By John Peterson
Within the autumn of 1944 the second one international battle used to be coming to an finish. within the Atlantic the U-boats have been overwhelmed again via an incredible programme of Allied shipbuildings mixed with tactical, technological and intelligence advancements. The probability to Allied transport had lowered. however it had no longer disappeared, and a lone U-boat on its first energetic patrol slipped into the North Channel; in exactly a couple of days 5 ships lay damaged at the seabed together with the Empire history, one of many greatest Allied ships misplaced within the complete warfare. additionally misplaced used to be a rescue send attacked whereas she was once attempting to rescue survivors from the Empire historical past, the Jacksonville, an American tanker crusing out of recent York, and a RN corvette despatched to seek the U-boat down. a lot of these misplaced burned to loss of life within the sea. In a bit over per week U-482 sank 5 ships from 3 diverse convoys. In 'Darkest ahead of Dawn' John Peterson offers the tale for the 1st time of the way U-482 controlled to slide undetected into the...
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Zhukov. ’ We read this telegram with mixed feelings. On one side we were happy and proud about the honourable task, but on the other side we were peeved that our tank army was to be committed like a normal formation. We had no idea yet what awaited a tank army in street fighting. But the feeling of pride won the upper hand. With the elements of the 29th Guards Rifle Corps, we had already penetrated the suburbs of Berlin on the 21st April. The tanks thrust forward. Our longed-for goal came ever closer.
Colonel Gussakovski’s 44th Guards Tank Brigade and Colonel Fiodorvich’s 27th Guards Motorised Rifle Brigade developed the attack and reached the Berlin autobahn ring. On the 20th April a telegram arrived. ‘To Katukov, Popiel! The 1st Guards Tank Army has the historic task of being the first into Berlin and to hoist the banner of victory. The organisation and execution I will take over myself. Send the best brigade of every corps to Berlin and give them the task by at the latest 0400 hours on the 21st April, cost what it might, to break through the city perimeter.
Soviet conquest - Press 50 Soviet Conquest A difficult situation. The enemy was trying to destroy our crossing point by all means available. This had failed by air as our fighters and anti-aircraft guns had beaten back all attacks. Now the enemy was using floating mines and sundry assault groups. Under these conditions the demand of the 5th Shock Army’s chief engineer, General Fursa, was completely understandable but technically impossible. I had to go and discuss the situation with him. As always we were quickly unanimous and decided to protect the crossing points with several steel cables stretched across the river upstream to catch the floating mines or cause them to explode.