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In the course of 1944 and 1945 the squadrons of 205 staff have been launching air assaults from bases in Italy. in lots of methods their efforts have been similar to these of aircrew connected to Bomber Command in Britain, but stipulations for the boys have been very various. the lads fought their warfare as a lot opposed to the elements, as opposed to the enemy. The Wimpy, because the Wellington was once affectionately recognized, have been operational while warfare used to be declared and 5 years on their younger crews have been nonetheless taking them into conflict. Maurice Lihou joined the RAF in 1939, ahead of the outbreak of warfare. He educated as a instant operator to turn into aircrew, yet chanced on himself operating in flooring stations. He determined to re-muster as a pilot and accomplished his education in Canada the place he was once offered his wings. He quickly grew to become captain of an airplane and ferried a Wellington to North Africa. He was once then published to Italy and joined No 37 Squadron, changing into concerned about quite a few operations to bother the backing out German military.

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Loading of Weapons and Equipment Light and heavy infantry weapons, ammunition, rations, and bivouac and other equipment, which are too bulky or too heavy to be carried by the man, are loaded on hand sleds when troops are committed. A It is used in two forms: the boat akja and the weapons akja. The boat akja is used to carry ammunition and equipment. When lined with blankets, it may also be used for the transportation of casualties. In the weapons akja, the weapon is mounted and fired from the sled.

The rifle is held with the free hand during the throw; the poles hang by their loops from the wrist of the free hand. -Throwing the hand grenade while odvancing. When hand grenades are thrown while kneeling, the left (right) ski is advanced in the direction of the throw. At the same time, the man goes down on his right (left) knee and brings back his right (left) hand for the throw. (See fig. --Throwing the hand grenade from the kneeling position. When the snow cover is thin or frozen hard, the right (left) ski may also be turned up on edge and pushed backward to the right (left).

The special sleds must be of the same gauge as standard horse sleds. They should have a low silhouette and it should be possible to fire the weapon from the sled. When advancing cross-country, it is generally possible to carry heavy weapons and their ammunition supply on horse sleds or runners, but only on previously prepared tracks. 10. EMPLOYMENT AND EFFECTIVENESS a. Heavy Machine Gun The fundamentals of the employment of the heavy machine gun remain essentially unchanged. Observation of the cone of fire, preparation of the position, and adjustment fire in snow-covered terrain require special training.

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