Fortress Cholm. 1942. 50th Anniversary Edition. 1992

Oskars Berro

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Buchbeschreibung o.V., Toronto, 1992. g.e. 8° Olnbd.m.Oumschl. en Militaria - WK II 208 pp. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 33887881

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Buchbeschreibung Author, Toronto, 1992. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good. 208 pages, illustrations, maps, cloth, DJ, very good. From the preface to this edition: "In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the historic event, I am presenting this translation in hope that will help the historians to further establish the depths of the valour and tragedy of the Fortress Cholm. This edition is also meant to honour all "Cholmfighters", dead as well as alive, particularly those, who served with The Gebirgsjaeger Battalion under Captain Spitleler and who were the native sons of Kaernten and Steiermark in Austria. " From the Cholm Files By Stijn David and Sebastián Bianchi on the Wehrmacht-Awards website: "At the beginning of January 1942 , the German offensive had come to a grinding stop in the Northern Sector of the Eastern Front, and the Russians soon took over the initiative. The 3rd Shock Army and the Soviet 11th Army forced a breach of German lines on the 8th of January and units from the German 16th Army (Generaloberst Busch ) began their retreat under constant pressure, allowing the Soviets to make large gains in a minimum of time. In the Demjansk area a complete army corps became trapped and found itself encircled from 8th February 1942 until the 21st April 1942 (see also article Demjansk Shield). Numerous other units became encircled or were simply overrun, and through this critical situation the German front lines folded back over about 100 km. To keep the offensive going the Russians needed to capture the strategic City of Cholm on the Lovat River, in the Kalinin section of Russia. The Germans, from their perspective, could ill afford to loose the strategic point either as it was crucial to planned missions in relieve of the encircled II Armeekorps. Perhaps as importantly, Cholm belonged to a defense line that was Hitlers' starting point for further offensive operations; his plans for a second assault towards Moscow and Leningrad would be severely compromised should Cholm fall into Soviet hands. With the importance of the city in mind, Hitler gambled on one of his famous "defend until the last man" orders. During the fluid first days of the battle German units concentrated with extreme rush in the small town under the command of the famous Generalmajor Theodor Scherer (commander of the 281 Sicherungsdivision) , who gave his name to this group: "Kampfgruppe Scherer". Some of the units were: Parts of the 123 ID (Gren Regt. 416 , Art. Regt 123) ; parts of the freshly arrived 218 ID (staf Gren. Regt. 386 with the 13 & 14 Kompanie Gren. Regt 386) , a bicycle battalion from the Aufkl. Abt. 218, the (Gebirgs) Jagdkommando 8 (Commander Hptm. Spittäler) , parts of a Res. Pol. Btl Cholm, a Marine Kraftfahr Unit. " ; 208 pages. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 38082

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