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  • How the Navy’s D-Day amphibious attack on Utah beach achieved 'tactical surprise'

    11/12/2018 1:30:47 PM PST · by DFG · 47 replies
    Warrior Maven via Fox News ^ | 11/12/2018 | Kris Osborn
    Battling rough seas with five-foot waves, thrashing wind gusts and heavy enemy fire, U.S. Navy amphibious landing craft attacking Utah Beach on D-Day actually managed to achieve total tactical surprise. Although amphibious forces eventually took heavy German artillery fire as they got closer, the amphibious landing force was well protected by Allied air superiority and cloudy weather. “As our forces approached the French coast without a murmur from the enemy or from their own radio, the realization that once again almost complete tactical surprise had been achieved slowly dawned,” said Sir Bertram Home Ramsay, Naval Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Naval...
  • Veteran’s Day: The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    11/11/2018 4:18:06 PM PST · by Retain Mike · 28 replies
    November 11, 2018 | Se;lf
    The Army deployed 65 infantry divisions for the Second World War. Each was a small town with its own equivalents for community services plus 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. Except for the Purple Heart and the coveted Combat Infantryman’s Badge, recognition often eluded them because so few came through to testify to the valor of the many. These civilians become warriors confronted the most dismal fate of all whose duty was...
  • Veterans Day Remembrances

    11/11/2018 9:14:42 AM PST · by Retain Mike
    November 11, 2018 | Se;lf
    Kate Smith Sings God Bless America https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=kate+smith+god+bless+america&qpvt=kate+smith+god+bless+america&view=detail&mid=724669BA7D80E531A2DA724669BA7D80E531A2DA&&FORM=VRDGAR Ronal Reagan Honors Kate Smith with Medal of Freedom https://www4.bing.com/videos/search?q=text+ronald+reagan+honors+kate+smith&view=detail&mid=EDD4D8A20EB8C80843E6EDD4D8A20EB8C80843E6&FORM=VIRE The Ball Turret Gunner Nobody really wanted to be in a ball turret. This Plexiglas ball hanging from the bottom of the bomber was one of America’s latest innovations in warfare. An ingenious piece of machinery built by the Sperry Corporation, the ball turret was a heavily armed bubble just big enough to hold a grown man – but only on the small side. It had room for the gunner and its two fifty-caliber machine guns – and little else. The extremely cramped...
  • Advice Please - Normandy Tour, June 6th, 2019

    11/08/2018 4:35:40 PM PST · by PeteePie · 30 replies
    Self ^ | 8 Nov 2018 | PeteePie
    I am taking the to Normandy and can pretty much pick my arrival date to coincide with the D-Day anniversary. Was wondering if any of y'all have toured area. Looking for recommendations for reputable tour companies, BnB and places of interest not to be missed that are accessible and open to the public.
  • 100th Anniversary of World War I to be marked in London and Paris, not Berlin

    11/05/2018 2:38:49 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | Nov 4, 2018 | David Rising, AP
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I on French soil, and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will be in London at a ceremony in Westminster Abby with Queen Elizabeth II. But while the leaders visit the capitals of Germany's wartime enemies, at home there are no national commemorations planned for the centenary of the Nov. 11 armistice that brought an end to the four-year war that killed more than 2 million of its troops and left 4 million wounded. Next week, German parliament is holding a combined commemoration of the 100th anniversary...
  • French academic and convicted Holocaust denier dies in Vichy

    10/24/2018 1:02:38 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 20 replies
    France24 ^ | 22 Oct 2018 | AFP
    Robert Faurisson, a former French academic who was convicted several times for claiming there was no systematic mass killings of Jews by Nazi Germany, has died aged 89 in his hometown of Vichy, central France. British-born Faurisson was also a staunch defender of Marshal Philippe Petain, the Vichy French leader who collaborated with Nazi occupiers of the country during World War II. A former professor of French literature at the University of Lyon, Faurisson maintained that the gas chambers in Auschwitz were the "biggest lie of the 20th century", saying deported Jews died instead of disease and malnutrition. He also...
  • Japanese Surrender in HD Color 1945

