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The FReeper Foxhole's TreadHead Tuesday - The Soviet Su-76 - Mar. 1st, 2005
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Posted on 02/28/2005 10:04:27 PM PST by SAMWolf



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Soviet Su-76 Self-Propelled Gun




When the Red Army entered the Second World War, the Soviet Union did not have any mass-produced self-propelled guns that could be used both for close support of the infantry and in an anti-tank role. In the late 1930's, a very limited number of SU-5 self-propelled guns was built based on the chassis of the T-26 light tank, but they only had limited use during the occupation of Poland in 1939.


A pair of SU-76M are managing a street fighting. 1944. Note corpses of German soldiers on the road.


By summer 1941, this lack of a suitable self-propelled gun appeared so serious that in September of that year, the ZIS-30 self-propelled gun was born as a stop-gap measure. Built on the chassis of the "Komsomolets" armored prime mover, this vehicle had a short range, had too much weight, and had poor stability, but it could reliably defeat anything that the Panzerwaffe had, which redeemed all of its shortcomings. In this way, the Red Army was provided with inexpensive self-propelled guns.



In the 1930's, there were some successful attempts at developing self-propelled assault and anti-aircraft guns on the chassis of the mass-produced T-26 light tank, which led to the manufacture of several experimental vehicles.

The SU-76P



The final assembling of the SU-76P.


With the arrival of new tank models, the T-26s could theoretically be converted to self-propelled guns, but in reality, conversion was impossible due to great T-26 losses during the first months of the Great Patriotic War. It was also impossible to replace the T-26s with new tanks due to the fact that the tank factories were being evacuated to the Urals and to Siberia. However, in besieged Leningrad in 1941 to 1942, several small batches of SU-76P were manufactured. The SU-76P consisted of a 76 mm regimental field gun installed on a T-26 chassis with a circular field of fire, and it had no protection for the crew other than the gun's shield. But this vehicle was merely another stop-gap measure, as the besieged city had to make do with whatever equipment it had remaining inside the encirclement.



In autumn 1941, all tanks armed with 45 mm guns which fought on the Leningrad Front become useless against "soft" targets like infantry due to the lack of fragmentation and high-explosive ammunition. That's why the General Staff of the Leningrad Front asked the Ministry of Tank Industry (NKTP) to rearm existing BT and T-26 light tanks with the 76 mm KT Gun.

A new vehicle was developed and tested, and after successful testing, the General Staff of the Leningrad Frond ordered Factory #174 to start manufacturing the new self-propelled guns. This vehicle received the SU-76 designation, and from 1943, it was renamed the SU-76P (P - "polkovaya" - "regimental") to avoid confusion with the new self-propelled gun which had the same designation (see below).

The OSA-76 (OSU-76)



The OSA-76 self-propelled gun.


The SU-76P alone could not solve the Red Army's lack of self-propelled guns, and there were attempts to utilise the chassis of T-60/T-70 tanks, which were mass-produced in 1941 to 1943. In autumn 1941, the GAZ Factory began, on its own initiative, the development of a light self-propelled gun designated the SU-71. However, it never entered full-scale production. By July 1942, another self-propelled gun was developed: the OSA-76, which was based on the chassis of the T-60 tank.

That project was developed by an initiative of GAU, which involved the idea of installing all field artillery on self-propelled chassis. An "OSA" designation means "Obshevoiskovaya Samokhodhaya Artilleriya" (All-Purpose Self-Propelled Artillery). In fact, OSA does not belong to the SU-76 series, as it was rather an independent class of self-propelled guns. The whole OSA project resulted in the development of the following partially-armored vehicles:

  • the OSA-76 - a partially armored vehicle with a 76 mm self-propelled gun;
  • the OSA-57 - a partially armored vehicle with a 57 mm self-propelled antitank gun;
  • the OSA-23 - a partially armored vehicle with a 23 mm self-propelled antiaircraft gun;
  • the OSA-12 - a partially armored vehicle with a 12.7 mm self-propelled antiaircraft gun.

The OSA-76 was armed with the 76.2 mm Assault Gun ZIS-3Sh based on the 76.2 mm Divisional Gun ZIS-3. The vehicle had a very low weight - less than 3,500 kg. The GAZ-MM gasoline engine powered it. The chassis of the OSA-76 was the same as on the T-60/T-70 light tanks. It had a crew of three men, and the armor protection was 6 mm. The OSA-76 successfully passed all tests and was recommended for mass production, although it was ultimately never produced.

An attempt by Rumanian engineers to install a captured 76.2 mm F-22 gun on the chassis of a captured T-60 tank was more successful. Until the arrival of the German Pzkw IV Ausf G, they were the only means to reliably defeat Soviet medium and heavy tanks.

The Self-Propelled Gun of Factory #37



The experimental SPG of the factory #37.


This was a self-propelled gun of the SU-76 series. The development of this vehicle followed the NKAP order of March 3, 1942. By May 1942, the first experimental prototype was manufactured and sent to the proving grounds. However, neither the chassis nor the armament passed the trials. The construction of this vehicle was based on the chassis of T-60 light tank.

The SU-12 (SU-76)



The GAZ-71 inside the factory.


On October 19, 1942, the GKO issued Document #2429ss which ordered the GAZ Factory and Factory #38 to develop, to test, and to put into full-scale production a light SP gun, armed with the 76.2 mm Gun ZIS-3. The new vehicle was based on the chassis and engine of the T-70 tank, but with increased length, and an additional road wheel.

