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  • ‘Is this shade?': UK embassy ‘commemorates’ burning the White House [pic]

    08/24/2014 5:06:59 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 28 replies
    twitchy ^ | August 24, 2014
    British Embassy âś” @UKinUSA Commemorating the 200th anniversary of burning the White House. Only sparklers this time! pic.twitter.com/QIDBQTBmmL
  • Pope Francis pays tribute to 'heavy sacrifice' of soldiers on 70th anniversary of D-Day landings

    06/06/2014 9:56:54 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 3 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | June 6, 2014 | Vatican Radio
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis says the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings is an opportunity for present generations to show gratitude for the “heavy sacrifice” of soldiers who landed on the beaches of Normandy to fight against “Nazi barbarism” and free occupied France during World War II. He also states that it should serve as a reminder that excluding God from the lives of people and societies can bring nothing but death and suffering and he calls on the people of Europe to find their roots and future hopes in the Gospel of Christ. The Holy Father’s words are contained...
  • 10 must see castles in Wales

    03/27/2014 4:45:12 PM PDT · by Renfield · 47 replies
    Heritage Daily ^ | 3-18-2014
    Castles have played an important military, economic and social role in Great Britain and Ireland since their introduction following the Norman invasion of England in 1066. Although a small number of castles had been built in England in the 1050s, the Normans began to build motte and bailey and ringworks castles in large numbers to control their newly occupied territories in England and the Welsh Marches.1 Caernarfon Castle Caernarfon Castle (Welsh: Castell Caernarfon) is a medieval fortress in Caernarfon, Gwynedd, north-west Wales. There was a motte-and-bailey castle in the town of Caernarfon from the late 11th century until 1283 when...
  • Why Do 16th-Century Manuscripts Show Cats With Flaming Backpacks?

    03/16/2014 6:29:43 AM PDT · by Renfield · 41 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 3-10-2014 | Brad Scriber
    A series of 16th-century manuscripts that have been making waves on the Internet look like a Monty Python version of the Renaissance: They show cats outfitted with flaming backpacks, attacking castles and villages. But the illustrations are legit. They're intended to show how cats and birds could in theory be used to set fire to a besieged city, according to a University of Pennsylvania scholar. Mitch Fraas, scholar in residence at the University of Pennsylvania—the university digitized the manuscripts last year—says that the drawings are from artillery manuals and are accompanied by notes explaining how to use animals as incendiary...
  • Iwo Jima Anniversary Remembered Across The Nation

    02/23/2014 7:08:38 PM PST · by kingattax · 34 replies
    WebProNews ^ | 2-20-14 | Emily Greene
    Wednesday marked the 69th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima – one of the worst battles of World War II. Across the nation many remembered this day from 69 years ago. In Newington, Connecticut, a memorial was recently built and is the only flag raising memorial built by survivors of the Battle of Iwo Jima. The flag flown at the memorial is historically correct with 48 stars. There is also sand from Iwo Jima beaches in the concrete base. The memorial also includes inscriptions of the names of 100 men from Connecticut who died during the battle. The 69th...
  • Robert E. Lee: American Patriot and Southern Hero

    01/19/2014 5:51:53 AM PST · by BigReb555 · 165 replies
    Canda Free Press ^ | January 19, 2014 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    “Here I greet you in the shadow of the statue of your Commander, General Robert E. Lee. You and he left us memories which are part of the memories bequeathed to the entire nation by all the Americans who fought in the War Between the States.”
  • Yes, the CIA Flew U-2 Spy Planes From Aircraft Carriers

    01/16/2014 8:21:12 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 27 replies
    Medium.com via Real Clear Histroy ^ | January 13, 2014 | By Steve Weintz
    On May 1, 1960, the Soviet Union shot down a CIA U-2 spy plane and captured its pilot, Francis Gary Powers. It was an international crisis for America’s intelligence agencies. A planned summit between Pres. Dwight Eisenhower and Premier Nikita Khrushchev was scuttled, much to Eisenhower’s embarrassment and to the fury of the Pakistanis, from whose territory the flight had been launched. First flown in 1957, the 63-foot-long, jet-powered U-2—capable of flying as high as 70,000 feet—is still used by the U.S. Air Force. But after the Powers incident, basing the plane in foreign countries became problematic. Their mere presence...
  • Is There Something Wrong With The Term: "War Between the States?"

