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  • BOLTON: RELEASED EMAILS PROVE HILLARY RESPONSIBLE FOR MURDER OF AMERICANS IN BENGHAZI

    05/23/2015 2:06:49 PM PDT · 11 of 62
    Homer_J_Simpson to McGruff

    Do you have a source for that graphic? I would like to save it for posting throughout the 2016 campaign or until “H” is hounded out of contention, whichever comes first.

  • Controversy over ‘global warming’ in Wyoming school curriculum

    05/23/2015 6:21:21 AM PDT · 9 of 29
    Homer_J_Simpson to george76

    Alan Simpson retired but he won’t go away. Sounds like has become a Howard Zinn fan.

  • AMERICANS ENTER SMASHED YONABARU IN SURGE ON EAST COAST OF OKINAWA (5/23/45)

    05/23/2015 4:52:11 AM PDT · 8 of 18
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/4/23.htm

    May 23rd, 1945 (WEDNESDAY)

    UNITED KINGDOM: British PM Churchill forms a caretaker government to serve until the elections. This action is due to the withdrawal of the Labour Party from the coalition government.

    The general election - the first for ten years - will be on 5 July. The run-up to the contest to decide Britain’s post-war future began today with Mr. Churchill going to see the King.

    He resigned as prime minister and thus automatically ended the wartime coalition government. The constitutional wheels had been well-oiled. Four hours later the king asked Mr. Churchill to form a new government. He agreed. But would the king then graciously dissolve parliament next month to allow the July election?

    The king assented. Mr. Churchill at once started forming a caretaker team in which Labour leaders and most of the Liberals will refuse to serve. Earlier this week the prime minister asked Labour to stay in the coalition government at least until Japan is defeated. Under pressure from party activists Mr. Attlee replied: “We will carry on only until October.”

    Mr. Churchill said that this was unacceptable for it would herald a period of damaging uncertainty. There is a feeling at Westminster that Labour’s vote-gathering organization is in a higher state of readiness than that of its rivals. This explains the tactical manoeuvring over the date.

    The Allies reveal PLUTO - the Pipeline Under The Ocean - which supplied them with fuel after the D-Day landings.

    Minesweeper HMS Mariner commissioned.

    HMC MTB 748 paid off.

    GERMANY: Heinrich Himmler now captured by the British, commits suicide between being searched and his first questioning. He died as he was being examined by a British doctor at Second Army HQ, Luneburg. He had been stripped and searched, but when the doctor put a finger in his mouth Himmler jerked his head back and crunched a tiny phial of cyanide. Stomach pumps and emetics failed to save him. He was left in a heap on the floor until he had been seen by a Red Army liaison officer. Himmler, who was 44, went on the run after Germany’s surrender. Stopped by a British patrol near Hamburg, he claimed to be a rural policeman called Heinrich Hitzinger, but under interrogation he removed the black eye patch he was wearing and put on the familiar full-moon glasses.

    Flensburg: Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz, the so-called Flensburg Führer, was arrested this morning along with members of his “government”. The German high command was also dissolved and the officers placed under arrest on the orders of General Eisenhower. Admiral Hans Georg von Friedeburg, who signed the surrender at Luneburg, was allowed to visit the lavatory after his arrest; there he took poison.

    Outside the town, at Schloss Glucksburg, Albert Speer, the minister of armaments and war production, was in his bath when an Allied officer told him that he was under arrest. “A good thing too,” he said. “It was just an opera anyway.”

    The Allies were fearful that without a German government acting as a central authority the Wehrmacht units would not surrender smoothly. Now the German surrender is effectively finished.

    For some Germans, however, it is a different story. Wernher von Braun and other rocket scientists have been taken to France to be put on board a ship for the US. Reinhard Gehlen, a senior intelligence officer, brought with him the files on German agents in the Soviet Union. He too has been made welcome by the Americans.

    St. Johann: US troops dig up $4 million in mixed currencies, believed to be Himmler’s personal cache.

    ARCTIC OCEAN: Frigate HMCS Loch Alvie departed Kola Inlet with Convoy RA-67.
    JAPAN: The 6th Marine Division south of Naha, Okinawa meets heavy resistance.

    The USAAF’s Twentieth Air Force based in the Mariana Islands flies Mission 181: During the night of 23/24 May, 520 out of 562 B-29 Superfortresses sent against Tokyo bomb an urban-industrial area south of the Imperial Palace along the western side of the harbor; five others hit targets of opportunity; 17 B-29s are lost; this is the largest number of B-29s participating in a single mission during World War II.

    Mines laid by B-29s sink three Japanese cargo vessels and damage a fourth.

    U.S.A.: Coast Guard-manned Army vessel FS-251 was commissioned with LT Robert A. Copeland, Jr. USCGR, as first commanding officer. He was succeeded 9 December 1945 by Boatswain Peter Butler, USCG. On 21 June 1944, she departed 3rd Naval District for the Southwest Pacific. On 7 December 1945, she was turned over with all equipment, stores, etc. to U. S. 6th Army at Nagoya, Japan, Captain J. J. Freeman, U. S. Army signing the receipt for the Army.

    Corvette HMCS Morden departed New York as escort for Convoy HX-358.

