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  • Nicholas Winton, Rescuer of 669 Children From Holocaust, Dies at 106

    07/03/2015 1:25:37 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 1, 2015 | By ROBERT D. McFADDEN
    Nicholas Winton, a Briton who said nothing for a half-century about his role in organizing the escape of 669 mostly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War II, a righteous deed like those of Oskar Schindler and Raoul Wallenberg, died on Wednesday in Maidenhead, England. He was 106. The Rotary Club of Maidenhead, of which Mr. Winton was a former president, announced his death on its website. He lived in Maidenhead, west of London. It was only after Mr. Winton’s wife found a scrapbook in the attic of their home in 1988 — a dusty record of...
  • Second World War tank and anti-aircraft gun found hidden in basement of villa in Germany

    07/03/2015 11:17:02 AM PDT · by NRx · 76 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 07-03-2015 | Melanie Hall
    German soldiers grappled for nine hours with an unusual task: trying to remove a Second World War tank found in the cellar of a villa. Almost 20 soldiers struggled to remove the tank from a villa on Thursday in a wealthy suburb of Kiel in northern Germany, after police searching the property discovered the tank, a torpedo, an anti-aircraft gun and other weapons in the cellar on Wednesday. Police raided the home in the town of Heikendorf under instructions from prosecutors, who suspected that the villa's 78-year-old owner held the weaponry illegally under a law controlling the possession of instruments...
  • FLIGHT OF THE NIGHT WITCHES: WWII'S ALL-FEMALE (Russian) FIGHTING FORCE

    06/21/2015 2:57:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | June 21, 2015
    Night Witch commemorative stamps (Photo: toysworld.od.ua)In the Nazi-occupied Soviet Union, German soldiers had a very real fear of witches.Namely the Night Witches, an all-female squadron of bomber pilots who ran thousands of daring bombing raids with little more than wooden planes and the cover of night—and should be as celebrated as their male counterparts.This month marks the 73rd anniversary of the start of their pioneering service. In June of 1941, the Axis powers pushed into the Soviet Union using the largest invading force in the history of warfare. The infamous Operation Barbarossa saw over four million troops wade into Russia from...
  • Rangers, SEALs, now Raiders: Marines resurrect historic name

    06/19/2015 10:37:22 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 32 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | June 19, 2015 | By Jonathan Drew
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Army has the Green Berets, while the Navy is known for the SEALs. Now, an elite branch of the U.S. Marine Corps will officially be known as Raiders. The Marines will rename several special operations units as Marine Raiders at a ceremony Friday, resurrecting a moniker made famous by World War II units that carried out risky amphibious and guerrilla operations. The exploits of the original Marine Raiders — who pioneered tactics used by present-day special forces — were captured in books and movies including "Gung Ho!" in 1943 and "Marine Raiders" in 1944. The...
  • The New World Map

    06/18/2015 4:27:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 18, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Adolf Hitler started World War II by attacking Poland on September 1, 1939. Nazi Germany moved only after it had already remilitarized the Rhineland, absorbed Austria and dismantled Czechoslovakia. Before the outbreak of the war, Hitler's new Third Reich had created the largest German-speaking nation in European history. Well before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Imperial Japanese government had redrawn the map of Asia and the Pacific. Japan had occupied or annexed Indochina, Korea, Manchuria and Taiwan, in addition to swaths of coastal China. Attacking Hawaii, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia was merely the logical 1941 follow-up...
  • Holocaust survivor sheds light on little-known concentration camp [JASENOVAC]

    06/14/2015 12:52:21 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 10 replies
    Your Houston News ^ | June 11, 2015 | Melanie Feuk
    Alexander Pollak (center) poses with his team of supporters at the Humble Rotary luncheon June 10, 2015.Humble resident, Alexander Pollak, has made it his mission to bring the atrocities at the concentration camp, Jasenovac, to light. Pollak’s father, along with countless others, perished at Jasenovac. Jasenovac is a name that is not as widely recognized, but is among one of the worst World War II concentration camps. Located in Croatia, Jasenovac’s existence remains under the radar because its records were intentionally destroyed. Pollak had the chance to share his mission during the Humble Rotary luncheon June 10. Pollak’s friend, Michelle...
  • Bombs away! The Blenheim's back

