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  • <b>Autumn,1942: It came down to one Marine, and one ship.(61 yrs ago)</b>

    10/26/2003 12:18:06 PM PST · by MadelineZapeezda · 44 replies · 765+ views
    Prev. posted on Enter Stage Right and Free Republic ^ | October 23, 2000 | Vin Suprynowicz
    Autumn,1942: It came down to one Marine, and one ship. October 26 falls on a Thursday this year. Ask the significance of the date, and you're likely to draw some puzzled looks -- five more days to stock up for Halloween? It's a measure of men like Col. Mitchell Paige and Rear Adm. Willis A. "Ching Chong China" Lee that they wouldn't have had it any other way. What they did 58 years ago, they did precisely so their grandchildren could live in a land of peace and plenty. Whether we've properly safeguarded the freedoms they fought to leave us,...
  • Oft-forgotten battle at Guadalcanal was turning point in WWII

    08/07/2002 5:52:40 AM PDT · by Non-Sequitur · 34 replies · 1,706+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | August 7, 2002 | Rick Montgomery
    Of all the memorable dates of World War II, this one somehow got lost in the jungle. Remember Aug. 7, 1942? Quiz your friends. Note the silence. To veterans who landed 60 years ago today on the Pacific island of Guadalcanal, it is a silence almost as eerie and inexplicable as the quiet of the early hours of their raid -- the first U.S. offensive of the war. "So many people today don't even know what Guadalcanal is," said Rudy Bock, 82, of Overland Park, who stormed in with fellow Marines and caught the Japanese with their guns down. "You...
  • Last Medal of Honor recipient from the Battle of Guadalcanal USMC Colonel Mitchell Paige has died

    11/16/2003 8:15:05 PM PST · by ErnBatavia · 103 replies · 7,741+ views
    I probably blew the format for starting a thread...and didn't see posted elsewhere. A true hero has moved on. My 56 year old self just went outside, faced the sky, and offered the best salute I've snapped in 35 years. Rest In Peace, Mitch....proud and honored to have had your aquaintance.
  • This day in History 1942 : U.S. forces invade Guadalcanal

    08/07/2007 4:37:48 AM PDT · by abb · 23 replies · 978+ views
    History.com ^ | August 7, 2007 | Staff
    On this day in 1942, the U.S. 1st Marine Division begins Operation Watchtower, the first U.S. offensive of the war, by landing on Guadalcanal, one of the Solomon Islands. On July 6, 1942, the Japanese landed on Guadalcanal Island and began constructing an airfield there. Operation Watchtower was the codename for the U.S. plan to invade Guadalcanal and the surrounding islands. During the attack, American troops landed on five islands within the Solomon chain. Although the invasion came as a complete surprise to the Japanese (bad weather had grounded their scouting aircraft), the landings on Florida, Tulagi, Gavutu, and Tananbogo...
  • Legend honored [Col. Mitchell Paige, MOH Guadalcanal ]

    11/26/2003 4:14:29 PM PST · by SJackson · 17 replies · 1,010+ views
    Marinelink ^ | 11-26-03
    , Calif.(Nov. 23, 2003) -- A quiet chill settled over the Riverside National Cemetery. Six Marines gripped the polished metal rails of a casket. They moved in unison, carrying the flag-draped coffin for one final honor for a Marine hero. Col. Mitchell Paige, recipient of the Medal of Honor, was laid to rest near the Medal of Honor Memorial here Sunday. Hundreds of mourners turned out to watch as an honor guard and honor platoon from 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment based at Marine Corps Air-Ground Center Twentynine Palms, the 1st Marine Division Band and Lt. Gen. James T. Conway,...
  • This Day In History | World War II August 7, 1942 U.S. forces invade Guadalcanal

