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  • World War II Vet: “I Was Young”

    03/09/2015 9:22:18 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/09/15 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    "That is the main reason we are free," he said. "The Blessings of God have always been on this country. Today, I am not so sure." A couple of years ago at a Veteran’s Day event in Hemet, California, I had the opportunity to talk to a 92-year-old World War II veteran. Today I spoke with an 89-year-old World War II veteran. Both said the same thing to me. “It was hell, but I was proud to serve.” The elder of the two entered the U.S. Marine Corps the day after Pearl Harbor, and fought in the Pacific theater of...
  • So I just finished reading The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

    10/25/2007 12:05:03 AM PDT · by squidly · 5 replies · 848+ views
    James Hornfischer
    I used to be a tin can sailor. Great book. Like most books, it reinforces how the admirals were wrong. But that's easy to say 60 years after the fact. As Nelson DeMille said, anyone can be a military genius with the benefit of hindsight. I continue to be amazed that the Yamato and Musashi were able to shoot 3,200 lb. shells a distance of 26 miles. In my day, we did that with missiles.
  • BBC's insult to hero pilots: Veterans rage over Dresden coverage that attacks Britain...

    02/15/2015 4:34:47 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 156 replies ^ | 14 February 2015 | Larisa Brown and Inderdeep Bains
    The BBC’s coverage of the bombing of Dresden in which Britain was described as ‘worse than the Nazis’ was condemned as disgraceful by RAF veterans and MPs last night. Despite dedicating more than 32 minutes of airtime to the 70th anniversary of the fire-bombing that killed tens of thousands at the end of the Second World War, there was barely a mention of British airmen who lost their lives. The BBC’s four major news shows and Radio 4 interviewed multiple German survivors of the bombings. They also showed a British prisoner of war who berated those who ordered the raids,...
  • Japan's WW II super-submarine found scuttled off Hawaii

    12/03/2013 8:27:28 PM PST · by Utilizer · 65 replies
    cbcnews ^ | Posted: Dec 03, 2013 10:29 AM ET | Thomson Reuters
    Scientists plumbing the Pacific Ocean off the Hawaii coast have discovered a Second World War era Japanese submarine, a technological marvel that had been preparing to attack the Panama Canal before being scuttled by U.S. forces. The 122-metre "Sen-Toku" class vessel — among the largest pre-nuclear submarines ever built — was found in August off the southwest coast of Oahu and had been missing since 1946, scientists at the University of Hawaii at Manoa said. The I-400 and its sister ship, the I-401, which was found off Oahu in 2005, were able to travel one and a half times around...
  • Mystery of the lost WWII Japanese mega submarine that could travel around the world 1.5 times before

    12/04/2013 11:47:20 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    A Japanese submarine that was preparing to attack the Panama Canal during World War Two has been discovered off the coast of Hawaii. The 400-foot (122-meter) ‘Sen-Toku’ class vessel - among the largest pre-nuclear submarines ever built - was found by chance in August off the southwest coast of Oahu. It has been missing since 1946 according to scientists at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The I-400 and its sister ship, the I-401, which was found off Oahu in 2005, were able to travel one and a half times around the world without refuelling.
  • In 1944 Battle of the Bulge, Albert Darago, then 19, took on a German tank by himself

    12/16/2014 10:26:37 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 24 replies ^ | December 15, 2014 | Michael E. Ruane
    Albert Darago had never fired a bazooka before. He was an “ack-ack” guy, a fuse-cutter on a 90mm antiaircraft gun. But on Dec. 19, 1944, the brass was looking for volunteers to go after some German tanks. And Darago said sure. He was a 19-year-old, color-blind draftee, a native of Baltimore’s Little Italy and a musician who played piano and clarinet. He was no hero, he said. But when Adolf Hitler launched the massive attack that began World War II’s bloody Battle of the Bulge, he had not reckoned on GIs like Darago.
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon

    09/28/2014 12:07:57 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    Internet Archive ^ | 1942 | Leo McCarey
  • WWII photographic database

