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  • 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...
  • Poland marks 79th anniversary of WWII outbreak

    09/01/2018 8:09:48 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 14 replies
    Radio Poland ^ | Sep 1, 2018
    Observances commemorating the 79th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II were held in Poland at dawn on Saturday. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki attended observances held on Westerplatte in on the Baltic coast, where on September 1, 1939 at 4:45 am the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein began shelling a Polish military depot in the first battle between Polish and German soldiers of WWII. Sirens wailed and the Polish national anthem was played at a monument honouring those who defended the Polish coast. Observances were also held in central city of Wieluń, the first Polish town to be bombed by...
  • Trump to make Paris visit in November to mark 100 years since end of WWI

    08/19/2018 1:12:26 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 17 replies
    The Local France ^ | 17 Aug 2018
    US President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he will be visiting Paris on November 11th in honour of the centenary of the end of WWI. Trump who had planned to organise a military parade in November in Washington announced Friday that he would travel to Paris for the commemoration of the end of the First World War. The US president made the announcement on Twitter (see below) on Friday afternoon at the same as criticizing local politicians in Washington who he said were asking for too much money for the parade. "Never let anyone take you hostage!" he wrote....
  • WATCH: 100-YR-OLD WWII VET Cries After He Discovers Birthday Card (trunc)

    08/18/2018 9:25:28 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 8 replies
    100percentfedup.com ^ | 08/17/18 | no byline
    Full Title: WATCH: 100-YR-OLD WWII VET Cries After He Discovers Birthday Card He Just Opened Is From President Trump A couple of months ago, WWII veteran Ike Fabela told his family that he hoped to get 100 birthday cards for his 100th birthday. It didn’t take long for his wish to spread like a wildfire on social media. Twitter accounts with large followings chipped in to help Ike’s wish come true.
  • Review: A Christian town faces its sins in post-war Hungary in “1945”

    08/10/2018 5:44:49 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 4 replies
    America Magazine ^ | Nov 2017 | Raymond A. Schroth S.J.
    That this film is called “1945” means many things. World War II has just ended, and a little town in Hungary—where the Soviets still tool around in jeeps—has not made the psychological transition from a German-occupied country to a post-war community where democracy is supposed to take root. The cross over the dirt highway entering the town signals that it is Christian territory and the joyous atmosphere of the day in which the the town clerk István’s (Péter Rudolf) son will marry the lovely Rózsi (Dóra Sztarenki) signifies a bright future for a town that has survived Nazi occupation. The...
  • Someday, Perhaps, We'll Celebrate The Heroes Of Stalin's Russia

    08/09/2018 2:27:44 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune 1994 ^ | 1994 | Adam Hochschild
    Of all the extraordinary things about "Schindler's List," perhaps the most striking is that it was nearly 50 years after Oskar Schindler's risky acts of heroism before someone made a movie about him. In coming to terms with genocide-something we've had to do a lot of in this century-there seem to be several stages. The first is denial. The second is to acknowledge what happened. And a third is to look for the Schindlers. Because so much has been written about Germans coming to terms with the Holocaust, we often forget that Russians face a similar task. Stalin held power...
  • Statue must tell true story of Soviet ‘hero’, say Czechs

    08/08/2018 4:07:54 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 16 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Aug 5, 2018 | Robert Tait
    Russia has been accused of interfering in the affairs of the Czech Republic after its embassy tried to block changes to the inscription on a Soviet-era statue explaining the chequered role of Russian Marshal Ivan Konev, who was twice designated a Hero of the Soviet Union by Stalin and whose remains are buried in the Kremlin. Now the dispute is set to come to a head at a historically sensitive moment, the 50th anniversary of the 1968 invasion of then-communist Czechoslovakia by Soviet-led forces to crush the liberal Prague Spring. Critics said the original plaque exaggerated the marshalÂ’s role while...
  • Berlin Airlift 'Candy Bomber' still dropping sweets from the sky after 70 years

    08/01/2018 5:27:08 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 26 replies
    ABC ^ | July 25, 2018 | Janet Weinstein
    A World War II veteran who has been delivering sweet surprises from the sky for 70 years continues to brings smiles to the faces of children as the "Candy Bomber.” "There's something magical about a chocolate bar come floatin' out of the sky," Col. Gail "Hal" Halvorsen told ABC News. "It's tied on an actual parachute. Hopefully, some kids appreciate it." Halvorsen, 97, started his candy drops when he was a U.S. pilot for the Allied forces during the Berlin Airlift. In 1948, the Russians cut off food and supplies to West Berlin, Germany. The United States and its allies...
  • 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...
  • Duck Boat Tour Operator sued for $100M (Atty: "Ban Duck Boats once and for all."

    07/31/2018 6:41:26 AM PDT · by golux · 68 replies
    GCaptain ^ | 7/30/18 | D. Kruzman
    ...The boats, modeled on the amphibious landing craft used in the D-Day invasion, have a checkered history including more than three dozen fatalities on water and land, including the Branson sinking, according to the complaint. “This tragedy was the predictable and predicted result of decades of unacceptable, greed-driven, and willful ignorance of safety by the Duck Boat industry in the face of specific and repeated warnings that their Duck Boats are death traps for passengers and pose grave danger to the public on water and on land,” the complaint said. Robert Mongeluzzi, an attorney for the families, told a news...
  • At VFW, Trump Calls 94 Year-Old WW II Vet up on Stage and Grants His Request! – Video 7/24/18

    07/24/2018 2:23:19 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 24 replies
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | July 24, 2018 | Brian
    What a wonderful, heart-warming moment at today’s VFW Convention in Kansas City at the end of President Trump’s Speech! Trump did what virtually no other politician would ever do – call someone up on stage unscripted, not knowing what they will say. Trump does it all the time. Trump called a 94 year-old World War II Veteran, Alan Jones, up on stage and gave him the microphone! He said he had some things he wanted to say, and he asked President Trump if he could bring his family to the Oval Office! Trump was happy to oblige. . . .