    08/07/2005 5:00:08 AM PDT · by mainepatsfan · 29 replies · 1,082+ views
    historychannel.com ^ | 7/7/05 | historychannel.com
    This Day In History | World War II August 7 1942 U.S. forces invade Guadalcanal On this day in 1942, the U.S. 1st Marine Division begins Operation Watchtower, the first U.S. offensive of the war, by landing on Guadalcanal, one of the Solomon Islands. On July 6, 1942, the Japanese landed on Guadalcanal Island and began constructing an airfield there. Operation Watchtower was the codename for the U.S. plan to invade Guadalcanal and the surrounding islands. During the attack, American troops landed on five islands within the Solomon chain. Although the invasion came as a complete surprise to the Japanese...
  • Bonnie Henry : 16 sea battles hard to forget

    06/29/2009 5:55:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 459+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Bonnie Henry
    Hope you have a nice Fourth of July. Maybe you'll watch the fireworks, grill a few hot dogs, give a little thanks to those keeping watch — now and then. Dave Cohea knows where he was on the Fourth of July in 1944: on board the USS Boston, which was shelling the island of Iwo Jima, softening it up for invasion the following spring. The Boston was Cohea's second ship, the first having been blasted out of the water 18 months earlier at Guadalcanal. "We were torpedoed. The ammo blew up, and fuel was all over me," says Cohea, 85,...
  • Marines Travel to WWII Site

    09/01/2009 6:33:48 PM PDT · by Dubya · 31 replies · 4,736+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Marine Corps News
    Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni - 10,409 miles, 6,500 gallons, 11 days, 10 islands and nine people. Add up the numbers and it equals a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Marines here embarked on the 11-day expedition Aug. 3 to various locations across the Pacific to commemorate the Marine Corps 67th anniversary of World War II’s Guadalcanal campaign. The nine Marines were able experience to witness and experience firsthand what was left of seven historic battle sites, including Saipan, Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Peleliu, Guam and Iwo- Jima.
  • WWII: Memories of fallen consecrate name of Solomons' airport (Henderson Field )

    06/23/2003 11:04:07 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies · 299+ views
    The Press Telegram (Long Beach California ) ^ | Saturday, June 21, 2003 - 8:00:32 PM PST | Tom Hennessy Staff columnist
    Memories of fallen consecrate name of Solomons' airportBy Tom HennessyStaff columnistHenderson Field is one of those place names that still resonates with most Americans who lived through World War II. And even with some of their descendants. U.S. Marines seized the airfield Aug. 7, 1942, when they invaded Guadalcanal in our first offensive of the Pacific War. They finished the construction the Japanese had started and named the airfield for Lofton Henderson, a Medal of Honor aviator killed in June at the battle of Midway. It was one of the war's most significant airfields. Whoever held Henderson pretty much...
  • FR "exclusive" - Henderson International Airport Tipped to Retain Name

    06/22/2003 6:51:50 PM PDT · by New Zealander · 21 replies · 246+ views
    23-06-03 NZST | New Zealander
    Just returned from having my boots on the ground in the Solomon Islands. Bit of a working holiday of sorts – had the best time imaginable, despite a fair bit of hard yakka. While I was there I heard a little gem of some news from a primary source: According to the prime minister, the right honourable Sir Allan Kemakeza KBE, Henderson International Airport, formerly Henderson Airfield, and formerly planned to be known by some Japanese name that’s been mostly erased from history by an assault by the US Marines and months of heavy fighting… will be retaining its present...
  • Remember Henderson Field, Guadalcanal!

    05/24/2003 7:15:14 AM PDT · by gunnyg · 31 replies · 2,703+ views
    Here is an e-mail I received from the webmaster, 1st Marine Division Associaion, involving the name of Henderson Field on Guadalcanal, named after a KIA Marine just prior to that great battle of the Corps and WW II.
  • In 1942, it came down to one Marine