    07/15/2014 6:33:56 AM PDT · by School of Rational Thought · 11 replies
    looking for photographic collections of wwII and wwI There have been some good ones posted in the past, but my bookmarks have all been lost with computer crashes. Sorry for the personal use of the forum.
  • 85-year-old U.S. Army sniper veteran proves he hasn't lost his skills @ 1,000 yards

    12/06/2013 3:01:42 PM PST · by virgil283 · 27 replies
    He may be 85 years old, but when Army sniper veteran (Battle of the Bulge) Ted Gundy was given the chance to show off the skills he used in World War Two, he proved he still could....(video 5min.)
  • Obama Domestic Abuse: Now Look What You Made Me Do…

    10/03/2013 8:43:52 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 6 replies ^ | October 3, 2013 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    Obama is punishing America and her heroes any way he can. He’s punching us in the face, while proclaiming to the Republicans: “Now look what you made me do!” He’s guilty of domestic abuse on America. Small wonder… Mooch must beat the crap out of his Marxist little soul when he gets home at night. I mean, have you seen her arms? Obama caused the Government to be shut down because he would not budge on the monstrosity that is Obamacare. He would not even come up with a budget, much less balance it. Never has, never will. He just...
  • Pearl Harbor mystery being investigated

    09/07/2013 8:06:50 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 39 replies
    AP via the The Maui ^ | September 4, 2013 | AP
    HONOLULU (AP) - Historians hope to solve one of the remaining mysteries of the Pearl Harbor attack and discover what happened to 29 Japanese airmen and four sailors missing in action. Most are believed to have been lost at sea around Hawaii and in Pearl Harbor. But four aircrew members may still lie buried in unmarked graves in Ewa Beach and in the hills above Aiea. "For a long time, we didn't even know the names (of the Japanese losses)," said Daniel Martinez, chief historian for the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. "And I can be...
  • ‘It wasn’t necessary to hit them with that awful thing’ --- Why dropping the A-Bombs was wrong

    08/10/2013 6:09:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 317 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 08/10/2013 | Timothy Carney
    Based on a detailed investigation of all the facts and supported by the testimony of the surviving Japanese leaders involved, it is the Survey’s opinion that certainly prior to 31 December 1945 and in all probability prior to 1 November 1945, Japan would have surrendered even if the atomic bombs had not been dropped, even if Russia had not entered the war, and even if no invasion had been planned or contemplated.That was a conclusion of the 1946 U.S. Bombing Survey ordered by President Harry Truman in the wake of World War II.Gen. Dwight Eisenhower said in 1963, “the Japanese were...
  • Was the mastermind of The Great Escape also linked to the death of Heydrich?

    08/10/2013 12:51:01 PM PDT · by DFG · 9 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 08/10/2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    He was the mastermind of the mass prison break from a German camp which inspired the iconic film The Great Escape. But a new book has now suggested Spitfire pilot Roger Bushell could also have been linked to the assassination of notorious Nazi officer Reinhard Heydrich, known as 'Hitler's Hangman' and the acting Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia. Simon Pearson's The Great Escaper places Bushell in Prague at the time Heydrich's car was bombed by Czechoslovakian Jan Kubiš, and Slovak Jozef Gabčík, which led to the Nazi officer's death a number of days later.
  • World War II Ohio airman takes 'Sentimental Journey' on B-17

    07/13/2013 5:06:58 AM PDT · by Doogle · 25 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 07/13/13 | FOX
    An Ohio World War II airman who was shot down and captured while flying aboard a B-17 over Europe made another trip on an identical vintage bomber Thursday. Joseph Dreher, 88, flew 29 missions over Europe on a B-17 as a radio operator and waist gunner with the U.S. 8th Army Air Forces, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported. Dreher was taken prisoner after parachuting from his flak-damaged aircraft on his 29th and final mission -- an experience that did not deter him from returning to the skies once more. The B-17 he flew aboard Thursday was the "Sentimental Journey," a...
  • The Lion Hunter of Zion (an Irish man)

