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Gotterdammerung. This is a DBall free thread! - 7/10/2012 3:15:15 AM   
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DBall will take allies, I will take axis.
I shall try a different format for this AAR. Instead of a series of reports, I shall try to make a story out of it.
The main players:
Albert Speer, minister of Armaments and War Production.
OberstLeutnant Adolf Galland, General der Jagdflieger.
and Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda and Gauleiter of Berlin.




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RE: Gotterdammerung. This is a DBall free thread! - 7/10/2012 3:20:01 AM   
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Summer 1943

It’s been a warm day in Berlin. The decoration of the restaurant is opulent even though the food served, after four years of war, leaves something to be desired. At least for the diners that congregate in the front dining room.

Not so for the two men who sit behind closed doors in the rear dining room. Delectable viands brought from the last corners of the Reich’s empire and beyond, were served on the table before the two men. One of them wears the uniform of a Oberstleutnant and diamonds on his Knight’s cross with Oak leaves and Swords, the other wears a plain gray suit with a party pin on his lapel as its only decoration. They toy with the appetizers but seem to wait for someone.

A third man joins them, his suit is an elegant dark gray, but it appears wrinkled, his hair is neatly parted and combed back, but the shade of a beard mars his handsome face. A large swastika armband adorns his left arm.

“Ah, Speer,” says the man with the party lapel pin; he strokes his dark hair, combed back from his receding hairline, “nice of you to join us.”

Speer ignores the tinge of sarcasm, ”“Guten Abend, meine herren.”

He sits at the table and drinks deep from a glass of water.

“Sometimes I envy our enemy Stalin.”

“Why?” asks the man in uniform.

“He has but to order something and it gets done. I’ve just spent three days arguing with Badoglio, trying to streamline their aircraft production. I’ve only managed to get him to agree to switch the production of Alfa-Romeo engines at the Milan factory to Fiat,” he shakes his head, “not that it will matter much, the factory is half destroyed and Badoglio himself doesn’t know when production will resume.”

“Have you done anything else Reichminister?” The Luftwaffe officer asks.

“Ceased the production of the Morane Saulnier 406 at Delges, both the parts and the airframe factory will now make parts and assemble Uhus.”

The man in the suit seemed pleased,“Those Heinkels are very effective against the British Terrorflieger. We can’t have enough of them, can we Adolf?”

Oberstleutnant Galland nodded, “If they can find the basterds through that damned Window they keep throwing out.”
“What have you to report, General der Jagdflieger?”

“The allies know the location of my gruppen Goebbels, I am sure they will start to attack my airbases to try and take them out on the ground,”

“Like you did back in 1940,” Speer said.

“Just so,” Galland continued, “so I have begun to move them around; for instance, 11(Hohen)/JG2 is moving from Beaumont le Roger, that airfield was overloaded anyway, to Bretigny, and 10/JG2 to Roissy outside of Paris.”

“Anything else?” the Minister for Propaganda and Gauleiter of Berlin asked.

“The zerstorer of ZG/1 from Laurenc Poulic to a more centrally located Varades, and a group of Bf109G-6 from Schipol to Stenjiwik.”

“How about Italy?” Speer asked, “I am sure that the Americans will soon land at the tip of the boot; you can almost spit across the strait of Messina, and when they do, I am sure Italy will change sides.”

“The only time Italy finishes a war on the same side she started it is when she changes sides twice. Napoleon said that,” Goebbels always liked to show off his historical knowledge.

“I’ve ordered JG77 from Palizzi back to Potenza and IISch G.2’s FW190Fs to Foggia #4; I’ve ordered the F190s to use rockets too, they can’t tangle with fighters, might as well have them blow up bombers.”

“Then I’ll take the heavier AA guns from Palizzi, Katwijk and others out, no sense wasting them if there are no Gruppen there,” Goebbels said.

“We need the rail flak regiments from Wiener Nordstadt and Vienna, to go to the ball bearing factory south of Paris, and the Henschel Rumsfeld engine factory,” Speer said.

Goebbels shook his head, “That would not be good for morale, the citizens will not like to see the rail flak leave the cities unprotected.”

“Adolf?” Speer looked at the Luftwaffe officer.

“The allies won’t go that far,” Galland said, chewing on his lip, “not yet anyway.”



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RE: Gotterdammerung. This is a DBall free thread! - 7/10/2012 8:32:38 AM   
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Great to see this AAR - looking forward to more.

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RE: Gotterdammerung. This is a DBall free thread! - 7/10/2012 9:41:38 PM   
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+1, interesting looking AAR

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RE: Gotterdammerung. This is a DBall free thread! - 7/11/2012 12:38:39 AM   
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Thanks guys. Waiting for the first turn to arrive.