    01/11/2014 11:16:07 AM PST · by Davy Buck · 332 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 01-06-2014 | Richard G. Williams, Jr.
    However if one truly wants to make such a big deal out of what we call the armed conflict which occurred in America from 1861 to 1865 , and if its historical accuracy and honesty that one truly seeks, then I think Douglas Southall Freeman is, perhaps, the truest to historical accuracy in coining the proper term . . .
  • December 16th, 1944: The Bulge

    12/16/2013 6:30:04 AM PST · by OKSooner · 98 replies
    Various sources ^ | 12-16-2013 | Vanity
    Sixty nine years ago, the largest land battle ever fought by the US Army started today. Do you know anyone who was there? Or maybe someone from your family was there and didn't come back, or came back changed in some way?
  • The Last Confederate General, General Joe Shelby

    12/02/2013 7:25:15 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 161 replies
    http://www.ar15.com ^ | December 12, 2006 | Christopher Eger
    Refusing to surrender he led his men on an epic 1500 mile flight through the anarchy of a lost war to continue the fight. Joseph Orville Shelby was born December 12, 1830 in Lexington, Kentucky. He was classically educated at Transylvania University before moving to Missouri. Before the civil war He was a hemp rope manufacturer and espoused the pro-slavery cause and took active part in several shady schemes to make Kansas a slave state. At the beginning of the war he accepted a commission as a Captain of Cavalry in the Missouri Confederate militia, being bloodied at the Battle...
  • The Warrior's Tale

    11/16/2013 6:13:31 AM PST · by DJ Taylor · 2 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | November 12, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    The warrior's tale is a simple enough thing. Strong as steel, but fragile as chance. It is the wind in his soul and the wall we build around ourselves to tell us who we are. Before there were cities or nations, and railways and airports, computers and telephones-- the tale was told around campfires. Acted out in pantomime, dressed up in animal furs and cave paintings. But the tale was the same. The people were confronted with a threat and they called upon the best and strongest of their men to go out and fight it. These were their warriors....
  • Preservation group identifies 15 soldiers at NY Revolutionary War site

    11/14/2013 4:23:57 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 6 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | 11/12/13 | Anon
    RICHMOND, VA. – A group working to preserve a New York military cemetery from the Revolutionary War says it has identified 15 soldiers from Virginia believed to be buried there. The Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot has pored over old muster rolls, military correspondence, private letters, physicians’ journals and other documents to identify soldiers buried in unmarked graves on privately owned land in New York’s Hudson Valley. So far, they’ve been able to identify 84 listed in the records as having died at Fishkill. The group announced the new identifications on Monday, including the soldiers from Virginia who died...
  • Battle of Antietam Sept 17, 1862

    09/17/2013 9:40:39 AM PDT · by central_va · 46 replies
    history.com ^ | 9/17/13 | This Day in History
    Beginning early on the morning of this day in 1862, Confederate and Union troops in the Civil War clash near Maryland's Antietam Creek in the bloodiest one-day battle in American history. The Battle of Antietam marked the culmination of Confederate General Robert E. Lee's first invasion of the Northern states. Guiding his Army of Northern Virginia across the Potomac River in early September 1862, the great general daringly divided his men, sending half of them, under the command of General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, to capture the Union garrison at Harper's Ferry. President Abraham Lincoln put Major General George B. McClellan...
  • Gettysburg reenactment is a campaign in itself