In November 1942, both factories showed their prototypes. Both vehicles were armed with the ZIS-3Sh ("Sh" means "shturmovaya" or "assault") gun. The GAZ project was named the GAZ-71, and Factory #38's project was named the SU-12. On December 9, 1942, after comparative trials, the GAZ-71 was recognized as "not conforming to existing battle requirements," and was "very unreliable;" and thus, further work was cancelled. The SU-12, however, was accepted for service under the name "SU-76 Self-Propelled Assault Gun." From January 1, 1943, mass production began.


The SU-12 self-propelled gun.


The designers put the two GAZ-202 engines parallel to one another instead of in-line as on the T-70 tank. Its fully-enclosed shielding was welded from 10 to 35 mm armor plates, the driver's compartment was located in the front of the vehicle in between the engines, while the superstructure housing the ZIS-3Sh gun was located in the rear.

The crew of three also had a DT machine-gun and personal firearms at its disposal. By the end of January 1943, it formed the first two self-propelled artillery regiments sent to the Volkhov front.

The SU-76M (SU-12M)



Refueling the SU-76M. Winter 1943-1944.


The shortcoming of the parallel engine placement in the SU-76 (SU-12) became apparent when it resulted in transmission malfunctions. The malfunctions were due to torsional vibrations which led to rapid breakdowns. The vibration peaked in second gear, which was the most overloaded gear. It was impossible to properly synchronize the two engines.


A SU-76 M fending its way among destroyed materials. Notice the casemate which overhangs the track on the left side of the vehicule


As a result of the experiences in the field, the production of SU-76 was halted on March 21st, 1943, after only 350 were produced. Due to the planned summer offensive, the GKO put a very strict time-frame to correct the defects. Already by May 17th, 1943, an updated SU-76M (SU-12M; M means "modernised") entered testing and by June of that year it entered production.


Soviet attack. Eastern Prussia. Spring 1945.


These vehicles had updated engines and transmissions, and used the old SU-76 hulls that were left over. Improvements included the introduction of spring clutches between the engines and the main gear, of a slipping clutch on the general shaft, and of engine shock absorbers. These items reduced, but did not eliminate, the likelihood of a malfunction. In May 1943, the production of the SU-76M began. All of those vehicles took part in the Battle of Kursk.



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The SU-15, the SU-16, and the SU-38


The SU-15 experimental SPG.


By summer 1943, the design bureaus of the GAZ factory and Factory #38 offered several independent projects on how to modernise the SU-76. GAZ offered the GAZ-74A project, which was to use the Soviet ZIS-16F or ZIS-80 diesel engines, or the American "Giberson" engine (of 110 hp). It was to be rearmed with the more modern 76.2 mm gun S-1, but the project was abandoned, and only one experimental vehicle was built.

Factory #38 simultaneously offered three different projects: the SU-15, the SU-16, and the SU-38. All these vehicles were to be armed with the 76.2 mm Gun S-15, and they were powered by the GAZ-203 engine (like the T-70 light tank).

The SU-15 was based on the chassis and hull of the SU-12, and was powered by two GAZ-203 engines, and with the slightly improved air-filtering system. The compartment (superstructure) was slightly widened.


The SU-16 experimental SPG.


The engine, the transmission, and the chassis of the SU-16 was originally taken from the T-70 light tank. However, the protection was increased with 45 mm armor on the front. The compartment was armor-protected from the top and rear as well.

Like the SU-16, the SU-38 self-propelled guns had the chassis and engine taken from the T-70. However, this vehicle was much lighter than the SU-16. It had an all-around protected compartment at the front of the tank (like the SU-152, etc). It was engineered to distribute the load evenly along the chassis.


The SU-38 experimental SPG.


Comparative trials were performed during the summer of 1943. They showed that the SU-16 was the most successful, but had a poor crew layout. The chassis of both the SU-15 and the SU-38 were overloaded, which led to rapid breakdowns. Nevertheless, the SU-15 was chosen and recommended for mass production after a weight decrease.

The SU-15M (SU-76)



The SU-15M self-propelled gun.


While producing the SU-76, the GAZ factory started a modernisation program for the SU-15, as all the critical parts of that vehicle (engine, chassis, transmission, etc) were produced there. The modernised self-propelled gun (factory designation SU-15M) was distinguished from its predecessor by the unprotected compartment from the top and rear. It was powered by two GAZ-202 engines with a common cooling system and transmission.

In August 1943, that SPG successfully passed all trials, and was accepted for service under the SU-76 designation. From October 1, 1943, the mass production of this vehicle began.

1 posted on 02/28/2005 10:04:29 PM PST by SAMWolf
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The SU-76 in Action



The battle in suburbs of Brandenburg. Spring 1945.


By June 1945, the total production of the SU-76 reached 14,292 - approximately 60% of the total volume of all self-propelled guns produced during the war. It was manufactured in the following factories: Factory #30 in Kirov, Factory #40 in Mytishchi, and the GAZ Factory in Gorkij.



The updated version was delivered to the Army on time, but it left a questionable impression on its crews, and received nicknames such as "Suka" (Bitch) or "Golozhopij Ferdinant" (Naked Ass Ferdinand). Tankers who never fought in the SU-76, but who had judged it from the outside gave such unpleasant nicknames. Tankers who fought in the SU-76 called it "Colombina," which was a somewhat affectionate name. The first negative impressions of the vehicle were formed when they were pressed into service as tanks. The first SU-76s were sent to mixed self-propelled artillery regiments and in the summer of 1943, each unit was supposed to have 21 vehicles (four batteries of five vehicles each and one commander's SU-76). Only with time came the realization that the main task of the SU-76 should be close support of the infantry. The task of fighting enemy tanks was left to more powerful artillery systems based on the chassis of the T-34 and the IS-2 tanks. As a result, by the end of 1944, SU-76s were placed into light self-propelled artillery batteries of sixteen vehicles each, which were then part of regular infantry divisions.



