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We Sleep At Night Because America's Armed Forces, Police and Fire Fighters Never Do

Category: Bill’s Non-Fiction

ARMY GROUP SOUTH, 1945

An hour long seminar that I wrote and gave in 2016 about the campaign to defend Austria and Hungary in 1945. Sorry about the lighting and sound, I had no control over the conditions.

 

SURROUNDED IN THE SNOW

ww2_v15_i3Bill’s lifetime study of World War II led him to write what is still the top reference for The Battle of Velikiye Luki in 1942-43. This little known action mirrors the much more famous Stalingrad and reflects the numerous vicious combats on the Eastern Front.

 

http://www.historynet.com/battle-of-velikiye-luki-surrounded-in-the-snow.htm

In the wet snows of late November 1942, the Soviet army struck at the thinly manned German front lines north and south of the city on the river, surrounding the vital supply center and trapping its garrison while threatening to cut off and encircle an entire German army group.

Adolf Hitler forbade a breakout and ordered that the surrounded troops be supplied by air. Relief attacks never quite had the necessary strength to break through the encircling Russians, and by late January 1943 the city was again in Russian hands, the German defenders either dead or taken prisoner.

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