    06/30/2013 2:43:24 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 40 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 06/30/2013 | Edward Colimore
    The armies are already beginning to arrive, days ahead of the big battle. Tucked away in the rolling Adams County countryside are rows of billowy white tents. Men in blue and in gray march with shouldered muskets. Officers on horseback ride by with sabers jingling at their sides. One hundred and fifty years after the bloodiest clash ever fought on the continent, Union and Confederate forces are again gathering like storm clouds around tiny Gettysburg, this time for a bloodless re-creation of the epic battle fought there.
  • 150 years ago today -- the Gettysburg campaign begins

    06/10/2013 3:07:23 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 41 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | june 10, 2013 | Rod Gragg
    On June 10, 1863, the lead troops of General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia left the army’s staging area near Culpeper Court House, Virginia and began a march northward. Their destination: Pennsylvania – where Lee hoped to win a major battle on Northern soil and end the Civil War with a Southern victory. Soon his army would be trailed by his main Northern adversary, the Federal Army of the Potomac. Ahead of both armies, across the Potomac River and in the heartland of southern Pennsylvania, lay the quiet crossroads town of Gettysburg, which would become the site of...
  • June 6: A walk across a beach in Normandy

    06/06/2013 10:53:26 AM PDT · by mojito · 12 replies
    American Digest ^ | 6/6/2013 | Vanderluen
    Today your job is straightforward. First you must load 40 to 50 pounds on your back. Then you need to climb down a net of rope that is banging on the steel side of a ship and jump into a steel rectangle bobbing on the surface of the ocean below you. Others are already inside the steel boat shouting and urging you to hurry up. Once in the boat you stand with dozens of others as the boat is driven towards distant beaches and cliffs through a hot hailstorm of bullets and explosions.... In front of you, over the steel...
  • Robert the Bruce Battle of Bannockburn letter discovered

    06/01/2013 9:46:34 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 69 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1st June 2013 | BBC News
    'A copy of an unknown Robert the Bruce letter from the build-up to the Battle of Bannockburn has been discovered. The letter, sent in 1310, asks English King Edward II to stop persecuting the Scots. It shows Robert asserting his God-given authority as king of the Scots and addressing Edward as his equal. The script, thought to have been transcribed from the original, was discovered by chance by a professor of Scottish history at Glasgow University. Bruce's Scottish troops defeated the English army at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. The new letter was found in a document which dates...
  • Photos of WWII aircraft

    12/24/2012 2:18:25 PM PST · by virgil283 · 26 replies
    mission4today.com ^ | mission4today
    ...Bastogne supply drop...B-25 v Jap ship..Weighing down wing to stop Hellcat flipping.....USN ...Prewar phosphorous bomb tests...Wildcat F4 !!!!...B-26 from 20 feet away...Dauntless 1944...Corsair rockets {note the mud]...Fleet manoevures prewar 1941...B-26's over Cherbourg...Helldivers over Hornet, 1945...P-38's over Aleutians....Helldiver Driver...{H/T aceofspades}
  • Navy's oldest commissioned warship to sail again

    08/17/2012 2:51:51 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 65 replies
    AP via Tampa Bay Online ^ | Aug 17, 5:26 PM EDT | JAY LINDSAY
    BOSTON (AP) -- The U.S. Navy's oldest commissioned warship will sail under its own power for just the second time in more than a century to commemorate the battle that won it the nickname "Old Ironsides." The USS Constitution, which was first launched in 1797, will be tugged from its berth in Boston Harbor on Sunday to the main deepwater pathway into the harbor. It will then set out to open seas for a 10-minute cruise. The short trip marks the day two centuries ago when the Constitution bested the British frigate HMS Guerriere in a fierce battle during the...
  • (For Memorial Day 2012) Before and After D-Day: Rare Color Photos