    06/14/2015 12:04:15 PM PDT · by DFG · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 06/13/2015 | SARAH OLIVER
    Beneath the panes of Perspex in her floor, the daisy-strewn runway falls away as fast as 80 years of history. The Blenheim’s snout lifts skywards, her twin engines casting a heat haze behind the propellers’ silver blur. At 200mph, she throttles towards a patchwork of cumulus and sun, quiet, quick and deft. Inside she is bare of today’s technology. Her khaki flight deck contains pedals as delicate as a piano’s, a joystick, and a small black bank of antique instruments. I am perched in the navigator’s place on a circular seat the size of a dinner plate. Above me and...
  • Lancastria: The forgotten tragedy of World War Two

    06/13/2015 7:34:16 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 43 replies
    BBC Scotland ^ | 13th June 2015 | Graham Fraser
    'Seventy five years after the sinking of the Lancastria - Britain's worst maritime disaster in history - why is the tragedy largely forgotten? And what do those touched by the catastrophe want now? "The trouble with the story of the Lancastria is it doesn't fit with the grand narrative of that period - the miraculous evacuation of Dunkirk, and the Battle of Britain," reflects Mark Hirst. "No amount of spin can turn the story of the Lancastria into something triumphant." Mark - a former broadcast journalist and co-founder of the Lancastria Association of Scotland - has studied the life of...
  • First USS Oklahoma Remains Exhumed

    06/11/2015 9:43:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    KFOR ^ | JUNE 10, 2015 | M.DELATORRE
    The Defense Department announced in April that the remains of up to nearly 400 unaccounted for service members tied to the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor will be exhumed. That process began on Monday. “This was the first set of remains from the USS Oklahoma to be disinterred,” said Jim Horton, the director of the Punchbowl cemetery. Disinterment ceremonies were held when the bones of Korean War veterans were exhumed for identification. Now, hundreds who served on USS Oklahoma during World War II may also be identified. The attacked happened at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. But many bodies...
  • San Diego celebrates veterans from World War II's Battle of Midway

    06/09/2015 3:00:43 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 18 replies
    San Diego Suntimes ^ | 6/8/15 | Michael Cronin
    The timeline of battle events, June 4-7: June 4 6 a.m.: Japanese planes being bombing the island, a number are shot down, although the American forces suffer heavy losses. 7 a.m.: American forces strike back with a number of attacks from Navy, Marine Corps and Army Air Force planes, Japanese offensive operations are disrupted. 10:15 to 10:20 a.m..: Three Japanese carriers (Kaga, Soryu and Akagi) are attacked and all eventually will sink. Noon to 2:28 p.m.: Japanese planes from the carrier Hiryu carry out attacks against the Yorktown, it would eventually sink after being permanently damaged. 4:58 p.m.: American dive...
  • Firearms of Frogmen Pt 1

    06/08/2015 7:03:23 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 1 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 6/8/2015 | D Breteau
    The Soviet Union was the first to begin developing firearms specifically for their combat divers. The Soviet Navy was worried about divers attacking their ships in their naval anchorages, and in particular those of the Black Sea fleet based in Sevastopol, located on the Crimean Peninsula, and Odessa, Ukraine. These anchorages could be easily threatened by NATO forces operating out of Turkey. It wasn’t an idle worry. The use of divers to attack anchored ships was used extensively by the Italian Navy during World War II, and the British Navy developed their techniques by using captured Italian equipment. The Soviet...
  • D-Day: Eisenhower and His Paratroopers

    06/06/2015 6:37:27 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 7 replies
    Self | june 6 2015 | Self
    General Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived in London to command Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) for the last five months of planning for D-Day. During that time he achieved much more than the oft repeated portrayal of someone managing a political/military alliance. Though he never led troops in combat, his leadership sustained many unprecedented initiatives for the successful Normandy landings. The air assault exemplifies the frightful uncertainties plaguing this “Day of Days”. The night before D-Day, 20,400 American and British paratroopers dropped behind the Normandy beaches from 1,250 C-47 aircraft plus gliders. This massive assault was attempted just 17 years...
  • D-Day June 6, 1944: How did Hitler react?

