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What are pillboxes?

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A sheltered area that you shoot from -- imagine being in a box with a rifle. You cannot be seen or targeted, but you can shoot out of the pillbox.

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mostly bunkers, pillboxes and trenchs

Pillboxes were used in World War II as a way to fire weapons. They were built with loopholes and this allowed the weapon to be slotted in and then fired. They provided protection for the soldiers.

Pillboxes in one form or another were used by virtually everyone during World War II. The Japanese made extensive use of them as protection against invading forces on the various Pacific Islands.

They had miles of tunnels and numerous hard points and pillboxes with interlocking machine gun fire.

It was extremely chaotic. Bombs and guns were going off on land, sea and air. Chaos and confusion reined until around noon, when the Navy shelled the German pillboxes on Omaha beach and US Army soldiers took the high ground.

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you put pills in it. Traditionally these boxes were shallow and round. Because of the shape, they gave their name to pillbox hats (little brimless hats like usherettes used to wear) or military pillboxes which are concrete emplacements, round, flat-topped, with a small window in one side.

sometimes like in world war 2 on Omaha beach the U.S stormed the beach while the Germans were in the pillboxes the Americans won that battle but suffered many of deaths because of the motors and machine gun's when u are on a hill or something and the other side is down there that's a advangate also its more about strategy.

According to SOWPODS (the combination of Scrabble dictionaries used around the world) there are 1 words with the pattern -I-L--X--. That is, nine letter words with 2nd letter I and 4th letter L and 7th letter X. In alphabetical order, they are: pillboxes

Under Rommel's orders the Germans had substantially increased the defences. All the beaches, particularly Omaha, had strong concrete gun emplacements with 88's and many older naval guns. Machine gun pillboxes were all over the beaches as well. Some beaches had mines and many had large steel crosses to stop ships landing.

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No pillboxes, but the soldiers on both sides learned early in the war to dig a hole, find a ditch or stone fence to hide behind. Elaborate trench systems dug at Vicksburg, Mississippi and Petersburg, Virginia were forerunners of WW1 trench systems. The soldiers also had a sort of pillbox called a 'bombproof' but these were generally built when an army was under siege. These were basically holes in the ground with room for a few men. Logs and earth were put on top for overhead cover.

The advantages were that they were useful when facing enemy pillboxes. If you couldn't get a grenade in there you could just blast them with fire, killing anyone inside.It was also useful for trench warfare; since trenches were narrow you could just blast a stream of fire making the trenches pretty much a death-trap. Also they were mainly used to clear bunkers. Furthermore were also used to melt tanks, they heated it up and burnt the soldier inside, and if they came out they'll get instantly shot.

the US used a tactic called "island-hopping". For strategic island targets, aerial and naval bombardment destroyed anything on land. Then troops would invade the island, eventually securing the island from any Japanese pillboxes. If an island was considered of no strategic importance, then a full naval and aerial bombardment would be carried out, until there as nothing much left of the island and then they could move on. That tactic was used all the way to Iwo Jima. From then on, it would be nuclear bomb explosions, or a full-fledged invasion of Japan, that would end the war.

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This defensive line of forts, pillboxes, and underground control centers was called the Maginot Line, named for the French minister of defense. It was designed to repel frontal attacks as were common in World War I, but failed to anticipate the modern advances in mechanized and aerial warfare that would occur between World Wars. In any event, the Germans outflanked the Maginot Line by attacking through the weaker forts in Belgium, rendering the French fortifications nearly useless.

A World War 2 pillbox was a concrete shelter for machine guns used by both the Axis and allies. They can still be found all along the south and south east coast of England and were used to shelter and house the guns and several occupants. They were used to defend beaches most famously and often inflicted numerous casualties on attackers, such as at Omaha beach were 2,400 American troops were killed on D-Day. However, pillboxes were also used to defend high value places and open fields where the gunner could ambush enemy troops.

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Advantages and Disadvantages to who? Advantages to the defender are good cover - bunkers and pillboxes as well as deep shelters, well pre-planned defensive setups with machine guns, artillery and possibly mines, wire and other traps and obstacles. You can minimise your casualties while inflicting massive harm on attackers. Advantages to the attacker are that the defender is fixed in place so if you can maneuver around his flanks you can attack his rear or just go around, also you know where he is so artillery can be targeted in long/heavy bombardments, key points can be hit with air attack. It really depends on the war you are fighting - what technology and tactics you have available as where the advantage lies.

