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51st Highland Division on Parade

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51st Highland Division

Sometimes, the only way to check that everyone is in Barracks is to put them on Parade. 51st Highland Division looks as if it is ready for a fight … “see Youse Jimmy“*. 40th Light Anti-aircraft Regiment is further back down the line of communications in the photo above.

51st HD infantry Battalions

In Real Life®, my portfolio is in and marked – a pass! My Viva Voce and Ethical paper have both been taken and the final paper is tomorrow. Too soon to celebrate, but I need some playtime!

*A bored colleague of mine, who worked at the Ministry of Defence, used to pick up the phone on  a Friday and announce “War Office … want a fight?

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51st Highland Division

51st Highland Divisional Troops

Here is another iconic Western Desert division, if only for the seminal Airfix Universal Carrier and 6 pounder gun kit*  They arrived in time for the second battle of EL ALAMEIN

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51st Highland Infantry Division

Major General Douglas Wimberley

Comd staff car (C3)

  • 126th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 127th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 128th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 61st Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • Universal Carrier (S3), 6pdr (S3)

6pdr and Universal Carrier

  • 40th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • Bedford QLB Limber (s3), 40mm Bofors AA (s3)

Bedford QLB Artillery Tractor with Bofors 40mm AA Gun

  • 274th Field Company, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 275th Field Company, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 276th Field Company, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 239th Field Park Company, Royal Engineers

    • Low Loader (L3), D7 bulldozer (L3)
  • 51st Highland Division Signals

    • Signals Truck (C3)

51st Highland Division Infantry Brigades

152nd Infantry Brigade

Brigadier George Murray

Comd in staff car (C3), signals van (C3)

  • 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 5th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 5th Battalion, Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders**

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
153rd Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Douglas Graham

Comd in staff car (C3), signals van (C3)

  • 5th Battalion, Black Watch

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 5th/7th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
154th Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Henry W. Houldsworth

  • Comd in staff car (C3), signals van (C3)
  • 1st Battalion, Black Watch

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 7th Battalion, Black Watch

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 7th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)

*My 15mm Not Quite Airfix version of the carrier and gun is in there. No need to put your hand up again Arthur, but I’m surprised that you’ve never modelled the South Africans 🙂

** In the late ’70s a Sandhurst cadet was in our (Alamein) company. Commissioned into the Cameron and Seaforth Highlanders, his uniform was replete with kilt, sporran, epaulettes, Skein Duhb, claymore and what-not. It took him twice as long to prepare and don his clobber, even without underpants,  as us simple Sapper chaps.

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7th Armoured Division

Hands up if you are a WW2 wargamer, who has not, at some time, painted something from 7th Armoured Division, (The Desert Rats).*7armd-div Here is the NQM version. It comprises an eclectic mix of Command Decision, Flames of War, the defunct MM Models, Plastic Soldier Company, Peter Pig, QRF,  Roco and the odd scratchbuild.

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The full orbat can be seen on the 8th Army page.

Summary Orbat: 7th-armdiv-1st

Divisional troops:

1st Household Cavalry Regiment

11th Hussars

2nd Derbyshire Yeomanry

44th Reconnaissance Regiment

3rd Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery

4th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

97th (Kent Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

65th (Suffolk & Norfolk Yeomanry) Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery

15th (Isle of Man) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

4th, 21st, Field Squadron, Royal Engineers

143rd Field Park Squadron, Royal Engineers

7th Armoured Division Signals

4th Lt Armd Bde

4th Light Armoured Brigade

Royal Scots Greys, 4th/8th Hussars, 1st Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps (Truck Mounted Motor Battalion)

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22nd Armoured Brigade

1st Royal Tank Regiment, 5th Royal Tank Regiment, 4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters), 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade (Motor Battalion)

Not shown is the under command:

1st Free French Brigade Group

 

*If you did put your hand up, take it down again if you have painted an Airfix Tiger Tank in desert camouflage  🙂

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33 and 3 Motorcycle Battalions DAK

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Thirty third and third motorcycle battalions, belonging to 15 and 21 panzer divisions respectively, were attached to Panzer Armee Afrika. In NQM terms, each battalion should comprise 6 strength points as shown above.

They are most usefully employed as recce, in single strength point elements to cover the front on the move; but there is no reason why they should not be amalgamated into two 3R elements per battalion to fight with more endurance if desired. There is also no reason why they should all be mounted on motorcycles; the orbat included Kfz 11s and 18s (and probably 15s for all I know).

Most troops were mounted in sidecar combos,  single motorcycles appearing at headquarters. A company had about 11 motorcycles and 60 M/C combos at full strength, and they did not stay at full strength for long.

 

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Brixcon 2004 Religious Army

My 2004 AK47 RELIGIOUS ARMY

The Imperial Bokassan Navy 

(Who needs a Coastline when you have Big Rivers?)

This army was designed to attack. The tanks were spread evenly between the first two units in case one did not arrive on move one – a common occurrence. Unit 3 sported an RCL on a jeep, a poor man’s tank. The 3 militia units had a mortar for ranged fire. Heavy weapons proved tricky to deploy when attacking. I found also that large militia units were more of a hindrance than a help. They were too big to manoeuvre, and merely presented a large target for collateral damage-causing weapons.