    06/06/2015 11:05:05 AM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 35 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 6, 2015 | By Peter Grier, Staff writer
    June 6 will forever be the anniversary of one of the most fateful days in modern history: the Allied D-Day invasion of Normandy. By day’s end American, British, and Canadian troops had breached Germany’s Atlantic Wall defenses and established a foothold in Western Europe. With Soviet armies rolling in from the east Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime was caught in a gigantic vise. Its defeat was now only a matter of time. Considering the pivotal nature of June 6, 1944, how did Hitler react to the attack? Did he rant, did he rail? Did he move with focused calm to try...
  • 71 Years Ago Today: Hitler Youth vs. The Boy Scouts

    06/06/2015 10:07:55 AM PDT · by PROCON · 49 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | June 6, 2015 | Rick Moran
    Few narrative historians have been able to capture the essence of war quite like Stephen Ambrose. The Eisenhower biographer published several books on the war later in his life, including Citizen Soldiers, Band of Brothers, and perhaps the best one volume treatment of the Normandy invasion, D-Day: June 6, 1944. One theme running through all of those books was the sheer ordinariness of the American GI and how, when confronted by the greatest challenges of their lives, outperformed, outfought, and outsmarted the seemingly invincible Nazi war machine. From a blurb advertising D-Day: They wanted to be throwing baseballs, not hand...
  • Normandy Speech: President Reagans Address Commemorating 40th Anniversary of Normandy/D-Day 6/6/84

    06/06/2015 8:10:43 AM PDT · by OttawaFreeper · 11 replies
    President Reagan's Address at a United States-France Ceremony Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion/D-Day - 6/6/84
  • TEXT: Ronald Reagan's D-Day Speech at Pointe du Hoc

    06/06/2015 11:53:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 6, 2015 | Townhall.com staff
    Editor's note: The following is the speech, delivered on June 6, 1984, that President Ronald Reagan gave 31 years ago today in Normandy, France -- the 40th anniversary of D-Day. The text was provided by the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum. "We're here to mark that day in history when the Allied armies joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty. For 4 long years, much of Europe had been under a terrible shadow. Free nations had fallen, Jews cried out in the camps, millions cried out for liberation. Europe was enslaved, and the world prayed for its rescue....
  • These Artists Created A Powerful Visualization Of D-Day Casualties

    06/06/2015 11:20:20 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 6/6 | Nicole Conlan
    D-Day was arguably the most significant and well-known event in military history. The Allies landed more than 150,000 troops in Normandy, involving 11,590 aircraft and 6,939 naval vessels. There were thousands of casualties. The staggering size of these numbers can actually make it difficult for our brains to truly comprehend the devastation. That’s why these artists set out to create a simple art project with a powerful message. By simply agitating the sand on the beach, they provided a true scale of the lives lost on June 6th, 1944:
  • D-DAY colorized (part 1 with links to following parts)

    06/06/2015 6:18:10 AM PDT · by knarf · 16 replies
    documentary ^ | June 6, 2015 | knarf
    I watched all of part 1 before posting
  • Remember to remember - The Longest Day - 71 Years Ago! [Vanity]

    06/06/2015 5:38:38 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 6 replies
    On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which, “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard...
  • D-Day invasion: Reporter’s firsthand account on June 6, 1944

    06/06/2015 2:55:20 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 17 replies
    Riding in the van of the American air spearhead which covered the landing of American Rangers on the coast of France, this reporter had a panoramic view this morning of the D-Day invasion and saw the first Americans come ashore from smoking landing boats which had ridden through a curtain of German gunfire to reach the beach a few minutes before. Deep behind the invaded beach, American paratroops and glider-borne Rangers were locked in battle along a wide, irregular front. Airborne units had landed soon after dawn and were engaged with the enemy when warships of the Unite Nations steamed...
  • Restaurateur Stumbles on Hitler's Cognac Stash

    06/04/2015 9:03:28 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 63 replies
    The Local ^ | 04 Jun 2015
    As the German army was in retreat at the end of 1944 and the country starved, Hitler stashed away his precious liquor, where it lay hidden for 76 years - until now. When restauranteur Silvio Stelzer bought a villa on the grounds of the splendid Wasserschloss Moritzburg estate in Saxony, the old seat of the royal family of Saxony, he knew he was moving into a place rich with history. What he probably didn’t expect was to find quite such a wealth of historical treasure when renovating his grounds. But Bild reported on Thursday that the well-known chef, who has...
  • Americans gave their lives to defeat the Nazis. The Dutch have never forgotten.

