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  1. Latest offer is relevant to current events and covers Rhodesia. The cheapest on offer on Amazon is £27 but for sale here for just £9.99. THE EQUUS MEN: Rhodesia’s Mounted Infantry: The Grey’s Scouts 1896-1980 This work by accomplished military historian Alexandre Binda, former paymaster to the Grey's Scouts, tables the remarkable story of Rhodesia's mounted infantry, the Grey's Scouts. Working closely with the last commanding officer, squadron commanders and a whole host of regimental personalities, all of whom have given The Equus Men their unequivocal support Binda has enjoyed unparalled access to thousands of pages of archival documents and many hundreds of previously unpublished photographs. Here, he has traced the Grey's from their early origins in the Matabele Rebellion of 1896, where an ‘unassuming Englishman, the Honourable George Grey', found himself originating a body of horseman named the ‘Bulawayo Field Force', through to the formation of the Animal Transport Unit (ATU) which went on to become the Mounted Infantry Unit (MIU). With the skill of a practiced narrator, Binda takes the reader through these early days to the establishment of the Grey's Scouts in the Rhodesian Army order of battle in 1976. Deployed to great effect during the bitter Rhodesian Bush War of the late 1960s - 1970s, the mounted operations conducted by the Grey's are succinctly and clearly detailed. Some of the contacts related make for astonishing reads and with the lively, vibrant, text one can almost feel the steaming sweat of rider and mount; sense the pounding adrenaline; hear the thundering hooves as a fearful enemy is pursued to battle's inevitable conclusion.
  2. Eric-Jan Bakker

    Sad to hear. RIP.
  3. Once again, some of the best research I have seen. Just as a cheap 'hole filler' I managed to buy a Soviet Berlin medal and citation last year even though I don't collect Soviet items. It was awarded to Guards Sergeant Aleksei Fyodorovich Derevy and the citation is signed by Guards Lt.Col Shurunov in his capacity of Commander 93rd Guards Ground Attack Air Regiment.
  4. On that day the 79ID, along with StuG-Abt 244 & 245 and Jäger-Rgt 54 attacked against 39th Guards Rifle Division and the 193rd Rifle Division and captured part of the Red October steel factory. In the fightng 2 officers and 76 NCO/enlisted men were killed while 7 officers and 357 NCO/enlisted men were wounded. (Source: Stalingrad Vol 1 The Bloody Fall by French MacLean) Jason Mark's book Iron Cross Brigade covers the battle on that day from page 158-161.
  5. Good to see another well researched item. It just shows what can be done with a Soldbuch (or Wehrpass) and some effort with research.
  6. Latest offering will appeal to those who are interested in the lesser known battles on the Eastern front. CONFRONTING CASE BLUE Briansk Front’s Attempt to Derail the German Drive to the Caucasus, July 1942 by Igor Sdvizhkov - priced at just £12.99 Sales narrative: While David Glantz gave us a broad perspective of Case Blue that lasted for over two months in his "To the Gates of Stalingrad", Mr Sdvizhkov takes a more narrow perspective. His book looks at one particular Soviet counter offensive that lasted a week and had the objective of isolating then destroying the German bridgehead on the Don in the Voronezh sector. The author does a very good job of describing not only the operational attacks but also the reasons why the Soviet progress didn't meet up with its expectations: poor planning, poor leadership, poor preparations, poor logistics, poor training, insufficient weaponry and poor communications between infantry, armour and air. Sdvizhkov also presents a thoughtful after action report that includes a discussion of the disappearance of General Liziukov. There are ten small area coloured maps that are well populated and will be helpful in following the action. An extensive Appendix, Bibliography and Index follows. The author, Igor' Sdvizhkov, takes a close look at the attempt by the Briansk Front's Operational Group Chibisov to collapse the northern shoulder of the German drive to the Caucasus - north-west of Voronezh - in July 1942. Using both previously classified Soviet documents and German documents, Sdvizhkov focuses in particular on General A.I. Liziukov's role in the counteroffensive as commander of the 2nd Tank Corps after his 5th Tank Army was disbanded following failed counterattacks in early July. The Soviet attacks led to nine days of heavy see-saw fighting involving tens of thousands of men and hundreds of tanks and guns on both sides, and threatened to isolate the German forces holding Voronezh. Sdvizhkov also describes the German reaction to the initial penetration made by Operational Group Chibisov's offensive: a counterattack primarily with the forces of the 9th Panzer Division, which at the time of the new Soviet offensive, was in a reserve position - serving as a fire brigade. The German riposte blunted the Soviet attacks and encircled elements of Operational Group Chibisov, and ultimately stabilized the tottering German front north-west of Voronezh for the time being. General Liziukov would go missing during the 2nd Tank Corps' attack, and the author discusses why the Briansk Front and Operational Group Chibisov Command initially made little or no effort to find the General, Stalin's suspicions surrounding General Liziukov's disappearance and the results of the official wartime investigation of the matter. Sdvizhkov also addresses the numerous controversies that later ensued due to erroneous and/or misleading recollections, as well as the total inability to locate General Liziukov or his remains. Carefully examining the available evidence, Sdvizhkov offers a cogent and persuasive explanation of what happened.
  7. That is a great piece of research Peter and it is obvious that you have put a lot of time and effort in to it and as such it is quality information and does the forum great credit. I am going to pin this for future reference. Thank you for taking the time to post it.
  8. That is a nice little item. Do you have anything else for the soldier?
  9. A killed in action Wehrpass that isn't seen too often, namely one to a soldier in Inf.Rgt 125 who was killed in Greece in 1941 during the heavy fighting on the Metaxas Line when Inf.Rgt 125 assaulted Greek positions at Fort Rupel. Inf.Rgt 125 would suffer heavy casualties during the attacks to take the position. See attached clip from the book 'The Defence and Fall of Greece 1940-1941' for a brief narrative of the assault attempts by Inf.Rgt 125. Price: 150 Euros Payment: Paypal (+ 4% fees) Shipping: Included in price.
  10. Tips for beginner collector

