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  • 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 fire. As with any other bolt-action, soldiers could only fire as quickly as they could operate the bolt. Critics of the German’s bolt-action-armed infantry blame Hitler for losing WWII because he refused to arm his infantry with faster, semiautomatic rifles. When WWII began, the German infantry was not unlike other armies – armed with a mix of bolt-action rifles and some form of machine gun. Germany's strategy for implementing these weapons differed. 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 IIhe was simply too tall for cockpit duty. As a soldier in the 7th Regiment of the U.S. Armys Third...
  • George Takei: At least during my internment, I was not taken from my parents

    06/19/2018 2:58:09 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 86 replies
    CNN ^ | June 19, 2018 | Jennifer Hansler
    Actor George Takei argued that "in one core, horrifying way," the family separations occurring at the United States' southern border are "worse" than the Japanese-American internment camps during World War II. "At least during the internment, when I was just 5 years old, I was not taken from my parents," he wrote in an op-ed for Foreign Policy magazine that was published Tuesday. Takei, an American citizen of Japanese ancestry who was detained with his family at camps in Arkansas and California, wrote that there was a "hideous irony" in the comparison. "At least during the internment, my parents were...
  • The Real Resistance-Lessons for America from gun control in Nazi-occupied France

    06/18/2018 6:21:51 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | June 18, 2018 | Lloyd Billingsley
    Unlike Americans, Germans had no legal right to keep and bear arms and the liberal Weimar Republic sought to register, regulate and prohibit firearms. When Hitlers National Socialist (Nazi) Party took power, they used those records to disarm and oppress the people, and that is why there was no armed resistance movement in Germany. That is the story of Stephen Halbrooks masterful 2013 Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and Enemies of the State. Halbrooks new book, Gun Control in Nazi-Occupied France: Tyranny and Resistance, charts the same process in occupied France. As he notes, of...
  • Battlefield V is Right to Include Women They Were Vital to World War II

    06/10/2018 1:39:20 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 177 replies
    Fandom ^ | May 25th 2018 | Dom Peppiatt
    The internet is in uproar (again). Developer DICEs decision to include a woman on the cover art for this years Battlefield offering has, for some reason, antagonised the most vocal parts of the gaming internet. Within minutes of DICE revealing its new game, detractors on reddit, Twitter and various online gaming forums were spouting their vitriol, furious that DICE had sacrificed authenticity in favour of political correctness. Heres the thing, though: it hasnt. Women have always played a vital role in the Worlds wars, and to ignore that is to be willfully ignorant. From soldiers enlisted in active duty to...
  • D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy in color photographs [74 years ago today]

    06/06/2018 10:57:18 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 63 replies
    Chron.com ^ | June 6, 2018 | John Boyd
    Operation Overlord Normandy, Troops of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division are landing at Juno Beach on the outskirts of Bernieres-sur-Mer on D-Day. 6th June 1944. 14,000 Canadian soldiers were put ashore and 340 lost their live in the battles for the beachhead.
  • Six Facts About D-Day You Never Learned in School

    06/06/2018 2:54:30 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 54 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 5 June 2018 | Jef Sanders
    What most Americans these days know about D-Day comes from the movies "Saving Private Ryan" (1998) or "Band of Brothers" (2001), and that's pretty good! It's infinitely better than not knowing anything at all about this pivotal Allied invasion of World War II. However, to enhance your knowledge of this important battle whose anniversary is June 6, here are a few more interesting facts you may not have learned in school. 1. Teddy Roosevelt Jr. fought on D-Day. You remember the original Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders charging up San Juan Hill in the Spanish American War (1898) right?...
  • D-Day June 6, 1944 : As it Happened (it started last night BST)

    06/06/2018 4:17:29 PM PDT · by John S Mosby · 44 replies
    UK Daily Mail 20114 ^ | 6:00PM BST 06 Jun 2014 | | Richard Preston & Ben Hazell
    Timeline of the D-Day landings of 6th June 1944 hour by hour as events unfolded on the day
  • Vanity - so has anyone obtained a list of the 47 immortals referenced by SLA Marshal ?

