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  • Sunken Russian Warship Rumored to Contain 200 Tons of Gold Discovered Near South Korea

    07/20/2018 9:24:52 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 46 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 19 Jul, 2018 | George Dvorsky
    A missing Russian Imperial Navy cruiser said to contain 200 tons of gold bullion worth an estimated $133 billion has been discovered after being lost at sea for 113 years. The wreck of the Dmitrii Donskoi, a 6,200-ton warship that went down during the Russo-Japanese war of 1904-05, was discovered on July 15 about 0.8 miles (1.3 km) from the shores of Ulleungdo, a South Korean island located 75 miles (120 km) east of the Korean Peninsula, the Telegraph reports. The ship was found under 1,400 feet of water (430 meters) by an international consortium led by a South Korean...
  • Mystery of the secret Confederate submarine Hunley is SOLVED (TR)

    07/19/2018 8:51:46 AM PDT · by DFG · 30 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 07/19/2018 | Iain Burns
    The first submarine to down an enemy ship was sunk itself after its crew failed to release an emergency weight to help it resurface. Crew aboard the Confederate vessel HL Hunley did not disconnect the 1,000lb keel blocks to help it rapidly resurface, resulting in the sub being trapped underwater and the men dying from lack of oxygen. Scientists who removed the corrosion, silt and shells from the boat found the levers all locked in their regular position, solving a mystery dating back to 1864. The blocks would typically keep the sub upright, but also could be released with three...
  • On this date in 1863

    07/04/2018 6:19:14 AM PDT · by Bull Snipe · 236 replies
    A glorious 4th of July for the Union cause. General Lee's Army of Northern Virginia begins it retreat from Pennsylvania after having been defeated by General Meade's Army of the Potomac at the Battle of Gettysburg. General Grant accepts the surrender of the City of Vicksburg from General Pemberton. About 32,000 Confederate soldiers stack their weapons and are paroled by the Union forces. This is the second Confederate Army to surrender to Grant. The Union now controls the Mississippi river and the Confederate state is split into two parts.
  • ROBERT E. LEE: OUR GREATEST GENERAL?

    06/22/2018 11:46:12 AM PDT · by DIRTYSECRET · 636 replies
    That was according to my 8th grade history teacher-retired military. The only one who came close was MacArthur. That brings up the politics of the left. If it is true that Lee was a great General isn't it at least worth acknowledging? This tearing down of statues should stop. Educated persons should acknowledge the truth. It's the left that's the intelligent ones as they would have us believe. I see no conservatives standing up for this truth. The Senate GOP candidate in Virginia should start an 'intellectual' conversation on Lee and let the left react. Don't wait for a baiting...
  • June 14 in military history

    06/14/2018 9:39:47 AM PDT · by fugazi · 8 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | June 14, 2018 | Chris Carter
    1775: Following the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the Second Continental Congress establishes the Continental Army. Ten rifle companies are formed: six from Pennsylvania, two from Maryland, and two from Virginia. The force is disbanded after the American Revolution, but in 1792, President George Washington forms the Legion of the United States – the nation’s first “professional” fighting force – renamed the United States Army in 1796. 1777: Congress formally declares the “Stars and Stripes” as the official flag of the thirteen United States. The declaration resolves that it consists of “thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union...
  • June 13 in military history

    06/13/2018 11:46:16 AM PDT · by fugazi · 9 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | June 13, 2018 | Chris Carter
    1777: Marquis de Lafayette lands in South Carolina, having crossed the Atlantic on a ship that the 19-year-old French officer purchased with his own money. He soon makes fast friends with Gen. George Washington and the Continental Congress, and is offered a commission as a major general. 1917: Taking off from bases in Belgium, German Gotha bombers target London for the first time. Hundreds of civilians are killed and the air raids would continue, virtually unopposed, for the next month. 1942: While patrolling a beach on New York's Long Island, Coast Guardsman John C. Cullen catches four German saboteurs posing...
  • June 12: today in military history

    06/12/2018 7:36:36 AM PDT · by fugazi · 4 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | June 12, 2018 | Chris Carter
    1775: British Gen. Thomas Gage declares that the city of Boston is under martial law until the colonists repay for the tea they destroyed during the Boston Tea Party. Gage will pardon all colonists who lay down their arms except Samuel Adams and John Hancock, who are to be hanged. Meanwhile, British ships arrive at Machiasport (present-day Machias, Maine) to commandeer a load of lumber for the construction of barracks during the colonists' Siege of Boston. 31 militia members, led by Jeremiah O'Brien, board the merchant ship Unity and engage the British armed sloop HMS Margaretta. After an hour of...
  • June 11 in Military History