    Buy books and learn before buying items. The collecting field, especially Wehrmacht, is riddled with fakes so gain some basic knowledge before taking the plunge. I collect paperwork but I always liked the look of the miniature stick-pin awards which seem to be fairly cheap, in relation to the real things anyway.
  11. 999 Penal Battalion

    It could just be that he was sent to a second-line occupation type of unit because he wasn't medically fit enough for front line units. Nice example by the way.
  12. Latest offering is one for those interested in the fighting on the Western Front in 1945. ONSLAUGHT ON HITLER’S RHINE Operations Plunder and Varsity March 1945 by Patrick Delaforce - just £4.99 Publisher's blurb... Beginning on the night of 23 March 1945, Operation Plunder was the crossing of the River Rhine at Rees, Wesel, and south of the Lippe River by the British 2nd Army, under Lieutenant-General Miles Dempsey. At 17:00, 1,300 guns of the 21st Army Group unleashed a terrific bombardment of the east bank of the Rhine. The bombardment, continuing for four hours and was the largest undertaken by the Royal Artillery during the War. This was just the first phase of Montgomery s plan to cross Hitler s last obstacle to the attacking forces of the Western Allies the River Rhine. The plans were broken into smaller operations, Turnscrew a diversion ten miles to the north of where the main attack was to take place with the assault elements of the 51st (Highland) Division and 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade; Widgeon a subordinate operation by 1st Commando Brigade to capture and hold Wesel; and Torchlight the second major operation for 15th Scottish Division to capture the key area between Bislich and Rees. A fourth and controversial component with the benefit of hindsight was Operation Varsity consisting of the British 6th Airborne Division and the US 17th Airborne Division, conducting parachute landings on the east bank in support of the operation. The American and Canadian forces south and north of Plunder were part of Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery s huge army. This was part of a coordinated set of Rhine crossings and the race to the Baltic. Book ordered here - Onslaught On Hitler's Rhine
  13. I'm sure they could fit a few more on if they really tried! There is actually a good book available on German military travel documents and procedures - German Military Travel Papers of the Second World War