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  • Missing Planes - WW2 Aircraft Wrecks part 1

    11/22/2015 5:27:36 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 27 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jul 21, 2014 | Wartime Wrecks
    This video contains images of military aircraft shot down, missing during the World War II and found nowadays. Some aircraft have been restored and can fly again!
  • The shot that sealed HMAS Sydney’s fate (detailed analysis of World War II sea battle)

    11/19/2015 12:58:20 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies ^ | 19th November 2015 | Jamie Seidel
    SEVENTY-four years ago today, Australia's greatest naval tragedy unfolded off the coast of WA. HSK Kormoran was a disguised German warship. Her job was to scour the seas for vulnerable cargo ships carrying the lifeblood of trade to the UK. HMAS Sydney II was a light cruiser. Her job was to escort vulnerable ships, as well as to search the seas for hostile ships - like Kormoran. The initial account of the battle that unfolded on the evening of November 19, 1941, was incomplete and confused. It was built up from interviews of German survivors - individuals who had only...
  • The True Story of The Patton Prayer

    11/11/2015 9:43:41 AM PST · by batmast · 21 replies
    pattonhq ^ | October 6, 1971 | Msgr. James H. O'Neill
    The True Story of The Patton Prayer by Msgr. James H. O'Neill (From the Review of the News 6 October 1971) Many conflicting and some untrue stories have been printed about General George S. Patton and the Third Army Prayer. Some have had the tinge of blasphemy and disrespect for the Deity. Even in "War As I Knew It" by General Patton, the footnote on the Prayer by Colonel Paul D. Harkins, Patton's Deputy Chief of Staff, while containing the elements of a funny story about the General and his Chaplain, is not the true account of the prayer Incident...
  • ULITHI ...

    11/12/2015 6:12:27 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 17 replies
    Warbird Information Exchange ^ | May 07, 2014 | GEORGE SPANGLER
    In March 1945, 15 battleships, 29 carriers, 23 cruisers, 106 destroyers, and a train of oilers and supply ships sailed from "a Pacific base." What was this base? The mightiest force of naval Power ever assembled must have required a tremendous supporting establishment. Ulithi, the biggest and most active naval base in the world was indeed tremendous but it was unknown. Few civilians had heard of it at all. By the time security released the name, the remarkable base of Ulithi was a ghost. The war had moved on to the Japanese homeland, and the press was not printing ancient...
  • French Woman Meets Vet’s Family After Caring For His Grave

    11/11/2015 6:03:58 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 18 replies ^ | 11/11/15 | Bill Hudson
    About 125,000 World War II soldiers and airmen are buried in 11 cemeteries in France. For many of their families it’s difficult, if not impossible, to pay a foreign visit to decorate their loved-one’s grave. But 70 years after World War II ended, French volunteers continue their pledge to do what American loved ones can’t. “He was in a bomber group and they were flying a mission over France,” said the nephew named after his uncle Chuck. Gunner Charles Speier was just 20 years old, a gifted artist, when he and his bomber crew were shot down April 1, 1944....
  • Torn Asunder in 1943 Battle, Twins Are Reunited Under Florida Soil

    11/11/2015 4:26:41 PM PST · by Theoria · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10 Nov 2015 | Kirk Semple and Lance Speer
    James P. Reilly and Michael J. Reilly, fraternal twins born on Nov. 9, 1923, remained close throughout their abbreviated life together. As allies and co-conspirators, they were always within each other’s orbit, attending the same public schools in Queens, playing sports together and jointly enlisting in the Marines. During World War II, when they were 20, the brothers were part of a unit that stormed the beach of a small Japanese-held island in the Pacific. It would be their last hour together. James was killed by gunfire, his body falling only feet from Michael; he was interred in a battlefield...
  • Oldest World War II veteran turning 110

    11/11/2015 3:06:10 PM PST · by FM - AM · 2 replies
    WAFB 9 Television ^ | Updated: Nov 10, 2015 7:26 AM CST | By Erika Ferrando
    LAKE CHARLES, LA - Possibly the oldest living World War II veteran lives in Lake Charles and he's celebrating an impressive milestone this week. Frank Levingston turns 110 Friday, November 13.
  • PBS Documentary: Former Foe Pays Amazing Tribute to American Veterans

