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By Barrett Tillman

In June, 1944, American and jap service fleets made their manner in the course of the Philippine Sea, either hoping to take regulate of the important Marianas Islands. after they met, they embarked upon a naval engagement that escalated into the main mind-blowing plane provider conflict in heritage. this is the real account of the conflict, advised from either side - by way of those that have been there. Drawing upon a number of interviews in addition to respectable resources, Clash of the Carriers is an unforgettable testimonial to the bravery of these who fought and those that died in a conflict that may by no means be forgotten.

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The powder supply that was carried for the huge cannon seems remarkably small, not more than about 165 pounds. But since they contemplated, of course, firing not more than eleven shots, that supply was sufficient, allowing about 15 pounds for each shot. In order to accomplish the eleven shots, certainly several days were required. The great bombard that is still preserved in Vienna is more than 2 1/2 meters long. Its stone balls had a diameter of 80 centimeters and weighed about 1,300 pounds. The bombard itself is considerably heavier than 22,000 pounds.

The explosive power worked not only forward against the projectile but in all directions. Consequently, the tube had to be very firm and heavy. And so it could not be held in the bare hand, but, as we have seen, it had to be attached to a handle that allowed the marksman to take up the recoil with all the strength of his body, or, if the caliber and, consequently, the load were too strong for that, it had to be based in some way on the ground. 27 28 The Military in the Renaissance Therefore, neither the Byzantine fire vessel nor the Arab madfaa could have been the direct precursor of the firearm—if indeed there existed any link at all between the two.

It is true, of course, that the French kings also had Swiss soldiers themselves, but it was impossible to unite French units in a larger organization with the Swiss, as was done with the Swabians and Tyroleans. The Swiss were able to serve as examples for the French only in a theoretical way. The French infantry had to be drawn from new seed. But the French did not feel obliged to expend the necessary work and energy on this task because they had the convenient means of drawing the best warriors from Switzerland through recruitment.

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