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Images of War: Blitzkrieg Russia, Jon Sutherland and Diane Canwell

Images of War: Blitzkrieg Russia, Jon Sutherland and Diane Canwell

This book contains five photo albums of pictures taken by German soldiers fighting on the Eastern Front during 1941. Of the five only one has a name attached, Josef Kaloenbach, but even he isn't well documents and as with the other four his role has to be guessed from the photos.

Most of the captions are accurate, although I did find one where a wrecked Panzer III is mis-identified as a KV-1 (the two tanks did have very similar arrangements of wheels, but the superstructure front and turret shape are clearly that of the German tank). Quite a few captions are qualified with 'appears to be', a valid qualifier for pictures of damaged aircraft or tanks, where key identifying features have often been destroyed.

The five albums portray different aspects of the German army. Josef Kaloenbach was probably a driver. The second album was from a panzergrenadier, the third from an infantry man, the fourth focuses on flak and artillery guns and the fifth covers the winter of 1940-41.

1 - Josef Kaloenbach's Album
2 - The Panzergrenadiers
3 - An Infantryman's War
4 - Flak and Artillery Collection
5 - Towards the First Winter

Author: Jon Sutherland and Diane Canwell
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 144
Publisher: Pen & Sword Military
Year: 2011

Blitzkrieg Russia

Operation Barbarossa shattered the early hours of 22 June 1941 as four immense German panzer groups, supported by hundreds of thousands of infantry, massed artillery and a curtain of air cover, struck at the Soviet Union. The Russians knew it was coming, there had been tell-tale signs for weeks, but inexplicably, Stalin had prevented his forces from taking any countermeasures. The German attacks were split between three vast Army Groups:

Army Group North under Field Marshal Ritter von Leeb, consisting of twenty-six divisions, including three panzer divisions.

Army Group Centre under Field Marshal Fedor von Bock consisted of fifty-one divisions, including nine panzer divisions.

Army Group South under Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt consisted of fifty-nine divisions, including five panzer divisions, fourteen Rumanian and three Hungarian.

These Army Groups were supported by three air fleets boasting over 3,000 aircraft, and a fourth air fleet operating in the far north:

Luftflotte I under Colonel General Alfred Keller, supporting Army Group North.

Luftflotte II under Field Marshal Albert Kesselring, supporting Army Group Centre.

Luftflotte IV under Colonel General Alexander Lohr, supporting Army Group South.

Luftflotte V under Colonel General Hans-Jurgen Stumpff, supporting the mountain troops aiming to strike at Murmansk.

The Soviet Union had a population of some 190 million, of which 16 million were of military age. If the frontier defences could be held and the German penetrations kept to a minimum, it would only be a matter of time before the Russians could mobilize their vast resources. We have a somewhat false image of the German Army crossing into Russian-held Poland and other points along the frontier. The cutting edge was tanks and armoured fighting vehicles, along with expensively trained and equipped panzergrenadiers, but the bulk of the force would have had to advance at a much more sedate pace. Mobility-wise, they were no more advanced than the French troops that had invaded Russian nearly 130 years before. The bulk of the men would have to march on foot and the reliance on the horse (some 750,000) was still immense. Of the 153 divisions that were involved in the invasion, I 19 still had horse-drawn transport.

Facing them were three large groups or Military Districts with massive potential reserves:

On the Baltic front, the Russian forces consisted of twenty-four divisions, of which four were armoured.

Opposite the Pripet Marshes were thirty divisions with eight armoured.

Around Kiev there were fifty-eight divisions, sixteen of which were armoured.

On the Rumanian border were twelve divisions, four of which were armoured.

Not only were these units not deployed to fight a defensive campaign, but some were as much as 300 miles to the rear and would take days to reach the front. As it was, by 23 June the Germans had penetrated some 62 miles into Russian-held Poland they had bypassed the vast fortress at Brest-Litovsk on the River Bug (it would surrender on 24 July).