    11/11/2015 2:28:45 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 16 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | November 11, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Today is Veterans Day and ironically one of the greatest tributes paid to American veterans was made by a former deadly foe. A PBS documentary, Iwo Jima: From Combat to Comrades,broadcast yesterday and available online, featured the 70th reunion on Iwo Jima ofveterans of that bloody battle. Among the veterans was Tsuruji Akikusa, a former radioman in the Imperial Japanese Navy who was badly wounded. As one of the very few Japanese survivors of Iwo Jima and one of the last who is still alive, he is quite a rarity. However, what makes him really special is the incredible tribute...
  • Their name liveth for evermore

    11/10/2015 7:37:37 PM PST · by pboyington · 1 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 10, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    “Their bodies are buried in peace; but their name liveth for evermore.” Ecclesiasticus 44:14 They are around us every day. We may not know who they are, or what they did, or when they did it, but, they are with us in body and in spirit. They are the old man with a cane who struggles to cross a street, but who once stormed the ash-laden hills of Iwo Jima. They are the janitor with a distant stare who won a Bronze Star at a place called Hue. They are the mailman who fought the Republican Guard and the salesman...
  • Half of post-WWII interior ministry were ex-Nazis (West Germany)

    11/07/2015 4:20:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 82 replies ^ | 07 Nov 2015 11:00 GMT+01:00 | Jörg Luyken
    For two decades after the Second World War, over half of all employees of the West German interior ministry were ex-Nazis, a new study shows. The research, carried out by the Center for Contemporary Historical Studies with the blessing of the Interior Ministry, shows that the number of ex-Nazi party members in both the West and East German postwar administrations was much higher than previously thought. In exact figures, an average of 54 percent of civil servants in the West German interior ministry were former Nazis, although at its high point between 1966 and 1961, two-thirds of all employees at...
  • Battle joined: Army panel backs WWII vet’s posthumous bid for Medal of Honor

    11/04/2015 2:35:30 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 4, 2015 | Greg Wilson
    The true story of Garlin Murl Conner’s heroism in the face of a Nazi onslaught might have gone to the grave with the soft-spoken Kentucky farmer if not for a chance phone call from another military man trying to piece together the last days of his uncle’s life. ***snip*** The bravery of Conner, who died in 1998 at the age of 79, is well-documented. The first lieutenant, who was wounded seven times, earned an incredible four Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars, seven Purple Hearts and the Distinguished Service Cross for his World War II heroism. But it was what he...
  • Thomas Blatt, Who Escaped Death Camp During Revolt, Dies at 88 [Sobibor Death Camp in Poland}

    11/03/2015 11:11:20 PM PST · by beaversmom · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 2, 2014 | Sam Roberts
    Thomas Blatt, one of the few survivors of a rare revolt and mass escape from a Nazi death camp in occupied Poland during World War II, died on Saturday at his home in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 88. The cause was complications of dementia, his daughter Rena Smith said. Mr. Blatt was 16 on Oct. 14, 1943, when he and several hundred other prisoners staged an uprising against Nazi SS officers and the Ukrainian guards at the Sobibor extermination camp. His parents and younger brother had been gassed there six months earlier. Searchers captured and killed about 150 of...
  • American POWs on Japanese Ships Take a Voyage into Hell

    11/03/2015 4:14:21 PM PST · by robowombat · 9 replies
    Prologue ^ | Winter 2003 | Lee A. Gladwin
    Winter 2003, Vol. 35, No. 4 American POWs on Japanese Ships Take a Voyage into Hell By Lee A. Gladwin Oryoku Maru The Oryoku Maru under attack at Olongapo, Luzon, December 14–15, 1944. (Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, RG 38) John M. Jacobs had been in Manila when the Japanese captured the Philippines in the early stages of World War II, and now, in 1944, he was a prisoner of war, or POW, in the Bilibid Prison in Manila. There, he and other American and Allied POWs were often forced to do heavy labor. With...
  • American POWs on Japanese Ships Take a Voyage into Hell, Part 2