Naturally, among the sixty shots that a SU-76 carried, some were armor-piercing. However, its main advantages were its low profile, high mobility, and low ground pressure (0.545 kg/cm2) which allowed it to operate in the marshy and forested areas which had poor ground conditions, in close cooperation with the attacking infantry, and in firing directly at pillboxes and fortified buildings.


The SU-76 "Smelij". Transbaikal Front. August 1945.


Further use of the vehicle in street battles at the end of the war uncovered another disadvantage of the system - the semi-open superstructure of the vehicle, which was roomy and excellent for crew movement, became a mass grave for its crew in case of an infantry grenade explosion. On the other hand, the opened compartment made all types of high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) ammunition (including weapons such as the "Panzerfaust," the "Faustpatron," and the "Panzerschreck") totally ineffective.



The first batch of SU-76s (25 vehicles) was delivered by January 1st, 1943, and was sent to the self-propelled artillery training school. At the end of January, the first two mixed self-propelled artillery regiments (the 1433rd and the 1434th) were sent to the Volkhov front to assist in the relief of Leningrad, and in March 1943, two more regiments (the 1485th and the 1487th) were formed, and fought on the Western front.



In 1943, a light self-propelled artillery regiment had a full complement of 21 SU-76M. At the end of 1944 to the beginning of 1945, seventy batteries of self-propelled artillery (consisting of sixteen vehicles in each battery) were formed and attached to rifle divisions. In the first half of 1944, light self-propelled artillery brigades of the Reserve of High Command (RGK) were formed, and consisted of sixty SU-76M and five T-70s each.



By the end of the war, the Red Army had 119 light self-propelled artillery regiments and seven self-propelled artillery brigades. The Polish army received 130 SU-76M. The SU-76M was used in the design of the ZSU-37 self-propelled anti-aircraft gun, which was armed with a 37 mm automatic anti-aircraft gun. It was manufactured at Factory #40 in Mytishchi, but it did not see action in World War Two. A total of 75 units were manufactured in 1945 to 1946.



The active service of the SU-76M did not end with the Second World War. The Soviet Army continued to use it through the early 1950's. The 130 vehicles given to the Polish Army were also taken out of service in the mid 1950's. A few dozen SU-76M that North Korea received saw action in the Korean war from which almost none survived.



The story of SU-76 would not be complete without an account of further attempts to modernise it. In December 1943, a SU-74B tank destroyer with a ZIS-2 anti-tank gun was tested, as was a GAZ-75 with an 85 mm D-5-S85A gun in 1944. It had the same 85 mm gun as the SU-85, but it had half its weight and its frontal armor was twice as thick (the SU-85 had 45 mm, and the GAZ-75 had 90 mm of frontal armor). None of those designs ever entered mass production, the main reason being a reluctance to disrupt the production of existing designs for the benefit of only minor improvements, as in the case of new engines, or to completely rework the manufacturing process for a new model.

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2 posted on 02/28/2005 10:05:34 PM PST by SAMWolf (Now...witness the power of this *FULLY ARMED AND OPERATIONAL* Tagline!)
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The SU-76 was developed in the Soviet Union during the Second World War. The intent was for the SU-76 to be a highly mobile tank killer, and it performed well in that role when initially fielded in 1942. Fitted with the powerful ZiS-3 76mm gun the SU-76 was more than a match for most opponents; however, the vehicle's open top and lack of an engine fire wall were generally despised by crews. By the end of the war, newer soviet types such as the SU-100 and better german armor pushed the SU-76 into a new role, that of infantry support. By the end of the war 12,671 had been built.



Following the end of the War the soviets decided to export surplus SU-76M to China and North Korea, where they fought against UN forces. The SU-76M remained in active service with the PLA until the late 1970s when it was finally retired.


3 posted on 02/28/2005 10:06:04 PM PST by SAMWolf (Now...witness the power of this *FULLY ARMED AND OPERATIONAL* Tagline!)
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4 posted on 02/28/2005 10:06:28 PM PST by SAMWolf (Now...witness the power of this *FULLY ARMED AND OPERATIONAL* Tagline!)
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5 posted on 02/28/2005 10:11:19 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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148 posted on 08/24/2004 11:39:45 AM PDT by Cannoneer No. 4 (I've lost turret power; I have my nods and my .50. Hooah. I will stay until relieved. White 2 out.)

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6 posted on 02/28/2005 10:12:15 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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7 posted on 03/01/2005 2:22:30 AM PST by Soaring Feather
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To: Aeronaut

Morning Aeronaut!


8 posted on 03/01/2005 2:23:19 AM PST by Soaring Feather
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To: snippy_about_it
Good morning Snippy.


9 posted on 03/01/2005 2:27:07 AM PST by Aeronaut (You haven't seen a tree until you've seen its shadow from the sky. -- Amelia Earhart)
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Good morning, Snippy and everyone at the Foxhole.


10 posted on 03/01/2005 3:03:48 AM PST by E.G.C.
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Good morning


11 posted on 03/01/2005 3:52:53 AM PST by GailA (Glory be to GOD and his only son Jesus.)
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March 1, 2005

Just A Glimpse

Read:
Revelation 22:1-5

There shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it. —Revelation 22:3

Bible In One Year: Deuteronomy 4-6

cover How grateful we are for the wonders of the world that God has created for us as our home in time. Though blighted with evil and pain, the earth is full of beautiful things that dazzle our senses. Early some midsummer morning, take a walk in a flower garden and absorb its beauty and fragrance. Then think about all of its loveliness—a faint glimpse of heaven's glory.

