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By Angus Konstam

From the top of the nineteenth century during the first 1/2 the twentieth, so much Western powers maintained a naval presence in China. those gunboats safe investors and missionaries, safeguarded nationwide pursuits, and patrolled chinese language rivers looking for pirates. It was once a wild, lawless time in China as ruthless warlords fought quite a few small wars to extend their strength and influence.

This ebook covers the gunboats of the entire significant countries that stationed naval forces in China, together with the US, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, and Japan, and appears at such recognized incidents because the jap bombing of the USS Patay and the dramatic get away of the HMS Amethyst from Communist forces in 1947, which marked the tip of the gunboat era.

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Redoubts (simple earthworks) crown almost every hilltop in mutually supporting positions. The hillsides have been cut away to steepen the ascent to the crest for attacking troops. This also denies the enemy dead ground in which to reform in Signalling stations the event of a failed attack. constructed at Alhandra, Sobral, Torres Vedras and Monte Soccora give early indications of enemy movements. 3/11/08 FORT 41 In addition to the guns in the forts, British artillery is positioned on the reverse slope out of enemy view.

Qxd More plans from Jones’ Journal of the Sieges in Spain, both showing the widely varying shapes of some of the redoubts within the Lines of Torres Vedras. THIS PAGE AND OPPOSITE 36 3/11/08 11:47 Page 36 concept. As with Wellington’s famous ‘reverse slope’ tactic of sheltering his infantry from enemy fire on reverse slopes, so these redoubts and their garrisons equally benefited from being positioned out of sight of the enemy artillery. The guns themselves, along with ammunition and artillery stores, were provided by the Portuguese army from the arsenal in Lisbon, with Portuguese gunners manning them.

His headquarters at Pero Negro are very easy to find. Situated on a hill to the east of the town, an imposing yellow house, surrounded by a high wall, is distinguished by a plaque which informs visitors of Wellington’s (or Wellesley, as the plaque states) stay there during the occupation of the Lines. An atmospheric place, it is easy to imagine the comings and goings of Wellington and his staff throughout the late autumn and early winter of 1810. Leaving Pero Negro to the east, and crossing the railway, a short drive of about one mile south brings you to a small clutch of houses, situated on the left of the road.

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