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Posts by occamrzr06

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  • Family questions death of murder victim's longtime partner (NC Community College Shooting)

    04/16/2015 6:20:51 PM PDT · 9 of 25
    occamrzr06 to Gamecock
    Nothing to see here, just a gay predator indoctrinating a 16 year old.

    It's a predatory lifestyle.

  • 27.49% of Everyone's Tax Bill Is Spent on Health Care

    04/16/2015 11:05:52 AM PDT · 8 of 43
    occamrzr06 to free_life

    73% of all stats are made up, including this one.

  • PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT IS DEAD; TRUMAN TO CONTINUE POLICIES; 9TH CROSSES ELBE, NEARS BERLIN (4/13/45)

  • Ten California deputies put on leave after video shows man being beaten

    04/10/2015 4:21:19 PM PDT · 50 of 90
    occamrzr06 to ansel12
    I hope you never start a discussion forum, because OJ Simpson and the Clinton rape, and crime videos, and political scandals would be off limits.

    .I hope you never sit on a jury. You'd convict or acquit based on emotion. Left off an >

  • Ten California deputies put on leave after video shows man being beaten

    04/10/2015 4:20:32 PM PDT · 48 of 90
    occamrzr06 to ansel12
    I hope you never start a discussion forum, because OJ Simpson and the Clinton rape, and crime videos, and political scandals would be off limits.
  • Ten California deputies put on leave after video shows man being beaten

    04/10/2015 3:50:05 PM PDT · 37 of 90
    occamrzr06 to ansel12
    Are you one of those guys who think it is bad for the cops to steal money, until you find out that they steal it when busting drug dealers?

    No, I'm one of those guys who want to wait for the investigation to finish before convicting anyone in the media.

    I'm one of those guys who think that everything should be examined, like the perps and the cops history, but let's wait for everything to play out!

  • Ten California deputies put on leave after video shows man being beaten

    04/10/2015 3:47:17 PM PDT · 35 of 90
    occamrzr06 to BenLurkin
    Is that the same course these deputies will be required to take?

    Most likely, political correctness is for everyone!

  • U.S. AND BRITISH ARMIES DRIVE FOR ELBE; CANADIANS CUT OFF 80,000 IN NETHERLANDS (4/10/45)

    04/10/2015 3:45:59 PM PDT · 38 of 65
    occamrzr06 to ex-snook
    Thanks. The Army’s saying was if we wanted to to have a wrist watch [or wife!] we would have issued you one.

    We used to say, if the Army wanted you to have a life, they would have issued you one, but it would most likely be denied at a higher level.

  • Ten California deputies put on leave after video shows man being beaten

    04/10/2015 3:28:28 PM PDT · 24 of 90
    occamrzr06 to BenLurkin

    Court records show Pusok has an extensive criminal history. Since 2006, Pusok has been sentenced to San Bernardino County jails for attempted robbery, fighting and misdemeanor obstructing an officer, court records show. His most serious offense came for a Nov. 25, 2013 incident in which he was convicted of misdemeanor animal cruelty and resisting an executive officer. He was sentenced to 233 days in jail and five years probation.

    In that 2013 case, charges including threatening a school employee, willful cruelty to a child, vandalism, making a criminal threat and being a felon in possession of a firearm were dropped as part of a plea agreement, according to court records.

    He later failed to comply with the requirements to attend a 12-hour anger management course.

    Fine upstanding citizens shouldn’t be subjected to this abuse. /s

  • ***THE OFFICIAL FRIDAY SILLINESS THREAD***

    04/10/2015 2:44:45 PM PDT · 87 of 101
    occamrzr06 to Ingtar
    You cannot tell anything from the cat; they defy gravity anyway.

    Pffft, My cats have all defied logic.

  • Marie Harf gets asked if Americans trapped in Yemen should ‘swim’ for safety

    04/10/2015 2:30:43 PM PDT · 25 of 36
    occamrzr06 to NorthMountain
    I’m always impressed by blonde girls who carefully dye their roots brown.

    My wife dyes hers grey.

    I always get into trouble for pointing that out.

  • American Teens Are Stressed and Bored. It’s Time To Talk About Feelings.

    04/10/2015 2:28:22 PM PDT · 11 of 57
    occamrzr06 to ImJustAnotherOkie
    If they are bored, they should get busy doing something, instead of talking. An accomplishment will do wonders for self esteem.

    When my kids would tell me they were bored, I told them, maybe it's you....maybe your boring.

    They stopped complaining about that.

  • ***THE OFFICIAL FRIDAY SILLINESS THREAD***

    04/10/2015 1:50:48 PM PDT · 84 of 101
    occamrzr06 to Lucky9teen; Ingtar

    Down.