Years ago I stood outside a cabin high in the Rocky Mountains. As far as I could see, all the peaks were snow-covered and glistening under the light of a full moon. What an overwhelming spectacle that was! Yet still, just a glimpse of heaven's glory.

Listen to the thrilling cascade of harmony in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Then imagine the rapturous sound of angelic choirs.

Our Savior assured His disciples that He would return to His Father and His eternal home to prepare a place for those who simply believe. It will be a place of such splendor that nothing on earth can compare with it.

The only requirement for entry is personal faith in Christ and His atoning death and resurrection. Trust in His sacrifice, and one day He'll welcome you into that glorious beauty and joy. —Vernon Grounds

Brightest and best of that glorious throng,
Center of all, and the theme of their song,
Jesus, our Savior, the pierced One stands,
Lovingly calling with beckoning hands. —Ludlow

Christ opens the door of heaven to those who open their heart to Him.

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12 posted on 03/01/2005 4:47:36 AM PST by The Mayor (http://www.RusThompson.com)
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One of the moms just got a new burgundy hummer. I am so jealous. It's your fault. All of these treadhead threads have made me want a hummer. I used to be into sports cars.
13 posted on 03/01/2005 4:49:51 AM PST by Samwise (On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog.)
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With apologies to Valin...

On this day in 1975, in a fit of insanity, Mrs alfa6 married alfa6. Hooo boooy what a ride :-)

Regards

alfa6

14 posted on 03/01/2005 5:11:41 AM PST by alfa6
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WOOOO HOOOOO!! It's March...we've survived the Dark Months and are headed towards Spring...MUD


15 posted on 03/01/2005 5:56:18 AM PST by Mudboy Slim (Dubyuh knows that the Road to Peace is paved by FReedom for all Peoples!!)
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To: snippy_about_it

Good Morning Snippy.


16 posted on 03/01/2005 6:00:51 AM PST by SAMWolf (Now...witness the power of this *FULLY ARMED AND OPERATIONAL* Tagline!)
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Hi Feather.

First Treadhead Poet in this morning. ;-)


17 posted on 03/01/2005 6:01:51 AM PST by SAMWolf (Now...witness the power of this *FULLY ARMED AND OPERATIONAL* Tagline!)
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To: Aeronaut

Morning Aeronaut


18 posted on 03/01/2005 6:02:14 AM PST by SAMWolf (Now...witness the power of this *FULLY ARMED AND OPERATIONAL* Tagline!)
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To: E.G.C.

Morning E.G.C.

We had light rain part of the day yesterday. More of the same predicted for the rest of the week.


19 posted on 03/01/2005 6:03:06 AM PST by SAMWolf (Now...witness the power of this *FULLY ARMED AND OPERATIONAL* Tagline!)
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Morning GailA.

You catching any of that bad weather in the MidWest?


20 posted on 03/01/2005 6:03:46 AM PST by SAMWolf (Now...witness the power of this *FULLY ARMED AND OPERATIONAL* Tagline!)
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Though blighted with evil and pain, the earth is full of beautiful things that dazzle our senses.

You don't have to look far to see it wither, it's just sometimes hard to remember to take the time to really look.

21 posted on 03/01/2005 6:05:28 AM PST by SAMWolf (Now...witness the power of this *FULLY ARMED AND OPERATIONAL* Tagline!)
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If I got a Hummer, I want one like this. ;-)

22 posted on 03/01/2005 6:07:13 AM PST by SAMWolf (Now...witness the power of this *FULLY ARMED AND OPERATIONAL* Tagline!)
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To: alfa6
Morning alfa6.


23 posted on 03/01/2005 6:16:53 AM PST by SAMWolf (Now...witness the power of this *FULLY ARMED AND OPERATIONAL* Tagline!)
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Morning Mud.

Feburary: A month with 28 "Mondays". IMHO it was the worst month for weather in the Midwest.


24 posted on 03/01/2005 6:18:14 AM PST by SAMWolf (Now...witness the power of this *FULLY ARMED AND OPERATIONAL* Tagline!)
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Good morning ladies. Flag-o-Gram.


Members of the 330th Military Police unit return home to Sheboygan, Wis., on Saturday from a tour in Iraq.

25 posted on 03/01/2005 6:19:20 AM PST by Professional Engineer (And the winner is............Bitty Girl by a pigtail.)
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To: alfa6

26 posted on 03/01/2005 6:19:41 AM PST by Samwise (On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog.)
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To: SAMWolf

I was laughing last night and said I wanted one with a mounted gun on the top. The moms looked at me as though I were a crazy person.


