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  • World War II hero who drove tank through gate of Dachau concentration camp dies at 95

    10/17/2020 4:37:21 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 76 replies ^ | October 16, 2020 | Greg Garrison
    World War II hero Jim Feezel from Alabama, who drove a tank through the front gate of Dachau in Nazi Germany to liberate prisoners at the infamous concentration camp, has died. James Martin Feezel died on Thursday, Oct. 15, according to Roselawn Funeral Home in Decatur. He was 95. In a video interview project by Gary Cosby Jr. with The Decatur Daily in 2015, on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Feezel recalled the moment his commanding officer told him to break through the gate at Dachau on April 29, 1945. “We were facing the front gate at Dachau...
  • Phantom Fortress: The Crewless Landing of a B-17

    10/16/2020 11:35:27 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 27 replies
    War History Online ^ | 1/29/19 | Christopher Hoitash
    On November 23, 1944, a Royal Air Force antiaircraft unit stationed outside Cortonburg, Belgium observed a B-17 Flying Fortress flying towards them. The massive U.S. Army Air Forces bomber approached at high speed with its landing gears down. With no landing scheduled, the base personnel presumed it was an emergency landing situation and reacted accordingly. The Flying Fortress proceeded to execute that emergency landing by plowing into a nearby field. Having just barely avoided crashing into the unit’s guns, the aircraft’s landing was so fast and uncontrolled that the propellers snapped off and both wings slapped into the earth during...
  • 1946: The Nuremberg Trial War Criminals

    10/15/2020 9:18:52 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 20 replies ^ | October 16, 2009 | Headsman
    Victor’s justice was never better served than this date in 1946, when the brass of Third Reich hung for crimes against humanity during the late World War II. The landmark legal proceeding* is covered well enough in many other sources for this humble venue to break new ground. Apart from trailblazing international law, the trial was notable for the gut-punching film of German atrocities; this relatively novel piece of evidence is available for perusal thanks to the magic of the Internet. Caution: Strong stuff. An hour’s worth of Nazi atrocities.The climactic hangings in the predawn hours this day in Nuremberg...
  • The mathematician who saved hundreds of flight crews

    10/15/2020 4:45:41 PM PDT · by scrabblehack · 17 replies ^ | September 21, 2020 | Logan Nye
    Abraham Wald was a Hungarian mathematician, but his work with statistics in 1943 would prevent the Navy armoring exactly the wrong places on planes, saving the lives of countless flight crews who likely would have been shot down if their most vulnerable parts were left exposed. .... As Jordan Ellenberg wrote in How Not To Be Wrong, there was a running joke in the SRG that Wald's secretaries had to rip notepaper out of his hands as soon as he finished writing on it because he didn't have the clearance to read his own work. .... So the only planes...
  • Historic importance of Arabs of Palestine in WW2. Not just the Mufti case...

    10/15/2020 11:26:17 AM PDT · by Freeleesy · 4 replies
    Michael J Cohen, Britain's Moment in Palestine: Retrospect and Perspectives, 1917-1948 - (2014), p.404 Porath's pioneering study of Palestinian Arab nationalism concluded: The Nazi leanings of the Husaynis were not coincidental. The bestial anti-Jewish attitudes of the Nazis drew the attention of the Palestinian Arab nationalists who regarded the Nazis as natural allies against the Jews. ... It was due to Nazi reticence. A Nazi Party decree of June 1934 had denied membership of foreign Nazi parties to non-Germans... In 1933, Joseph Francis, the Palestine correspondent of al-ahram, wrote on behalf of a group of Palestinian Arabs to Heinrich Wolff, the German consul...
  • A Zek Remembers Stalin’s Camps

    10/04/2020 5:23:32 PM PDT · by robowombat · 42 replies
    Tablet ^ | SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 | TIMOTHY SNYDER
    Long but fascinating. This is what the left really wants to do with those who don't share its vision of a 'radiant future'. A Zek Remembers StalinÂ’s Camps A new foreword to Julius MargolinÂ’s stunning, recovered memoir of the gulag TIMOTHY SNYDER SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 Wikipedia Political prisoners eating lunch in the Intalag coal mineWIKIPEDIA We speak of memory, but memory is empty without witness. It is too much to expect that all who suffer speak. Yet without witness, memory devolves into propaganda that serves the moment. Julius Margolin asks whether the real Russia is the one that celebrates victory...
  • The Prelude to World War II: The Spanish Civil War and Today's America

