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  • Nearest Enemy Machine Gun Post
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    The Battle of El Alamein in late 1942 was the decisive battle of the North African campaign that lasted from 1940 until 1943. El Alamein was located 70 miles west of the main Egyptian port of Alexandria and could not be outflanked because movement of vehicles was restricted to a corridor of 40 miles between the sea and the impassable Quattara depression. Although the 8th Army had overwhelming superiority in men, tanks, guns and aircraft and could not have lost the battle the prospect of a clear ...
  • Force Of Momentum From The Bullet
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    How Guns Work gun is a weapon that uses the force of an explosive propellant to project a missile. Guns or firearms are classified by the diameter of the barrel opening. This is known as the calibre of the gun. Anything with a calibre up to and including. 60 calibre (0.6 inches) is known as a firearm. The precise origin of the gun is unknown, although they were in use by the early 14th century and were common place in Europe by mid-century. These early guns were nothing more than large calibre c...
  • Models Of The Gatling Gun
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    Richard Jordan Gatling was born in January 1818 in Winton North Carolina, and died at the age of 85 in 1903. Gatling's career as an inventor began when he assisted his father in the construction of machines for sowing cottonseeds, and also for thinning cotton plants. He spent a lot of time in the fields with his father who helped him build some of his inventions. Richard Jordan Gatling was a medical doctor with numerous patents for his farm equipment inventions. To his credit he came up with the...
  • David Koresh And The Dividians Set Fire
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    Most people first heard of David Koresh, the charismatic leader of the religious sect that came to be called The Branch Dividians, and the Dividians themselves, in February of 1993, but the Branch Dividians had existed for fifty years before Koresh was even born. They were a break off of the Seven Day Adventist's Church, and were originally lead by a man by the name of Victor Halhead. They were formed in 1935, and based their lives around the belief that God would once again visit them in the fo...
  • Marks On A Fired Bullet
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    In 1784, someone using a flintlock pistol shot Edward Culshaw. In those days, there were no bullets, as we know them. Gunpowder and a ball of lead were put into the gun's muzzle and packed with paper wadding. A spark made when the gun's hammer struck some flint at the back end of the barrel ignited the powder. When the constable examined Culshaw's wound, he found a piece of newspaper used as wadding to pack the powder in the killer's gun. The prime suspect in the killing was a man named John Tom...
  • Used During The Civil War
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    Civil War During the American Civil War, which lasted from 1861-1865, over 620,000 accounted soldiers were killed. Known as the 'the first modern war', historians generally agree that the reason for this was because this was a time of transition for the military. Armies and Navies were still using tactics where they would gather large forces of firepower to bear on the enemy. At the same time, weapons were being developed which were accurate and lethal well beyond any arms of the earlier conflic...
  • Wrought Iron Cannon
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    military technology Wrought-iron breechloaders Partly because of the difficulties of making a long, continuous barrel, and partly because of the relative ease of loading a powder charge into a short breechblock, gunsmiths soon learned to make cannon in which the barrel and powder chamber were separate. Since the charge and projectile were loaded into the rear of the barrel, these were called breechloaders. The breechblock was mated to the barrel by means of a recessed lip at the chamber mouth. B...
  • People As Boston Colonists Samuel Adams
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    Boston Massacre In my report I will be discussing the Boston Massacre. I will be looking at the Boston Massacre from three different perspectives. These perspectives are from such people as Boston colonists Samuel Adams; Tom Hutchinson, Lieutenant Governor and Acting Governor in 1770; and Captain Preston and his troops. I will also hold some depositions from people who were actually close or at the massacre. I will be showing the differences on how all three felt about the situation. Due to grea...
  • Sydney Basinger
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    In the New York Herald year 1926 there is an account of the hanging of three men. They died for the murder of Sir William Edward Godfrey. Husband, father, chemist and all round gentleman of Green berry Hill Manor. Three vagrants whose motive was simple robbery murdered him. They were identified as Joseph Green, Stanley Berry and Frank Hill. Green, Berry, Hill and I would like to think that this was all a matter of chance. As reported in the Reno Gazette June 1983 there is a story of a forest fir...

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