A Tough Nut To Crack

A Tough Nut To Crack (HM1YXE)

Location: Carlisle, PA 17013 Cumberland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 12.367', W 77° 9.442'

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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."

the History of the 79th Division
American Expeditionary Force
of the battle to take Mountfaucon
Placed ByU.S. Army Heritage and Education Center
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Date Added Thursday, June 15th, 2017 at 9:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 316395 N 4452866
Decimal Degrees40.20611667, -77.15736667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 12.367', W 77° 9.442'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 12' 22.02" N, 77° 9' 26.52" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Army Heritage Trail, Carlisle PA 17013, US
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