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  • A World War II hero returns to Germany to solve a mystery -- and meet an enemy

    11/14/2018 10:05:24 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 36 replies
    Cnn.com ^ | November 11, 2018 | John Blake
    Clarence Smoyer's index finger caressed the trigger. Sweat poured down the leather flaps of his helmet. No one in his tank moved or even whispered. It was March 6, 1945, and Smoyer was part of the Allies' last push into Nazi Germany. The lanky 19-year-old with a mop of curly hair was part of a tank crew that had crawled into the German city of Cologne for what would become the US Army's biggest house-to-house fight in Europe. The Germans called it "Endkampf," the final battle for their homeland. "Gentlemen, I give you Cologne," Smoyer's commander announced over the radio....
  • Trump suggests France would have been defeated without U.S.

    11/13/2018 10:53:06 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 153 replies
    The Columbian ^ | November 13, 2018 | Darlene Superville, The Associated Press
    President Donald Trump escalated his verbal assaults against France on Tuesday, suggesting that America’s stalwart European ally would have been vanquished in both world wars if not for the military firepower provided by the United States. Trump tweeted about a suggestion by French President Emmanuel Macron that Europe build up its militaries because the continent can no longer depend on the U.S. for defense. Macron had also said Europe needs to protect itself against cyberthreats from China, Russia and the U.S. Macron’s comments were inaccurately reported and Trump continues to misrepresent them, seemingly for political hay. The French leader’s office...
  • How the Navy’s D-Day amphibious attack on Utah beach achieved 'tactical surprise'

    11/12/2018 1:30:47 PM PST · by DFG · 51 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...
  • Macron stokes anger with plan to honour Nazi collaborator Pétain

    11/07/2018 3:50:13 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 21 replies
    "He was a great soldier, it's a fact," Macron said, though he stressed that Petain had made "disastrous choices" during World War II. His comments drew fierce criticism from rival politicians as well as Jewish leaders, reopening a painful chapter in France's history which continues to divide the nation decades on. Francis Kalifat of the CRIF association of French Jewish groups said he was "shocked" by Macron's comments praising a leader who helped deport thousands of Jews to their deaths. "The only thing we will remember about Petain is that he was convicted, in the name of the French people,...
  • An Unforgettable Movie Collects Recently Discovered Color Footage of World War II

    11/05/2018 1:29:09 PM PST · by aimhigh · 67 replies
    Hyperallergic ^ | 11/05/2018 | Dan Schindel
    After the US’s entry into World War II, Hollywood filmmaker William Wyler (best known today for The Best Years of Our Lives, Roman Holiday, and Ben-Hur) volunteered for the US Army Air Forces. Serving as a major, he directed documentaries about the air war in Europe and the Mediterranean. In 1943, he and his crew brought 16mm color cameras aboard Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses on bombing runs over Germany. The resultant film, 1944’s The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress, purported to show the final mission of the bomber Memphis Belle. (It was actually pieced together from several...
  • Today in US military history: Jihad at Fort Hood and 2 Roosevelts lead attack in 'No Man's Land'

    11/05/2018 8:20:07 AM PST · by fugazi · 11 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Nov. 5, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Jose A. Rivera, who was killed in action on this day in 2003 in Mumuhdyah, Iraq. The 34-year-old native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. 1862: Realizing an army led by Gen. George McClellan would never defeat the Confederates, Pres. Abraham Lincoln removes the cautious Army of the Potomac commander, choosing Gen. Ambrose Burnside as his replacement. Two years and three days later, Lincoln would defeat McClellan - a Democrat - in the 1864 presidential election. 1915: Lt. Commander Henry...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Ocasio-Cortez: We Must Use Blueprint From Defeating Nazis to Defeat Global Warming

    10/20/2018 6:36:18 AM PDT · by kevcol · 150 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 19, 2018 | Cameron Cawthorne
    Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday night said the way the Allied Powers defeated the Nazis during World War II provides a blueprint for how the United States should defeat global warming. Ocasio-Cortez appeared at a climate change town hall in College Point, a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens, where she discussed her "radical" plan to tackle global warming, according to a clip first flagged by the Republican National Committee.
  • Schmeisser MP-40 Submachine Gun

    10/12/2018 4:57:40 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 30 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/12/2018 | C Cocoles
    The German MP40 submachine gun (Schmeisser) was a weapon our Allied Forces feared in World War II. The MP 40 was a submachine gun chambered for the 9×19mm Parabellum cartridge and an open-bolt, blowback-operated automatic arms. It was developed in Nazi Germany and used extensively by the Axis powers during the Second World War. This weapon shot from a standard 32-round box magazine and the caliber was the standard 9x19mm Parabellum. Manufactured in Germany from 1940-1945, there were roughly 1.1 million of them manufactured. Weighing just under 9 pounds, this submachine gun was not light. With a cyclic rate of...
  • 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.”
  • The 9/11 Attacks Were No Pearl Harbor-The differences teach us valuable lessons

