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  • 1991 CNN Footage of Start of Gulf War Ground War

    07/26/2017 10:02:52 AM PDT · by mairdie · 19 replies
    The raw CNN footage, minus commercials, when the start of the Gulf War ground war was announced. Part 1 of two parts for first tape of 23 Feb 1991. Part 2 is in the same playlist and shows President G.H.W. Bush announcing the start.
  • America’s Oldest Commissioned Warship Refloated After Two-Year Restoration

    07/26/2017 7:27:18 AM PDT · by Oatka · 33 replies
    gcaptain ^ | July 25, 2017 | gCaptain
    (photo at site) America’s oldest commissioned warship, USS Constitution, was finally refloated on Sunday following a two-year, multi-million dollar restoration at the historic Charlestown Navy Yard, located at the Boston National Historical Park. USS Constitution entered the yard’s Dry Dock 1 on May 18, 2015, and since then ship restorers and teams of Constitution Sailors have worked side-by-side to bring Old Ironsides back to her glory. The restoration included the replacement of 100 hull planks and the required caulking, the re-building of the ship’s cutwater on the bow, as well as the on-going preservation and repair of the ship’s rigging,...
  • Newly Restored USS Constitution Is Returning to the Water

    07/23/2017 5:40:17 PM PDT · by Carbonsteel · 50 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | 7/23/17 | CRYSTAL HILL
    Boston (AP) -- The USS Constitution, the world's oldest commissioned warship still afloat, will return Sunday to Boston's waters. The undocking of the "Old Ironsides" will mark the end of restoration work that started two years ago, officials said. A celebration will be held at the USS Constitution Museum. The wooden ship was launched in 1797 and earned its famous nickname notching victories in the War of 1812.

    07/23/2017 3:18:02 PM PDT · by DIRTYSECRET · 127 replies
    The U.S. should NEVER put itself in that position. The Brits sent their civilian boaters to save them. Destroyers and most planes were left behind to 'save England.' Make sure the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is always filled. Get the hell out of the Middle East with no more immigrints from that region. The Brits should get out of the Falklands. They have bigger fish to fry. Maybe we should al store food like the Mormons. My history teacher, retired military, said Hitler should have bombed them all on the beach. Cost him the war.
  • 'We were at Dunkirk, too' say French furious at being written out of film epic

    07/22/2017 9:06:51 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 245 replies ^ | July 22, 2017 13:11 BST | Isabelle Gerretsen
    Around 30,000 French troops held back Nazi divisions near the city of Lille to protect their allies during the evacuation code-named Operation Dynamo. Renowned French film critic Jacques Mandelbaum called Nolan "witheringly impolite" and slammed the director's "deplorable indifference" towards his country's contribution to the epic evacuation. "Where in the film are the 120,000 French soldiers who were also evacuated from Dunkirk? Where are the 40,000 who sacrificed themselves to defend the city against a superior enemy in weaponry and numbers?" he asked in his review in French newspaper Le Monde.
  • “Lack of Women” and “Lead Actors of Color” in Historical Flick on Battle of Dunkirk

    07/21/2017 7:54:00 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 95 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 21,2017 | Jim Hoft
    The much-anticipated movie “Dunkirk” opens this weekend in theaters. USA Today contributor and Social Justice Warrior Brian Truitt blasted the movie this week for not including women and actors of color — in the Dunkirk battle story! That’s how insane the left has become! The Daily Wire reported: USA Today’s Brian Truitt describes himself as a “shameless geek,” but oddly enough omits the fact that he is also just as shamelessly ignorant when it comes to the signaling of his own CorrectThink virtue. In his review of Dunkirk, director Christopher Nolan’s big-budget look (opening this weekend) at an actual historical...
  • Why the (true) history of 'Dunkirk' matters

    07/20/2017 6:29:23 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 58 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 19 July 2017 | Tom Rogan
    Never has so much ignorance been rendered on such a great feat by so few. Such is the historical record of reviewers of the new movie, "Dunkirk." First, a brief historical primer. Dunkirk was the site of the British Army's evacuation from northern France in May-June 1940. The evacuation was made necessary after the British Army in France, deployed as the British Expeditionary Force, was encircled by a rapidly advancing German army. Thanks to the immense courage of rearguard forces, RAF pilots, and British civilians (who lent their boats to the effort), 200,000 British soldiers and 140,000 French, Belgian and...
  • Why the (true) history of 'Dunkirk' matters