    06/11/2018 3:55:19 PM PDT · by fugazi · 10 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | June 11, 2018 | Chris Carter
    1871: Rear Adm. John Rodgers’ Asiatic Squadron lands 650 sailors and Marines on the Korean Peninsula. The force storms the Citadel, later known as Fort McKee, and after 15 minutes of fierce close combat, 243 Koreans lay dead and the American flag flies over the fortress. 1903: U.S. Military Academy cadet Douglas MacArthur graduates at the top of his class and receives his commission as a second lieutenant in the Engineer Corps. His father Arthur served as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and earned the Medal of Honor during the Civil War, and the MacArthurs own the distinction...
  • May 11 in military history: JEB Stuart mortally wounded, and the Pacific War's Audie Murphy

    05/11/2018 6:38:27 AM PDT · by fugazi · 21 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | May 11, 2018 | Chris Carter
    [...] 1863: During the Battle of Yellow Tavern, Confederate Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart is shot by a dismounted Union cavalry trooper north of Richmond, Va. "The greatest cavalry officer ever foaled in America" is mortally wounded and will die the next day. [...] 1927: A young air mail pilot named Capt. Charles A. Lindbergh touches down at St. Louis' Lambert Field after a 14-hour flight from San Diego to pick up the custom-built Ryan NYP that will hopefully carry the U.S. Air Service Reserve Corps aviator across the Atlantic Ocean. The race to perform the first nonstop Transatlantic flight has...
  • May 10 in military history: Hamburger Hill, Stonewall Jackson, and the aces in Vietnam

    05/10/2018 7:24:57 AM PDT · by fugazi · 32 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | May 10, 2018 | Chris Carter
    1775: The famous Vermont guerrilla force the "Green Mountain Boys", commanded by Col. Ethan Allen, and state militiamen led by Col. Benedict Arnold catch the British troops at Fort Ticonderoga (present-day Ticonderoga, N.Y.) by surprise. The Americans charge into the fort, chasing off the lone sentry and begin disarming the sleeping defenders. When the British commander demands to know under what authority are the men entering, Allen replies, "The Great Jehovah and the Continental Congress!" The strategic fort is captured without a shot fired. The cannon and armaments are sent to Boston where they will be used to break the...
  • Today in military history: Allies capture German Enigma machine, Wizard of the Saddle surrenders

    05/09/2018 6:49:58 AM PDT · by fugazi · 9 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | May 9, 2018 | Chris Carter
    1865: After learning that General Robert E. Lee had surrendered the previous month, Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest surrenders his men at Gainesville, Ala.. Forrest orders his men to “submit to the powers to be, and to aid in restoring peace and establishing law and order throughout the land.” The infamous cavalry officer, whom Union general William Tecumseh Sherman would refer to as “that devil Forrest,” is considered one of the most brilliant tacticians of the Civil War; a remarkable feat considering he enlisted in the Confederate Army as a private with no prior military experience. 1926: Naval aviators...
  • Today in Military History: V-E Day, and five Medal of Honor actions

    05/08/2018 7:52:10 AM PDT · by fugazi · 1 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | May 8, 2018 | Chris Carter
    1864: Union Army forces under the command of Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Confederate forces under Gen. Robert E. Lee clash in the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse. The outcome at Spotsylvania Courthouse will be inconclusive and the casualties terribly heavy. In less than two weeks, Grant will again break contact and continue his advance toward Richmond. [...] 1945: V-E Day: The unconditional surrender of German forces signed by Gen. Alfred Jodl at the “little red schoolhouse” (supreme allied headquarters in Reims, France) the previous day becomes official. Although clashes between the Wehrmacht and the Red Army will continue for...
  • Today in Military History: Sinking of the Lusitania, Navy fires a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile

    05/07/2018 8:24:06 AM PDT · by fugazi · 13 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | May 7, 2018 | Chris Carter
    1873: Marines from the USS Pensacola and USS Tuscarora land at the Bay of Columbia to protect American citizens and interests as local groups fight for control of the Panamanian government. 1915: Just off the coast of southern Ireland, the submarine U-20 spots the massive ocean liner RMS Lusitania, steaming from New York and hoping to sneak through Germany's blockade of the British Isles . The U-boat fires a single torpedo at the ship and Lusitania sinks in just 18 minutes, taking 1,198 people - including 128 Americans - with her to the bottom. While the British government maintained for...
  • Why No American Should Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

