By Dragan Slavic, Boris Ciglic
At the start flying Italian-supplied Fiat G.50s, the Croat forces suffered heavy losses in the course of 1942 while flying along JG fifty two within the southern zone of the Russian entrance. regardless of this, an important variety of kills fell to destiny aces comparable to Cvitan Galic and Mato Dubovak in this time, and whilst the devices re-equipped with Bf 109G-10s in 1943, battle-seasoned Croat pilots began to rack up extraordinary ratings. This publication unearths how, by means of 1944, Croat air teams have been protecting Yugoslavia from British and American air raids, and within the ultimate months of the battle a handful of surviving pilots fought on until eventually ultimate defeat in may perhaps 1945.
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Had the prisoners but known this, and attempted a mass breakout, it is highly doubtful if the guards would have been able to stop them. On 15 February 1943 Giles Romilly was joined by another prisoner who the Germans believed shared a similar background – Lieutenant Michael Alexander. In August the previous year, whilst on detached service, Alexander had been captured in North Africa following a raid behind enemy lines. Dressed in a German uniform, he was almost certain to face the firing squad and in desperation exaggerated a distant family relationship to Field Marshal Harold Alexander, the newly appointed Commander-in-Chief Middle East Command.
Partially dressing, they quickly made their way down to the park where they finished reassembling their disguises as foreign labourers and climbed over the wall. The following day a passer-by spotted a pile of camp-issue blankets under some bushes and the alarm was raised, but the four were well on their way to freedom. Reid and Wardle crossed the Swiss border on the night of Sunday 18 October whilst Littledale and Stephens crossed over the following evening. 50 The flue through which Reid, Wardle, Littledale and Stephens had to climb naked in order to make their escape into the dry moat from the Kommandantur and then into the park, where they split up and each group made its bid for freedom.
As summer drew to a close, the camp authorities began to flirt with the idea of securing a propaganda coup by enlisting prisoners as voluntary workers. Unfortunately for the Germans however, the scheme failed drastically, possibly in part owing to the fact that the term which they used to signify this co-operation – ‘Mitarbeit’ – was translated as ‘collaboration’, with negative connotations in any language. The contempt with which the French, in particular, treated these overtures is best exemplified by an officer who one day, to the dismay of many of his fellow prisoners, loudly proclaimed that he would gladly work for a hundred Germans rather than a single Frenchman.