: lots of history related pages. -- Leo
  8. Grandfather was COS and CIC of the Royal Dutch Air Force (1954–56). I liked to take me with him as much as possible on his visits to air bases, factories, and other places. Riding in his official car with flag and all the troops saluting ... 😍 My place at the Dutch Military Academy (KMA) was assured. 😉 Then my father decided to go the Mexico ... 😭 My step-father was a marine (USMC) sergeant. In Holland he guarded the consulate, the embassy and the MAG headquarters. Always enjoyed visiting him off-duty in the "Marine Barracks". -- Leo
  9. Interesting. The US did something similar with the Labor Service / Civilian Support units post WWII in Europe. Labor Service Polish Military In American Army -- Leo
  10. Well, this title of this thread is "Danube River Cold War", and a part of the Danube is in south-east Germany, which can be a decent barrier to hostile mobile forces. Of course, if you feel I am wrong, you could always post a copy in the Cold War Fortifications thread ... -- Leo
  11. My memory of exact times is somewhat hazy. FWIW In the late 60s / early 70s, I was stationed in Germany with the US 130th Engineer Brigade. One of the missions of this brigade was to maintain contact and liaise with the local reserve / territorial engineer forces. A US Army team would occasionally ride with the small German teams, consisting of several senior engineer demolition warrant officers who lived in the area. These Bundeswehr teams frequent inspected built-in chambers for explosives in all the bridges as well as checking the dumps for explosives used to fill these chambers. The engineer regiment in our area (Rhine-Main) could issued, transport, and emplace their loads within 3 hours "Im Verteidigunfsfall". (Mind you, the rest of the territorial engineer regiment would take a LOT longer.) I am sure this would have also been the case for the rivers in the south-east of Germany. -- Leo
  12. So am I, and it's a bonus if they have traveled a lot and like meat.
  13. US Army Infantry Division in 1940: 1 NCO + 11 EM (T/O 6-87), 1 October 1940; each section had: 1 SGT section chief; 1 CPL gunner; 8 cannoneers; 1 chauffeur; 1 basic private. in 1942: 1 NCO + 10 EM (T/O 6-27), 1 April 1942; each section had: 1 SSG section chief [other 3 sections had SGT]; 1 CPL gunner; 7 cannoneer; 1 chauffeur; 1 basic private. in 1943: 1 NCO + 9 EM (T/O&E 6-27), 15 July 1943; each section had: 1 SSG section chief [other 3 sections had SGT]; 1 CPL gunner; 7 cannoneer; 1 chauffeur. in 1944: 1 NCO + 9 EM (T/O&E 6-27), 27 September 1944; each section had: 1 SSG section chief [other 3 sections had SGT]; 1 CPL gunner; 7 cannoneer; 1 chauffeur. USMC Division in 1942: 1 NCO + 11 EM (T/O D-29), 1 July 1942; each section had: 1 SGT section chief; 1 CPL gunner; 1 CPL asst. gunner; 2 ammo handlers, 6 cannonneers; 1 truck driver. in 1943: 1 NCO + 10 EM (T/O F-21) 15 April 1943; each section had: 1 SGT section chief; 1 CPL gunner; 1 CPL asst. gunner; 2 ammo handlers, 5 cannonneers; 1 truck driver. USMC Division USMC Division in 1944: 1 NCO + 10 EM (T/O F-21) 21 February 1943; each section had: 1 SGT section chief; 1 CPL gunner; 1 CPL asst. gunner; 2 ammo handlers, 5 cannonneers; 1 truck driver. ---- German Panzer or Motorized Infantry Division Throughout the war, 105mm motorized light field howitzer batteries (KStN 434) one firing detachment each, not further divided down into platoons or sections. The KStN dated 1 November 1941, each firing detachment [US firing battery] had 1 officer; 8 NCO; and 40 EM. Four halftracks towed a 105mm light FH each. These four halftracks each transported 1 or 2 NCO; 6 EM; 1 chauffeur + 1 asst. chauffeur. Included in these 6 EM were 5 designated as cannoneers. -- Leo
  14. "Official" sourve: I.S.O. Playfair >>The Mediterranean and the Middle East<< Vol. 1 – The Early Successes against Italy (to May 1941) HMSO, London, 1954. See The Early Successes against Italy (to May 1941) on HyperWar.
  15. As an aside ... The German ground forces (Heer & W-SS) also had antiaircraft battalions (the Heeres-Flakartillerie), also equipped with 20mm, 37mm, and 88mm guns, which were frequently integrated into the Luftwaffe controlled air defence. -- Leo
  16. Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Happy New Year. -- Leo
  17. By that definition, almost all houses in the US are cottages. -- Leo
  18. Truly sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences. Until we meet again at the great I&I in the sky ... -- Leo
  19. "Barbados to remove Queen Elizabeth as head of state"
  20. Remake of "The Man Who Never Was" (1956)? https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049471/
  21. Please note I explicitly removed the first part of his paragraph. 😜 -- Leo
  22. No. Just the opposite. -- Leo
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