By Illustrated by Howard Gerrard By (author) Clayton Chun
In early 1942, the strategic scenario was once bleak for the USA. She were in continuous retreat in view that Pearl Harbor, surrendering significant components equivalent to the Philippines, and used to be getting ready for the worst in Hawaii and at the West Coast. the japanese, nevertheless, had secured a well-defended perimeter, and used to be set for additional enlargement. anything had to ensue speedy and be of substantial impactГўв‚¬"and the combined-arms, April 1942 Doolittle Raid on Japan was once how to do so. This publication examines the making plans, execution, and aftermath of this cutting edge, bold and dicy assault, which might exhibit that the japanese army and air forces have been something yet invincible.
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The Germans were holding slit trenches dug deep into the embankments of a sunken lane and, so far, Company E’s attempts to reach them had been stopped by heavy machine gun fire. In many places the German entrenchments were so close to 2nd Battalion’s lines that the 60mm mortars were unable to target them. In MacNeely’s words, ‘the Germans were dug in so deep that they couldn’t dig them out’. For a second time that morning Colonel James A Van Fleet heard one of his battalion commanders calling for armoured support.
I also saw them setting up two mortars on a little road off to the side. I started firing at the Germans bringing up the ammunition to the corner house. They scattered all over the place. The artillery opened up and they knocked large holes in the church steeple, wiped out the corner building with all the ammunition, knocked out the mortars and also one 88. ’ A jeep lies wrecked on a road into Montebourg. NARA-111-SC-190605 By nightfall on 18 June, observers reported little movement in Montebourg.
As it began to grow light, the confusing situation along 4th Division’s front became clear: only two platoons had penetrated the German lines and they were they now cut off to the west of Montebourg. Along the rest of the division’s front, companies were regrouping but in places groups of men were too close to the enemy positions to withdraw. All four battalions in the front line needed armoured support to stand a chance of dislodging the Germans from their positions. The dilemma facing the two regimental commanders was how would they deploy their limited reserve of tanks?
The Doolittle Raid 1942: America's first strike back at Japan by Illustrated by Howard Gerrard By (author) Clayton Chun