    key Excerpt from the article - Taylor is a luminous figure in the story of D Day, one of the forty-seven immortals of Omaha who, by their dauntless initiative at widely separated points along the beach, saved the landing from total stagnation and disaster. Courage and luck are his in extraordinary measure
  • Bloody but forgotten WWII battle still haunts soldiers

    05/28/2018 2:39:19 PM PDT · by BBell · 95 replies
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) William Roy Dover's memory of the World War II battle is as sharp as it was 75 years ago, even though it's been long forgotten by most everyone else. His first sergeant rousted him from his pup tent around 2 a.m. when word came the Japanese were attacking and had maybe even gotten behind the American front line, on a desolate, unforgiving slab of an occupied island in the North Pacific. "He was shouting, 'Get up! Get out!'" Dover said. Dover and most of the American soldiers rushed to an embankment on what became known as...
  • Tests on skull fragment cast doubt on Adolf Hitler suicide story

    10/01/2009 7:17:05 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 51 replies · 2,095+ views
    Bone with bullet hole found by Russians in 1946 came from an unknown woman, not the German leader Tests on skull fragment cast doubt on Adolf Hitler suicide In countless biographies of Adolf Hitler the story of his final hours is recounted in the traditional version: committing suicide with Eva Braun, he took a cyanide pill and then shot himself on 30 April 1945, as the Russians bombarded Berlin. Some historians expressed doubt that the Fhrer had shot himself, speculating that accounts of Hitler's death had been embellished to present his suicide in a suitably heroic light. But a fragment...
  • Hitler definitely died in 1945, according to new study of his teeth

    05/20/2018 9:08:09 AM PDT · by golux · 71 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 19 May 2018 | R. Mulholland
    French researchers claim to have put an end to conspiracy theories surrounding the death of Adolf Hitler, after a study of his teeth proved he definitely died after taking cyanide and shooting himself in the head in Berlin in 1945. The researchers reached their conclusion after they were given rare access to fragments of Hitlers teeth which have been held in Moscow since the end of World War II. "The teeth are authentic, there is no possible doubt. Our study proves that Hitler died in 1945," said professor Philippe Charlier. "We can stop all the conspiracy theories about Hitler. He...
  • Memphis Belle is saved from the scrapheap (TR)

    05/17/2018 12:04:32 PM PDT · by DFG · 71 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 05/17/2018 | AP, Iain Burns, Megan Sheets
    A legendary Second World War bomber is set to go on display for the first time after being restored at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Ohio. The B-17 'Flying Fortress' known as Memphis Belle was introduced as the anchor of an extensive exhibit in the Dayton-area museum's war gallery. The Memphis Belle has spent the last dozen years or so undergoing a piece-by-piece rehabilitation, from the clear plastic nose cone down to the twin .50-caliber machine guns mounted in the tail. The plane, known for its risque nose paintings featuring a pin-up girl, was celebrated...
  • Saving Private Ryan in 4K: easily the best way to watch Spielberg's war epic

    05/17/2018 8:36:19 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 37 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/18/18 | Jim Bray
    Talkin' 'bout their generation... Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan got a lot of good press when it came out, for its tribute to those who fought and died to save our western civilization from the German Nazis. It also garnered praise for its powerful and graphic depiction of what it was probably like (Hollywood influences notwithstanding) to have made that deadly but vital beach landing on June 6, 1944. This is the perfect time of year, approaching America's annual Memorial Day celebration and the anniversary of the Normandy invasion, for Paramount to reissue a 20th Anniversary edition of Spielberg's film...
  • Michigan WWII veteran hopes to receive 100 cards on his 100th birthday

    05/17/2018 8:13:42 AM PDT · by DFG · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/17/2018 | Madeline Farber
    For his 100th birthday on June 6 -- which comes 74 years after he was miraculously pulled off a Normandy-bound boat on D-Day -- Michigan WWII veteran Isaac "Ike" Fabela has just one wish, his family said. Fabela will be anxiously checking his mail, as the happy and humble vet hopes to rack up 100 birthday cards from well-wishers across the country.