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  • 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 UMCRevMom@aol.com · 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"....
  • The Bombs of August

    08/23/2018 7:50:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 23, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    On Aug. 6, 1945, the United States dropped a uranium-fueled atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, another U.S. Army Air Forces B-29 repeated the attack on Nagasaki, Japan, with an even more powerful plutonium bomb. Less than a month after the second bombing, Imperial Japan agreed to formally surrender on Sept. 2. That date marked the official end of World War II -- the bloodiest human or natural catastrophe in history, accounting for more than 65 million dead. Each August, Americans in hindsight ponder the need for, the morality of, and the strategic rationale behind the dropping of...
  • Nazi death camp guard arrested by ICE, deported to Germany: Authorities

    08/21/2018 8:16:21 PM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 60 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | August 21, 2018 | TARA PALMERI
    A man who authorities believe is the last known Nazi collaborator living in the U.S. has been arrested and deported to Germany.At the order of President Donald Trump, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents removed 95-year-old Jakiw Palij from his Queens, New York, home on Monday. Justice Department officials say Palij served as an armed guard at a death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland and later lied to American immigration officials about his role in those atrocities when he entered the U.S. after the war. ABC News was there when Palij was removed by wheelchair from his home on Monday, but he...
  • Scientists Discover Stern of World War II U.S. Destroyer Off Remote Alaskan Island

    08/16/2018 4:09:04 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 28 replies
    gCaptain ^ | August 16, 2018 | gCaptain
    For almost 75 years, the stern of the destroyer USS Abner Read lay somewhere below the dark of the Bering Sea off the Aleutian island of Kiska, where it sank after being torn off by an explosion while conducting an anti-submarine patrol.
  • Hogan's Heroes

    08/14/2018 8:21:22 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 123 replies
    YouTube is such a time capsule. When I was growing up, one of the shows my father used to watch was "Hogan's Heroes." I had not actually watched the show since the early 1970s so the show itself was long forgotten but the theme music was always a bit of an earworm, popping up randomly in my head from time to time during the decades since. About a week ago, I noticed that entire episodes of Hogan's Heroes was on YouTube and decided to click on one. As the opening credits played, everything was instantly recognizable to me even though...
  • The Nambu Pistol

    08/14/2018 4:44:34 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 30 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 8/14/2018 | E Sarkist
    The most dangerous pistol ever made. Back in World War Two Japananese forces used the Nambu Type 94 Pistol as their service pistol. The Nambu Type 94 Pistol was chambered for the weak 8mm Nambu cartridge. The magazine capacity was 6 rounds, a bottle-necked cartridge that only delivers about as much energy as 380. The pistols are locked by means of a short falling-block that is mechanically interesting. Sights are comically bad, but to be honest there isn't a whole bunch about this gun that isn't. Putting some lead downrange isn't bad, but the problem is you don't have to...
  • Lost World War II Pistol – FP45 Liberator

    08/08/2018 4:58:29 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 31 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 8/8/2018 | F Jardim
    Clandestine weapons like the World War II FP-45 pistol, later dubbed the Liberator by the Office of Strategic Services in 1944, have always intrigued me. It remains the rarest of American martial handguns from the conļ¬‚ict, with original examples usually starting in the $1,500 range for rusty, damaged pieces and the best examples, with their impossibly rare waxed shipping boxes, bringing over $7,000. Myths and misinformation hide the pistolĀ’s real story; they werenĀ’t wildly inaccurate junk guns that exploded after a few shots, and they were never tossed out of airplanes over occupied Europe en masse. THE FP-45 PISTOL was...
  • All 20 people on board World War II plane (JU-52) die after Swiss Alps crash

    08/05/2018 9:17:27 PM PDT · by robowombat · 30 replies
    ITV ^ | 5 August 2018 at 1:43pm
    All 20 people on board World War II plane die after Swiss Alps crash Nearly 5,000 of the World War II Ju-52 planes were manufactured between 1932 and 1952. Nearly 5,000 of the World War II Ju-52 planes were manufactured between 1932 and 1952. Photo: AP All 20 people on board an old World War II propeller plane have died after crashing in the Swiss Alps during a sightseeing flight. The Junker Ju-52 struck the Piz Segnas mountain's western flank about 2,540 meters (8,330 feet) above sea level, killing 17 passengers and three crew members, police revealed in a press...
  • New Memo Reveals Japanese Leaders' Thoughts on Eve of Pearl Harbor

    07/31/2018 11:28:01 AM PDT · by Jagermonster · 78 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 30, 2018 | Mari Yamaguchi
    A used bookshop owner in Japan found the memo tucked away in a journal. The document gives the first glimpse into conversation between Emperor Hirohito and Prime Minister Hideki Tojo on the eve of the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Tokyo –– A newly released memo by a wartime Japanese official provides what a historian says is the first look at the thinking of Emperor Hirohito and Prime Minister Hideki Tojo on the eve of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that thrust the United States into World War II. While far from conclusive, the five-page document lends credence...
  • 94-Year-Old Veteran STEALS THE SHOW at Trump VFW Speech in Kansas City, Missouri (VIDEO)

