By Leo Kessler
In Wotan's First venture, von Dodenburg tackles the inpenetrable fortress Eben Emael.
SS attack Regiment Wotan used to be getting ready for a venture so mystery that it was once recognized simply by its codename, 0. basically The Vulture, significant Horst Geier, knew that the target was once the foremost Belgian citadel guarding the junction of the River Meuse and the Albert Canal. It was once the main impregnable stronghold in Europe and needed to be taken, whatever the fee in human lives, if Hitler's handpicked SS Panzer troops have been to show the flank of the Maginot line and strength the phoney struggle to blow up into the Blitzkrieg...
Leo Kessler is a pseudonym of the past due Charles Whiting. Over 3 million of his books were bought all over the world.
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Glance! ' He pointed around the canal, past the steep glacis wall to the nice grey-black mass of the fortress which had all of sudden seemed in the course of the smoke, drifting into view like a few large send rising from a fog-bank. It rose like an immense concrete cliff, a few 200 and fifty ft above the water of the canal, its aspects coated with ports as in an outdated man-of-war, however the weapons they contained have been no puny 8 pounders; they have been powerful 75mm cannon, fixed in pairs, and coated via helping desktop weapons. For one lengthy second fortress Eben-Emael stood there, sinister and silent; then it slid slowly out of view back, disappearing into the gray fog of struggle. * * * whereas the boys slept within the wrecked village, the Butcher prowled, sleepless and depressing, in the course of the abandoned streets. even though he used to be as drained because the remainder of the lads of the 2d corporation, fear drove him out to wander aimlessly during the wreckage, his brain filled with the hazard posed through von Dodenburg and the crossing of the Albert Canal, due in a few hours. Idly he kicked a Belgian helmet in entrance of him in a hugely unmilitary demeanour, taking a sip at his bottle of cognac after each 5 kicks. He had by no means imagined that warfare will be like this, even though he had spent the final ten years of his existence getting ready for wrestle. The day didn't finish at seventeen hundred hours, as within the barracks, and the lads weren't alert and fresh, yet soiled, disgruntled and dis respectful. It used to be the angle of the officials that displeased him such a lot, particularly that of von Dodenburg. again within the Adolf Hitler Barracks, he had constantly identified that with out him not anything functioned; that the officials had relied upon him implicitly to make sure that the boys, lazy, soiled bastards that they have been, did as they have been instructed — obtained up on time, 104 washed, entered their names within the bath-book, wiped clean their rifles and their foreskins on the prescribed periods, briefly, attempted to be squaddies and never dirty-arsed, fornicating civilians. yet the following on the entrance every thing used to be varied. abruptly not just used to be he superfluous, he used to be additionally sus pected of being a coward : he, a guy, who were recognized to ‘make a sow’ of an entire corporation in his heyday, who had as soon as noticed recruit had no longer polished his belt buckle at a distance of 50 yards, and who in 1936 had béen com plimented on his skill to do the parade march by means of no much less an individual than Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler himself! all of sudden green-beaks like Mr Senior Lieutenant Shit von Dodenburg may well accuse him of cowardice! as though he hadn’t adequate hassle because it was once! Tears of selfpity sprang to his eyes as he considered what Lore had acknowledged to him, simply after he had blacked her eye and knocked out numerous the teeth at the evening of his stopover at to the shitty-arsed rural quack. He had by no means been capable of fulfill her in the entire ten years in their married lifestyles! He took one other sip of cognac. Any girl who idea like that has to be a whore of the bottom category. What good lady involved herself with such issues?