  • AMERICANS ENTER SMASHED YONABARU IN SURGE ON EAST COAST OF OKINAWA (5/23/45)

    05/23/2015 4:50:50 AM PDT · 7 of 18
    Homer_J_Simpson to r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...
    Port City is Passed (Rae) – 2-3
    Okinawa Heights Won by Surprise (Lawrence) – 3
    War News Summarized – 3
    The Rumble of War Machines and Prayers for the Dead Echo in the Pacific (photos) – 4
    4 Chinese Columns Hack Enemy Lines – 5
    Our Troops Seize Mindanao Airfield – 6
    Japanese Balloons Fall in West; Carry Bombs, but Prove Futile – 6-7
    Peace ‘Agitators’ Warned in Japan – 7
    Churchill Chides Labor Aides; Dissolution Move Likely Today (Daniel, Gruson) – 8
    Text of Churchill Letter – 8
    Herriot Confers with de Gaulle (Callender) – 9
    Portrait of a Thankful Man (photo) – 9
    Urges Executions of 1,500,000 Nazis – 9-10
    German Soldier Accuses SS Trooper of Killing American War Prisoners (photo) – 10
    Sees All 16 Soviets Asking League Bid (Porter) – 11
    Speech by Truman May Close Parley – 11
    Pilot of 16 War Flights Dies as Plane Passenger – 11
    Debate on Tariff is Begun in House (by Frederick R. Barkley) – 12
    8th Air Force Unit Gets Home by Plane (by William M. Blair) – 13-14
    A Stop-Over on the Flight That Will Take Them to Tokyo (photo) – 13
    Soviet Marshal Witnesses Fancy American Stepping (photo) – 14
    Says Senators Ask Jews’ Delegation – 14
    Woes in Divorce Ruling (by Arthur Krock) – 15
    Complexities Rule Parley (by Hanson W. Baldwin) – 16
    They Brought Forth the Rocket Bombs (photo) – 16
    The Texts of the Day’s Communiques on Fighting in Various Zones – 17
  • AMERICANS ENTER SMASHED YONABARU IN SURGE ON EAST COAST OF OKINAWA (5/23/45)

    05/23/2015 4:49:38 AM PDT · 6 of 18
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Continued from May 21.

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    Winston S. Churchill, Triumph and Tragedy

  • AMERICANS ENTER SMASHED YONABARU IN SURGE ON EAST COAST OF OKINAWA (5/23/45)

    05/23/2015 4:48:40 AM PDT · 5 of 18
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Continued from May 12.

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    Major General H.W. Blakeley, USA, Ret., 32d Infantry Division World War II

  • AMERICANS ENTER SMASHED YONABARU IN SURGE ON EAST COAST OF OKINAWA (5/23/45)

    05/23/2015 4:47:38 AM PDT · 4 of 18
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Continued from May 8.

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    John Toland, The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945

  • AMERICANS ENTER SMASHED YONABARU IN SURGE ON EAST COAST OF OKINAWA (5/23/45)

    05/23/2015 4:45:55 AM PDT · 3 of 18
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
  • AMERICANS ENTER SMASHED YONABARU IN SURGE ON EAST COAST OF OKINAWA (5/23/45)

    05/23/2015 4:44:53 AM PDT · 2 of 18
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
    Southern Okinawa: Naha-Shuri-Yonabaru, 1945 – Tenth Army Operations, 10 May-30 June 1945
    Okinawa, Ryukyus Islands, 1945: Japanese Thirty Second Army Defensive Dispositions, 1 April 1945
    Luzon, P.I., 1941: Final Operations on Luzon, 3 February-20 July 1945
    Southeast Asia, 1941: Final Allied Offensives in the Southwest Pacific Area 19 February-1 July 1945
    China, 1941: Operation Ichigo, 1945 and Final Operations in the War
    Southern Asia, 1941: Third Burma Campaign-Allied Victory, April-May 1945
  • AMERICANS ENTER SMASHED YONABARU IN SURGE ON EAST COAST OF OKINAWA (5/23/45)

    05/23/2015 4:44:22 AM PDT · 1 of 18
    Homer_J_Simpson
    Free Republic University, Department of History presents World War II Plus 70 Years: Seminar and Discussion Forum
    First session: September 1, 2009. Last date to add: September 2, 2015.
    Reading assignment: New York Times articles and the occasional radio broadcast delivered daily to students on the 70th anniversary of original publication date. (Previously posted articles can be found by searching on keyword “realtime” Or view Homer’s posting history .)
    To add this class to or drop it from your schedule notify Admissions and Records (Attn: Homer_J_Simpson) by freepmail. Those on the Realtime +/- 70 Years ping list are automatically enrolled. Also visit our general discussion thread.
  • MARINES AT NAHA REPEL FOE, SOME CLAD IN U.S. UNIFORMS; 1ST ARMY GOING TO PACIFIC (5/22/45)

    05/22/2015 4:22:00 AM PDT · 5 of 17
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/4/22.htm

    May 22nd, 1945 (TUESDAY)

    UNITED KINGDOM: The cost of victory was emphasized again today with the announcement that rations of bacon, cooking fats and soap are to be cut. Supplies are now to be shared with the liberated European countries which were kept short of food by the Germans. The weekly ration of cooking fat is halved from two ounces to one ounce, that of bacon reduced from four to three ounces, and soap rations are cut by an eighth. Fish and fruit, though, are expected to become more plentiful. Rations for non-labouring PoWs are to be cut.

    London: A gang of 25 German PoWs was put to work today in the suburbs of South-east London, to start rebuilding the country which their leader swore that he would defeat and destroy during the war. Equipped with picks and shovels, they began excavating an 18-foot sewage trench which will serve new houses, and were hard at it from 8.45am to 5.45pm. They were visited by Duncan Sandys, the minister of works, who spoke in German with some of the men. He said of them later: “We hope to get a lot of good work out of these chaps.”

