Skip to comments.ALLIES STAND OFF FOE NEAR ROME AS ATTACKS ON BEACHHEAD MOUNT (2/11/44)
Posted on 02/11/2014 4:48:53 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson
Winston S. Churchill, Closing the Ring
Germans capture “The Factory”
Friday, February 11, 1944 www.onwar.com
Aerial view of the “Factory” position [photo at link]
In Italy... At the Anzio beachhead, German forces capture “The Factory” from the British 1st Division. Meanwhile forces of the US 5th Army continue to engage German defenders around Cassino. The US 34th Division makes an unsuccessful attempt to approach the Cassino monastery from the north.
On the Eastern Front... In the morning, the German 3rd Panzer Corps (General Vormann), part of Army Group South, launches its attack to relieve the Korsun pocket. Its forces capture a bridge over the Gniloy Tikich. Late in the day, the trapped German troops begin a breakout attempt.
February 11th, 1944 (FRIDAY)
UNITED KINGDOM: Anthony Eden, the foreign secretary, speaking as leader of the House of Commons, today denied allegations made yesterday by Aneurin Bevan, the fiery Welsh Labour MP, that the government is guilty of corruption in putting many MPs on the state payroll with jobs outside parliament. As a wartime measure the prime minister can exempt MPs from having to give up their Commons seats if they accept “offices of profit under the crown”. Mr Bevan accused Mr Churchill of issuing such exemptions “like confetti” and thus buying parliamentary support. Many MPs have taken emergency jobs ranging from ambassadorships to posts on obscure public bodies. The government denied impropriety, but promised to review the system.
Destroyer HMCS Huron arrived Loch Ewe with convoy RA.56.
Minesweeper HMS Rifleman commissioned.
Rescue tug HMS Envoy launched.
ITALY: The Allied offensive south of Rome is stopped at Cassino.
ALBANIA: Brig. Arthur Frederick Crane Nicholls (b.1911), Coldstream Guards, died of injuries after enduring terrible pain - he ordered a man to cut off his frost-bitten legs - to deliver vital intelligence. (George Cross)
PACIFIC OCEAN: Submarine USS Gudgeon torpedoes and sinks Satsuma Maru (3091 BRT) off Wenchow, China, in position 27.38N, 121.15E.
TERRITORY OF HAWAII: Submarine USS Finback ends her 7th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.
U.S.A.: Destroyer escort FS Tunesian (ex-USS Crosley) commissioned.
USS PC-814 laid down.
Escort carrier USS Ommaney Bay commissioned.
Destroyer USS Stockham commissioned.
Destroyer escort USS Lloyd commissioned.
ATLANTIC OCEAN: U-283 (ObLtzS Günther Ney, CO) VIIC is sunk south-west of the Faeroes, in position 60.45N, 12.50W, by depth charges from a Canadian Wellington aircraft (RCAF Sqdn. 407/D). 49 dead (all hands lost).
U-424 VIIC is sunk in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 50.00N, 18.14W, by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Wild Goose and Woodpecker. 50 dead (all hands lost). (Alex Gordon)
More on the plane. The tail-gunner (4th from left, front row) not only survived but was still alive and telling the story in 2009.
Considering the B-17's high reputation these days, it's a bit jarring to see that note of irony with the name "Flying Fortress".
I think “odd-named” refers to the nickname, Hang the Expense.
Curious on how that bomber got that nickname.....
I’m guessing it has something to do with the female pic plastered on the bomber....just guessing though.
J. Edgar Hoover going after Charlie Chaplin with the charge of violating the Mann Act; transporting a woman across state boundaries for sex.
I knew Charlie was a commie. Not surprising he’s a pervert rapist, too.
The artillery technique described in the article on Anzio and attributed to the British, was actually developed by the Americans at Ft. Sill Oklahoma between the wars. Known as a “Time on Target” concentration, it involves a pre-planned barrage based on the gun tube and it’s distance from the target. The guns are fired based on the amount of time it takes the round to get to the target and is timed such that the rounds from many different batteries in different locations all arrive at the same time. As you can see by the German attempts to call off such barrages, it is a devastatingly effective technique. All of this was made possible by an extremely efficient communications network, which made it possible for any forward observer to call down this type of barrage from every gun within range.
The Germans respected the massed fire of Russian artillery, but they absolutely feared the American artillery, which seemed to be everywhere, all the time, and in unbelievable quantity.
Chaplin ended up on J. Edger's enemies list and a huge FBI investigation ensued. Chaplin paid for her and her mother to travel to New York (their home) when he was also in town. She stayed a night in his room. Their affair was over by then but she claimed they had sex and he said they did not. He was acquitted of the Mann Act charge. But, when he went to London for a movie premier, J. Edgar wouldn't let him back in the country.
I know the guy was a leftie, if not a commie, but he wasn't a crook.
Today, the feds rarely charge under the Mann Act. It is basically reserved for cases involving human trafficking or underage girls.
Guilty of Mann Act violations or not, Chaplin was still a commie, or at least a useful tool for them. That’s probably why he wound up on Hoover’s enemies list.
Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite”! Something Lenin could have written.
I think I read somewhere he started a talk about the Russian Front and our opening a “second front” with, “Comrades!”
It’s amazing that tail gunner survived.
I see de Seversky got it wrong again today in asserting we couldn't base enough land aircraft in the Marianas to mount a campaign against mainland Japan.
Field Artillery School, Ft. Sill:
The artillery is keeping the Nazis at bay at Anzio. This summer, it will to the same at Mortain. In December, it will stop the Hitler Jugend cold at Elsenborn Ridge.
Had I been in the military, I would have enjoyed serving in the artillery. However, I suck at math calculations, so I doubt I’d make it out of artillery school. The weird thing is that while I can’t do exact calculations, I have an instinctive gut feeling for things like terrain, range, windage and what they would call for in a firing solution. I’d call out the settings by the seat of my pants and I’d bet I’d put metal on the target more often than not.
But since that isn’t how things are done, I’d probably be running a field kitchen somewhere...
It's probably all computerized today.
I've seen pictures of the Elsenborn Ridge fight where spent brass was piled higher than the troops. Must have rained hell on the enemy.