1913: The Year Before the Storm by Florian Illies, Shaun Whiteside, Jamie Lee Searle

By Florian Illies, Shaun Whiteside, Jamie Lee Searle

Translated from the German by means of Shaun Whiteside and Jamie Lee Searle.

A witty but relocating narrative labored up from sketched documentary lines and biographical fragments, 1913 is an intimate cultural portrait of an international that's approximately to alter without end. The stuffy conventions of the 19th century are receding into the previous, and 1913 heralds a brand new age of limitless risk. Kafka falls in love; Louis Armstrong learns to play the trumpet; a tender seamstress known as Coco Chanel opens her first boutique; Charlie Chaplin symptoms his first motion picture agreement; and new medicines like cocaine bring in an age of decadence. but all over there's the premonition of spoil - the quantity thirteen is omnipresent, and in London, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Trieste, artists take the omen and act as though there have been no day after today, their short coincidences of life telling of a darker destiny. In a Munich inn foyer, Rilke and Freud speak about attractiveness and transience; Proust units out looking for misplaced time; and whereas Stravinsky celebrates the ceremony of Spring with commercial cacophony, in Munich an Austrian postcard painter by way of the identify of Adolf Hitler sells his traditional cityscapes. instructed with Illies's attribute mix of poignant evocation and laconic irony, 1913 is the tale of the yr that formed the final century.

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The clear sky allowed for the air cover to begin bombing the tops of Difensa, Maggiore, and Camino, with the heaviest bombing around the Cassino mass; roughly 500 tons of ordnance was dropped by the end of the day. 102). Col Frederick was then informed that 1st Regiment should be moved to the 36th Division reserve area on the south of Ridge 368, which he agreed to reluctantly as he was hoping to use these men as his own reserve. As the day progressed, the men of 2nd Regiment checked ammo, cleaned weapons, taped grenades on to their equipment, ate cold K-rations, and did what all soldiers do prior to battle, making small talk and nervously joking with one another as these highly trained soldiers were for the most part untested in battle.

Enemy fire remained constant throughout the night, and rain and fog made the situation almost unbearable. 2nd Regiment patrols were sent out throughout the night to ascertain enemy troop strengths and positions. 1st Regiment, under the command of Col Marshall, was still being held as the 36th Division’s reserve force. Spending the day in relative ease, barring the occasional artillery and mortar round, they would now find themselves in the thick of the Mt Difensa quagmire. German artillery began to rain down on 1st Regiment’s location, pushing the men out of their positions so they were forced to move westward away from their trail.

The BAR would eventually come in to supplement the Johnson, as the Force only had 125 of them. 30-06 cartridge at a cyclic rate of roughly 500 rounds per minute. The weapon was belt fed, weighed 45 pounds with the tripod, and was air-cooled. The weapon was recoil-operated and it fired from the open bolt. The M1919A1 was intended to be used as a mobile support weapon that could be easily carried and set up. The weapon was crewed by two men: the gunner, and the assistant gunner who would load and help feed the weapon.

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