Rommel to fix the Bungle in Benghazi - WW2 - 076 - February 8, 1941

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Rommel to fix the Bungle in Benghazi - WW2 - 076 - February 8, 1941 5

As the Italian campaigns in Africa collapse, Hitler considers his options and then chooses Erwin Rommel to rescue their Italian allies.

Written and Hosted by: Indy Neidell
Produced and Directed by: Spartacus Olsson and Astrid Deinhard
Executive Producers: Bodo Rittenauer, Astrid Deinhard, Indy Neidell, Spartacus Olsson
Creative Producer: Joram Appel
Post-Production Director: Wieke Kapteijns
Research by: Indy Neidell
Edited by: Mikołaj Cackowski
Additional animations: Ryan Weatherby

Colorizations by:

Narodowe Archiwum Cyfrowe
Artillery by Creative Mania from the Noun Project

Soundtracks from the Epidemic Sound:
Johannes Bornlof - Last Man Standing 3
Hakan Eriksson - Epic Adventure Theme 3
Phoenix Tail - At the Front
Gunnar Johnsen - Not Safe Yet
Johan Hynynen - Dark Beginning
Yi Nantiro - Watchmen
Rannar Sillard - March Of The Brave 10

A TimeGhost chronological documentary produced by OnLion Entertainment GmbH.

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Erwin Rommel's appointment to go fix Mussolini's mess in Africa... it's surely nothing, but something tells us that this is the first thing in 1941 that might kick some truly wild, crazy, scary stuff off... we shall see.

More importantly in 2020 it's Joram's birthday today (February 5) when this episode went live for our TimeGhost Army members and as I told Joram earlier today it's a day he shares with Neymar (1992), Ronaldo (1985), Adlai Stevenson (1900) of Cuban Missile Crisis fame, and Sir Robert Peel (1788) founder of the British Conservative Party and the modern police force, which lay the basic principles down for the police of today all across the world. Due to the revolutionary concepts he introduced, British cops were first known as Peelers, and then more memorably Bobbies after Sir Robert "Bobby" Peel.

In any case, here's cheers for Joram, without whom we would all be even more dazed and confused than we are!



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Author — World War Two


Today, we see one of the most effective Italian strategies.
Call Germany for help.

Author — ??? ¿¿¿


Italy to the Germans: "I am once again asking for your support".

Author — mitch verr


"Sweat saves blood, blood saves lives, but brains saves both."
- Erwin Rommel

Author — Victor Bruant


No joke I misread the Battle of Keren as the Battle of Karen.

“I demand to see the manager Mr. Platt.”

Author — Galaxy Glider


I love this series, because it really shows how the war went, unlike a brief summary.

Author — BenTheMaster Gaming and More!


This week in the Greco-Italian War:

By Sunday, February 2, the Greek V 'Cretan' Division (Maj. Gen. Georgios Papasterghiou) was in control of the entire 26-km (16 mi) long, Trebeshinë massif. Τhis success however, came at a very high cost in casualties. The Greek push on Trebeshinë and Tepelenë due to the minimal planning and preparation and the negative impact from the high casualties it had on Cretan society, is today considered controversial. The offensive touched every one on the island as literally every Cretan familly was struggling with a combat-related casualty, and its success would soon be eliminated, as Trebeshinë would once more be lost to the Italians, among other small conquests they obtained in their Spring offensive.

In anticipation of the Italian Spring offensive, the Greek I Infantry Division (Maj. Gen. Vassilios Vrachnos) was ordered on February 2, to dig-in and fortify the central Këlcyrë sector. The historic division was formed for the first time in 1897, of conscripts from the four regions of Thessaly. Its 5th regiment largely consisted of men from the two mountainous regions of W. Thessaly, while the other two regiments featured men from Central and E. Thessaly.
The whole sector, which was under the CO of 5th Infantry Regiment Col. Nikolaos Gheorgoulas, combined two subsectors:
1- The subsector 'Spi Kamarate - Bregu i Rrapit' was defended by I/5, II/5, I/51 infantry battalions and one arty squadron, was under Col. Themistocles Ketseas, and covered the area that about six weeks later would be the objective of the main Italian effort, notably hills 731, 717 (Bregu i Rrapit), 706 (Monastero), 703 (Selletta), 715 (Spi Kamarate).
2- The subsector 'Qafa e Lusit' was defended by two infantry battalions under the overall command of Maj. Ioannis Baldoumis, and covered Qafa e Lusit (the buttress between Hill 706 and Trebeshinë), and the Prroi Math gorge.

