By Bamber Gascoigne
This account of the second one global battle starts with the increase to strength of Hitler and the years of disagreement and appeasement that at last ended in conflict whilst he invaded Poland in 1939. It keeps throughout the six years of the clash, with its moments of utmost risk and an important turning issues, because the battles through land, sea and air, and the bombing of towns, and the unheard of hidden horrors of the Holocaust spread. And it ends with the all too fast switch of drugs into the chilly War.
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Bamber Gascoigne is healthier identified within the united kingdom because the host for twenty-five years (1962-87) of the preferred quiz video game collage problem, the British model of faculty Bowl within the usa. yet his major task has been bringing normal historical past to a large public, because the writer of books and the author-presenter of tv documentaries.
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Leberecht Maas took direct hits and sank with heavy loss of life. It was thought that Max Schultz was also hit by bombs and sank but it has also been claimed that she may have run on to a mine whilst manoeuvring to avoid being hit by the bombers. Whatever the cause, she too sank with the loss of most of her crew. The subsequent enquiry established that whilst the Luftwaffe had advised naval high command that its 33 34 bombers would be operating in the area, the navy failed to pass on the information to the destroyers.
The two opposing forces met in the early afternoon. Under normal circumstances a large number of small warships heavily armed with torpedoes might stand a fair chance against two cruisers, especially given the fairly powerful artillery also carried by German destroyers. Unfortunately, weather conditions were appalling, with extremely heavy seas being whipped up by gale force winds. Well over thirty torpedoes were fired at the two cruisers by the various German ships, but accuracy was well nigh impossible in these seas, and no hits were registered.
The greatest disaster was yet to come, however. In April 1940, Germany prepared her forces for Operation Weserübung, the invasion of Norway, and amongst the naval units allocated to the invasion force were all the available destroyers, 16 in all. The destroyers, as well as providing a substantial amount of fire support, were to be used to ferry mountain troops of 3 Gebirgs Division to their destination, Narvik. Accustomed to the wide-open spaces and high mountain peaks, the mountain troops suffered dreadfully during the voyage to Norway as the warships were tossed to and fro in heavy seas, overcome with seasickness and cooped up in the cramped spaces below decks on the destroyers.