By George Marrett

The vibrant characters and bold rescues of downed pilots engaged within the mystery warfare in North Vietnam and Laos are vividly captured via one that was once there, in probably the most interesting tales ever written approximately aerial strive against. Sandy Marrett and his squadron colleagues flew essentially the most risky air missions of the warfare as on-scene commanders, in command of rescuing the ratings folks military and Air strength pilots shot down over North Vietnam and Laos.

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Author’s photo) Page 48 R s of the labour force consisted of soldiers of the garrison and local Indians, all of whom were paid for their work on the new fort. In 1675, after a hurricane destroyed the old wooden fort, the priority was given to finish the San Carlos bastion, which became the interim fort. By 1684–85, the curtain walls and other bastions were up and the interior rooms being finished. After some interruptions work continued on the outworks of Castillo San Marcos, which was finished in 1695.

Text) (WIN) Plan of El Morro, the citadel of San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1742. This extensive work guarding the entrance of San Juan’s harbour was a unique example of fortification in the West Indies in the 18th century. The batteries at sea level were considered too vulnerable, so during the second part of the 18th century, the citadel underwent a massive improvement programme that made it even more formidable, as the British discovered when they attacked in 1797. Access by the narrow Boccagrande channel south of the city was not usually possible as it was often silted up.

As a result, the city’s walls were not greatly upgraded thereafter. On the other hand, the Spanish authorities soon felt that more improvements were needed at the citadel of San Juan de Ulua and additional work went on there until 1712. In 1762, the entry of Spain into war with Britain, combined with the fall of Havana, caused further alarm for Veracruz’s safety. Thousands of militiamen were mustered to bolster the garrison’s few hundred regulars and put the fortifications in a state of readiness, notably with the reconstruction of the San José platform in the citadel of San Juan de Ulua.

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