    07/12/2013 5:01:30 AM PDT · by dennisw · 19 replies
    In his youth, King David proved his heroism by slaying a lion. He went on to put his life on the line for the Jewish People and become a hero for all Israel. Three thousand years later, another lion-hearted lion-slayer also put his life on the line for the Jewish People and became a hero for all Israel. He wasn’t even Jewish, but he was one of the greatest friends and supporters that the Jewish People ever had - and his experiences with lions assisted in numerous ways.Colonel John Patterson was an Irish soldier and engineer assigned to Kenya by...
  • FDR 'Covered Up Soviet Atrocity to Appease Stalin'

    06/27/2013 9:25:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 43 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 10 Sep 2012
    American POWS sent secret coded messages to Washington with news of a Soviet atrocity: In 1943 they saw rows of corpses in an advanced state of decay in the Katyn forest, on the western edge of Russia, proof that the killers could not have been the Nazis who had only recently occupied the area. The testimony about the infamous massacre of Polish officers might have lessened the tragic fate that befell Poland under the Soviets, some scholars believe. Instead, it mysteriously vanished into the heart of American power. The long-held suspicion is that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt didn't want to...
  • When an Army of Artists Fooled Hitler

    05/21/2013 4:54:46 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 41 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | May 21, 2013 | Leah Binkovitz
    <p>Mixing real tanks alongside the inflatable ones, the troops appeared to be assembling a massive attack. Their fake observation planes were so convincing, American pilots tried to land in the field next to them. When the offensive finally made its move across the Rhine, with General Dwight Eisenhower and Prime Minister Winston Churchill watching, they were met with little German resistance. The riverbanks were left for the taking and the Ghost Army earned a commendation for its success.</p>
  • 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,...
  • On masculinity: My father's generation were better at being men

    05/19/2013 2:44:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 17, 2013 | Ian Jack
    According to Diane Abbott, Britain is facing a crisis of masculinity. In a speech made on Thursday under the auspices of the thinktank Demos, the shadow health minister warned of a generation of angry, inarticulate young men who had no idea of their role in society. Raised on a diet of pornography and consumerism, they were "caught between the stiff-upper-lip approach of previous generations" and the "pornified ideals" of a youth culture that featured Viagra as a party drug and promoted sexism and homophobia.More prone to depression and less well educated than young women, and perhaps jobless despite a degree,...
  • The Final Order - The forgotten battle of Hill 400

    12/07/2012 1:02:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 7, 2012 | Patrick K. O’Donnell
    Most Americans remember December 7 as Pearl Harbor Day. But the seventh haunts many World War II Ranger veterans for another reason: It marks the anniversary of one of the great untold small-unit actions of World War II — the Battle of Hill 400, the U.S. Army Rangers’ “longest day.” My new book, Dog Company: The Boys of Pointe du Hoc, chronicles that epic battle, as well as the other heroic efforts of this remarkable Ranger company.“Fix bayonets!” barked a hulking Ranger officer.In a scene reminiscent of a World War I battle, Germans and Americans stared at each other...
  • Memos suggest US hid evidence of Soviet massacre during WWII (Katyn forrest massacre)

    09/11/2012 6:08:38 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published September 10, 2012 | Associated Press
    The most dramatic revelation so far is the evidence of the secret codes sent by the two American POWs — something historians were unaware of and which adds to evidence that the Roosevelt administration knew of the Soviet atrocity relatively early on. The declassified documents also show the United States maintaining that it couldn't conclusively determine guilt until a Russian admission in 1990 — a statement that looks improbable given the huge body of evidence of Soviet guilt that had already emerged decades earlier. Historians say the new material helps to flesh out the story of what the U.S. knew...
  • B-17 - Fantastic Story of Survival