On 3 July, Stalin broadcast to his people:

Comrades, citizens, brothers and sisters, men of the Army and Navy! I speak to you my friends. A grave threat hangs over our country. It can only be dispersed by the combined efforts of the military and industrial might of the nation. There is no room for the timid or the coward, for deserters or spreaders of panic, and a merciless struggle must be waged against such people. History shows us that there are no invincible armies. The enemy must not find a single rail way-wagon, not a wagon, not a pound of bread or a glassful of petrol. All the Kolkhozes [collective farms] must bring in their herds and hand their stocks of wheat over to official bodies to be sent to the rear. Everything that is usable but cannot be sent back must be destroyed.

On the very day that the broadcast was made the pocket of resistance at Bialystock was reduced and surrendered. Some 290,000 Russians were taken prisoner, 2,500 tanks destroyed and 1,500 artillery pieces taken. Just six days later, the Germans had overwhelmed Latvia, Lithuania, and the bulk of Estonia, and taken Minsk, trapping another 300,000 Russian troops. The outskirts of Kiev were reached on 11 July. The Germans encircled it, and thanks to Stalin’s decree that the city should be held at all costs, another 665,000 prisoners, 900 tanks and 3,179 artillery pieces were taken.

On 22 July, 127 German aircraft hit the Soviet capital, Moscow. Five days later, the Germans pushed towards Leningrad, which would have to withstand a siege of 900 days before Russian troops beat their way through to the fortress city by that time some 800,000 city dwellers would have perished.

The relentless progress of the German advance showed no signs of slowing up by 5 August, the pocket around Smolensk had surrendered, bagging 5 10,000 prisoners. Two days later, the Uman pocket surrendered and another 100,000 men surrendered. Although this all made grim reading, the Germans were beginning to realize the true costs of taking on the Russians. In the period September 1939 to May 1941, taking all of the campaigns into account, the Germans had suffered 218,109 casualties, of which 97,000 were killed. As 15 August dawned, the sobering news was that in the first fifty-three days of the war with Russia there had been 389,924 casualties, of which 98,600 were dead.

At the beginning of September 1941, Hitler decreed that the primary target must be Moscow. Armoured units that had been transferred to the north and the south were to be returned and Army Group Centre was to go hell-for-leather for the Soviet capital. Although the capital would never fall, had it done so, it would have been a massive blow to the Russians, perhaps knocking them out of the war before the United States joined. The capture of the city would have effectively split the country in two, making communications between the north and south impossible.

As we know, a combination of over-ambitiousness on the part of the Germans, simply unable to comprehend the vast distances and spaces and their effect on supply and reinforcement, the weather and, of course, the stubborn resistance of the Russians, all conspired to preserve Russia. Barbarossa was arguably the last and the greatest blitzkrieg campaign, flawed by its sheer size and over-elaboration. Blitzkrieg Russia chronicles the early stages of Germany’s war with Russia: the successes, the overwhelming power of the advance, and the crippling losses suffered by the Russians.

We have selected the best photographs from five albums, which focus on that first year of war in the East, now in the collection of James Payne. Unfortunately, only one of the

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These photographs are taken from three unpublished albums featuring the German invasion of Poland in 1939. One set was taken by an SS officer, another by a regular officer and a third by a soldier attached to a medical unit. Included are German units on the move, tanks, artillery and aircraft. There are several shots of recently knocked out Polish vehicles, captured Polish troops and civilians. The shots reflect the rapid pace of the German advance through Poland, some of the cities, towns and villages show signs of heavy fighting, whilst others appear to be untouched. One of the sets show a German unit mounted in fast open cars, heavily armed, speeding through the Polish countryside, another features armoured vehicles and engineers and a third the ambulance teams moving up to the front through devastation and chaos. Throughout there are numerous opportunities to see uniforms in their various guises and how they were actually worn in practice. There are shots of earlier German armour, &ldquoantique&ldquo Polish armour and photographs of German troops at rest and preparing to move forward again.

This is an interesting collection of photographs that illustrate some often unseen aspects of the German army of 1939, as well as including the more familiar scenes of the destruction that army caused.

History of War Website

This is a fascinating collection of early wartime images that will no doubt have an appeal to both the historians among you and military modelmakers who are perhaps seeking inspiration.