    GERMANY: Bremervorde, near Hamburg: A British patrol arrests Heinrich Himmler.

    JAPAN: The USAAF’s Twentieth Air Force in the Mariana Islands flies Mission 180: During the night of 22/23 May, 30 B-29 Superfortresses mine Shimonoseki Strait and approaches in Japan; one B-29 is lost.

    Okinawa: US troops capture Conical Hill and enter Yonabaru.

    CANADA: HMC MTB 726 paid off.
    U.S.A.: President Truman reports to Congress on Lend Lease as of March, 1945.

    British - 12,775,000,000 tons

    USSR - 8,409,000,000 tons

    Reverse Lend Lease, mostly British, is 5,000,000,000 tons.

    The Coast Guard accepted the Army vessel, FS-34. On 4 October 1945, she was ordered to proceed to Ketchikan for further transfer to DCGO, 13th Naval District. On 6 October 1945, she departed Dutch Harbor for Kodiak and Ketchikan for Seattle. On 25 January 1946 she was at sea on a freight and supply run to Spring Island and DCGO, Seattle, advised that she would be turned back to the Army on her arrival in Seattle. On 30 January 1946, she was decommissioned as a Coast Guard-manned vessel and returned to the Army on 6 February 1946.
    Escort carrier USS Okinawa laid down.

    Minesweeper USS Shoveler commissioned.

    Destroyer USS Harwood launched.

  • MARINES AT NAHA REPEL FOE, SOME CLAD IN U.S. UNIFORMS; 1ST ARMY GOING TO PACIFIC (5/22/45)

    05/22/2015 4:21:04 AM PDT · 4 of 17
    Homer_J_Simpson to r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...
    Mad Charge Fails (Rae) – 2-3
    Shuri Drive Aided by Mighty Barrage (Lawrence) – 3
    War News Summarized – 3
    Flame Throwers, Explosives and Small Arms Used to Rout Japanese on Okinawa (photos) – 4-5
    New Chinese Push Takes Major Base – 6-7
    Drive on Mindanao Advances 10 Miles – 7
    Japan’s Students to Meet Invasion – 7
    Hodges’ Forces to Visit U.S. Before Moving to Far East – 8
    Fighter Ace Here From Europe Is Eager to Battle the Japanese – 8
    Nazi ‘Plot’ Against Eisenhower A Great Hoax to Spur Morale (Hill) – 9
    Doctor Describes Hitler Injections (Long) – 9-10
    Soviet Preparing for Future Tests (Sulzberger) – 10
    Texts of Day’s War Communiques – 11
    Minelayer Fleet Leader Killed in Pacific Action – 11
  • MARINES AT NAHA REPEL FOE, SOME CLAD IN U.S. UNIFORMS; 1ST ARMY GOING TO PACIFIC (5/22/45)

    05/22/2015 4:19:48 AM PDT · 3 of 17
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
  • MARINES AT NAHA REPEL FOE, SOME CLAD IN U.S. UNIFORMS; 1ST ARMY GOING TO PACIFIC (5/22/45)

    05/22/2015 4:18:49 AM PDT · 2 of 17
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
    Southern Okinawa: Naha-Shuri-Yonabaru, 1945 – Tenth Army Operations, 10 May-30 June 1945
    Okinawa, Ryukyus Islands, 1945: Japanese Thirty Second Army Defensive Dispositions, 1 April 1945
    Luzon, P.I., 1941: Final Operations on Luzon, 3 February-20 July 1945
    Southeast Asia, 1941: Final Allied Offensives in the Southwest Pacific Area 19 February-1 July 1945
    China, 1941: Operation Ichigo, 1945 and Final Operations in the War
    Southern Asia, 1941: Third Burma Campaign-Allied Victory, April-May 1945
  • MARINES AT NAHA REPEL FOE, SOME CLAD IN U.S. UNIFORMS; 1ST ARMY GOING TO PACIFIC (5/22/45)

    05/22/2015 4:18:20 AM PDT · 1 of 17
    Homer_J_Simpson
    Free Republic University, Department of History presents World War II Plus 70 Years: Seminar and Discussion Forum
    First session: September 1, 2009. Last date to add: September 2, 2015.
    Reading assignment: New York Times articles and the occasional radio broadcast delivered daily to students on the 70th anniversary of original publication date. (Previously posted articles can be found by searching on keyword “realtime” Or view Homer’s posting history .)
    To add this class to or drop it from your schedule notify Admissions and Records (Attn: Homer_J_Simpson) by freepmail. Those on the Realtime +/- 70 Years ping list are automatically enrolled. Also visit our general discussion thread.
  • THREE U.S. COLUMNS ENVELOPING SHURI, STRONG POINT IN SOUTH OKINAWA LINE (5/21/45)

    05/21/2015 3:53:56 PM PDT · 28 of 33
    Homer_J_Simpson to henkster; Hebrews 11:6
    I was thinking of a daily thread on the Punic Wars from 264 BC to 146 BC.

    Intriguing idea. I will check with Monterey Public Library on the availability of microfilm of the Roma Gazette for years circa 200 B.C. As for the 10% increase - Done. I already put the paperwork through and you will see the raise on your next check. I will continue to process payments through the Clinton Global Initiative.

  • THREE U.S. COLUMNS ENVELOPING SHURI, STRONG POINT IN SOUTH OKINAWA LINE (5/21/45)

    05/21/2015 11:12:47 AM PDT · 19 of 33
    Homer_J_Simpson to henkster; Hebrews 11:6

    You’ve got no choice. Your contract here at FU runs through Sept. 3 of this year.