    05/26/2012 12:24:29 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    LIFE ^ | Frank Scherschel
    Before and After D-Day: Rare Color Photos It’s no mystery why images of unremitting violence spring to mind when one hears the deceptively simple term, “D-Day.” We’ve all seen — in photos, movies, old news reels — what happened on the beaches of Normandy (codenamed Omaha, Utah, Juno, Gold and Sword) as the Allies unleashed an historic assault against German defenses on June 6, 1944. But in color photos taken before and after the invasion, LIFE’s Frank Scherschel captured countless other, lesser-known scenes from the run-up to the onslaught and the heady weeks after: American troops training in small English...
  • (Weird History) In 1958 America Accidentally Dropped a Nuclear Weapon on Two Little Girls’ Playhouse

    04/24/2012 10:28:08 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    IO9 ^ | Apr 24, 2012 | Cyriaque Lamar
    In 1958, America accidentally dropped a nuclear weapon on two little girls’ playhouse For certain rural residents of the Carolinas during the Cold War, apocalyptic anxiety hit disturbingly close to home. In 1958 and 1961, the American Air Force lost nuclear weapons over the skies of South and North Carolina, respectively, raining potential apocalypse on the folks below. In both incidents, complete catastrophe was avoided thanks to that ever-potent combination of foresight and unmitigated dumb luck. And in the former incident, the bomb fell square on some unsuspecting children's playhouse. The first accident occurred over Florence, South Carolina on March...
  • George Washington named Britain's greatest ever foe

    04/16/2012 10:37:35 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 22 replies
    (UK) Telegraph ^ | 4/14/12 | Jasper Copping
    The American was voted the winner in a contest run by the National Army Museum to identify the country's most outstanding military opponent. He was one of a shortlist of five leaders who topped a public poll and on Saturday was selected as the ultimate winner by an audience of around 70 guests at a special event at the museum, in Chelsea, west London. In second place was Michael Collins, the Irish leader, ahead of Napoleon Bonaparte, Erwin Rommel and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. At the event, each contender had their case made by a historian giving a 40 minute presentation....
  • U.S. Civil War Took Bigger Toll Than Previously Estimated

    04/03/2012 11:07:36 PM PDT · by U-238 · 125 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 11/21/2012 | Science Daily
    The Civil War -- already considered the deadliest conflict in American history -- in fact took a toll far more severe than previously estimated. That's what a new analysis of census data by Binghamton University historian J. David Hacker reveals. Hacker says the war's dead numbered about 750,000, an estimate that's 20 percent higher than the commonly cited figure of 620,000. His findings will be published in December in the journal Civil War History. "The traditional estimate has become iconic," Hacker says. "It's been quoted for the last hundred years or more. If you go with that total for a...
  • Nov. 26 in US military history

    11/26/2011 1:55:51 PM PST · by FatMax · 1 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Nov. 26, 2011 | Chris Carter
    1941: The Japanese First Air Fleet, commanded by Adm. Chuichi Nagumo, departs for their attack on Pearl Harbor. 1943: The British transport HMT Rohna is struck by a German radio-controlled bomb, killing over 1000 American troops. The attack became the largest loss of American lives at sea. 1950: Chinese forces launch a massive counterattack against US and South Korean forces, driving them south and putting an end to any hopes of a quick conclusion to the Korean War. Medal of Honor: In 1862, Maj. William H. Powell leads twenty men on a charge of a 500-man encampment at Sinking Creek...
  • Rome, Sweet Rome: Could a Single Marine Unit Destroy the Roman Empire?

    11/02/2011 8:30:47 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 176 replies · 1+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | October 31, 2011 | Alyson Sheppard
    Rome, Sweet Rome: Could a Single Marine Unit Destroy the Roman Empire? It was a hypothetical question that became a long online discussion and now a movie in development: Could a small group of heavily armed modern-day Marines take down the Roman Empire at its height? We talked about the debate with James Erwin, the man who scored a movie writing contract based on his online response, and ran the ideas by Roman history expert Adrian Goldsworthy. James Erwin was browsing reddit.com on his lunch break when a thread piqued his interest. A user called The_Quiet_Earth had posed the question:...
  • WWI underground: Unearthing the hidden tunnel war (...killed an estimated 10,000 Germans.)