D-day was on June 6, 1944. The U.S, British, and other allied nations in the Atlantic (yes the US was in the Pacific too but that's a different story) gathered all available ships to 5 beaches off the coast of Normandy. They were codenamed Omaha, Utah, Juno, Gold, and Sword. The 1st part of the operation was a continuous barrage of artillery and air. the US had specially designed rocket boats. this boat looked much like an oil rig except the deck was loaded with rocket launchers. this boat was capable of destroying barbed wire. There were German pillboxes (fortifications of concrete. these pillboxes were so thick that a navy shell only hoped to penetrate the walls. it could take a direct hit from a bomb and still stand with little damage. these allowed Nazis to fire from small spaces while still being protected.) and concrete bunkers for bomb shelters and sleeping ( the bunker's walls were not as thick as a pillbox's.)The marines would approach in landing craft called Higgins boats and charge the enemy head on. The highest death toll was on "Bloody Omaha" or Omaha beach. this was because the Naval Fire And Aircraft had done very little damage to this area. so, the Marines were met with an unexpected barrage of fire. eventually the marines scaled the massive forts and secured them. This battle was the 1st step to allied victory in the Atlantic.Hope this helps!-Mack

Sure! D-day was on June 6, 1944. The U.S, British, and other allied nations in the Atlantic (yes the US was in the Pacific too but that's a different story) gathered all available ships to 5 beaches off the coast of Normandy. They were codenamed Omaha, Utah, Juno, Gold, and Sword. The 1st part of the operation was a continuous barrage of artillery and air. the US had specially designed rocket boats. this boat looked much like an oil rig except the deck was loaded with rocket launchers. this boat was capable of destroying barbed wire. There were German pillboxes (fortifications of concrete. these pillboxes were so thick that a navy shell only hoped to penetrate the walls. it could take a direct hit from a bomb and still stand with little damage. these allowed Nazis to fire from small spaces while still being protected.) and concrete bunkers for bomb shelters and sleeping ( the bunker's walls were not as thick as a pillbox's.) The marines would approach in landing craft called Higgins boats and charge the enemy head on. The highest death toll was on "Bloody Omaha" or Omaha beach. this was because the Naval Fire And Aircraft had done very little damage to this area. so, the Marines were met with an unexpected barrage of fire. eventually the marines scaled the massive forts and secured them. This battle was the 1st step to allied victory in the Atlantic.Hope this helps!-Mack

Berlin has figured in so many wars, battles and skirmishes as late as the sixties they were blasting away at pillboxes on the Berlin Wall. I can remember as a kid hearing newcasts about this ( UN troops destroyed an East German pillbox- these were semi-fixed gun emplacements- not mines or something to fatally step on. Maybe they used this term as Turrets are associated with Tanks. I am not aware of any purposely-called Berlin bomber. There was no Berlin campaign in World War I, as Germany surrendered in November II ( now Veterans" day- in the dining car in the forest.. by contrast the Civil War ended- in a very appropriate place- a Court House at Appomattox, Va. Make peace in a lunchwagon- or come into court.

The Battle of Iwo Jima was especially fierce because it was Japan's last "stepping stone", or to be technical, island. It was neccesary for the Allies to conquer the island because the isand that included thousands of Japanese troops encased in a series of heavily armored pillboxes and they would radio back to mainland Japan ahead of time when American bombers roared overhead to wreak havoc among the Japanese. Whatever was on Iwo Jima, the Japanese had had many years, even before the war started, to put it there. Why did the Americans win the Battle of Iwo Jima? The US had much more troops than the Japanese that received more training and were better equipped. Defeat for the Japanese was inevitable.

Omaha Beach was the worst because of the terrain. Immediately back of the beach were high bluffs on which the defenders were situated in pillboxes and other fortifications, overlooking the beach. Assaulting troops had to make an amphibious landing, which is difficult even when the enemy is not present, and immediately attack high ground, which is also difficult. And the direction of their attack was completely predictable - they would be coming from the direction of the sea. The other beaches had more typical coastal terrain, with low land being immediately behind the beaches. The terrain at Omaha was the worst from the attackers point of view along the entire fifty miles of the assault area, and this was recognized before hand, but the planners could find no alternative.


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