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RE: Gotterdammerung. This is a DBall free thread! - 7/11/2012 1:43:48 PM   
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RE: Gotterdammerung. This is a DBall free thread! - 7/11/2012 8:28:00 PM   
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Please continue the AAR


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RE: Gotterdammerung. This is a DBall free thread! - 7/12/2012 3:45:33 AM   
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Still waiting for DBall to send the turn. I am sure he wants to win the war on the first day

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RE: Gotterdammerung. This is a DBall free thread! - 7/16/2012 12:43:00 AM   
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Aah,that's so sad.
Hoping Dball could send you his turn soon.
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RE: Gotterdammerung. This is a DBall free thread! - 7/16/2012 3:37:09 PM   
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August 18th, 1943.

It is way before sunrise and Albert Speer is already at his office at the ministry of armaments. His desk is cluttered with memos and letters, the accumulated result of his recent trip to Italy. Before he can begin to deal with the papers his phone rings.

“Speer,” he answers.

“It’s Galland,” the voice at the other end of the line sounds harassed.

“What is it?”

“They’ve hit airfields all over the west coast; I had moved some of the gruppen to other airfields, but most of them, Schipol, Deelen, Woendrecht, and others still had gruppen in them. All in all, we lost 46 fighters on the ground. In Italy they hit radar stations and airfields at the toe of the boot. I’ve moved out the German gruppen from there.”

“What are your plans Adolf?”

“I plan to fill the airfields and radar sites with light AA, turn them into flak traps. I cannot intercept their bombers so close to their bases, they’ve got too many fighters; we lost 21 FW190s yesterday. Can you give me the AA cannons Speer?”

“You have to ask Goebbels about that. He thinks flak batteries are good for morale in the cities, the Flakenhelpers make the people think that they are fighting back.”

“We got seven Lancasters yesterday, between Nachtjagd and flak.”

“Maybe he will let you have the light flak batteries, besides, I need the heavy flak for my factories too.”
The click at the other end of the line sounds ominous.

Adolf Galland draws orders; I.Jgr 26 Fw 190A-5 lost 8 aircraft, four of them on the ground, their pilots fought hard all day, to little avail. They need to recover. Eschnege, safely in the center of Germany should provide the rest they need.

Other groups move too: 12.Jgr 26, BF 109G-6 from Wewelghem to Melsbroek. A bunch of AA machine guns, 20mm, quads, 37mm, and three balloons move into the airfield. If the allies want to come and strafe there again, there will be a warm reception prepared for them.

Two groups from Schipol to Eindhoben and Soestenberg.

And then on to Italy, move groups back, leave light flak behind, until there is no more transport available. Even trucks and trains are rationed in the Third Reich.


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RE: Gotterdammerung. This is a DBall free thread! - 7/17/2012 9:56:36 PM   
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August 19th 1943

“Sieg Heil!”

“Sieg Heil!”

“Sieg Heil!”


It is a small sports palace, in Oranienburg, north of Berlin. The local high school students, factory workers, and Hitler Jugend assembled for the occasion, right arms extended, stand and cheer the Gauleiter. He signals them to silence.

“Yesterday, the enemy has, once again, tested the defenses of the Reich. And once more, once more, he has found them impregnable.”

“Today,” he continued, “the carcasses of eighty of their machines litter the ground in France, Italy and Germany.”
He pauses for effect.

Sieg Heil! Sieg Heil! Sieg Heil!

He has the crowd, he knows it.

“Our Luftwaffe only lost twenty five machines, and what’s more important, most of our brave pilots ejected from their fighters and are ready to man the newer, better planes that you, our great German workers are striving tirelessly to provide them.”

He places his right hand over his heart and bows his head.

Danke. Danke schonn.”
His speech is heard at thousands of homes in Germany, in France, in the occupied countries. So is the roar of the crowd.

Sieg Heil! Sieg Heil! Sieg Heil!”

Goebbels smiles as he gets into his car for the drive back to the chancellery. His flak batteries claimed two Lancaster over Hanover last night and damaged 123 more. Galland’s Nachtjagd claimed two damaged and three destroyed by the 110G-4s as well as eight damaged and four destroyed by the FW190 Wilde Sau. All in all, twenty two aircraft destroyed by flak. Not bad at all.

