American Coastal Defenses 1885-1950 by Terrance McGovern, Bolling Smith, Peter Bull

By Terrance McGovern, Bolling Smith, Peter Bull

A brand new around of fortification construction started within the usa and its in another country territories within the late-19th century, which benefited from the most recent know-how and the rise in America's around the world financial stature. This booklet presents a concise creation to the layout, improvement and function of yank coastal defenses within the "modern" interval (1885-1950), a interval outlined by means of concrete, metal, and robust breech-loading rifles. full of interval and modern day photographs of the fortifications, and written through a number one professional, it covers the emplacements, weaponry, apparatus, and other people that defended their kingdom in occasions of serious swap and uncertainty.

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AD 56) and Vegetius (fl. c. 12). 2). In his near-contemporary account of the battle of Telamon (225 BC), Polybios tells us that 'Roman shields... 9). Of a battle of 223 BC he writes that legionaries 'made no attempt to slash and used only the thrust, kept their swords straight and relied on their sharp points... 6). 4) he implies that they were trained to take the first whirling blow of the Celtic slashing-sword on the rim of the scutum, which was suitably bound with iron (the principal weakness of a wooden shield was that it could be split in two with a well-aimed sword blow, leaving a soldier virtually defenceless).

The last Horatius then pretended to flee, drawing the wounded Curiatii into pursuit until they had separated, at which point he turned upon them and despatched each one separately with his sword. When the common clansmen were drawn into a general fight we may assume that there were few niceties of tactics, just a sprawling scuffle and scramble as men of each side hammered away at each other until exhaustion or weight of numbers swung the balance. Uniformity was never a characteristic of the war band, and the quality and quantity of weapons and equipment would vary widely, from the abundant to the minimal.

As time went by and kingship became increasingly centralized, there was probably a gradual decline in the independence of clan chieftains and a corresponding rise in the king's power over them. Then, as the state became more powerful than the individual clans of which it was composed, war bands were superseded by what we recognize as a state-sponsored army. It has been suggested that the first Roman military organization was based on the three tribes of the late regal period, the Ramnes, Tides and Luceres.

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