Anti-Tank Weapons (WW2 Fact Files) by Peter Chamberlain

By Peter Chamberlain

From the experimental ordinance of WWI to the high-tech armaments of current, this illustrated heritage tells the tale of anti-tank weaponry with assistance from archival and glossy images and line drawings.

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The following day, Loerzer and Goring, apparently unaffected by the experience, resumed their normal activities in the aircraft. 4G For the rest of March and well into ApriL Loerzer and Goring devoted all of their flying time to reconnoitring various Verdun-area locations. When Goring spotted new construction at the Cote de Talon,47 he drew the 5th Army staffs attention to it and monitored the site's progress. Indeed, on 22 April, Loerzer flew Goring along the northeast portion of Verdun so that forty-five aerial photos could be taken of many fortification details.

Goring fired off the whole clip of ammunition. Based on my later experiences as a fighter pilot, I must admit that the distance of many hundreds of metres was a little too much for the likelihood of scoring a hit in the air. 'But [when we were] over the frontlines, one of the machines left the formation and made an emergency landing on the French side. Another ha~ also been brought down. We followed the formation until it reached its airfield at Verdun, on which we dropped three small one-kilogram bombs that we happened to have aboard.

However, when I interjected during Goring's account of the one-sided aerial combat that perhaps the Frenchman had had engine failure from having his machine strongly "forced down", [Goring] became very indignant with me. 'The afternoon brought us another - but more pleasant - surprise. We were invited to have tea with the Crown Princess. In addition to the esteemed recognition, which was expressed with it, we did not forget to devour as much as possible of the pastry and coffee offered . The Crown Princess continually asked questions, and Goring and I talked until the good stuff ran OU(61 46 CHAPTER FOUR EARLY AERIAL COMBATS 'I seem to come alive when I am up in the air and looking down on the earth.

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