  • THREE U.S. COLUMNS ENVELOPING SHURI, STRONG POINT IN SOUTH OKINAWA LINE (5/21/45)

    05/21/2015 7:18:23 AM PDT · 10 of 33
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson

    Another example of “can’t imagine the N.Y. Times doing this today”: The title over the page 1 photo.

  • THREE U.S. COLUMNS ENVELOPING SHURI, STRONG POINT IN SOUTH OKINAWA LINE (5/21/45)

    05/21/2015 4:27:28 AM PDT · 7 of 33
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/4/21.htm

    May 21st, 1945 (MONDAY)

    UNITED KINGDOM: Blackpool: The Labour Party votes to withdraw its support from the coalition government.

    Corvette HMCS Stellarton and frigate HMCS Sea Cliff departed Londonderry to join Convoy ON-304.

    HMC MTB 727 and 797 paid off.

    Minesweeper HMS Michael commissioned.

    GERMANY: Belsen: By order of the British, the last remaining hut of the concentration camp is burnt to the ground.

    Göring is transferred from Augsburg PoW camp to the Palace Hotel at Mondorf, where he joins other senior Nazis awaiting interrogation.

    SOUTH AFRICA: Frigate SAS Transvaal commissioned.

    SYRIA: Damascus: Fresh violence in the Middle East seems likely in the wake of decisions today by Syria and Lebanon to break off negotiations with France. Arab nationalists are attempting to assert their claims for independence, but France has so far seemed to determined to maintain its hold on the Levant through indirect rule. In 1941, when the Free French liberated Syria and Lebanon from Vichy, they offered independence. Since then limited self-government, with France controlling defence and external affairs, has been permitted, but attempts to attain full independence have been countered by French imperial troops.
    JAPAN: The US III Corps pushes hard on Okinawa. The Japanese begin to pull back from the Shuri Line.

    Bonin Islands; Iwo Jima: Three United States’ serviceman are killed and eleven injured when two Japanese bombers raid the island at night. Both aircraft are shot down by flak.

    U.S.A.: Destroyer USS Dyess commissioned.

    Destroyer USS William C Lawe launched.

  • THREE U.S. COLUMNS ENVELOPING SHURI, STRONG POINT IN SOUTH OKINAWA LINE (5/21/45)

    05/21/2015 4:26:48 AM PDT · 6 of 33
    Homer_J_Simpson to r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...
    Marines in Thrust (Jones) – 2
    Five ‘Dead’ Emerge Alive on Okinawa (Lawrence) – 3
    Japanese Pilots Now Easy to Kill (Moscow) – 3
    Truman to Honor a Hero Today – 3
    Chinese Fan Out in Foochow Area (Durdin) – 4-5
    Another Mindanao Airfield Won; Japan’s Philippine Loss 369,818 – 5-6
    Soviet Will Train, Equip Czech Army – 6
    War News Summarized – 6
    Goering’s Private Art Collection, Put at $200,000,000, Is on Show (Johnston) – 8
    Hess’ Doctor Give ‘Inside’ Story (by Raymond Daniell) – 8
    Churchill’s Plea Rejected by Labor (by Sydney Gruson) – 9
    San Francisco Outlook (by Hanson W. Baldwin) – 11
    The Texts of the Day’s Communiques on Fighting in Various Zones – 12-13
    Books of the Times (by Orville Prescott) – 13
  • THREE U.S. COLUMNS ENVELOPING SHURI, STRONG POINT IN SOUTH OKINAWA LINE (5/21/45)

    05/21/2015 4:25:29 AM PDT · 5 of 33
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    The first of the following three excerpts is continued from May 19. The second from May 18.

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    Winston S. Churchill, Triumph and Tragedy

  • THREE U.S. COLUMNS ENVELOPING SHURI, STRONG POINT IN SOUTH OKINAWA LINE (5/21/45)

    05/21/2015 4:17:22 AM PDT · 4 of 33
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Continued from May 5.

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    John Toland, The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945

  • THREE U.S. COLUMNS ENVELOPING SHURI, STRONG POINT IN SOUTH OKINAWA LINE (5/21/45)

    05/21/2015 4:16:34 AM PDT · 3 of 33
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
  • THREE U.S. COLUMNS ENVELOPING SHURI, STRONG POINT IN SOUTH OKINAWA LINE (5/21/45)

    05/21/2015 4:15:48 AM PDT · 2 of 33
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
    Southern Okinawa: Naha-Shuri-Yonabaru, 1945 – Tenth Army Operations, 10 May-30 June 1945
    Okinawa, Ryukyus Islands, 1945: Japanese Thirty Second Army Defensive Dispositions, 1 April 1945
    Luzon, P.I., 1941: Final Operations on Luzon, 3 February-20 July 1945
    Southeast Asia, 1941: Final Allied Offensives in the Southwest Pacific Area 19 February-1 July 1945
    China, 1941: Operation Ichigo, 1945 and Final Operations in the War
    Southern Asia, 1941: Third Burma Campaign-Allied Victory, April-May 1945
  • THREE U.S. COLUMNS ENVELOPING SHURI, STRONG POINT IN SOUTH OKINAWA LINE (5/21/45)

