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Mice can sometimes affect military operations. In late 1942 the German XXXXVIII. Panzer Corps was located in reserve behind the positions of the Rumanian Third Army. The corps' 23d Panzer Division was temporarily immobilized hen the Rumanian front collapsed at the start of the Russian offensive that surrounded Stalingrad because mice had chewed through the electrical wiring in the tanks. The Germans were unable to stop the Soviet advance. Remarkably enough, the division commander, Freiherr von Boineburg-Lengsfeld, remained in command while the corps commander, Ferdinand Heim was not only relieved but imprisoned as well. Heim was a general staff corps officer with extensive command experience in panzer units. He was released from prison and later commanded the fortress of Boulogne in 1944, which he surrendered to the Canadians. Freiherr von Boineburg-Lengsfeld was wounded early in 1943 and later was the commandant of Paris until relieved in early August 1944. John J. McGrath ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----