    05/05/2018 9:41:47 AM PDT · by pboyington · 72 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 5, 2018 | Ray Starmann
    Yes, it’s time again for Cinco de Mayo, the leftist, diversity driven holiday, commemorating the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Army at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Say again? Yes, that’s the Mexican Army in 1862, 36 years after their fathers slaughtered the Texans at the Alamo. And, the French, of Maginot Line and Fall of France fame. As an American, in 2018, I’m supposed to be excited about all this and spend the day eating Mexican food, drinking Margaritas and watching that foreign, boring and God-awful game, soccer, to celebrate what again – the Mexican...
  • What Ken Burns Omits From The Vietnam War

    05/05/2018 8:52:15 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 62 replies
    providencemag ^ | May 2, 2018 | Mark Moyar
    Jim Webb, the decorated Vietnam combat veteran, writer, and former US senator, wrote “Heroes of the Vietnam Generation,”which pairs well with an earlier essay, “Peace? Defeat? What Did the Vietnam War Protesters Want?,” published by the American Enterprise Institute, in 1997. Both are very useful, especially for those who didn’t live through the Vietnam era, for understanding some of that generation’s dynamics. Webb discusses how it was really the first time in US history when a lot of people argued not going into the military was actually a good thing, and this sentiment has guided how a lot of people...
  • May 4 in military history: Kent State riots and Germany surrenders troops to Montgomery

    05/04/2018 7:54:18 AM PDT · by fugazi · 1 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | May 4, 2018 | Chris Carter
    1864: Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, general-in-chief of all Union forces, moves the Army of the Potomac out of their winter encampments and 100,000 Union soldiers cross the Rapidan River in Virginia, kicking off the campaign that will set the stage for the defeat of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Union losses in the Overland Campaign – the bloodiest in American history – are heavy, but Grant’s troops are replaceable. Lee’s are not. 1916: To avoid a diplomatic break with the United States, Germany announces it will abandon its policy of unrestricted submarine warfare. Rather than continuing...
  • May 3 in military history: Sky Soldiers deploy to Vietnam and top US commander shot down during WW2

    05/03/2018 8:46:38 AM PDT · by fugazi · 12 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | May 3, 2018 | Chris Carter
    1898: Following the Battle of Manila Bay, Marines from the cruisers USS Baltimore (C-3) and USS Raleigh (C-8) raise the Stars and Stripes for the first time in the Philippines over Cavite, the historical capital. 1923: 26 hours and 50 minutes after taking off in New York, Army Air Corps first lieutenants Oakley Kelly and John Macready touch down at Rockwell Field, San Diego, becoming the first aviators to fly non-stop across the United States. The specially modified Fokker T-2 passenger plane averaged a blistering 92 mph. 1942: Off the Florida coast, two German U-boats each sink a cargo ship,...
  • Today in baseball history: Gehrig ends his ironman streak, career

    05/02/2018 1:30:13 PM PDT · by fugazi · 24 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | May 2, 2018 | Chris Carter
    1939: New York Yankee ironman Lou Gehrig tells manager Joe McCarthy that he is taking himself out of the starting lineup. Gehrig will never play again. His record of 2,130 straight games played will stand until Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken tops the streak in 1995. 1949: Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe gets his first career start, shutting out the Cincinnati Reds 3-0. He goes on to lead the Dodgers’ pitching rotation with 17 wins on their way to a National League pennant. Newcombe will lose two seasons to the Army during the Korean War. 1954: The St. Louis Cardinals’ Stan...
  • Today in military history: Stonewall Jackson shot, Marines land at Alcatraz, and the Bin Laden raid

    05/02/2018 9:26:43 AM PDT · by fugazi · 9 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | May 2, 2018 | Chris Carter
    1863: During day two of the Battle of Chancellorsville, Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson is shot by a Confederate sentry while performing a leaders-reconnaissance mission. Following the amputation of Jackson’s shattered arm, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee will lament, “He has lost his left arm, but I have lost my right arm.” The revered Jackson will die in eight days of pneumonia. 1945: Soldiers with the 82d Airborne and the 8th Infantry Division liberate the Wöbbelin concentration camp in northern Germany. The Nazis allowed many of the 5,000 inmates to starve, and U.S. soldiers found 1,000 dead upon arrival. The...
  • In the evening twilight on this date

    05/02/2018 5:21:28 AM PDT · by Bull Snipe · 25 replies
    Confederate General Thomas J. Jackson, (aka Stonewall) is wounded twice in the shoulder and once in the hand when fired on by pickets of the 18th NC Infantry. General Jackson would die eight days later from pneumonia.