On February 4, at 0650 hours, the Greek 33rd Infantry Regiment from XV division, under new command (Lt. Col. Theophilus Kontis) after a 10' preparatory artillery bombardment, assaulted the town of Hani i Bubësit, a fortified Italian forward operating base NW of Këlcyrë, and the hills 789 (Bubës 1), 806 (Bubës 2), and 757 (Shalës), simultaneously. The Greeks took the town and Bubës 1, after engaging in a brutal hand-to-hand combat with elements from the Italian 24th Infantry Division 'Pinerolo' (Div. Gen. Giuseppe De Stefanis), but at hills 806 and 757 they were repulsed. The Greek regiment requested reinforcements to organize a new effort against the strongly fortified hills, as it was battered and its troops were exhausted.

Οn February 5, the Greek 33rd Infantry Regiment reinforced with 28th Infantry Regiment (Col. Nikolaos Papadopoulos) from XV division, with a final assault took Hill 806 (Bubës 2) against obstinate Italian resistance but failed to take Hill 757. The two Greek regiments sustained serious casualties. Further attacks were postponed and the Greek XV Infantry Division (Maj. Gen. Panaghiotis Spiliotopoulos) requested the necessary reinforcements to organize a new effort against Shalës by February 11.

On Sunday, February 9, nine Greek Bloch Mb.151 fighter planes of 24 Fighter Squadron spotted and intercepted Italian CANT Z.1007bis medium bombers of 47o Stormo (Terrestrial Bombing Wing) heading to Salonika in a bombing mission. Flight Sgt. Eleftherios Smyrniotopoulos shot down one Italian bomber.

Almost at the same time, a serious air battle took place over Këlcyrë (Klisura). Eight Greek PZL P.24 fighters of 22 & 23 Fighter Squadrons and four Gloster Gladiator Mk.II of 21 Fighter Squadron, spotted and intercepted thirty Italian medium bomber and fighter planes. The Gold Cross of Valour recipient, Flying Officer Marinos Mitralexis shot down an Italian Fiat CR.42 fighter, Flight Lt Ioannis Kellas was credited with two air victories, while Flight Sergeants Elias Dimitrakopoulos and Epaninondas Dagoulas were credited with one air victory each. One downed Italian CANT Z.1007bis medium bomber was shared by two unidentified Greek pilots. Two Greek fighters were badly shot up but their pilots managed to crash-land their planes, unharmed.

Author — Αποστόλης Μ.


The Italians were pretty much like Bots on Easy mode

Author — iOlce99


I find it quite apt that the most effective way of stopping British and Indian forces in East Africa was to blow up a bridge named after Mussolini... It does appear in modern warfare that fortune does favour the bold, but too bad that Hitler is about to unleash a very bold plan that will result in miillions of deaths no matter what happens.

Also, Happy Birthday Joram from a fellow Februarian (if that is a thing).

Author — Simon Turner


Today we saw bilingual Indy, the most powerful being in the universe

Author — Pedro Henrique


Italy's war aims:
When there's something strange,
In the neighbourhood,
Who you gonna call? ADOLF HITLER!

Author — The Black Prince


They would have conquered Keren if they brought the manager.

Author — Andrei Kovacs


The greatest prize British captured was being "Electric Whiskers" himself, General Annibale Bergonzoli, who had managed to escape British clutches at both Bardia, Tobruk and Derna was finally captured by Lieutenant James ‘Nobby’ Clark of the 11th Hussars. Clark had caught Bergonzoli outside Benghazi. ‘When I stuck my tommy gun through the window of his Fiat, he said to me, “You got here a bit too quick today.”

