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  • Pearl Harbor survivor and American hero Jim Downing passes

    02/14/2018 8:03:25 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 21 replies
    KKTV Colorado Springs | Feb 13, 2018 | KKTV
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The second oldest known Pearl Harbor survivor and original member of The Navigators passed away on Tuesday. Lt. James Downing passed away at the age of 104. His heart function declined following surgery in recent weeks, and he was unable to rally. Lt. Downing was a gunner's mate 1st class and postmaster on the USS West Virginia. "December 7th, my job was to do what I could after the attack," Lt. Downing told Dianne Derby in a previous interview. "Monday I had a new job, so I concentrated on that." Downing spent 24 years serving...
  • On this date in 1945

    02/11/2018 12:44:35 PM PST · by Bull Snipe · 63 replies
    The Yalta Conference wrapped up. American President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Churchill and Soviet leader Stalin came to agreement on several important issues regarding the outcome of the War. The leaders agreed that the unconditional surrender of German would be the way the war ended. Germany and Berlin would be divided into four occupation zones after the war ended. There would be international trials of German war criminals. In addition the Soviets agreed to declare war on Japan within three months after the war in Europe ended. They would join the UN. The Soviets would also retain possession of that...
  • [VIDEO] Two WWII Bombs Found on Hong Kong Construction Site

    02/09/2018 4:22:05 PM PST · by beaversmom · 18 replies
    For Construction Pros ^ | February 8, 2018
    Police have diffused two AN-M65 model 450kg bombs left over from World War II which were discovered by Hong Kong's railway agency MTR Corporation. The bombs were found stuck int he mud at a Wan Chai construction site where MTR is constructing a rail link for the Sha Tin-Central line. Five thousand people in the area were evacuated overnight so police bomb disposal officers could cut through the bombs' casing and burn off the explosives inside.
  • The 'Black Sheep' of the Pacific War in color (TR)

    02/08/2018 8:07:10 AM PST · by DFG · 109 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 02/08/2018 | ALASTAIR TANCRED
    Fascinating pictures of America's famous WW2 Black Sheep Squadron whose efforts helped win the war in the Pacific have been released in vibrant color. The series shows the squadron's commanding officer, Colonel Gregory 'Pappy' Boyington who received the Medal of Honour and the Navy Cross, briefing his men on strategy and tactics before the 17 October 1943 attack on Kahili airdrome at Bougainville island, Papua New Guinea. In this raid 'Pappy' and 24 fighters circled the field where 60 enemy aircraft were based to goad them into sending a large force. In the ensuing air battle, 20 enemy aircraft were...
  • 74 years since Siege of Leningrad

    01/29/2018 9:42:23 PM PST · by beaversmom · 2 replies
    The Tribune of India ^ | January 29, 2018
    World War II guns fire a salute during celebrations of the 74th anniversary of the battle that lifted the Siege of Leningrad in St. Petersburg, on Saturday. The city of St. Petersburg, known as Leningrad until the name was changed back in 1991, is celebrating the Soviets’ victory over the devastating Nazi siege. The city was besieged by German, Finnish and Spanish troops on September 8, 1941, when the Nazis launched Operation Barbarossa against the Soviet Union. The blockade was broken on January 18, 1943 but finally lifted on January 27, 1944. Over 1 million people died mainly from starvation...
  • The New Occupation of Europe

    01/26/2018 2:16:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | January 26 | Chuck Hustmyre
    How exactly did we get here? The United States has been fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq (yes, we still have troops fighting there) for 15-plus years. Those troops are saddled with more rules of engagement than you can shake a stick at (at least they were under Obama; perhaps that has eased somewhat). For some reason, Hollywood leftists love, or pretend to, "the Greatest Generation." But if you watch either of the excellent HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and The Pacific, you'll see that by today's standards, by which the left judges all history and historical figures (see the desecration...
  • 1940: American Inaction and the Tragedy of European Jewry

