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Posted on 06/13/2018 11:46:16 AM PDT by fugazi
1777: Marquis de Lafayette lands in South Carolina, having crossed the Atlantic on a ship that the 19-year-old French officer purchased with his own money. He soon makes fast friends with Gen. George Washington and the Continental Congress, and is offered a commission as a major general.
1917: Taking off from bases in Belgium, German Gotha bombers target London for the first time. Hundreds of civilians are killed and the air raids would continue, virtually unopposed, for the next month.
1942: While patrolling a beach on New York's Long Island, Coast Guardsman John C. Cullen catches four German saboteurs posing as stranded fishermen. The Germans escape, but the leader turns himself in to the FBI - kicking off a two-week manhunt for the remaining Abwehr military intelligence operatives (all are American citizens born in Germany). The lid is blown off "Operation Pastorius," the German plot to sabotage strategic American targets. All of the agents are captured and six are executed.
1943: 76 B-17F Flying Fortress bombers set out to attack the U-boat pens at Kiel, Germany. 60 "Forts" hit the pens, and Luftwaffe aircraft knock 22 more out of the sky in the heaviest fighter attacks on the Eighth Air Force to date. While gunners claim at least 39 German aircraft, 23 bombers are damaged - one so critical that it is no longer operable. Three airmen are killed, 20 wounded, and 213 are missing in action. The costly raid will lead war planners to realize that the heavily armed B-17s can no longer defend themselves against German aircraft. Escort fighters will begin...
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remaining Abwehr military intelligence operatives (all are American citizens born in Germany).
Seems like the founders were correct to restrict the office of President to natural born citizens, those born here of citizen parents, naturally Americans because they could not be anything else.
> While patrolling a beach on New York’s Long Island, Coast Guardsman John C. Cullen catches four German saboteurs posing as stranded fishermen. <
It’s worth noting that Coast Guardsman Cullen was unarmed. He’s lucky the four Germans didn’t kill him.
When did the U.S. military stop executing spies and traitors?
Sun Tzu would disapprove.
Its worth noting that Coast Guardsman Cullen was unarmed. Hes lucky the four Germans didnt kill him..............................They even offered him money. They continued on their mission of using the Nazi money for whiskey, clothes and women, not necessarily in that order. Apparently they wanted to give themselves up, but Hoover needed some attention, AGAIN. I wonder if they would have been treated differently if they were sent as NKVD spies and saboteurs?
> I wonder if they would have been treated differently if they were sent as NKVD spies and saboteurs? <
I guess that would have depended on whether of not the NKVD had photos of Hoover in an evening dress. (I’ve read that the Mafia had such photos, and that’s why Hoover went easy on them.)
Do you have a PING list for these posts? Do you post this every day? I’d love to see this every day!
I post when I can find the time because the comments are sometimes quite fascinating. But I don’t know what a ping list is.
Essentially, when you make a post - you “ping” a list of people so that it appears in the top menu as “YOU HAVE NEW POSTS”.
No worries. Just curious if you’d shoot me a note (like this one) when you make these type of posts.
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