Von Schweppenberg at La Caine 06/10/44

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Von Schweppenberg at La Caine 06/10/44

Post by Kingfish » 08 Sep 2019 15:15

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_raid_ ... ine_(1944)

This I find difficult to believe:
No German suspicions were aroused about Allied code breaking, because a reconnaissance aircraft had been seen before the raid.[9]
Was PzGruppe west HQ so conspicuous that they really believed it could have been spotted, let alone properly identified, from the air?

Wouldn't the scale of the attack have raised a few eyebrows? I understand the Germans lived under the constant threat from the air, but this wasn't a causal strafing from a flight of Spitfires.
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Re: Von Schweppenberg at La Caine 06/10/44

Post by jpz4 » 10 Sep 2019 11:22

If I'm not mistaken it was felt that the vehicles and radio equipment could have been spotted. I've a report on the attack somewhere that mentions this and some 'lessons learnt'. I'm going from memory here since I've not been able to locate it just yet.

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Re: Von Schweppenberg at La Caine 06/10/44

Post by Delta Tank » 21 Sep 2019 13:22

Kingfish,

Would it be possible to locate this HQ by Radio Direction Finding?

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Re: Von Schweppenberg at La Caine 06/10/44

Post by histan » 25 Oct 2019 21:39

Sorry that this is a bit late.

In the book 2nd Tactical Air Force Volume 1, it is stated that "As a cover it was 'leaked' afterwards that the attack was based on information passed by the French Resistance and confirmed by aerial reconnaissance."

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John

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