    The bull nose strip is usually flush at the top of the step, but overhangs on the rise. Plus the strips on the wall at each landing are scuff protectors. They would be going the other way if the cat was going up.

  • U.S. AND BRITISH ARMIES DRIVE FOR ELBE; CANADIANS CUT OFF 80,000 IN NETHERLANDS (4/10/45)

    04/10/2015 12:42:36 PM PDT · 28 of 65
    occamrzr06 to ex-snook
    I think - we had neither calendars or watches!

    I know that feeling. When I deployed 10 years ago, we never really had a good sense of dates. We knew what day of the week it was based on the Battle Rhythm, what meeting we had to go to and what operations we being run, but other than that, I had to look at a calendar to get a perspective of what day of the month it was.

    Interesting history on wrist watches:

    The concept of the wristwatch goes back to the production of the very earliest watches in the 16th century. Elizabeth I of England received a wristwatch from Robert Dudley in 1571, described as an arm watch. From the beginning, wrist watches were almost exclusively worn by women, while men used pocket-watches up until the early 20th century.[11]

    Wristwatches were first worn by military men towards the end of the 19th century, when the importance of synchronizing manoeuvres during war, without potentially revealing the plan to the enemy through signalling, was increasingly recognized.

    The impact of the First World War dramatically shifted public perceptions on the propriety of the man's wristwatch, and opened up a mass market in the postwar era. The creeping barrage artillery tactic, developed during the war, required precise synchronization between the artillery gunners and the infantry advancing behind the barrage. Service watches produced during the War were specially designed for the rigours of trench warfare, with luminous dials and unbreakable glass. The British War Department began issuing wristwatches to combatants from 1917.[14] By the end of the war, almost all enlisted men wore a wristwatch, and after they were demobilized, the fashion soon caught on: the British Horological Journal wrote in 1917 that "the wristlet watch was little used by the sterner sex before the war, but now is seen on the wrist of nearly every man in uniform and of many men in civilian attire." By 1930, the ratio of wrist- to pocketwatches was 50 to 1

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watch

  • After Indiana Pizzeria Said They Wouldn’t Cater Gay Weddings, the Backlash Was So Extreme

    04/02/2015 6:01:57 PM PDT · 85 of 86
    occamrzr06 to Albion Wilde

    $317,452 now.

  • After Indiana Pizzeria Said They Wouldn’t Cater Gay Weddings, the Backlash Was So Extreme

    04/01/2015 5:54:52 PM PDT · 11 of 86
    occamrzr06 to Impala64ssa

    Almost $22K in 3 hours. Michelle Malkin donated $250.

  • California getting 'second-hand smog' from Asia, researchers say

    04/01/2015 4:59:59 PM PDT · 9 of 57
    occamrzr06 to MeshugeMikey

    We get First Hand crap from our politicians.

  • ALLIES SWEEP ON IN REICH AS ROUT GROWS; EISENHOWER BIDS ISOLATED NAZIS YIELD (4/1/45)

    04/01/2015 4:34:40 PM PDT · 68 of 119
    occamrzr06 to henkster

    That was in the Tucson Paper. I’m not making it up.

  • Where is the Chick-Fil-A and Duck Dynasty Nation? Time to Stand Up

    04/01/2015 4:20:09 PM PDT · 5 of 29
    occamrzr06 to 2ndDivisionVet

    Or the Judean’s People’s Front.

    Or was it the People’s Front of Judea?

  • ALLIES SWEEP ON IN REICH AS ROUT GROWS; EISENHOWER BIDS ISOLATED NAZIS YIELD (4/1/45)

    04/01/2015 3:54:42 PM PDT · 65 of 119
    occamrzr06 to PeterPrinciple; Larry Lucido

    My wife has a subscription to newspapers.com. After searching, I found 3 articles (in addition to the NY Times).

    From the News-Herald, Franklin, PA dated 31 March 1945.

    “Mrs. Martha Johnson, negro, named her sons Iwo and Jima.

    From the Pantagraph, Bloomington, Indiana dated 1 April 1945.

    “Mrs. Martha Johnson, colored, has named her two sons Iwo and Jima”.

    And from the Tucson Daily Citizen, Tucson AZ, dated 16 May 1945.

    “The names which will be weighting down the youth of our nation after this war will cause teachers untold pronunciation difficulties. Already from Washington, D.C., comes the announcement of the birth of twins, Iwo and Jima Johnson. We may expect to find future lists of school children to look something like this: Chichi Haha Jones, Kurabu Zaki Smith, Formosa Brown and Dusseldorf Jackson. - Truax Radio Post.

  • 3D ARMY CROSSES MAIN IN 27-MILE DASH; 1ST HITS OUT; TOKYO REPORTS U.S. LANDING IN RYUKYUS (3/26/45)

    03/26/2015 5:45:19 PM PDT · 25 of 28
    occamrzr06 to EternalVigilance
    So much so that the French could then go across with one rubber boat and do it successfully.

