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  • The loneliest of D-Day remembrances is hit by pandemic

    06/06/2020 2:05:29 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies ^ | June 6, 2020 | RAF CASERT
    COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (AP) — At daybreak on Saturday, Charles Shay stood lonesome without any fellow veteran on the very same beach where he waded ashore 76 years ago, part of one of the most epic battles in military historic that came to be known as D-Day and turned the tide of World War II. Compared to last year, when many tens of thousands came to the northern French beaches of Normandy to cheer the dwindling number of veterans and celebrate three-quarters of a century of liberation from Nazi oppression, the coronavirus lockdown turned this year’s remembrance into one of the...
  • RE Memorial Day: The Ball Turret Gunner

    05/25/2020 3:57:14 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 47 replies
    Self | May 29, 2020 | Self
    The near certainty the United States would be drawn into WW II prompted creation of an autonomous Army Air Force. Until the war in Europe began, standard doctrine gave an air corps no mission beyond supporting the ground forces. Now air power advocates fought for the authority to prove the theory that bombers could win wars. The B-24 Liberator and B-17 Flying Fortress carried 10-13 .50cal machine guns for defense and the Norden bombsight for precision daylight attack. Under combat conditions peacetime accuracy was never realized and bombers suffered horrendous losses until the P-51 Mustang could escort them all the...
  • RE Memorial Day: The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    05/25/2020 8:36:54 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 12 replies
    See bibliography | May 29, 2020 | Self
    The Army deployed 65 infantry divisions for the Second World War. Each was a small town with its own equivalents for community services within eight categories of combat arms. Units such as artillery, engineering, and heavy weapons engaged the enemy directly. Yet of all categories, the foot soldier faced the greatest hazard with the least chance of reward. These civilians become warriors confronted the most dismal fate of all whose duty was uninterrupted by missions completed or a fixed deployment time. The infantryman was enveloped within a most deranged, barbaric, and brittle existence against a resolute enemy where victory often...
  • Irishman is now sole survivor of Winston Churchill’s second World War “Few”

    05/17/2020 4:03:49 PM PDT · by bitt · 35 replies
    irishtimes ^ | 5/10/2020 | Ronan McGreevy
    Dubliner John Hemingway (100) fought in the Battle of Britain Irishman John Hemingway is now the last of the second World War “Few” who fought in the Battle of Britain still alive. It follows the death in a Yorkshire care home of Flight Lieutenant Terry Clark (101) on the eve of the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day on Thursday. The “Few” were so called by Britain’s wartime prime minister Winston Churchill in reference to the 3,000 men from the Royal Air Force (RAF) who repulsed the German Luftwaffe during the summer and autumn of 1940 and prevented...
  • Taking a Second Look at WWII with Victor Davis Hanson’s ‘The Second World Wars’

    05/15/2020 8:19:13 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 40 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 14 May 2020 | Ed Driscoll
    Most people today assume that our understanding of WWII is largely complete, thanks to the enormous quantity of books, TV series such as ITV’s classic 1970s documentary The World at War, the myriad of documentaries that aired in the early days of the History Channel cable TV network, and the unending series of movies produced by Hollywood, particularly when compared to its predecessor, WWI. But classicist historian and fellow PJM columnist Victor Davis Hanson does yeoman’s work unpacking the events of 1939-1945. Starting with the plurality in the title, Hanson’s 2017 book, The Second World Wars: How the First Global...
  • US Veterans won’t strike swastikas from graves of German POWs

    05/13/2020 2:58:05 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 95 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | May 13, 2020 | Staff
    WASHINGTON — The US Veterans Administration will not replace three tombstones of soldiers who fought for Nazi Germany inscribed with swastikas in its military cemeteries, calling them “historic resources.” A group that advocates for religious freedom in the military on Monday called on the VA to replace two World War II-era POW headstones in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas, inscribed with swastikas inside a German cross, and the phrase, “He died far from his home for the Führer, people, and fatherland.”
  • How the World’s Only Feudal Lord Outclassed the Nazis to Save Her People

