And the Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris by Alan Riding

By Alan Riding

On June 14, 1940, German tanks rolled right into a silent and abandoned Paris. 8 days later, a humbled France accredited defeat in addition to international profession.

While the swastika now flew over Paris, the town of sunshine was once undamaged, and shortly a unusual form of normalcy back as theaters, opera homes, motion picture theaters, and nightclubs reopened for enterprise. laying off mild in this severe second of twentieth-century ecu cultural historical past, And the express Went On focuses anew on even if artists and writers have a unique responsibility to teach ethical management in moments of nationwide trauma.

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There would be a cabin embedded in the delta wing with bunk beds for crew to sleep on during prolonged flights. Bomb bays would be fitted in each wing with seven gun turrets carrying machine guns. Yet progress was slow and the XB-35 did not make her first successful flight until June 1946 when she flew from Hawthorne, California, to Muroc Dry Lake. By May 1948 the plane was ready to start production, but the planes — powered by propeller engines - were rendered obsolete by the advent of the jet bomber.

Whittle told the senior officers that he would just take out the plane for some taxi runs, which would warm up the engine; but he accelerated along the runway and (as he later said) 'it just took off'. 40pm. The plane flew for 17 minutes at speeds of up to 340mph (545km/h). Days later, it was flying at 370mph (600km/h) up to 25,000ft (7,600m) which was better than anything a conventional fighter could achieve. Meanwhile, under conditions of top secrecy, jet planes were already taking shape in Germany.

The answer was to use a compact launch pad, like a rocket; this would be far harder to detect than a conventional launch pad, and even more difficult to destroy with bombs. As design work proceeded, the idea of a vertical take-off rocket fighter began to emerge. By the end of the war, this revolutionary idea had been realized and prototypes were already in production, nicknamed the Natter (Viper). THE NATTER In August 1944 the Chief of Development for the German Air Ministry (Reichsluftfahrtministerium), Colonel Siegfried Knemayer, was asked for new proposals for a hard-hitting plane that would be difficult to disable, and he listed the criteria that such an aircraft should satisfy.

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