Amphibious Operations by Arch Whitehouse

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Benjamin Franklin, among others, advised caution in this venture, but the colonists were so inflamed that one leader, a Calvanist minister, army: George Whitefield, proposed a flaming motto for this Christo duce"—'No despair under "M/ desperandum. " Within seven weeks an expeditionary force of militia New England headed by Colonel William Pepperell was ready for the Amphibious Operations 26 march. Pepperell was an energetic Maine merchant who in time was made a baronet, the only New England colonist to be so honored.

This force was commanded by an Admiral Korean Yisunsin, a crafty seaman who, ahnost overnight, devised a battleship to cope with the situation. In fact, some historians credit him with creating the first ironclad man-o'-war. Over the years Japanese pirates had constantly raided the ship- ping of both the Chinese and Koreans. They had used smart, sleek vessels that could be maneuvered up against the slower junks, fishing boats, and transports, and after boarding them put the crews to the sword and took what they wanted.

Of the day inspired the Crusaders to stage The fervor religious their overseas movements from the merchant ports of Venice and Genoa to hurl attacks against the Saracen coast of what is known as Palestine. The knights are reputed to have used surface craft that might be con- on the Normandy beachheads hundreds of years later. They had an LSH—Landing Ship Horse—a vessel in which about twenty chargers were marched up the center of the hull and tethered there m temporary compartments. The knights in full armor were first hoisted aboard, and sidered forerunners of the equipment used then onto the mounts by derricks manned by boatswain's mates.

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