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As always, it was Hauptmann Eduard Neumann who understood the way to maintain the highest level of combat readiness for his Gruppe without the threat of punishment looming overhead. He attacked everything with enthusiasm -and was quite successful in his approach. Stefan Fröhlich, later General der Flieger, expressed it in this manner during a conversation with the author: "Neumann truly towered over the battlefield. He flew only on rare occasions, but was a role model for everyone. His personality stood out above all others.

The coastal highway cut through limestone mountains here. They passed landscapes of wild romantic beauty, driving through villages of Italian settlers with carob trees and other plants growing. Here were the fertile settlements of Cyrenaica - developed through the Italian irrigation projects: Gasr el Elua, Sidi Agd el Uahed, Zauia el Beda and Beda Littoria. Near Luigi Raza they traveled past a large grove of oak trees. Most of the settlements were now abandoned. The settlers and their families had left when the Italian troops were on the retreat in December of 1940.

It had become dark very quickly, but a guard showed him the quartermaster's tent. Marseille entered, and after exchanging formalities asked that a vehicle be given him for a trip to Derna. "I'm a Schwarm leader and tomorrow we've got to take off from Gazala", he explained in a rush. "I understand", said the kindly older Hauptmann, who wore the clasps of both Iron Crosses. "But I can't help you out. " The wide grin on the Hauptmann's face showed that he was only jesting. But Marseille asked him if he could speak with the general.

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