    10/25/2009 4:49:12 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 92 replies · 4,992+ views
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 25 oct 09 | Vin Suprynowicz
    It's hard to envision -- or, for the dwindling few, to remember -- what the world looked like on Oct. 26, 1942, when a few thousand U.S. Marines stood essentially stranded on the God-forsaken jungle island of Guadalcanal, placed like a speed bump at the end of the long blue-water slot between New Guinea and the Bismarck Archipelago, the most likely route for the Japanese Navy to take if they hoped to reach Australia. On Guadalcanal, the Marines struggled to complete an airfield. Japanese Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto knew what that meant. No effort would be spared to dislodge these upstart...
  • Hitler's GI Death Camp (Excellent 45 minute video via You Tube)

    11/08/2014 1:56:55 PM PST · by beaversmom · 73 replies
    Nat Geo via You Tube ^ | January 2, 2014 | World History
    Hitler's GI Death Camp I came across this video on NetFlix a few weeks back. Shortly after, I then found someone had uploaded it to You Tube. I watched it for a third time last night with my mom on my little phone. I think it's well done and very emotional. Amazing what these men went through and survived. I have so much respect for these men. On the You Tube thread, one of the posters said that her father, Norman Fellman, who was one of the GI's featured in the documentary, passed away just this past August. God bless...
  • Car smashes Ten Commandments monument outside Capitol building

    10/24/2014 9:10:35 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 41 replies
    NewsOK.com ^ | 10/24/2014 | Staff
    Someone drove a car up on the lawn of the state Capitol building Thursday night and smashed into a controversial Ten Commandments monument, breaking the stone slab into several pieces, state officials said. The person who did it fled and has not been found, Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokesman George Brown said Friday. This wasn’t a case of a car taking a wrong turn, but a purposeful act, said John Estus, spokesman for the Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services. Whoever did it repositioned some ramp equipment that happened to be outside the building and used it to get access...
  • Behind the Sinking of the Lusitania

    09/02/2014 8:11:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 2, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    About how America became involved in certain wars, many conspiracy theories have been advanced -- and some have been proved correct. When James K. Polk got his declaration of war as Mexico had "shed American blood upon the American soil," Rep. Abraham Lincoln demanded to know the exact spot where it had happened. And did the Spanish really blow up the battleship Maine in Havana Harbor, the casus belli for the Spanish-American War? The Gulf of Tonkin Incident, involving U.S. destroyers Maddox and C. Turner Joy, remains in dispute. But charges that North Vietnamese patrol boats had attacked U.S. warships...
  • On the 75th Anniversary of WW2 Realize How Circumstances Today Do Not Augur Well For Our Future

    09/01/2014 3:04:47 PM PDT · by lbryce · 6 replies
    Sept 1 2014
    On the Anniversary of World War 2, September 1, 1939 Seventy Five Years Ago Today, We Must Bear in Mind That Our own Circumstances Do Not Augur Well For The Future. The political circumstances in which we find ourselves today, is as treacherous and dangerous time as any. On so many fronts, perspectives, danger lurks within to exponential capacity for the greatest destruction the world has ever seen. So many various, varied circumstances, of nations brimming with hate, enmity, having acquired or in the process of acquiring weapons of mass destruction, imperialistic design, and more, much more, does not bode...
  • Historic photos capture the biggest prisoner escape attempt during WWII...

    08/22/2014 6:14:01 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 43 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 23rd August 2014 | Emily Crane
    In the dead of the night 70 years ago, more than 1,000 Japanese men stormed the barbed wire perimeter fences of Cowra prisoner of war camp in central NSW. Armed with improvised weapons including baseball bats and sharpened kitchen knives, hundreds of Japanese prisoners overcame machine gun posts in what would become the biggest POW escape of World War II. The mass breakout at the detention camp on August 5, 1944 resulted in a 10-day manhunt as Australian soldiers and police searched for hundreds of armed escapees roaming the Cowra countryside, 300km west of Sydney. A total of 359 Japanese...
  • WWII Vet, 89, Bids Tearful Goodbye to 3-Year-Old Best Friend

