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Cassino 1944: Breaking the Gustav Line (Campaign, Volume by Ken Ford

By Ken Ford

Osprey's examine of Italy's Cassino crusade in the course of international warfare II (1939-1945). The conflict for Cassino was once the most sour fight of the whole Italian crusade. The dominating height of Montecassino topped by way of its significant yet doomed medieval monastery was once the major to the full Gustav Line, a powerful method of defences that stretched correct around the Italian peninsula. This place thoroughly ruled the Liri valley and direction 6, the strategically very important highway to Rome. among January and will 1944 the Allies struggled amid inhospitable terrain and dreadful climate to dislodge the German paratroops that tenaciously defended the very important mountaintop. Ken Ford's booklet information the dramatic occasions of the conflict to wreck the Gustav Line.

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Two folding padded ‘U’-shaped supports were provided on both left and right sides of the gun for the gunner and gun-layer to steady themselves against rolling or pitching of the boat. In effect, the gun would be difficult to aim successfully in anything other than calm seas. In rough seas, the crew could strap themselves into position. ), from the conning tower. The 2 cm Flak Gun Two basic designs of 2 cm flak gun (Flugabwehrkanone) were used. The earlier version, the 2 cm Flak 30, was a single-barrelled weapon, with 360° traverse and capable of -2° depression and +90° elevation.

Very similar in appearance to the Type IIA, it was marginally longer 4) Type IIC Again, very similar in appearance to its predecessors, the ‘C’ variant was slightly longer but was easily identifiable by the additional draining ports for the A Type IIB is beginning its dive. As the boat slips below the surface, the diesel air intakes and exhaust vents are automatically sealed as the engine shuts down and the electric motors take over. Note the pedestal fitted to the foredeck for the 2 cm flak gun.

Beneath the deck plating in this area were the stern trim tanks. E: DECK ARMAMENT CONFIGURATIONS ON THE TYPE VII 1) Type VIIF Only four examples of this extremely large type were completed. 5 m ‘plug’ was inserted into the hull abaft the conning tower, allowing this version to carry 24 additional torpedoes. Externally, apart from the extreme length, this type bore a strong resemblance to the standard Type VIIC/41. 2) Early Type VIIC This is the boat with which the Germans fought the first part of the war at sea.

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