    05/21/2015 4:15:17 AM PDT · 1 of 33
    Homer_J_Simpson
    Free Republic University, Department of History presents World War II Plus 70 Years: Seminar and Discussion Forum
    First session: September 1, 2009. Last date to add: September 2, 2015.
    Reading assignment: New York Times articles and the occasional radio broadcast delivered daily to students on the 70th anniversary of original publication date. (Previously posted articles can be found by searching on keyword “realtime” Or view Homer’s posting history .)
    To add this class to or drop it from your schedule notify Admissions and Records (Attn: Homer_J_Simpson) by freepmail. Those on the Realtime +/- 70 Years ping list are automatically enrolled. Also visit our general discussion thread.
  • OKINAWA BATTLE UNABATED; KEY HILL WON FOR 5TH TIME (5/20/45)

    05/20/2015 12:23:04 PM PDT · 16 of 23
    Homer_J_Simpson to EternalVigilance
    The #1 Song In The US On May 20, 1945

    Sentimental Journey - Les Brown and the Ames Brothers

    The Ames Brothers didn't hit the charts until 1948 and recorded "Sentimental Journey" in 1951. The current version, also with the Les Brown Orchestra, was sung by Doris Day.

    “Sentimental Journey” – Les Brown, with Doris Day

    (Also posted May 19.)

  • CBS World News Today – May 20, 1945

    05/20/2015 11:59:14 AM PDT · 2 of 5
    Homer_J_Simpson to r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...
    Postwar reports from Paris London, Rome. An interview with a sailor from the U.S.S. Franklin, returned to New York after being hit by a kamikaze off Okinawa. A report from San Francisco on the U.N. conference. Something is going on in Tangier. At this critical time severe droughts in the western hemisphere is hampering food production. And so on.

    To listen to the broadcast click on the link below.

    CBS World News Today, May 20, 1945

  • CBS World News Today – May 20, 1945

    05/20/2015 11:58:12 AM PDT · 1 of 5
    Homer_J_Simpson
    Free Republic University, Department of History presents World War II Plus 70 Years: Seminar and Discussion Forum
    First session: September 1, 2009. Last date to add: September 2, 2015.
    Reading assignment: New York Times articles and the occasional radio broadcast delivered daily to students on the 70th anniversary of original publication date. (Previously posted articles can be found by searching on keyword “realtime” Or view Homer’s posting history .)
    To add this class to or drop it from your schedule notify Admissions and Records (Attn: Homer_J_Simpson) by freepmail. Those on the Realtime +/- 70 Years ping list are automatically enrolled. Also visit our general discussion thread.
  • OKINAWA GAINS ARE SLOWED AS RESISTANCE INTENSIFIES; BIG B-29 FORCE HITS TOKYO (5/19/45)

    05/20/2015 5:23:16 AM PDT · 33 of 34
    Homer_J_Simpson to henkster; BroJoeK
    My father's division was also scheduled to land in Olympic. But he had already been evacuated to a stateside hospital.

    So I would be here anyhow.

    Neener neener.

  • OKINAWA BATTLE UNABATED; KEY HILL WON FOR 5TH TIME (5/20/45)

    05/20/2015 4:46:56 AM PDT · 7 of 23
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/4/20.htm

    May 20th, 1945 (SUNDAY)

    GERMANY: Berlin: The Soviet occupiers appoint Dr Arthur Werner as the city’s Oberburgmeister.

    JAPAN: The USAAF’s Twentieth Air Force flies Mission 179: During the night of 20/21 May, 30 B-29 Superfortresses mine Shimonoseki Strait, Maizuru harbor, and He-Saki anchorage; one B-29 is lost.

    Japanese kamikazes are active off Okinawa:

    - The destroyer USS Thatcher (DD-514) is struck by a kamikaze which passed down her port side, climbed steeply, did a wingover and dived in the ship striking aft of the bridge. The ship had a 6x9 foot (1.8x2.7 m) hole between the keel and the bilge. With 14 killed or missing and 53 wounded, the stricken ship limped into Kerama Retto.

    - The destroyer escort USS John C. Butler (DE-339) is attacked by six kamikazes just before sunset; five are shot down and the sixth strikes the mast damaging the mast and the antennas.

    - The high-speed transport USS Chase (APD-54, ex DE-158) shots down a kamikaze but the aircraft splashes 10 yards (9.1 m) from the ship and the explosion of the two bombs carried by the aircraft rip the ship’s hull open, flooding the engine and fire rooms. With her steering gear jammed at hard left rudder, Chase drove off another suicide plane. Listing so badly as to be in danger of capsizing, Chase was kept afloat by her crew and towed into Kerama Retto for repairs.

    - The high-speed transport USS Register (APD-92, ex DE-233) is attacked by four kamikazes at 1925 hours; two are shot down but one attacking from ahead, began a low, gliding run in an attempt to crash the bridge. Passing down the port side, the kamikaze was deflected overboard by the kingpost, which buckled and crashed over No. 3 40mm. gun mount, wounding 12 of the crew, including the gun captain, and causing considerable damage to the hull. The fourth plane though damaged, escaped. - The tank landing ship USS LST-808 is also damaged by a kamikaze.