Author — merdiolu81


(1) After capture of Derna and Mechilli, General O’Connor had hoped that he might be given two weeks to resupply his exhausted 13th Corps (the Western Desert Force had changed its name on 1 January) before continuing his advance. The 7th Armoured Division was by now reduced to about forty cruisers and eighty light tanks, all of which were in a poor state of repair. It was clear by Monday 3 February, however, when the Australians discovered the ancient Greek and Roman town of Cyrene (latterly Graziani’s Cyrenaican headquarters) evacuated, and Barce further to the west also abandoned, and RAF air reconnisance indicating that Graziani was beginning a full-scale withdrawal from Cyrenaica. This forced O’Connor to act immediately with what he had to hand. Accordingly, he ordered an immediate reconfiguring of his forces. His desert thrust comprised a group of some 2, 000 men based around the newly reinforced 4th Armoured Brigade (3rd and 7th Hussars and 2nd RTR) with two squadrons of the 11th Hussars and a squadron of armoured cars from the newly arrived King’s Dragoon Guards; the infantrymen of the 2nd Rifle Brigade in trucks; the 25-pounders of the 4th RHA and a battery of 2-pounder anti-tank guns of 106th RHA. Each tank was loaded with two days’ worth of rations and water, and topped up with ammunition and fuel.

The advance across the uncharted desert from Mechili began at dawn on 4 February. The terrain was littered with rocks and large boulders, and the tanks had to pick their way carefully to avoid throwing tracks or otherwise damaging the vehicles. Ordinarily the armour would have stopped at last light to leaguer but on this occasion, as speed was imperative, the advance continued in the moonlight. ‘It was bitterly cold, ’ Cyril Joly recalled, ‘*so that my face soon became frozen and raw and was painful to touch.’ *

Stopping in the dark cold at about 1 a.m. some distance short of Msus, the division was ready to depart again at first light on Tuesday 5 February. Because of the slowness of the tanks and the urgency of getting to the coast road before the retreating Italians it was decided to divide the force into two groups. The faster, under Lieutenant Colonel John Combe of the 11th Hussars, set off with all haste. Combeforce comprised two squadrons of the 11th Hussars, the 2nd Rifle Brigade in Bren gun carriers and trucks, and two batteries of 25-pounders. (this hastily gathered advance units nicknamed Combeforce) Behind, advancing more slowly, came the remainder of the 4th Armoured Brigade, with the understrength 7th Armoured Brigade and the rest of the support group bringing up the rear. Broken-down trucks and tanks littered the route. ‘My God, ’ O’Connor said nervously on seeing yet another abandoned vehicle as he followed. ‘Do you think it’s going to be all right?’

It was. With their last drops of petrol Combeforce struck the coast road near Sidi Saleh about noon ten miles south of Beda Fomm, the road dominated by a rise to the north – nicknamed the ‘Pimple’ by the British troops – and a white mosque to the east on 5th February. The 2nd Rifle Brigade immediately deployed in a thin screen of rifles, machine guns and 2-pounder anti-tank guns between the road and the sea, dug in among the undulations of the sand and rock, behind which, nearly half a mile to the rear, were placed the guns of 4th RHA. The old armoured cars of the 11th Hussars and Kings Dragoon Guards found fire positions as best they could. The few anti-tank mines they had were placed on and astride the road. Almost immediately battle was joined. At 2.30 p.m. the front end of a vast convoy of retreating Italians stretching as far as the eye could see encountered British road block. The road erupted in sheets of flame and billowing smoke as the first shells found their mark, and the Rifle Brigade’s machine guns began to chatter.

Author — merdiolu81


Mussolini's war leadership: So bad it makes Hitler seem the reasonable one.

Author — Lee



Benitto: Marcello what are you doin?
Marcello: Conquering Africa
Benitto: Mamma Mia! Marcello that's not how you conquer Afrika
Erwin, come to look at Marcello
*Flows to Africa*

Author — LemLem


5:47 I sometimes don't even realize how good this channel's graphics have gotten

Author — Cvetomir Georgiev


If American TV wanted to earn any respect it would put this series on the History Channel, PBS, or something. Great channel - please keep it up!

Author — Steven Grant


Everyone: The war in Africa is over.

Churchill: Hold my beer.

Author — Valdagast


11:08 happy birthday and enjoy your future job interviews Joram

Author — pnutz 2 - fmr. capnazrael