Earlier that day, in France, Lt General Adolf Galland got off his car at Chateau Bougnon. The airfield appeared quiet, almost abandoned, the shops where ground crew maintained airplanes, empty. Only the twin engine BF 110G2/R3 Zerstorers of IIZG1 at dispersal belying the impression. The aircraft had just arrived from Varades, transferred to this new field in the base of the Brest peninsula. The General reviewed the pilots and the few ground crews that sneaked aboard the fighters for the trip; the ground echelons would arrive later in the evening by truck. He congratulated them and issued medals on the spot to those whose claims of fortresses destroyed had been validated. IIZG1’s BF110 and IIIJG2s FW190 A-5 had claimed more than 120 destroyed BF17s.

Despite these inflated claims, there was no question that many fortresses littered the tip of the Brest peninsula and just as many would not make it back across the English Channel. The raid on Brest harbor, following on the previous one that had destroyed the submarine pens, had not been escorted. The harbor flak as well as the guns from the submarine pens broke up the fortress formations. After they dropped their eggs, the FW190s and the 110 tore into them.

After his work was done, he climbed into his personal 109 and flew to Gael, where IIIJG2 had been moved to. The allies were quite likely to attack Vanes or Varades, probably with medium bombers. They would not find these fighters there. They would find reinforced light flak waiting for them.




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RE: Gotterdammerung. This is a DBall free thread! - 7/18/2012 7:55:06 PM   
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Do you guys like this stile of AAR?
Should I continue it?

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RE: Gotterdammerung. This is a DBall free thread! - 7/18/2012 9:21:54 PM   
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Very fun to read this type of AAR. Thank you.

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RE: Gotterdammerung. This is a DBall free thread! - 7/18/2012 10:58:04 PM   
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yes, I look forward to continue

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RE: Gotterdammerung. This is a DBall free thread! - 7/18/2012 11:36:03 PM   
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Great AAR Kaleun.

Every now and then a campaign summary and map would be great, but keep up the good work.

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RE: Gotterdammerung. This is a DBall free thread! - 7/19/2012 1:35:32 PM   
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I like the format but a couple of screenshots always adds colour !

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RE: Gotterdammerung. This is a DBall free thread! - 7/20/2012 4:51:03 AM   
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August 20th. 1943.

Lt. General Galland steps out of the car into a light summer drizzle. The guards at the entrance of the Reichsluftfahrtministerium on Leipzingerstrasse give him the extended arm Nazi salute to which he responds with the fingers to the hat brim, military one.

He heads to the offices of Reichmarschall Hermann Goering. The Reichmarschall’s secretary stands at attention and clicks his heels saluting the Lt. General.

Herr Reichmarschall will see you immediately mein Generalleutnant.”

Galland passes through the open door into the dimly lit Reichmarschall’s inner sanctum.

Goering steps up from his desk, a sheaf of papers in his hand. Galland recognizes it; it is his report on yesterday’s air war. He knows what is coming and does not relish it; he doesn’t fear it either. He stood up to Goering during the Battle of Britain and even had the cheek to ask him for a squadron of Spitfires. He wouldn’t back off now.

“What is this Galland?” Goering asked, shaking the sheaf of papers in front of the Lt.General’s face.

Galland stands at attention mute.

“One raid! Only one?” The muscles at the side of his jaw twitching, he crumpled the report in his fist, spit flying out of his mouth.

Galland notices Goering’s blue eyes, and their pinpoint pupils despite the gloom in the room. Still he doesn’t answer.

“Do you have an explanation for this?”

“Sir, we did fly more raids in Italy, with some success; we destroyed eighteen enemy aircraft, at a cost of eighteen of our fighters.”

Scheisse! I don’t give a damn about Italy. I want to know why Luftflotte 3 flew only one mission yesterday; who was in command? I’ll have him sent to the Russian front.”

Herr Reichmarschall, it was me. I was in command. I gave the orders.”

Goering glares at the younger officer, tries to stare him down but knows that he cannot. Nor can he have him removed from his post; Galland is a national hero.

“Explain yourself.”

Herr Reichsmarschall, the enemy fighter force far outnumbers ours; they choose where to attack us and concentrate their force while ours is dispersed. I ordered II (Hohen) JG 26 to attack the enemy stragglers, after they had been broken up by the flak at Amsterdam. It would have been futile to attack their strong formations before.”

“Shall I go to the Fuehrer and tell him that it is futile to send our fighters against the enemy? Shall I?”

“Until they penetrate deeper into our defenses, beyond fighter range, we cannot waste our best pilots fighting against their numerical superiority. We did get forty seven of them, at a loss of only eighteen. You can tell him that.”

“Dismiss!”

Turning on his heels smartly, the ace leaves his superior. Back in the air defense offices he makes a phone call.

Oberst Hermann, bitte.”

“Hajo, I have a question for you. Why did the Wilde Sau have such bad results yesterday night over Munster?”

