By Marc Favreau
The main harmful conflict in human historical past, international struggle II maintains to generate an astonishingly wealthy trove of old fabric, writings, and first-person reminiscences, that are necessary to any appreciation of this so much pivotal of ancient events.
A People's historical past of worldwide battle II brings the entire variety of human adventure in the course of international warfare II to lifestyles via probably the most shiny bills and pictures to be had at any place. This concise and available quantity contains first-person interviews by means of Studs Terkel; infrequent archival pictures from the place of work of battle info assortment; propaganda comics from Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss); narratives of wartime reports from writers together with historian Howard Zinn, civil rights activist Robert L. Carter, and celebrated French writer Marguerite Duras; and choices from the writings of a few of the world’s best historians of the struggle, together with John Dower, Philippe Burrin, David Wyman, and Eric Hobsbawm.
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It was electrically powered and fed the aiming data directly from the control bunker to the individual gun casemates. This was a two-story bunker with range-ﬁnding and observation equipment, and a target-tracking center located in the lower chamber. It was connected by landlines to the four M272 gun casemates. The four gun casemates were armed with 150mm C/36 single-mount Torpedoboots Kanone (destroyer guns), built by Skoda in Pilzen, with a maximum range of 19km (12 miles). There were ammunition rooms behind the gun chamber, one to contain the powder charges and the other to contain the ammunition.
To the left is one of the original kettle gun pits built prior to the construction of the casemates. The site is now preserved as a museum. (Author) The assault by the 8th Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, on Sword Beach was somewhat similar to the US 4th Infantry Division at Utah, landing along a fairly narrow corridor only two battalions wide but thereby concentrating the entire force against a single strongpoint. ” This strongpoint included an 88mm gun in an H677 enﬁlade bunker as well as three 50mm pedestal guns.
The battery also had a captured Soviet 122mm K390/1 (r) 38 gun that was used to ﬁre illumination rounds during night engagements. The battery had a garrison of 184 troops, though in June 1944 there were some additional army infantry nearby to help protect the site. 1260, becoming its fourth battery. The battery was subjected to several bombing attacks in 1944, including two major raids in the week before D-Day, but none of the bunkers were disabled. However, the air attacks did tear up the underground cabling for the ﬁre-direction system, so the battery was obliged to use visual signals for ﬁre direction on D-Day, substantially decreasing its effectiveness against Allied ships.
A People's History of World War II: The World's Most Destructive Conflict, As Told By the People Who Lived Through It (New Press People's History) by Marc Favreau