    08/13/2014 8:41:53 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 7 replies
    GMA ^ | August 12, 2014 | YAZHOU SUN
    A World War II veteran cried today as he said good-bye to his buddy - a 3-year-old boy who became his pal, but is moving away with this family. “It’s going to be tough,” Erling Kindem, 89, said between tears while speaking to ABC News today. Kindem's friendship with his next door neighbor Emmett Rychner, 3, in Farmington, Minnesota, became a heartwarming story that went viral. But the boy is moving today to Northfield, Minnesota, and the veteran is moving with his ailing wife to a retirement center next month.
  • War stories from a Nazi interrogator, now a Mill Valley retiree

    06/22/2014 9:52:49 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 21, 2014 | Kevin Fagan
    Ed Holton was 21 years old when he found himself face-to-face with Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering, Adolf Hitler's second-in-command. It went nothing like what he'd expected. Holton was a U.S. Army intelligence officer interrogating the imprisoned Nazi in preparation for the postwar Nuremberg trials, but Goering wasn't cracking loose about his slave labor programs or how many Jews he'd ordered gassed.
  • Last of Original Group of Navajo Code Talkers Dies

    06/04/2014 12:36:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 84 replies
    ABC News ^ | 06/04/2014 | Felicia Fonseca
    The last of the 29 Navajos who developed a code that stumped the Japanese during World War II has died. Chester Nez, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died Wednesday morning of kidney failure, said Judy Avila, who helped Nez write his memoirs. He was 93. Before hundreds of men from the Navajo Nation became Code Talkers, 29 Navajos were recruited to develop the code based on the then-unwritten Navajo language. Nez was in 10th grade when he enlisted, keeping his decision a secret from his family and lying about his age, as did many others. "It's one of the greatest parts...
  • Teen finds WWII-era bazooka rocket, brings it to local authorities on his moped

    05/27/2014 7:11:34 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 24 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | May 27, 2014 | Will Lerner
    Teen finds WWII-era bazooka rocket, brings it to local authorities on his moped A 16-year-old boy in Austria was at Wallersee, a large lake approximately 10 miles from the city of Salzburg, when he came across something peculiar – an old, rusted object. He picked it up, threw the item in his backpack, and then headed off on his moped to find some police officers. If he knew what he was carrying, however, he wouldn’t have been quite so cavalier. As the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reports, it was a World War II-era anti-tank missile. The BBC, pointing to a...
  • ‘Doolittle Raiders’ receive Congressional Gold Medal

    05/26/2014 10:58:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 5-25-14 | Antonio Olivo
    The weather over Arlington National Cemetery was sunny and clear, similar to the day in 1942 when Richard Cole helped change the course of American history as one of James H. Doolittle’s “Raiders” during World War II. As he stood before the grave of his former commander, the 98-year-old ex-pilot who helped stage a daring attack on Japan that lifted American spirits at a crucial time said the memory is bittersweet. Cole flew in from his home in Texas to be the grand marshal in Monday’s Memorial Day Parade in Washington and to accept a Congressional Gold Medal on behalf...
  • 1939 letter found, plea to FDR to save Jewish kids

    05/18/2014 10:06:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 55 replies
    CBS News ^ | 5/18/14 | Staff
    Last month, 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon told the remarkable story of Sir Nicholas Winton, a stockbroker in London who saved 669 Czech children-- most of them Jewish--from the Nazis during WWII. England took in almost all of the 669 children. Winton, now 104 years old, told 60 Minutes he had made a desperate plea for help to the United States back in 1939. He said he had written a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, describing the plight of the Czech children and asking that America grant refuge to a number of them. "But the Americans wouldn´t take any,
  • Czech Plzen celebrates Victory, liberation by US army

    05/06/2014 2:31:15 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    ceskenoviny.cz ^ | May 6, 2014
    Plzen - The five-day Liberation Festival that celebrated the end of World War Two and the arrival of the U.S. army in Plzen on May 6, 1945 ended with a commemorative event at the memorial to the American troops. The speakers at the event, who included Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and Senate chairman Milan Stech, also talked of Ukraine and warned against a military conflict. Sobotka said the former Czechoslovak communist regime tried to suppress the memories of the liberation of Plzen by U.S. soldiers. He noted that Czechoslovakia was also liberated by Russian, Polish and Romanian troops. Sobotka told...
  • World War Two bomb kills seven in Bangkok