The decorated leader of the Wilde Sau does not get offended by the question as he would, had it been asked by Goering. He knows the general both personally and by reputation.

“There were very few AA batteries in Munster General; the FW190s do not have radar and we need the searchlights from the flak to illuminate the bombers; that was all, my pilots could not see them. We will do better tonight sir.”

“No rebuke intended my friend; I know your men did their best.”

Maybe it would be good if Goebbels got some of his heavy flak transported to his cities.






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RE: Gotterdammerung. This is a DBall free thread! - 7/20/2012 7:37:04 PM   
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August 21 1943.

Proposed article for the Voelkischer Beobachter.

Author, reporter from “Signals”.

Air Battles in Sunny Italy.

The sun rises on a mostly cloudy day over the skies of England, France and the Holland. On the airfields that dot the landscape, on both sides of the channel, pilots look at the sky and hope.

The first sign of action comes from Italy. The enemy radio activity begins to rise and at 0727 hits 390 transmissions. Pilots wait by their machines, some even climb into the cockpits, leaving the canopies open as the day is already warm and muggy, with 44% cloud cover. The only raids spotted up to now are recon flights that the high command ignores.

0742. Alarms ring at dispersal at the bases of Casaldeles, Paestum and Capodiccino as patrols are ordered to form up over Paestum radar at 15000 feet. The inexperienced 101 gruppo BaT scrambles 20 2001 Falco II, 10 gruppo CT contributes 22 Veltros, 101 gruppo assalto from Paestum puts up 14 Arietes and 369 squadron from Capodiccino scrambles 7 Veltros.

More raids appear on radar on the same bearing, this time at a much higher altitude. Four minutes later, three more groups scramble to patrol over Paestum: III JG-53 from Grazanisse with 22, II JG-53 from Cancello with 27 and IV JG-3 from Foggia #3 with 30, all of them BF106G-6.

The first group of patrols, ordered to intercept the incoming raids, follows them inland, jockeying for position but fail to hit the Apaches before they hit Paestum radar.

A second group of raiders appear heading for Grottaglie. The Saggitarios scramble to intercept.

Over Paestum the battle roars as 109s pounce onto B17Fs. Their guns and cannons blazing they rip through the formations damaging some bombers but they cannot prevent the heavies from tearing up Paestum airfield.
The 109s keep pounding into the heavies as the first patrol engages the Spitfires and Kittyhawks of the first raid. Planes fall from the sky black crosses, tricolor roundels and white stars on their flanks. The battle moves over the Adriatic as the fighters chase the retreating bombers.

Far to the south, the Saggitarios follow the raiders until they reach Grottaglie. After the first Baltimores begin to bomb the airfield, the airbattle is joined. Spifires strafe the airfield and destroy several RE 2005 on the ground, damaging others. They come under attack from the Italian fighters that take a toll on the Brits.

After all is said and done, the Allies lost 24 planes over the southern Italian skies while Germany and Italy lost 25, quite a few of them on the ground. Even results, except for the enemy pilots that are now heading for our Stalags while our heroes will fly again tomorrow.

Goebbels reads the article again, pleased. It blends enough truth into it that the lies, or omissions in this case, will be missed by the casual reader. Like why there were no aircraft attacking the southern raid until it got to Grottaglie. The answer is that the airfields at the tip of the Italian boot were abandoned, like Grottaglie will be, maybe. He scribbles his initials at the bottom. It will come out in the newspapers tomorrow and in the next edition of the Luftwaffe magazine Signals.

An orderly brings in a telegraph message from Galland:

Italy them 24 us 25, NW them 14 us 9, Night them 6 us 0. Total 42/34.

Not too bad, by the time he feeds this into this evening’s newscast, it will turn into a major Luftwaffe victory.

The flak guns move around during the night and early morning. Three Italian airfields at the tip of the boot lose all their guns above machine gun size. 12JG 26 moved from Melsbroek to Asch while thirty AA machine guns, 10 20mm and 5 37 mm batteries move in to welcome the enemy light bombers expected tomorrow. The FW190s at Nivelles do not move but the pilots and crews watch as thirty new AA guns arrive bringing the total to 38. 2 quad 20mms also take positions along possible routes of approach and join the 36 20mm, 11 37mm and 2 88s that ring the field.

Goebbels manages to move 7 105mms into Oberhausen.






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RE: Gotterdammerung. This is a DBall free thread! - 7/20/2012 9:35:13 PM   
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RE: Gotterdammerung. This is a DBall free thread! - 7/21/2012 7:07:07 PM   
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August 22nd 1943

From” Memories of the Reich, by Joseph Goebbels, Springer Verlag 1952.

