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  • The expulsion that backfired: When Iraq kicked out its Jews

    05/31/2016 11:39:01 AM PDT · by SJackson · 28 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 5-31-2016 | Edwin Black
    Bent on destroying Israel, and gripped by vicious anti-Semitism, Baghdad ‘pauperized’ its Jews and forced them to leave for the nascent Jewish state in 1951-2. It believed Israel would collapse under the strain. But the immigrants ultimately helped Israel thrive, and it was Iraq that suffered After Adolf Hitler’s defeat in May 1945, many Nazis melted away from the Reich, smuggled out by such organizations as the infamous Odessa group and the lesser-known Catholic lay network Intermarium, as well as the CIA and KGB. They ensured the continuation of the Nazi legacy in the postwar Arab world. Egypt was a...
  • On Pearl Harbor Day, a Video Tribute to the Heroes

    12/07/2018 10:36:43 AM PST · by j.havenfarm · 16 replies
    Mr Lou Conter was on duty on the deck of the USS Arizona when the Japanese attacked on December 7. He took part in the fruitless search and rescue efforts. Later he flew PBY “Black Cat” bombers in the Pacific theater. Two years ago my son made a documentary of Mr Conters experiences for his Eagle Scout project. Mr Conter has become a dear friend and we try to get out to see him every 6 or 8 weeks, though he lives some distance away. To meet him you’d think he’s the nicest guy on the planet, not knowing that...
  • Combat Firing with Handguns

    12/04/2018 7:26:51 AM PST · by NRx · 18 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1944 | United States War Department
    WWII era training film. (This film has been certified as Glock Free.)
  • AIRCRAFT ACTION REPORT - Mission: Radio Station at Chichi Jima - September 2, 1944

    Unit reporting: VT-51, USS San Jacinto Takeoff Time: 0715, Time Over Target: 0825 - 0830 Aircraft: TBM-1C carrying 4 - 500# General Purpose Bombs Aircraft Lost: TBM-1C, Engine Hit by Heavy and Medium A/A Personnel Casualties: Lt. W.G. White, USNR; J.L. Delaney ARM 2/o, USNR, both MIA, presumed dead The pilot Lt. G.H.W. Bush parachuted to water and was picked up by rescue submarine. Lt. Bush was piloting the third plane over the target. Bush's plane was hit in the engine shortly after final push over at 8,000 ft. In spite of this hit which caused his engine to smoke...
  • The End. Godspeed, Sir

    12/01/2018 4:53:02 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 70 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 12-1-18 | MOTUS
    George Herbert Walker Bush always referred to his wife  Barbara as “the Enforcer.” So it comes as no surprise that, at her insistence,  God called him home – she was determined that under no circumstances was George to spend his 94th Christmas without her.So RIP George Herbert Walker Bush, airman, war hero, patriot, family man, oilman, public servant, statesman and spook. And once, very very young… Barbara and George met at a Christmas dance when she was 16 and he, a naval aviator in training, was just 17. Thus began a 76 year love affair that lasted till Barbara’s death...
  • Harry Leslie Smith: War veteran has died

    11/28/2018 8:02:26 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | November 28, 2018 | BBC News
    A World War Two veteran who grew up in poverty and described himself as the "world's oldest rebel" has died. The son of RAF veteran and author Harry Leslie Smith tweeted to say his father had died while visiting him in Canada. The son of a miner, Mr Smith lived through the Great Depression and joined the RAF in 1941, serving in World War Two.
  • Polish nun who sheltered Jewish children in WWII dies at age 110

    11/25/2018 7:46:10 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 17 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | November 23, 2018 | Israel Hayon staff
    Sister Cecylia Roszak was among group of nuns who set up convent hiding Jews who escaped the Vilna Ghetto from the Nazis • Named Righteous Among the Nations in 1984, Sister Cecylia was "like a mother" to those children, says fellow nun at Krakow convent. News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff Polish nun Sister Cecylia Roszak, who has been honored for sheltering Jewish children during the Holocaust, died last week at the age of 110 and was laid to rest on Thursday in Krakow. Born March 25, 1908, Sister Cecylia joined a Krakow convent at age 21. She was in...
  • A World War II hero returns to Germany to solve a mystery -- and meet an enemy

    11/14/2018 10:05:24 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 54 replies ^ | November 11, 2018 | John Blake
    Clarence Smoyer's index finger caressed the trigger. Sweat poured down the leather flaps of his helmet. No one in his tank moved or even whispered. It was March 6, 1945, and Smoyer was part of the Allies' last push into Nazi Germany. The lanky 19-year-old with a mop of curly hair was part of a tank crew that had crawled into the German city of Cologne for what would become the US Army's biggest house-to-house fight in Europe. The Germans called it "Endkampf," the final battle for their homeland. "Gentlemen, I give you Cologne," Smoyer's commander announced over the radio....
  • Trump suggests France would have been defeated without U.S.

