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    Default Most spectacular battles

    What are your most spectacular WW2 battles ?... i.e. Kursk, Arnhem, Cassino.. and why ?

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    Operation Archery ~ Commando raid on Vaagso Norway - 27th Dec 1941.

    The first Combined Arms (Land, Sea and Air) amphibious operation against a defended coastline by the British.

    http://www.combinedops.com/vaagso.htm

    http://www.britishpathe.com/video/commandos-raid-norway

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    By the way fairs fair, you ask but don't state your opinion, time to put your penneth in.
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    'Amazon' Bridge
    Construction dates: 12/13 May 1944 (Operation Diadem)
    Details: 80 ft Class 30 Bailey bridge built over Rapido river under constant fire.
    The bridge was built as part of the Allies break-out of the Gustav Line.
    Work started at 5.45pm (12 May) and completed at 5.30am (13 May).
    The human cost was high; 15 sappers were killed and 57 (including 3 officers) wounded.
    Constructed by: 7th, 59th, 225th Field Companies (4th Division)

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    Battle of Barking Creek. The RAF only lost two fighters shot down, but I'm sure it would have been much worse had the Luftwaffe actually showed up...
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    The ill advised, bloody but spectacular raid conducted on 1 August 1943 against the Romanian oil refinery at Ploiesti...

    Why? Because you had B-24 Liberator gunners shooting at a flak train!
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    Hard to say, in large part, because "battle" can mean so many things. What about Berlin, 1945 - the Twilight of the Dogs (sorry) Gods ? Best regards, JR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickdfresh View Post
    Because you had B-24 Liberator gunners shooting at a flak train!
    Who won?
    I have neither the time nor the inclination to differentiate between the incompetent and the merely unfortunate - Curtis E LeMay

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    The B-24's, sorta...



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    Quote Originally Posted by pdf27 View Post
    Who won?
    Red Army We've finally got ploesti to our boots.

    "I decide who is a Jew and who is an Aryan "- Hermann Goering

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chevan View Post
    Red Army We've finally got ploesti to our boots.
    That was after the Romanians had changed sides and cleared the German Garrison from the area though I believe (or was I wrongly informed)?.
    'Amazon' Bridge
    Construction dates: 12/13 May 1944 (Operation Diadem)
    Details: 80 ft Class 30 Bailey bridge built over Rapido river under constant fire.
    The bridge was built as part of the Allies break-out of the Gustav Line.
    Work started at 5.45pm (12 May) and completed at 5.30am (13 May).
    The human cost was high; 15 sappers were killed and 57 (including 3 officers) wounded.
    Constructed by: 7th, 59th, 225th Field Companies (4th Division)

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    Quote Originally Posted by leccy View Post
    That was after the Romanians had changed sides and cleared the German Garrison from the area though I believe (or was I wrongly informed)?.
    Yes, it was just right after the king Mihael has became the best Soviet friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chevan View Post
    Yes, it was just right after the king Mihael has became the best Soviet friend.
    king Michael becoming a friend was then shortly followed by him not being a friend? can't have a good communist who is a monarchist lol.
    'Amazon' Bridge
    Construction dates: 12/13 May 1944 (Operation Diadem)
    Details: 80 ft Class 30 Bailey bridge built over Rapido river under constant fire.
    The bridge was built as part of the Allies break-out of the Gustav Line.
    Work started at 5.45pm (12 May) and completed at 5.30am (13 May).
    The human cost was high; 15 sappers were killed and 57 (including 3 officers) wounded.
    Constructed by: 7th, 59th, 225th Field Companies (4th Division)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickdfresh View Post
    The ill advised, bloody but spectacular raid conducted on 1 August 1943 against the Romanian oil refinery at Ploiesti...

    Why? Because you had B-24 Liberator gunners shooting at a flak train!
    There was a good documentary on BBC (I think it was BBC) about that, must have been some sight given how low the planes were flying.

    Not really the most spectacular but the Battle of the Atlantic was spectacular in size and the lengths both sides went to to secure their goals.

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    How about Singapore? Oh, wait this is spectacular battles... hm...

    El Alamein, first or second. As Churchill said, it was the end of the beginning.

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    Do you mean spectacular as in "visualy appealing", generically as in "epically awsome", or do you mean simply our favorites?
    I'm partial to the raid of the prison camp at Cabanatuan. Something like 500 POWs were rescued by U.S. Army Rangers and Phillipine Guerillas in the nick of time before being executed by retreating Japanese soldiers. All prisoners made it out with minimal casualties for the Americans and Phillipinos. There was no strategic value to the raid. Nobody really even knew about what was happening, it was just about doing the right thing. And, THEY KICKED ***! HOOAH!

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    My favourites
    The Siege of Leningrad: 8 September 1941 27 January 1944 (871 days)
    The Finnish Winter War: 30 November 1939 13 March 1940
    The Siege of Stalingrad: 23 August 1942 2 February 1943
    The Battle of Kursk: German offensive phase: 5 16 July 1943 - Soviet offensive phase: 12 July 23 August 1943
    The Siege of Budapest: 29 December 1944 - 13 February 1945
    "The consciousness that I am alive, makes me wild dreams every day"
    (Helmut Wolff lieutenant colonel, one who survived the breakout of Budapest)

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