    04/02/2014 7:16:14 PM PDT · by fso301 · 56 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/2/14 | Sunaina Gulati
    A suspected World War Two bomb has exploded in a Bangkok scrap yard, killing at least seven people and injuring 19. Workers were using a blow-torch to take the bomb apart and detonated it in the process, officials say.
  • Nazis Attempted to Train Dogs to Talk, Read and Spell to Win WW2

    01/07/2014 7:42:21 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    IO9 ^ | January 7, 2014 | Esther Inglis-Arkell
    Did the nazis really have a school for talking dogs? Just when you think you've gotten to the end of the bizarre by-products of World War II, you learn about talking Nazi dogs. The question is: How official were they? We'll look into the school — or possibly the con game — of talking dogs. Here's what we know. In 1930, Margarethe Schmidt lived with her mother in a relatively large house, and kept Asra, a Great Dane. Asra gave birth to five puppies, and the Schmidts took in a terrier. Somewhere along the line, all the dogs began learning...
  • The Heroic Parachuting Dogs of D-Day

    12/19/2013 8:49:09 AM PST · by rktman · 18 replies
    io9.com ^ | 12/18/2013 | George Dvorsky
    On the eve of the Normandy invasion, three planes carrying the members of Britain's 13th Battalion took off for France. In addition to the 60 men aboard, each plane carried one dog. The story of how these paratrooping canines got there — and what happened next — is nothing short of remarkable. Lazar Backovic has penned a fascinating article for Spiegel Online chronicling the brief but astounding story of Britain's parachuting dogs, or "paradogs." Much of the information in the article was drawn from a recent book written by Andrew Woolhouse, 13 - Lucky for Some: The History of the...
  • “Anatomy” of Guns: Body Parts of a Complicated Killer (WW2 Mosins, Arisakas, etc.)

    11/26/2013 5:50:17 PM PST · by dynachrome · 46 replies
    vocativ.com ^ | 11-14-13 | Vocativ Staff
    Years later, at age 24, I had forgotten all this. I stood in a field on a farm in the middle of nowhere and held a gun for the first time. It was a weathered Soviet rifle, manufactured in 1942, and it was heavy. I couldn’t believe I was about to press this rusty, old thing against my shoulder, let alone pull the trigger. The sound was unlike anything I’d ever heard. The concussive blast shook every molecule of my body, and more importantly, changed my whole perspective.
  • Did Hitler flee bunker with Eva to Argentina, have two daughters and live to 73?…

    10/28/2013 12:56:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10:33 EST, 28 October 2013 | Guy Walters
    The notion that Hitler escaped from his Berlin bunker has held conspiracy theorists in thrall since the war ended. It has now reared its improbable head once more. This weekend, it emerged that the story of Hitler’s supposed escape to Argentina has become the subject of a bitter plagiarism row. In their book, Grey Wolf: The Escape Of Adolf Hitler, British authors Gerrard Williams and Simon Dunstan argued that the Führer escaped … and did indeed see out his days in South America. However, an Argentine journalist, Abel Basti, who comes from the Patagonian town of Bariloche, where so many...
  • {Live Thread} Million Vet March on the Memorials taking place across the nation

    10/13/2013 7:12:41 AM PDT · by KC_Lion · 668 replies
    http://www.examiner.com ^ | Oct 13, 2013 | Million Vet March on the Memorials taking place across the nation (Video)
    Veterans from every branch of the military have a message for our government. The message will be delivered in person at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13, in Washington, D.C. and at war memorials all across the nation. The Million Vet March on the Memorials is a grassroots movement started by five military brats, a term used to describe children of military members, to honor the nation's veterans.
  • Palin to Attend 'Million Vets March' in DC to Honor 'Dishonored' Vets

