History of War

GOLIATH AND THE GRID

Rather than relying on standard latitude and longitude positioning for global positioning the Kriegsmarine – like the Luftwaffe and Army – developed their own charts using a grid reference system. The world’s oceans were divided into major areas, generally square though sometimes irregularly shaped near land masses. Each of these large areas was identified by a two-letter code (eg AE, CD, EH etc), and further subdivided into a three by three matrix of nine squares, in turn subdivided twice again by the same method.

“FROM 1943 TO THE WAR’S END THE U-BOAT SERVICE UTILISED THE MOST POWERFUL TRANSMITTER OF ITS TIME”

Further complicating

Stai leggendo un'anteprima, registrati per continuare a leggere.

Altro da History of War

History of War3 min letti
Supermarine Walrus
The undercarriage allowed the Walrus to be used on land or aircraft carriers, and folded up into the lower wing when operating as a flying boat. Entry and exit to the aircraft while at sea was through the cockpit roof, so no potentially leaky fuselag
History of War9 min letti
Thin Red Line
Among Lord Raglan’s forces earmarked for the war against Russia at the outset of the Crimean War, was the hardy Highland Brigade. The brigade consisted of three Scottish battalions, including the 93rd (Sutherland Highlanders) Regiment of Foot under t
History of War3 min letti
A Horde Of Many Nations
Forever evoking images of horse-riding barbarians, the Tatars are a bewildering ethnic group who changed the course of history yet remain misunderstood. Between ambiguous European chronicles and official Chinese records, the Tatars or ‘Tartars’ were