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#4639416 - 12/08/23 01:43 AM Re: DEAD IS NOT DEAD [Re: jerbear]  
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PLATOON....ON MY COMMAND....READY!....WAIT FOR IT!....SLEEP! sleepy

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Samstag, 1 Dezember 1917


This morning we have mist and low clouds.

The trucks arrived late last night and the rest of our equipment is at the nearest rail depot.

We’ve been put up in an empty sugar warehouse, as have most of the Mannschaften (enlisted men.) The rest will have to make due with tents on the other side of the factory.

The Jasta 5 pilots are graciously sharing their Pilotenkasino in the chateau with us and we pilots mess with them as well. They’ve been here since March, a long time for a Jagdstaffel to stay in one place.




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They’ve been able to make themselves very comfortable with all this space to use. They have a small farm operation going, with chickens and geese, milk cows, vegetable gardens. They lavishly share the wealth of eggs, cheese, milk and what have you with their guests.

The sugar beets were harvested and processed last month. They were able to get hold of a substantial amount of the sugar produced and there is an abundance.

Malmann would like to be able to take advantage of this commodity for personal profit, but the permanent residents have that concession already.

He, and I, will have to be content with supplying some of the few luxuries Five lacks with our expertise in back stairs supply.






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Attached Files 1 DEC 1 BOISTRONECOURT MAP.jpg1 DEC 1 QUARTERS.jpg1 DEC 1 CHATEAU.jpg
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I run into Malmann as he takes a moment for a cup of coffee. Coffee with a little something in it, that is. How are things in the circus? He gives me a sour look. I laugh and tell him, see you later Morgenmuffel. To which he replies with an obscenity.

He and his trucks will be busy again today, ferrying the equipment from the train station, but they’ll have help from the Jasta 5 transport people. The Staffel in residence has been very welcoming and cooperative. Paul being among us helps with this, I think.




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Regular patrols are being flown despite the weather, to cover the steadily advancing pincer movement on the ground. My Kette is not scheduled to fly until noon.

A pair of new pilots have arrived. A Gefreiter, Max Hitschler, and a very young Leutnant, another aristocrat with a long name. Leutnant Oliver Freiherr von Beaulieu-Marconnay. Seppl immediately dubs him Beauli.

I welcome the Gefreiter, who seems ill at ease, with the offer of a cigarette and a light. I tell him we already have a Max in the Staffel and point to Vater’s Max, then take him over to meet the dog. “You will have to be known as Max der Flieger or let’s say, ‘Flieger Max’ to avoid confusion. We don’t want Max here being accused of anything you get up to. Do we?”

He has a sense of humor, so I think he’ll get along well.

Beauli seems to be likeable as well. He’s still a teenager, only nineteen. Seems full of fun and never shuts up. He wears a Dragoon uniform, Dragoner Rgt. von Bredow Nr. 4. With the Eisernes Kreuz erster Klasse..

He and die Schlange, also a youngster, seem to have hit it off.

He has brought a Jack Russel Terrier with him, Blitz. So that’s another point in his favor.

Blitz, like his Beauli, is full of fun. I play tug of war with him using an old sock.






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Attached Files 1 DEC 1 RR DEPOT AND TRUCKS.jpg1 DEC 1 Beauli and Blitz.jpg
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At 1030, all pilots not on patrol from both Staffeln are called to a briefing in the Pilotenkasino, where we are told by Obltn Flashar that the 214th Infantry Division launched an attack this morning with the objective of capturing a sugar refinery on the Cambrai-Baupaume Road, then push on to take Graincourt.

They were well protected by air cover until they pushed on to the south of the Bourlon-Sains-les-Marquion Road. They were little troubled by British counter-action until, at this point, our patrols were changing over and there was a gap in the air cover. The Cockades took advantage of this and came over in force, taking over the airspace, sending in low flying squadrons and launching an Beobachtungsbalon (Observation balloon).








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CAPTION: This is the WOFF skin pack skin for Cpt Allan Hepburn of RFC 24, which was involved in the later portion of the Cambrai battle.

Hepburn has no victories at this time. He will be wounded and posted to RFC 88, where he flew Bristols. He flew with a number of observers, and with them, he was credited with 16 aerial victories.