Unit One Regular – Imperial Naval Guard

4 Small Arms, 1 Tank, 120pts

Unit Two Regular – Imperial Marines

4 Small Arms, 1 Tank, 120pts (The Picture Below Shows 6 infantry)

AK47 2004 unit 1

Unit Three Militia – Marine Bicycle Brigade

8 Small Arms, 1 Inf Mortar, 1 RCL on Jeep (Only 6 infantry shown, and no mortar) 78pts

AK47 2004 unit 3

Unit Four Militia – Naval Supergun Brigade

7 Small Arms, 1 Inf Mortar, 1 Inf RPG, 1 HMG 90pts

AK47 2004 unit 4 militia

Unit Five Militia – Sisters of Last Resort

6 Small Arms, 1 Inf Mortar, 1 Inf RPG, 1 HMG 83pts

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More Midwinter Reflection

Phil's Soviets all fit in their boxfilePhil’s Soviet infantry all fit in their box file.

After any large NQM game, the armies involved undergo a period of rearming, refuelling and reorganisation. Simply putting everything back into its box took the best part of a lazy midwinter day.

I make notes as I do this to help with the building and painting plan. Units that fought well may advance up the painting pile. Poorly performing units may find themselves disbanded to reinforce other units.

Lost troops eventually find their way home (this happens quicker now that the boxes are catalogued online). New units are built – sometimes with a seeding of veteran troops from other units (read … rebasing!) Importantly, ersatztruppen are replaced with proper models as they become available, and are moved further down the orbats to re-equip second line units – more of that in later posts.

Points to ponder from the latest game:

  • The Pot Plant pin markers work nicely; they don’t stick in your fingers and are large enough to handle. I shall still use Party Balloon pin markers when occasion demands.

KV1 of 16 Motor Rifle Corps Breaks in

  • The First Aid Post pin markers failed the “are they actually used in a big game” test. It is easier to use pot plants or party balloons. The bases will be recycled as first aid posts for divisional headquarters.
  • I need markers for gapped minefields. A square of ply with some panel pins in ought to do it, with perhaps some cotton tape to mark the gap. Pontoon bridges should likewise be easy to fabricate from cork
  • YesThatPhil commented some time ago that there are too many infantry bases in NQM, which is fair enough. Whilst I like the flexibility that this brings, I don’t like the logistic embuggerance of moving them around – hence the sabot tinplate stand for a six base battalion.

Wehrmacht Fusileer BattalionOriginal battalion 75 x 50mm tin sabot fitting 6 strength points is the same as …

Battalion of two stands, each of three strength pointsA split battalion of 75 x two 25mm tin sabots totalling 6 strength points

  • There is no reason why an infantry battalion should not be modelled as two half battalion stands of 3 strength points each, to come into line with tanks and halftracks*. It speeds up combat as there is less moving around of individual bases.

Infantry Battalion of two Stands, each of three Strength PointsInfantry battalion of two 25 x 50mm stands, each of three strength points. One can no longer count the bases, as the battalion is equivalent to two FoW medium stands …

A stand of three strength points… Without the coins, the stand of three strength points looks like this.

  • As most WW2 gamers seem to use Flames of War (FoW, 64 by 50mm or 32 by 50mm) bases or Peter Pig 30mm bases, there is no reason these could not see service. A 30 x 60-75mm stand could replace  three round 25mm NQM coin bases or a couple of PBI bases. I don’t plan to rebase any of my old stuff, just snip out a few 25-30mm by 60mm tin sabot bases to accomodate them.** Happily, NQM does not care much about base sizes.
  • I am also coming to the view that, as the war progressed, the distinction at battalion level between fighting and support bases is irrelevant. Machine and anti-tank guns would be parcelled out to companies as required. Mortars would be sited to cover companies within the battalion, so I can ditch that distinction and model a battalion as two half-company stands of three strength points, with support weapons on the stand in representative quantities, and light anti-tank weapons integral to the stand, if the battalion has an anti-tank capability. This should make it easier for non-regular NQM players to use whatever they own to model infantry battalions***.

Infantry Regiment of two Battalions and an RHQInfantry regiment of two strength six battalions and a strength two RHQ using FoW medium sized stands.

Soviet regiment with two strength five battalions and an RHQSoviet regiment with two strength five battalions and a strength two RHQ using coins on a tin sabot.

That’s January sorted then!

*Megablitz has always had battalion stands from the very start.

**LittleHitler’s siren voice is wheedling that he could stretch three coin bases on a twenty five by seventy five millimetre stand to two bases on a thirty by sixty. It would eke limited German manpower out even further; you can’t fault him for trying. Reducing the density of lead in some of the infantry divisional boxes might be beneficial too. It would give Phil’s Gebirgsjäger division of nine Jäger bases, four and a half full-strength battalions instead of three half-strength ones. Roll on 1945!

***SmallStalin thinks this is a good idea too; his infantry strength is growing even as the German strength shrinks. Urrah!

