By Bryan Perrett

The Churchill was once definitely probably the most profitable British tanks of the second one international struggle. even though it suffered from being underarmed, a disorder universal to so much British armoured automobiles of the interval, it used to be however enjoyed via its crews: its cross-country skill was once unrivalled and it used to be much less prone to 'brew-up' from an immediate hit than the Sherman. It was once additionally adaptable. converted Churchills performed an important half within the preliminary D-Day landings and within the next boost via France. Bryan Perrett lines the lifetime of this slow-moving yet potent and revered tank from its preliminary inception via until its eventual obsolescence.

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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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