By Calder Walton
The winner of the 2013 Longman-History at the present time ebook Prize is the gripping and mostly untold tale of the position of the intelligence companies in Britain’s retreat from empire.
Against the heritage of the chilly struggle, and the looming spectre of Soviet-sponsored subversion in Britain’s dwindling colonial possessions, the imperial intelligence provider MI5 performed a vital yet best mystery function in passing energy to newly self reliant nationwide states around the globe.
Mining lately declassified intelligence files, Calder Walton unearths this ‘missing link’ in Britain’s post-war heritage. He sheds new gentle on every thing from violent counter-insurgencies fought by means of British forces within the jungles of Malaya and Kenya, to city war campaigns carried out in Palestine and the Arabian Peninsula.
Drawing on a wealth of formerly categorised records, in addition to hitherto neglected own papers, this can be additionally the 1st e-book to attract on files from the international Office’s mystery archive at Hanslope Park, which includes a number of the darkest and such a lot shameful secrets and techniques from the final days of Britain’s empire.
Packed with incidents directly out of a John le Carré novel, Empire of secrets and techniques is a thrilling learn by way of a thrilling new voice in intelligence historical past.
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Besides providing air defense these positions were also used to fire on Japanese counter-landing attempts in the beachhead. (Cody Images) Fifties were little used by the infantry in the Pacific, but were sometimes employed in perimeter defense in those situations where an island was not completely cleared of the enemy. They proved effective against trucks and lightly armored Japanese tanks, and could penetrate the coconut logs and bamboo used in the construction of Japanese bunkers. Antiaircraft machine-gun units were often set up to cover beaches to prevent Japanese counter-landings on US beachheads.
Water intake hose 4. 200-round M2 “tombstone” ammunition chest 9. Water outlet hose 5. Gunner’s backrest 10. 50-cal M2 Browning is fitted on an M2 2 antiaircraft mount, of the type used early in World War II. At this time both web and link ammunition belts were in use, and the 3 functional ammunition mix was four ball to one tracer, two armor4 piercing, two incendiary, and one tracer, which was excellent for antiaircraft use. It required a three-man crew – the gunner, 5 assistant gunner, and water chest operator.
The bolt is then held in this position and the barrel screwed fully into the barrel extension; then the barrel is unscrewed in two clicks. Another quick method, although only permitted in combat, is to run the headspace in five clicks, hit the charging handle, and then back the barrel out until it fires and back it out one more click for safety. To set the timing without gauges, a dog-tag or dime can be used as a fire gauge and a nickel (5 cents) and a dime (10 cents) or four dog tags can all be used as no-fire gauges.