    10/01/2020 9:28:31 AM PDT · by ammodotcom · 23 replies ^ | 10/1/2020 | Sam Jacobs
    America is definitely not Europe, but we can find a number of parallels between European history and contemporary America. For example, we’ve previously written about the Italian Years of Lead as a possible template for urban unrest and low-level inter-tribal warfare in the United States. Another example of how things might play out in the United States is the Spanish Civil War. The Spanish Civil War is known to historians, amateur and professional alike, as the “dress rehearsal for the Second World War.” It is so termed because it pitted one side – which was equipped, armed and funded by...
  • The Babi Yar Massacre: Too Terrible to Describe

    09/29/2020 12:11:46 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 39 replies ^ | Sep 29, 2020 | Imanuel Marcus
    In 1941, German soldiers murdered more than 30,000 Jews from Kiev within one and a half days. What took place at the Babi Yar gorge was one of the most horrific massacres of all time. Berlin, September 29th, 2020 (The Berlin Spectator) — Eight decades ago, the Wehrmacht, Nazi Germany’s army, was busy attacking and conquering the better part of Europe while murdering millions of Jews and members of other minorities in its death camps, forced labor camps and in massacres on streets, in woods and at other locations. Can it get any worse than shooting people on the street,...
  • The First Battle of Savo Island

    09/26/2020 10:40:51 AM PDT · by NRx · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | 09-23-2020 | Drachinifel
    An excellent video covering the First Battle of Savo Island in the Guadalcanal Campaign. Not our Navy's finest hour, but we learned some hard lessons that would serve us well in the future.
  • 2 hospitalized after WWII-era plane crash in Stockton [CA] area

    09/21/2020 4:09:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    ktla ^ | 09/21/2020
    The North American B-25 crashed Saturday evening a few miles southeast of the Stockton Metropolitan Airport. Three people were on board. One person walked away and two others were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. The aircraft was extensively damaged. (San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office via AP)
  • This Is the Story of a U.S. Soldier Who Fought World War II in His Tank

    09/19/2020 8:21:21 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 79 replies
    National Intrerst ^ | September 17, 2017 | Warfare History Network
    Private First Class Irving Bromberg saw a huge puff of smoke erupt from the German tank’s cannon muzzle as it headed straight for his M4 Sherman tank. The round streaked past and missed.
  • 76 years ago, the Allies launched the largest airborne attack ever — here's how it all went wrong.

    09/17/2020 9:40:15 PM PDT · by L.A.Justice · 59 replies
    Business Insider ^ | September 15, 2020 | Ben Brimelow
    In mid-September 1944, things looked great for the Allies. With their foothold in Normandy secured after D-Day and the successful invasion of Southern France in Operation Dragoon, Allied soldiers began an almost unstoppable advance into Nazi-occupied Europe. German forces were retreating to the safety of the Siegfried Line, a series of hardened defenses and fortifications stretching more than 390 miles along Germany's border with France and the Netherlands. The successes had Allied planners believing there was a serious chance to end the war by Christmas, and British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery devised a plan he thought would ensure it.
  • Florida WWII statue to stay at Sarasota Bayfront after GOP congressman intervenes

    09/17/2020 2:28:32 AM PDT · by USA Conservative · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09.17.2020 | Michael Ruiz
    25-foot 'Unconditional Surrender' sculpture depicts an iconic photograph taken in Times Square in Aug. 14, 1945 A controversial statue of a Navy sailor kissing a dental assistant to celebrate the Allies' World War II victory over Japan can stay in a Florida city where officials considered removing it. “Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin just told me the ‘Unconditional Surrender’ statue will remain at the Bayfront,” Florida GOP congressman Vern Buchanan said in a statement Tuesday. “That’s what the people of our community wanted overwhelmingly.” Buchanan urged local officials to leave the statue last week, as they mulled either moving it...
  • Oldest living Marine turns 107 this month

