5 comments on “Scuttlebutt

  1. I just bought the book and am enjoying it so far. I did catch, however, one mistake. Willoughby was a major general by April ’45 so that needs to be fixed at some point.

    • Fixing the errata now, so looked this up again.
      Both ranks were wrong here. But it turns out both were brevet appointments. Lt. General Sutherland went back to full colonel in the U.S. Army after the ware, retiring in 1946 as ‘real’ lt. general. Willouhby made major general in the “American Army” [Mac’s command], but also returned to colonel in the U.S. Army, making major general in 1948.

      Thanks again. Took a while, but I was waiting on edits from the proof-reader’s husband, who I suspect had a bet to win.

  2. Couple more issues: I have no idea what a breech pin is, but I think that your conflating a breechblock or the firing pin in the breechblock. All of the propellant, etc., is consumed within a few yards of the gun’s muzzle; it doesn’t go off trailing the shell. Towed artillery pieces don’t have side arms, they have carriage legs.

    And the biggest problem is where you wrote Miyakonojo and meant Kagoshima on p. 237 aka location 3737.

    • I’ve read in several places about sailors watching bits of powder bag continue to burn well after a shell is gone from a large rifle. And, depending on the burn schedule, some gunpowder mixes themselves do not all react in time for the projectile to leave. It’s a stretch to say it draws a rainbow through the sky, but Tuttle could well have imagined that.

      Tuttle also would not be perfectly precise about parts of an artillery piece. I don’t even know which part would be removed to disable each particular type, but there is some designated part, and it would probably be a pin holding together part of the breech mechanism.

      Not finding the mis-use of Miyakonojo, but I may not have the latest version on my Kindle. I’ll keep looking. Thanks again. – sdm

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