Military Modelcraft International

Jonathan Sutherland and Diane Canwell have written widely on historical subjects, in particular on military and aviation history, and they have long been fascinated by the history of Norfolk and its military heritage. Among their many books are The RAF Air Sea Rescue Service 1918-1986, The Battle of Jutland and Air War Malta.

Jonathan Sutherland and Diane Canwell have written widely on historical subjects, in particular on military and aviation history, and they have long been fascinated by the history of Norfolk and its military heritage. Among their many books are The RAF Air Sea Rescue Service 1918-1986, The Battle of Jutland and Air War Malta.


Torpedo boats were designed for missions that variously involved high speed, operating at night, low speed ambush, and manoeuvrability to allow them to get close enough to launch their torpedoes at enemy vessels. With no significant armour, the boats relied upon surprise and agility at high speed to avoid being hit by gunfire from bigger ships.

The Royal Navy started developing particularly small, agile, and fast petrol-powered torpedo boats in the early 20th century, shortly before the beginning of the First World War. Known as coastal motor boats, these were only around 15 long tons (15 t). They were joined by the Italian Navy's MAS boats, of 20–30 long tons (20–30 t) displacement. MAS 15 was the only motor torpedo boat in history to sink a battleship, the Austro-Hungarian vessel Szent István in 1918. In the Second World War, Britain fielded a variety of MTBs, which were operated by Coastal Forces. A similar size boat with a different role in the Second World War was the BPB 63 ft (19 m) high-speed launch used by the RAF for air-sea rescue operations. [2] Diesel-powered MTBs entered the Royal Navy with the Dark class patrol boat in 1954. The last MTBs in the Royal Navy were the two Brave-class fast patrol boats of 1958, which were capable of 50 knots (93 km/h).

Many boats were designated MTBs. A variety of designs were adopted and built. For instance, a 55 ft (17 m) type, capable of 40 kn (46 mph 74 km/h), was shown in 1930. [3]

British MTBs Edit

The following is an incomplete list of British motor torpedo boats:

Vosper "private venture boat" Edit

Commander Peter Du Cane CBE, the managing director of Vosper Ltd, designed a motor torpedo boat as a private venture in 1936. She was completed and launched in 1937. She was bought by the Admiralty and taken into service with the Royal Navy as MTB 102.

The installed powerplant of three Isotta Fraschini Asso V-18 [4] 57-litre petrol engines delivered 3,300 hp (2,500 kW) which gave her a speed of 48 kn (55 mph 89 km/h) light and 43 kn (49 mph 80 km/h) when carrying a full load.

Armament was two 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes depth charges, machine guns and 20mm Oerlikon were trialled on her.

MTB 102 was the fastest wartime British naval vessel in service. She was at Dunkirk in 1940 for the evacuation of British and French troops, where she served as Rear-Admiral Frederic Wake-Walker's flagship after the destroyer HMS Keith was sunk. She carried Winston Churchill and Dwight Eisenhower when they reviewed the fleet before the Invasion of Normandy in 1944.

British Power Boat 60 ft MTB Edit

They were based on the British Power Boat Company Type Two 63 ft HSL (high-speed launch) originally designed for the Royal Air Force for air-sea rescue but reduced to 60 ft (18 m) in length. They could carry two 18-inch (457 mm) torpedoes and achieve a maximum speed of 33 kn (38 mph 61 km/h). [5] The Royal Navy ordered their first (of a total of 18) in 1936. [6] These entered service as MTB numbers 1 to 12 and 14 to 19. In the early days of the war, they were painted with different numbers and photos distributed to the press to give the impression the Royal Navy had more than they actually did. One photo was sent to the American monthly Popular Science showing the number twenty-three. [7]

British Power Boat 72 ft MTB Edit

Initially ordered as an MGB in 1941 they were converted to MTBs (412-418, 430-432, and 534-500) from 1942 by addition of two 18-inch tubes and a 6-pdr gun. Although 10 tons heavier after conversion they still made 39 knots. [8]

Vosper 45 ft MTB Edit

Built as a private venture, the 45-ft MTBs were scaled down versions of larger Vosper design and intended to be carried by larger vessels. As MTB 104 to 107, these were taken up by Admiralty but found to be poor seakeeping and not used for combat. [9]

Vosper 70 ft MTB Edit

Although various boat lengths were produced by Vosper for the Royal Navy, the "70 ft" boat was produced from 1940. The design was produced with modifications as MTBs 31-40, 57-66, 73-98, 222-245, 347-362, 380-395 and 523-537.