  • OKINAWA BATTLE UNABATED; KEY HILL WON FOR 5TH TIME (5/20/45)

    05/20/2015 4:46:05 AM PDT · 6 of 23
    Homer_J_Simpson to r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...
    Sugar Loaf Taken (Moscow, Lawrence) – 2-3
    A ‘Baka Bomb’ Tries to Hit a Destroyer (Jones) – 3
    Battleship Chief Killed Off Luzon – 3
    Foochow Regained in Chinese Assault – 4
    62,000 Japanese Believed in Burma (Durdin) – 5
    Mindanao Battle Rages at Airfield – 5
    Japanese Killed at Rate of 14 to 1 – 5
    Nagoya: Key Japanese Industrial War Area Fired by Our Incendiary Bombs (photo) – 6
    B-29’s Drop 2,000 Tons of Demolition Bombs On Hamamatsu War Factories on Honshu – 7
    Zionists Prepare Homes for 200,000 (Meltzer) – 7
    War News Summarized – 7
    The Fifteenth Army’s Zone of Occupation (map) – 8
    15th Army Zone in Reich Defined; Saar, Rhine, Ruhr Areas Included (Hill) – 9
    A German Submarine, Bound for Japan, Surrenders to American Navy (photos) – 10
    Big U-Boat Arrives with High General (by William M. Blair) – 10-11
    Good Cheer Marks Veterans’ Return – 11
    Extra Bond Is Easier Way to Pay For Peace Than Dying, Patton Says – 12
    The Veteran (by Charles Hurd) – 13
    Air Shelter Built in the White House – 13
    The Texts of the Day’s War Communiques – 14

    The News of the Week in Review
    As the Fighting on “Bloody Okinawa” Enters Its Eighth Week (photo, map) – 15-16
    ‘Kamikaze’ – 16-17
    Big Three Issues – 17-20
    Charter for Peace – 20-21
    Quotations – 21
    Fifteen News Questions – 21
    The Net Around Japan and Her Empire Draws Tighter (map) – 22
    Blows to Crush Japan Are Now Foreshadowed (by Hanson W. Baldwin) – 23-24
    “Giving It His Undivided Attention” (cartoon) – 24
    “The Last Bastion” (cartoon) – 24
    600,000 Japanese By-Passed (Moscow) – 25
    Answers to Fifteen News Questions – 25

  • OKINAWA BATTLE UNABATED; KEY HILL WON FOR 5TH TIME (5/20/45)

    05/20/2015 4:44:57 AM PDT · 5 of 23
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    The first excerpt below is continued from May 17.

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    Winston S. Churchill, Triumph and Tragedy

  • OKINAWA BATTLE UNABATED; KEY HILL WON FOR 5TH TIME (5/20/45)

    05/20/2015 4:44:10 AM PDT · 4 of 23
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Continued from May 10.

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    Stephen E. Ambrose, Band of Brothers

  • OKINAWA BATTLE UNABATED; KEY HILL WON FOR 5TH TIME (5/20/45)

    05/20/2015 4:43:05 AM PDT · 3 of 23
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
  • OKINAWA BATTLE UNABATED; KEY HILL WON FOR 5TH TIME (5/20/45)

    05/20/2015 4:42:21 AM PDT · 2 of 23
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
    Southern Okinawa: Naha-Shuri-Yonabaru, 1945 – Tenth Army Operations, 10 May-30 June 1945
    Okinawa, Ryukyus Islands, 1945: Japanese Thirty Second Army Defensive Dispositions, 1 April 1945
    Luzon, P.I., 1941: Final Operations on Luzon, 3 February-20 July 1945
    Southeast Asia, 1941: Final Allied Offensives in the Southwest Pacific Area 19 February-1 July 1945
    China, 1941: Operation Ichigo, 1945 and Final Operations in the War
    Southern Asia, 1941: Third Burma Campaign-Allied Victory, April-May 1945
  • OKINAWA BATTLE UNABATED; KEY HILL WON FOR 5TH TIME (5/20/45)

    05/20/2015 4:41:53 AM PDT · 1 of 23
    Homer_J_Simpson
    Free Republic University, Department of History presents World War II Plus 70 Years: Seminar and Discussion Forum
    First session: September 1, 2009. Last date to add: September 2, 2015.
    Reading assignment: New York Times articles and the occasional radio broadcast delivered daily to students on the 70th anniversary of original publication date. (Previously posted articles can be found by searching on keyword “realtime” Or view Homer’s posting history .)
    To add this class to or drop it from your schedule notify Admissions and Records (Attn: Homer_J_Simpson) by freepmail. Those on the Realtime +/- 70 Years ping list are automatically enrolled. Also visit our general discussion thread.
  • OKINAWA GAINS ARE SLOWED AS RESISTANCE INTENSIFIES; BIG B-29 FORCE HITS TOKYO (5/19/45)

    05/19/2015 6:06:33 PM PDT · 27 of 34
    Homer_J_Simpson to Steven Scharf

    Correct. I don’t think we have see a headline smaller than 4 columns since before D-Day.

  • OKINAWA GAINS ARE SLOWED AS RESISTANCE INTENSIFIES; BIG B-29 FORCE HITS TOKYO (5/19/45)

    05/19/2015 5:23:22 PM PDT · 25 of 34
    Homer_J_Simpson to Tenlein

    Yes, they got the wrong date on that one.

  • OKINAWA GAINS ARE SLOWED AS RESISTANCE INTENSIFIES; BIG B-29 FORCE HITS TOKYO (5/19/45)

    05/19/2015 9:45:35 AM PDT · 16 of 34
    Homer_J_Simpson to DickBrannigan

    You get an A for the day.

  • OKINAWA GAINS ARE SLOWED AS RESISTANCE INTENSIFIES; BIG B-29 FORCE HITS TOKYO (5/19/45)

    05/19/2015 8:57:31 AM PDT · 14 of 34
    Homer_J_Simpson to DickBrannigan

    I am curious as to how you caught that. Very interesting, btw.

  • OKINAWA GAINS ARE SLOWED AS RESISTANCE INTENSIFIES; BIG B-29 FORCE HITS TOKYO (5/19/45)

    05/19/2015 4:36:53 AM PDT · 8 of 34
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/4/19.htm

    May 19th, 1945 (SATURDAY)

    UNITED KINGDOM: Minesweeper HMS Pyrrhus launched.

