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By Terrill J. Clements

The yankee Volunteer team, or 'Flying Tigers', have remained the main recognized outfit to work out motion in international warfare II. Manned by means of volunteers flying American airplane received from the British, the AVG fought bravely within the face of overwhelming odds in China and Burma ahead of the united states access into global battle II. Pilots comparable to 'Pappy' Boyington, R T Smith and John Petach turned family names because of their exploits opposed to the japanese military Air strength. The AVG legend used to be created flying the Curtis P-40 Tomahawk and Kittyhawk. This quantity dispels the myths surrounding the colors and markings worn via those well-known warring parties.

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Others assisted the flood of westward-fleeing refugees attempting to stay ahead of the advancing Soviets, and reach relative safety beyond the Oder and Elbe rivers. Public officials, motivated to save lives, often permitted populated areas to be evacuated, against orders from the regional Gauleiter or higher authorities. As the front line receded toward towns like Arnswalde, Reetz, and Stettin residents tried to help the passing refugees, but sandwiches and coffee were small comfort to those who had recently lost everything save what could be carried personally or transported on carts.

IS-2 heavy tanks and ISU-152 self-propelled guns followed in a second echelon, between 300m and 500m behind. This secondechelon force would concentrate on heavily defended enemy positions at ranges of up to about 1,500m, where their large-caliber rounds proved very effective against area targets. With T-34/85s and artillery covering the flanks (2), the heavy Soviet armor would then move forward to lead the immediate breakthrough phase (3). After disrupting enemy command and control and containing any counterattacks the armor would spearhead any pursuit or exploitation.

Com communication as it cut down on cross-chatter and promoted the top-down command style favored by Soviet leadership. During combat, commands were generally made in the open in view of the narrow time frame in which they would be carried out. Specific unit and commander names were coded to preserve security. In addition to radios signal flares were used, as were telephones for more stationary facilities, and although the latter were susceptible to being cut by artillery, they provided the most secure method of communication.

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