Skip to comments.German fortification, Normandy, World War II (photo)
Posted on 05/16/2019 10:58:29 AM PDT by ransomnote
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Actually, I was thinking more like the piece of armor that PUGACHEV was referring to at the Navy Yard museum. Went there when I was a lad, and was very impressed by it, as well as the find display models they had inside.
But yeah, if the Nevada/Arkansas/Rodnol, etc. had hit it, it most likely would have been found a field or two away from its original location.
LOL, GIs would have been walking by looking at it and thinking “What the hell is that thing?”
Granted, they may have fired a thousand rounds at it!!!!
Yep, up to 1,000 yards. In Navy speak, thats point blank.
According to the Netflix film on D-Day, 5 made it ashore. After that, ???.
well the Navy cheated and had a LCDR w/radio spotting shot from our hilltop position.
“I’ve been to Normandy a couple of times. Hallowed ground.”
There was a ship full of us going there for April 27th. Bad, typhoon like winds, blocked the French ports from our itinerary and we never set foot in France or Belgium this trip. It was the Rotterdam sailing from Tampa to Holland.
Looks like somebody was using it for target practice.
YES! Appears to be the case.
Fort de la Cité dAlet, St Malo Roman to WW2 German fortifications
The most striking things that you will see at the Cité dAlet are the armoured steel turrets along what is a very picturesque walk around the promontory. They are literally peppered by shell fire. But the vast majority of the shell fire is not as a result of the battle which raged around St Malo for nearly two weeks
No its a demonstration of the strength of these turrets, as after the battle, the Americans brought up various tanks and other anti-tank weapons into range and fired at them to see how much punishment they would take. It is incredible to see that virtually all the hits show shells bouncing off or merely embedding themselves into the armoured steel without penetrating it. I found only one shell hole which had penetrated the cupola straight through, whilst one other shell appears to have found a way in at the point where the moveable gun port shield slots into the turret...
I’ve been to both the US and German cemeteries in Luxembourg. Both well kept, but a totally different vibe.
Good Timing! Today Indy Neidell posted a special video about The Maginot Line today.
In 1977,1988 laws were enacted that extended some veteran benefits to merchant marine sailors that had sailed during WWII. It was not full recognition, but it helped some of those men.
I’d hate to have been inside that bell when it was rung.
For another Civil War comparison, crews of USN “Monitors” only lasted at most a few months before being relieved with mental and physical problems. (This was without being struck, just from normal operations and outgoing fire.)
There was little understanding of carbon monoxide or noise damage in the 1860s. Cotton balls stuffed in their ears were of little use. The decibels inside a Monitor firing its guns were excruciating. The Monitor sailors were totally wrecked humans after only short weeks or months of duty. Wrecked humans.
Those measures were quite limited. They did not cover my uncle, for example, or other men on the North Atlantic run.
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