    De Gualle told de Lattre, "Even if the Americans do not help you, you must get across the Rhine".

  • FOE SURRENDERS BY THOUSANDS IN PALATINATE; 4,500 ALLIED PLANES RIP REICH OIL, AIRFIELDS (3/22/45)

    03/22/2015 10:03:10 AM PDT · 15 of 44
    occamrzr06 to GreenLanternCorps

    This page has a link to the crew, with pictures.

    http://www.subsowespac.org/world_war_ii_submarines/uss_barbel_ss_316.shtml

  • The Reality of Ferguson (Vanity)

    03/13/2015 1:44:07 AM PDT · 37 of 51
    occamrzr06 to Talisker
    One of the most powerful of all prayers is a silent cry of anguish. God doesn't care about the words, He cares about the heart. Words are used to open the heart. With anguish, the heart is already wide open and words aren't necessary.I was going to say the same thing, only not as eloquent or poignant.

    Thank you.

  • Brother of man executed by Utah firing squad calls it brutal

    03/13/2015 1:34:52 AM PDT · 13 of 64
    occamrzr06 to Slings and Arrows

    A Firing Squad is for soldiers.

    Criminals are hanged and royalty beheaded.

    That’s the way it has always been.

  • State's first transgender lawmaker charged in bomb threat

    03/13/2015 1:27:41 AM PDT · 7 of 19
    occamrzr06 to Berlin_Freeper

    X and Y Chromosome, that’s a he stop buying into their agenda.

  • SEVEN TOWNS CAPTURED IN RHINE BRIDGEHEAD; B-29’S BLAST NAGOYA IN 2D BIG BLOW IN 2 DAYS (3/12/45)

    03/12/2015 6:40:36 PM PDT · 44 of 46
    occamrzr06 to colorado tanker
    The Americans didn't care pretty.

    One of the serious problems in planning the fight against American doctrine is that the Americans do not read their manuals, nor do they feel any obligation to follow their doctrine...

  • SEVEN TOWNS CAPTURED IN RHINE BRIDGEHEAD; B-29’S BLAST NAGOYA IN 2D BIG BLOW IN 2 DAYS (3/12/45)

    03/12/2015 6:33:32 PM PDT · 43 of 46
    occamrzr06 to henkster
    Not much love today for the news of the war. Fewest comments I’ve seen in a while.

    Well, the bridge at Remagen doesn't collapse for another 5 days. Until then, Hodges is pouring everything he has across a two lane railroad bridge.

    Patton is either now, or in a few days on leave in Paris. The third Army doesn't get across the Rhine until the end of March, but they do beat Monty.

  • Hillary’s 55,000 pages of emails is a costly, logistical nightmare

    03/11/2015 12:57:23 PM PDT · 32 of 34
    occamrzr06 to KarlInOhio

    I was thinking more like what IP address did come from and go to. Any Bcc? If it was a forwarded message, who was it forwarded from?

  • Hillary’s 55,000 pages of emails is a costly, logistical nightmare

    03/11/2015 10:38:56 AM PDT · 3 of 34
    occamrzr06 to Cincinatus' Wife

    There is no metadata once you print emails.

  • SHATTERED COLOGNE FALLS TO 1ST ARMY; 3D SWEEPS WITHIN 20 MILES OF COBLENZ (3/7/45)

    03/07/2015 4:11:18 PM PST · 52 of 77
    occamrzr06 to Jacquerie

    Bridge building
    Trajan’s Bridge across the Danube, the longest bridge for over a millennium
    Further information: Roman bridge

    The engineers also built bridges from both timber and stone depending on required permanence, time available etc. Some Roman stone bridges survive to this day. Stone bridges were made possible by the innovative use of the keystone to allow an arch construction. One of the most notable examples of military bridge-building in the Roman Empire was Julius Caesar’s Bridge over the Rhine River. This bridge was completed in only ten days and is conservatively estimated to have been more than 100 m (300 feet) long.[1][2] The construction was deliberately over-engineered for Caesar’s stated purpose of impressing the Germanic tribes,[3] who had little experience of engineering, and to emphasise that Rome could travel wherever she wished. Caesar was able to cross over the completed bridge and explore the area uncontested, before crossing back over and dismantling the bridge. Caesar relates in his War in Gaul that he “sent messengers to the Sugambri to demand the surrender of those who had made war on me and on Gaul, they replied that the Rhine was the limit of Roman power”. The bridge was intended to show otherwise.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_military_engineering

    They just knew how to do it!