    06/10/2011 10:09:12 AM PDT · by decimon · 62 replies
    BBC ^ | June 10, 2011 | Peter Jackson
    Archaeologists are beginning the most detailed ever study of a Western Front battlefield, an untouched site where 28 British tunnellers lie entombed after dying during brutal underground warfare. For WWI historians, it's the "holy grail".When military historian Jeremy Banning stepped on to a patch of rough scrubland in northern France four months ago, the hairs on the back of his neck stood up. The privately-owned land in the sleepy rural village of La Boisselle had been practically untouched since fighting ceased in 1918, remaining one of the most poignant sites of the Battle of the Somme. In his hand was...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Why Study War? Military history teaches us about honor, sacrifice, and the...

    05/29/2011 5:16:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    City Journal ^ | Summer 2007 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Military history teaches us about honor, sacrifice, and the inevitability of conflict. Try explaining to a college student that Tet was an American military victory. You’ll provoke not a counterargument—let alone an assent—but a blank stare: Who or what was Tet? Doing interviews about the recent hit movie 300, I encountered similar bewilderment from listeners and hosts. Not only did most of them not know who the 300 were or what Thermopylae was; they seemed clueless about the Persian Wars altogether.It’s no surprise that civilian Americans tend to lack a basic understanding of military matters. Even when I was a...
  • Old times not forgotten: Civil War at 150

    04/02/2011 7:53:41 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 210 replies
    hosted ^ | Apr 2 | CHRISTOPHER SULLIVAN
    A hush fell over the crowd filling the elegant hall in downtown Richmond, Va. The vote was about to be announced, and a young staffer of the Museum of the Confederacy balanced his laptop across his knees, poised to get out the news as soon as it was official. Who would be chosen "Person of the Year, 1861"? Five historians had made impassioned nominations, and the audience would now decide. Most anywhere else, the choice would be obvious. Who but Abraham Lincoln? But this was a vote in the capital of the rebellion that Lincoln put down, sponsored by a...
  • Restoration efforts on Civil War steam engine progressing

    12/20/2010 2:45:54 PM PST · by thecodont · 34 replies
    Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | December 18, 2010, 9:13 p.m. | By Mark St. John Erickson, Newport News Daily Press
    Reporting from Newport News, Va. — When archaeologists and Navy divers recovered the warship Monitor's steam engine from the Atlantic in 2001, the pioneering Civil War propulsion unit was enshrouded in a thick layer of marine concretion. Sand, mud and corrosion combined with minerals in the deep waters off Cape Hatteras, N.C., to cloak every feature of Swedish American inventor John Ericsson's ingenious machine, and they continued to envelop the 30-ton artifact after nine years of desalination treatment. This month, however, conservators at the Mariners' Museum here and its USS Monitor Center drained the 35,000-gallon solution in which the massive...
  • Today is Saint Crispins Day

    10/25/2010 4:54:12 PM PDT · by Timocrat · 24 replies
    Henry V | Shakespeare
    Enter the KING WESTMORELAND. O that we now had here But one ten thousand of those men in England That do no work to-day! KING. What's he that wishes so? My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin; If we are mark'd to die, we are enow To do our country loss; and if to live, The fewer men, the greater share of honour. God's will! I pray thee, wish not one man more. By Jove, I am not covetous for gold, Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost; It yearns me not if men my garments wear; Such...
  • Winston Churchill's 'Few' speech marks Battle of Britain's 70th anniversary

    08/21/2010 12:38:04 AM PDT · by Stoat · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | August 20, 2010
    Under a slate grey sky, the words of Winston Churchill rang defiantly around Westminster: 'Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.' It may be 70 years old, but the resounding call to arms during the Battle of Britain still stiffened the sinew bringing pride and not a few tears yesterday. Churchill's famous address was delivered by actor Robert Hardy at 3.52pm  -  exactly the time they were originally spoken in Parliament by the wartime Prime Minister on August 20, 1940.   Former fighter pilots, Churchill's daughter Lady Soames and...
  • Son of Pilot Who Dropped A-Bomb Opposes Plan to Send U.S. Delegation to Hiroshima Ceremony

