American Civil War Artillery 1861-65 (1): Field Artillery by Philip Katcher

By Philip Katcher

Possibly the main influential arm of both military within the prosecution of the yank Civil conflict, the artillery of each side became hugely specialist firms, centralizing their artillery, organizing artillery battalions from person batteries and giving their commanders larger ranks than box artillerymen had formerly held. In conflict, the creation of the 12-pdr. Napoleon , heavily by means of rifled cannon, supplied a variety and gear formerly unknown on American soil. This booklet info this very important cog within the war-machine of either sides.

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In 1943 the 29th Infantry Division arrived in Devon, spreading itself across the border between Devon and Cornwall with its headquarters at Tavistock to the north of Plymouth. The 116th Infantry Regiment was quartered across West Devon. The First Battalion was based on the outskirts of the small Devon town of Ivybridge, on the very edge of Dartmoor. The main base was Uphill camp on the Exeter road, which could house up to 1,500 men in huts, while officers were based at Stowford House. A fuel depot was based at Wrangaton and, as D-Day approached, some 2,500 additional troops were housed in tents in and around Ivybridge.

The parachute regiments were further distinguished by the fact that they were all volunteers. Their distinctive uniforms, with high brown jump boots, helped the process by which the parachute infantry regiments became elite units. S. Navy before transferring to the army. He volunteered to train as a parachutist and went on to handpick many of the officers who later formed the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment. Other regiments formed in the wake of the 501st. The 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment was activated at Fort Benning on July 20, 1942, Colonel George Millet Jr.

Roosevelt Presidential Library) At Camp Kilmer further training took place in the use of scramble nets and in combating enemy gas attack. The men were issued new gas masks and sent into gas chambers to test their effectiveness. It underlined the fact that Allied planners expected the Germans to bombard the invasion beaches with gas shells. Each man was given a detailed physical examination and inoculations against various diseases. Chaplains did good business holding services and talking to the men who were preparing themselves for overseas departure and probable combat.

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