Met with Oberst Hajo Hermann, of the Jagdgeschwader 300, the wild boars. Once again, mostly due to the dark night, the Nachtjagd was ineffective; not a single attack carried home. He was quite upset and blamed the results on the lack of searchlights at the target, Rheine. That the damage was not worse is just due to luck; so many of the enemy bombers hit open country outside the city. He will endorse my request for more transport to Speer; if I can ever pin him down. He bounces all over the Reich like a billiard ball. Galland was more optimistic about Italy. The enemy keeps hitting airfields and radar stations, but despite the degradation of our radar network, we destroyed 30 enemy aircraft at a loss of 24 over the South of the peninsula. The results in the northern front were not so good, 13 enemy machines against 24 of ours. I hope he figures out the way to fight them over Holland and Belgium or this might be a short war. Got a telegram from Speer. Our Industry damage index dropped from 5 to 4. I wonder what he means by that.





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RE: Gotterdammerung. This is a DBall free thread! - 7/24/2012 6:01:00 PM   
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August 23 43

Geheim. Luftflotte 2. Geheim.

The envelopes, addressed to the other two members of the secret committee contain a simple map, showing the locations of the airgruppes in Italy; included is also a report on last day’s air fighting over NW Europe, The Reich and Italy.

Mein Herren:

The enemy reconnaissance flights were, as usual, allowed to transit freely through our airspace by our fighters; only the AA guns, where possible, fired at them. This is done so as not to tire our pilots excessively. I, however intend that at irregular intervals, ME109 Stab groups shall intercept some of these recons. Also some of the training gruppe might scramble a schwarm or two to gain practice with these unarmed, or lightly armed targets.

Yesterday’s flights, among other targets, reconned the submarine pens at St Nazaire, Brest, and other locations in the Atlantic coast. Some of these were obvious decoy raids as the pens are so far away from any possible fighter cover that to attack them would be suicidal. I have in any case moved some heavy flak to the most likely submarine pen targets in case the enemy decides to attack them. This interest in submarine targets suggests that the flak defenses of U-boot factories be reinforced. With the first phase of our staged withdrawal from S. Italian airfields completed, there was enough transport available to move all the flak in the pool to its intended positions. Per Dr. Goebbels’ suggestions, it is my understanding that Howaldswerke U fabric, and Osnabruck have received additional cannons.

The enemy attacked targets in Paris yesterday, most importantly, the ball bearings factory in the NW suburbs of the city. The factory was destroyed at a great cost to the enemy.

They lost 26 machines, 12 of them Spitfires. Twenty fell to our fighters and 6 to AA fire. They lost 22 pilots between those killed in action and the ones we took prisoner. We lost 24 fighters. Our French allies put up a good show, their Dewoitine 520 got credit for at least a B17F and several fighters. Nineteen of our losses were D520s but fortunately most of our pilots bailed out and were recovered safely. We lost 6 pilots.

There was no action in Italy where the only activity was to move significant AA cover to the rail station at Sulmona. This station is essential to supply and transport troops and engineers into the Sigfrid line fortifications and had been, until now, completely bare of AA defenses. At this time, we’ve placed 30 AA machine guns, 4 quad 20s, 4 37 mm, 3 88s, and 2 balloon barrages at the target. More will be moved in as it becomes available.

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RE: Gotterdammerung. This is a DBall free thread! - 7/27/2012 7:45:26 AM   
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RE: Gotterdammerung. This is a DBall free thread! - 7/28/2012 9:32:15 PM   
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August 24 1943

The letter is addressed to the Minister of Armaments.

Mein Herr:

The enemy activity concentrated on the north of France and outskirts of Paris. For the first time, our French Dewoitine fighters rose to fight the enemy. We scrambled two flights of D 520 from Villacoublay and Chateaudum. Their performance was, unimpressive. However they did hit some fortresses, and even managed to destroy one of the heavy bombers. Aside from that, their main use was to absorb ammunition from the enemy fighters.

May I suggest we stop production of the D 520 fighter? We have about fifty of them which we can use to replace losses and the industrial capacity may be used for something else.

The enemy flew 3204 sorties yesterday against 376 for us. We lost 52 aircraft, ten of these on the ground. 14 were RE 2001 Falco II, most of those on the ground in Italy. The enemy lost 31 machines, three to AA fire. 13 were B17F type. We recovered the bodies of 15 pilots and captured another 13. The pilots have been buried with appropriate honors and we have notified the Swiss ambassador of the names of the captured pilots per Geneva Convention rules.

Heil Hitler.