Using three Packard V1-12 marine engines, they were capable of around 37 kn (43 mph 69 km/h). Early models carried two 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes, twin 0.50 in (13 mm) machine guns in a "bin" behind the bridge and two 0.303 in (7.7 mm) machine guns. [10] They could also carry four depth charges.

The Vosper 70 was also used in other navies, such as Romania's, which acquired three in 1939, with NMS Viscolul the lead ship of the class.

Vosper 73 ft (Type I and Type II) Edit

Between 1943 and 1945, the "Vosper 73ft" design appeared, the type II differed in that it carried a heavier gun armament at the expense of two torpedo tubes. The Type II did not enter service before the end of the war but was in use after the war. [11]

  • Length: 73 ft (22 m)
  • Engine: 3 Packard 4M V12 engines for a total of 4,200 hp
  • Speed: 40 knots (74 km/h)
  • Range: 470 nmi (870 km) at 20 knots (37 km/h)
  • Displacement: 47 t
  • Armament:
    • Four 18-inch (457 mm) torpedo tubes
    • Two 0.303 inVickers K machine guns (optionally two Vickers .50 machine guns)
    • Length 73 ft (22 m)
    • Engine 4,200 hp
    • Speed 40 knots (74 km/h)
    • Range 480 nmi (890 km) at 20 knots (37 km/h)
    • Displacement 49 t
    • Armament
      • Two 18-inch (457 mm) torpedoes
      • 57mm QF 6-pdr Mark IIA gun on powered mounting [12]
      • Twin 20mm Oerlikon aft
      • Two 0.303 Lewis Guns [13]

      Thornycroft 75 ft MTB Edit

      The first two (MTB 24, 25) were actually 74 ft prototypes for the design ordered in 1938. Powered by three Isotti-Franschini engines they could reach 37 knots. The later ones, MTBs 49-56, had four Thornycroft RY12 engines but were too slow for operations. [14]

      J S White 75 ft MTB Edit

      A development of the Vosper designs, White had been building under sub-contract. After construction passed to Polish Navy as S5-S10. Armed with two 18-inch torpedoes, 6-pounder gun forward, twin 20mm Oerlikon aft and two twin .303 machine gun mountings. [15]

      Fairmile D MTB Edit

      The Fairmile D was a very large British MTB designed by Bill Holt and conceived by Fairmile Marine for the Royal Navy. Nicknamed "Dog Boats", they were designed to combat the known advantages of the German E-boats over previous British coastal craft designs. Larger than earlier MTB or motor gun boat (MGB) designs, the Fairmile D was driven by four Packard 12-cylinder 1250 horsepower supercharged petrol engines and could achieve 29 knots (54 km/h 33 mph) at full load. The boat carried 5,200 gallons of 100 octane fuel for a range, at maximum continuous speed, of 506 nautical miles. Armament varied according to role but could include four 18-inch or two 21-inch torpedoes, 6-pounder and 2-pounder guns, Oerlikons, multiple machine guns and depth charges. [16]

      Canadian MTBs Edit

      These boats were designed by Hubert Scott-Paine for the Canadian Power Boat Company, and used by the Royal Canadian Navy 29th MTB Flotilla. Originally designed as motor gun boats (MGBs), carrying a 6-pounder (57mm, 2.24 inch) to engage enemy small craft, they were re-designated MTBs.