    11/13/2018 10:53:06 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 153 replies
    The Columbian ^ | November 13, 2018 | Darlene Superville, The Associated Press
    President Donald Trump escalated his verbal assaults against France on Tuesday, suggesting that America’s stalwart European ally would have been vanquished in both world wars if not for the military firepower provided by the United States. Trump tweeted about a suggestion by French President Emmanuel Macron that Europe build up its militaries because the continent can no longer depend on the U.S. for defense. Macron had also said Europe needs to protect itself against cyberthreats from China, Russia and the U.S. Macron’s comments were inaccurately reported and Trump continues to misrepresent them, seemingly for political hay. The French leader’s office...
  • How the Navy’s D-Day amphibious attack on Utah beach achieved 'tactical surprise'

    11/12/2018 1:30:47 PM PST · by DFG · 52 replies
    Warrior Maven via Fox News ^ | 11/12/2018 | Kris Osborn
    Battling rough seas with five-foot waves, thrashing wind gusts and heavy enemy fire, U.S. Navy amphibious landing craft attacking Utah Beach on D-Day actually managed to achieve total tactical surprise. Although amphibious forces eventually took heavy German artillery fire as they got closer, the amphibious landing force was well protected by Allied air superiority and cloudy weather. “As our forces approached the French coast without a murmur from the enemy or from their own radio, the realization that once again almost complete tactical surprise had been achieved slowly dawned,” said Sir Bertram Home Ramsay, Naval Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Naval...
  • Macron stokes anger with plan to honour Nazi collaborator Pétain

    11/07/2018 3:50:13 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 22 replies
    "He was a great soldier, it's a fact," Macron said, though he stressed that Petain had made "disastrous choices" during World War II. His comments drew fierce criticism from rival politicians as well as Jewish leaders, reopening a painful chapter in France's history which continues to divide the nation decades on. Francis Kalifat of the CRIF association of French Jewish groups said he was "shocked" by Macron's comments praising a leader who helped deport thousands of Jews to their deaths. "The only thing we will remember about Petain is that he was convicted, in the name of the French people,...
  • An Unforgettable Movie Collects Recently Discovered Color Footage of World War II

    11/05/2018 1:29:09 PM PST · by aimhigh · 67 replies
    Hyperallergic ^ | 11/05/2018 | Dan Schindel
    After the US’s entry into World War II, Hollywood filmmaker William Wyler (best known today for The Best Years of Our Lives, Roman Holiday, and Ben-Hur) volunteered for the US Army Air Forces. Serving as a major, he directed documentaries about the air war in Europe and the Mediterranean. In 1943, he and his crew brought 16mm color cameras aboard Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses on bombing runs over Germany. The resultant film, 1944’s The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress, purported to show the final mission of the bomber Memphis Belle. (It was actually pieced together from several...
  • Today in US military history: Jihad at Fort Hood and 2 Roosevelts lead attack in 'No Man's Land'

    11/05/2018 8:20:07 AM PST · by fugazi · 11 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Nov. 5, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Jose A. Rivera, who was killed in action on this day in 2003 in Mumuhdyah, Iraq. The 34-year-old native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. 1862: Realizing an army led by Gen. George McClellan would never defeat the Confederates, Pres. Abraham Lincoln removes the cautious Army of the Potomac commander, choosing Gen. Ambrose Burnside as his replacement. Two years and three days later, Lincoln would defeat McClellan - a Democrat - in the 1864 presidential election. 1915: Lt. Commander Henry...
  • French academic and convicted Holocaust denier dies in Vichy

