French Fortresses in North America 1535-1763: Quebec, by René Chartrand, Donato Spedaliere

By René Chartrand, Donato Spedaliere

Following the invention of the US through Columbus in 1492, eu colonists introduced their approach of fortification to the hot international in an try to verify their safeguard and consolidate their conquests. French and British explorers got here later to North the USA, and hence the institution in their immense settlements in simple terms received lower than approach throughout the seventeenth century. The population of recent France equipped intricate fortifications to guard their cities and towns. This publication presents an in depth exam of the defenses of 4 of them: Québec, Montréal and Louisbourg in Canada, and New Orleans in Louisiana.

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These eight came from widely varied backgrounds, in a dozen states, from North Carolina to Alaska (then a territory). Tooey Spaatz, Ira Eaker, and Jimmy Doolittle each served as commander of the Eighth Air Force during World War II, but their careers were much more than their time with the Eighth. Their aviation careers were closely intertwined with one another and with the early evolution of American aviation and American airpower. Curtis LeMay and Hub Zemke were also accomplished prewar military pilots, and they became important leaders in the middle tier of command at the Eighth.

I grew up with them. ” — Jimmy Doolittle was the son of a carpenter who had left Massachusetts for California to seek his fortune. Having sailed around Cape Horn to reach the Golden State, Frank Henry Doolittle settled in Alameda. It was here that he met and married Rosa Ceremah Shepherd, and where they had their only child, a little boy. ” He was never to know why he was not named until later, nor why they eventually named him James Harold. He knew only that he hated his middle name. Frank and Rosa might have remained in Alameda or thereabouts permanently, but 1896 was the year of the Klondike Gold Rush.

Recalling Smith’s life is like looking at a train wreck. Though it is unsettling to watch, we cannot avert our eyes. Yet he is an icon of the Eighth who is not forgotten, and who symbolizes how service with the Eighth brought out the very best in even the most unlikely people. Bob Morgan piloted the Memphis Belle, probably the best remembered of the tens of thousands of B-17 Flying Fortresses that were operated by the Eighth—and he later served under LeMay in the Pacific. Just as Doolittle led the first American raid on Tokyo in 1942, Morgan led the next mission to Tokyo in 1944.

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