By John Weal
The interval lined during this quantity was once thought of to be the 'glory years' for the Jagdwaffe - clean from the event received within the Spanish Civil warfare - and for the Bf 109 specifically. Many well-known pilots scored their first kills within the vintage dogfights staged over Poland, Western Europe, the Channel and at last southern England. a few forty Knight's Crosses have been provided in 1940 by myself. in spite of the fact that, after sweeping all ahead of them in help of the Blitzkrieg throughout continental Europe, the Bf 109E pilots have been to undergo badly through the conflict of england, the results of bad strategies inflicted upon them through the Luftwaffe excessive Command, and their mount's much less then beneficiant variety.
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A German submarine had already laid a line of magnetic mines at a vital point In his plans to force Britain intended to revolutionize naval warfare. for British seaborne traffic, opposite the entrance to the British minelayer, Twelve sailors hms Thames estuary. A Adventure, had struck a mine and been badly damaged. had been British naval experts killed. worked around the clock to try to find a countering what Churchill called, in the secrecy of the War means of Cabinet, 'a grave weapon" Hitler himself was now deep in his plans for an all out war in the West; on November 15 he discussed these plans with General Rommel, whose military skills had been shown in the Polish campaign.
The Russian soldiers, he said, were badly trained and poorly equipped. Once he had dealt with the East, 'he would set about by one passage is in it, in certain, in the course of restoring Germany to how she used to be'. Already, in occupied Poland, the New Order was being established. On October 25, in the first official gazette of the General Government, Hans Frank announced that henceforth all Jewish males between the ages of fourteen and sixty would be 'obliged to work' at Government-controlled labour projects.
No other military machine had such high placed spies in its midst - in its very nerve centre. Hitler could easily set aside the date for war, and was to do so several times. But the German New Order in Poland brooked no postponement. On November 2-5 POLAND DEFEATED 1939 5, the day of Hitler's decision to attack in the West, all 167 Polish professors and lecturers at Cracow University were seized by the Gestapo and sent to Sachsenhausen concentration camp, north of Berlin. There, seventeen of them died from the torture to which they were subjected.