    11/03/2015 4:16:32 PM PST · by robowombat · 12 replies
    Prologue ^ | Winter 2003, Vol. 35, No. 4 | Lee A. Gladwin
    Winter 2003, Vol. 35, No. 4 American POWs on Japanese Ships Take a Voyage into Hell, Part 2 By Lee A. Gladwin Brazil Maru The Brazil Maru passes through the Panama Canal on March 26, 1940. Nearly five years later, it carried Allied POWs. (185-CZ-Vol. 51-Brazil Maru) The Brazil Maru and the Enoura Maru: Finishing the Journey into Hell On December 27, the prisoners at San Fernando boarded the Brazil Maru and Enoura Maru and sailed for Takao, Formosa, part of the TAMA #36 convoy, bound for the POW camps near Moji, Japan. Landing craft ferried them from the pier...
  • WW II veteran has one more act of kindness to give

    11/02/2015 11:13:40 AM PST · by Kozy · 16 replies
    7 San Diego ^ | 10/30/2015 | Artie Ojeda
    Another member of the Greatest Generation leaving and his last wish is to celebrate Halloween by giving out candy one last time. Local news report that traffic was backed up to the interstate Saturday to visit veteran Andy Furlong ( don't you just love his name. Some 4,000 people showed up with candy and gifts for him and to celebrate him and his last wish. Just a wonderful story.
  • WW2: Destroyer Escort USS Samuel B. Roberts DE-413

    10/25/2015 6:20:16 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | 30 May 2008 | Hero Ships
    Hero Ships: Season 1, Episode 3 USS Samuel B. Roberts TV Episode, Documentary, History, WWII

    10/18/2015 3:37:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | October 15, 2015 | SULAGNA MISRA
    (Photo:US Army/Public Domain)What does a travel guide look like when you're part of an occupying army? Thanks to Oxford's Bodleian Library, we can get an idea. In the early 2000s, the library began reissuing a series of pamphlets that had been given to Allied servicemen before their trips to foreign nations.These guides can tell us a lot about cultural attitudes and a little about military strategy during World War II, but more than anything, they highlight shifting priorities in how troops interact with civilians.According to correspondence between the War department and to the headquarters of General Eisenhower in London, the...
  • The Pope Wanted Hitler Dead: The Secret Story of the Vaticans War to Kill the Nazi Despot

    10/17/2015 1:18:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    Salon ^ | SATURDAY, OCT 17, 2015 | MARK RIEBLING
    History hasn't looked kindly on the Catholic Church during WW II. The conventional narrative is not the whole storyAt six in the morning on Sunday, 12 March, a procession snaked toward the bronze doors of St. Peters. Swiss Guards led the line, followed by barefoot friars with belts of rope. Pius took his place at the end, borne on a portable throne. Ostrich plumes stirred silently to either side, like quotation marks. Pius entered the basilica to a blare of silver trumpets and a burst of applause. Through pillars of incense he blessed the faces. At the High Altar, attendants...
  • Nelson Bard Remembers: The Caine Mutiny - The Real Story

    10/14/2015 11:21:26 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | Apr 16, 2013 | Solon History
    [VIDEO DOCUMENTARY] From The Solon Historical Society Achieves - March 24th, 1998 Nelson Bard discusses his personal involvement in the real life "Caine Munity"
  • The Greatest Cultural Victory of the Left Has Been to Disregard the Nazi-Soviet Pact

    09/30/2015 7:22:59 PM PDT · by lbryce · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | October 1, 2015 | Daniel Hannan
    Seventy-five years ago today, Red Army troops smashed into Poland. Masters of deception and propaganda, they encouraged locals to believe that they were coming to join the battle against Hitler, who had invaded two weeks earlier. But, within a day, the true nature of the Nazi-Soviet collaboration was exposed. The two armies met at the town of Brest, where the 1918 peace treaty between the Kaisers government and Lenins revolutionary state had been signed. Soldiers fraternised, exchanging food and tobacco pre-rolled German cigarettes contrasting favourably against rough Russian papirosi. A joint military parade was staged, the Wehrmachts field grey...
  • Polish Army Swoops In on Nazi 'Gold Train' Site