    08/04/2010 12:45:04 PM PDT · by Stoat · 78 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | August 4, 2010 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    EXCLUSIVE:  The son of the U.S. Air Force pilot who dropped the first atomic bomb in the history of warfare says the Obama administration's decision to send a U.S. delegation to a ceremony in Japan to mark the 65th anniversary of the attack on Hiroshima is an "unsaid apology" and appears to be an attempt to "rewrite history." James Tibbets, son of Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbets, Jr., says Friday's visit to Hiroshima by U.S. Ambassador John Roos is an act of contrition that his late father would never have approved. "It's an unsaid apology," Tibbets, 66, told FoxNews.com...
  • This Day in Civil War History July 21st, 1861 First Battle of Bull Run (Manassas)

    Jul 21, 1861: First Battle of Bull Run (Manassas) The war erupts on a large scale in the east when Confederate forces under P. T. Beauregard turn back Union General Irvin McDowell's troops along Bull Run in Virginia. The inexperienced soldiers on both sides slugged it out in a chaotic battle that resulted in a humiliating retreat by the Yankees and signaled, for many, the true start of the war. At the insistence of President Lincoln, McDowell set out to make a quick offensive against Manassas Junction, a key rail center 30 miles from Washington. On July 18, the Yankee...
  • Top 10 Snipers in History

    05/18/2010 9:41:57 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 32 replies · 1,383+ views
    joetravolta ^ | 11/13/2009 | joetravolta
    It was night and low visibility, but I saw a guy with an AK-47 lit up by the porch light in a doorway about 400 meters away. I watched him through the sights. He looked like just another Iraqi. I hit him low in the stomach and dropped him.’ – Specialist James Wilks, 25, from Fort Worth, Texas. Concealment is key to becoming a great sniper. Highly trained marksmen who can shoot accurately from incredible distances with specialized training in high-precision rifles. In addition, they are trained in camouflage, field craft, infiltration, reconnaissance and observation, making them perhaps the most...
  • The Goering who saved Jews: While Hermann masterminded Final Solution, his brother rescued Jews

    04/08/2010 7:33:09 PM PDT · by Stoat · 13 replies · 901+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | April 8, 2010 | Zoe Brennan
    (edit) By now, the SS knew of Albert's work. From 1939, they kept a file documenting his 'acts of terrorism'. Albert was declared a 'public enemy' of the Third Reich. An arrest warrant was issued, but his brother Hermann quashed it. Hearing reports of the atrocities taking place at concentration camps, Albert confronted his brother, who brushed the claims aside. So Albert made his most audacious move of all - driving a convoy of trucks to Theresienstadt concentration camp, where 33,000 prisoners died. His friend Benbassat says: 'He said: "I am Albert Goering, Skoda Works. I need workers." 'He filled...
  • Revealed: The RAF's wartime poster boy... now aged 91 (Legendary WW2 imagery)

    03/28/2010 6:19:49 PM PDT · by Stoat · 35 replies · 2,100+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | March 29, 2010
    The dashing young airman who became the poster boy of the RAF during World War II has been revealed – 65 year after the conflict ended.Squadron Leader Ian Blair, now 91, was 22 years old when the famous snap was taken in 1940 after his daring flying in north Africa earned him a medal.But he didn’t realise his fame until two years later when, on a break in Bournemouth, he saw his face on a propaganda notice warning 'Careless Talk May Cost His Life'.     Flying ace: Squadron Leader Ian Blair with the classic World War II poster...
  • After 65 years, news service adjusts Bataan photo caption to match veteran’s memory