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CAPTION: Number 3 is the DH5 flown by Cpt Andre King Cowper of RFC 24. The skin is part of the WOFF Skin Pack. I have no knowledge of who made the DH5 skins. ANYONE OUT THERE KNOW?

Cowper has two confirmed victories at this time. He will stay with RFC 24 until the end of the war, flying the SE5a and bringing down a total of 19 enemy aircraft.







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Attached Files 1 DEC 2 DH5 RFC24 A HEPBURN.jpg1 DEC 2 DH5 RFC24 B HEPBURN.jpg1 DEC 2 DH5 RFC24 C COWPER.jpg1 DEC 2 DH5 RFC24 D COWPER.jpg1 DEC 2 DH5 RFC24 E COWPER.jpg1 DEC 2 DH5 RFC24 F COWPER.jpg
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CAPTION: Captain Bernard Paul Gascoigne-Beanlands, like the above two RFC 24 pilots, was with this Squadron during the Cambrai battle, flying the DH5.

Beanlands has 7 aerial victories at this time, one of these was brought down the day before, an Albatros DV which came down east of Bourlon Wood.





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Attached Files 1 DEC 2  DH5 RFC24 G BEANER.jpg1 DEC 2 DH5 RFC24 H BEANER.jpg
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RICK: Nap time for Jerry now.





The wind has picked up and the smokescreen is providing no cover for the troops.

The enemy’s balloon is providing some very accurate artillery direction and the attack has been stopped in its tracks.

A counter-attack is expected at any moment and the 214th has requested the balloon be taken out.

Vater takes over the briefing, “An all-out effort is being launched by the Staffeln in this area to re-establish control of the air over this sector.” *

“This is a special assignment! The Kommandeur der Fliegertruppe 2. Armee has chosen Eighteen to carry out this vital mission. Jagstaffel 5 will support us. JG1 will be out in force to clear away the Cockades from the sky in the general area. The Ballon is vital to the British effort there and will be heavily guarded”

”I realize that the middle of the day is not the best time for this kind of attack, but it must be done immediately.”

As Vater began to outline his plan for the balloon attack, Sigi jumps up, interrupting the briefing, much to Vater’s annoyance, but he allows it.

“Herr Oberleutnant, I request the honor of making the Ballonherunterholen (balloon strafe)!”

I rather expected Klein to be the one to jump up, and from the look on his face, I think he had planned to. Sigi was just quicker on the draw, as the Americans are fond of saying.

Vater stared at Sigi for a long time, making up his mind whether to reprimand him for the interruption or grant the request. Sigi is Jungfräulichkeit des Häschentums,** has a Luftsieg to his credit, a Pup awaiting confirmation and a zlgzw*** for a BF (Bristol.) and now wears the Abzeichen fur Militär-Flugzeugführer (Military Pilot’s Badge) and Eisernes Kreuz zweiter Klasse.




*This situation is based on information from “The German Army at Cambrai,” Jack Sheldon, Pen & Sword Books Ldt, 2009.

“Hunting with Richthofen” is at variance with this. It says that enemy air activity was moderate all day long and that they made only 56 combat flights on 1 December. Activity was very high on 30 November.

**long past the virginity of bunnydom.

***zur Landung gezwungen or zlgzw – victory claim that counts only as an aircraft forced to land behind its own lines. Does not count as a Luftsieg.







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#4639482 - 12/09/23 11:53 PM Re: DEAD IS NOT DEAD [Re: jerbear]  
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“Yes, you may have the Ballonherunterholen Leutnant Keller.”

“Just so there are no more interruptions, I need two of you to watch Leutnant Keller’s back.”

Seppl is Sigi’s Ketteführer, “Ich Wilt!”

I notice, out the corner of my eye, that Seppl appears to be trying to grow a moustache. Doesn’t look good on him.

I feel moved to open my stupid mouth and say “und Ich.”

Why? Who knows why I do half the things I do. You would think I would have learned by now. But, there it is.

Vater grunts his assent and then, “’IF’… I may continue now…” and outlines his plan.

As we make our preparations, everyone gives Sigi their best wishes. “Hals un beinbruch.” “Lass dir die Knochen ordentlich durchpusten.”*

I give him some advice. “Put on clean underwear and a good uniform just in case you go down.”

