krimsonglass51 wrote: ↑
17 Dec 2020 18:02
Yuri, I'll have to admit that raw data and talk about logistics flies over my head. Based on your research, you're arguing that the majority of the Luftwaffe's anti-aircraft crews were on the Eastern Front from 1941-1943 right? If so, was there any point that the Western Allied bombing campaigns diverted a significant amount of that away?
I sight your question (#39 25 Sep 2020, 23:56) and wanted to answer a little later, however, given you are asking the question again, i decided to answer now briefly and then in more detail.
In 1943, all those people from Flak personnel of the German Luftwaffe who could be operating "in the East" were in this "East". We have shown above that in the Luftwaffe Flak divisions located in "the expanded territory of the Reich", only 25% of the personnel were from the Luftwaffe, and 75% were non-Luftwaffe personnel. However, these 25% belonging to the Luftwaffe personnel could not be sent to the "East": these are people from the category of v-Flak-Personnel. v-Flak-Personnel are either veterans of the 1st (Imperialist) World War (that is, people who are not suitable for action in the field army due to old age) or people who are not suitable for service in the field army for health reasons: chronic diseases, with an mutilation /without a hand, without an eye, etc./, or wounded on healing. Division commanders of the Luftwaffe tried to detain some healthy personnel in their divisions, but the Supreme Commander of the Luftwaffe, Reichsmarschall Goering, issued this very-very strict (terrible) order, The so-called "Spieß order".
If I understand correctly - "Spieß" is the slang nickname of a Feldwebel (sergeant major). I think it would be more correct if Goering's order is translated by native German speakers. I will only briefly say that Goering demands that if he says that it is necessary to allocate the best people, then it means that it is necessary to allocate the" Best " - young, healthy and without a criminal record. If his - Goering's- order is not carried out, then he -Goering- give away of the division commanders on trial. As follows from the testimony of prisoners of war, have been replaced: with "East" for "expanded territory of Reich" loss old and sick, and with the "expanded territory of Reich" to "the East" arrived young and healthy people.
To counter strategic bombers (that is, against aircraft bombarding the "expanded territory of the Reich"), resources were used that could not be used "in the East". As paradoxical as it may seem, but from "the East " strategic bombers did not distract any a crumb of Flak-forces of the German Luftwaffe.
However, this does not mean that strategic bombing did not help the Red Army in its struggle against the European invaders. This assistance was more substantial than simply diverting the anti-aircraft forces of the German Luftwaffe.
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