    03/21/2010 6:29:21 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 27 replies · 1,391+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | March 22, 2010 | Adam Geller
    For 68 years, John E. Love has been haunted by the memory of carrying fallen comrades to a mass grave hollowed out of a Filipino rice field. Now, at last, a bit of history is being rewritten because of those memories. After six months of research, The Associated Press is correcting the caption on one of the most famous photos in its library, 65 years after the image first moved on the newswire. The image shows defeated Allied soldiers after their surrender to Japanese forces on the Philippines’ Bataan Peninsula in April 1942. Over the years, the photo has become...
  • Original Photographs from the Civil War

    These are pretty amazing considering they were taken up to 145 years ago: A compendium of photos from the Civil War era. Truly fortunate that so many of these have survived. Probably a million wet plate photos were made during the civil war on glass plate. Popular during the war, they lost their appeal afterwards and so many were sold for the glass.
  • BRITISH PLANES IN ALL-NIGHT RAID BOMB GREAT NAZI AIR BASE AT SYLT; PEACE HOPE DIES (3/20/40)

    03/20/2010 4:38:08 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 13 replies · 448+ views
    Microfiche-New York Times archives, McHenry Library, U.C. Santa Cruz | 3/20/40 | Svend Carstensen
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  • US Marines land on Iwo Jima to mark anniversary

    03/02/2010 11:20:28 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 39 replies · 1,001+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 03/02/10 | Eric Talmadge
    Hundreds of U.S. Marines landed on the remote island of Iwo Jima on Tuesday to prepare for the 65th anniversary of one of World War II's bloodiest and most iconic battles. The Marines flew in trucks, water and food from Washington to support Wednesday's commemorations of the 1945 battle that was a turning point in the Pacific theater. It claimed 6,821 American and 21,570 Japanese lives in 36 days of intense fighting. A drill team also arrived on the island. The commemoration was to be attended by about 1,000 people, including Marine Corps commandant Gen. James Conway, members of Japan's...
  • The Tragic Truth of War ... Killing the enemy brings victory [Victor Davis Hanson]

    02/17/2010 6:52:26 AM PST · by Tolik · 17 replies · 639+ views
    NRO ^ | February 17, 2010 | Victor Davis Hanson
                                          It’s politically incorrect to mention it, but even in an age of terrorism and insurgency, killing the enemy remains a key to victoryVictory has usually been defined throughout the ages as forcing the enemy to accept certain political objectives. “Forcing” usually meant killing, capturing, or wounding men at arms. In today’s polite and politically correct society we seem to have forgotten that nasty but eternal truth in the confusing struggle to defeat radical Islamic terrorism. What stopped the imperial German army from absorbing France in World War I and eventually made the Kaiser abdicate was the destruction of a...
  • Wreck of Airship USS Macon Added to National Register of Historic Places

    02/14/2010 10:18:06 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 29 replies · 1,107+ views
    NOAA ^ | 1/11/2010 | NOAA
    Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the loss of the U.S. Navy airship USS Macon, NOAA today announced that the wreck site on the seafloor within Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Macon, a 785-foot dirigible was one of the largest airships in the world – comparable in size to the RMS Titanic. It was intended to serve as a scout ship for the Pacific Fleet and had the ability to launch and recover Sparrowhawk biplanes. In service less than two years, the Macon, based at Moffett Field in Sunnyvale, Calif.,...
  • Where Have All the Phantoms Gone?

    01/07/2010 1:18:38 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 38 replies · 1,520+ views
    Air and Space Magazine ^ | 01/01/2010 | Ralph Wetterhahn
    The F-4 Phantom II lives. But the life it leads today is an odd one. It still flies in other countries; in northern Iraq, for example, the Turks use it in combat with the Kurds. But in the United States, it leads a twilight existence. It’s a warplane, but it no longer fights. Its mission is weapons testing, but no pilot flies it. Mostly, you’ll find these F-4s either sitting in the desert or lying at the bottom of the sea. The F-4 entered service in 1960, flying for the U.S. Navy. After studying its potential for close air support,...
  • This Day in History December 26,1776 The Battle of Trenton