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8th Army Order of Battle at Alamein (CSO)

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This humungous post is still a work in progress for a battle a year or so* in the future. It now forms part of the Campaign Orders of Battle page for NQM. This post has been modified to form a reduced orbat to fit onto a more maneagable 11 foot squared table at Trebian’s Shedquarters, or in my Den.

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8th Army

Lieutenant General Bernard Montgomery Comd staff car (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

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Under direct Army Command

  • 12th Anti-Aircraft Brigade

    • 14th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

      • Morris Limber (s3), 40mm Bofors AA (s3) (or portee)

    • 16th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

      • Morris Limber (s3), 40mm Bofors AA (s3) (or portee)
    • 27th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

      • Morris Limber (s3), 40mm Bofors AA (s3) (or portee)
    • 88th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

      • Matador Limber (s3), 3.7″  AA (s3)
    • 94th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

      • Matador Limber (s3), 3.7″  AA (s3)
    • 27th (London Electrical Engineers) Searchlight Regiment, Royal Artillery (two troops) Searchlight (C1)

  • 2nd Anti-Aircraft Brigade (for HQ and railway protection[1]) HQ with 8th Army HQ

    • 2nd Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery Morris Limber (s3), 40mm Bofors AA (s3)

    • 69th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery (199th and 261st batteries) Matador Limber (s3), 3.7″  AA (s3)

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Army Troops

  • 6th South African Armoured Car Regiment (One troop – not modelled)

    • Marmon-Herrington III
  • B Squadron, 6th Royal Tank Regiment

    • Crusader II Tank (could be Grant or Stuart M3) (S1)
  • 566th Army Troops Company, Royal Engineers Sapper Base (E1)

  •  568th Army Troops Company, Royal Engineers Sapper Base (E1)
  • 25th Field Company, South African Engineers Sapper Base (@E1)

  • 27th Field Company, South African Engineers Sapper Base (@E1)

  • 31st Field Company, South African Engineers Sapper Base (@E1)

  • 1st? Tank Delivery Regiment Scammel Tank Transporter (L1)
  • 8th Army Signals “Monty’s Caravan” Signals Truck (s3)

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X Corps

Lieutenant-General Herbert Lumsden Comd staff car (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 571st Field Company, Royal Engineers Sapper Base (E1)

  • 572nd Field Company, Royal Engineers Sapper Base (E1)

  • 573rd Field Company, Royal Engineers Sapper Base (E1)

  • 570th Field Park Company, Royal Engineers Low Loader or Truck (L3)

  • X Corps Signals Signals Truck (C3)

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1st Armoured Division

Major-General Raymond Briggs Comd Grant Tank (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 1st Field Squadron, Royal Engineers Sapper Base (@E1)

  • 9th Field Park Squadron, Royal Engineers (from 8th Armd Div) Truck (L3)

  • 1st Armoured Division Signals Signals Truck (C3)

2nd Armoured Brigade

Brigadier Arthur Fisher Crusader II (C3)

92 Sherman, 68 Crusader, one Grant = 161 tanks[2] (3 Shermans, 2 Crusaders)

7th Motor Brigade

Brigadier Thomas J. Bosville Dingo  Armd Car (C3)

  • 2nd Battablion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps Infantry stand in Carrier (F3),  + 6pdr Atk (S3)

  • 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade (detached less support company to Hammerforce)

  • 7th Battalion, Rifle Brigade Infantry stand in Carrier (F3),  + 6pdr Atk (S3)

Hammerforce (attached from 8th Armoured Division)
  • 4th/6th South African Armoured Car Regiment Marmon-Herrington III (R3)
    + 2 Recce Markers

  • 146th (Pembroke & Cardiganshire) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)

  • 73rd Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery Universal Carrier (L3) + 6pdr (S3)

  • 56th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery Morris Limber (s3), 40mm Bofors AA (s3) (or portee)

  • Z Company, 1st Battalion, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers (machine gun) Infantry MMG stand (S3)

  • 7th Field Squadron, Royal Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 9th Field Squadron, Royal Engineers Sapper base (E1)

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10th Armoured Division

Major-General Alexander Gatehouse Comd Dingo (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 2nd Field Squadron, Royal Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 3rd Field Squadron, Royal Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 6th Field Squadron, Royal Engineers (attached from 8th Armoured Division) 1 Sapper base (E1)

  • 141st Field Park Squadron, Royal Engineers Low Loader or Truck (L3)

  • 10th Armoured Division Signals Signals Truck (C3)

8th Armoured Brigade

Brigadier Edward C.N. Custance  Crusader II (C3)

45 Crusaders, 57 Grants, 31 Sherman = 133 tanks (1 Crusader, 2 Grants , 1 Sherman)

24th Army Tk Bde
 24th Armoured Brigade (attached from 8th Armoured Division) 

Brigadier Arthur G. Kenchington Crusader II (C3)

2 Grants, 93 Shermans, 45 Crusaders = 140 tanks (1 Crusader, 3 Shermans)

133rd Infantry Brigade (attached from 44th Infantry Division)