27 posted on 03/01/2005 6:21:48 AM PST by Samwise (On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog.)
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28 posted on 03/01/2005 6:22:35 AM PST by bittygirl (Goo ggo gaaa ...Treadhead...baa baa)
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LOL


29 posted on 03/01/2005 6:23:14 AM PST by Samwise (On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog.)
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To: SAMWolf

On This Day In History


Birthdates which occurred on March 01:
0772 Po Tjiu-i Chinese poet/Governor of Hang-tsjow
1456 Wladyslaw Jagiello king of Bohemia/Hungary (1471/90-1516)
1810 Frédéric Chopin Poland, composer/pianist (Concerto in F Minor)
1811 Robert Christie Buchanan Brevet Major General (Union Army), died in 1878
1820 George Davis Attorney General (Confederacy), died in 1896
1822 Albin Francisco Schoepf Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1886
1822 Charles Champion Gilbert Brigadier General (Union volunteers)
1828 James Fleming Fagan Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1893
1831 Hiram Bronson Granbury Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1864
1837 William Dean Howells US, novelist/critic/editor (Atlantic)
1860 Suzanna Salter 1st US female mayor/temperance leader
1864 Rebecca Lee 1st black woman to get a medical degree
1903 Leon Bismarck "Bix" Beiderbecke Iowa, jazz cornetist (In a Mist)
1904 Glenn Miller bandleader (Glenn Miller Orchestra-In the Mood)
1909 David Niven Kirriemuir Angus Scotland, actor (Casino Royale, Guns of Navarone)
1914 Ralph Waldo Ellison US writer (Invisible Man, Shadow & Cast)
1917 Dinah Shore Winchester TN, singer (See the USA in a Chevrolet)
1919 Lawrence Ferlinghetti US, beat poet (Coney Island of the Mind)
1920 Harry Caray baseball announcer (Chicago Cubs)
1921 Terrence "Cardinal" Cooke New York NY
1922 William M Gaines publisher (MAD Magazine)
1922 Yitzak Rabin premier (Israel, 1992-95, Nobel 1994)
1924 Donald "Deke" Kent Slayton Sparta WI, Major USAF/astronaut (Apollo 18)
1926 Pete Rozelle NFL commissioner (1960-89)
1926 Robert Clary Paris France, actor (LeBeau-Hogan's Heroes)
1927 Harry Belafonte Harlem New York NY, calypso singer (Buck & the Preacher)
1927 Robert Heron Bork judge, nominated for supreme court
1929 Sonny James singer (Young Love, Running Bear)
1935 Robert Conrad [Conrad R Falk] Chicago IL, actor (Wild Wild West, Baa Baa Black Sheep)
1940 Ralph Towner Chehalis WA, Guitar (Oregon, Weather Report)
1941 Michael L Lampton Williamsport PA, astronaut (STS-45)
1944 Roger Daltrey Hammersmith London England, rocker/actor/producer (The Who-Tommy)
1953 Ron Howard Duncan OK, actor/director (American Graffiti, Happy Days/Willow, Backdraft)
1954 Catherine Bach Warren OH, actress (Daisy Duke-Dukes of Hazzard)



Deaths which occurred on March 01:
0965 Leo VIII Italian (anti-)Pope (963-65), dies
1131 Stephen II King of Hungary (1116-31), dies
1619 Thomas Campion English physician/composer/poet (Poemata), dies at 53
1633 George Herbert English poet, dies at 39
1920 Joseph Trumpeldor killed defending Tel-Mai against arab attack
1947 J Boogaard Nazi collaborator, executed
1979 Molla Mustafa Barzani Iranian Kurd leader (KDP), dies at 75
1984 Jackie Coogan actor (Uncle Fester-Addams Family), dies at 69
1991 Edwin H Land inventor (Polaroid Camera), dies at 81
1993 Luis Kutner US co-founder (Amnesty International), dies at 84
1994 Walter Kent US composer (I'll Be Home for Christmas), dies at 82


Reported: MISSING in ACTION

1966 CHRISTENSEN WILLIAM M.---GREAT FALLS MT.
1966 FRAWLEY WILLIAM D.---BROCKTON MA.
1966 WOLOSZYK DONALD J.---ALPENA MI.
1968 LANNOM RICHARD C.---UNION CITY TN.
1968 SCHEURICH THOMAS E.---NORFOLK NE.
1969 CAMPBELL CLYDE W.---LONGVIEW TX.
1969 KELLER WENDELL R.---FARGO ND.
1969 LOVEGREN DAVID E.---PORTLAND OR.
1969 MERONEY VIRGIL K.---FAYETTEVILLE AR.
1971 BLACK PAUL V.---CENTRAL VALLEY CA.
1971 ZUBKE DELAND D.---GRASSY BUTTE ND.

POW / MIA Data & Bios supplied by
the P.O.W. NETWORK. Skidmore, MO. USA.


On this day...
0001 BC Start of revised Julian calendar in Rome
0293 Roman emperor Maximianus introduces tetrarchy
0492 St Felix III ends his reign as Catholic Pope
0492 St Gelasius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
0705 John VII begins his reign as Catholic Pope
0743 Slave export by Christians to heathen areas prohibited
1260 Hulagu Khan, grandson of Genghis, conquerors Damascus
1382 French Maillotin uprises against taxes
1562 Blood bath at Vassy; General de Guise allows 1200 huguenots murder
1591 Pope Gregory XIV threatens to excommunicate French king Henri IV
1634 Battle at Smolensk; Polish King Wladyslaw IV beats Russians
1692 Sarah Goode, Sarah Osborne, & Tituba arrest for witchcraft (Salem MA)
1711 "The Spectator" begins publishing (London)
1780 Pennsylvania becomes 1st US state to abolish slavery (for new-borns only)
1781 Continental Congress adopts Articles of Confederation
1790 1st US census authorized
1792 US Presidential Succession Act passed
1803 Ohio becomes 17th state
1809 Embargo Act of 1807 repealed & Non-Intercourse Act signed
1811 Egyptian king Muhammad Ali Pasha oversees ceremonial murder of 500
1845 President Tyler signs a resolution annexing the Republic of Texas
1847 Michigan becomes 1st English-speaking jurisdiction to abolish the death penalty (except for treason against the state)
1866 Paraguayan canoes sink 2 Brazilian ironclads on Rio Parana
1867 Howard University, Washington DC, chartered
1867 Most of Nebraska becomes 37th US state (expanded later)
1869 Postage stamps showing scenes are issued for 1st time
1872 Yellowstone becomes world's 1st national park
1875 Congress passes Civil Rights Act; invalidated by Supreme Court, 1883
1890 1st US edition of Sherlock Holmes (Study in Scarlet) published
1893 Diplomatic Appropriation Act, authorizes the US rank of ambassador
1896 Battle of Adua: 80,000 Ethiopians destroy 20,000 Italians
1909 1st US university school of nursing established, University of Minnesota
1910 3 passenger trains buried at Steven's Pass in Cascade Range: 118 die; Worst snowslide in US history
1912 Albert Berry makes 1st parachute jump from an airplane
1912 Isabella Goodwin, 1st US woman detective, appointed, New York NY
1913 1st state law requiring bonding of officers & state employees, North Dakota

