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#1 06-02-2017 08:46:01

Rebbaron55
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Vichy French Press Photographs of Tunisian Campaign

Thought I would post these wartime photographs of Tunisian Campaign that I recently acquired! Hope you will enjoy!  Barron  smile

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll193/barronreb/Books%20Ephemera/DSC02311_zpsai6copie.jpg,http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll193/barronreb/Books%20Ephemera/DSC02340_zpsahybnd14.jpg,http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll193/barronreb/Books%20Ephemera/DSC02312_zps20fodkn8.jpg,http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll193/barronreb/Books%20Ephemera/DSC02310_zps5q01fym3.jpg,

Thought I would play with the contrast on the armored car a bit. A little more detail but the shadow is still too much! Darn!

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll193/barronreb/Books%20Ephemera/DSC02340A_zps5cxjno75.jpg

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#2 07-02-2017 10:19:39

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Re: Vichy French Press Photographs of Tunisian Campaign

Splendid. I especially like the JG53 plane.

Some info on this unit regarding their contribution in Africa:

On 1 November 1942, Hauptmann "Tutti" Müller was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of I./JG 53 and led the unit back to the Mediterranean Theater. By November 1942 the entire Geschwader was again concentrated on Sicily for a belated offensive against Malta, in this case an abortive and short-lived blitz foiled by the much-strengthened defenders. During its 1942 operations over North Africa, Sicily and Malta JG 53 had claimed a total of at least 388 aircraft shot down. Hauptmann Gerhard Michalski claimed 25 over Malta (the Luftwaffe's top scorer) Major Günther von Maltzhan claimed 13, while Oblt Franz Schieß claimed 10. With the Allied invasion of French North Africa in November, the Geschwader again found its components separated.

The Tunisian theatre saw several Luftwaffe fighter units thrown into battle ; II./JG 2, III./ZG 2, I./JG 53, II./JG 51 and JG 77 with the Regia Aeronautica’s 155° Gruppo C.T . The Wehrmacht launched its offensive on Kasserine on 14 February 1943, and although the Luftwaffe did its utmost and scored heavily against the Allied fighter cover, lack of resources doomed the Afrika Korps to defeat. The Bf 109-Gs of JG 53 and JG 77 were left alone to defend Tunisia.
III./JG 53 returned from North Africa to Sicily in November, having claimed another 113 air kills, to add to the 61 claimed over Malta earlier in the year. Losses, however, had been heavy, with 14 pilots killed, 3 POW and 7 more badly injured. Obfw. Walter Stumpf (47 kills) was the unit's top scorer, though he was killed by flak on 13 October 1942.
With Allied navies dominating the sea lanes, a vast air supply route was organized between Tunisia and Sicily, I./JG 53 being one of the units organizing escort for the slow transport Junkers Ju-52 aircraft. Here Lt. Crinius quickly recorded another 14 victories, until 13 January 1943, when in combat with RAF Spitfires Crinius’ aircraft was hit and, wounded in the thigh, he ditched his Bf 109 G-2 and was rescued by French sailors, becoming a prisoner of war. Oblt Franz Schieß also claimed 20 kills over Tunisia.

The second half of 1943 saw German forces retreating north through Italy. During these months JG 53 saw continuous action over Italy with losses mounting alarmingly to an unprecedented level coupled with diminishing success. Oblt Franz Schieß, now Staffelkaptän of 8./JG 53 and with 67 claims, was killed in action versus P-38's on 2 September 1943.

Source: wikipedia


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#3 07-02-2017 14:07:43

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Re: Vichy French Press Photographs of Tunisian Campaign

Thank you Chris for adding the story! Several interesting items are shown in the photos such as the very early panzer III of 15th P.D. probably on Mareth line? Wish someone would come up with some photos of other fortifications in Africa! I always here of the Tobruck type bunkers in Normandy but never see them in Africa! Also love the play on words on the water distillation operation with the word "devient"

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#4 07-02-2017 16:14:36

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Re: Vichy French Press Photographs of Tunisian Campaign

Cool pics. Rich A. in Pa.


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