7th Flieger Division: Student's Fallschirmjager Elite by Chris Ellis

By Chris Ellis

The recent Spearhead sequence seems to be on the innovative of battle, facing devices able to working independently within the leading edge of conflict. Covers the unit's origins and background, service provider and order of conflict, conflict heritage theatre by means of theatre, insignia and markings. Vol. three is at the German seventh Flieger department.

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In 1942, Leipzig spent the entire year on training exercises in the Baltic, as flagship of the commander of the training fleet. In March 1943 Leipzig was decommissioned once again, but this situation lasted only a few months, as the reverses Germany was now suffering on the Eastern Front meant that every ship was required. On 1 August, she was again recommissioned though overhaul, repairs, training, the replacement of worn-out gun barrels and installation of radar equipment meant that it was some time before she was once again ready for operational use.

In her correct channel and doing fully 20 knots, she slammed into Leipzig’s port side just ahead of the funnel. 39 crewmen were killed or injured. The two ships were wedged together until the afternoon of 16 October. Leipzig was towed carefully into Gotenhafen where she went into the floating dry dock. It was clear that damage to the cruiser was so serious that proper repairs were not considered viable and accordingly only such repairs as were required to keep her afloat and allow her limited movement were carried out.

Like her light cruiser counterparts, Nürnberg was once more recalled to operational service in 1944 as Germany’s military fortunes waned. Initially, she was used on convoy escort duties, before being assigned to minelaying in Norwegian waters. By January 1945, she was lying in port in Copenhagen where severe shortages of fuel rendered her inoperative. Here, her last shots in anger were fired when members of her crew beat off an attempt by Danish resistance fighters to seize the ship on 5 May. British forces arrived in the Danish port on the following day and matters calmed down.

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