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A Tough Nut To Crack

 
 
A Tough Nut To Crack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
1. A Tough Nut To Crack Marker
Inscription. As World War I progressed, German strategy took a defensive posture. While Allied trenches were designed for the purpose of launching attacks and raids, German trenches were developed with strongly prepares 2nd and 3rd tier defensive lines. These defensive lines were interlocked with strong points made of steel reinforced concrete bunkers. Usually placed in commanding positions on the battlefield, these bunkers or pillboxes were often armed with multiple machine guns. Built with concrete walls measuring in excess of two feet the bunkers could withstand heavy artillery barrages that preceded attacks. A well placed concrete machine gun bunker could hold up an advance for hours or days and taking it usually meant high casualties as infantry would try to get close enough to insert grenades through the small machine gun openings.

In World War II the Germans capitalized on the techniques of concrete bunker construction creating massive systems from the coasts of France to the very heart of Berlin. Today many of these structures from both wars are still standing bearing scars in their concrete as testimony to the struggles to take each position.

"Corporal Hugh F. Cox, Company C, 314th Infantry, 79th Division crawled upon his stomach to within a few yards of a nest and hurled a grenade, killing the gunner and silencing the gun.”
From

Insert - Pillbox entrance image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
2. Insert - Pillbox entrance
the History of the 79th Division American Expeditionary Force of the battle to take Mountfaucon
 
Erected by U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
 
Location. 40° 12.367′ N, 77° 9.442′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Army Heritage Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. New and Improved but Not Soon Enough: (here, next to this marker); Loyalty (a few steps from this marker); The Front (within shouting distance of this marker); No Man's Land (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mortar Pit (within shouting distance of this marker); Sniper's Nest (within shouting distance of this marker); Splinter Proof (within shouting distance of this marker); Selfless Service (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
 
Categories. War, World I
 
Pillbox (right) and entrance image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
3. Pillbox (right) and entrance
The display's entrance closely matches the photo.
Tunnel to the pillbox image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
4. Tunnel to the pillbox
The machine gun positions image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
5. The machine gun positions
Gunner's view image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
6. Gunner's view
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 13, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 13, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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