    09/02/2012 8:54:46 AM PDT · by Windflier · 84 replies
    Email ^ | Unknown | Unknown Patriot
    WWII B-17 Survival Story B-17 "All American" (414th Squadron, 97BG) Crew Pilot- Ken Bragg Jr. Copilot- G. Boyd Jr. Navigator- Harry C. Nuessle Bombardier- Ralph Burbridge Engineer- Joe C. James Radio Operator- Paul A. Galloway Ball Turret Gunner- Elton Conda Waist Gunner- Michael Zuk Tail Gunner- Sam T. Sarpolus Ground Crew Chief- Hank Hyland B-17 in 1943 A mid-air collision on February 1, 1943, between a B-17 and a German fighter over the Tunis dock area, became the subject of one of the most famous photographs of World War II. An enemy fighter attacking a 97th Bomb Group formation went...
  • Dropping Atomic Bombs on Japan was Unavoidable

    08/05/2012 1:27:24 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 46 replies
    Self | August 5, 2012 | Self
    Dropping Atomic Bombs on Japan Unavoidable We now mark the 67th anniversary of dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end WW II. Once again we must listen to the contra-factual analysis of revisionists as they expound on what a needless, tragic and profoundly immoral decision the United States had made. In support of dropping the atomic bombs historians often cite the inevitability of horrifying casualties, if troops had landed on the home islands. They extrapolate from 48,000 American and 230,000 Japanese losses on Okinawa to estimates of 500,000 American and millions of Japanese casualties for mainland invasions. However,...
  • WW2 Bomber Jackets - a set on Flicker

    For example, Heavenly Body
  • Looking Back At Iconic Iwo Jima (67 years ago today!)

    02/23/2012 12:29:37 PM PST · by rottndog · 12 replies · 1+ views
    NPR ^ | February 23, 2012 | Claire O'Neill
    Sixty-seven years ago today, photographer Joe Rosenthal trekked up a mountain alongside U.S. Marines and snapped this indelible scene on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima. Oddly enough, he had been rejected from military service for his poor eyesight, but today his vision is iconic.
  • Lessons from the floating coffin

    02/24/2012 4:53:02 AM PST · by SJackson · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/23/2012 | SARAH HONIG
    Exactly 70 years ago – on February 24, 1942 – 19-year-old David Stoliar terrifyingly clung to bobbing debris in the Black Sea. At first he heard screams in the frigid waters but the voices died down. It eventually emerged that Stoliar was the sole survivor of the Struma, an un-seaworthy vessel chuck-full of frantic Jewish refugees. World War II was already in fever pitch. Against the enormity of the then-unfolding Holocaust, the loss at sea of 768 Jewish lives (103 of them babies and children) was at most blithely overlooked as a marginal annotation. Moreover, although these Jews fled the...
  • Cover-up of Townsville mutiny: black GIs turned on officers

    02/10/2012 4:28:22 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 61 replies
    The Australian ^ | 11th February 2012 | Jamie Walker
    BLACK US troops mutinied in Townsville in 1942 and turned machineguns on their officers, in a secret chapter of the war in the Pacific that has come to light through the papers of the late US president Lyndon B. Johnson. The scandal was hushed up for nearly 70 years after being described in a report given to and apparently kept by Johnson as "one of the biggest stories of the war which can't be written, shouldn't be written". The subject of rumour and speculation for decades in the north Queensland city, it has now emerged that the mutiny was probably...
  • Half a German city evacuated after two-ton 'Blockbuster' RAF bomb is found

    12/02/2011 4:57:18 PM PST · by Charlespg · 17 replies
    Mail online ^ | 2nd December 2011 | Allan Hall
    Almost half the German city of Koblenz is under evacuation orders as experts prepare to defuse a two-ton ‘Blockbuster’ RAF bomb in the Rhine. The 10ft bomb, one of the biggest in the wartime arsenal of Bomber Command, was discovered after 65 years when the river level dropped during the driest November on record.
  • World War II in Photos - A Retrospective in 20 Parts

