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Caterpillar Mine crater within Battle Wood next to Hill 60. This was blown by the British under the German lines on 7th June 1917 as part of the attack on Messines Ridge. It contains over 60 feet (20 metres) of water and is the grave of at least 600 Germans
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Hitler's First Aerial Attack on Britian
16th October 1939
The first aerial attack on British territory occurred on 16th October 1939. At 1100 hours, 15 Junkers JU -88 of 1/KG 30 led by Hauptman Helmuth Pohle took off from Westerland. They were on route to bomb their intended target, HMS Hood, which had been sighted off the Scottish coast. The airman had instructions from Hitler not to attack the Hood if she had reached dry dock.
By the time the aircraft flew over the Forth Bridge, HMS Hood had reached the 'safety' of the dock, but there were other targets in view. However, the German aircraft had been spotted. Tribal Class HMS Mohawk opened fire on the Junkers. Unfortunately the aircraft had time to release 2 bombs which exploded close to the ships, killing 15 men and injuring 30 others.
Fighter Aces of the Luftwaffe in World War II
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by Philip Kaplan
This book examines the reality behind the myths of the legendary German fighter aces of World War II. It explains why only a small minority of pilots - those in whom the desire for combat overrode everything - accounted for so large a proportion of the victories. It surveys the…
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