    01/21/2018 12:51:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | January 21, 2018 | Richard Baehr
    During 1940, three of the most significant Zionist leaders in the world – Chaim Weizmann, Vladimir Jabotinsky, and David Ben Gurion , all visited the United States , hoping to gain a measure of American Jewish support or US government support for the creation of a Jewish army to help fight the Nazis. Rick Richman's new book, Racing Against History, provides an interesting and very carefully researched history of these visits, the leaders' goals, what they accomplished, and what prevented greater success. Richman's book is a fascinating look at a moment in time, different seemingly from our own, but with...
  • Bat Bomb

    01/15/2018 4:41:43 PM PST · by keat · 29 replies
    25 November 2017, 09:09
    Bat bombs were an experimental World War II weapon developed by the United States. The bomb consisted of a bomb-shaped casing with over a thousand compartments, each containing a hibernating Mexican free-tailed bat with a small, timed incendiary bomb attached. Dropped from a bomber at dawn, the casings would deploy a parachute in mid-flight and open to release the bats, which would then roost in eaves and attics in a 20–40 mile radius. The incendiaries would start fires in inaccessible places in the largely wood and paper constructions of the Japanese cities that were the weapon's intended target. The bat...
  • Rio Tinto accused over Bougainville 'war crimes'

    10/26/2011 4:01:13 AM PDT · by B.Lyle · 3 replies
    A US federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit seeking to hold Rio Tinto responsible for human rights violations and thousands of deaths linked to a Bougainville copper and gold mine it once ran. The appeals court has returned the case to US District Judge Margaret Morrow in Los Angeles for further proceedings. But some dissenting judges protested against allowing a lawsuit to proceed in federal courts brought by non-US residents against non-US companies such as Rio Tinto, which has corporate offices in the UK and Australia. The case is one of several in which non-US residents seek to hold...
  • Pinole: Priscilla Elder, Original Rosie on World War II Home Front, Dies at 97

    01/10/2018 10:58:42 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | January 10, 2018 | CHRIS TREADWAY
    Priscilla Elder, who spent the early years of her adult life working at the World War II Kaiser shipyards in Richmond and the final years of her life relating those experiences, died Sunday at her Tara Hills home, where she had been under the care of her son and a hospice nurse. She was 97. Elder was one of the Richmond “Rosies,” women who worked on the home front and have been a popular attraction giving weekly presentations as docents at the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historic Park in Richmond. They became a tight-knit group...
  • Lost my Step-Dad this week (WWW Vet, PBY flight engineer).

    01/07/2018 11:05:34 PM PST · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 28 replies
    Lost my dearest step-dad last week. Funeral was on Saturday. He was buried Sunday. Please pray for our family. Please be kind. Been very hard and emotional. Patriot Guard, bag piper, and Air Force Honor Guard were present. They m
  • Civilization's 'Darkest Hour'

    12/27/2017 9:20:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The new film "Darkest Hour" offers the diplomatic side to the recent action movie "Dunkirk." The story unfolds with the drama of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill assuming power during the Nazi invasion of France in May 1940. Churchill's predecessor, the sickly Neville Chamberlain, had lost confidence of the English people and the British government. His appeasement of Adolf Hitler and the disastrous first nine months of World War II seemed to have all but lost Britain the war. Churchill was asked to become prime minister on the very day that Hitler invaded France, Belgium and the Netherlands. The armies...
  • Trump Takes a Lesson From Winston Churchill

    12/25/2017 10:30:08 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 20 replies
    FrontPageMag ^ | Dec 26, 2017 | Lloyd Billingsley
    On December 18, President Trump invited lawmakers to the White House for a screening of Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. Such a screening would never have happened under the previous president. On his first day in office, POTUS 44 removed a bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office and returned it to Britain. When the eviction made news, White House mouthpiece Dan Pfeiffer said the story was “100 per cent false.” But as the Telegraph reported, long after the denial, “Barack Obama’s White House has been forced to admit that it did return a bust of...
  • Is "The Darkest Hour" Really Just Anti-Trump Tripe?