  • SHATTERED COLOGNE FALLS TO 1ST ARMY; 3D SWEEPS WITHIN 20 MILES OF COBLENZ (3/7/45)

    03/07/2015 6:10:14 AM PST · 8 of 77
    occamrzr06 to Homer_J_Simpson

    From Atkinson’s. “The Guns at Last Light”

    Hodge’s on Wednesday, March 7, reported Cologne had fallen. Yet so had the city’s link to the east bank of the Rhine: a twelve hundred-foot segment of the Hozenzollern bridge had been blown into the river at noon the previous day. First Army’s hopes for an early crossing seemed ever more faint.

    “The Rhine. I don’t know what I expected. Another Mississippi, I suppose,” an engineer sergeant told his diary. “The damn thing flow north.” Indeed it did. From Switzerland, where the river was fed by 150 glaciers, to the North Sea, the European father of waters formed an extraordinary moat against invasion from the west. Although it was only the world’s fifteenth-largest river in volume, ranking between the Euphrates and the Rhone, the Rhine was broad, deep and fast enough that engineers compared any crossing to “a short sea voyage”. “At no place is the river fordable, even at low water,” the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported, and winter floods had been the highest in a quarter century, with currents in some stretches approaching eleven miles an hour. Most of the thirty-one Rhine bridges within Germany had been demolished by men with a rare aptitude for destruction. Thanks to the aerial bombardment of German factories, the river flowed relatively unpolluted for the first time in a generation, but so much wreckage clogged its bed that the Allies could not simply sail upstream from Nijmegan. A “top-secret and private” note from Churchill’s office to Beetle Smith likened the difficulties faced by seven Allied armies in catapulting eighty division across the river to another D-Day.”

    Plans to jump the Rhine had been drafted even before the Normandy landings. Exhaustive studies examined bank, current, weather, and ice conditions, as well as Roman accounts of erecting a trestle bridges before the birth of Christ, and French records of nineteenth-century pile-driving near Strasbourg. Army engineers in Vicksburg, Mississippi, scrutinized historical hydrology data, aided by intelligence agents in Switzerland and daily gage readings intercepted in German radio broadcasts to river pilots. More than 170 models of the Rhine were built, and hydraulics laboratory in Grenoble conducted elaborate experiments. A Rhine River Flood Prediction Service opened in January; mindful of the Roer debacle, diplomats pressed the Swiss to protect seven headwater dams with soldiers and artillery.
    River-crossing schools on the Loire trained hundreds of outboard-motor operators, pile-driving specialists, and DUKW drivers. A steel mill in Luxembourg extruded 54,000 tons of massive I-beams for bridge building. Boatyards in Florida, Minnesota, and Michigan built hundreds of seventeen-foot plywood craft designed to carry a dozen riflemen and three engineers each; nested and crated in clusters of six, the vessels were whisked to Europe by cargo plane or fast ship. French boatwrights, shown a photograph of a storm boat in January, set to work using blueprints drawn by a naval architect. Trees were felled, plywood milled, and screws and nails fashioned from surplus wire; five weeks after placing the order, the U.S. Army picked up seven hundred boats. Seagoing landing craft, capable of carrying a Sherman tank or sixty men, sailed from England to Antwerp and up the Albert Canal before being hauled overland to the Rhineland on trailers so enormous that bulldozers led the convoys to knock down any building crimping the roadway. Other big craft for this “inland navy” were trucked three hundred miles from Le Havre; they arrived, a witness reported, “festooned with treetops, telephone wires, and bits of buildings from French villages.”

    By early March, forward depots contained 1,100 assault boats, 124 landing craft, 2,500 outboard motors, 5 million board feet of lumber. 6,000 bridge floats, and enough steel and pilings to build more than 60 bridges. Everyone agreed, however, that it would be far simpler to capture one already built.

    Just such a bridge still stood fifteen miles south of Bonn at Remagen, an ancient Roman town straddling a road built by Marcus Aurelias. Here the Rhine scoured a curving basalt gorge: to the north, Siegfried has slain his dragon at Drachenfels, bathing in the creature’s blood to become invulnerable; to the south, Julius Caesar built two spans over the river in 55 B.C and 52 B.C., during the Gallic campaigns. The current bridge had been completed in 1918 and named for General Erich Ludendorff, the progenitor of the final, fatal German offensive on the Western front in the Great War. More than a thousand feet long and wide enough for two trains to pass abeam, the span featured symmetrical arches resting on four stone piers, with embrasured stone towers at either end. Wooden planks could be laid on the rail tracks to permit motor traffic. On the east bank, the tracks vanished into the Dwarf’s Hole, a tunnel bored through the steep six-hundred-foot hill called the Erpeler Ley. Local esthetes complained that the bridge marred the dramatic riverscape; they complained more when it drew repeated Allied air attacks, including a January raid that killed three dozen civilians.

