By Andrew Rawson
In Spring 1945 one ultimate hurdle confronted the yankee and British Armies lower than Ike's best command - the Rhine. This effective river used to be actually the final ditch for the defence of Hitler's Germany. Crossing it'd be a big army project. The race used to be directly to locate intact crossings which may keep many lives and invaluable time.
Famously the yankee forces in a bold coup-de-main operation seized the Bridge at Reagen which because of German blunder and oversight remained intact.
This is the exciting tale of that luck.
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5-inch QF guns instead. This was a dualpurpose gun, designed primarily as an anti-aircraft weapon, but which could also be used to engage surface targets if required. In these cruisers the guns were mounted in compact twin Mark II mounts, much smaller than the 6-inch turrets carried on other cruisers. These turrets usually performed well, but there seemed to be a problem with ‘A’ turret in the Dido class as the flexing of the flimsy bow sometimes jammed the turret. com ABovE a cutaway view of a southampton class cruiser as she would have appeared during the opening year of the war, from a contemporary publication entitled Britain’s Glorious Navy.
At the time Belfast carried Type 273 target identification radar and Type 284 main battery fire control radar, as well as other air warning and secondary fire control sets. Sheffield and Norfolk carried a similar radar suite. At 9am on 26 December the cruisers detected Scharnhorst by radar and engaged her at a range of 6 nautical miles. com German battlecruiser still had her guns trained fore and aft. She was hit twice, and her own primitive radar set was knocked out. She disengaged and the British cruisers shadowed her by radar, reporting her position to Admiral Fraser on board the battleship Duke of York.
She was returned to the Royal Navy in May 1944. com E Class Displacement Length overall Beam Draught Propulsion Maximum speed Armament 7,550 tons (7,850 tons for Emerald) Torpedoes Protection Twelve 21-inch torpedoes in four triple mounts Aircraft Complement One 570 feet 54 feet 6 inches 16 feet 3 inches Four Brown-Curtis, eight Yarrow boilers, producing 80,000 shp 33 knots HMS Arethusa as she appeared in April 1942, after emerging from a major refit in Chatham. By this stage an extensive suite of radars had been added, and her catapult had been removed and replaced with a pair of quadruple 2-pdr ‘pom-poms’.
Remagen Bridge: 9th Armoured Infantry Division by Andrew Rawson