By Joseph Balkoski
"Joseph Balkoski is the pinnacle dwelling D-Day historian." --USA Today
"Balkoski has fingertip command of his assets, and a feeling of the dramatic that by no means loses contact with the brutal realities of combat." --Dennis Showalter, prior president of the Society for army background and writer of Patton and Rommel
maintains Balkoski's acclaimed multivolume background of the U.S. twenty ninth Infantry department in global struggle II* Covers the division's very important function within the U.S. Army's November offensive, which Gen. Omar Bradley was hoping might get the Allies to the Rhine River via Christmas* A riveting tale of heroism and tragedy, within which hundreds of thousands of 29ers turned casualties in a crusade that finally did not finish the battle* Balkoski blends meticulous learn with masterful storytelling
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Extra info for Our Tortured Souls: The 29th Infantry Division in the Rhineland, November - December 1944
One of the best-preserved and maintained batteries is Napier of Magdala, which contains Gibraltar’s surviving 100-ton gun. The site is operated by the Gibraltar Tourist Board. 7in. heavy anti-aircraft gun from World War II. In September 2002, the Gibraltar Museum arranged a mock-firing of the 100-ton gun, assisted by soldiers from the Royal Gibraltar Regiment in period costume. The Rosia Batteries together with the Victualling Yard complex continue to remain in relatively good condition although some parts are unfortunately being lost to demand for developable sites.
A reclamation, bounded by the wharf wall, extended north to Ragged Staff Wharf. The workshops, stores and offices were erected on the reclamation. Eight slipways for torpedo-boat destroyers, a boat house and a slip for small boats were located at the northern end of the yard. North of the Ragged Staff was the auxiliary camber for torpedo-boats. In all, 43 acres were reclaimed and the new buildings covered 11 acres of this new land. 1,600ft of retaining wall were erected at the head of No. 1 Dock and at the south entrance to the Dockyard.
This meant that a successful defence would depend on the holding of the counterguards. Unfortunately, once built, it was difficult to radically modify these, so Jones reluctantly proposed the introduction of casemated guns to cover the ditch. The casemates can still be seen. His other recommendation was for the use of musketry fire to enfilade the curtain walls leaving the large guns to engage enemy ships. Wink Text The King’s Bastion being reconstructed to take four 10in. 5in. rifled muzzle-loading guns.