1913 Federal income tax takes effect (16th amendment)OH BOY. BE STILL MY BEATING HEART

1917 1st federal land bank chartered
1919 Demonstrations for Korean independence from Japan begin
1924 Germany's prohibition of Communist Party KPD lifted
1928 Paul Whiteman & his orchestraestra record "Ol' Man River" for Victor Records
1932 Charles Lindbergh Jr (20 months), kidnapped in New Jersey; found dead May 12
1933 Bank holidays declared in 6 states, to prevent run on banks
1934 Henry Pu Yi crowned emperor Kang Teh of Manchuria
1934 Primo Carnera beats Tommy Loughran in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1937 1st permanent automobile license plates issued (Connecticut)
1937 US Steel raises workers' wages to $5 a day
1940 12th Academy Awards: "Gone with the Wind", Robert Donat & Vivien Leigh win
1941 "Captain America" appears in a comic book
1941 1st US commercial FM radio station goes on the air, Nashville TN
1941 Himmler inspects Auschwitz concentration camp
1942 3 day Battle of Java Sea ends, US suffers a major naval defeat
1942 Baseball decides that players in military can't play when on furlough
1942 Suriname camp for NSB people opens to save Jews
1942 Tito establishes 2nd Proletarit Brigade in Bosnia
1943 Jewish old age home for disabled in Amsterdam raided
1945 FDR announces success of Yalta Conference
1945 Fieldmarshal Kesselring succeeds von Rundstedt as commander
1946 British Govt takes control of Bank of England, after 252 years
1947 International Monetary Fund began operations
1949 Joe Louis retires as heavyweight boxing champion
1950 Chiang Kai-shek resumed the Presidency of National China on Formosa
1950 Klaus Fuchs sentenced to 14 years for atomic espionage (London)
1954 4 Puerto Ricans open fire in US House of Representatives injuring 5 Representatives
1954 Ted Williams fractures collarbone in 1st game of spring training after flying 39 combat missions without injury in Korean War
1957 Kokomo the Chimp becomes Today Show animal editor
1959 Archbishop Makarios returns to Cyprus after 3 years
1961 President Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps
1962 American Airlines 707 plunges nose 1st into Jamaica Bay NY killing 95
1962 K-Mart opens
1962 Uganda became a self-governing country

1966 Ba'ath-party takes power in Syria

1966 Venera 3 becomes 1st man-made object to impact on a planet (Venus)
1967 House of Representatives expels Representative Adam Clayton Powell Jr (307 to 116)
1968 NBC's unprecedented on-air announcement, Star Trek will return
1968 Singers Johnny Cash (36) & June Carter (38) wed
1968 Vatican City's Apostolic Constitution of 1967 goes into effect
1968 Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara was replaced by Clark Clifford
1969 Jim Morrison arrested for exposing himself at Dinner Key Auditorium
1969 New York Yankees' Mickey Mantle announces his retirement from baseball
1970 End of US commercial whale hunting
1970 White government of Rhodesia declares independence from Britain
1971 Bomb attack on the Capitol in Washington DC
1972 Club of Rome publishes report "Boundaries on the Growth" (We're all gonna die!)
1972 Wilt Chamberlain is 1st NBA player to score 30,000 points
1974 Watergate grand jury indicts 7 Presidential aides
1975 alfa6 in what can only be described as a world class example of..."disinformation" convinces the young and naive mrs. alfa6 that he really is a multimillionaire and heir to the Rockefeller fortune, and inventor of the Ronco Pocket fisherman. She has been reported saying "What was I thinking? The idiot can't even the laundry hamper, or operate a can opener, I'd leave him but he'd starve to death wearing dirty underwear, and I can't have that on my conscience.
1977 Bank of America adopts the name VISA for their credit cards
1977 US extends territorial waters to 200 miles
1980 Snow falls in Florida
1981 Bobby Sands, IRA member, begins 65-day hunger strike in Maze Prison (he dies)
1982 The New York Times raises it's price from 25¢ to 30¢
1988 Courtney Gibbs Eplin, 21, (Texas), crowned 37th Miss USA
1988 Apple introduces CD-ROM drive
1988 Iraq says it launched 16 missiles into Tehran
1988 Wayne Gretzky passes Gordie Howe with his record 1,050th NHL assist
1993 Authorities in Waco TX negotiate with Branch Davidians
1994 Senate rejectes a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution
1997 Rescue teams fought snow, high winds and wild dogs as they tried to bring help to an earthquake-devastated region in northwest Iran, where the death toll was estimated at 3,000.
1997 Spring Lake near Santa Rosa, Ca., Paul Duclos caught a 24-pound largemouth bass, photographed it, weighed it and released it.
2001 Afghanistan's ruling Taliban, defying international protests, began destroying all statues in the country.
2002 Pres. Bush approved plans to send some 100 US troops to Yemen to help train the nation’s military to fight terrorists


2003 In Pakistan a joint raid outside Islamabad by CIA and Pakistani agents led to the arrest of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, along with 2 others. Documents and computer files later revealed that the al Qaeda biochemical weapons program was well advanced

2004 Iraqi politicians agreed on an interim constitution with 2 official languages, a wide ranging bill of rights and a single chief executive, bridging a gulf between members over the role of Islam in the future government.