    Retreating German soldiers had tramped across the Ludendorff in late 1918, and now retreating German soldiers were tramping over it once again, mingling with refuges, livestock, and an occasional hospital train carrying broken boys. A teenage antiaircraft gunner described a snaking procession making for the bridge through Remagen’s jammed streets on Wednesday morning, March 7, “with cannons being pulled by horses, by motor vehicles, and yes, even by soldiers.” Fewer than a thousand defenders remained in the area; most were Volkssturm militia of doubtful martial value, and all fell under a confused, fractured command architecture. Filed Marshal Model had promised reinforcements, but none arrived.

    Sixty zinc-lined boxes for explosives had been fitted to the bridge in 1938, linked by cables through heavy conduits to an electrical firing switch inside the rail tunnel. The premature blowing of a bridge near Cologne-apparently triggered by an American bomb-had led to a Fruhrer order that explosive charges would be emplaced only when the enemy was within five miles of a bridge, and igniters were to be withheld until “demolitions seems to be unavoidable.” On Wednesday morning, sketchy reports put U.S. Army outriders near the Western bluffs above Remagen. Explosives were laid, but Army Group B described the Americans as a thin screening force to mask an Allied thrust towards Bonn and Cologne. Little urgency obtained.

    Their enemy was nearer than they knew. On the previous night, March 6, the U.S. III Corps commander, Major General John Milliken, had phoned Major General Joh W. Leonard, commander of the 9th Armored Division. “Do you see that little black strip of a bridge at Remagen?” Milliken asked as both men squinted at their maps. “If you happen to get that, your name will go down in glory.”

    At 8:20 a.m. on this gray, misty Wednesday, a tank-and-infantry task force left Meckenheim, ten miles from the river. Leading the column in the advance guard was Lieutenant Karl H. Timmermann, who had command of Company A of the 27th Armored Infantry Battalion for less than twenty-four hours. Timmermann had been born not far to the southeast, in Franfurt; his doughboy father had taken a German war bride in 1919 before moving back to Nebraska. In a note scribbled in a Meckenheim cellar, the weary young offer told his wife:

    There is no glory in war. Maybe those who have never been in battle find [a] certain glory and glamour that doesn’t exist….Tell mom that we’ll be on the Rhine tomorrow.

    Now Lieutenant Timmermann would prove himself wrong: for a brief vivid moment glory would be his. Summoned by two waving scouts shortly before one p.m. he hurried forward in his jeep to find a hazy, panoramic view of the Rhine gorge below. “Jesus, look at that,” a sergeant muttered. “Do you know what the hell river that is?” Through field glasses Timmermann watched cows, horses, soldiers, trucks, and civilians cross beneath the bridge arches in a lumbering parade. Just below, white flags and bedsheets flapped from Remagen windowsills. Two locomotives with steam up stood on the far bank.

    As three platoons descended through the town, leapfrogging from doorway to doorway, Timmermann bounded past the handsome St. Apollinaris Church and a sign that read, “Citizens and Friends: Preserve Our Parks.” A spatter of German musketry provoked booming return fire from a platoon of new M-26 Pershing tanks, each brandishing a 90mm gun. Tearful Germans pointed to cellars where Volkssturm stragglers crouched in terror. A captured enemy general in an elaborately braided uniform proved upon interrogation to be a railroad station agent.

    Shortly before 2 p.m. a dark geyser of earth and paving stones abruptly blossomed above the western ramps; the blast left a smoking hole thirty feet wide, intended to keep American tanks from gaining the bridge. Heckling gunfire erupted from the Ludendorff towers. Bullets pinged and sparked among the girders. GIs fixed bayonets before darting past the last houses above the river. “I’ll see you on the other side,” the 27th Armored Infantry commander told Timmermann “and we’ll all have a chicken dinner… Move on.” Timmermann raked the far bank with his glasses. Tiny figures loped along the shoreline and into the tunnel. “They look like they want to get us on the bridge before they blow it up,” he said.

    Barely a half mile away, pandemonium swept the Eastern shore. Civilians and shrieking children cowered in the Dwarf’s Hole as billowing smoke from the white-phosphorus shells drifted down the tunnel. German soldiers ran this way and that along the bridge ramp, including several engulfed in orange flame from American tank shells chewing up the riverbank and smacking the Erpeler Ley. Three junior officers argued over whether the demolition order should be put in writing. Shouts of “Blow the bridge!” carried across the water, and at length a captain shouted, “Everybody lie down! Open your mouth to protect your eardrums.” He turned the key on the firing switch.

    Nothing happened. He turned it again, and again, without effect. A German sergeant sprinted ninety yards onto the bridge, lighted the primer cord by hand, and pelted back to the tunnel, chased by bullets.

    With a doleful boom the timber planks rose from the railbed like jackstraws. Dust and black smoke boiled from the piers. The Ludendorff seemed to levitate momentarily as if expending a great sigh, then settled back onto its stone foundations, insulted but intact.

