Skip to comments.NAZIS WITHIN FIFTY MILES OF MINSK AFTER SMASH AT RUSSIANS’ CENTER (6/27/41)
Posted on 06/27/2011 5:35:35 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
Panzer groups trap 20 Soviet divisions
Friday, June 27, 1941 www.onwar.com
On the Eastern Front... Forces of the Soviet 13th Army (Filatov), recently assigned to West Front, are struck by the attacks of German Panzer Group 3, advancing southward, and Panzer Group 2, striking northward. The panzer groups link up near Minsk, trapping another 3 Soviet rifle divisions in what is now the Bialystok-Nowogrodek pocket. There are about 20 Soviet divisions encircled.
From Budapest... Hungary declares war on the USSR.
June 27th, 1941
UNITED KINGDOM: London:
Stalin has accepted Churchill’s offer of an alliance to fight Hitler. It has been agreed that military collaboration between the two nations will be on a “mutual and reciprocal basis.” Military and economic missions are to be sent to Moscow to coordinate the joint war effort.
In his broadcast last Sunday after receiving the expected news of the German invasion. Churchill, who has often been outspoken in his opinions of the USSR, said that no-one had been a more consistent opponent of communism than he. “I will unsay not a word that I have spoken about it,” he said, “But all this fades away before the spectacle which is now unfolding.”
He insisted that “any man or state who fights against Nazidom will have our aid. Any man or state who marches with Hitler is our foe... We have but one aim and one irrevocable purpose. We are resolved to destroy Hitler and every vestige of the Nazi regime.”
He forecast an even greater alliance: “The Russian danger is therefore our danger and the danger of the United States, just as the cause of any Russian fighting for his hearth and home is the cause of free men and free peoples in every quarter of the globe.”
(Gazetted) Sub-Lt Geoffrey Gledhill Turner (1903-59), RNVR, disarmed many German mines in the early Blitz. One at Seaforth, Lancs, blew up in his face; amazingly, he survived. (George Cross)
DENMARK: Denmark severs diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union.
HUNGARY: Budapest: Hungary declares war on the USSR following air raids by the latter.
U.S.S.R.: Member of the Communist Party and of the Komsomol [League of Communist Youth] are mobilised as “political soldiers”.
Bialystok: Over 2,000 Jews are killed when German troops rampage through the city.
The Soviet Information Bureau announced:
Our troops are fighting fiercly against large Fascist armoured units in the Minsk area. Battle is still going on. Violent armoured conflicts have been waged all day near Lutsk [western Ukraine; Polish ‘Luck’]. Our operations have proceeded favourably.
FINLAND: Helsinki: Romania, Hungary and Finland have now joined what Baron Mannerheim has described a a “holy war” against Russian Bolsheviks. The Romanians have fought with the German since the first day of Barbarossa. Hungary, a base for the German invasion, declared war today. The Finns have not declared war, but considered a Soviet air raid on Helsinki two days ago to be the start of new hostilities with their old foe, their resentment of whom has overridden all qualms about fighting with Hitler.
At 0427 the M-99 (SLt B.M. Popov) was hit by two torpedoes from U-149 and sank immediately east of Dagö Island. (Dave Shirlaw)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA: Submarine HM S/M Triumph on patrol off the Egyptian coast sinks the Italian submarine Salpa.
SYRIA: After three attempts, a depleted company of 2/3 Bn scales Jebel Mazar and captures the summit. The French counter-attack immediately with elements of I/17th Senegalese, followed by V/1st Moroccan, I/24th Colonial and Moroccan Spahis. 2/2 Pnr Bn attack on ridge north of Merdjayoun held by two French battalions [which ones?] is decimated. French Foreign Legion garrison in Palmyra continues to hold it for Vichy against strong allied attack. (Michael Alexander)
NEWFOUNDLAND: The creation of a naval base in Newfoundland was vital to the provision of Trans-Atlantic convoy escort. This was due to the unanticipated high fuel consumption by ‘short-legged’ escorts while engaged in anti-submarine warfare. Eventually, the River-class frigates and Castle-class corvettes, with 7,000 nautical miles of endurance at medium speed, proved equal to the task. The use of over 200 escort oilers, beginning in the late 1942, was also vital to the efficient operation of the older warships that had much shorter cruising ranges. However, until the escort oilers and long-range escorts could enter service, the lack of fuel was a critical factor in the generally poor performance of RCN and RN warships. (Dave Shirlaw)
U.S.A.: Baseball’s New York Yankees go on the road and open a two-game series at Shibe Park in Philadelphia against the Philadelphia Athletics. Yankee star Joe DiMaggio goes 2-for-3, a home run and a single, against A’s pitcher Chubby Dean, and extends his hitting streak to 39-games. (Jack McKillop)
The Douglas XB-19 four-engined bomber makes its first flight. It has a length of 132.25 feet (40,34 meters), a wingspan of 212 feet (64,62 meters), an empty weight of 86,000 pounds (39 009 kilograms), normal range of 5,200 miles (8 369 kilometer) and a maximum range of 7,710 miles (12 408 kilometers).
