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Книга 9-я танковоая дивизия СС Гогенштауфен 9-я танковоая дивизия СС Гогенштауфен Книги Вооружение Автор: Patrick Hook Год издания: 2006 Формат: pdf Издат.:Ian Allan Страниц: a hundred Размер: 18,8 Язык: Английский0 (голосов: zero) Оценка:Подробное исследование, посвященное личному составу, вооружению, организации и истории боевых действий 9-й танковой дивизии СС «Гогенштауфен».

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Thus he resisted Ambrosio’s formidable request. So durable however was the impression of his authority and the fear of his personal action in extremity that there was prolonged hesitation throughout all the forces of Italian society about how to oust him. Who would “bell the cat”? Thus the spring had passed, with invasion by a mighty foe, possessing superior power by land, sea, and air, drawing ever nearer. During July the climax came. Since February the taciturn, cautious-minded, constitutional King had been in contact with Marshal Badoglio, who had been dismissed after the Greek disasters in 1940.

But all depended on the weather. The morning of the 9th was fine, but by noon a fresh and unseasonable northwest wind sprang up. During the afternoon the wind increased, and by evening there was a heavy swell, which would make landings hazardous, particularly on the western beaches in the American sector. The landing-craft convoys, plunging northward from Malta and from many African ports between Bizerta and Benghazi, were having a rough voyage. Arrangements had been made for postponing the landing in case of necessity, but a decision would have to be taken not later than noon.

General Eisenhower and his principal commanders now agreed that Italy should be the next and immediate target. They still preferred to land first on the toe, because they were short of landing-craft and planes, but for the first time they too began to favour the direct attack on Naples. This was so far from our newly won air bases in Sicily that it would much reduce the fighter cover for the landing. Nonetheless, Naples soon became the centre of all thoughts. The chance of quickly crushing Italy seemed to justify delaying operations against Burma; and the Admiralty stopped the assault shipping for India from leaving the Mediterranean.

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