Brigadier Alec W. Lee Dingo  Armd Car or Signals Truck (C3)

  • 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment Infantry stand (F3)

  • 4th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment Infantry stand (F3)

  • 5th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment Infantry stand (F3)

  • W Company, 1st Battalion, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers (machine gun) (attached from 8th Armoured Division) Infantry MMG stand (S3)

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8th Armoured Division

Major-General Charles Gairdner Comd staff car (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3) (This divisional HQ does not need to be modelled)

(all brigades stripped away from the division prior to the Second Battle of El Alamein)

23rd Armoured Brigade

24th Armoured Brigade

133rd Infantry Brigade

Support Units

8th Support Group
  • 6th Field Squadron, Royal Engineers (detached to 10th Armoured Division)

  • 9th Field Squadron, Royal Engineers (detached to 1st Armoured Division)

  • 145th Field Park Squadron, Royal Engineers

  • 8th Armoured Division Signals Signals truck (C3)

13th-corps

XIII Corps

Lieutenant-General Brian Horrocks Comd staff car (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 4th/6th South African Armoured Car Regiment (one troop) Marmon Herrington armoured car (R1)

  • 578th Army Field Company, Royal Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 576th Corps Field Park Company, Royal Engineers Low Loader or Truck (E3)

  • XIII Corps Signals Signals truck (C3)

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50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division

Major-General John Nichols Comd staff car (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 2nd Battalion, Cheshire Regiment (machine gun battalion) Infantry MMG stand (F3)

  • 233rd Field Company, Royal Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 505th Field Company, Royal Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 235th Field Park Company, Royal Engineers Low Loader or Truck (E3)

  • 50th Northumbrian Division Signals Signals Truck (C3)

1st Greek Infantry Brigade

Colonel Pausanias Katsotas Comd in Jeep (C3)

  • 1st Infantry Battalion Infantry stand (F3)

  • 2nd Infantry Battalion Infantry stand (F3)

  • 3rd Infantry Battalion Infantry stand (F3)

  • 1st Greek Field Artillery Regiment Quad limber (L3), 25pdr (S3)

  • 1st Greek Machine Gun Company Infantry MMG stand (S1)

  • 1st Greek Field Company, Greek Engineers Sapper base (E1)

151st Infantry Brigade (attached to 2nd New Zealand Division 29 October to 3 November)

Brigadier Joscelyn E.S. Percy  Comd in staff car (C3)

  • 6th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry Infantry stand (F3)

  • 8th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry Infantry stand (F3)

  • 9th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry Infantry stand (F3)

69th Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Edward C. Cooke-Collis Comd in staff car (C3)

2nd Free French Brigade Group (under command)
  • 5th Battalion de Marche Infantry stand (F3)

  • 11th Battalion de Marche Infantry stand (F3)

  • 21st and 23rd North African Anti-Tank Companies Fordson WOt2 25mm CLA portee (S2)

  • 2nd Company, Free French Pioneer base (E1)

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44th (Home Counties) Infantry Division

Major-General Ivor T.P.Hughes Comd staff car (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 44th Reconnaissance Battalion (detached to 7th Armoured Division)

  • 6th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment (machine gun battalion)

  • 53rd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)

  • 57th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)

  • 58th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)

  • 65th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)

  • 57th Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery Universal Carrier (S3) + 6pdr (S3)

  • 30th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery Morris Limber (S3), 40mm Bofors AA (S3) (or portee)

  • 11th Field Company, Royal Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 209th Field Company, Royal Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 210th Field Company, Royal Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 211th Field Park Company, Royal Engineers  Low Loader or Truck (E3)

  • 577th Army Field Company, Royal Engineers (attached)  Sapper base (E1)

  • 44th Home Counties Division Signals Signals Truck (C3)

131st Infantry Brigade

Brigadier William Donovan Stamer Comd staff car (C3)

  • 1/5th Battalion, Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey) Infantry stand (F3)

  • 1/6th Battalion, Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey) Infantry stand (F3)

  • 1/7th Battalion, Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey) Infantry stand (F3)

132nd (Kent) Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Lashmer Whistler Comd staff car (C3)

133rd (Lorried) Infantry Brigade

Detached to 10th Armoured Division

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7th Armoured Division

Major-General John Harding Comd staff car (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 1st Household Cavalry Regiment Daimler armoured car (R3)
    + 2 Recce Markers

  • 11th Hussars [under command from 4th Armoured Brigade, in reserve] Morris CS9 armoured car (R3) + 2 Recce Markers

  • 2nd Derbyshire Yeomanry [under command from 8th Armoured Div] Humber A/C or Bren Carrier (R3) + 2 Recce Markers

  • 44th Reconnaissance Regiment (under comd from 44th Inf Div)Universal Carrier or Dingo lt recce car (R3) + 2 Recce Markers

  • 4th Field Squadron, Royal Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 21st Field Squadron, Royal Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 143rd Field Park Squadron, Royal Engineers Low Loader or Truck (E3)

  • 7th Armoured Division Signals Dorchester Armoured Command Vehicle (C3)