    05/24/2015 6:09:17 PM PDT · by NRx · 63 replies
    WaPo ^ | 05-24-2015 | Ian Shapira
    MARGRATEN, Netherlands — They haven’t forgotten. For 70 years, the Dutch have come to a verdant U.S. cemetery outside this small village to care for the graves of Americans killed in World War II. On Sunday, they came again, bearing Memorial Day bouquets for men and women they never knew, but whose 8,300 headstones the people of the Netherlands have adopted as their own. For the American relatives of the fallen, it was an outpouring of gratitude almost as stunning as the rows of white marble crosses and Jewish Stars of David at the Netherlands American Cemetery. Each grave has...
  • D-Day: Eisenhower and His Paratroopers

    06/06/2015 10:40:32 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 9 replies
    Self | June 6, 2015 | Self
    General Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived in London to command Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) for the last five months of planning for D-Day. During that time he achieved much more than the oft repeated portrayal of someone managing a political/military alliance. Though he never led troops in combat, his leadership sustained many unprecedented initiatives for the successful Normandy landings. The air assault exemplifies the frightful uncertainties plaguing this “Day of Days”. The night before D-Day, 20,400 American and British paratroopers dropped behind the Normandy beaches from 1,250 C-47 aircraft plus gliders. This massive assault was attempted just 17 years...
  • D-Day Lead Aircraft Found

    06/06/2015 2:43:37 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 18 replies
    Late on the night of June 5, 1944, a Douglas C-47 Skytrain commanded by Lt. Col. John M. Donalson launched with 15 paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division on board. They were the very tip of the Allied invasion spear, leading a formation of hundreds of aircraft carrying thousands of troops. Just after midnight on June 6, That’s All, Brother navigated through intense German fire and low clouds to drop the first Allied troops to land in Normandy, France, on D-Day, commencing Operation Overlord. Seven decades later, Staff Sgt. Matt Scales of the Alabama Air National Guard was researching Donalson’s...
  • D-Day

    06/05/2015 7:02:00 PM PDT · by Timocrat · 51 replies
    At this hour in 1944 the first of the airborne troops were setting off to invade the continent of Europe. Their sacrifice gave us the freedom we enjoy today. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.
  • Midway: Extraordinary Leadership and Brave Men

    06/04/2015 5:19:10 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 21 replies
    Self | June 4 2015 | Self
    Midway: Extraordinary Leadership and Brave Men In late December 1941, Navy Secretary Frank Knox and FDR met and selected Chester Nimitz to command the Pacific Fleet, which at that time the public perceived as residing at the bottom of Pearl Harbor. Roosevelt said, “Tell Nimitz to get the hell out to Pearl and stay there until the war is won”. Knox informed Nimitz by saying, “You’re going to take command of the Pacific Fleet, and I think you will be gone a long time”. On Christmas Day 1941 Admiral Chester Nimitz arrived alone by Catalina flying boat to take command....
  • Israeli Ambassador: Serbia was on right side in World War II

    06/04/2015 3:31:20 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 12 replies
    InSerbia Network Foundation ^ | June 3, 2015 | TAnjug
    BELGRADE – The Serbs are among the rare nations that were completely on the right side in World War II, and Serbia has nothing to be ashamed of regarding the fight against Nazism, says Israeli Ambassador to Serbia Yossef Levy.Yossef Levy, Israeli Ambassador to Serbia In a statement published in Wednesday’s issue of Vecernje novosti, he said that the Serbs are among the rare nations that had the courage to fight against Nazi Germany without hesitation or fear. Levy declined to comment on the debate in the Serbian public and the region on the recent rehabilitation of General Dragoljub Mihailovic,...
  • Midway: Extraordinary Leadership and Brave Men