    05/10/2020 11:09:26 AM PDT · by thecodont · 56 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | November 6, 2018 | BY Lucas Reilly
    When Germany invaded the Isle of Sark—the last foothold of feudalism in the western world—Dame Sibyl Hathaway protected her people with the unlikeliest of weapons: Feudal etiquette, old-world manners, and a dollop of classic snobbery. Dame Sibyl Hathaway had 275 Nazi prisoners on her hands and knew exactly what she wanted to do with them. It was May 1945. Five years earlier, Germany had invaded Hathaway’s home in the British Channel Islands, a tiny isle of 400 called Sark. Despite having no modern defense network or fancy gun emplacements—it didn’t even have electricity—Sark had proven itself to be uniquely prepared...
  • Remember! 75 year ago, V-E Day, May 8, 1945

    05/08/2020 7:58:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies ^ | 5/8/2020 | Ethel C. Fenig
    Today is V-E (Victory in Europe) Day. Seventy-five years ago today, on May 8, 1945, World War II in Europe officially ended, as Germany unconditionally signed a surrender agreement to the United States and Great Britain. Unconditional. No apologies to the Germans for winning nor regrets for their justified loss. Unconditional. And backed up. On May 8, 1945, both Great Britain and the United States celebrate Victory in Europe Day. Cities in both nations, as well as formerly occupied cities in Western Europe, put out flags and banners, rejoicing in the defeat of the Nazi war machine during World War...
  • Eight WWII vets aged 96-100 joining Trump for V-E Day despite pandemic

    05/08/2020 7:33:55 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 21 replies
    AP - CBS News ^ | May 8 | Staff
    Washington — Eight World War II veterans - the youngest of them age 96 - will join President Trump at a wreath-laying ceremony Friday commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe. Their hopes to mark the day in Moscow were dashed because of the coronovirus pandemic.
  • Presidential Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day

    05/08/2020 6:50:24 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 5 replies ^ | May 8, 2020 | President Donald J Trump
    Seventy-five years ago today, the last remnants of the Nazi regime unconditionally surrendered to the Allied Powers, marking the end of World War II in Europe.  Today, we celebrate the forces of freedom who defeated tyranny and emerged victorious in that monumental struggle.  We pay tribute to those who served for their service and pause to remember those who gave their last full measure in defense of the flames of liberty.The campaign to end fascism in the European Theater is a somber reminder of the price of freedom.  More than 30 million lives were lost and tens of millions...
  • Weymouth woman 'threw unexploded WW2 bomb across garden'

    05/03/2020 11:15:41 AM PDT · by Kriggerel · 47 replies
    BBC ^ | May 3, 2020 | BBC
    A woman who dug up an unexploded World War Two bomb in her garden said she threw it across the lawn for her dog before she realised what it was. Lulu Cirillo, 49, was gardening at her home in Weymouth when her spade struck the bomb 10in (25.4cm) down. She thought it was a large stone and took it inside before taking to Facebook to ask people what they thought it was. The bomb was detonated on Weymouth Beach at about 21:00 BST on Saturday. When Ms Cirillo dug the device up, she initially thought her pet Shih Tzu Cica...
  • Shell cuts dividend for first time since World War Two

    04/30/2020 6:28:17 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 30 April 2020 | Ron Bousso, Shadia Nasralla
    LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell RDSa. cut its dividend for the first time since World War Two on Thursday in a drastic step to preserve cash as it prepares for a protracted slump in demand for oil because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Anglo-Dutch energy company also suspended share buybacks and said it would reduce oil and gas output by about a quarter after its net profit almost halved in the first three months of 2020 to $2.9 billion. The new measures combined with cuts in capital spending and planned cost reductions announced last month could save Shell almost...
  • Herman Wouk's The Winds of War, War and Remembrance

    04/28/2020 10:17:25 AM PDT · by Captain Peter Blood · 65 replies
    Self | 04-28-2020 | Captain Peter Blood
    This past week I have been re-watching Herman Wouk's masterpieces, "The Winds of War", and "War and Remembrance". In my opinion two of the finest TV miniseries ever made and timeless. I have always been fascinated with W.W. II history and consider that era in many ways the High Point of this countries history. An era that will never be again. A time when all America came together to fight a war that had to be fought. I contrast that time to today when we make politics out of everything including today's Virus Crisis. For those of you interested you...
  • Mihailovic hinders Rommel

