By Helmut Ritgen
Textual content through Oberst a.D. Helmut Ritgen with unique wartime images by way of the writer. This well-informed account of the sixth Panzer department is principally beneficial as the writer fought with the eleventh Panzer Regiment. It files the inception, formation and constitution of the department and chronologically follows its growth during the conflict. The textual content is supported by way of color pictures taken through the writer in the course of international battle II and provides a close exam of existence within the Panzers while at the same time documenting their relentless development. Feared by way of Allied squaddies and devastating of their speedy prosecution of the early warfare the Panzers have been the fashionable German struggling with males; good built, beautifully influenced and unstoppably profitable. until eventually the Allies have been capable of consolidate their troops, re-engineer their gear and redraw their strategies the Panzers ruled Europe with a thunderous conquering strength.
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Soon afterwards he was tasked with evacuating the BEF from Greece to Crete and Egypt and, despite heavy loss, over 50,000 men were rescued. At the end of May another evacuation of 18,000 men was required from Crete, carried out once again with unflinching bravery and at high cost. Without the support of the Royal Navy, the Army was incapable of sustaining any operations in the Mediterranean. THE HARBOUR When faced with massed air attack, the anti-aircraft gunners risked being swamped from all sides.
The Royal Artillery official history described the scene: 'The first shot from No. 1 gun set the leading tank on fire. No. 2's first shot lifted the turret clean off another tank ... ' The panzers advanced to within 500m but then veered away to find a way around the fierce resistance. They now became mixed up with the 1st Battalion as it came up behind them and both ran into 2/3rd Anti-Tank Regiment and 1 RTR who drove then back. Leutnant Joachim Schorm described what it was like at the other end.
Rommel despatched 8th Machine-Gun Battalion through the rolling sand hills and the British were forced to withdraw having lost six tanks and a large number of trucks and carriers. 5th Panzer Regiment lost two Mark Ills and a Mark IV. The next day there was no contact on the ground, but with the British having withdrawn far more readily and quickly than anticipated, Rommel was keen to regain contact and to press on towards Agedabia regardless of the instructions he had received earlier. MGBn. Bn.
6th Panzer Division 1937-45 by Helmut Ritgen