He laughs, I’m only half joking.

He scribbles a short note and gives it to Vater, just in case. Not to his parents, to his little nurse back in Kortrejk.



*Break your neck and legs. Get your bones shot up








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Nice scripted story covering the sugar factory! thumbsup


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#4639514 - 12/10/23 11:13 PM Re: DEAD IS NOT DEAD [Re: jerbear]  
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1. DEZEMBER 1917 CONTINUED






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Attached Files 1 DEC 3 BALLOON ATTACK MAP.jpg1 DEC 3 MAP sugar factory - Copy.jpg1 DEC 3  ground german inf adv j.jpg1 DEC 3 SUGAR REFINERY.jpg
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At 1115, ten of us are circling above the field and looking down at the grass surface where Vater is taking off, leaving behind a clear rhumb line. We attach ourselves to him and assume group formation. We describe a large arch over the nearby eisenbahn leading up to Lens, then pass over Cambrai, and from there towards the front, behind which we fly for a short stretch at 5,500 meters, in order to orient ourselves regarding the enemy air activity.

I have to swallow frequently to relieve the pressure in my ears at this high altitude. Cold seeps into my clothing, inching into my entire body. Even in my sheepskin boots, needles pierce my frozen feet as I stamp them to get the blood flowing again and when I turn my head the icy slipstream bites into my face.







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Attached Files 1 DEC 4 VATER TAKING OFF.jpg1 DEC 4 VATER FORMING UP.jpg1 DEC 4 11 MAN FORMATION.jpg
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A geschwader of six machines from Jasta 5 are preceding us, to draw the attention of the Lords flying in the area to protect the gasblasen.






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CAPTION: The sky used in this scenario is from Buckeye Bob’s Cloud Mod; BB Broken Overcast High Clouds.

Attached Files 1 DEC 4 J5 A.jpg1 DEC 4 J5 B.jpg1 DEC 4 J5 C MAI.jpg1 DEC 4 J5 D AFRED STURM.jpg
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Above the mist-covered area, the working machines are stirring about like tiny insects. At a distance, on both sides, there where the pale tongues of batteries are flickering, the Artillerievögel are performing their boring duty.






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CAPTION: WOFF skin for FAA 240 DFW

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Of course, nothing can be heard at this height. The roaring, buzzing breath of the engine drowns out everything. But now, as the whole puffy patch of smoke lights up from the red flash of an ammunition dump, I feel a gentle lifting of the wings, a dull pressure in my ear.







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CAPTION: US Army photo of an ammo dump belonging to the 89th Div in Lucy, bombed by the Germans just before the St. Mihiel battle.

Attached Files 1 DEC 4 AMMO DUMP.jpg
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Somewhat further behind the lines, the balloon is hanging like a yellow plum. There’s no sign of the Cockades which should be thick as fleas. I search the horizon for them in vain. Our opportunity seems especially favorable.








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We swing at a right angle towards the front. Before the flak batteries have noticed us, Sigi has already detached himself from the formation and charges straight as an arrow towards his target in a sudden, steep dive. The fette Hilda (Fat Hilda) is hanging at 12-1500 meters above Graincourt.





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The first flak appears in our vicinity. Five, no six, blindingly white snowballs are sitting in front of us all at once as though they came from out of nowhere. Two hundred meters too low. The next salvo is unpleasantly well placed. It makes me a bit nervous and I squirm around on my cushion.






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Vater flies a revoltingly straight course in order to focus the attention of the anti-aircraft gunners on us.








It is now my task to arouse the trigger-happiness of the English by spinning down. To Antiope I say, “Nunc est tempus!*


*Latin, now is the time.





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Pomm…pomm, pomm….rack…rack




Sky and earth turn topsy turvy in senseless somersaults. After tumbling for a thousand meters, I level Antiope out again.







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Far below me, Sigi is roaring on his way. Unfired upon, so not noticed.




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The gas bubble sways peacefully, unsuspecting, fat and ripe for picking.











Attached Files 1 DEC 5 AA GUNS A.jpg1 DEC 5 EBER SPIN C.jpg1 DEC 5 SIGI BALLOON AE.jpg1 DEC 5 SIGI BALLOON AG RIPE QUINCE.jpg
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