    10/12/2013 5:47:04 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 102 replies
    www.breitbart.com ^ | Oct 12, 2013 | Tony Lee
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced that she will travel to Washington, D.C. on Sunday to support and honor the veterans who will be arriving for the "Million Vet March" on the memorials. Speaking at a rally for New Jersey Republican Senate candidate Steve Lonegan along with Mark Levin on Saturday, Palin denounced the Obama administration for dishonoring veterans by barricading the World War II Memorial during the federal government shutdown. She said it was "heart-wrenching," "atrocious," and "not right."
  • Newcastle World War II hero mystery solved

    08/01/2013 11:28:30 PM PDT · by robowombat · 6 replies
    Newcastle Evening Chronicle ^ | 20 Aug 2010 12:10
    Newcastle World War II hero mystery solved 20 Aug 2010 12:10 MISSING details about the life and times of a Second World War hero can finally be told. MISSING details about the life and times of a Second World War hero can finally be told. Nearly 70 years after RAF rear gunner Sgt Frederick ‘Leonard’ Molteni paid the ultimate sacrifice over occupied Belgium, his life story can be revealed. Sgt Molteni was killed with his five Wellington bomber crewmates on a doomed mission in 1941 when they were shot down over the Belgian coast. His grave now lies in Belgium...
  • Warsaw, Poland—Polish Politician Says Hitler Was “Unaware” Of The Holocaust

    07/03/2013 11:54:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Vos Iz Neias ^ | June 3, 2013 10:15 AM | Glen Silver
    Controversial Polish politician Jausz Korwin-Mikke has said that deceased Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was “unaware” of the killing of Jews in Poland, and that the Holocaust was most likely the work of SS Head Heinrich Himmler, who purposely kept Hitler in the dark on the matter. NaTemat reports that in issuing his statement, Korwin-Mikke said he “dares” anyone to produce for him a “single” sentence proving Hitler knew about the extermination of the Jews. …
  • Vintage U.S. Navy Photo: "Beauty and the Beast" - Panama City, 6th November 1945

    06/24/2013 7:05:32 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    Retronaut ^ | November 1945 | Retronaut
    “Jada were a popular night club act at Club Lido in Panama City. Not surprisingly, her routine was entitled “Beauty and the Beast”. She is shown here performing for the sailors of the US Task Force 11, while they were on leave. The troops were on their way to New York City to participate in Navy Day celebrations, but made a stop before passing through the Panama Canal.”
  • VINTAGE PHOTO: Donkey Riding On The Back Of WWII G.I.

    06/03/2013 7:04:32 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    Retronuat ^ | 1940s | Retronaut
    c. 1940s: Military donkey ride
  • Hitler’s Gold: Uncovering the Biggest Bank Heist in History

    10/09/2009 7:24:03 AM PDT · by BGHater · 11 replies · 2,061+ views
    Money Hacker ^ | 22 Sep 2009 | Joseph McCullough
    Image: via Food Court LunchAmong the chaos of the collapse of Hitler’s empire in April 1945 the biggest heist in history took place. Gold bars, jewels and stolen foreign currency with an estimated worth of $3.34 billion vanished from the Reichsbank vaults, in Germany.Reichsbank, Berlin 1933Image: German Federal Archive In the ensuing decades small quantities of this bounty have turned up in Portugal, Switzerland, Turkey, Spain and Sweden but the majority remains missing. Across the world search teams look for this missing treasure and the supreme prize of the legendary Amber Room, an acquisition from St. Petersburg during WWII,...
  • What FDR said about Jews in private

    04/07/2013 8:00:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 111 replies
    L.A. Touches ^ | 4/7/13 | Rafael Medoff
    In May 1943, President Franklin Roosevelt met with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill at the White House. It was 17 months after Pearl Harbor and a little more than a year before D-Day. The two Allied leaders reviewed the war effort to date and exchanged thoughts on their plans for the postwar era. At one point in the discussion, FDR offered what he called "the best way to settle the Jewish question." Vice President Henry Wallace, who noted the conversation in his diary, said Roosevelt spoke approvingly of a plan (recommended by geographer and Johns Hopkins University President Isaiah Bowman)...
  • Expert: Holocaust Camps are Falling Apart