    07/20/2017 6:51:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 19, 2017 | Tom Rogan
    Never has so much ignorance been rendered on such a great feat by so few. Such is the historical record of reviewers of the new movie, "Dunkirk." First, a brief historical primer. Dunkirk was the site of the British Army's evacuation from northern France in May-June 1940. The evacuation was made necessary after the British Army in France, deployed as the British Expeditionary Force, was encircled by a rapidly advancing German army. Thanks to the immense courage of rearguard forces, RAF pilots, and British civilians (who lent their boats to the effort), 200,000 British soldiers and 140,000 French, Belgian and...
  • July 20 in U.S. military history: Old Ironsides, and 'one small step'

    07/20/2017 5:43:05 AM PDT · by fugazi · 7 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | July 20, 2017 | Chris Carter
    1944: As Adolf Hitler meets with officials at his "Wolf's Lair" headquarters in East Prussia, a suitcase bomb planted by Col. Claus von Stauffenberg detonates, killing three German officers and wounding the Führer. Stauffenberg and several fellow "Operation Valkyrie" conspirators are shot by firing squad within 24 hours, and the Gestapo will arrest and execute several thousand Germans (some having no connection to the plot whatsoever) in coming months. In the Marianas Islands, Naval Underwater Demolition Teams (the predecessor to today's SEAL Teams) destroy obstacles on the beaches of Guam as aircraft and warships bombard enemy positions in preparation of...
  • ‘Dunkirk’ review in USA Today warns ‘no lead actors of color’ in WWII-inspired film

    07/19/2017 11:59:40 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 182 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 19, 2017 | Douglas Ernst
    A USA Today review of “Dunkirk” is under increased scrutiny from industry peers for warning viewers that it lacks women and minorities. Social media ridicule followed the publishing of writer Brian Truitt’s reaction to director Christopher Nolan’s latest film, a World War II tale about Allied soldiers attempting to survive while pinned down by German adversaries. The columnist gave the film a glowing review while saying its lack of diversity “may rub some the wrong way.”
  • USS Pueblo [crises]

    07/06/2017 8:02:14 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 32 replies
    wikipedia ^ | wikipedia
    USS Pueblo (AGER-2) is a Banner-class environmental research ship, attached to Navy intelligence as a spy ship, which was attacked and captured by North Korean forces on 23 January 1968, in what is known today as the "Pueblo incident" or alternatively, as the "Pueblo crisis". The seizure of the U.S. Navy ship and its 83 crew members, one of whom was killed in the attack, came less than a week after President Lyndon B. Johnson's State of the Union address to the United States Congress, just a week before the start of the Tet Offensive in South Vietnam during the...
  • Today in U.S. military history: Fort Moultrie, and the Treaty of Versailles

    06/28/2017 6:14:24 AM PDT · by fugazi · 1 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | June 28, 2017 | Chris Carter
    1776: The unfinished American garrison guarding Charleston harbor comes under attack by nine British ships under the command of Adm. Sir Peter Parker. The British attack the fort for 12-plus hours, but their cannonballs are no match for the palmetto log defenses of Fort Sullivan. In what has been described as the "first decisive victory of American forces over the British Navy" during the American Revolution, Col. William Moultrie and his South Carolina militiamen inflict heavy casualties on the Royal Navy forces and repel the assault. 1778: The Battle of Monmouth, N.J. is fought between Gen. George Washington’s Continental Army...
  • Today in U.S. military history: the first Korean War dogfight, and the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain

    06/27/2017 8:11:37 AM PDT · by fugazi · 17 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | June 27, 2017 | Chris Carter
    1864: After two months of flanking maneuvers, driving Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's Confederate Army of Tennessee some 70 miles rearward, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman launches a frontal assault at Kennesaw Mountain (near Marietta, Ga.). Casualties are heavy on both sides: 3,000 Union soldiers and 1,000 Confederates. Although Sherman's assault was unsuccessful, Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield's successful attack on Johnston's left flank forces the Confederates to withdraw again towards Atlanta. 1942: Gen. Henry H. "Hap" Arnold presents 23 "Doolittle Raiders" with the Distinguished Flying Cross at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.'s Bolling Field. A week later, another three...
  • Today in U.S. military history: American troops enter World War I, and first flight of the Hellcat

    06/26/2017 9:21:11 AM PDT · by fugazi · 13 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | June 26, 2017 | Chris Carter
    1862: Confederate forces led by Gen. Robert E. Lee launch a counteroffensive against Maj. Gen. George McClellan's Army of the Potomac. Although the outnumbered Confederates suffer heavy casualties and subordinates fail to execute Lee's plans, McClellan will ultimately withdraw from Richmond following the Battle of Mechanicsburg - the first major engagement of the Seven Days Battles - and abandon the Peninsula Campaign. 1917: A convoy containing the first American Expeditionary Forces - members of the 5th Marine Regiment - land at the beaches of Saint-Nazaire France. The American troops will train for four months before entering combat. More than two...
  • Today in US military history: Kingsley's MoH, and a combat jump in the Philippines

