5th Gebirgsjager Division - Hitler's Mountain Warfare by Michael Sharpe, Visit Amazon's Mike Sharpe Page, search

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The tale of this elite German department which was once for many of its lifestyles commanded by means of the charismatic Julius 'Papa' Ringel. It observed motion in lots of theaters together with the Balkans, Crete, the jap entrance and at last Italy the place it uncommon itself through the battles for the Gustav and Gothic security strains

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Maunula's first sorties during the Continuation War were made in Hawk 75s in the reconnaissance role. XXI fighters, Maunula was awarded Finland's highest military decoration, the Mannerheim Cross. 406s), and achieved three confirmed victories. Although the Cyclone engines quickly proved problematical for LLv 12, the unit still managed to fly 100+ sorties in a fortnight. However, by 10 July it had only two airworthy Hawk 75s available. The Twin Wasp-powered aircraft presented LLv 14 with no such problems.

The few Mohawks available understandably had difficulty in effectively patrolling the lengthy border, and they were reinforced at the beginning of October when three SAAF Ju 86s and four ancient RAF Vincent biplanes arrived from Aden to assist with the reconnaissance task. On 4 October the detachment received information that an Italian Savoia transport had landed at Djibouti. Parsonson immediately left to investigate, but in spite of his quick reaction to this news he saw nothing. The following morning he took off at 0745 hrs in Mohawk IV 2522 and flew another abortive sortie, before returning to Aiscia.

Both were threatened with attack by Soviet bombers, resulting in the unit flying continuous combat air patrols over these areas. Opposing LLv 32's Hawks on the Karelian Isthmus was the 5th SAD (Combined Air Division) with its two fighter regiments that flew a mixed force of 223 Polikarpov 1-153, I-16s and MiG-3s, while the two assault units had 132 Polikarpov I-15bis biplanes. LLv 32's Hawk 75 pilots experienced their first success in aerial combat on 16 July when Maj Ehrnrooth, piloting CUw-556, led three fighters against four I-153s in the Nuijamaanjarvi area, shooting one of them down.

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