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By Mark A. Berhow

The Philippines have been declared an American Territory on January four, 1899, and fortification building all started quickly after at the islands within the mouth of Manila Bay. one of the websites equipped have been castle turbines (Corregidor), citadel Frank, and the original and ambitious "concrete battleship" of castle Drum. battle got here in December 1941, and the defenses suffered consistent eastern bombardment, resulting in the give up of yankee forces. In 1945 the forts have been manned via eastern squaddies made up our minds to carry out to the sour finish: bloody and brutal battling ensued. This identify brings to lifestyles the fortifications of this key strategic situation, and considers either their effectiveness and ancient significance.

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Down in Augusta’s forward mess hall, Richard Jones and his damage control party could not see the action but could hear the ship’s guns firing. “With each salvo, the ship pitched sideways as the recoil pushed the ship’s 10,000 tons against the sea. ” At 0904 Augusta checked fire. Jones recalled, “Suddenly it was silent. Speed was reduced. The smell of gunpowder was everywhere. We just stared at each other for a moment or so, not knowing what to say. I remember one of our group came up to Chief Foster and said, ‘Well, Chief, What’s the Word?

Speed was reduced. The smell of gunpowder was everywhere. We just stared at each other for a moment or so, not knowing what to say. I remember one of our group came up to Chief Foster and said, ‘Well, Chief, What’s the Word? ’”23 Figuring that they had turned the enemy back, at 0941 Hewitt ordered the two cruisers to return to the transport area and told Giffen’s covering group to go and finish off the French, believed to include a cruiser, three destroyers and a group of three destroyer leaders.

Twenty-two of the 113 officers on the battleship had never been to sea. During the shakedown period Captain Whiting drilled the battleship’s green crew with little respite for leave or liberty. Then, on the passage to Morocco, Whiting ordered general quarters (battle station) drills held daily from 1315 to 1420; training in gunnery, damage control, abandoning ship, and other tasks went on from forty minutes before sunrise to lights-out at 2200. qx2 20 6/30/04 1:06 PM Page 20 CHAPTER 1 ing of hammers chipping paint off the battleship’s bulkheads and decks in accordance with the rule laid down after the tragic loss of the Astoria, Quincy, and Vincennes at the Battle of Savo Island.

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