Holidays
Note: Some Holidays are only applicable on a given "day of the week"

Bayonna Spain : Pinzon Day
Engadine, Switzerland : Chalanda Marz/Coming of spring
Lanark, Lanarkshire Scotland : Whuppity Scoorie Day
Ohio 1803, Nebraska 1867 : Admission Day
Panamá : Constitution Day (1946)
Paraguay : Heroes' Day/National Defense Day/Memorial Day
South Korea : Independence Movement Day/Sam Il Chul (1919)
US : Bad Weather Week Begins
US : National Procrastinators Week Begins..tomorrow
Herb Month in Missouri



Religious Observances
Ancient Rome : Matronalia (Feast of Juno); Kalend Mar
Bahá'í : leap day (in Gregorian leap years) (Ayyám-i-Há 5)
Anglican, Roman Catholic-New Zealand : Commemoration of St David, patron Wales
Bhutan : Buddhist New Years
Lutheran : Commemoration of George Herbert, priest
Cyprus, Greece : Green (or Clean) Monday (1st Mon of Lent-moveable)


Religious History
1633 On his deathbed, English poet and clergyman George Herbert, 39, uttered these last words: 'I shall be free from sin and all the temptations and anxieties that attend it...I shall dwell... where these eyes shall see my Master and Savior.'
1692 The Salem Witch Trials in the Massachusetts colony officially began with the conviction of Rev. Samuel Parris' West Indian slave, Tituba, for witchcraft.
1810 Georgetown College was chartered in Washington, D.C., making it the first Roman Catholic institution of higher learning established in the United States.
1910 The first issue of "The Evening Light and Church of God Evangel" was published in Cleveland, Tennessee. A. J. Tomlinson, the publishing editor, was an instrumental figure in the history of the Church of God (also headquartered today in Cleveland, Tennessee).
1966 Swiss Reformed theologian Karl Barth wrote in a letter: If Jesus is and does what we read in 1 John 2:2, then He prays for all men: for those who already pray and for those who do not yet pray.'

Source: William D. Blake. ALMANAC OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1987.


Thought for the day :
"One of the greatest labor-saving inventions of today is tomorrow."


30 posted on 03/01/2005 6:33:13 AM PST by Valin (DARE to be average!)
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To: bittygirl; Professional Engineer; msdrby

hehehe.... I need to borrow that from bittygirl!

Today... Is my oldest daughter's first 29th birthday! :-)

I called her and sang. and now, I think I'll email her that graphic - looks appropriate for her since she's one of those pinky gals and her hubby has spent 18 years in the army.


31 posted on 03/01/2005 6:33:54 AM PST by Wneighbor
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To: Samwise
All of these treadhead threads have made me want a hummer. I used to be into sports cars.

LOL You know how I love sportscars Samwise... I'm just looking at Hummers as sportscars on steroids, now what's not to want there! :-)

I want one of those bright yellow ones.

32 posted on 03/01/2005 6:41:55 AM PST by Wneighbor
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To: Professional Engineer; Wneighbor

yea yea yea yea. da da. daaaa. aaaahh. ma ma ma. (push button in mr. incredible with thumb) Saving the day, one day at a time.

And in her best gollum voice:
da da da.

elf-boy isn't feeling well this mornin... Upset tummy. Here's hoping some pepto will do the trick so I can at least go to the store!


33 posted on 03/01/2005 6:45:10 AM PST by msdrby (Freedom, by its nature, must be chosen and defended by its citizens.)
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To: Professional Engineer

Morning PE.

Used to live near Sheboygan, nice town.


34 posted on 03/01/2005 6:46:19 AM PST by SAMWolf (Now...witness the power of this *FULLY ARMED AND OPERATIONAL* Tagline!)
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To: Samwise
The moms looked at me as though I were a crazy person.

I can't understand why. :-)

35 posted on 03/01/2005 6:47:13 AM PST by SAMWolf (Now...witness the power of this *FULLY ARMED AND OPERATIONAL* Tagline!)
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To: bittygirl

Morning Bittygirl. :-)


36 posted on 03/01/2005 6:47:39 AM PST by SAMWolf (Now...witness the power of this *FULLY ARMED AND OPERATIONAL* Tagline!)
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To: Wneighbor
Hummers as sportscars on steroids

You've got it!

37 posted on 03/01/2005 6:48:37 AM PST by Samwise (On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog.)
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To: msdrby

ohoh... mornin' prayers for elfboy.

gotta find out what I can feed him so he won't think I'm a gollum.


38 posted on 03/01/2005 6:48:39 AM PST by Wneighbor
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To: Samwise

BWAAAAAHAHAHAHAA - two sportscar mama's in Hummers. We'd be major terrors on the freeways. :-D


39 posted on 03/01/2005 6:49:53 AM PST by Wneighbor
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To: SAMWolf

I blame the foxhole. I didn't used to want to blow things up or play with flamethrowers.


40 posted on 03/01/2005 6:49:53 AM PST by Samwise (On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog.)
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To: snippy_about_it; SAMWolf

Good morning to ya! Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. No rain for a few days makes me start to believe that this really may be "sunny California". Thanks for the pings!