    06/04/2015 8:49:14 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 22 replies
    self | June 4, 2015 | Self
    In late December 1941, Navy Secretary Frank Knox and FDR met and selected Chester Nimitz to command the Pacific Fleet, which at that time the public perceived as residing at the bottom of Pearl Harbor. Roosevelt said, “Tell Nimitz to get the hell out to Pearl and stay there until the war is won”. Knox informed Nimitz by saying, “You’re going to take command of the Pacific Fleet, and I think you will be gone a long time”. On Christmas Day 1941 Admiral Chester Nimitz arrived alone by Catalina flying boat to take command. When the door opened he was...
  • Battle of Midway 03-06 June 1942

    06/03/2015 7:26:11 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 60 replies
    03 June 2015 | US Navy Vet
    Some thing to remember(73 years ago today)
  • The Battle of Midway [John Ford's "The Battle of Midway" (1942) Digitally Restored]

    05/31/2015 11:19:33 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 51 replies
    U.S. Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless dive bombers from the USS Hornet about to attack the burning Japanese cruiser Mikuma for the third time on 6 June 1942 REMEMBER: June 4–7, 1942: the Battle of Midway, a turning point in World War II in the Pacific. The Imperial Japanese Navy had been undefeated until that time and out-numbered the American naval forces by four to one. Timeline of the Battle of Midway (acc. to William Koenig) 4 June 04:30 First Japanese takeoff against Midway Islands 04:30 10 planes (Yorktown) begin to search for the Japanese ships 05:34 Japanese ships detected by Yorktown...
  • BBC brands Churchill 'an enemy of the people' ... a deeply hated drunk [leftist lies]

    05/31/2015 8:31:27 AM PDT · by pabianice · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/31/15 | Hastings
    A BBC documentary depicting Winston Churchill as a drunken enemy of the working class has been branded as ‘graceless’ and ‘ill-informed’ by his grandson. Churchill: When Britain Said No, broadcast on BBC2 last week, was an account of how the wartime leader lost the 1945 General Election. It showed him as a deeply hated figure among the working class, in part because of the harsh economic policies he pursued as Chancellor in the 1920s. The most vocal critic of Churchill in the programme was a man presented as ‘activist and writer’, Dave Douglass. He said of Churchill: ‘His role during...
  • RESURRECTING THE MIHAHILOVICH MONUMENT IN WASHINGTON, D.C. INITIATIVE!

    05/29/2015 12:07:48 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 3 replies
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Portrait of General Mihailovich by Wisconsin artist Jim Pollard. Aleksandra's Note: It's now 40 years since a group of American Airmen rescued by General Mihailovich in WWII along with Serbian patriotic organizations in the Diaspora initiated the effort to get a monument to General Draza Mihailovich erected on the grounds of Washington, D.C. at their own personal expense. From the time the effort was initiated in 1975, progress was made, then setbacks had to be dealt with. Now in 2015, many of the American airmen are gone, but their dream does not have to die with them. A lot has...
  • The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    05/25/2015 6:16:41 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 75 replies
    Self | May 25, 2015 | Self
    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. The infantryman confronted the most dismal fate of all whose duty was uninterrupted by...
  • Forgotten WW2 soldier, lost more than 70 years, is finally honored

    05/25/2015 2:37:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    It’s difficult to describe anything as a “feel good story” on a day when we are commemorating the Honored Dead, but I suppose this story comes as close as any. CBS News is providing the details of a tale which took place long ago in a small village a bit to the north of where I live, in Gowanda, New York. They have a war memorial in their town just like so many other places around the country. But for the lifetime of most of the current residents, one name has been missing. Carroll Heath was a young boy born...
  • The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    05/25/2015 8:09:28 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 33 replies
    Self | May 25, 2015 | Self
    My greatest contact with these men started about age nine when my dad began taking me out golfing on the weekends. There was a man who used the first golf cart I ever saw, because as a brigade commander of the 41th infantry in New Guinea he was debilitated by sickness. I remember one fairly good golfer who had kind of a weird back swing, because he was crippled while serving with the Big Red One in Sicily. I often ended up as a dishwasher at Michelbook Country Club. I noticed the chef always limped as he moved around the...
  • Typhoon gets Battle of Britain VC hero's colours to celebrate 'The Few'