    GERMANY: Flensburg: Alfred Rosenberg, the Nazi Party’s unofficial philosopher, responsible for formulating the party’s race policies, is arrested.

    Hermann Göring is captured by forces of the American Seventh Army. (Gene Hanson)

    MIDDLE EAST: French troops arrive in Syria and Lebanon, sparking off nationalist demonstrations

    NEW GUINEA: Australian forces capture Wewak, the last Japanese-held port on the mainland, after a bitter struggle.

    JAPAN: As 272 B-29s today hit Hamamatsu on Mission 178, it was revealed that a quarter of Nagoya, Japan’s main aircraft-manufacturing city, has been flattened by two raids in the last week.

    The aircraft, from the USAAF’s Twentieth Air Force based on the Mariana Islands, also made an abortive raid on aircraft industry targets in Tachikawa. 14 others hit targets of opportunity; four B-29s are lost.

    The raids on the two cities are the start of attacks on Japan’s secondary industrial centres with populations under 200,000.

    Reconnaissance photos released today revealed the results of two fire-bomb raids by fleets of over 450 B-29s, the largest so far to strike at mainland Japan, which hit Nagoya three and five days ago, setting fire to 5.9 square miles of the city. Since incendiary attacks began, nearly 60 square miles of Japanese cities have been wiped out. Nagoya’s Aichi aircraft works and two other key factories were destroyed, while Mitsubishi’s aircraft plant, the world’s largest, was damaged. Results of today’s high-explosive raid on Hamamatsu, 120 miles from Tokyo, are not known. Bombs were dropped through the clouds from medium altitude using precision instruments.

    RYUKU ISLANDS: Ie Shima: VII Fighter Command, United States’ Seventh Air Force bases the 413th Fighter Group flying P-47Ns on this island.

    CHINA: Foochow: Japanese troops today abandoned the east coast treaty port of Foochow, seven months after capturing it. Two other east-coast ports, Amoy and Swatow, have also been abandoned, their forces retreating to Hong Kong, confirming reports that Tokyo has ordered a strategic withdrawal from south China. Since the US recapture of the Philippines these ports have come within US bomber range. In the event of an invasion these garrisons would be isolated, cut off from support from Japan or Formosa.

    CANADA: The only submarine to be operated by the RCN during the war is commissioned. HMCS Esquimault is the former U-190. (Dave Hornford)

    U.S.A.: Escort carrier USS Salerno Bay commissioned.

    U-873 commander, Kptlt Friedrich Steinhoff, committed suicide while being kept in a street prison in Boston instead of a POW camp.

    Corvette HMCS Barrie departed New York with Convoy HX-357.

  • OKINAWA GAINS ARE SLOWED AS RESISTANCE INTENSIFIES; BIG B-29 FORCE HITS TOKYO (5/19/45)

    05/19/2015 4:36:03 AM PDT · 7 of 34
    Homer_J_Simpson to r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...
    Hill Battles Rage (Lawrence) – 2-3
    Japanese Cruiser Sunk Off Penang – 3
    War News Summarized – 3
    Okinawa: Blasting the Japanese With Artillery and Small Arms (photos) – 4-5
    Japanese Capital Attacked In New Demolition Bombing (Jones) – 5-6
    M’Arthur Inflicts 4 Defeats on Foe (Parrott) – 6
    Moulmein is Goal of Fleeing Enemy – 6
    50,000 ‘Useless’ Nazi Prisoners And Fritz Kuhn Will Be Sent Home (Shalett) – 7
    De Gaulle Appeals on Aid to Captives (Callender) – 7
    Hatred for Germans Tempers Joy Of 197 Ex-Prisoners on Arrival – 8
    Boarding Party Tore Out Demolition Charges In U-Boat That Was Forced Up, Deserted – 8
    2,500,000 Refugees under Allied Care (Hill) – 9
    Enjoying Hitler’s Favorite View at Berchtesgaden (photo) – 9
    Texts of Day’s War Communiques – 11
  • OKINAWA GAINS ARE SLOWED AS RESISTANCE INTENSIFIES; BIG B-29 FORCE HITS TOKYO (5/19/45)

    05/19/2015 4:34:46 AM PDT · 6 of 34
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Billboard Top 10 (or Top 12) for the Week of May 19, 1945

    #1 – “Sentimental Journey” – Les Brown, with Doris Day
    #2 - “Bell Bottom Trousers” - Tony Pastor, with Ruth McCullough
    #3 - “My Dreams are Getting Better All the Time” - Les Brown, with Doris Day
    #4 – “There! I’ve Said It Again” – Vaughn Monroe
    #5 - “Candy” - Johnny Mercer, with Jo Stafford and the Pied Pipers
    #6 - “Dream” - Pied Pipers
    #7 – “Laura” – Woody Herman
    #8 - “Chloe” - Spike Jones, with Red Ingle
    #8 – “Laura” – Freddy Martin
    #9 - “Caldonia” - Woody Herman
    #10 – “Laura” - Dick Haymes
    #10 - “You Belong to My Heart” - Charlie Spivak, with Jimmy Saunders

  • OKINAWA GAINS ARE SLOWED AS RESISTANCE INTENSIFIES; BIG B-29 FORCE HITS TOKYO (5/19/45)

    05/19/2015 4:34:00 AM PDT · 5 of 34
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    The following audio clip is from a CBC report on the winter struggle in Holland (0:45).

