By Chris Clark
This ebook tells the story of the illustrious Royal Air strength occupation of Tom Clark, an international conflict gunner and post-war signaller in motion in the course of probably the most pivotal occasions of the 20 th century. Lovingly penned through his son, it presents an actual perception into this dynamic interval of worldwide history. From paintings as an air gunner, concerned with the daunting job of taking up the could of Hitler's U-boat fleet, to post-war involvement in an Intelligence means throughout the dramatic occasions surrounding Khrushchev and the atomic probability of the overdue Nineteen Fifties, Clark's occupation was once dramatic and sundry to assert the least. Having joined the RAF as an plane guy previous to the second one global conflict, Clark used to be destined to participate in an entire variety of wartime operational engagements. His profession featured involvement within the well-known 1941 hunt for the elusive Bismarck, the risks of existence as a part of an Air Sea Rescue squadron in conflicted waters, and the adventure of teaching as a gunnery chief (later an instructor), education air gunners for the famed desolate tract Air strength. His occupation additionally took in a fraught interval in the back of enemy traces, while his team of 4 have been shot down in enemy territory in Northern Italy. Seven weeks in a secure condo in Florence are relayed in attractive and dramatic sort, as are a raft of different own achievements, set in the context of the broader clash. Here is a profession that merits to be recorded and celebrated, and there's possibly no-one higher put than the subject's son to behave as custodian to his exciting tale.
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Qxd 48 3/3/09 12:17 Page 48 tells us that at Paris in 885⁄6, the Vikings used battering rams and siege engines to throw missiles at the Franks. The Carolingian Franks had not been unprepared either, as they used a mixture of oil, wax and pitch as well as ballistae against their besiegers, and reinforced their fortifications with wooden structures. Of course, as ever with medieval accounts of warfare, we should not dismiss the possibility that Abbo may have been rather influenced by classical models of warfare in his portrayal of the siege of Paris, but neither should we ignore the fact that the scholars at the West Saxon court, so influential in the policies of King Alfred, were equally well versed in the writings of classical authors and the West Saxon court’s official record, the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, took a special interest in happenings across the Channel in the 880s.
For the majority of peasants drafted in to work on the smaller fortifications, especially during the period of what may effectively have been ‘emergency’ arrangements under King Alfred, garrison life may also have been singularly dull. qxd 3/3/09 12:17 Page 41 to underestimate the importance of press-ganged peasantry in the building of Alfred’s networks. For those living in areas such as around Winchester or London, the royal orders to work within the towns were probably not too onerous for a few months.
These were not simply camp followers, but are presumed to have been the wives of the warriors whose families lived and worked within the fortifications. Archaeological excavations and later records of street patterns have tended to show that the larger towns, such as Winchester, tended to be ‘zoned’ with trades and crafts grouped into particular areas. This was hardly unique to the Anglo-Saxons and was a tendency that continued throughout the Middle Ages into the Early Modern period. Nevertheless, it is interesting to see the early development of such urban life within the city walls as, for example, Winchester’s ‘Fleshmonger Street’, ‘Parchment Street’ and ‘Tanner Street’ became identifiable trading or craft-working areas during the Anglo-Saxon period.