    07/24/2018 11:50:52 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 46 replies
    GP ^ | July 24,2018 | Jim Hoft
    President Donald Trump spoke to the VFW Convention today in Kansas City, Missouri. During his speech invited 94-year-old veteran Allen Jones on stage to share a few words. Allen stole the show. The World War II veteran told the story of losing his brother in World War II fighting. Then Allen turned to President Trump and made a request. Allen asked the US president if he could bring his family to the Oval Office next April when he turns 95. President Trump said yes and gave Allen a hug. This was an amazing American moment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LacxeCjaLdE&feature=youtu.be
  • K98 Mauser

    07/19/2018 8:01:42 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 16 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 7/19/2018 | A Kincaid
    BY FAR THE greatest critique of the K98k is its rate of ļ¬re. As with any other bolt-action, soldiers could only ļ¬re as quickly as they could operate the bolt. Critics of the GermanĀ’s bolt-action-armed infantry blame Hitler for losing WWII because he refused to arm his infantry with faster, semiautomatic riļ¬‚es. When WWII began, the German infantry was not unlike other armies Ā– armed with a mix of bolt-action riļ¬‚es and some form of machine gun. Germany's strategy for implementing these weapons diļ¬€ered. They emphasized the machine gun, usually an MG-34 or an MG-42 (Maschinengewehr 34/42) as their primary...
  • American tourist takes unexploded WWII munition to Vienna Airport

    07/11/2018 10:39:51 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 52 replies
    dw.com ^ | 07/11/18
    A 24-year-old American tourist caused panic at Vienna Airport when she put an unexploded World War II artillery shell in front of Austrian customs officials and asked whether the "souvenir" could be taken onboard her flight home. Officials quickly called the bomb disposal unit to remove and dispose of the 7.5 cm (3 inch) caliber dud tank artillery shell. The incident shut down the arrival and luggage hall for 15 minutes. Police said at no time were passengers under threat. The 24-year-old was reported to prosecutors for negligent endangerment and fined €4,000 ($4,694). The woman had found the World...
  • Famous Veteran: Don Rickles USNAVY

    07/04/2018 11:57:37 AM PDT · by eastforker · 27 replies
    TWS ^ | 2014 | Timothy Gant
    After graduating from high school, Rickles enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for two years during World War II on the USS Cyrene as a seaman first class. He was honorably discharged in 1946. His ship departed Norfolk, Virginia 10 November 1944 transited the Panama Canal and arrived at Manus Province, in Papua New Guinea on 13 December to escort two squadrons of motor torpedo boats to Hollandia, New Guinea. She then sailed on convoy duty to Leyte Gulf, Phillipines, arriving 1 January 1945. Cyrene then served as tender for PT Boasts, and on 17 January 1945 became flagship...
  • Famous Veteran : Glenn Ford USMC USNAVY Reserve

    07/03/2018 5:01:00 PM PDT · by eastforker · 27 replies
    TWS ^ | 2014 | TWS
    Actor. Born Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford in Canada, when he was eight years old his father, a railroad executive, moved his family to Santa Monica, California. He performed in high school plays and then joined "West Coast", a traveling theater company. His film debut was in "Heaven With a Barbed Wire Fence" (1939). After World War II started, he put his career on hold and enlisted in the United States Marines. In 1992, Ford was awarded the French Legion of Honor Medal for his service in France during the war aiding those fleeing from the Nazis. He also served in...
  • 112-year-old Austin resident, our oldest living veteran, robbed of savings, identity

    06/30/2018 8:16:20 PM PDT · by HKMk23 · 24 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 6-29-2018 | Brendan Meyer
    Someone is impersonating the oldest man in America. Family members of Richard Overton, the 112-year-old World War II veteran who lives in Austin, learned that his personal bank account had been drained on Friday.
  • SCOTUS just quietly overturned decision allowing internment of Japanese-Americans in WWII

    06/26/2018 1:56:40 PM PDT · by NRx · 118 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06-26-2016 | Reuters
    The Supreme Court just quietly overturned a decision that upheld the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II as part of a ruling upholding President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban that primarily targets majority-Muslim countries. During World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which led the US government to force more than 100,000 people of Japanese descent into detention camps. The decision overruled by the Supreme Court on Tuesday, Korematsu v. United States, was centered around a man named Fred Korematsu, a Japanese-American who refused to comply with the order. On December 18, 1944, the Supreme...
  • Famous Veteran :James Arness

    James Arness, a World War II veteran beloved by millions for his iconic portrayal of Marshal Matt Dillon on the long-running Western TV series “Gunsmoke,” died June 3 after a long illness. At 6 foot 7 inches, Arness was, quite literally, a big star, towering over even the likes of his good friend and Hollywood mentor John Wayne. But it was that same impressive height that prevented Arness from fulfilling his dream of being a naval aviator in World War II—he was simply too tall for cockpit duty. As a soldier in the 7th Regiment of the U.S. Army’s Third...