    Matthew Halton

  • OKINAWA GAINS ARE SLOWED AS RESISTANCE INTENSIFIES; BIG B-29 FORCE HITS TOKYO (5/19/45)

    05/19/2015 4:33:26 AM PDT · 4 of 34
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Continued from May 12.

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    Winston S. Churchill, Triumph and Tragedy

  • OKINAWA GAINS ARE SLOWED AS RESISTANCE INTENSIFIES; BIG B-29 FORCE HITS TOKYO (5/19/45)

    05/19/2015 4:32:42 AM PDT · 3 of 34
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
  • OKINAWA GAINS ARE SLOWED AS RESISTANCE INTENSIFIES; BIG B-29 FORCE HITS TOKYO (5/19/45)

    05/19/2015 4:31:49 AM PDT · 2 of 34
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
    Southern Okinawa: Naha-Shuri-Yonabaru, 1945 – Tenth Army Operations, 10 May-30 June 1945
    Okinawa, Ryukyus Islands, 1945: Japanese Thirty Second Army Defensive Dispositions, 1 April 1945
    Luzon, P.I., 1941: Final Operations on Luzon, 3 February-20 July 1945
    Southeast Asia, 1941: Final Allied Offensives in the Southwest Pacific Area 19 February-1 July 1945
    China, 1941: Operation Ichigo, 1945 and Final Operations in the War
    Southern Asia, 1941: Third Burma Campaign-Allied Victory, April-May 1945
  • OKINAWA GAINS ARE SLOWED AS RESISTANCE INTENSIFIES; BIG B-29 FORCE HITS TOKYO (5/19/45)

    05/19/2015 4:31:19 AM PDT · 1 of 34
    Homer_J_Simpson
    Free Republic University, Department of History presents World War II Plus 70 Years: Seminar and Discussion Forum
    First session: September 1, 2009. Last date to add: September 2, 2015.
    Reading assignment: New York Times articles and the occasional radio broadcast delivered daily to students on the 70th anniversary of original publication date. (Previously posted articles can be found by searching on keyword “realtime” Or view Homer’s posting history .)
    To add this class to or drop it from your schedule notify Admissions and Records (Attn: Homer_J_Simpson) by freepmail. Those on the Realtime +/- 70 Years ping list are automatically enrolled. Also visit our general discussion thread.
  • MARINES WIN FOOTHOLD IN NAHA; INFANTRY GAINS IN EAST OKINAWA (5/18/45)

    05/18/2015 4:29:34 PM PDT · 12 of 16
    Homer_J_Simpson to Hebrews 11:6
    Thanks for including that remarkable story, of which I was ignorant, of the Franklin.

    I find this project to be of benefit to the ignorant. Every day, without fail, I post something of which I was previously ignorant. If not before I posted it then before I came across it on the microfilm. The trials of the Franklin is one of several examples of this from today's post

  • MARINES WIN FOOTHOLD IN NAHA; INFANTRY GAINS IN EAST OKINAWA (5/18/45)

    05/18/2015 4:16:52 AM PDT · 6 of 16
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/4/18.htm

    May 18th, 1945 (FRIDAY)

    ÉIRE: Dublin: De Valera announced a $12 million food and clothing aid programme for Europe.

    UNITED KINGDOM:
    HMC MTB 736 and MTB 746 paid off.

    Repair ship HMS Portland Bill launched.

    GERMANY: Flensburg: Dönitz issues an order of the day to the Wehrmacht in which he attempts to exonerate himself by expressing horror at the concentration camps and distancing the military from Nazi atrocities.

    Bremen: Lt. George Gosse (1912-65), RANVR, for the third time in ten days worked underwater to defuse a mine with a new, highly unpredictable type of mechanism. (George Cross)

    ITALY: 44 Fascists are reported to have been murdered in Milan. (180 pp 238,239)
    JAPAN: The USAAF’s Twentieth Air Force flies Mission 177: During the night of 18/19 May, 30 B-29 Superfortresses mine Shimonoseki Strait and Tsuruga Harbor in Japan.

    The 6th Marine Division is involved in heavy fighting at Sugar Loaf Hill in Okinawa.

    Off Okinawa:

    - The destroyer USS Longshaw (DD-559), en route to her patrol area, runs aground on a coral reef just south of Naha airfield. While a tug was taking Longshaw in tow, Japanese shore batteries opened up and her bow was completely blown off by a hit in the forward magazine. The “Abandon Ship” order was given but 86 of her crew, including the captain, died. The wreck was destroyed by gunfire and torpedoes from U.S. ships.

    - Two kamikazes make a coordinated attack on the high-speed transport USS Sims (APD-50, ex DE-154). Both aircraft are hit by AA fire and crash into the water on her port side with a violent explosions that lifts and shakes the entire ship resulting in serious oil leaks and considerable damage to machinery and equipment. The crew repairs the damage and continues patrolling.

    - Tank landing ship USS LST-808 is damaged by an aerial torpedo.

    - The U.S. freighter SS Cornelius Vanderbilt is bombed and set afire.

    The ship is carrying gasoline and explosives but the crew and 108 stevedores on board put out the fire.

    MARIANAS ISLANDS: The advance air echelon of the 509th Composite Group arrives at North Field, Tinian Island, Mariana Islands. The 509th is scheduled to deliver atomic bomb attacks on Japan; its Commanding Officer is Colonel Paul W Tibbets Jr, a pilot with a distinguished record in the 97th Bombardment Group (Heavy) in Europe and North Africa.

    U.S.A.:
    Escort carrier USS Point Cruz launched.

    Minesweeper USS Towhee commissioned.