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October 12, 2014

Achtung! Jabos

Filed under: History,Military,Politics — The Professor @ 9:11 pm

Here is a fascinating document from WWII. It’s a semi-official history of the IX Tactical Air Command, written to promote the unit’s achievements and build morale. It’s not independent and objective, but it does provide valuable information. I note especially the description of the vital importance of personnel on the ground to spot targets and coordinate the actions of the fighter bombers and the armor and infantry on the ground p. 7:

Some things don’t change: the need for air-ground cooperation has been proven again and again, in Europe, in Viet Nam, in the two Gulf Wars, and in Afghanistan. But apparently a community organizer knows better.

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  1. Funny the article should mention St. Lo. I recently read an obscure book called The Clay Pigeons of St. Lo written by Glover S. Johns, who was (at the time a major) the commander of the battalion which took the town. It would be of no interest to non-military types, but it is an excellent day-by-day operational account of the 3 weeks leading up to the capture of the town, describing in very readable detail the difficulties of fighting in the Normandy hedgerows and the subsequent casualties. Towards the end, he set up his CP in the mausoleum of a Famille Blanchette in the St. Lo cemetery, describing how its thick marble walls and cellar provided excellent shelter against the German artillery. So in August when I was in Normandy I decided to stop off in St. Lo (which is unrecognisable from the wartime era, having been utterly destroyed), found the cemetery, and after 20 minutes of searching I found the mausoleum, just as he described it, near the entrance.

    Incidentally, I heard about The Clay Pigeons of St. Lo way back in 1993 when I read David Hackworth’s About Face, which cites the book very favourably (Hackworth served under Johns in Berlin). I’m not sure many others have heard of it, but I was pleased with myself when I found the mausoleum.

    Comment by Tim Newman — October 13, 2014 @ 1:09 am

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