4th Lt Armd Bde
4th Light Armoured Brigade

Brigadier Marcus G. Roddick M3 Stuart Tank (C3)

57 (2) Stuart, 14 (1) Grant = 71 tanks and 9 armoured cars

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22nd Armoured Brigade

Brigadier George “Pip” Roberts M3 Stuart Tank (C3)

57 (2) Grant, 50 (2) Crusader, 19 (1) Stuart = 126 tanks

1st Free French Brigade Group (under command)

Brigadier Marie Pierre Koenig Comd Jeep (C3)

  • 1st Battalion, Foreign Legion Infantry stand (F3)

  • 2nd Battalion, Foreign Legion Infantry stand (F3)

  • 3rd Battalion, Pacific Marine Infantry Infantry stand (F3)

  • 3rd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery (attached) Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)

  • 1st Free French Artillery Regiment Renault limber (S3), 75mm gun (S3)

  • 2nd Anti-Aircraft Company, 1st Marine Fusiliers

  • 2nd Free French Anti-Tank Company

  • 22nd North African Anti-Tank Company Fordson WOt2 25mm CLA portee (S2)

  • 1st Field Company, Free French Engineers Sapper base (E1)

with (under command)

  • 1st Free French Flying Column Automitrailleuse Dodge ‘Tanake'(F2),

  • Armoured Car Squadron and Portee troop, 1st Marocco Spahis Portee 75mm M1897 or ‘Conus gun’ SPG (S3)

  • 1st Free French Tank Company Crusader III Tank (S1)

  • Anti-Aircraft troop, 1st Battalion, Foreign Legion ?25 mm CA mle 39 towed/portee (S3)

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XXX Corps

Lieutenant General Oliver Leese Comd in staff car (S3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • XXX Corps Defence Squadron Infantry MMG (S1)

  • C Squadron, 4th/6th South African Armoured Car Regiment Marmon Herrington (R1)

  • 66th Mortar Company, Royal Engineers (two sections detached to 9th Australian Division. Fired only HE during the campaign but trained for chemical warfare) 4.2″ Mortar (S1)

  • 11th Field Company, South African Engineers Sapper (@E1)

  • 13th Field Company, South African Engineers Sapper (@E1)

  • 22nd Field Park Company, South African Engineers Low Loader (L3), D7 bulldozer (L3)

  • XXX Corps Signals Signals truck (C3)

9th Australian Infantry Division

9th Australian Division

Major General Leslie Morshead Comd staff car (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 9th Division Cavalry Regiment Crusader III or M3 Stuart Tank (F3)

  • 2/2nd Machine Gun Battalion Infantry MMG stand (F3)

  • 2/3rd Pioneer Battalion 3 Pioneers (E3)

  • 2/7th Field Regiment, Royal Australian Arty Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)

  • 2/8th Field Regiment, Royal Australian Arty Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)

  • 2/12th Field Regiment, Royal Australian Arty Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)

  • 3rd Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Australian Arty Univ. Carrier (S3), 6pdr (S3)

  • 4th LAA Regiment, RAA Morris Limber (L3), 40mm Bofors/portee AA (S3)

  • 2/3rd Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers Sapper base (@E1)

  • 2/7th Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers Sapper base (@E1)

  • 2/13th Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers Sapper base (@E1)

  • 2/4th Field Park Company, Royal Aust Engineers Low Loader or Truck (E3)

  • 9th Australian Division Signals Signals truck (C3)

24th Australian Brigade

Brigadier Arthur H.L. Godfrey  Commander with Mortar (C3)

  • 2/28th Australian Inf Battalion, Western Australia (WA) Infantry stand (F3)

  • 2/32nd Australian Inf Battalion, Victoria (Vic.) Infantry stand (F3)

  • 2/43rd Australian Inf Battalion, South Australia (SA) Infantry stand (F3)

26th Australian Brigade

Brigadier David A. Whitehead  Commander with Mortar (C3)

20th Australian Brigade

Brigadier H. Wrigley  Commander with Mortar (C3)

  • 2/13th Australian Inf Battalion, New South Wales (NSW) Infantry stand (F3)

  • 2/15th Australian Infantry Battalion, Queensland (Qld)  Infantry stand (F3)

  • 2/17th Australian Infantry Battalion, NSW Infantry stand (F3)

51st-infdiv

51st Highland Infantry Division

Major General Douglas Wimberley Comd staff car (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3), Signals Truck (C3)

  • 126th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)

  • 127th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)

  • 128th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)

  • 61st Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery Universal Carrier (S3), 6pdr (S3)

  • 40th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery Morris Limber (s3), 40mm Bofors AA (s3) (or portee)

  • 274th Field Company, Royal Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 275th Field Company, Royal Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 276th Field Company, Royal Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 239th Field Park Company, Royal Engineers Low Loader or Truck (L3)

  • 51st Highland Division Signals Signals Truck (C3)

152nd Infantry Brigade

Brigadier George Murray Commander with Mortar (C3)

153rd Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Douglas Graham Commander with Mortar (C3)

  • 5th Battalion, Black Watch Infantry stand (F3)

  • 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders Infantry stand (F3)

  • 5th/7th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders Infantry stand (F3)

154th Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Henry W. Houldsworth Commander with Mortar (C3)

  • 1st Battalion, Black Watch Infantry stand (F3)

  • 7th Battalion, Black Watch Infantry stand (F3)

  • 7th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders  Infantry stand (F3)

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2nd New Zealand Division

Lieutenant-General Bernard Freyberg Comd in Dingo (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 4th Field Regiment, Royal New Zealand Artillery Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)

  • 5th Field Regiment, Royal New Zealand Artillery Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)

  • 6th Field Regiment, Royal New Zealand Artillery Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)

  • 7th Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal New Zealand Artillery Universal Carrier (S3), 6pdr (S3)

  • 14th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal New Zealand Artillery Morris Limber (s3), 40mm Bofors AA (s3) 

  • 6th Field Company, Royal New Zealand Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 7th Field Company, Royal New Zealand Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 8th Field Company, Royal New Zealand Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 5th Field Park Company, Royal NZ Engineers Low Loader or Truck (L3)

  • 2nd New Zealand Division Signals Signals truck (C3)

5th New Zealand Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Howard Kippenberger Comd with Mortar (C3)

  • 21st Battalion, New Zealand Infantry Infantry stand (F3)

  • 22nd Battalion, New Zealand Infantry Infantry stand (F3)

  • 23rd Battalion, New Zealand Infantry Infantry stand (F3)

  • 28th (Māori) Battalion, New Zealand Infantry Infantry stand (F3)

6th New Zealand Infantry Brigade

Brigadier William Gentry Comd with Mortar (C3)

  • 24th Battalion, New Zealand Infantry Infantry stand (F3)

  • 25th Battalion, New Zealand Infantry Infantry stand (F3)

  • 26th Battalion, New Zealand Infantry Infantry stand (F3)

9th Armd Bde
9th Armoured Brigade

Brigadier John Currie   Crusader III Tank (C3)

35 (1) Sherman, 37 (1) Grant, 46 (2) Crusader =118

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1st South African Infantry Division

Major-General Dan Pienaar  Comd Dingo (C3),  Signals van (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 8th Royal Tank Regiment (attached from 23rd Armoured Brigade, in reserve until 31 Oct)[nb 1]  Valentine II Tank (C3)

  • 3rd South African Armoured Car Reconnaissance Regiment Marmon Herrington armd car (R3) + 2 recce markers

  • Regiment President Steyn (machine gun battalion) Infantry MMG stand (F3)

  • 2nd Regiment Botha (in reserve until 31 October) Infantry stand (F3)

  • 1st Field Regiment, Cape Field Artillery, South African Artillery Marmon Herrington Gun Tractor (L3), 25pdr (S3)

  • 4th Field Regiment, South African Artillery Marmon Herrington Gun Tractor (L3), 25pdr (S3)

  • 7th Field Regiment, South African Artillery Marmon Herrington Gun Tractor (L3), 25pdr (S3)

  • 1st Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, South African Artillery Morris Limber (L3), 40mm Bofors AA (S3)

  • 1st Anti-Tank Regiment, South African Artillery Universal Carrier (S3), 6pdr (S3)

  • 1st Field Company, South African Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 2nd Field Company, South African Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 3rd Field Company, South African Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 5th Field Company, South African Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 19th Field Park Coy, South African Engineers Low Loader or Truck (L3)

  • 1st South African Division Signals Signals truck (C3)

1st South African Infantry Brigade

Brigadier E.P. Hartshorn  Comander with Mortar (C3)

2nd South African Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Evered Poole  Comander with Mortar (C3)

3rd South African Infantry Brigade

Brigadier R.J. Palmer  Comander with Mortar (C3)

4th-indian-div

4th Indian Infantry Division

Major-General Francis Tuker  Comd India Patt Carrier (C3), Signals van (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 1st Field Regiment Royal Artillery Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)

  • 11th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)

  • 32nd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)

  • 149th Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery Ind Patt

  • Carrier (S3), 6pdr (S3)

  • 57th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery Morris Limber (s3), 40mm Bofors AA (s3) (or portee)

  • 2nd Field Company, Bengal Sappers and Miners Sapper base (E1)

  • 4th Field Company, Bengal Sappers and Miners Sapper base (E1)

  • 12th Field Company, Madras Sappers and Miners  Sapper base (E1)

  • 11th Field Park Company, Madras Sappers and Miners Low Loader or Truck (L3)

  • 4th Indian Division Signals Signals truck (C3)

5th Indian Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Dudley Russell  Comander with Mortar (C3)

7th Indian Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Arthur Holworthy  Comander with Mortar (C3)

61st Indian Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Francis E.C. Hughes Comander with Mortar (C3)

Corps Reserve

23rd Armd Bde

23rd Armoured Brigade

Brigadier George W. Richards

186 (6) Valentine tanks

  • 121st Field Regiment, Royal Artillery (Used as close support for the Valentine Regts)  3 ton truck limber (L3), Bishop self-propelled 25pdr (S3)

  • 168th Battery, 56th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery Morris Limber (s1), 40mm Bofors AA (s1) (or portee)

  • 295th Army Field Company, Royal Engineers (three troops detached to 50th Royal Tank Regiment with 51st (Highland) Division)

Notes:

 *Written in 2015. Still a year or so away in 2018!

