Here is a list of the forthcoming military history events for August and September 2014 that we think you will be interested in.
Reviews: Website Review21 August 2014
Reviews: Book Review21 August 2014
German Army Handbook 1939-1945 by James Lucas
Reviewed by Ian Baxter, author of Into the Abyss: The Last Years of the Waffen-SS.
Wehrmacht In Action21 August 2014
The Axis Evacuation of Sicily, 1943
71 years ago this month, in the summer of 1943, the Wehrmacht carried out one of the most impressive maritime retreats of World War II, comparable to the British evacuation of Dunkirk or the Japanese evacuation of Guadalcanal. Between 11 and 17 August some 60,000 Wehrmacht personnel, along with 75,000 Italians, were evacuated from the island of Sicily, saving them from encirclement and capture by the advancing Allied invasion force. The German units that were saved included the élite Hermann Göring Panzer Division and the 15th Panzegrenadier Division as well as detachments from the 1st Parachute Division and the 29th Panzergrenadier Division. If the operation had failed then the German Army in Italy would have been crippled as a fighting force, leaving the Axis position in southern Europe dangerously exposed.
I Was There20 August 2014
Alfred Regeniter in Lithuania
First-hand account from Alfred Regeniter, who as a raw lieutenant had just taken over command of a Stug III assault gun in Lithuania: