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  • U.S. Honors Belgian Nurse for Valor in World War II (Angel of Bastogne finally located)

    12/13/2011 2:01:22 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies
    NYT ^ | 12/13/11
    U.S. Honors Belgian Nurse for Valor in World War II BRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian nurse who saved the lives of hundreds of American soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge at the end of World War II was given an American award for valor on Monday. The nurse, Augusta Chiwy, who is 93, received the Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service medal from the American ambassador, Howard Gutman, in a ceremony at the military museum in Brussels. “She helped, she helped and she helped,” Mr. Gutman said. He explained the long delay — 67 years — in presenting the award...
  • (Goddess) Belgian Nurse Who Saved American Soldiers During Battle of Bulge Honored 67 Years Later

    12/12/2011 7:06:39 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    AP ^ | December 12, 2011 | SLOBODAN LEKIC
    <p>BRUSSELS (AP) -- A Belgian nurse who saved the lives of hundreds of American soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge at the end of World War II was given a U.S. award for valor Monday - 67 years late.</p>
  • 70 Years Ago Today: Remembering the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor

    12/07/2011 8:56:12 AM PST · by montag813 · 23 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 12-07-2011 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With Arizona Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. - President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Congress, 12/08/1941 The Dec. 7, 1941, bombing of Pearl Harbor and those who lost their lives that day are being remembered today on the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack that brought the U.S. into World War II. About 120 survivors will join the Navy Secretary, military leaders and civilians to observe a moment of silence...
  • Death March Of Bataan

    11/09/2011 2:50:22 PM PST · by Charlespg · 21 replies
    you tube ^ | Jun 18, 2008 | Rainer Loeser
    The film shows re-enactment scenes based on eye-witness accounts of the brutality and atrocities that the enemy inflicted on American and Filipino troops during the Death March and later at Camp O'Donnell and Camp Cabanatuan. The men on Bataan were forgotten by their leaders, in other words, they were expendable
  • World War II in Photos - A Retrospective in 20 Parts

    11/05/2011 10:19:11 AM PDT · by bigbob · 33 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 19, 2011 | Alan Taylor
    World War II is the story of the 20th Century. The war officially lasted from 1939 until 1945, but the causes of the conflict and its horrible aftermath reverberated for decades in either direction. While feats of bravery and technological breakthroughs still inspire awe today, the majority of the war was dominated by unimaginable misery and destruction. In the late 1930s, the world's population was approximately 2 billion. In less than a decade, the war between the nations of the Axis Powers and the Allies resulted in some 80 million deaths -- killing off about 4 percent of the whole...
  • Last surviving Polish Battle of Britain pilot dies

    10/27/2011 9:12:11 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 23 replies
    CBC ^ | 10/26/2011 | n/a
    The last surviving Polish pilot from the Battle of Britain has died at the age of 97, says a Toronto funeral home. Turner and Porter Funeral Directors said on its website that Brig.-Gen. Tadeusz Sawicz died Oct. 19 at a nursing home in Toronto. Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza daily newspaper on Wednesday said Sawicz was the last surviving pilot among the Poles who served in Britain's Royal Air Force during World War II, and fought in the 1940 battle. He served with the RAF until early 1947. At the start of World War II in 1939, Sawicz fought in Poland's defense...
  • Thank-you cards from China pose mystery for WWII vets

    10/15/2011 7:46:20 AM PDT · by correctthought · 59 replies
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE ^ | Thursday, October 13, 2011 | LINDSAY WISE
    The postcard arrived in Ed Denzler's mailbox in Pearland last month, a mystery from his past nestled among the routine bills and coupons. Addressed in neat block letters to Denzler, the handwritten note reads, in English: "It takes a strong man to save himself, a great man to save another. Thank you for 1944. From China."
  • Obama tried to apologize to Japan over WW2.

    10/12/2011 11:47:16 AM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Investors ^ | October 12, 2011 | Editorial Board
    Leadership: Leaked cables show Japan nixed a presidential apology to Hiroshima and Nagasaki for using nukes to end the overseas contingency operation known as World War II. Will the next president apologize for the current one? The obsessive need of this president to apologize for American exceptionalism and our defense of freedom continued recently when Barack Obama's State Department (run by Hillary Clinton) contacted the family of al-Qaida propagandist and recruiter Samir Khan to "express its condolences" to his family. Khan, a right-hand man to Anwar al-Awlaki, was killed along with Awlaki in an airstrike in Yemen on Sept. 30....
  • the Airman's Grave

    10/10/2011 11:45:52 AM PDT · by sussex · 4 replies
    The Aged P.com ^ | 10/10/11 | The Aged P
    In a spot of surpassing peace and beauty on a lonely hillside in the Ashdown Forest in Sussex we often pause for a while at The Airman’s Grave. It is not really a grave but a memorial to brave young men who gave their tomorrows for our today.
  • Dambusters hero Guy Gibson ‘killed by the RAF’

    10/09/2011 10:26:49 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 25 replies
    thesun.co.uk ^ | October 10, 2011 | JAMIE PYATT
    DAMBUSTERS flying hero Guy Gibson was killed by friendly fire, The Sun can reveal — solving a 67-year-old riddle. New research shows the RAF hid the truth of the famous bomber pilot's death. Gibson won the VC leading 617 Squadron's epic raid that smashed giant German dams in May 1943 — but died mysteriously in September 1944, aged 26. It is thought he got lost flying a Mosquito over Germany and crashed while following Lancaster bombers home. Now a secret tape reveals a Lancaster gunner mistook Gibson's plane for a similar German Junkers 88 night-fighter and thought he was under...
  • FDR at War: How Expanded Power, National Debt, Restricted Civil Liberties Shaped Wartime America

    10/02/2011 5:46:31 PM PDT · by lbryce · 13 replies
    Amazon ^ | October 2, 2011 | Burton W. Jr. Folsom, Anita Folsom
    Actual Title:FDR Goes to War: How Expanded Executive Power, Spiraling National Debt, and Restricted Civil Liberties Shaped Wartime America Reviews:"FDR Goes to War is a page-turning tour de force -- and a scholarly one, at that -- of the politics and economics of America's involvement in WWII. Be prepared to rethink much of what you think you know about FDR, the war, and the post-Depression U.S. economy." --Don Bordreaux, Chairman of the Department of Economics at George Mason University "In New Deal or Raw Deal? Burt Folsom exposed FDR's failed policies during the Great Depression. Now, in FDR Goes...
  • FDR at War: How Expanded Power, National Debt, Restricted Civil Liberties Shaped Wartime America

    10/02/2011 2:04:15 PM PDT · by lbryce · 2 replies
    Amazon ^ | October 2, 2011 | Burton W. Jr. Folsom, Anita Folsom
    (Full Title) FDR Goes to War: How Expanded Executive Power, Spiraling National Debt, and Restricted Civil Liberties Shaped Wartime America Release Date:October 11, 2011 Reviews:"FDR Goes to War is a page-turning tour de force -- and a scholarly one, at that -- of the politics and economics of America's involvement in WWII. Be prepared to rethink much of what you think you know about FDR, the war, and the post-Depression U.S. economy." --Don Bordreaux, Chairman of the Department of Economics at George Mason University "In New Deal or Raw Deal? Burt Folsom exposed FDR's failed policies during the Great Depression....
  • The real FLAG of Arab-Islamic Palestine - 1941-2011 70 Years to Arab Nazism - nothing's changed

    09/22/2011 8:29:46 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 4 replies
    1941-2011 70 Years to Arab Nazism in "Palestine" nothing has changed! This is the real FLAG of Islamic [worse than apartheid] envisioned [23rd] Arab State called: Palestine. The same Arab-Nazi Judenrein plan... as you hear PLO's admission of a "vision" of a Jew-Free Palestine... http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/muftihit.html http://books.google.com/books?id=QMts5Z36kjAC In November, 1941, the Grand Mufti meets with Adolph Hitler. Hitler declined to shake the Mufti's hand and refused to drink coffee with him. (As Arabs were considered "monkeys" by Hitler/Nazis). But still managed to cooperate against the Jews. The Islamic pan-Arab leader also called for a jihad against the British and their Western...
  • World War II: The North African Campaign

    09/05/2011 4:02:30 PM PDT · by Palter · 3 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 04 Sept 2011 | Alan Taylor
    Beginning in June of 1940, the North African Campaign took place over the course of three years, as Axis and Allied forces pushed each other back and forth across the desert in a series of attacks and counterattacks. Libya had been an Italian colony for several decades and British forces had been in neighboring Egypt since 1882. When Italy declared war on the Allied Nations in 1940, the two armies began skirmishing almost immediately. An Italian invasion of Egypt in September of 1940 was followed by a December counterattack where British and Indian forces captured some 130,000 Italians. Hitler's response...
  • Why did Japan surrender? (Historian argues Soviet Declaration, Not A-Bomb)

    08/19/2011 2:21:26 PM PDT · by mojito · 156 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 8/7/2011 | Gareth Cook
    What ended World War II? For nearly seven decades, the American public has accepted one version of the events that led to Japan’s surrender. By the middle of 1945, the war in Europe was over, and it was clear that the Japanese could hold no reasonable hope of victory. After years of grueling battle, fighting island to island across the Pacific, Japan’s Navy and Air Force were all but destroyed. The production of materiel was faltering, completely overmatched by American industry, and the Japanese people were starving. A full-scale invasion of Japan itself would mean hundreds of thousands of dead...
  • Oldest survivor of Bataan Death March dies at 105

    08/15/2011 8:00:34 PM PDT · by decimon · 119 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 15, 2011 | JIM SUHR
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A doctor once told Albert Brown he shouldn't expect to make it to 50, given the toll taken by his years in a Japanese labor camp during World War II and the infamous, often-deadly march that got him there. But the former dentist made it to 105, embodying the power of a positive spirit in the face of inordinate odds. "Doc" Brown was nearly 40 in 1942 when he endured the Bataan Death March, a harrowing 65-mile trek in which 78,000 prisoners of war were forced to walk from Bataan province near Manila to a Japanese...
  • kiss immortalized in August 14, 1945

    08/11/2011 7:20:25 AM PDT · by NEWwoman · 10 replies
    smithsk.blogspot.com ^ | August 9, 2010 | smithsk
    Photo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kissing_the_War_Goodbye.jpg Above is the lesser known photo taken by Lt. Victor Jorgensen of a sailor kissing a passing nurse on VJ Day in Times Square. The most famous and iconic picture of this same subject - VJ Day in Times Square - taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt, was published in LIFE in 1945 with the caption, In New York's Times Square a white-clad girl clutches her purse and skirt as an uninhibited sailor plants his lips squarely on hers. August 14, 1945 in New York City was a magical moment - a confluence of history, a place, and everyday people....
  • Helene Adams, 85, Hero of French Resistance

    09/25/2006 6:04:21 PM PDT · by csvset · 16 replies · 482+ views
    NY SUN ^ | September 21, 2006 | RICHARD PYLE
    Helene Deschamps Adams, a hero of the French Resistance who saved American fliers from capture and Jews from execution by the Nazis, and played a role in secret preparations for Allied invasions of France, died in Manhattan Saturday of heart failure.
  • She could kill Nazis with her bare hands: Nancy 'the White Mouse' Wake has died

    08/07/2011 6:19:44 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 51 replies
    news,com.au ^ | 8th August 2011
    AFTER witnessing Hitler's early atrocities, Nancy Wake vowed to fight him any way she could. She fought so well, she ended up on top of the Gestapo's wanted list, saved thousands of Allied lives, played a crucial role in D-Day and received France's highest military honour. "Nobody can beat you Nancy, nobody," Sonya d'Artois told her old Resistance comrade when Wake was awarded Australia's highest civilian honour in 2004, six decades after the French recognised her. She was resourceful, cunning, feisty, brave and tough, once killing a German sentry with her bare hands. "She is the most feminine woman I...
  • Fearless matriarch of resistance (most decorated woman of World War II, dies aged 98

    08/08/2011 1:58:26 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 15 replies
    The Australian ^ | 9th August 2011 | Graeme Leech
    THE most decorated woman of World War II, Nancy Wake had a five-million-franc price put on her head by the feared German secret police, the Gestapo, for helping the French Resistance. Branded the White Mouse by her hunters, she became the most wanted resistance fighter in France. ..... By 1940, Wake was running messages and smuggling food for the French resistance, the Maquis. She branched out into helping downed Allied airmen escape capture and returning them to Britain. It has been estimated that she helped more than 1000 airmen escape. ..... But in 1943, Gestapo agents were closing in. One...