    09/14/2020 11:56:22 AM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 10 replies
    Independent Tribune ^ | 09/06/2020 | Victoria Young
    The oldest living Marine in the United States will celebrate her 107th birthday this month. Dorothy “Dot” Cole was 29 years old when she enlisted in the Marine Corps. She had been confirmed as the oldest living female U.S. Marine. But today, she is the oldest living person to have served in the Corps. She will celebrate her 107th birthday Sept. 19. Her service in the corps began in a time when few women had served as Marines.
  • America’s Oldest World War II Veteran Receives Flyover for 111th Birthday

    09/14/2020 11:57:09 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 13 2020 | KATHERINE RODRIGUEZ
    America’s oldest World War II veteran received a military flyover for his 111th birthday on Saturday as the coronavirus changed plans for a more traditional birthday celebration. Last year, New Orleans native and World War II veteran Lawrence Brooks received cupcakes, music, and lots of kisses at the National WWII Museum as the facility hosted him for a birthday party for the fifth year in a row. This year, the celebration came to him because of the coronavirus pandemic, as he watched from his porch while an entire squadron of WWII-era aircraft did a flyover in his neighborhood, the Times-Picayune...
  • The Bolt-Action Rifle from a Dead German Soldier

    09/14/2020 8:29:37 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 12 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/14/20 | F Jardim
    Stolen During The Great Depression - George Irish was an independent-minded man. In 1917, he was 25 years old. He made a living as a jack-of-all-trades in Summers, Conn., just across the border from Massachusetts. He wasn't married and America had just become involved in what became know as World War I. He volunteered for the army. He was assigned to an artillery unit and trained in the Midwest before crossing the Atlantic in an improvised troop ship. In France, he didn’t work the guns, instead he kept the dough boys who labored over them fed. He was a muleskinner,...
  • Creating a “usable” past: On holocaust denial and distortion

    09/14/2020 7:28:08 AM PDT · by Marinario · 5 replies
    The Shi'ite regime in Iran strongly denies the Holocaust, and this was especially the case during the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. A congress on denial was held in Tehran in 2006, and another in 2009. One Hamid Reza Nikbakhsh (a member of the Iranian World War II Society in Tehran) published an e-book entitled The Holocaust: The Jews’ Greatest Lie. Holocaust denial unites Sunni and Shi'ite radicals. Thus, Hussein Triki, the former Arab League representative in Argentina, a Sunni—and not a radical Islamist but rather a mainstream figure—appeared on the Iranian Al-Alam network on March 2, 2011, and said that...

    09/12/2020 1:55:09 PM PDT · by j.havenfarm · 8 replies
    Self | Jhavenfarm
    DATELINE GRASS VALLEY, CA: Lou Conter, one of two remaining survivors of the Japanese attack on the USS Arizona on December 7, 1941, celebrated his 99th birthday in this Sierra Nevada town today. Unable to hold a party due to COVID, the family asked friends to organize a surprise parade to drive by his bungalow at the Eskaton facility here. When law enforcement learned of the plans they enthusiastically joined in. The parade was led by about a dozen units of the California Highway Patrol, Cal Fire, and Nevada County Sheriff. About two dozen cars participated. Scouting is particularly close...
  • U. of Rhode Island to Remove WWII Murals Due to Lack of Diversity

    09/09/2020 1:39:17 PM PDT · by Tench_Coxe · 145 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/09/2020 | Tom Ciccotta
    The University of Rhode Island recently announced plans to remove two murals depicting the events of World War II due to their lack of diversity. The decision was prompted after students complained that the mural was not compatible with the university’s values of inclusivity. According to the school’s Vice President of Student Affairs, “Some of our students have even shared with us they didn’t feel comfortable sitting in that space.”
  • Internationalising The Greatest Generation – Australian veteran calls for more respect for WW2.

    09/09/2020 1:13:01 PM PDT · by Ozguy1945 · 2 replies ^ | 9th September 2020 American time | Ozguy1945
    Internationalising The Greatest Generation – Australian veteran calls for more respect for WW2. China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea mean that it is primarily Indonesia that stands between Australia and the “People’s Liberation Army” of totalitarian communist China. In an open letter published in the link accompanying this post, former Australian army captain, Demetrios Kitsiou, supports my contention that sharing better respect with Indonesia for the heroes of World War Two is one way for Australia to be more secure in an uncertain future. In Indonesia the most sacred national holiday of the year is August 17 in...