By Alex Scarrow
It's early April 1945, deep in the bloodied days of global conflict II. The Nazi regime is being slowly throttled by means of the oncoming Russian and Allied armies and Hitler rages uselessly in his Berlin bunker. however the excessive command have another throw of the cube to make. An audacious plan is hatched to save lots of the native land and beat off the oncoming apocalypse. All it's going to take is a hodge-podge squadron of escort opponents, a captured U.S. bomber, and one brave yet suicidal pilot to fly it over the Atlantic into the thrashing middle of the USA. part a century later, a rusting airplane is found, sunk with its group, off the coast of recent York—a relic from a bygone age. Chris Roland, an excellent younger photographer, is shipped to take images of this time tablet. however it is barely whilst he discovers that the fragments of Nazi uniforms at the decaying corpses that he realizes that he has come upon a mystery so bad that even 50 years later it may nonetheless kill him.
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Ready ammunition racks were in the sides of the gun revetments. 30 supported by vertically-piled logs with the ends often held together by steel staples. Wire and cable were sometimes used to lash logs together. Gaps were left between horizontal logs for ﬁring ports or alternatively a section was cut out. Open-topped ﬁghting positions often had similar log walls to reinforce the sides and prevent collapse from a near miss. Concrete pillboxes, walls for cave openings, and other concrete structures contained as much rebar as available.
Dozens of fighting positions surrounded the sumps. 36 rectangular, circular, or multi-sided. They were invariably protected by outlying riﬂe and LMG positions, which were often connected to the main and other positions. Grenade discharger positions too were based on one- or two-man foxholes. A ﬁring shelf about 2ft deep might be dug into the forward side of the hole on which to place the high-angle ﬁring weapon. In some instances, rather elaborate positions were constructed. These might be comparatively deep and provided with a ﬁring platform and ammunition niches in the side.
The company front covers 400m with two platoons in the frontline and 600m with three on line. The battalion front covers 800m with two companies on line, one in the second line, and one in reserve or in the second or a third line. With three companies in the frontline it would cover 1,800m. Gaps between platoons and companies are covered by HMGs wherever possible. Depending on terrain and avenues of approach, approximately one-third of a unit’s machine guns might be assigned wide sectors of ﬁre (30 degrees) to cover the unit’s entire front.
A Thousand Suns by Alex Scarrow