It’s that time of the year again, the time where I have to plug my friends at Air War Publications. They just published the first part of the 2-part e-Article on 2.H/14, the German close-range aerial recce unit that worked hard to provide intel to the staff of Panzergruppe Afrika.
Examples of the intel provided are below:
Written reconnaissance report (in this case from the long-range recce outfit 1./F121)
Visual interpretation of enemy situation from the air (probably from 2./(H)14, see comment by Andrew below.
Luftwaffe mechanics working on a dis-assembled Hs126 close-range recce plane. From Pinterest.
You can find it at this link:
Air War Publications – E-Articles
As always, the article is very well researched and written, and contains a number of rare pictures. Well worth the very low price for anyone interested in the war in North Africa.
Full disclosure: I reviewed the article and contributed data and (I think) some pictures to it. I have no financial interest in plugging it here.
Nuno has very kindly put the original reports on the Italian tanks online. You do unfortunately need a SCRIBD account to be able to read them.
These are the reports that were produced by the UK School of Tank Technology in Chertsey, who undertook detailed examination of captured Axis and gifted Allied tanks, e.g. the Soviet KV-1 and T34 models. They are illuminating because they tell us what experts thought in the day, rather than through the distorted lens of 70 years onwards.
Report Cover Page
M11/39 at this link (for completeness – this tank did not serve in CRUSADER)
M13/40 at this link (the medium tank that equipped Ariete armoured division in CRUSADER)
While not directly relevant to the CRUSADER period, this is a very good read by an expert on the subject. Highly recommended.
Here’s something (in Italian) about a Regia Marina wireless operator:
Andrey from the 12 o’clock high forums has gone through the trouble of putting a grid converter for the Luftwaffe Gradnetz grid system online at this link:
It is a superb help for anyone who (like me sometimes) has to figure out where the Germans sent air recce, or where they saw something.