By Connie Willis
Winner of the Nebula Award
Traveling again in time, from Oxford circa 2060 into the thick of worldwide warfare II, was once a regimen expedition for 3 British historians wanting to research firsthand the heroism and horrors of the Dunkirk evacuation and the London Blitz. yet getting marooned in war-torn 1940 England has became Michael Davies, Merope Ward, and Polly Churchill from temporal travelers into besieged voters suffering to outlive Hitler’s devastating onslaught. And now there’s extra to fret approximately than simply getting again domestic: The impossibility of changing previous occasions has regularly been a middle trust of time-travel theory—but it can be tragically improper. whilst discrepancies within the old list commence cropping up, it means that one or the entire destiny viewers have by some means replaced the past—and, eventually, the end result of the battle. in the meantime, in 2060 Oxford, the stranded historians’ manager, Mr. Dunworthy, frantically confronts the probably very unlikely activity of rescuing his students—three lacking needles within the haystack of heritage. The exciting time-tripping event that started with Blackout now hurtles to its wonderful answer in All Clear.
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The battery was located on virtually the highest point on the Rock, and boasted an almost 360-degree arc of fire. 2in. gun, as was its sister battery, Lord Airey’s, shown on the plan view at bottom left. Both batteries made use of the engine room as a power source. 2in. gun, and its Mk VII pedestal mount, are shown in detail in the upper part of the illustration. 5in how. 5in how. 2in Mk X on Mk V mounting) 2 x 25pdr 2 x 25pdr 6in how. 5in how. LEFT The defences of Gibraltar during World War II showing the locations of the known gun batteries.
Later considered too far from outer face. Work stopped. Tunnel finally started here. December 6/12, 1782. 180ft in four months. 7th emplacement. Old Magazines January 14, 1783. 140ft in four weeks. May 11, 1783. 100ft in 6 weeks. St George’s Hall. June, 1783. Note: The Notch and Cornwallis Hall were completed about 1784/85. qxd 7/7/06 4:05 PM Page 31 ‘Strong as the Rock’: Gibraltar and the British Empire Work continued unabated on the defences after the Great Siege: the galleries were extended and the Orillon Battery, a three-storey gun position in a natural fault in the rock, was added to the Northern Defences.
RMLs. These were the largest guns ever manufactured that still needed to be loaded via the muzzle end. Although it took three hours to develop the necessary head of steam to operate the gun (acceptable due to the relative slow speeds of warships at the time), a hydraulic accumulator stored this energy and once ready, the crew of 35 men (all ranks) could fire a shot every four minutes, although in reality the average was closer to six. They were capable of reaching up to eight miles, firing a 2,000 lb.
All Clear (Oxford Time Travel, Book 4) by Connie Willis