Cheers!


41 posted on 03/01/2005 6:51:24 AM PST by SZonian (Tagline???? I don't need no stinkin' tagline!)
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To: SAMWolf
Good morning, Sam...yep, I LOATHE February...

"Slick and the DNC!!"
(To be sung to Janis Joplin's "Me and Bobby McGee")

Started back in Ninety-Two, feelin' all our pain...
Lib'ral's Dealin' Fear as Jaded as Left's Dreams!!
Medyuh tore Bush, Sr. down...Biased fer a Change...
Left told us all, "Cam'lot's Back in Ol' DeeCee!!"

Slick broke all The Rules...Lib'ral Press just said, "Fantastic!!"
Justice turned "Off"...plump interns spanked Slick's tool...yeah!
Weirdo Lefties cheerin' Slime...Right thought the Country'd lost its Mind!!
MUD FReeped every song Dem Leftists spew!!

Freep fer Justice just 'cuz it's the Right thing to do...
Nothin' ain't worth nothin', Country, if we can't FReep!! No no!!
And Feelin' Good is easy, Lord, oh, when you Sing Fer Truth!!
You know FReepin' goons is good fer Liberty...
Seek Justice fer Slick and the Dee-N-See!!

Fer the Clinton Arkancides and Osama bin Laden...
Yeah Willie shared the blame fer Ol' Waco!!
Slick committed Treason...took bribes from Chi-Com scum...
Yeah, c'mon Congress, Justice must be Bold!!

One day up in the Senate, Lo-ord, we let Slick slip away...
We had'im dead to Rights, but DemRATS denied it!!
Folks, we'll shame all our forefathers if we don't make Clinton pay....
If we don't make TraitorWillie do his time!!

Freedom's not fer Lib'ral worlds, 'cuz Power's Left's to lose!!
Power?! DemRATS, don' y'all wanna be FRee?!
Slick's feelin' good and sleazy, Lo-o-ord, help me sing my tunes!!
'Cuz FReepin' fools is Truth enuff fer me...umm-hmmm!!
Seek Justice fer Slick and the Dee-N-See!!...Yeah...

Law da da, law da daa, law da daa da daa da daa
Law da da da daa dadada RE-Impeach!! Yeah!!
Law li daa da daa daa, law da daa da daa
Law law law law daada Indict Willie-ah yeah

Law di da, ladida LAW dida LAW di daa, ladida LAW dida LAW di daa
Hey there, Willie, now now, Vile Tyranny...yeah!!
Lo lo LO lolo LO lo law, lololo LO lolo LO lolo LO lolo LO law law
Hey Slick Willie, now now, you shan't be FRee!!

Left, you act like you love him...this despicable CAD!!
Right said, "It ain't 'bout Slick's lovers...but Slick's Treason's BAD!!"
C'mon, hey Slick Willie boy, you set Osama FRee...yeah!!
Lo lo lord above, oh lord, my lord, oh lord, oh lord, above...oh!!
Hey, hey, hey, FReedom ain't FRee!!...NO!!

[Mudboy kickin' it on pie-anny] Mudboy Slim (Started 12/06/03...finished 2/26/05)

42 posted on 03/01/2005 6:51:36 AM PST by Mudboy Slim (Dubyuh knows that the Road to Peace is paved by FReedom for all Peoples!!)
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To: Samwise; SAMWolf
I blame the foxhole. I didn't used to want to blow things up or play with flamethrowers.

I blame my brothers. It's a big job being the oldest sibling and female with only brothers. Ya gotta try to keep ahead of 'em on everything. :-)

Now, I'm glad I came over here to the Foxhole and found my friends already here. :-)

43 posted on 03/01/2005 6:52:19 AM PST by Wneighbor
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To: Valin
1917 Dinah Shore Winchester TN, singer (See the USA in a Chevrolet)

Mash the Chevy

"See the DMZ,
In your APC,
America will send you free of charge....

44 posted on 03/01/2005 6:52:41 AM PST by SAMWolf (Now...witness the power of this *FULLY ARMED AND OPERATIONAL* Tagline!)
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To: Wneighbor

Happy birthday to your daughter.

Thank her husband for his service for us.


45 posted on 03/01/2005 6:54:05 AM PST by SAMWolf (Now...witness the power of this *FULLY ARMED AND OPERATIONAL* Tagline!)
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To: Wneighbor
two sportscar mama's in Hummers. We'd be major terrors on the freeways

Do you think we could get Mel Gibson to join us?

46 posted on 03/01/2005 6:55:26 AM PST by Samwise (On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog.)
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To: Mudboy Slim

Wish I could hear ya sing that. :-)


47 posted on 03/01/2005 6:55:51 AM PST by Wneighbor
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To: msdrby

I hope elf-boy gets well soon.

48 posted on 03/01/2005 6:57:21 AM PST by SAMWolf (Now...witness the power of this *FULLY ARMED AND OPERATIONAL* Tagline!)
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To: Wneighbor; uncleshag
My Janis Joplin impression is a little rough, but I hope we can find a Lady FReeper with the voice to pull it off...thanks!!

FReegards...MUD

49 posted on 03/01/2005 6:57:48 AM PST by Mudboy Slim (Dubyuh knows that the Road to Peace is paved by FReedom for all Peoples!!)
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To: Samwise

So that means we're doing our job. :-)


50 posted on 03/01/2005 6:58:15 AM PST by SAMWolf (Now...witness the power of this *FULLY ARMED AND OPERATIONAL* Tagline!)
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