    10/24/2018 1:02:38 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 20 replies
    France24 ^ | 22 Oct 2018 | AFP
    Robert Faurisson, a former French academic who was convicted several times for claiming there was no systematic mass killings of Jews by Nazi Germany, has died aged 89 in his hometown of Vichy, central France. British-born Faurisson was also a staunch defender of Marshal Philippe Petain, the Vichy French leader who collaborated with Nazi occupiers of the country during World War II. A former professor of French literature at the University of Lyon, Faurisson maintained that the gas chambers in Auschwitz were the "biggest lie of the 20th century", saying deported Jews died instead of disease and malnutrition. He also...
  • World War II Hero who Prevented Nazis from Getting Nuclear Bomb Dies

    10/21/2018 4:25:39 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 28 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Oct 21, 2018 | Reuters
    OSLO - The leader of a daring World War Two raid to thwart Nazi Germany's nuclear ambitions has died aged 99, Norwegian government officials said on Sunday. Joachim Roenneberg, serving behind enemy lines in his native Norway during the German occupation, in 1943 blew up a plant producing heavy water, or D2O, a hydrogen-rich substance that was key to the later development of atomic bombs. Picked by Britain's war-time Special Operations Executive to lead the raid when he was only 23 years old, Roenneberg was the youngest member of Operation Gunnerside, which penetrated and destroyed key parts of the heavily...
  • Ocasio-Cortez: We Must Use Blueprint From Defeating Nazis to Defeat Global Warming

    10/20/2018 6:36:18 AM PDT · by kevcol · 150 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 19, 2018 | Cameron Cawthorne
    Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday night said the way the Allied Powers defeated the Nazis during World War II provides a blueprint for how the United States should defeat global warming. Ocasio-Cortez appeared at a climate change town hall in College Point, a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens, where she discussed her "radical" plan to tackle global warming, according to a clip first flagged by the Republican National Committee.
  • Schmeisser MP-40 Submachine Gun

    10/12/2018 4:57:40 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 30 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/12/2018 | C Cocoles
    The German MP40 submachine gun (Schmeisser) was a weapon our Allied Forces feared in World War II. The MP 40 was a submachine gun chambered for the 9×19mm Parabellum cartridge and an open-bolt, blowback-operated automatic arms. It was developed in Nazi Germany and used extensively by the Axis powers during the Second World War. This weapon shot from a standard 32-round box magazine and the caliber was the standard 9x19mm Parabellum. Manufactured in Germany from 1940-1945, there were roughly 1.1 million of them manufactured. Weighing just under 9 pounds, this submachine gun was not light. With a cyclic rate of...
  • North Korea joins South Korean protest over Japan's 'Rising Sun' flag

    10/05/2018 12:01:33 AM PDT · by blueplum · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04 Oct 2018 | Joyce Lee
    SEOUL (Reuters) - Japan should refrain from flying the “Rising Sun” flag on a warship in a fleet review planned in South Korea next week, a North Korean propaganda website said on Friday, joining South Koreans in the latest spat over the countries’ colonial history. ...“The ‘Rising Sun’ flag is a war-crime flag that the 20th-century Japanese imperialists used when executing their barbaric invasions into our nation and other Asian nations,” North Korea’s state-controlled Uriminjokkiri website said. “Planning to enter flying the ‘Rising Sun’ flag is an unbearable insult and ridicule to our people.”
  • The 9/11 Attacks Were No Pearl Harbor-The differences teach us valuable lessons

    09/14/2018 11:14:13 AM PDT · by SJackson · 26 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | September 14, 2018 | Bruce Thornton
    Comparing the jihadist attacks on September 11, 2001 to the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor has become a staple of commentary on the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history. Google this topic and nearly half a million links will pop up; google “lesson plans” and you’ll get nearly five million hits. In the catalogue of historical analogies, the comparison of 9/11 to 12/7 is perhaps the most popular outside the historians’ guild. Historical analogies have been a feature of history since its beginnings in ancient Athens. Thucydides explained that he wrote his brilliant and still instructive History of...
  • Desecration of a WW2 Memorial

    09/12/2018 5:25:05 AM PDT · by · 42 replies
    Facebook ^ | September 10 at 4:46 PM | George Gatteny
    George Gatteny [Massachusetts] "I witnessed something today that outraged me! I was driving down Broadway in Somerville. I stopped behind a bus waiting to pull into Clarendon Station. I looked over to my right and saw young people (early to mid 20's) go into the Somerville Veterans Memorial Cemetery. As they approached the statue, I saw them grab the 3 or 4 mini flags that were placed in from of the statue. The guy took the flags and tossed them behind the statue. What I saw him do next pushed me to a point where I said to myself "ENOUGH"....