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British Home Defences 1940-45 by Bernard Lowry, Chris Taylor, Vincent Boulanger

By Bernard Lowry, Chris Taylor, Vincent Boulanger

In the summertime of 1940, the query Britain requested itself was once no longer 'will Hitler invade?' yet 'when?' SEALION, the German invasion plan, provoked the development of pillboxes, anti-tank stop-lines and islands, coastal defences, heavy-gun emplacements and anti-aircraft batteries, in addition to the formation of the house safeguard and covert teams. New threats changed SEALION: radar detection structures have been multiplied in the course of the Blitz years, as have been intelligence-gathering structures and listening posts. In 1944 and 1945, Britain used to be back confronted with a brand new and lethal threat,Hitler's 'Vengeance weapons'. This identify presents a concise review of Britain's protecting structures, and offers a brilliant photo of struggle at the domestic entrance.

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Hundreds of Mujahideen came and looted the column. We captured 15 trucks for my group which we eventually moved to our base in Durow canyon. We torched the vehicles we could not take and left the area around 1300 hours. After we had finished, helicopters and aircraft came and bombed some areas around the ambush site. Despite our lack of warning when the lead vehicle came toward our ambush site, the ambush turned out well. There is a reason why we were not in our positions when the column came. Prior to any ambush, we would select and prepare our ambush positions, but we would not occupy them since helicopters would always overfly the route ahead of the convoy looking for ambushes and roadblocks.

Security of the lines of communication determined the amount of forces which the Soviet could deploy in Afghanistan and also determined the scale and frequency of offensive combat directed against the Afghan resistance forces. In this example the Soviets had to move supplies to a large group of forces about 50 lulometers away. The road, although an all-season major highway, was vulnerable to Mujahideen ambushes at almost The large green zone to the south of Kandahar. Page 38 The Other Side of the Mountain: Mujahideen Tactics in the Soviet-Afghan War every point.

I felt that the DRAmight shoot at us, but would not attack from the outpost (Map 8 - Two Convoys). I had 35 Mujahideen in my group. I divided them into four groups - a northern containment group, an ambush group, a southern security group and a support group. The northern containment group was to fire on the DFU outpost to prevent them from interfering with our ambush. The ambush group would attack the convoy from close up. The southern security group would occupy a position at Dehe Naw to protect our southern flank and prevent the arrival of reinforcements from the south.

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