For Führer and Fatherland: SS Murder and Mayhem in Wartime by Roderick de Norman

By Roderick de Norman

For Fuhrer and Fatherland' is the intense tale of ways British and American Intelligence thwarted a wartime plan for a bold mass break-out of German prisoners-of-war from the PoW camp at Devizes in Wiltshire, led by means of a difficult center of SS troops. As December 1944 drew to an in depth, proficient US interrogators came across a plan so impressive in idea that is used to be tough to take heavily. The Interrogation Centre operatives broke the wills of the prisoners concerned and acquired to the ground of the tale. With their break out in tatters, the SS took their revenge and 'tried' and murdered certainly one of their fellow prisoners, who was once accused of betraying the Fuhrer. regardless of the SS code of silence, these concerned have been dropped at justice and hanged in Pentonville legal in October 1945. during this ebook, the writer asks the questions: Why used to be Devizes Camp so woefully unprepared for a potential break-out? Why have been the SS allowed to proceed their reign of terror on British soil? Why did the govt. of the...

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The 11th ACR substituted three Sheridans for two M113 Armored Cavalry Vehicles (ACAVs) in one of three scout sections per armored cavalry platoon. While this arrangement decreased the number of dismounted scouts in the sections, it substantially increased their firepower. In reality, the units often deployed Sheridans from one section with several ACAVs from other sections to create a mixed force. The bee-hive round proved to be the most popular projectile in the Sheridan’s arsenal; in the first three months of combat, the Sheridans fired 1,461 rounds of bee-hive compared to 350 rounds of M409 HEAT as well as 431,000 rounds of machine-gun ammunition.

In spite of this, the Army approved the production of the AGS on October 27, 1995, as the M8 with a first contract for 26 vehicles. However, on January 24, 1996, the Army finally decided to kill the AGS program for cost-cutting reasons, largely based on the decision against deploying it with the 2nd ACR; it was unaffordable if built only for a single battalion of the 82nd Airborne Division. In March 2004, the Army approved the transfer of four of the M8 AGS in storage to Ft Bragg for further examination of airborne armor requirements.

Another common modification was the addition of stowage bins on the rear of the turret to compensate for the small stowage rack provided on the baseline vehicle. qxd:NVG153 26/11/08 11:34 Page 33 In spite of the numerous difficulties with the Sheridan, it eventually proved to be a useful addition to the armored cavalry when used as a substitute for the M113 ACAV, but not as a substitute for the more robust M48A3 tank. The Sheridan’s main advantage was that it was more mobile on soft terrain than the heavier M48A3.

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