    04/07/2013 1:38:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    INN ^ | 4/7/2013, 9:43 AM | Maayana Miskin
    Many of the Nazi camps in Europe are falling apart, an expert has warned in advance of Holocaust Memorial Day. Florence Eizenberg, who is finishing a doctorate on the topic of Holocaust denial, said that the camps, which provide valuable testimony to Nazi war crimes, are in poor condition. Eizenberg visited camps across Europe as part of her research. …
  • The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking

    03/02/2013 9:42:07 AM PST · by mnehring · 58 replies
    THIRTEEN years ago, researchers at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum began the grim task of documenting all the ghettos, slave labor sites, concentration camps and killing factories that the Nazis set up throughout Europe. The researchers have cataloged some 42,500 Nazi ghettos and camps throughout Europe, spanning German-controlled areas from France to Russia and Germany itself, during Hitler’s reign of brutality from 1933 to 1945.
  • Obama, FDR and Zionism

    04/07/2013 5:27:14 AM PDT · by fso301 · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/18/2013 | Rafael Medoff
    Today it is more clear than ever why Niles doubted FDR genuinely supported Zionism. President Barack Obama has spoken of his deep admiration for Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his desire to emulate FDR’s leadership style. But in the wake of the discovery of new documents detailing FDR’s behind-the-scenes coldness regarding the creation of a Jewish state, many Israelis will be hoping that sentiment does not extend to Roosevelt’s views on Zionism.
  • ‘FDR and the Jews,’ by Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman

    04/05/2013 6:46:56 PM PDT · by iowamark · 47 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 5, 2013 | DAVID OSHINSKY
    Franklin Roosevelt enjoyed the overwhelming support of American Jews during his presidency, and the reasons are clear. In his three-plus terms from 1933 to 1945, he led the war against Hitler, supported a Jewish homeland in Palestine... Starting in the 1960s, a flood of books appeared with self-evident titles like “No Haven for the Oppressed” and “While Six Million Died.” But the most influential account by far was David S. Wyman’s “Abandonment of the Jews,” published in 1984. Wyman considered numerous parties responsible for America’s tepid response to the Holocaust, including a badly divided Jewish community, a nest of virulent...
  • The great moral failure of FDR

    03/12/2013 4:37:19 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 55 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Monday, March 11, 2013 | Richard Cohen
    On April 12, 1945, my grandfather approached me as I played outside and asked where my mother was. He looked stricken, and so I quickly followed him inside and heard him say words that made my mother burst into tears: President Roosevelt had died. My mother’s grief and panic were so palpable — her brother was fighting in the Pacific, her brother-in-law was fighting in Europe — that it scared me. In our house, FDR was not merely the President. He was a god. He is a god no more. His New Deal is no longer solely credited with ending...
  • Author: FDR failed to save more Jews during Holocaust; ‘vision of what America should look like’

    04/05/2013 8:23:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1:01 AM 04/04/2013 | Jamie Weinstein
    Historian Rafael Medoff says Franklin Delano Roosevelt failed to take relatively simple measures that would have saved significant numbers of Jews during the Holocaust, because his vision for America only encompassed having a small number of Jews. “In his private, unguarded moments, FDR repeatedly made unfriendly remarks about Jews, especially his belief that Jews were overrepresented in many professions and exercised too much influence and control on society,” Medoff told The Daily Caller in an email about his new book, “FDR and the Holocaust: A Breach of Faith.” “This prejudice helped shape his overall vision of what America should look...
  • What Japanese history lessons leave out

    03/14/2013 3:16:42 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 27 replies
    BBC News ^ | 14th March 2013 | Mariko Oi
    'Japanese people often fail to understand why neighbouring countries harbour a grudge over events that happened in the 1930s and 40s. The reason, in many cases, is that they barely learned any 20th Century history.'
  • (PHOTO) Man Refuses to Perform Nazi Salute, 1936 - Hamburg, Germany