    No one would ever be certain why fourteen hundred pounds of explosives failed to detonate properly: faulty charges, faulty blasting caps, perhaps a tank shell that severed the main demolition cable, perhaps some averred, a miracle.

    Reprieved, Lieutenant Timmermann and his men raced onto the bridge, slashing wires and pitching charges into the water. Four Pershing tanks and a dozen Shermans arrayed on the west bank hammered the eastern tower until riflemen could clear out a German machine gun nest. Sergeant Alex Drabik of Toledo reached the far bank first, in a zigzagging, stumbling sprint that cost him his helmet. Eight others followed on his heels, including Timmermann.

    By late afternoon, Company A had 120 men across. A platoon began to scale the Erpeler Ley, dodging stones rolled down the slope by the flak battery holding the crest. After a single warning shot, five German engineers surrendered in the Dwarf’s Hole; GIs blew apart the main demolition switch with a carbine. A 90mm tank round from across the river smashed through a German locomotive tugging a long string of boxcars, and the train halted with a sharp lurch, a white plume of steam sighing from the firebox. GIs crouched in a ditch as a passenger train from the north pulled into the tiny Erpeler station; middle aged soldiers with rifles spilled onto the platform only to be greeted with mispronounced shouts of “Hande hoch.” A single German guard at the Eastern exit of the rail tunnel also was seized, and twenty minutes later two hundred others emerged under a white flag to march in their long leather coats, hand high, across the bridge they had neither saved nor destroyed. Before surrendering, Captain Willi Bratge, the Remagen commandant, told a subordinate to deliver a message to the German high command. “Inform then that the demolition of the bridge was unsuccessful,” Bratge said, “and that the Americans have crossed.”

    Night fell, a sodden, moonless night, “dark as a pocket,” as one officer recorded, so dark that engineers felt for the street curbs in Remagen with their feet. Bulldozers slowly filled the crater on the western ramp and three artillery battalion unlimbered. Soldiers ripped lumber from German houses to patch the rail planks. Exhausted drivers napped at their wheels as great knots of convoy traffic converged at the bridge, awaiting orders to cross. By ten p.m. three depleted rifle companies occupied the far shore, thwarting a counterattack by a hundred German engineers and antiaircraft crewman who were repulsed near the Erpeler Ley while carrying half a ton of explosives.

    At last nine Shermans - narrower than the Pershings – crept across at midnight, guided by foot soldiers wearing luminous buttons on their belts. German tracer fire searched the span, usually a few feet too high. “ominous and nerve wracking creaking” rose from the bridge, a captain reported, all the more ominous when the tenth vehicle to cross, a tank destroyer, skidded to the right near one of the eastern piers and plunged partway through a hole in the deck. For several hours- “the most harrowing minutes of my life,” one officer acknowledged – the vehicle remained stuck, blocking all traffic. Engineers debated pushing it over the side, or jacking it up, or winching it out, or blowing it to pieces. Just as dawn peeked above the Erpeler Ley, the damnable thing was muscled out and towed away. The desperate effort to deepen the bridgehead resumed apace, through what a Wehrmact general now called “the inner door to Germany.”

  • AMERICANS AT RHINE NEAR 2 DUISBURG BRIDGES; 2 MILES FROM COLOGNE, THEY NEARLY RING CITY (3/5/45)

    03/05/2015 4:28:57 AM PST · 8 of 16
    occamrzr06 to Homer_J_Simpson

    From Atkinson’s. “The Guns at Last Light”

    Allied commanders also found themselves struggling to enforce SHAEF’s “non-fraternization” edict, which forbid “mingling with Germans upon terms of friendliness, or intimacy,” and specifically proscribed “the ogling of women and girls.” The violations incurred a $65 fine, so the pursuit of pretty German girls—dubbed “fraternazis” and “furliens” – was soon known as the $65 question.” “Don’t play Sampson to her Delilah,” an Armed Forces Network broadcast warned. “She’d like to cut your hair off—at the neck.” But “goin fratin” became epidemic, often with cigarettes or chocolate as “frau bait.” “to frat” was a synonym for intercourse; non-fraternization was referred to as “non-fertilization.” GIs argued that “copulation without conversation is not fraternization,” and Patton advised, “Tell the men of Third Army that so long as they keep their helmets on they are not fraternizing.” Many a troop truck rolled through a Rhenish village with some leather-lunged soldier bellowing pathetically at young women on the sidewalk, “Bitte, schlagen mit.” Please sleep with me.