I haven’t shown the dozens of corps and army level RASC companies used for ferrying infantry battalions and supplies from railhead to front lines.

Use of 4.2″ mortar HE ammunition is mentioned mainly in 66 Smoke Squadron RE.

Note also links within the text referring to regimental histories, mainly to determine which equipment was in use at the time of the battle. Where no evidence could be found, I have gone with the most likely TO&E, simplified for NQM, so for example, an armoured brigade that would have had a mix of tanks in each regiment has been shown with one tank type in each.

There is considerable lattitude in representing command stands. Use whatever command vehicles you have. I’m not attempting to model this orbat in it’s entirety.

Sources

This monster post was originally cut and pasted from Wickipedia at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Battle_of_El_Alamein_order_of_battle [Accessed 3/8/2015]

Then modified for formatting and NQM orbat strengths.

The following sources were referred to:

Alamein by C.E.Lucas Phillips (1965). Pan Books, London.

British Forces Battle of El Alamein 23 October 1942. Available from: http://www.cgsc.edu/CARL/nafziger/942BJOC.pdf [Accessed 3 Aug 2015]

War Diaries for 2nd Royal Gloucestershire Hussars. Available at:  http://www.warlinks.com/armour/2nd_rgh/index.php [Accessed 3/8/2015]

British Formation Badges 1939-1945 by  Peter Ghiringhelli (2007).

Available from: http://www.petergh.f2s.com/flashes.html  [Accessed 31/10/2016]

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On the Workbench – 90th Light Division

Stuff that has been lying around for a while had a reshuffle and some work as 90th Light (Afrika) Division* is assembled. Some familiar pieces of equipment are standing in until the correct models are purchased. A trawl of my spare infantry boxes by General Heldenkleber raised enough grenadiers to fill a softskin-mounted regiment, but a few more trucks are needed – can’t have too many of them y’know. The last two 250s have been cobbled together for the gepanzert battalion**

On the Workbench 001

Yesthatphil has pimped the surplus Steyr Kfz70*** that I gave him, which prompted me to fill mine with a few PSC seated infantry and a spare tank commander who should probably be standing on the rear parcel shelf to get that extra bit of height in the desert. Phil’s Italian crew have decided that their mount would look better with a Breda cannon, racing stripes and cool shades for the crew – that sort of thing. My HQ staff have just added some clutter and spread themselves around on the back seats a bit.

90th Light Afrika Division WIPInevitably, with the changing orbat of this division that only lasted for 2 years in the desert, my orbat is a composite.

*90th Light Afrika Motorized Division (Nafziger, 2001):

288th Sonderverband Panzer Grenadier Regiment
155th Motorised Infantry Regiment
580th Reconnaissance Company
606th Army Light AA Battalion
361st Afrika Artillery Battalion, with 3 Batteries of 4 – 105mm Howitzers each
1 AA Battery with (12 – 20mm AA Guns)
Fallschirmjäger (Parachute) Lehr Battalion (700 – 1,200 men in Martuba, 360 present on 1/6/42)
90th Light Afrika Motorized Division (Feldgrau, 2015):
155th Rifle Regiment
200th Motorized Infantry Regiment
361st Africa (Infantry) Regiment
361st Artillery Battalion
190th Tank Destroyer Battalion
Motorised Recce Company 580
Motorised Signals Company 190
Heavy Infantry Gun Company 707
Heavy Infantry Gun Company 708
Nafziger G., (2001) The Afrika Korps: an Organizational History 1941-1943, Nafziger Collection.
Pipes, J. (n.d.) 90.leichte-Afrika-Division http://www.feldgrau.com/leInfDivAfk.php?ID=1  [Accessed 21 July 2015]
**288th Sonderverband Panzer Grenadier Regiment had no armoured transport. These guys are just standing in on their way to Russia until more trucks arrive.
*** Phil can tell a Steyr from a Horsch, even if I can’t.

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Cataloguing the NQM Collection

Regular, and even casual perusers of this blog, will have worked out that there is a huge gulf between the orbat pages and the reality of the toyboxes, seen here on the Queen’s unofficial  birthday parade.

Parade 012

Trebian is fond of remarking that if you do not have a catalogue for your collection, then it is just a heap of stuff. The ever-changing catalogue for my famously disorganised heap of wargames toys is now visible on the sidebar. The sole purpose of the page is to be a photo archive of my NQM boxes. You have been warned 🙂

Showing an interest may earn you your Crossed Palms d’Or to the  Meritorious Order of the Anorak. To be an Ordinary Member, all you have to do is be an Anorak. Reading this page, for example, would qualify you as an Anorak by default. To be a Meritorious Member, you do actually have to own an anorak*.

Whilst worthy garments in their own right , furry parkas are for Junior Acolytes only and waterproof walking coats are the proud dress for smart occasions of an English Ordinary Member.