    12/24/2017 1:12:14 PM PST · by 3161J410 · 104 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9/28/17 | Pulver
    The Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour will feed into the debate around the nature of President Donald Trump’s abrasive, confrontational form of leadership, says Joe Wright, the film’s director. Wright suggests that Darkest Hour, which stars Gary Oldman as the British prime minister during arguably the UK’s most testing period of the second world war, is directly relevant to the US’s current political turmoil. “There’s a big question in America at the moment: what does good leadership look like,” says Wright,
  • @ThomasWictor on French Envoy's Deleted Pearl Harbor Tweets

    12/08/2017 7:25:48 AM PST · by impetrio1 · 16 replies
    Black & Blonde Media ^ | 12/8/17 | Thomas Wictor
    France continues its long tradition of appointing ambassadors to the US who hate America and don't know anything about our history. If France had any sense of honor, it would fire this ambassador. For him to say that on today of all days? Astonishing. A man with no character whatsoever...
  • On Dec. 7th, It Was a Woman Who First Spoke to America

    12/07/2017 4:56:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 7, 2017 | Craig Shirley
    Editor's note: This column was co-authored by Scott Mauer.The president of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt, was often cited as the Leader of the Free World, and the most powerful man in the world, if not the nation. But it was his wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, who, despite not holding elected power, held as much moral power over Americans as anybody. The First Lady of the United States helped hold the torch for American optimism – she took charge of a grave moral crisis. Seventy-six years ago today, Eleanor Roosevelt spoke to a scared and hurt nation. On Sunday, December 7,...
  • The M30 Luftwaffe Drilling Survival Weapon

    12/04/2017 9:35:31 AM PST · by w1n1 · 18 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 12/4/2017 | J Hines
    The M30 Luftwaffe drilling (“triple”) was a survival weapon issued to Luftwaffe pilots during World War II. It was intended to be used in the event that a pilot was shot down, for defense and for hunting game to stay alive until rescue. For maximum versatility the M30 featured two 12 gauge shotgun barrels, and a 9.3x74mmR rifle barrel. They were manufactured by the German firm JP Sauer. If you’re wondering why the rifle looks similar to a hunting rifle. Drilling has been a tradition of high German hunting culture dating back to the 19th century. The drillings were not...
  • Remembering Thanksgiving in Hell(Barf alert)

    11/24/2017 8:37:51 AM PST · by Ennis85 · 8 replies
    Observer ^ | 24th November 2017 | John R Schindler
    Providing the American military with a reasonable facsimile of the traditional Thanksgiving feast, wherever our forces are deployed around the globe, is a longstanding practice of our Defense Department. Yesterday, the Pentagon served up nearly 100,000 pounds of turkey, plus all the usual trimmings, to U.S. military personnel in countries around the globe, including war zones like Afghanistan and Iraq. Some presidents have visited the troops serving in harm’s way—back in 2003, George W. Bush showed up in Baghdad by surprise to serve turkey to our troops—but Donald Trump, for his first presidential Thanksgiving, was content to address our military...
  • Remembering Stalingrad 75 Years Later

    11/09/2017 5:06:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 53 replies
    National Review ^ | November 9, 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    It is now fashionable to demonize Russia, but most Americans have forgotten key aspects of 20th-century history, including the Russians’ fight to stop the march of Nazi Germany. Seventy-five years ago this month, the Soviet Red Army surrounded — and would soon destroy — a huge invading German army at Stalingrad on the Volga River. Nearly 300,000 of Germany’s best soldiers would never return home. The epic 1942–43 battle for the city saw the complete annihilation of the attacking German 6th Army. It marked the turning point of World War II.
  • Remembering Stalingrad 75 Years Later

    11/09/2017 7:04:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 83 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 9, 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Seventy-five years ago this month, the Soviet Red Army surrounded --and would soon destroy -- a huge invading German army at Stalingrad on the Volga River. Nearly 300,000 of Germany's best soldiers would never return home. The epic 1942-43 battle for the city saw the complete annihilation of the attacking German 6th Army. It marked the turning point of World War II. Before Stalingrad, Adolf Hitler regularly boasted on German radio as his victorious forces pressed their offensives worldwide. After Stalingrad, Hitler went quiet, brooding in his various bunkers for the rest of the war. During the horrific Battle of...