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Posted on 01/29/2013 4:37:51 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson
Kaltenbrunner to Lead Nazi SD
Friday, January 29, 1943 www.onwar.com
Ernst Kaltenbrunner [photo at link]
In Berlin... Austrian Ernst Kaltenbrunner is appointed to head the SD, replacing Heydrich.
On the Eastern Front... The Soviets continue to advance. Kropotkin in the Caucasus and Novyy Oskol north of Valuyki are captured.
In the Solomon Islands... US Task Force 18, under the command of Admiral Giffen, is attacked by Japanese aircraft off Rennel Island while providing covering escort to a supply operation to Guadalcanal. The heavy cruiser Chicago is sunk.
January 29th, 1943
GERMANY: Dr. Ernst Kaltenbrunner succeeds the late Reinhardt Heydrich as head of the RSHA. Controlling the SS, Gestapo, extermination squads and death camps.
U-1005 laid down.
U-344 launched. (Dave Shirlaw)
U.S.S.R.: Soviet forces liberate Kropotkin, in the Caucasus.
MEDITERRANEAN SEA: Auxiliary AA ship HMS Pozarica is damaged by an Italian air-launched torpedo, but manages to make port at Bougie in tow of minesweeper Cadmus. However, during salvage operations at Bougie on 13 February, she capsized and was written off. (Alex Gordon)(108)
SOLOMON ISLANDS: The Japanese submarine HIJMS I-1 is detected off Guadalcanal by New Zealand corvettes HMNZS Moa and Kiwi. The I-1 was making a supply run and is loaded with cargo for Guadalcanal. After depth charging and ramming by Kiwi, the I-1 severely damaged is run aground on Guadalcanal. This submarine proves to be a treasure trove of intelligence material.
Battle off Rennell Island. The USS Chicago, CA-29 is torpedoed in a night time air strike from a Betty probably belonging to the 701st Air Group. By midnight she is being towed south by the USS Louisville.
CANADA: Submarine HMS Seawolf arrived Halifax, Nova Scotia for ASW training. (Dave Shirlaw)
Destroyer escort USS Neunzer laid down.
Light cruiser USS Birmingham commissioned. (Dave Shirlaw)
U-466 had to abort patrol due to serious technical problems.
At 0547, U-255 reported one Myronich-class freighter (2274 GRT) sunk with one torpedo in the Barents Sea. The Krasnyj Partizan left the Kola Inlet on 24 January and went missing thereafter; the last radio message was received on 26 January.
Minesweeper HMCS Goderich rescued survivors from aft section to US tanker Brilliant which had broken in tow during a storm. (Dave Shirlaw)
” Kaltenbrunner gave himself up claiming to be a doctor and offering a false name. However, his mistress spotted him, and by chance occurrence, she called out his name and rushed to hug him. This action tipped off the Allied troops, resulting in his capture, trial, and execution.”
Kaltenbrunner was basically a bumbling drunk and a Nazi sycophant....nothing really.....compared to the supremely ruthless, ambitious, and intense man he replaced, Reinhard Heydrich, who was assassinated by the Czech resistance in 1942. Heydrich organized Operation Hummingbird in 1934 which eliminated Ernst Roehm and the SA. Heydrich also organized Kristalnacht in 1938, the first major action against the Jews in Nazi Germany, in addition Heydrich chaired the Wansee Conference which put the Holocaust into effect on an industrial and organized basis. Heydrich also served in the airfoce and saw action on the Eastern Front, but Hitler thought he was too valuable to be at the front and had him reassigned to be the Protector of Moravia (occupied Czechoslovakia) in addition to his other duties as head of the RSD, which served as the SS’s own secret service and the post Kaltenbrunner eventually succeeded to. So ruthless and fearsome was Heydrich, he even made Himmler nervous. An archetype Nazi in every respect, cunning, ruthless, driven, and organized. Kaltenbrunner in comparison, was a pompous drunkard, and a pathetic spectacle at the Nuremberg trials, even his fellow co-defendents avoided him as much as possible.
Bottom of page 4, the Nazi press is whining that the Soviets “misled” them by not accurately reporting troop strength, camouflaging units, built new railroads and towns that were not on the Nazi’s maps.
I suppose that was for internal consumption, for Germans who would rightly ask how could Hitler and the Nazis have cocked up the Russian campaign so badly?
The I-1 was a large Japanese “cruiser” sub that actually was bigger than the ships that eventually ran it aground and sank it. It was a treasure trove of intelligence in code books, charts and logs that were not destroyed before Allied troops got on board.