    05/22/2015 8:16:01 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5:56PM BST 21 May 2015 | Ben Farmer
    Flt Lt James Brindley Nicolson won Britain’s highest award for battlefield bravery for attacking and shooting down a German fighter even as he was being badly burned from a fire in his own cockpit An RAF Typhoon fighter has been repainted in the Second World War colours of a Battle of Britain hero to mark the 75th anniversary of the crucial clash. The Eurofighter jet which is usually coloured a drab grey has instead been painted with the camouflage and 249 Squadron identification number of the only Fighter Command pilot awarded a Victoria Cross during the battle. Flt Lt James...
  • When will Audie Murphy at last receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama?

    05/21/2015 9:10:49 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 27 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/21/15 | Doug Book
    Nearly 2 years ago, Coach is Right published this piece about Audie Leon Murphy, one of the true American heroes. Though he had at last been awarded the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor by Governor Rick Perry, President Obama had not–has not–honored Murphy with the nation’s highest civilian recognition, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. CiR has included the link to a petition that Audie Murphy be so honored. Few have been more deserving for their contributions during war and peace. Please join those signatories who have already chosen to make the duty of an American president clear to Barack Obama....
  • Jewish Groups Deplore Greek Demand to Remove Star of David From Holocaust Memorial

    05/17/2015 1:26:18 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 23 replies
    The Algermeiner ^ | May 15, 2015
    Jewish groups expressed “shock” on Friday over news that the unveiling of a Holocaust monument in Kavala, Greece was delayed because locals reportedly sought the removal of a Jewish star. -snip- The monument in question memorializes the 1,484 Jews of Kavala who were exterminated during the Nazi occupation of Greece in World War II. The monument was set to be unveiled when, just two days before, the mayor and a majority at the city council insisted on the removal of the image of a Star of David from the memorial. Meanwhile, Greek Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture, Education,...
  • Speaking to WWII veterans, Netanyahu compares Iran to Nazis

    05/13/2015 8:58:43 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 10:05 AM EDT
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Wednesday that Israel would defend itself against Iran, calling an emerging nuclear pact “a mistake that will cost dearly.” Speaking at the Knesset during a discussion devoted to the victory of the Allied forces in World War II 70 years ago, Netanyahu said world powers should learn a lesson from the rise of Nazi Germany and not go ahead with an agreement that would allow Tehran to continue enriching uranium and lift sanctions. “The lesson of history is never to make concessions to a radical regime which waves the banner of genocide and expansionism,” he...
  • Obituary: Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, The great survivor (of Auschwitz)

    05/12/2015 9:53:59 PM PDT · by Cronos · 14 replies
    The Economist ^ | 7.May.2015 | the Economist
    WHEN Hitler’s forces marched into Warsaw in September 1939, Wladyslaw Bartoszewski’s parents told him not to panic. They had experienced German occupation during the last war. There would be inconvenience, disorder and even looting. He should be careful. But it would not be too bad—the Germans were, after all, west Europeans—and by next year, the British and French would arrive. The Bartoszewskis could hardly have given their teenage son worse advice. The Western allies never came; instead the Soviets joined in the Nazi attack. Hitler not only wiped Poland off the map, but aimed to obliterate its language, culture and...
  • VE Day: 92-year-old Second World War veteran flies Spitfire for first time in 70 years

    05/12/2015 3:13:27 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 5 replies
    The Independent ^ | May 12, 2015 | Heather Saul
    Link only due to copyright. WWII vet flies Spitefire for first time in 70 years
  • WORLD WAR II - THE BATTLE OF OKINAWA - Discovery History Military (full documentary)

    05/11/2015 4:56:59 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | Oct 3, 2014 | LifeDiscoveryVideos
    WORLD WAR II - THE BATTLE OF OKINAWA - Discovery History Military (full documentary)
  • Putin and Merkel attend a wreath-laying ceremony in Moscow

