By Nicolaus Von Below
This is the private account of a Luftwaffe aide consistently at Hitler's part from 1937 until eventually the final days in Berlin, now released for the 1st time in English.
Nicolaus von under was once a 29-year-old pilot while Goering chosen him for the location of Hitler's Luftwaffe adjutant. He was once with Hitler at each degree because the moment global warfare spread out. His observations inform of Hitler's responses to momentous occasions in addition to army judgements and policy-making at Fuhrer Headquarters.
This is an excellent resource describing existence in Hitler's internal circle, relied upon on by means of Gitta Sereny in her biography of Albert Speer. He presents interesting perception into how Hitler deliberate the invasions of Poland and Russia, what he considered Britain and the USA, why he positioned his religion within the V-1 and V-2 initiatives, how others handled him, and masses extra. Von under used to be current on the assassination test in July 1944, and files the impact on Hitler and his followers.
Von less than used to be the final of Hitler's shut army entourage to emerge from the bunker alive. His frank memoir will entice somebody attracted to how Hitler ran his conflict. He used to be denounced to the British in 1946 and imprisoned as a fabric witness at Nuremberg, until eventually being discharged in 1947.
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The CTZ plant began producing KV tanks in July 1941 and hit peak production in May 1942, with 325 rolling out that month. com 31 GERMAN ANTITANK WEAPONS, 1941 Rheinmetall was the only German company designing large antitank weapons at the start of World War II. 8cm sPzB 41 Although classified as an antitank rifle, the sPzB 41 was a sophisticated light antitank gun using the tapered-bore principle to fire tungsten-core penetrators. The MauserWerke began testing this weapon in July 1940 and almost 200 had been built by the beginning of Operation Barbarossa.
When the Wehrmacht invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941, the three army groups involved included about 95,000 Panzerjäger. Most Panzerjäger units were at or near full strength and contained a large proportion of veterans from previous campaigns. Like most of the other German branches of service, Panzerjäger personnel were primarily recruited and trained in their Wehrkreis (military district) of origin. There were a total of 15 Panzerjäger-Ersatz-Abteilung in September 1939, one for each Wehrkreis, and these training units supplied Panzerjäger replacements to all the divisions originating in their district.
After brief testing, low-rate production began in April 1942. A total of 2,114 PaK 40 were built in 1942 and 8,740 in 1943. Using standard PzGr 39 armor-piercing rounds, the PaK 40 could destroy KV-1 tanks at ranges of about 500m. 5cm antitank gun prior to Barbarossa, but their design utilized a tapered-bore barrel to produce much higher muzzle velocities than Rheinmetall’s PaK 40. The first PaK 41s were delivered in April 1942 and the Krupp gun had significantly better penetration than Rheinmetall’s PaK 40; the PaK 41 could penetrate KV-1 frontal armor out to 2,000m.