    11/05/2011 10:19:11 AM PDT · by bigbob · 33 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 19, 2011 | Alan Taylor
    World War II is the story of the 20th Century. The war officially lasted from 1939 until 1945, but the causes of the conflict and its horrible aftermath reverberated for decades in either direction. While feats of bravery and technological breakthroughs still inspire awe today, the majority of the war was dominated by unimaginable misery and destruction. In the late 1930s, the world's population was approximately 2 billion. In less than a decade, the war between the nations of the Axis Powers and the Allies resulted in some 80 million deaths -- killing off about 4 percent of the whole...
  • Last surviving Polish Battle of Britain pilot dies

    10/27/2011 9:12:11 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 23 replies
    CBC ^ | 10/26/2011 | n/a
    The last surviving Polish pilot from the Battle of Britain has died at the age of 97, says a Toronto funeral home. Turner and Porter Funeral Directors said on its website that Brig.-Gen. Tadeusz Sawicz died Oct. 19 at a nursing home in Toronto. Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza daily newspaper on Wednesday said Sawicz was the last surviving pilot among the Poles who served in Britain's Royal Air Force during World War II, and fought in the 1940 battle. He served with the RAF until early 1947. At the start of World War II in 1939, Sawicz fought in Poland's defense...
  • Vanity: Memorial Day from Lorraine American Cemetery in France

    05/30/2011 8:12:22 AM PDT · by onyx · 49 replies
    Monday, May 30, 2011 | Lakeshark
    Over ten thousand graves of those who fell in the battles to defeat Germany. The wall of names of the soldiers who were never found. In the rows of markers. The challenge to the living generations of conservatives, will we answer the call in these perilous times our nation faces?
  • Rare Library of Congress colour photographs of the Great Depression

    05/18/2011 8:08:53 AM PDT · by AnAmericanAbroad · 36 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 05/18/2011 | Daily Mail Reporter (staff)
    It was an era that defined a generation. The Great Depression marked the bitter and abrupt end to the post-World War 1 bubble that left America giddy with promise in the 1920s. Near the end of the 1930s the country was beginning to recover from the crash, but many in small towns and rural areas were still poverty-stricken. These rare photographs are some of the few documenting those iconic years in colour. The photographs and captions are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color. The images, by...
  • Libya 1911: How an Italian pilot began the air war era

    05/10/2011 5:46:52 AM PDT · by decimon · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | May 9, 2011 | Alan Johnston
    Italy recently said it was ready to join in Nato's air attacks on targets in Libya - and with the announcement came a sense of history repeating itself. It was in Libya, almost exactly a century ago, that a young Italian pilot carried out the first ever air raid. During fighting in November 1911 between Italy and forces loyal to the Turkish, Ottoman Empire, Lieutenant Giulio Gavotti wrote in a letter to his father: "Today I have decided to try to throw bombs from the aeroplane. "It is the first time that we will try this and if I succeed,...
  • Historic D-Day Battle Site Pointe du Hoc Saved & Reopened

    10/22/2010 9:53:06 PM PDT · by Dubya · 5 replies
    Congressman Chet Edwards ^ | Congressman Chet Edwards
    Joins American Battle Monument Commission Secretary Max Cleland Texas A&M University Researchers to Announce Historic World War II Site is Open to Public (COLLEGE STATION) – U.S. Representative Chet Edwards joined Texas A&M researchers at the Langford Architecture Building and Secretary, American Battle Monument Commission (ABMC), Max Cleland to announce that historic World War II battle site Pointe du Hoc in Normandy, France has been saved and will be open to the public in November despite previous predictions it would be destroyed by wind and sea erosion. After years of research and work to preserve the site, the world can...
  • 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
  • World War 2

    07/12/2010 5:06:54 PM PDT · by rickdanger · 35 replies
    Me | 7/12/2010 | Rick Danger
    I have an uncle who recently passed away, he told me that during the war he was a paratrooper. I'm guessing 82nd Airborne, can anyone direct me to a website where I could research his service?
  • Remains Of Missing WWII Soldier Return Home For Burial

