(History.com) Later on in the 1900 hundreds, there were several more reports of ships being hit by what was said to be a freak wave or rogue wave. One of the most famous ships to get hit by a rogue wave was the Queen Mary. In 1942 while carrying 15,000 American troops 608 nautical miles (700 mi/1,126 km) from Scotland during a gale, RMS Queen Mary was broadsided by a 92-foot (28 m) wave and nearly capsized. Queen Mary listed briefly about 52 degrees before the ship slowly righted herself. (live science.com) One of the most memorable rogue wave occurrences was on October 30, 1991.
By the time the United States entered World War II in the early 1940's, the military had undergone several technological advancements in many different areas of the army. The grenade was introduced, which aided the troops of the frontline in close combat as it created a small explosion able to kill small numbers of enemies in one throw. Machine guns such as the Thomson M1 or the “Tommy gun” fired up to 700 rounds per minute. Rifles such as the M1 Garand were one of the first gas operated semi-automatic infantry weapons used on the frontlines. Heavy machine guns were introduced that aided in powerful superiority for frontline combat such as the M1919 which fired over 500 rounds per minute and required a 250-round belt magazine and a team of two soldiers to operate.
She took out five submarines and many planes. Although she sustained heavy damage, after nearly six months of repair in San Francisco, she was ready to fight again. She received orders to go to Tinian, carrying a huge amount of uranium. Uranium is a rare metal that is used in nuclear weapons and bombs. The uranium was for one of the first nuclear bombs, called “Little Boy”, which was to be dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.
Was the U.S Justified in Bombing Japan? On December 7, 1941 the Japanese fighter pilots attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor(article 1). This surprise attack was done without a declaration of war. Pearl Harbor was hit by two waves of planes. The first wave, consisting of 134 bombers/fighters, was twenty-five minutes long and did much more damage than the second wave of flights.
How Andrew J. Higgins and His Boat Help Win World War II Table of Contents Title Page 1 Table of Contents 2 Introduction 3 Research/Conclusion 4-6 Bibliography 7 Introduction The Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel (LCVP) or Higgins Boat was a boat used in World War II. It was designed by Andrew Higgins of Louisiana and made by his company, Higgins Industries. Because of the boats design to go fast in shallow water and its ability to land over an open beach, the Higgins Boat (and Andrew Higgins) was credited for winning the war for the United States by then General Dwight Eisenhower. World War II began in 1939 when Nazi Germany invaded Poland. The United States did not enter the war until December 7, 1941 when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.