A-37/T-37 Dragonfly in Action by Terry Love

By Terry Love

A-37/T-37 Dragonfly in motion - plane No. 114 [Dec 01, 1990] Terry Love; Joe Sewell and Don Greer ... 089747239X

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The French fired in synchronized volley, 250 guns at a time. The French, aided by a movable bridge on rollers that was run across the ditch, succeeded in taking the Malakov Tower, a key position. On September 11, 1855, the Russians evacuated Sevastopol; they blocked the harbor by sinking their ships not needed for troop transport and blew up their forts as they left. A peace treaty was signed on March 30, 1856. The Crimean War illustrated several lessons. One obvious truth: it was the height of folly to commit non-rifle-armed troops against foes who did have rifles; all future wars would be fought with troops on both sides armed with rifled shoulder weaponry.

The "Coehorn Mortar" had long existed, having been developed by the Dutch soldier and military engineer Baron Menno van Coehoorn (1641-1704). The standard version was a small bronze muzzle-loading smoothbore with a caliber of 4 3/5 inches, mounted on an oak block to which carrying handles were attached; but, in addition, during the Civil War much larger versions of siege mortars were devised-typically mounted on boats or railroad flatcars. In the production of what became a newly standard weapon of war, hand grenades, the North far outdid the South.

If war is a great destroyer, it is also a great creator," Russell wrote. Too, an electric telegraph linkage was eventually established between the British headquarters and Kadikoy. In March 1855, the allies intensified the bombardment, employing newly arrived rocketry. From April through June, violent attacks were hurled in desperate and vain attempts to break the Russian resistance. " And on June 18, 1855, a joint allied assault was launched. On June 17 eight hundred allied guns had preceded the attack with a PROLOGUE 21 daylong cannonade.

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