...it's just Sod's Law that the two times in a row it's been things we've been interested in that he's been in error onI wouldn't crucify Hooton over such a small matter. His two-volume book on the Luftwaffe is IMO still very good
It's more likely the other way round; the out-stations are taking down the raw data...and aren't exactly in a position to ask the sender to repeat! I'd say there is a far greater chance of an error in taking down the raw morse data happening there - it just gets perpetuated through the system from that point on, as it gets decrypted then pased on fo analysis.and evidently decrypted and typed out in great haste (note the typo where Ju 87s become Ju 88s) since intel of this sort has a much shorter best-by date than fresh fish.
I wasn't going to....but as you've raised it, I would presume that air transport plays a much greater role in a Russian winter for ALL types of supplies as other means of transport sieze up - whereas in late spring and summer again, once the Spring Thaw sets in then dries, it goes back in the main to carrying stores and personnel about for the Luftwaffe.Although I would be a little careful measuring the direct effect on the Eastern Front of all those Ju 52s going south, the disadvantages of fighting a two-front war is a point which Hooton makes strongly
I'm NOT suggesting it for a divergence, but it would be interesting to look at any shortages of materiel over the turn of 1941/42 as the Wehrmacht faces the Russian counterattack...