    General Hodges ordered champagne served in his mess on Monday, March 5, to celebrate First Army’s imminent arrival on the Rhine. Toasts were raised “to an early crossing.” A day later VII Corps punched into Cologne, Germany’s fourth largest metropolis, that city of mystics and heretics, of Saint Ursula and eleven thousand virgins said to have been massacred by barbarians for their faith, the city where Karl Marx had edited the Rheinishe Zeitung and where priest had once celebrated a thousand masses a day. Now 77,000 residents, only 10,000 remained. Two dozen Bomber Command raids in the past three years left Cologne resembling “the open mouth of a charred corpse.” In the image of the poet Stephen Spender. Like other dead cities it had the same odd shapelessness that afflicted dead men, a loss of structure and contours as well as life.

    Volkssturm pensioners fought from behind overturned trams, and enemy snipers darted through the rubble. Building by broken building, block by broken block, Sherman gunners systematically burned out upper floors with white phosphorus while GI infantrymen grenade the cellars. A cavalry charge across Cologne’s airfield by 3rd Armored Division’s tanks smashed sixteen 88mm antiaircraft guns trying to form a skirmish line. The twin-spired thirteenth century cathedral still stood, though wounded by bombs, shells and incendiaries that had left the ceilings and stained glass in shards across the nave floor. Nazi flags could be found “dumped like scarlet garbage into the corners of the alleys,” wrote the journalist Janet Flanner. “The destroyers of others is herself destroyed.”

    …..continued March 7

  • U.S. TANKS CROSS ERFT 7 MILES FROM COLOGNE; MARINES STEP UP IWO DRIVE; MANILA BAY OPEN (3/1/45)

    03/01/2015 7:28:23 PM PST · 18 of 21
    occamrzr06 to henkster

    Your recollection is pretty good. It wasn’t a very good movie.

    It was, however, a significant event in the ETO.

  • (VANITY) TOURNAMENT OF CHART-TOPPERS ('80S) ROUND 6

    03/01/2015 7:16:06 PM PST · 12 of 49
    occamrzr06 to the OlLine Rebel

    I vote for Rush.

    Queen was pretty good, but you just can’t compete with the drumming of Neil Peart.

  • U.S. TANKS CROSS ERFT 7 MILES FROM COLOGNE; MARINES STEP UP IWO DRIVE; MANILA BAY OPEN (3/1/45)

    03/01/2015 7:01:27 PM PST · 15 of 21
    occamrzr06 to Homer_J_Simpson; colorado tanker; CPT Clay; EternalVigilance; PapaNew; henkster; Tax-chick

    The Rhine is the next big obstacle. Let’s see, is there a movie that depicts this?

    The Bridge at Remmagen.

    Wait! It doesn’t happen for another 6 days. My bad.

  • Five Rounds Standard issue for a U.S. Army Guard?

    02/26/2015 7:51:06 PM PST · 13 of 86
    occamrzr06 to occamrzr06

    Than=Then

  • Five Rounds Standard issue for a U.S. Army Guard?

    02/26/2015 7:50:24 PM PST · 12 of 86
    occamrzr06 to marktwain

    LA Riots in 1992, I was issued 15 Rounds .45. Than they gave me a medic who was issued a .45 also. He got 7, I took 8. An LA Sheriff Deputy gave me about 20 hollow point .45’s, which I still have.

    My troops had anywhere between 20 - 30, most brought their own as we turned in 200 more rounds than we drew. NCO’s had more than the troops, because I said so.

  • Leonard Nimoy Rushed To Hospital After Severe Chest Pains!

    02/23/2015 2:43:14 PM PST · 21 of 107
    occamrzr06 to Mmogamer

    Pon farr mishap, perhaps.

  • MARINES FIGHT WAY TO AIRFIELD ON IWO ISLE; WIN 2 ½-MILE BEACHHEAD; 800 SHIPS AID LANDING (2/20/45)

    02/20/2015 5:09:25 PM PST · 39 of 40
    occamrzr06 to EternalVigilance

    Fascinating pictures.

    I really enjoyed them.

    Thanks

  • These concept NFL helmets feature massive, futuristic logos

    02/18/2015 10:47:14 AM PST · 13 of 81
    occamrzr06 to TangledUpInBlue

    The Miami Dolphin, dolphin is not wearing a helmet. Dolphin fans wont go for it.

  • he First Openly-Bisexual Governor in America

    02/13/2015 6:49:32 PM PST · 17 of 58
    occamrzr06 to bigmak007
    But it shed’s light on why Kitz the Crat was thrown overboard. Kate Brown will be held up and out in 2016. Someone should bake a cake.....

    I have no idea who those people are. Then again, I don't really care who those people are. I'll take your word they are important, but like to bugger other men.

  • he First Openly-Bisexual Governor in America

    02/13/2015 6:36:38 PM PST · 8 of 58
    occamrzr06 to 2ndDivisionVet

    I think I threw up a little in my mouth.

    Why do I care?

