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By Ernest Hemingway

Within the fall of 1948, Ernest Hemingway made his first prolonged stopover at to Italy in thirty years. His reacquaintance with Venice, a urban he enjoyed, supplied the muse for Across the River and into the Trees, the tale of Richard Cantwell, a war-ravaged American colonel stationed in Italy on the shut of the second one international battle, and his love for a tender Italian countess. A poignant, bittersweet homage to like that overpowers cause, to the resilience of the human spirit, and to the worldweary attractiveness and majesty of Venice, Across the River and into the Trees stands as Hemingway's assertion of defiance in accordance with the nice dehumanizing atrocities of the second one global warfare. Hemingway's final full-length novel released in his lifetime, it moved John O'Hara in The ny instances publication Review to name him "the most crucial writer on account that Shakespeare."

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An anti-tank ditch, the Caledonian Canal, was dug, and concrete dragon’s teeth embedded along the isthmus to deter a tank assault. This was backed up by a number of anti-tank guns positioned at ground level within galleries or bunkers. Given the possibility of long-range bombardment of the Rock, were Spain to enter the war on the side of the Axis powers, the plan was to capture, occupy and defend a large part of the surrounding countryside with a view to keeping the enemy as far away as possible until reinforcements could arrive.

The cost would be £1,435,000. The scheme was approved and the expenditure sanctioned by the Naval Works Act of 1895. In 1896 the new Salisbury government obtained approval for a bigger scheme that included three, instead of one, dry docks, a Commercial Mole and a Detached Mole. 5 million. In 1893 a contract to extend the South Mole by 1,000ft had been awarded to Messrs Topham, Jones and Railton. There was a later addition to the original contract that provided for a further 300ft extension. This marked the beginning of the works for the new Dockyard.

Courtesy of John Bugeja) o in d a a c s r m f I G S r v 7 o 58 Following the coastline towards Europa, various examples of clifftop defences are present including Buena Vista and Eliott’s Batteries. Passing through Keighley Way Tunnel one reaches the Europa Flats and the Europa Batteries. The emplacements for some of the guns are still visible whilst others have been converted into viewing platforms. Beneath the Flats the reservoirs at Nun’s Well remain but are in a poor state and not open to the public.

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