    10/21/2018 7:51:37 PM PDT · by RevelationDavid · 18 replies
    Very interesting HD copy, one of a kind look at 1945. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=645&v=mDao1oty9Kg
  • Prince Harry and Meghan pay their respects to Australia's war dead at Anzac memorial unveiling

    10/21/2018 4:45:11 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 35 replies
    Middlewich Guardian ^ | 19th October 2018 | Press Association
    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex paid tribute to Australia and New Zealand’s war dead as Harry unveiled an extension to the Anzac memorial at a sombre ceremony in Sydney. Harry, wearing his Blues & Royals tropical dress, medals and Knight Commander of the Victorian Order, also sported the insignia of his new position as the Queen’s personal aide-de-camp for the occasion in the city’s Hyde Park on Saturday. The 34-year-old was joined by Meghan, in a black Emilia Wickstead dress and black Philip Treacy hat, as the couple attended the opening of the memorial which commemorates those who fell...
  • World War II Hero who Prevented Nazis from Getting Nuclear Bomb Dies

    10/21/2018 4:25:39 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 28 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Oct 21, 2018 | Reuters
    OSLO - The leader of a daring World War Two raid to thwart Nazi Germany's nuclear ambitions has died aged 99, Norwegian government officials said on Sunday. Joachim Roenneberg, serving behind enemy lines in his native Norway during the German occupation, in 1943 blew up a plant producing heavy water, or D2O, a hydrogen-rich substance that was key to the later development of atomic bombs. Picked by Britain's war-time Special Operations Executive to lead the raid when he was only 23 years old, Roenneberg was the youngest member of Operation Gunnerside, which penetrated and destroyed key parts of the heavily...
  • Serial Fibber Brian Williams: JFK Served Under General Eisenhower in WWII

    10/15/2018 12:55:14 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 104 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | October 15, 2018 | P.J. Gladnick
    Serial fibber Brian Williams told yet another whopper on Friday night from his home in MSNBC exile known as The 11th Hour with Brian Williams. So what else is new? What makes his latest historical untruth ironically special is it came as Williams along with historian Michael Beschloss were fact checking President Donald Trump for a supposed error he made during his speech at a rally in Lebanon, Ohio on Friday. For years following the Civil War, many historians as well as much of the public in general discounted the military abilities of General Ulysses S. Grant by claiming he was able...
  • To Do My Duty'

    10/09/2018 10:04:24 PM PDT · by robowombat · 8 replies
    Naval History Magazine ^ | Aug 2010 | Kathleen Williams
    To Do My Duty' What motivated American servicemen to put their lives on the line in distant World War II battles ? A military historian set out to discover the answer by learning about her own father, who was mortally wounded on Saipan. One of the seldom-examined costs of war is its effect on the children of those who die in battle. I am one of those children, but until recently I never thought of myself as part of a larger story. Initially, this article sprang only from my own need to understand how a flat-footed, malaria-ridden, color-blind young lawyer...
  • WWII Memorabilia

    10/07/2018 9:20:14 AM PDT · by jim macomber · 46 replies
    Jim Macomber
    My wife's father's WWII foot locker was stored in her mother's basement. We've finally opened it and examined the contents. I'm wondering if anyone here could tell us what some of these items are. Her father was apparently in the Signal Corps (E5 or 6) in France late in the war and there are small booklets on how to behave in France and a few related to Zurich. What I have been able to gather is that his unit couriered officers and information around in small planes. The most fascinating item to me is a Signal Corps message book ---...
  • U.S. Senate Says Stalin 'Committed Genocide' In Famine-Hit Ukraine

