Catalogue description Southern Europe: report from Hermann Goering Division for Oct 8, exchange of artillery...

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Southern Europe: report from Hermann Goering Division for Oct 8, exchange of artillery fire with Allied forces, intentions to hold Volturno Line; GAF situation report for Oct 8, 14th Panzer Corps reports north bank of Volturno free of Allies, 76th PanzerCorps reached Teja line of resistance, strong Allied attack in front of 26th Panzer Division repelled, air reconnaissance reports of Cagliari, Olbia, Maddalena, Bastia, Taranto and Bari harbours, identifications of 3rd and 45th American Divisions on wings of Allied attack with 1st Canadian Division in centre, anticipation of Allied landings north-west of Termoli, Allied attacks in 29th Panzer Grenadier sector halted, location of Battle HQ of 16th Panzer Division; operation TRAGIC/LEOPARD in jeopardy for lack of landing craft on Cos and available paratroops, according to signal from General Mueller Oct 9; Battle Group Mueller ordered to carry out operation TRAGIC despite loss of Olympos convoy, operation considered of decisive importance, GAF to give full support, Oct 7; report from German Navy Aegean for Oct 7-8, Kalymnos captured and garrisoned by Germans, units involved in TRAGIC alerted to presence of Motor torpedo boats in Kos channel; preparations for guaranteed Stuka and fighter operations from Gadurra and Maritza airfields respectively, on orders from 10th Air Corps, Oct 4; German minelayer Bulgaria sunk in Aegean, Oct 8; instructions for propaganda and press releases regarding references to Badoglio and Italians Oct 7; Advance Detachment of 65th Infantry Division on way to Pescara, Oct 8; situation report for Oct 6 from Department for Foreign Armies, West signed Freiherr von Roenne, including identifications of British Army units south of Foggia and in the Termoli area, US units in Sicily, and Moroccan and Senegalese forces in Corsica, counter-partisan activities in the Balkans, Allied air raids on German positions in Greece; German ship Fridania torpedoed off Cape Promontore, all sea traffic suspended in Pola area, Oct 7; instructions for the despatch of propaganda material required for broadcasting, Oct 8; instructions for the disarming of carabinieri on authority of Kesselring and Graziani, the removal of officers of all Italian defence forces, threat of severest reprisals against officers and families of officers not conforming, Oct 6

Date: 1943 Oct 9
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: c/4604
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description

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