    06/23/2017 9:32:03 AM PDT · by fugazi · 7 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | June 23, 2017 | Chris Carter
    1812: Immediately after war is declared, a squadron of American ships led by Commodore John Rodgers sails to intercept a British convoy sailing from Jamaica. When the frigate HMS Belvidera is spotted, Rodgers personally aims and fires the first shot of the War of 1812 - the cannonball striking the British ship's rudder and penetrating the gun room. 1865: Confederate Brig. Gen. - and Cherokee chief - Stand Watie surrenders his First Indian Brigade of the Army of the Trans-Mississippi to Union forces in Oklahoma Territory, becoming the last general to surrender in the Civil War. 1923: Over the skies...
  • Today in U.S. military history: Rough Riders land in Cuba and the last shot of the Civil War

    06/22/2017 9:03:15 AM PDT · by fugazi · 12 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | June 22, 2017 | Chris Carter
    1807: Off the coast of Norfolk, Va., the British frigate HMS Leopold attacks the American vessel USS Chesapeake, forcing Commodore James Barron to surrender the ship after only managing to fire one shot. Four Americans are dead and 17 wounded in the attack, and the British board Chesapeake, taking four British deserters. The British impress thousands of American sailors into their service during the Napoleonic War, but "Chesapeake-Leopold Affair" outrages the Americans and will lead to the War of 1812. 1813: Some 2,000 Royal Marines and British soldiers attempt to attack the American fortifications at Craney Island, guarding Hapton Roads,...
  • Today in U.S. military history: Victory at Okinawa, and the Boxer Rebellion

    06/21/2017 1:59:12 PM PDT · by fugazi · 10 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | June 21, 2017 | Chris Carter
    1900: The Chinese empress Cixi formally declares war on foreign powers. 100,000 members of the nationalist "Righteous and Harmonious Fists" movement (nickamed the "Boxers" by the British) launch attacks against Christian and foreign targets in Peking's (modern-day Beijing) Legation Quarter. The siege lasts nearly two months before Western reinforcements arrive. Marine legend Dan Daly will earn his first of two Medals of Honor (one of only two men to accomplish the feat) when he single-handedly kills some 200 Boxers. 1916: During Gen. John J. Pershing's "Punitive Expedition" into Mexico to capture or kill Pancho Villa, Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th...
  • Today in US military history: Delta Force captures Saddam's right-hand man

    06/16/2017 7:04:29 AM PDT · by fugazi · 1 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | June 16, 2017 | Chris Carter
    1775: Under cover of darkness, a 1,200-man American force commanded by Col. William Prescott fortifies Breed's Hill, overlooking Boston. 1861: 9,000 Federal troops led by Brig. Gen. Henry W. Benham attempt to capture Charleston, S.C. in the Battle of Secessionville. Although the Confederate defenders are heavily outnumbered, the marshy terrain and fortifications spell disaster for Union. The problematic Benham had moved without orders, and is court-martialed following the battle. 1943: 94 Japanese warplanes set out to raid the Allied invasion force before it reaches the island of New Georgia in the Solomon Islands. American aircraft operating out of Guadalcanal's Henderson...
  • Today in U.S. military history: Marines land on Saipan and the first Blue Angels performance

    06/15/2017 7:43:37 AM PDT · by fugazi · 8 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | June 15, 2017 | Chris Carter
    1775: John Adams of the Second Congressional Congress nominates George Washington, a fellow congressional delegate and veteran of the French and Indian Wars, to lead the newly formed Continental Army. Washington is unanimously elected. 1864: Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton signs an order setting aside 200 acres of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s estate as a cemetery for fallen Civil War soldiers. Today, Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place to over 400,000 fallen military members. 1877: Former slave Henry O. Flipper is the first black cadet to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. 2nd...
  • Today in U.S. military history: the births of the U.S. Army and the "Stars and Stripes"

    06/14/2017 6:49:27 AM PDT · by fugazi · 4 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | June 14, 2017 | Chris Carter
    1775: Following the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the Second Continental Congress establishes the Continental Army. The force is disbanded after the American Revolution, but in 1792, President George Washington forms the Legion of the United States - the nation's first "professional" fighting force - renamed the United States Army in 1796. 1777: Congress formally declares the "Stars and Stripes" as the official flag of the thirteen United States. The declaration resolves that it consists of "thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation." 1863: Days after...