Galland.

Speer scribbles a note and issues the appropriate orders.

“Production of Dewoitine 520 to cease. Factories to assemble BF109G-10 research. Parts to convert to late 109 and Hispano Suiza to convert to Daimler Benz 605 AS.”



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RE: Gotterdammerung. This is a DBall free thread! - 7/30/2012 6:24:11 PM   
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From” Memories of the Reich, by Joseph Goebbels, Springer Verlag 1952.

Air battles rage over the south of Italy with 5 enemy losses for one of ours. In the evening, I step outside. There is no moon. This is a bad sign. Our best nightfighters are blind of there is no moon, unless they attack a heavily defended target. The uncultured bastards bomb Rome. I hope they destroy the Colosseum, or even better, the Vatican. We’ll get rid of the clericalists leader and get great propaganda.

They came for Bremen. They bombed the city and the DeutscheShiff U boat works. I don’t know if they were targeting the factory or they just missed and got lucky. The flak batteries claimed 10 bombers damaged. At the end of the day, the enemy lost 8 machines and we lost 2.


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RE: Gotterdammerung. This is a DBall free thread! - 8/2/2012 7:23:42 PM   
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Galland stands at the central command post. A large plotting map that depicts all of North West Europe, from the Southern Scandinavian Peninsula to Bordeaux occupies the center of the room. On the map, several women auxiliaries plot the positions and altitudes of the enemy raids and the intercepts as they are relayed to them. From a gallery, Galland and other officers observe and issue orders. In a different room, in the heavily protected, underground bunker, a similar map illustrates the Italian front.

Right now, the Generalleutnant pays attention to the French front only. He stands at the gallery, his hands holding the railing but issues no orders. Others do so, with curt efficiency.

After the usual morning recon flights, mostly ignored, except for one intercepted unsuccessfully by 4 BF109 G2Ts from Helligoland.

Avranches radar detects a 300 ship raid at 13000 feet and 200 miles per hour speed. 75 escorts accompany this large raid.

More escorts appear behind the first raid but no fighters scramble.

The enemy bombers penetrate deeper into the heart of France and approach Paris. Still, no fighters rise to meet them. The heavy bombers reach their target. The Ball bearing factory at Bois Colombus, on the NW banlieus. They drop their bombs at 13000 ft and come under attack from the flak batteries protecting the factory. A colonel looks up at Galland who nods.

II/JG scrambles 26 FW 190A-5 with orders to snipe at stragglers.

Nearer the channel a flight of B26s bombs Oissel electric and suffer heavily from the air defense guns. A second flight of B17s hit Kuhlman electric.

Caen rail yards also come under attack just as Le Trond airfield is hit by Mitchells. Fortunately, all fighters had been moved out and only AA left behind. The Typhoons that visit St Andre and Villacoublay make the same discovery, shared by the Spitfires that strafe these empty, save for the light flak, airfields. The FW190s score some hits on a flight of Spitfires IXC. The heavies return home undisturbed.

The final score, seventeen enemy aircraft destroyed at a cost of only two.

“Meier can take this to the Fuhrer,” Galland mutters under his breath.

Meier is, of course the nickname that the fighter force uses, when no one hears, to refer to Reichmarschall Goring. “If ever a bomb falls on Berlin, you can call me Meier,” he had said. Of course, no one calls him Meier, not within his hearing distance.

He returns to his office to write his report. Fighting in Italy resulted in nine enemy losses for only one friendly casualty.

Gut, sehr gut.”

During the night, enemy bombers visit Braunschweig, but it was only a feint by Mosquitos, even so, it kept the burghers awake until the all-clear was sounded.

Bremen was not so lucky. The RAF hit the city center and the UBoat fabric on the NW of the city. 22 bombers were damaged by flak and two destroyed outright. Other bombers would fail to return crashing on the fields of the NW approaches or on the North Sea. Despite the darkness, the Wilde Sau attacked 2 bombers damaging them. The 110s also attacked one bomber that was damaged. The Heinkel UHU bombers destroyed an additional machine.

Not bad. Not bad at all.



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RE: Gotterdammerung. This is a DBall free thread! - 8/3/2012 12:36:04 AM   
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NEW YORK TIMES - August 27, 1943

REDS TAKE KHARKOV, DRIVE THROUGH UKRAINE

TIGERS TRIP YANKS, 4-1: GIANTS TOP CUBS 6-2

US BOMBERS POUND NAZIS: RAF HITS BREMEN - American warplanes struck enemy targets in Occupied France yesterday, with heavy and medium bombers hitting industrial centers and transportation facilities while US fighter-bombers slashed at Nazi airfields. Heavy damage to enemy targets was reported by an Eighth AF spokesman who characterized Luftwaffe resistance as "spirited." He acknowledged the loss of 18 American aircraft. This loss was offset by the destruction of 97 German fighter planes by bomber gun crews and fighter escort aircraft.

