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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Jul 2023 7:39 p.m. PST

"'Lehrgang' was the German evacuation of forces, principally General Hans-Valentin Hube's XIV Panzerkorps, from the island of Sicily to the Italian mainland in the face of the imminent Allied victory at the end of the 'Husky' (i) campaign (11/17 August 1943).

The operation was planned and controlled by Oberst Ernst Baade, the German district commandant of the Strait of Messina, together with Fregattenkapitän Gustav von Liebenstein of the German navy. With great efficiency and under circumstances of overwhelming Allied air superiority, these two officers managed to effect a very competent evacuation with limited resources, using ruthless discipline and highly flexible planning to make maximum use of their transports (nine Siebel ferries, seven ferry barges, one naval ferry, 12 landing boats, 41 assault boats and 50 rubber boats) to lift men, equipment and supplies from 12 separate evacuation points…"

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Bill N17 Jul 2023 12:45 p.m. PST

Thank you for posting.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2023 1:45 p.m. PST

One of the Allied foul ups during the Italian campaign was not stopping this or, at least, inflicting serious casualties.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2023 2:28 p.m. PST

A votre service mon ami….


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