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Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada

By Hans Fallada

Its Berlin, 1940, and the town is stuffed with worry. on the apartment on fifty five Jablonski Strasse, its quite a few occupants try and reside less than Nazi rule of their other ways: the bullying Hitler loyalists the Persickes, the retired pass judgement on Fromm and the unassuming couple Otto and Anna Quangel. Then the Quangels obtain the inside track that their loved son has been killed battling in France. stunned out in their quiet lifestyles, they start a silent crusade of defiance, and a perilous video game of cat and mouse develops among the Quangels and the bold Gestapo inspector Escherich. while petty criminals Kluge and Borkhausen additionally get involved, deception, betrayal and homicide occur, tightening the noose round the Quangels' necks...

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Many of the landing craft had been unfit for operations, requiring much attention from the maintenance staff at HMS Squid, the landing craft base in Southampton. Establishment of an advanced base at Ostend entailed berthing about 100 craft, accommodating over 400 officers and men, landing a mass of stores and installing the necessary wireless communications, all within the three days before D-day. Four more LCA flotillas had joined those already inside the Schelde Estuary, bringing total craft available to 72 LCAs and a number of LCPs.

Gun platform stability was enhanced by 'flooding d o w n ' on the beach, by filling special tanks w i t h sea water. Not one of the shells fired by LCG(M) 101's Royal Marine gun detachments missed their target, a pillbox north of the landing beach. Immobilized on the hostile shore, however, the craft made an easy target for German direct-fire weapons taking the beach in enfilade. Neither of the LCG(M)s c o m m i t t e d at Walcheren survived their first operation. LCG(M) 102 was burnt out and lost w i t h all 41 hands.

P Troop moved northwards to engage W15 with small-arms fire. S Troop set up its machine guns to suppress any fire directed from the southern edge of the village at subsequent landings in the gap. The armoured assault teams did less well. Intending to beach simultaneously, in the event they approached in successive pairs. One of the leading craft was hit repeatedly. One shell brought down an AVRE bridge on top of the Flail tank in front; another set fire to the other AVRE's fascine. A naval rating was killed, and several sailors and commandos wounded.

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