RAF sources reported heavy and accurate bombing in a night raid on the port city of Bremen. Industrial targets in Bremen were said to have been damaged as well. RAF losses were not revealed.

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RE: Gotterdammerung. This is a DBall free thread! - 8/6/2012 8:17:55 PM   
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Geheim, Air Defense briefing report. Geheim.

Once more the enemy raided Northern France and Belgium. Once more the Luftwaffe refused to respond to the challenge. Typhoon dive bombers attacked the arms factory at Vlaardinge, and suffered accordingly from the light flak protecting the factory. Two 88 mm guns were destroyed; the heavy flak was ineffective against fast moving low level bombers, but the light flak exacted a heavy toll. The Factory was destroyed however.

The enemy sent recon aircraft after the raids; some of these went deep into the Reich. Two gruppen scrambled a total of 8 BF 106-G6 fighters and succeeded in attacking and damaging one of them. Later reports from England state that one of these recon aircraft crashed on landing.

Galland.

Geheim, Nachtjagd report, Geheim.

At 2105 after raids were identified approaching the Dutch coast, 4 ME110G4 from IV NJG-1 scrambled to patrol at the Steenjewik radar box at 18 thousand feet. Over the next 30 minutes three flights of night fighters of this unit scrambled from Groningen. Two additional groups of four ME 110 G4 apiece scrambled from Furstenau and four more from Groningen. These were vectored into the bomber stream by radar. A second stream of enemy planes, further south was identified but not intercepts were ordered. By 21:47 the target of the bomber stream was tentatively identified as Emden and fighters from IV NJG-1 and Stab NJG-3 and III NJG-3 from Groningen and Furstenau were dispatched to patrol over the Nordseewerke U-boat factory.

Bombs began to fall in the Emden area at 2201 dropped by Lancasters. Stab NJG-1 flying He219A 0/R2 and the remainder of IIINJG-3 scrambled to Bremen.

Flak damaged 22 enemy aircraft. Nachtjagd had 5 intercepts however, due to the lack of moonlight, only one of these resulted in an attack. One Lancaster was claimed damaged.

The enemy bombers bomb Emden with nine groups and Deutsche Schiff U-boat factory with three. Two groups of Lancasters dropped their loads in the fields near Emden and three near the U-boat factory.

All our nightfighters were recalled at 0056h.

Heil Hitler.
Generalleutnant Josef Kammhuber.




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RE: Gotterdammerung. This is a DBall free thread! - 8/7/2012 3:21:03 PM   
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From” Memories of the Reich”, by Joseph Goebbels, Springer Verlag 1952

Very little activity today. Enemy dive bombers attacked the Ethanite rubber plant and a power plant in the occupied territories. Both targets were destroyed but this is insignificant. During the night the RAF attacked the Deutshcheshiff U-boat factory and destroyed it. Doenitz must be really hurting them if they keep hitting his factories. We must transfer more heavy flak to the submarine factories but now is not the time.

Intel from Italy and Sicily makes me think invasion is imminent. All available transport directed to move light and medium flak batteries out of the toe and instep of the peninsula. Only leaving AA machineguns behind. Would take even those if transportation available.

Will meet with Speer tomorrow to see about flak for the U-boat factories.



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From” Memories of the Reich”, by Joseph Goebbels, Springer Verlag 1952

Had Sunday breakfast with Magda and the children, then it was off to meet with Speer. He hopes to have more Flak batteries available as they are pulled from south Italy when the invasion starts. Of course, there is not that much heavy flak down there and heavy flak is what the Burghmeisters demand to protect their cities. Kammhuber would like heavy flak at strategic radar sites, to make it more difficult and costly for the terrorflieger to reach the heart of the Reich and to make his night fighter’s work easier.

Our citizens had a good night sleep as the British swine decided to attack Paris during the night. Kammhiber scrambled up a bunch of DO 217-2 from St. Dizier and Me 110G-4 from Juvincourt but there was so little light that they weren’t able to do anything. The enemy intruders patrolled over St. Dizier but they left before the night fighters returned. Will get some footage for our newsreel. Maybe this will show some Frenchmen how much Churchill cares for their safety.

Speer moved heavy flak to CAM Ivry ball bearings south of Paris. He thinks it might be the next target.





