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Un fante tedesco a cavallo. La cavalleria durante la seconda guerra mondiale venne principalmente usata come mezzi di trasporto, e non come metodo di attacco la cosidetta "carica di cavalleria" già obsoleta durante la prima guerra mondiale. La più importante carica di cavallieria della seconda guerra mondiale fu attuata dall'esercito polacco il 1 settembre 1939, in cui sottovalutarono la Wehrmacht tedesca e le loro armi ,convinti di arrivare a Berlino in poche settimane. •



Which is your favorite bayonet? Let me know in comment 😉

There were two main variants of the bayonet; the first one was the standard bayonet, the second one was the NCO variant that featured a hooked quillion and a golden lanyard. The overall length was 360 millimetres (14 in) and the blade was 248 millimetres (9.8 in) long. The bayonet was unusual in that the edge faced upwards when mounted on the rifle. Majority of them were made by Œ.W.G. and F.G.GY. Bayonets were originally not serial numbered.

Late in World War I resources were limited and they started manufacturing replacement(German: Ersatz) bayonets. These were fast to produce, cheap and made completely out of metal @militaryfinder
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This impressive grouping here is five of the six Victoria Crosses awarded at Gallipoli to the crew of the SS River Clyde. The SS River Clyde served as a landing ship during the British landings at Cape Helles on the 25th of April 1915. To prepare her for this, her hull was cut open to provide sally ports, and sandbags and boiler plate were added to protect a battery of 11 machine guns. Carrying 2000 soldiers, she was beached on V Beach beneath Sedd el Bahr castle, but the Turkish guns were quickly focussed on her and she turned into a death trap. Three attempts to land made by companies of Munsters, Royal Dublins and Hampshires all ended in costly failure. Further landing attempts were abandoned and the surviving soldiers waited until nightfall before trying again. Members of the crew maintained the bridge ashore and recovered the wounded, with six of these being awarded the VC. The five displayed here at the @imperialwarmuseums are: Commander Unwin, Midshipmen George Drewry and Wilfred Malleson, Able Seaman William Williams and Seaman George Samson. The other was Sub-Lieutenant Arthur Tisdall. Williams’ VC was posthumous as he was killed in the landings, Samson was wounded the following day but survived, and Tisdall would be killed later at Gallipoli during the Second Battle of Krithia. Only Malleson and Samson would survive the War, with Drewry being killed in an accident at Scapa Flow in 1918.

Medals of Captain Noel Chavasse VC in the Lord Ashcroft collection at the @imperialwarmuseums. He is only one of three people to have been awarded the Victoria Cross twice, hence the VC and bar, and the only one during the First World War. During the War Chavasse served in the Royal Army Medical Corps until his death on the 4th of August 1917, and is now buried in the Brandhoek Military Cemetery at Ypres. His first VC was awarded for actions at Guillemont on the 9th of August 1916. The full citation reads: ‘For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty.

During an attack he tended the wounded in the open all day, under heavy fire, frequently in view of the enemy. During the ensuing night he searched for wounded on the ground in front of the enemy's lines for four hours. Next day he took one stretcher-bearer to the advanced trenches, and under heavy shell fire carried an urgent case for 500 yards into safety, being wounded in the side by a shell splinter during the journey. The same night he took up a party of twenty volunteers, rescued three wounded men from a shell hole twenty-five yards from the enemy's trench, buried the bodies of two officers, and collected many identity discs, although fired on by bombs and machine guns. Altogether he saved the lives of some twenty badly wounded men, besides the ordinary cases which passed through his hands. His courage and self-sacrifice, were beyond praise.’ His bar was awarded for the period 31st of July-2nd of August for actions at Wieljte in Belgium. Part of the citation reads: ‘For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when in action. Though severely wounded early in the action whilst carrying a wounded soldier to the Dressing Station, Capt. Chavasse refused to leave his post, and for two days not only continued to perform his duties, but in addition went out repeatedly under heavy fire to search for and attend to the wounded who were lying out. During these searches, although practically without food during this period, worn with fatigue and faint with his wound, he assisted to carry in a number of badly wounded men, over heavy and difficult ground.’

Paid a visit to the Imperial War Museum this afternoon. Its not as good as the old museum prior to redevelopment, but it still has some interesting exhibits on the Great War.

A Day in the History -

18th August 1942

After the morning roll-call, 56 Polish political prisoners were told to step forward due to the order of the Politische Abteilung (the Political Departament). They had to stand in the rows of five people, then they were surrounded by the SS-men and taken to Block 11 where they were executed by Gerhard Palitzsch.
All of themcame from Śląsk (Silesia) and were sent to Auschwitz as early as 1940. They were executed as a result of the resistance actions in the area (6 estates were burnt). Zbigniew Bałut, Auschwitz prisoner 1260, was in the group of the people selected for the execution. He managed to write a letter to his parents a day before, predicting he will be killed '18th August 1942. My loved ones! I am writing my last words to you. I am dedicating this very last moment of my life to you. Do not worry, this is all for you and our country, Poland. Goodbye, my dearest! Let God have you in his care. One day I will be with you again. Zbyszek'. The letter was smuggled out of the camp by a civilian worker Adam Kaczyński and was used as evidence against Rudolf Hoss during his trials in 1947. Tadeusz, brother of Zbigniew, brought this letter to the court and gave his testimony.

In the picture you can see Zbigniew Bałut. He was born on 28th July 1919 in Żywiec. He was deported to Auschwitz on 26th June 1940. The pic is the courtesy of the National Archives.
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At the wheel is SS-Hauptsturmführer Gustav Knittel, the commander of the 1st SS Aufklärungs-Abteilung LSSAH, the Vinnitsa area, Ukraine, November, 1943. ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ #worldwar #worldwar2 #ww2 #wwii #secondworldwar #germans #ukraine #vinnitsa #november #1943 #ss #lssah #gustav #winter #mud #stuck #conditions #war #destruction #conflict #40s #wheels #world #history #past

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