Fortification Friday: Wheeler’s magazines – experience brings refinement

Last week, we saw that Junius B. Wheeler’s post-war text (for cadets studying fortifications) included an emphasis on building shelters for troops within the fortifications.  Not that the arrangements featured new building techniques.  Rather the emphasis on what was protected, and how it was protected, shifted.  That last post looked at shelters for the troops.Continue reading “Fortification Friday: Wheeler’s magazines – experience brings refinement”

Fortification Friday: shot proof, bomb proof, splinter proof… those are not the same!

In the discussion of magazines thus far, I’ve contained our examination to Mahan’s pre-war instruction on the matter.  However, we should all recognize, from reading wartime reports, the use of the descriptions shot proof (shot-proof, or shotproof… you grammar enforcers need to sort out which is proper), bomb proof, and splinter proof.  Earlier, I pointedContinue reading “Fortification Friday: shot proof, bomb proof, splinter proof… those are not the same!”