Although not delivered with armament, it was designed to have one 37 mm cannon and one .30 calibre (7.62 mm) machine gun in the nose and forward dorsal turret; a .50 calibre (12.7 mm) machine gun in the tail, rear dorsal turret, ventral turret, left and right waist positions; and a .30 calibre machine gun on each side of the bombardier’s position and on each side of the fuselage below the horizontal stabilizer. A normal crew consisted of 16-men but two additional flight mechanics and a six-man relief crew could be accommodated in a special compartment fitted with eight seats and six bunks. To feed this mob, a complete galley was included. The government paid Douglas $1.4 million ($17.32 million in 2006 dollars) but Douglas had spent an additional $4 million ($49.47 million in 2006 dollars) of their own money.
The aircraft was used as a flying laboratory and provided valuable data that was used to develop the Boeing B-29 and the Convair “Aluminum Overcast,” aka, the B-36. During these tests, the plane had many engine-cooled problems and in 1943, the four 2,000 hp Wright R-3350 air-cooled radials engines were replaced with four 1,600 hop Allison XV-3420-1 liquid-cooled engines and the aircraft was redesignated XB-19A. This increased its maximum speed and eliminated the cooling problems. During the next 2-1/2 years, it was transferred from Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio, to Patterson Field in Dayon, to Lockbourne AAAB in Columbus, Ohio, and finally to Clinton County AAFld, Wilmington, Ohio. Finally, it was placed in storage at Davis-Monthan Field, Tucson, Arizona on 17 August 1946 and was scrapped in 1949. (Jack McKillop)
ATLANTIC OCEAN: U-556 is sunk SW of Iceland, in position 60.24N, 20.00W depth charges from corvettes HMS Nasturtium, Celandine and Gladiolus, they are escorting Halifax/UK convoy HX133 south of Iceland which has been attacked by 10 U-boats, 5 ships are lost. There are 5 dead and 41 survivors from the U-boat.
At 0155, U-564 fired three single torpedoes in one minute intervals at Convoy HX-133 in grid AK 2432, 300 miles (483 km) south of Iceland, and observed three hits. Dutch merchantmen Maasdam and Malaya II are sunk and Kongsgaard was damaged. The Kongsgaard was torpedoed amidships and caught fire in position 60°N/30°42W. The crew first abandoned ship in the lifeboats, but the master, one mate and nine crewmembers later reboarded the vessel and managed to extinguish the fire with the help of more men. After picking up the remaining crew, the tanker continued and arrived at Belfast on 2 July. Three days later, a telegram from the First Lord of the Admiralty arrived, congratulating them on bringing their ship safely to port after being torpedoed. Maasdam was hit by one torpedo on the port side at #2 hold. Several lifeboats were destroyed, but the most of the 48 crewmembers and 32 passengers (17 American Red Cross nurses and US Marines under Maj Walter L. Jordan, the advance detail for the Marine Detachment at the American Embassy in London) safely abandoned ship before she sank. Two passengers were lost. 44 survivors, among them nine of 17 American Red Cross nurses, were rescued by the Norwegian motor tanker Havprins and landed at Barry. The remaining survivors were picked up by another Norwegian vessel. The master, 38 crewmembers and four gunners from the Malaya II were lost. Six crewmembers were picked up by HMCS Collingwood and landed at Reykjavik. (Jack McKillop and Dave Shirlaw)
Italian submarine Glauco is scuttled west of Gibraltar, in position 35.00N, 12.41E, after being damaged by destroyer HMS Wishart.
At 0119, U-69 with her last torpedoes, fired a spread of two torpedoes at two overlapping steamers in Convoy SL-78 about 200 miles SE of the Azores and heard one detonation, but no hit can be confirmed from Allied sources. At 0149 hours, another torpedo was fired that hit the RIVER LUGAR amidships, which broke in two and sank within seconds. In a third attack at 0237, the EMPIRE ABILITY was hit by a torpedo, caught fire and sank after 21 minutes. The master, 60 crewmembers, two gunners, 17 military personnel and 27 passengers from the EMPIRE ABILITY were picked up by the British SS Amerika, transferred to corvette HMS Burdock and landed at Milford Haven. The master, 35 crewmembers and two passengers from the RIVER LUGAR were lost. Six crewmembers were picked up by Burdock and landed at Milford Haven. U-69 was on her return voyage from the South Atlantic, (the longest voyage then made by a type VIIC), and running on one engine to conserve fuel, encountered Convoy SL-78. U-69 also draws the convoy to the attention of U123 and U66. U69 departed on this voyage from Lorient 5 May 1941. (Dave Shirlaw)
Corvette HMCS Bittersweet departed UK for Iceland and assignment to NEF
Corvettes HMCS Nanaimo and Trail arrived Halifax from Esquimalt.