    01/26/2013 6:50:10 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 48 replies
    Retronaut ^ | Capsule curated by Ben Griffith
    August Landmesser (born May 24, 1910; missing and presumed dead Oct 17, 1944; declared dead in 1949) was a worker at the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, best known for his appearance in a photograph refusing to perform the Nazi salute at the launch of the naval training vessel Horst Wessel on 13 June 1936. August Landmesser was the only child of August Franz Landmesser and Wilhelmine Magdalene (née Schmidtpott). He joined the Nazi Party (NSDAP) in 1931 in hope of getting a job. When he became engaged to the Jewish woman Irma Eckler in 1935, he was...
  • PHOTOS - World War II Army Nurses Wearing Gas Masks

    01/22/2013 6:50:43 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    Retronaut & Adventures in Genealogy | Retronaut & Adventures in Genealogy
    Members of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps advance through a cloud of smoke during a gas mask drill, 1942. U.S. Army Nurse Corps members in formation. World War II Army Nurses onning their gas masks. Mary Brown, Nurse and Soldier
  • Adolf Hitler's Plot To Bomb New York (w/Rocket Propelled Space Shuttle Carrying Radioactive Payload)

    01/04/2013 12:13:30 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 60 replies
    Daily Express ^ | January 4, 2013 | David Robinson
    ADOLF HITLER'S PLOT TO BOMB NEW YORK Newly discovered papers reveal the Nazis’ most bizarre plan – sending manned rockets into space to attack America. The head of the Luftwaffe Hermann Goering banged his fi st on the table in anger. He needed a dynamic new scheme to catch the Fuhrer’s eye. In the warped world of the Third Reich, competition between the German army and the German air force – the Luftwaffe – was fierce. Under Adolf Hitler’s power-crazed dictatorial leadership senior Nazis vied and tussled for infl uence throughout the Second World War. At the end of 1941,...
  • Santa in a Jeep - 1941 at Camp Lee, Virginia, Quartermaster Replacement Center

    12/24/2012 6:20:25 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    Retronaut ^ | December 1941 | Retronaut
    1941: Santa in a Jeep “The panzer “Santa”, with well-filled sack of radios, books, cookies, and other gifts dear to soldiers hearts, glides up to the door of the barracks in Camp Lee’s Quartermaster Corps and it isn’t hampered by lack of snow in Virginia. Camp Lee, Virginia, Quartermaster Replacement Center” - US Army Center of Military History
  • Why US Air Corps Servicemen Were Allowed to Wear Such Badass Bomber Jackets in World War II

    12/07/2012 1:22:52 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 72 replies
    IO9 ^ | Dec 7, 2012 | George Dvorsky
    Why US Air Corps servicemen were allowed to wear such badass bomber jackets in WWII In honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Lisa Hix of Collectors Weekly has put together a fascinating and sobering article that both commemorates and explains why members of the US Army Air Corp were allowed to customize their bomber jackets to such outlandish and extreme degrees. The Army, not known for its lax uniform standards, allowed their air-bound servicemen to decorate their jackets with pictures of scantily clad pin-up girls, favorite comic characters, lucky charms, and any other assortment of icons. The reason, says historian...
  • Pearl Harbor Day remembered on 71st anniversary (December 7th) [LIVE THREAD]

    12/07/2012 5:42:14 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 17 replies
    Newsday ^ | December 7, 2012 | Associated Press
    More than 2,000 people are gathering at Pearl Harbor on Friday to mark the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack that killed thousands of people and launched the United States into World War II. Ceremonies get under way with a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the exact time the bombing began in 1941. The crew of a Navy guided-missile destroyer will stand on deck while the ship passes the USS Arizona, a battleship that still lies in the harbor where it sank decades ago. Hawaii Air National Guard aircraft will fly overhead in missing man formation. The Navy and...