      • Manufacturer: British Power Boats, Hythe
      • Displacement: 55 tons
      • Overall length: 72 ft 6 inches (21 m)
      • Breadth: 20 ft 7 inches (6.3 m)
      • Draught: 5 ft 8 inches (1.7 m)
      • Maximum speed: 38–41 kn (44–47 mph 70–76 km/h) (new)
      • Armament:
          (57mm, 2.24 inch) gun
      • Two 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes (two torpedoes)
      • .303 or .50 Vickers machine guns or 40 mm Bofors gun
      • After the end of World War II a number of Royal Navy vessels were stripped and sold for use as houseboats. These included MGBs as well as MTBs. Many of these were moored in Langstone Harbour, Littlehampton, Hayling Island and Wootton Creek, although most have now disappeared from these locations. More MTB houseboats can be found at Shoreham-by-Sea (West Sussex), Cobden Bridge (Southampton) and Bembridge (Isle of Wight). [18]

        Spartacus Review

        Hitler's decision to renege on his alliance with Stalin and invade Russia in June 1941 was to have the most far reaching consequences for the world. Indeed, if there was one critical turning point in the Second World War, it would have to be this. The latest book in the Images of War series uses over 300 rare contemporary photographs to capture the scale, intensity and brutality of the fighting that was unleashed on 22 June 194`. No less than 4.5 million men of the Axis Power advanced on a 2,900 kilometer front. We see how the apparently unstoppable German led assaults crushed the Soviet resistance. But not for the first time Russian determination aided by the terrible winter conditions and over extended lines of communication checked the Nazi onslaught. In the annals of warfare there has never arguably been such a bitter and costly campaign.

        Author: Jon Sutherland & Diane Canwell

        The Thompson submachine gun, or Tommy gun developed an almost iconic status during the 20th century. It had an unusual beginning, for it was developed during the dying days of World War I as a 'one-man, hand-held machine gun'. The war ended before these first prototypes could be shipped to Europe but once the M1921 Thompson formally entered production it was used by the criminals working in Chicago and New York during the 1920s. With the police increasingly outgunned they too were forced to equip themselves with the Tommy gun. It quickly came to be used in Hollywood films, and by the end of the 1930s it would have probably faded from view had history not intervened. With the entry of the US into World War II there was an urgent need to equip and arm a force of epic proportions the Thompson submachine gun began a second career as part of the US Army. It also became the weapon of choice for the small band of British commandos as they conducted a number of daring raids against the heart of occupied Europe.

        Author: Jon Sutherland & Diane Canwell

        The photos in this book are taken from an unpublished album belonged to a member of the elite German Paratroopers. First Sgt Wilhelm Plieschen served with Fallschirmjager Machine Gun Battalion 7. They suffered very heavy losses in the invasion of Crete and then saw bloody conflict as &quotHitler s Fire-fighters&quot on the Russian Front and put up fierce resistance in places such as Monte Casino. The photographs were taken in Austria, Romania, Bulgaria Greece and Russia. There are photographs taken on an airfield on 15 May 1941 of paratroopers with kit on the ground and in front of their transport aircraft. There are a number of photographs taken en route to Crete with photographs of the paratroopers in a JU52 and shots looking out from the plane.On 20 May 1941, Plieschen was dropped over Crete. There are a set of photographs taken by the paratrooper moments after he had landed on the island. Some show other paratroopers drifting down and others feature formations of German aircraft amidst flak.There are very good images showing Germans on the deck of the badly damaged and abandoned HMS York in Souda Bay. There are photographs showing Major Erich Schulz decorating paratroopers on Crete. Further on in the set are photos showing the then Commander of the Fallschirmjager, General Kurt Student inspecting the troops.

        At its peak in World War II, the United States Army contained over 700 engineer battalions, along with numerous independent brigades and regiments. The specialized soldiers of the Engineers were tasked with a wide variety of crucially important tasks including river bridging, camouflage, airfield construction, and water and petroleum supply. However, despite their important support roles, the engineers were often employed on the front lines fighting beside the general infantry in the desperate battles of the European theatre. This book covers the role of these soldiers, from their recruitment and training, through their various support missions and combat experiences, forming an account of what it was truly like to be a combat engineer in World War II.

