Download e-book for kindle: American Civil War Armies (3): Specialist Troops by Philip Katcher

By Philip Katcher

On the time of the yank Civil warfare, with million males lower than palms, a US military that during pre-war days had depended upon a minute variety of technical troops now required nearly a military of experts on my own. specific sharpshooters have been recruited for skirmishing responsibility; males whose wounds could have resulted in their discharge long ago now chanced on themselves guarding very important posts within the Veteran Reserve Corps; and big numbers of civilians discovered themselves in uniform as contributors of the Telegraph or medical institution Corps. Philip Katcher examines the association and uniforms of the professional troops who served within the armies of either sides.

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I became more alert and even my hearing gradually improved. Only the severe chills returned every evening. Thus passed the last days of 1942. Outside, snow was falling. How were my comrades doing in the hills near Thapse? I knew that I would not have survived if this disease A field engineer inserts a T. Mi. Z. 42 igniter set into a Tellermine 42. These anti-tank mines were very effective against the Russian T34. 57 58 had struck me out there. Life had given me another chance, and I wanted to use it.

Could we get out of this hell? “Sunday morning – without worries,” said the man on the radio, but it was easy for him to talk. We, on the other hand, were witnesses of a drama known only to those who were actually living it. The seriousness of the situation was no longer disguised. The tension grew, the next hours had to bring a solution. ‘The 29th of December was a critical day, but also a day of confirmation. In the early morning hours, all the sledges were used to transport the wounded. The village was under shell fire.

Toward 1500 the 10 Russian tanks emerged from behind the hill situated west of Verkhne–Golubaya and drove straight toward the village. The Germans destroyed four, but the other six managed to penetrate the western section. In the fight that followed II Battalion sustained extremely heavy losses. At dusk the German riflemen and machine gunners were handicapped by poor visibility, whereas the Russians were able to observe every German movement against the light background of the steep, snow- Signallers get on net during a halt in the advance.

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