    04/27/2020 9:38:04 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 22 replies
    kingdom-of-yugoslavia-in-ww2 ^ | May 8, 2014 | Miloslav Samardzic
    Mihailovic hinders Rommel May 8, 2014 By Miloslav Samardzic Mihailovic and Rommel The first known German broadsheet announcing the executions of Serbs due to railway sabotage is dated June 12, 1942. On that day, the Germans shot three rail workers in Smederevo, claiming they had destroyed the brakes on a train. US Col. Robert McDowell, the most educated Allied officer in Yugoslavia during the war, says that any true history of WW2 should mention 1942 as the “year of the great Yugoslav, or Serb, counterattack.” Gen. Mihailovic knew that America would join the war, having heard it from President...

    04/27/2020 5:46:33 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 19 replies ^ | April 27, 2020 | Aleksandra Rebic
    General Dragoljub Draza Mihailovich THIS WAS GENERAL DRAZA MIHAILOVICH There is no grave site. There is no marker for his remains. It is as if they wanted to remove him not just from the earth but from the history of his country and the consciousness of his people. But they failed. Nowhere is this more evident than in those hills of Serbia they call Ravna Gora. And it is in those Ravna Gora hills where the true soul and spirit of Serbia can still be found. July 17th is an important day for those who knew who he was and...
  • The Armenian Genocide and my grandmother's secret 'A distant signal was given – it sounded something like a trumpet ... '

    04/23/2020 7:51:08 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 29 replies
    WND ^ | April 23, 2020 | David Kupelian
    Children victims of the Armenian Genocide EDITOR'S NOTE: April 24, 2020 is Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, marked annually to commemorate the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians a century ago, a mega-crime the nation of Turkey has never acknowledged. "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." – Ephesians 6:12Decades ago when I was very young, my grandmother, Mary Kupelian, told me a haunting story I've wondered about ever since. As I sat in the kitchen of her cozy little...
  • The Doolittle Raid April 18, 1942

    04/18/2020 10:16:57 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 38 replies
    Self | April 18, 2020 | Self
    One week after Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt began pressing the U.S. military to immediately strike the Japanese homeland. The desire to bolster morale became more urgent in light of rapid Japanese advances. These included victories in Malaya, Singapore, the Philippines, Wake Island, Guam, and the Dutch East Indies, as well as sinking the British battleships Prince of Wales and Repulse. Only improbable, audacious ideas warranted consideration, because submarines confirmed Japan placed picket boats at extreme carrier aircraft range. One idea even involved launching four engine heavy bombers from China or Outer Mongolia to strike Japan and fly on to Alaska....
  • WWII Hair-Curling Disaster - USS Mount Hood and crew lost in massive explosion (Ho-Lee-Crap)

    04/13/2020 2:35:40 PM PDT · by Oatka · 12 replies
    World War II Today ^ | unknown | unknown
    Exactly a year after being named after a volcano in the Cascade Mountains in Oregon, the USS Mount Hood was lying at berth off Manus island in the Admiralty Islands north of New Guinea. With around 4000 tons of different types of ammunition aboard, USS Mount Hood had travelled from Norfolk, Virginia via the Panama Canal to the Pacific, bringing munitions for ships that would be supporting the Philippines campaign. She was busy this morning, men were in the process of moving ammunition in all five of her holds, but there was time to run 18 men into shore at...
  • WWII warbirds brought to life: The British and American aircraft and hero pilots that helped to defeat Nazi Germany

    04/08/2020 10:29:45 AM PDT · by PeteePie · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Apr 8, 2020 | Charlie Bayliss and Joe Middleton
    Full Title: WWII warbirds brought to life: The British and American aircraft and hero pilots that helped to defeat Nazi Germany - and the Luftwaffe planes that tried to stop them
  • Pelosi Calls for Investigation [semi-satire]

    04/04/2020 12:48:34 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 April 2020 | John Semmens
    This week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) announced the creation of the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif), leader of this year's unsuccessful attempt to remove Trump from office via impeachment, is expected to head up this ad hoc committee. President Trump has questioned the timing of this announcement and suggested that "we win the war against this virus rather than wasting precious time and scarce resources trying to allocate blame now. After we've won this war we can assess what went wrong and what went right so we can be better...