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ISSUE No. 142

(Code A142)

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THE GLEIWITZ INCIDENT. From the Editor - Readers' letters and follow-up stories on previous issues. US Marines at Camp Balcombe. Faking Monte Cassino. Poteau Revisited.

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THE GLEIWITZ INCIDENT - Dennis Whitehead tells how on the night of August 31/September 1, 1939, the German Sicherheitsdienst (Security Service) staged a series of fake border incidents along the German-Polish frontier in Upper Silesia designed to give Nazi Germany an excuse for invading Poland. The most prominent of these provocations was the seizure of the German radio station in the town of Gleiwitz. From the Editor - Readers' letters and follow-up stories on previous issues. US Marines at Camp Balcombe - On January 5, 1943, the US 7th Marine Regiment, part of the US 1st Marine Division, arrived in Australia after having spent nearly four months fighting on Guadalcanal. Weakened by casualties, malaria and fatigue, the men needed a respite and they were sent to Camp Balcombe for rest and recuperation. David Mitchelhill-Green tells their story. Faking Monte Cassino - Perry Rowe explains that although many photos and lengths of cine film were taken during the battle of Cassino, which raged from January to May 1944, not all of the images were taken taken during actual combat or even near Cassino. Poteau Revisited - In December 1944, a German Kriegsberichter (war photographer) took a series of staged 'action' photos near the hamlet of Poteau, Belgium, that were to become emblematic of the fighting during the Ardennes offensive. Thirty-three years later, in December 1979, Jean Paul Pallud found the location.

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