    12/26/2009 10:51:45 AM PST · by mdittmar · 6 replies · 846+ views
    various | December 26,2009 | various
    The Battle of Trenton (Dec. 26, 1776) was a crucial early victory for the American forces in the American Revolution. On Christmas night 1776, Gen. George Washington and about 2,500 Continental soldiers crossed the ice-clogged Delaware River from Pennsylvania; early the next morning they surprised Hessian mercenaries in the British service encamped at Trenton, N.J.It was a critical time for George Washington. He had just been soundly defeated in New York and morale was very low. His writings to the Continental Congress tell us so. Although there was not much to be gained through a victory here in a territorial...
  • Annual Christmas Day Crossing will take place ( Washington Crossing)

    12/25/2009 7:54:50 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 13 replies · 933+ views
    Thanks to strong community support, the Annual Christmas Day Crossing will take place (the dress rehearsal for the Crossing will be on December 13). Parties interested in assisting the community efforts should contact the Bucks County Conference and Visitors Bureau.
  • My Visit To Cowpens Battlefield (Vanity)

    11/07/2009 4:47:22 PM PST · by stylecouncilor · 16 replies · 698+ views
    11/7/2009 | Me
  • First Biography of Marine Corps Legend Colonel John W. Ripley USMC

    10/20/2009 8:52:50 AM PDT · by Callahan · 4 replies · 768+ views
    American TFP ^ | 10/20/09 | Norman Fulkerson
    With political and public attention once again focused on the sacrifices made by our military in Afghanistan, it's more important than ever to remember American heroes who set an example for us all. In this first cradle-to-grave biography of Colonel John W. Ripley, author Norman Fulkerson tells the extraordinary life story of a Marine Corps hero of legendary stature; the selfless leader of combat troops and embodiment of "Semper Fi." "If a young officer or Marine ever asks what is the meaning of Semper Fidelis," Col. Ripley once told a friend, "tell them my story." This is his story!
  • French general planned 18th-century invasion of Britain using American force

    10/02/2009 5:16:07 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 36 replies · 2,201+ views
    The London Times ^ | October 3, 2009 | Valentine Low
    Until now, however, one plan has remained unknown: an 18th-century plot to invade with an American army during that country’s War of Independence. Drawn up by a French general, the scheme was to bring over an American force of 10,000 that would find a Britain so distracted by the war on the other side of the Atlantic, that victory would seem certain. Just to make sure, however, the general suggested that the force include a corps of Native Americans, or “sauvages”, as he termed them, who would strike such fear in British troops that any resistance would collapse immediately. The...
  • The Patuxent's Hidden Treasure-Archaeologists Hope to Excavate Shipwreck That Dates to War of 1812

    09/14/2009 7:43:29 AM PDT · by BGHater · 6 replies · 785+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 14 Sep 2009 | Steve Vogel
    Aboard a pontoon boat chugging past the marshland of Maryland's upper Patuxent River on a recent Saturday, Ralph Eshelman pointed to the spot where the muddy brown water hides a shipwreck nearly two centuries old, part of the American flotilla that defended the Chesapeake Bay when the British burned Washington during the War of 1812. Nearly 30 years ago, Eshelman helped direct a team of marine researchers who discovered the wreck, one of the war's most significant artifacts. After a limited, month-long excavation of the site east of Upper Marlboro in 1980, the wreck was reburied under four feet of...
  • Revolutionary-era soldier's skull found

    08/30/2009 8:57:48 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 21 replies · 1,388+ views
    Connecticut Post ^ | 08/30/2009 | Frank Juliano
    MILFORD -- A 1907 catalog of the New Haven County Historical Society listed several rare and odd items, including a necklace from an Egyptian mummy, slave chains, a small block of wood from the Old South Bridge in Concord, Mass., which the British guarded at the start of the Revolutionary War. But lot 23 in the inventory -- "a skull of an American soldier, one of 42 who died of the 200 in a destitute and sickly condition that were brought from a British prison ship ... and suddenly cast upon the shore of the town of Milford on the...