A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and by Larry Alexander, Adam Makos

By Larry Alexander, Adam Makos

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Four days ahead of Christmas 1943, a badly broken American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was once a 21-year-old pilot. part his staff lay wounded or lifeless. It used to be their first challenge. all of sudden, a swish, darkish form pulled up at the bomber’s tail—a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot used to be an ace, a guy capable of ruin the yank bomber within the squeeze of a set off. What occurred subsequent may defy mind's eye and later be referred to as the such a lot impressive come upon among enemies in global battle II.

This is the real tale of the 2 pilots whose lives collided within the skies that day—the American—2nd Lieutenant Charlie Brown, a former farm boy from West Virginia who got here to captain a B-17—and the German—2nd Lieutenant Franz Stigler, a former airline pilot from Bavaria who sought to prevent scuffling with in international battle II.

A better Call follows either Charlie and Franz’s harrowing missions. Charlie could face takeoffs in English fog over the flaming wreckage of his buddies’ planes, flak bursts so shut they might mild his cockpit, and packs of enemy combatants that might circle his aircraft like sharks. Franz may face sandstorms within the desolate tract, a crash on my own at sea, and the spectacle of 1,000 bombers each one with 11 weapons, awaiting his assault.

Ultimately, Charlie and Franz may stare around the frozen skies at each other. What occurred among them, the yank eighth Air strength may later classify as “top secret.” It was once an act that Franz may by no means point out in any other case face a firing squad. It used to be the come across that might hang-out either Charlie and Franz for 40 years till, as outdated males, they'd look for each other, a final undertaking which could swap their lives ceaselessly.

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40 anti-tank gun. The position is partly revetted with logs, and is poorly camouflaged. Similar positions would be used for other anti-tank guns and the 76mm F-22 field gun. (RGAKFD) and vegetation lines to blend them in. A snaking contour was useful if a trench section was hit, as the blast and fragmentation could easily travel through a lengthy straight section. Parapets were to be concealed using replaced ground cover or cut limbs. Camouflage nets or wire mesh were stretched over the trench and pinned down with stakes.

The ascending cloud of muzzle smoke demonstrates one of the difficulties of concealing an anti-tank gun position. com This artillery battery commander’s observation post is roofed with logs and topped with rocks and camouflaging brush. A tripodmounted, BST, scissors-type battery commander scope was standard equipment. (CMAF) or on all fours. The ‘full-height’ type allowed a man to walk upright in it even with a camouflage net/mesh overhead; it, too, relied on parapets. The full-height type with overhead cover was deeper and was not constructed with a parapet, but with 2m-long, 10–14cm-diameter logs or planks laid crossways on groundlevel stringer supports 20cm from the lip.

The second man could also provide first aid to his wounded comrade. A major benefit was the moral support a two-man position provided. There were instances when two individual positions were dug within a metre or so of one another and shared a common frontal parapet. Another drawback of the design of these positions was that there was no accommodation for sleeping. While not addressed in manuals, because of the German use of air-burst artillery fire using mechanical time fuses, soldiers learned to dig a small niche into the bottom of their holes just large enough to squat in.

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