    05/10/2015 7:20:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    yahoo.com/ ^ | GRIGORY DUKOR
    Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel walk to attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin walls in Moscow, Russia, May 10, 2015.
  • World War II’s Strangest Battle: When Americans and Germans Fought Together

    05/13/2013 1:16:46 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 40 replies
    The most extraordinary things about this truly incredible tale of World War II are that it hasn’t been told before in English, and that it hasn’t already been made into a blockbuster Hollywood movie. Here are the basic facts: on 5 May 1945—five days after Hitler’s suicide—three Sherman tanks from the 23rd Tank Battalion of the U.S. 12th Armored Division under the command of Capt. John C. ‘Jack’ Lee Jr., liberated an Austrian castle called Schloss Itter in the Tyrol, a special prison that housed various French VIPs, including the ex-prime ministers Paul Reynaud and Eduard Daladier and former commanders-in-chief...
  • World War II's Forgotten Battle [Video]

    05/10/2015 12:34:26 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | 6 May 2015 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)
    Events are being held in many countries to mark 70 years since the end of World War II in Europe on May 8, 1945, but in fact the last large-scale engagement of the conflict began three days after the Nazi capitulation. More than a thousand people, mostly German soldiers, were killed in a largely forgotten battle against U.S. and Soviet troops plus Czech irregulars on May 11-12, 1945. (RFE/RL)
  • World War II Victory in Europe 70th Anniversary Ceremony

    05/10/2015 7:03:22 AM PDT · by iowamark · 2 replies
    c-span ^ | May 8 2015
    Dignitaries and veterans commemorated the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe at a ceremony at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Speakers included White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice and author and World War II historian Alex Kershaw. The ceremony was followed by a flyover by dozens of World War II aircraft. May 8, 1945, marked the formal acceptance by the Allied forces of Germany’s unconditional surrender.
  • 70th anniversary of end of World War II marked throughout Baltics

    05/10/2015 4:02:58 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2015-05-08 | The Baltic Times
    The 70th anniversary of the end of World War II was commemorated throughout the Baltic countries today. In Estonia, the largest events will take place in the capital, Tallinn, where wreaths will be placed on behalf of the government at the Defence Forces Cemetery and at the memorial to the victims of Nazism at Rahumäe Jewish cemetery. Traditionally, wreaths are placed in the name of the government at the Maarjamäe Memorial Square at the monument for participants of the 1944 Estonian defence battles, graves of German soldiers and the Red Army memorial. [....] As previously reported, this year Lithuania will...
  • Ukrainian War-Film Hero: Soviet Victory 'Was By All'

    05/09/2015 7:58:47 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | May 09, 2015 | Valentin Baryshnikov and Daisy Sindelar
    Russian state television is promising a special treat for military veterans for Victory Day on May 9: a newly colorized version of the 1973 film classic Only Old Men Are Going To Battle, the powerful story of a doomed squadron of World War II fighter pilots. There's just one problem. The movie, arguably one of the best of the Soviet war genre, was directed by a Ukrainian, filmed in Ukraine, and stars more than a half-dozen Ukrainian actors -- including Vladimir Talashko, whose character, an aspiring opera singer, is killed after deliberately crashing his plane into a Nazi supply train,...
  • Soviet War Dead [Infographic]

    05/09/2015 6:36:22 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 14 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | Sunday, May 10, 2015 | Vadim Erlikman
    Soviet War Dead [Infographic] Population Losses in the 20th Century: A Reference. Key Civilian Dead Military Dead Deaths as % of 1940 population
  • Don’t forget how the Soviet Union saved the world from Hitler

    05/08/2015 10:01:46 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 131 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 8, 2015 | By Ishaan Tharoor
    In the Western popular imagination -- particularly the American one -- World War II is a conflict we won. It was fought on the beaches of Normandy and Iwo Jima, through the rubble of recaptured French towns and capped by sepia-toned scenes of joy and young love in New York. It was a victory shaped by the steeliness of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the moral fiber of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and the awesome power of an atomic bomb.