    09/14/2018 11:14:13 AM PDT · by SJackson · 26 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | September 14, 2018 | Bruce Thornton
    Comparing the jihadist attacks on September 11, 2001 to the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor has become a staple of commentary on the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history. Google this topic and nearly half a million links will pop up; google “lesson plans” and you’ll get nearly five million hits. In the catalogue of historical analogies, the comparison of 9/11 to 12/7 is perhaps the most popular outside the historians’ guild. Historical analogies have been a feature of history since its beginnings in ancient Athens. Thucydides explained that he wrote his brilliant and still instructive History of...
  • Desecration of a WW2 Memorial

    09/12/2018 5:25:05 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 42 replies
    Facebook ^ | September 10 at 4:46 PM | George Gatteny
    George Gatteny [Massachusetts] "I witnessed something today that outraged me! I was driving down Broadway in Somerville. I stopped behind a bus waiting to pull into Clarendon Station. I looked over to my right and saw young people (early to mid 20's) go into the Somerville Veterans Memorial Cemetery. As they approached the statue, I saw them grab the 3 or 4 mini flags that were placed in from of the statue. The guy took the flags and tossed them behind the statue. What I saw him do next pushed me to a point where I said to myself "ENOUGH"....
  • The Bombs of August

    08/23/2018 7:50:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 23, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    On Aug. 6, 1945, the United States dropped a uranium-fueled atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, another U.S. Army Air Forces B-29 repeated the attack on Nagasaki, Japan, with an even more powerful plutonium bomb. Less than a month after the second bombing, Imperial Japan agreed to formally surrender on Sept. 2. That date marked the official end of World War II -- the bloodiest human or natural catastrophe in history, accounting for more than 65 million dead. Each August, Americans in hindsight ponder the need for, the morality of, and the strategic rationale behind the dropping of...
  • Nazi death camp guard arrested by ICE, deported to Germany: Authorities

    08/21/2018 8:16:21 PM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 60 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | August 21, 2018 | TARA PALMERI
    A man who authorities believe is the last known Nazi collaborator living in the U.S. has been arrested and deported to Germany.At the order of President Donald Trump, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents removed 95-year-old Jakiw Palij from his Queens, New York, home on Monday. Justice Department officials say Palij served as an armed guard at a death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland and later lied to American immigration officials about his role in those atrocities when he entered the U.S. after the war. ABC News was there when Palij was removed by wheelchair from his home on Monday, but he...
  • Scientists Discover Stern of World War II U.S. Destroyer Off Remote Alaskan Island

    08/16/2018 4:09:04 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 28 replies
    gCaptain ^ | August 16, 2018 | gCaptain
    For almost 75 years, the stern of the destroyer USS Abner Read lay somewhere below the dark of the Bering Sea off the Aleutian island of Kiska, where it sank after being torn off by an explosion while conducting an anti-submarine patrol.
  • Hogan's Heroes

    08/14/2018 8:21:22 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 123 replies
    YouTube is such a time capsule. When I was growing up, one of the shows my father used to watch was "Hogan's Heroes." I had not actually watched the show since the early 1970s so the show itself was long forgotten but the theme music was always a bit of an earworm, popping up randomly in my head from time to time during the decades since. About a week ago, I noticed that entire episodes of Hogan's Heroes was on YouTube and decided to click on one. As the opening credits played, everything was instantly recognizable to me even though...
  • The Nambu Pistol

    08/14/2018 4:44:34 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 30 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 8/14/2018 | E Sarkist
    The most dangerous pistol ever made. Back in World War Two Japananese forces used the Nambu Type 94 Pistol as their service pistol. The Nambu Type 94 Pistol was chambered for the weak 8mm Nambu cartridge. The magazine capacity was 6 rounds, a bottle-necked cartridge that only delivers about as much energy as 380. The pistols are locked by means of a short falling-block that is mechanically interesting. Sights are comically bad, but to be honest there isn't a whole bunch about this gun that isn't. Putting some lead downrange isn't bad, but the problem is you don't have to...
  • Lost World War II Pistol – FP45 Liberator

    08/08/2018 4:58:29 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 31 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 8/8/2018 | F Jardim
    Clandestine weapons like the World War II FP-45 pistol, later dubbed the Liberator by the Office of Strategic Services in 1944, have always intrigued me. It remains the rarest of American martial handguns from the conflict, with original examples usually starting in the $1,500 range for rusty, damaged pieces and the best examples, with their impossibly rare waxed shipping boxes, bringing over $7,000. Myths and misinformation hide the pistol’s real story; they weren’t wildly inaccurate junk guns that exploded after a few shots, and they were never tossed out of airplanes over occupied Europe en masse. THE FP-45 PISTOL was...
  • All 20 people on board World War II plane (JU-52) die after Swiss Alps crash

    08/05/2018 9:17:27 PM PDT · by robowombat · 30 replies
    ITV ^ | 5 August 2018 at 1:43pm
    All 20 people on board World War II plane die after Swiss Alps crash Nearly 5,000 of the World War II Ju-52 planes were manufactured between 1932 and 1952. Nearly 5,000 of the World War II Ju-52 planes were manufactured between 1932 and 1952. Photo: AP All 20 people on board an old World War II propeller plane have died after crashing in the Swiss Alps during a sightseeing flight. The Junker Ju-52 struck the Piz Segnas mountain's western flank about 2,540 meters (8,330 feet) above sea level, killing 17 passengers and three crew members, police revealed in a press...