    04/29/2010 5:43:08 AM PDT · by BronzePencil · 13 replies · 792+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | April 29, 2010 | Peter Schworm
    NORWOOD — For more than six decades, Rosemary Farrell visited a cemetery plot near her childhood home in Arlington with a granite marker but no grave. It was for her older brother, whose fate was known only as the US Army presumed it: death on a German battlefield in 1944. Yesterday, a military honor guard delivered John J. Farrell Jr.’s remains to his family, 66 years after he went missing in action during the Battle of Hurtgen Forest.
  • World War 2: The debate goes on

    05/10/2009 11:52:38 PM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 73 replies · 4,603+ views
    Pravda ^ | 11.05.2009 | Stanislav Mishin
    It has been 64 years since the end of the Great Patriotic War, better known in the West and the rest of the world as World War 2, but the debate over the victory and its debasement has never been stronger or more ruthlessly waged. It is time to set things straight. First we will work through the favorite Myths that the West loves to use against Russia. Myth 1: Poland was the first victim of the Nazi and Soviet regimes.First of all, let us set the stage on Poland. Between 1918 and 1924, Poland invaded all of its neighbors...
  • WELCOME HOME SSGT JIMMIE DOYLE: WWII Vet's remains come home 65 years later

    04/28/2009 4:49:55 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 6 replies · 1,529+ views
    The following is an account of the retunr of SSgt Jimmie Doyle's remians to the United States after 65 years. Feel free to spread it around.
  • Veteran soldier trapped for two days after 250ft fall lives thanks to World War II survival skills

    04/18/2009 12:24:16 PM PDT · by Stoat · 120 replies · 2,342+ views
    A veteran soldier who became trapped in a ravine for two days after a 250ft fall has survived, thanks to skills learnt 65 years ago during World War II. Great-grandfather Daniel Currie broke his elbow and shoulder after slipping during a walk at Fiddler's Elbow, near Abercynonon in Wales on Good Friday.Unable to move, and without food or water, Mr Currie protected himself using survival skills learnt while serving in the Army 65 years ago.The 87-year-old covered himself with leaves as temperatures plummeted to 3C overnight, and cleared surrounding undergrowth in order to make himself more visible to rescuers.Speaking...
  • The hunt for the last Nazis

    03/23/2009 9:18:16 AM PDT · by BGHater · 10 replies · 581+ views
    BBC ^ | 23 Mar 2009 | BBC
    The US has deported to Austria a former Nazi death camp guard, Josias Kumpf. The move sheds light on the continuing search - in some countries, at least - for World War II war criminals. Mario Cacciottolo examines a hunt now entering its final phase. "Looking for Nazi war criminals is the ultimate law enforcement race against the clock." Eli Rosenbaum, director of the Office of Special Investigations (OSI) in the United States, has a list of thousands of suspects. But working out whether any of them are alive and in the US is a laborious job. A full check...
  • World War II bomb defused in Germany [2,000-pound bomb]

    02/24/2009 4:12:41 AM PST · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 49 replies · 1,616+ views
    The Times Of India ^ | 24 Feb 2009, 1550 hrs IST | The Times Of India
    BERLIN: German police say 15,000 residents were evacuated from their homes during the night in a northern town as experts defused a World War II-era bomb. Residents in parts of Celle were evacuated on Monday evening after the bomb was found on the grounds of an industrial property. Explosives experts defused the 2,000-pound (900-kilogram) American bomb early Tuesday in an operation that lasted 35 minutes. People were then allowed back into their homes. Though World War II ended more than six decades ago, it is still relatively common for unexploded Allied bombs to be found in Germany.