    I am tired of people whose sexuality defines their life. Get over it and leave me the hell alone, I don’t care!

  • Drew Peterson charged with trying to hire hitman to kill prosecutor

    02/09/2015 12:59:59 PM PST · 5 of 29
    occamrzr06 to ColdOne

    Killers gotta kill

  • The Walking Dead Discussion Thread: Season 5 Episode 9 [SPOILER warning]

    02/08/2015 7:56:56 PM PST · 112 of 182
    occamrzr06 to cripplecreek

    How’s Bessie?

    And did you ever get off of that Mountain?

  • (VANITY) TOURNAMENT OF CHART-TOPPERS ('80S) TIE-BREAKER FOR ROUND 2

    02/08/2015 7:21:37 PM PST · 23 of 33
    occamrzr06 to occamrzr06

    No One Like You, not Toy.....

  • (VANITY) TOURNAMENT OF CHART-TOPPERS ('80S) TIE-BREAKER FOR ROUND 2

    02/08/2015 7:20:57 PM PST · 22 of 33
    occamrzr06 to the OlLine Rebel

    I vote either:

    Working for the Weekend: Loverboy

    Paperlate: Genesis

    No One Like Toy: Scorpions

    Wait....What, those aren’t choices? In what world?

  • Former star of Power Rangers Samurai arrested for 'murdering roommate with a sword'

    02/01/2015 3:09:37 PM PST · 10 of 31
    occamrzr06 to nuconvert
    Sounds like he & his girlfriend need to be living in cheaper housing.

    It's Palmdale. There is nothing cheaper in LA County.

  • RUSSIANS 63 MILES OFF, BERLIN HEARS GUNS; AMERICANS WIN SUBIC BAY NAVY BASE ON LUZON (2/1/45)

    02/01/2015 1:20:03 PM PST · 28 of 37
    occamrzr06 to Homer_J_Simpson

    From Atkinson’s “The Guns at Last Light”
    As the chiefs convened again on Thursday afternoon, February 1, Marshall asked the room be cleared of all subordinate officers and note-takers. No sooner had Brooke taken his chair, than Marshall bored in. Why were the British so worried about the influence of Bradley and Patton had on Eisenhower? What about Roosevelt’s influence? Did the British think that was pernicious too? “The president practically never sees General Eisenhower, and never writes to him. That is at my advice because he is an Allied commander,” Marshall said, eyebrows knot and voice rising to a wrathful timbre. In fact, the British chiefs could not be “nearly as much worried as the American chiefs of staff are about the immediate pressures of Mr. Churchill on General Eisenhower.” The prime minister never hesitates to hector the supreme commander directly, day or night, circumventing the Combined Chiefs. “I think your worries,: Marshall declared, “are on the wrong foot.”

    He had not finished. Should the British succeed in interposing a ground commander between the supreme commander and his three army group commanders, Marshall intended to resign – or so he had told Eisenhower. Montgomery was behind much of this pother, Marshall charged; despite being given “practically everything he asked for.” Including the U.S. Ninth Army, he plainly craved “complete command.” If truth be told, Montgomery was an “over-cautious commander who wants everything: an “impudent and disloyal subordinate” who treated all American officers with “open contempt.”

    A stunned silence followed this tirade. After the war, Brooke would write: “Marshall clearly understood nothing of strategy and could not even argue out the relative merits of various alternatives. Being unable to judge for himself he trusted and backed Ike, and felt it his duty to guard him from interference.” But Admiral Cunningham, the first sea lord, later observed that “Marshall’s complaint was not unjustified.”

    For now, American indignation carried the day. Brooke fell silent, the chiefs promptly agreed to endorse SHAEF’s mast plan, and the last great internecine tempest of the war subsided. For another month, the British conspired to replace Tedder as deputy supreme commander with Harold Alexander, whom they considered more pliant despite Brooke’s dismissal of him as “a very small man [who] cannot see big.” Eisenhower, braced by Marshall, advised London that if Alexander should arrive at SHAEF from Italy, he would find few military duties to occupy him. Spaatz would succeed Tedder as senior airman in the west, and there would be “no question whatsoever of placing between me and my army group commanders any intermediary headquarters.”

    Few could doubt that the Americans now had the whip hand. “The P.M. was sore,” Kay Summersby jotted in her diary, ‘but E said he would get over it.”

  • In Response to Student Misconduct, Dartmouth to Ban Hard Liquor

    01/29/2015 9:42:41 AM PST · 7 of 42
    occamrzr06 to C19fan

    Get rid of the Boone’s Farm and Night Train but not the Jamison.

  • 11 Unexpected Facts Proven by Science That Can Make Your Life Happier and Exciting

    01/27/2015 10:47:48 AM PST · 11 of 37
    occamrzr06 to Billthedrill

    You weren’t playing it loud enough.