A Very Rude Awakening: The night the Japanese midget subs by Peter Grose

By Peter Grose

In may perhaps of 1942, the struggle appeared very distant to so much Sydneysiders - till the evening the 3 jap midget submarines crept into the harbour and triggered an unforgettable evening of mayhem, excessive farce, chaos and braveness. A ground-breaking new examine the most striking tales of Australia at conflict.

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Command post of JG 27 with the coat of arms of I Gruppe. 9 km. On April 6th these aircraft flew their first sorties in the Greek theater against the bunker line of the Rupel Pass. The Russian theater followed. Here Oberleutnant Erbo Graf Kageneck and Feldwebel Riepe compiled a rather impressive record for t h e m s e l v e s . On 14 A u g u s t 1941 Oberleutnant Kageneck succeeded in shooting down no less than five aircraft in a single day and with a score of 47 was one of the most successful pilots in the Geschwader.

Before Marseille could utter a word the small driver left his seat behind the wheel, grabbed Marseille's bags and tossed them into the truck. Marseille climbed aboard and discovered a young Italian Lieutenant who spoke poor German, but at least well enough so that they could understand each other. When Marseille asked how long it would take to get to Gazala, mentioning that he was expected there by noon tomorrow, the Italian broke into laughter. "Doppo domani - the day after tomorrow", he said.

During this time Marseille was "molded" by this experienced flyer and psychologist. Franzisket not only recognized the qualities inherent in the pilot Marseille, but also his efforts to prove himself as pilot, comrade and fighter within the unit. In these weeks Marseille received special recognitions and grew considerably. He considered himself included in the great brotherhood of the desert pilots. With full justification, it can be claimed that during this time Franzisket, along with Eduard Neumann, gave Marseille the wings to rise above his inner self-doubts and develop his natural personality.

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