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        Blitzkrieg Russia (Images of War) (English Edition) Kindle Edition

        I have a few books in this series. Some are good, some are okay, but this one is so far the worst that I've purchased so far. I work as a military artist and have a special interest in the war on the Eastern Front, so therefore photographs are useful to me from a reference point of view. In that respect, the book is useful. But that's as far as it goes. As others have said the book is really let down by the captioning. The first thing I look for when purchasing a book are the captions correct to the photographs? In this case, and in a number of instances, no.

        I started thumbing through (I have a habit of thumbing from the back forwards), Immediately I noticed the T-28 on page 130 mis-captioned as a T-35. The T-28 and -35 were nothing like each other. For a start there is a vast size difference the -35 being nearly twice as long as the -28. Page 107 shows a knocked out Panzerkampfwagen III, which has been misidentified as a "KV-1." That's bad enough but the, for me, biggest stand out error appears on page 38. "A stricken and abandoned T-34/76. " which is actually "A stricken and abandoned T-40. " Even more so when there's a photograph on the facing page, correctly captioned showing a T-34/76.

        Again, the photograph on page 15. According to the caption, it is assumed that the photograph was taken during the opening stages of Barbarossa. Okay, the authors add a disclaimer by the word "assumption". It's a vague photograph but looking closely, the vehicles in the foreground are long barrel Pazerkampfwagen IV's (at least late model Ausf F's). These didn't enter service until 1942, which is after Barbarossa. The interesting point though is the tank on the horizon, second from the left. Silhouette wise, it looks distinctly like a Panzer VI Tiger I. I can also see what appear to be the two upright exhaust bins on the back. These didn't even arrive in Russia until the summer of 1942 at the earliest, but I'd date the shot at sometime around Operation Citadel. A photograph from the same group appears on the following page. Panzer IV's and two (at far right) which from their silhouettes appear to be Panzer VI's.

        Page 24 captioned as a "Horch Kfz 15". It's a Krupp Protze. Page 28 captioned as a "BMW R12". It's a BMW r75. Page 35 KV-2 captioned as a "KB-2" (they've used the cyrillic form).

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        Another niggle is the phrase "appears to show/be". This is very apparent with the caption on page 26 "A downed Russian aircraft, which appears to be a Tupolev SB." Not "appears to be". It IS a Tupolev SB. That strikes me that whoever captioned and/or researched the photographs has little idea of the subject they are trying to identify. The same happens on page 59 with down Soviet aircraft "appearing to be" an "Ilyushin Il-4". It's not. It's a Nieman R-10. Two aircraft that are nothing like each other. Although harder to identify, I would say the photograph on the facing page is of the same aircraft but from a frontal angle. It's definitely not an I-16 as captioned. Another "appears to be" shot on page 80 of a BT-7, which is a BT-7. Page 85 shows a photograph that was clearly taken in France (note the 'Renault' garage behind), but at least the subject is correctly captioned as a SdKfz232.

        What I find interesting though, is that some of the photographs ARE correctly captioned. One example being page 54, and yes it IS a BA-20. So the authors have taken the trouble to research properly there, but why not the rest of the book? Had these been researched properly, it would have been a useful book. A quick look at the bibliography in the back of the book shows that the authors have consulted a mere eight books and although written by trusted authors, some of those have now been surpassed by new information.

        I don't wish to come across as an anorak, and I didn't want to go into a long diatribe about the shortcomings of the book, but I take this sort of thing quite seriously. If I buy a book for research purposes, I need to know that it contains accurate information. Okay, nobody is infallible and one or two errors can and do creep in, but the book has them front to back. The misidentification to those 'in the know' is irritating, but it is purely misleading to those not familiar with the subject. Thankfully, I did not pay full whack for the book. Had I done so, I would have been less happy. Perhaps an addendum in the back of the book would have helped.

        On the plus side: interesting photographs. A big minus side: my advice to the reader would be if you know the subject, to take the captions with a big pinch of salt. Two stars only for the photographic content I could award more there, but I'd be misleadingly giving this book a high rating.

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