    10/06/2018 7:16:42 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 34 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | Oct 2018 | Mark Najarian
    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate has adopted a resolution recognizing that Soviet dictator Josef Stalin committed genocide against the Ukrainian people in the early 1930s, when millions died in a horrific famine known as the Holodomor. The office of Republican Senator Rob Portman, who sponsored the bill, did not immediately get back to RFE/RL for comment. Asked for comment, the State Department referred to a 2017 statement that described the Holodomor as "one of the most atrocious acts of the 20th century. The "simple resolution" passed on October 3 commemorates the 85th anniversary of the famine of 1932-33. The Senate...
  • 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.”
  • Trump identifies first two US soldiers from Korean War remains

    09/20/2018 1:39:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | September 20, 2018 | Corey Dickstein
    The remains of an Army master sergeant from Indiana and a private first class from North Carolina were included in the 55 cases of remains of missing Korean War veterans turned over in July by North Korea, President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday. The two soldiers, both likely killed in action fighting Chinese forces in North Korea about 66 years ago, are the first positive identities that Pentagon officials have confirmed since the transfer was completed July 27 as part an agreement hashed out by Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their summit June 12 in Singapore. Pentagon...
  • 109-Year-Old Veteran and His Secrets to Life Will Make You Smil

    09/18/2018 10:21:23 AM PDT · by Robert DeLong · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | Feb 5, 2017 | National Geographic
    They don't seem to be making them like this anymore.
  • Battle of Britain Day 2018 September 15, 1940 and how is it being remembered?

    09/15/2018 7:06:03 PM PDT · by iowamark · 14 replies
    UK Sun ^ | 9/15/18 | Tariq Tahir
    THE 78th commemoration of the Battle of Britain celebrates the defence of the United Kingdom by the RAF against the Nazi air force, known as the Lutftwaffe, in World War Two. But what exactly happened in 1940 and how is it being marked. Here's all you need to know. The annual Battle of Britain Day is celebrated on September 15. The day is dedicated to the large-scale aerial battle that took place from July 10 until October 31, 1940. The clash was said to be the first major military campaign fought entirely by air forces. Britain's Royal Air Force defended...
  • After Russian Pressure, AP Issues Correction on 'Nazi-Soviet Alliance

    09/14/2018 7:00:23 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 28 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 9/13/18 | Ofer Aderet
    The Associated Press news agency on Wednesday acceded to a Russian request to delete the term "former ally" from an article mentioning the relationship between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany during World War II. The article, which was published at the beginning of the month in media outlets worldwide, including Haaretz, was about a Ukrainian city commemorating the 75th anniversary of the destruction of its Jewish community. It included the claim that "in June 1941 Germany attacked the Soviet Union, its former ally." On Wednesday, ten days after the article was published, AP amended the text. The news agency...
  • We Didn't Win The War (Peter Hitchens Reflects on World War II)

    09/09/2018 9:55:03 PM PDT · by OddLane · 72 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | September 8, 2018 | Peter hitchens
    In a chilly, high-ceilinged room in a Sussex preparatory school in the winter of 1959, I work intently on my model of the destroyer HMS Cossack. Such models come in lurid cardboard boxes illustrated with pictures of aircraft, tanks and warships, amid scenes of fiery melodrama, guns emitting orange streaks of flame, and the smoke of battle. With these and our imaginations, we seek to recreate the thrill of the war we have just missed, in which our fathers fought and our mothers endured privations. This is a war just over the horizon of time in which we wish we...
  • Top YouTube Historians, Led By ‘The Great War’ Host, Are Teaming Up To Recap World War II...

    09/08/2018 9:11:11 PM PDT · by Charles Martel · 38 replies
    tubefilter.com ^ | December 18, 2017 | Sam Gutelle
    Full title: Top YouTube Historians, Led By ‘The Great War’ Host, Are Teaming Up To Recap World War II, Day By Day **** Since 2014, historian Indy Neidell has hosted weekly episodes of The Great War, a web series that recaps World War I by discussing in real time the events that happened 100 years ago. At the show’s current point, the United States has joined the war and its preparing to send its manpower to the Western Front. By the end of next year (spoiler alert), the war will reach its conclusion, and Neidell will have to find a...