    01/26/2009 10:07:11 AM PST · by Stonewall Jackson · 39 replies · 1,216+ views
    Jan. 22, 2009 MISSING WWII SOLDIERS ARE IDENTIFIED The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of two U.S. servicemen, missing from World War II, have been identified and will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors. They are Pfc. Julian H. Rogers, of Bloomington, Ind, and Pvt. Henry E. Marquez, of Kansas City, Kan. Both men were U.S. Army. Rogers will be buried in the Spring in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C., and Marquez will be buried on May 30 in Kansas City, Mo. Representatives from the Army’s Mortuary...
  • THOMAS MITCHELL: On bravery and heroism, then and now

    12/07/2008 5:37:57 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies · 494+ views
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | Dec. 07, 2008 | Thomas Mitchell
    One of the purposes of education is to convey a society's mores, customs, morality, body of knowledge and traditions from one generation to the next. Public education alone is not going to get the job done. It takes knowledge of current events and their underlying causalities so we can understand how to repeat what is good and avoid what is unpleasant -- or even pure evil. That takes sophisticated communication, such as that provided by newspapers -- in print and online. Have the country's standards slipped? I began thinking about this after reading a column by Thomas Sowell, who appears...
  • Sea unearths secret Nazi bunkers that lay hidden for more than 50 years

    08/04/2008 4:48:22 AM PDT · by Stoat · 40 replies · 1,320+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | August 3, 2008
    Three Nazi bunkers on a beach have been uncovered by  violent storms off the Danish  coast, providing a store of material  for history buffs and military  archaeologists.   The bunkers were found in  practically the same condition as they were  on the day the last Nazi soldiers left them, down to the tobacco in one trooper‘s pipe and a half-finished bottle of  schnapps. (edit) They were located by two nine-year-old boys on holiday with their parents, who then informed the authorities. Archaeologists were able to carefully force a way, and were astounded at what they found.'What's so fantastic is...
  • Dear Winston...

    07/30/2008 6:30:46 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 19 replies · 795+ views
    July 30, 2008 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Two men who changed history never met, but they should have. They had an enormous impact on each other’s lives. They both were men of war. One would survive. The other would not. The following gives voice to General Draza Mihailovich, the one who did not survive, and what he might have said to the one who did, the great Statesman Winston Churchill, had he had the chance to do so. Dear Winston, During a critical period in the history of the world, our paths crossed in a fateful way, though we would never meet. I would die first, without...
  • USO's restoration stirs up World War II-era memories

    07/03/2008 5:02:35 PM PDT · by Dubya · 7 replies · 786+ views
    Star-News ^ | 7/3/08 | Wilbur D. Jones Jr.
    My 66-year life with the Second and Orange USO began at age 7 when my father, active in the war effort, served on its dedication committee in April 1942. The war dominated my childhood and indelibly shaped my personal and professional life as a naval officer and historian. As a boy, I played war games with friends in our Forest Hills neighborhood, and we followed every inch of the news. We boys believed our troops overseas won the war because of us. To see, touch and talk to real soldiers and Marines, we visited them at the county’s USOs, including...
  • Eton-educated wartime Aga Khan offered '30,000 armed Arabs' to help Hitler but evaded treason trial

    03/09/2008 12:38:19 AM PST · by Stoat · 16 replies · 1,208+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | March 8, 2008
    How the Eton-educated wartime Aga Khan offered '30,000 armed Arabs' to help Hitler - but still evaded treason trialLast updated at 18:34pm on 8th March 2008 Secret plan to help Hitler: Aga Khan III, pictured at the races   Britain dropped a secret plan to charge the Aga Khan's grandfather with treason despite evidence that he offered to help Hitler in the war, documents just released reveal.  Ministers shelved the proposed prosecution of Sultan Muhammad Shah – who was Aga Khan III at the time – for fear it would inflame Muslims.  The spiritual leader of the world's Zizari Ismaili...
  • Airman's remains identified 60 years later

    02/16/2008 7:22:24 AM PST · by BronzePencil · 3 replies · 72+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 2-16-08 | Megan Woolhouse
    Florence Leal was a teenager when her brother, Sergeant Albert Forgue, a gunner on an A-20J Havoc aircraft, disappeared more than 60 years ago during World War II. Barely a day has gone by when Leal has not thought of him. "He was 20 when he was lost," said Leal, 78, of North Providence. Military officials announced yesterday that a shallow grave of bones and other remains found in 1975 near Simmerath, Germany, has been identified as three US airmen, including Forgue. The two other servicemen believed to be on board the two-engine bomber when it crashed over Cologne in...