Americas Military Adversaries by John C. Fredriksen

By John C. Fredriksen

Americas army Adversaries КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: ABC-CLIOАвтор(ы): John C. FredriksenЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 2001Количество страниц: 635ISBN: 1-57607-604-0Формат: pdf (e-book)Размер: 6.49 mb RapidIfolder zero

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Balck served briefly as a staff officer in the 1930s but, thereafter, declined further appointments in that capacity. His stated preference was to be a combat officer. Shortly after the outbreak of World War II, Balck assumed command of a motorized infantry regiment in Guderian’s army during the Battle of France. He singularly distinguished himself under fire by seizing a bridgehead across the Meuse River, whose possession allowed German tanks to sweep across and crush the enemy at Sedan. Afterward, he orig- L inated a combined arms concept that came to be known as the kampfgruppe (battle group) formation.

S. Gen. George S. Patton from occupying Lorraine and was sacked. Hermann Balck was born in Danzig-Langfuhr on December 7, 1893, the son of Wilhelm Balck, a distinguished German general. He enrolled at Hannover Military College in February 1914 and four years later served as a junior officer in the final year of World War I. Brave and accomplished, he was wounded no less than seven times and received the Iron Cross for bravery. Balck was retained in the postwar Reichswehr, where he befriended the brilliant panzer theorist Heinz Guderian.

Virginia was now threatened by the twin specters of civil strife and an all-out Indian war. Bacon’s men plunged headlong into the Dragon Swamp, where they chased and cornered the Pamunkey Indians, killing upward of 50. When Bacon learned of Berkeley’s activities back at Jamestown, he regrouped his forces and marched back, intent on a military showdown. Berkeley, meanwhile, having called out the militia and discovering that it was mostly sympathetic to Bacon, perceived his position as precarious and fled by boat to the Eastern Shore.

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