By Ron MacKay, Don Greer
The 20 th Fighter workforce joined the eighth Air strength Command in Dec of '43, flying the P-38 in lengthy diversity bomber escort position. the gang later switched over to the P-51 in July of '44. the crowd destroyed a complete of 449 enemy plane in the course of its wrestle travel. Over a hundred and fifty photographs, eight pages of colour, eighty pages
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The flat featureless terrain made it possible to transmit (and listen to) radio traffic over large distances. The Germans gained much important intelligence by listening to the insecure chatter of British units talking to e a c h other in plain language. (IWM MH 5581) then mass his guns a n d assemble his a r m o u r to m e e t him, just as Auchinleck h a d i n t e n d e d . It has to be n o t e d that b o t h Montgomery a n d Auchinleck were helped in making this decision by the use of ULTRA intercepts.
Rommel originally thought that the attack was just a large raid against the Ruweisat Ridge, believing that Auchinleck would continue with his main effort nearer the coast, but when news of the collapse of the Pavia and Brescia Divisions reached him he realized that something much bigger was afoot. He immediately ordered German troops to the spot. To lead the counterattack against Ruweisat Ridge Rommel used the reconnaissance units of his panzer divisions and these hit the New Zealanders with some force, pushing them off the western end of the feature.
The tank had a crew of four, consisting of commander, loader, driver and radio operator/machine-gunner. It did not have a specific gunner, so the commander (2) also had to operate the main gun in addition to his other duties. The Italian 47mm anti-tank gun (3) was a useful weapon in the desert. 7mm Bonier anti-tank gun, it did not have the range of the devastating dual-purpose German 88mm gun, but it had a much lower profile, was easier to dig in and was often only detectable by British tank crews when it was too late to avoid its fire.