* Anyone who has met John Armatys knows that a DPM combat jacket counts too!

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More Big Numbers on the Ostfront Nov 42- Jul 43

1943 was an increasingly desperate year for Axis forces on the Ostfront. STALINGRAD and KURSK spring readily to mind as examples. Some of the numbers tell their own story*.

The Key Rail Junction

The quality of Soviet infantry had been steadily dropping as the most able recruits were drafted into the technical arms and services (Keimke, 1968, p147), compared to the 5 Soviet Tank armies, each of 2 tank and 1 mechanised corps; the best troops generally being found in guards units. German infantry had fought without pause for well over a year, and their generals had commented on the lack of staying power that some divisions were now exhibiting.

The Soviets had been ruthlessly concentrating on production, only innovating if it did not cut volume, or if there was a clear need, so the quantity of tanks available to them does not tell the whole story. This excellent summary gives almost half of the Soviet inventory available at the front as light tanks in November 1942 and roughly a third  in Jul 1943. The numbers are almost constant at about 3,500 tanks, What changed in 1943 is that an influx of nearly 3,000 medium tanks reached the front. In other words, the battles in ’42/3 were as likely to be between Pz IIIs and T-60/70s as T-34s.

In the air, by summer 1943, the PVO outnumbered the Luftwaffe by 2.5:1, so that in November 1942 the Germans, facing some 3,200 aircraft with 4,000 or so machines of their own, found the numbers against them swelling to 8,300 by July. This was triple the size of the PVO in May 1942, and moreover, the new aircraft coming off the production lines were of the latest types.

Balkankreuze2

13th Air Army faced Luftflotte I on the VOLKHOV front with 40-50% extra allocated to the air army as occasion demanded from GKO reserves. In addition the air army had a regiment each of transport (GVF), recce and artillery spotting aircraft:

13th Air Army (formed on 25 November 1942)

  • 275th Fighter Aviation Division “Pushkinskaya Krasnoznamennaya
  • 276th Bomber Aviation Division “Gatchinskaya twice Red Banner orders of Suvurov and Kutuzov
    • 3 Pe-2? (@s3)
  • 277th Assault Aviation Div “Krasnoselskaya Red Banner orders of Suvurov and Kutuzov
      • 15th Guards Assault Aviation Regiment – Il-2 Sturmovik (s3)
      • 566th Assault Aviation Regiment – Il-2 Sturmovik (s3)
      • 943rd Assault Aviation Regiment – Il-2 Sturmovik (s3)
      • 999th Assault Aviation Regiment – Il-2 Sturmovik (s3)

Luftflotte I

  • Kampfgeschwader 1 –  2 Bombers (@s3)  [Ju 88A]
  •  KG1-2“Hindenburg”
  • Kampfgeschwader 76 –  3 Bombers (@s3) [Ju 88A]
  • KG76
  • Kampfgeschwader 77 –  3 Bombers (@s3) [Ju 88A]
  • KG77-1
  • Jagdgeschwader 54 – 3 Fighters (@s3) [Bf 109F]
  • JG54-1 “Grunherz”
  • Jagdeschwader 53 (-) – 1 Fighter (@s3) [Bf 109F]
  • JG53-1 “Pik As”

Subordinated/Attached Units

  • Transport squadron (Ju 52) – Ju 52 transport (L1)
  • five liaison squadrons (Fi 156) – 5 Fi 156 recce (@R1)
  • IV.Flakkorps (anti-aircraft artillery)
    • 2. Flak-Division (Mot)** – Commander (C3) [in Radio truck]
      • Stab/Flak-Regiment 41 – 8.8cm Flak (S3) + Limber (L3) Sdkfz 7
        Stab/Flak-Regiment 151 – 2.0cm Flak (S3) + Limber (L3) Sdkfz 10Stab/Flak-Regiment 164 – 2.0cm Flak (S3) + Limber (L3) Sdkfz 7
      • Flak-Abteilung 517
    • 6. Flak-Division – Commander (C3) [in Radio truck]
      • Stab/Flak-Regiment 43 – 8.8cm Flak (S3) + Limber (L3) Sdkfz 7Stab/Flak-Regiment 164 – 2.0cm Flak (S3) + Limber (L3) Sdkfz 7

leichte Heimat-Batterie 6./I – accounted for in the numbers above

* I have drawn confidence from my last post on numbers that  followers have not just halved. It couldn’t have been the picture of the Ratte could it?

** All the 8.8cm Flak is separated into Regiments 41 and 43. In reality there were approximately 12 guns per regiment.

Sources:

  1. http://chris-intel-corner.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/tank-strength-and-losses-eastern-front.html
  2. Stalingrad to Berlin by Ziemke (1968)
  3. Boyd A. (1977) The Soviet Airforce since 1918. Macdonald and Jame’s – London.
  4. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luftflotte_1
  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_army_%28Soviet_Union%29
  6. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/76th_Air_Army
  7. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_Air_Forces_Order_of_Battle_1_May_1945
  8. http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/inhaltsverzeichnisgliederungLw.htm

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