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It is 0629 at the command post. On the wall, a mechanical sign measures the radio activity over England and Italy. The display reads 159. Generalleutnant Adolf Galland clears his throat:

“Any moment now.”

The display, constantly updated keeps going up, 410 at 7:08, 470 at 0727. And it keeps rising. 0736 488.

“Should be a busy day,” he says to no one in particular.

The enemy recons penetrated German airspace, once again unchallenged. Now comes the real thing.

“Raid over the channel, estimated strength 75, 1000m, 350 kph.”

A Luftwaffe woman auxiliary places a yellow marker on the map.

“Raid over Framingham, 250 aircraft, 4000m, 225kph. Second raid over Framongham, ten machines, 1800m, 480 kph.”
The appropriate markers go up on the map.

An officer approaches the Generalleutnant, “Scramble a patrol sir?”

Ja.”

“Scramble over Aarshot, 7000 meters, I/JG 26 and 4 fighters from 12/JG26.”

The orders are repeated over the telephone lines. Four minutes later the reports come back.

“I/JG 26 reports 36 FW190 A-5 airborne.”

“12/JG26 4 BF109 G-6 in the air.”

The clock on the wall reads 0800. The radio activity reads 353.

“Dunkirk bombed, aircraft identified as boxcars.”

0805

“Typhoon Jabos attacking Vlaardingen. Heavy flak. Two typhoons destroyed by balloons.”

0807

“St Malo bombed.”

Two minutes later, “Raiders over the channel. 4000 meters at 225 kph, estimated 250.”

“This is the one, go for it,” Galland says.

Jawohl!

“III/JG1 from Volkel, 12.JG26 Ash, III/JG 26 Steenjwick, IIJG3 Gladbach. Scramble.”

“Assemble at 7600 meters over Rotterdam.”

Jawohl.

The orders are repeated, and acknowledgments follow four minutes later.

“III/JG1, 36 Bf109 G-6 airborne.”

“12 JG26 6 Bf 109 G-6 flying.”

“III JG 26, 34 Bf109 G-6.”

0822

“Enemy recon aircraft reported over Bordeaux.”

No pays heed to the unimportant report, but it will be collated and considered, after the battle is over.

“The enemy raid is turning East, Herr Generalleutnant”

“They seem to be heading towards Amsterdam. Move the patrols over there.”

“Jawohl.”

“What happened to IIJG3?” Galland asks, “Why have the R6s not reported in?”

0834

“I/JG26 attacking flying coffins.”

Herr Generalleutnant, the Bf 109 G6/R6 did not take off. The order was lost. Shall we scramble them now?”

Scheisse! Too late. Let them be.”

The enemy raid splits into two groups. The first attacks the Amsterdam Fokker avionics factory. The FW190s bounce and attack the B17s. The heavy bombers, their formations fragmented by flak, take damage from the fighters. They hit back too, and some fighters have to abandon the fight, smoke trailing from their engines.
On the ground, bombs fall and destroy the avionics factory.

“Second group of flying coffins, attacking Zaanstad Munitionswerke.”

“Vector the 109s against this group.”

Jawohl.”

The battle rages on over Amsterdam, in full view of the citizenry, or at least those that ignored the warning air raid sirens and did not seek shelter. Today, their temerity will go unpunished. The allied bombers aided by the excellent weather score direct hits on both targets pulverizing them.

By 0855 all is over.

“Recall all fighters.”

Jawohl herr Generalleutnant.

Final score for the NW Theater, 20 allied aircraft at a cost of only 8 German fighters.

A smile creeps, for an instant, over Galland’s face.

In Italy, the allies attacked many objectives on the coast and were intercepted by the Italian Folgore and Ariete groups out of Bari and Foggia 2. The Folgores returned to base, low in fuel before engaging, but the Arietes did engage briefly one of the enemy raids and suffered accordingly.

As predicted, B17s attacked the rail yard at Salerno; the flak reinforced rail yard at Salerno. As they withdrew, Bf109s attacked the stragglers. As had happened in the north, the heavier fighters, the Fw190Fs in this case, were too late and returned to base without firing a shot. Even so, the allied forces lost 12 airplanes against a loss of 7, most of these, Italian machines.

The dark clear night saw two streams of bombers attack targets on the East coast of the Jutland peninsula, the Krupp Germania submarine factory and Hamburg. Some of the bombs destined for Hamburg fell on the undefended suburb of Langenhorn. One bomber was destroyed by flak and many were damaged. Kammhuber decided not to scramble any night fighters because there was no moon at all and in such darkness there could be more losses from accidents than from enemy action, and the fighters would not be able to see their targets anyway.

Final score, 39 allied airplanes at a cost of 15 axis machines.







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