By Marcus Brotherton
After the Band of Brothers went domestic, they by no means forgot the teachings of war... After chronicling the non-public tales of the Band of Brothers in We who're Alive and stay, writer Marcus Brotherton provides a suite of remembrances from the households of the warriors of straightforward Company-and how their wartime reports formed their lives off the battlefield. a firm of Heroes is an intimate, revealing portrait of the lives of the lads who fought for our freedom in the course of a number of the darkest days the area has ever known-men who again domestic with a newfound knowledge and honor that they handed onto their households, and that proceed to encourage new generations of usa citizens.
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The basement was barrel vaulted, the roof being pierced with a ladder hole leading to the upper floor. This interior view of the ground floor entrance, which is in the long west wall, gives a good idea of the stout nature of the doorway, the jambs of which are fitted with a double check and a deep tunnel housing the drawbar. Only sheer brute force could hope to ‘burst’ through such defences, but on occasion that is exactly what was brought to bear. TOP RIGHT Gatehouse Bastle, Tarset, Northumberland.
The pitched roof had crow-stepped gables and sloped directly to the wall-head; consequently, there is no parapet-walk from which to defend the tower. Instead, there are two round, corbelled-out angle turrets equipped with shot holes, which are situated at diametrically opposite corners of the main block. The walls are equipped with a variety of gun loops; additional supporting fire came from a smaller turret built on a corner of the wing and from the narrow stair turret above the entrance. The tower served as a residence until the1830s, after which it fell into ruin.
The entrance to the basement was strongly constructed, utilizing large blocks of stone to form the jambs and lintel, the weight above being taken by a small relieving arch. Doorways were narrow, but usually splayed out internally and rebated for one or two substantial doors, which could be secured by drawbars, which rested in tunnels built into the wall. Doors would invariably be ‘harrhung’, an arrangement by which the door was allowed to pivot on pins, or a firmly attached timber, that rested in sockets set into the sill and lintel.
A Company of Heroes: Personal Memories about the Real Band of Brothers and the Legacy They Left Us by Marcus Brotherton