At 2357, 2358 and 2400, U-123 fired one torpedo each at three ships in Convoy SL-78 from between the columns WSW of the Canary Islands. The first torpedo sank P.L.M. 22, the second the Oberon and the third missed the intended target, but was thought to have hit another ship in the convoy. Oberon was struck by a torpedo in the engine room, killing four men on watch below and a purser. A British corvette picked up the survivors, but one man later died of wounds. The master and 31 crewmembers from P.L.M. 22 were lost. Ten crewmembers and two French naval gunners were picked up by HMS Armeria, transferred to HMS Asphodel and landed at Freetown on 4 July.
At 0056, the Tibia was torpedoed and damaged by U-79 in Convoy HX-133 on position 59°55N/30°49W (grid: AK 2434). (Dave Shirlaw)
Be sure to note the straightforward, non-PC, opening paragraph of this story.
As always, good stuff! Thanks for the effort it takes to post these.
I don't think of myself as PC, by any means, but I don't think you should identify the race of perps who are black if you are not going to do the same for white ones. I suspect the Times is not trying to point out the criminal tendencies of black people but is simply reflecting the seperate but equal status quo. To me this article demonstrates the fatal flaw of that philosophy. There are regular Americans and then there are auxiliary Americans who happen to be non-white. That is, as the lefties say, unsustainable. Maybe I am reading too much into a description of a failed jewel heist.
I think you point out the distinguishing characteristics of the perps if there are any. Being white in mid 20th century America was not a distinguishing characteristic, just as wearing a crucifix was not a distinguishing characteristic but wearing a yarmulke was. (I'm Jewish, BTW.) A report wouldn't say a perp had no obvious scars or tattoos either.
“Nazi’s 50 miles from Minsk”
In fact, 3rd Panzer Group is just 18 miles southwest of Minsk, having captured a large Soviet fuel dump intact, in the town of Sluck, the night before.
The dump was so large, it allowed 3Panzer, 4 Panzer, 17 Panzer to completely refuel during the night, and continue the advance on the 27th.
17th Panzer has already begun moving toward Minsk, with 29th Infantry some miles behind them, not even to Sluck yet. 3rd and 4th Panzer are already moving past Minsk to the south, heading for the town of Bobruisk.
“On the following day (27 of June) at 11:30 hours, the Corps Commander, had radioed to the division expressing that the fast advance towards the river was of vital importance for all the campaign.
Only one hour later (12: 30 hours) the battle group acting as vanguard, moved quickly towards Bobruisk (accompanied by the Commander of the Division), hit Russian troops in a wooded zone. The Soviets held the fire until last moment and fired upon at short-distance with cannons and machine-gun causing serious losses to the Germans .
The German troops soon overwhelmed the Soviet infantry, but they were shocked and did resume the march only after having buried to his deads.
The Commander of Division ordered that the I./PR 6 joined with the battle group and at 16:00 hours it resumed the march having mixed one panzer approximately each 100 meters between the soft skinned vehicles.
At 21:00 hours Generalleutnant Model ordered the attack against Bobruisk, while the AA 1(Recon battalion) had to reconnoiter the land southwards.”
The story about Paul Kern (’Kern Denounces Hitler, Not Stalin’) on page 7 is fascinating. This communist, Paul Kern, President of New York’s Civil Service Commission, was grilled during hearings in City Council Chambers and asked by counsel if he, “was or ever had been a Communist or a knowing follower of the Communist party line”. Naturally, Kern (subscriber to ‘The Daily Worker’) slimed his way through the hearings and evaded most questions. This was in 1941!
Long before HUAC and Joe McCarthy (all of whom, the world now knows, turned out to be right) America was well aware of the covert war the communists were waging against the nation through organized labor, the press, and Hollywood. It is astonishing that, 70 years later, the communists have fulfilled their goal of getting a communist in the White House and passing communist health care legislation. ...Right in front of our very eyes.
Soviet “News of the Day” Newsreel #60, 27 Jun 1941, from the Central Newsreel Studio.
Women marching in the streets singing patriotic songs while carrying Soviet flags, people rushing to buy newspapers with news of the war, but the interesting part is the Commissar informing the crowd that the Germans have invaded.
No combat footage, and it’s pretty clear the news of the German invasion was added after the fact.
And yet, if you try to tell this to most people today, their eyes gloss over, and the libs will scream “LIAR!”.
You can even give them all the facts in the world, and they still won’t admit there were ever Soviet-supported Communists in America.
It is true that two of the robbers escaped from the scene and so a physical description is called for. But saying they are negroes doesn't narrow it down much. What about height, weight, clothing, apparel, and yes, scars or tattoos.
So very interesting.
Clear, simple, and straightforward. If America's goals in the Middle East cannot be so clearly defined - whether due to cowardice or duplicity - then we should withdraw.
Several times in coming years Stalin and Hitler will each propose a separate peace, none of which proposals will bear fruit.
Remember, Russia surrendered to Germany in the First World War, the results almost winning the war for Germany.
So President Roosevelt's fear of another separate German-Soviet peace deal explains much that might otherwise seem incomprehensible regarding FDR's attitude towards "Uncle Joe" Stalin.