    09/29/2015 4:46:38 PM PDT · by McGruff · 31 replies
    Newser ^ | Sep 29, 2015 | Jenn Gidman
    The world has been hearing about the Nazi gold train for weeks, and we may finally be getting closer to a confirmation or denial. The Polish army has converged upon the southwestern Poland site where the train could be located, with explosives, chemical, and radiation experts making sure there's no danger, especially since the train was rumored to have been booby-trapped, the AP reports. "Our goal is to check whether there's any hazardous material," a Polish colonel leading the search tells AFP. The military personnel are using ground-penetrating radar and mine detectors in their probe near Walbrzych, and the governor...
  • This Hellcat Still Purrs Along Nicely

    09/29/2015 11:58:19 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 39 replies
    WSJ ^ | 29 sept 2015 | A.J. BAIME
    Mine was built in 1944 by Buick in Flint, Mich., with a 975-cubic inch airplane engine in it. According to my records, it was sold as surplus after World War II to the Yugoslavian military, where it was used in the civil war there in the 1990s. Would whoever owns the 1984 Camaro, please move it, or were going to have it towed away. Of course, nobody moved it. With everyone watching, I fired up the tank destroyer and crushed that Camaro. The crowds loved it.
  • Serling, Rodman, T/4 (Rod Serling Bio on "Together We Served")

    09/22/2015 8:14:40 AM PDT · by pabianice · 33 replies
    Rod Serling served as a U.S. Armyparatrooper and demolition specialist with the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division in the Pacific Theater in World War II from January 1943 to January 1945 (Discharged stateside in 1946). He was seriously wounded in the wrist and knee during combat and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Serling's military service deeply affected the rest of his life and influenced much of his writing. Due to his wartime experiences, Serling suffered from nightmares and flashbacks. During his service in World War II, he watched as his best friend was crushed to...
  • Warbirds of America

    09/22/2015 5:55:59 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies ^ | September 22, 2014
    Great WW2 footage of the great warbirds of WW2, the people that built them, crewed them, and the men that fought and died in them. We can never repay the debt we owe to them.
  • The FRiday Night Movie - The Fighting Sullivans (1944)

    09/18/2015 8:17:09 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 15 replies
    Youtube ^ | N/A | N/A
    A great one tonight. Based on a true story, The Fighting Sullivans is a look at the lives - and sacrifices - of five brothers who served together on the USS Juneau during WW2. Starring Anne Baxter and Thomas Mitchell.
  • Ben Kuroki, Japanese-American WWII war hero who flew over Japan, dies at age 98

    09/06/2015 6:57:34 AM PDT · by DFG · 14 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 09/06/2015 | AP
    Ben Kuroki, who overcame the American military's discriminatory policies to become the only Japanese American to fly over Japan during World War II, has died. He was 98. Kuroki died Tuesday at his Camarillo, California, home, where he was under hospice care, his daughter Julie Kuroki told the Los Angeles Times on Saturday. The son of Japanese immigrants who was raised on a Hershey, Nebraska, farm, Kuroki and his brother, Fred, volunteered for service after the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. They were initially rejected by recruiters who questioned the loyalty of the children of Japanese immigrants. Undeterred,...
  • WWII hero, last of two surviving Doolittle Raiders, turns 100 on Labor Day

    09/05/2015 3:50:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 5, 2015 | Kellan Howell
    Richard E. Cole On Monday, one of the last two surviving members of the WWII Doolitte Raiders will celebrate his 100th birthday. As one of the original Doolittle Raiders, retired Lt. Col. Richard Coledefied all the odds in what was considered a suicide mission to bomb Japan in 1942. Mr. Cole was co-pilot for Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, who led 16 B-25 bombers on the mission that is considered an event that changed the nations morale following the devastating attack on Pearl harbor. He was one of 80 fighters who volunteered for the dangerous, top-secret mission. The Raiders planned...
  • 96-Year-Old Merchant Mariner Works to Correct Historical Oversight

    09/05/2015 10:48:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Sep 4, 2015 | Garvin Thomas
    I wrote a story about it. It is a phrase Jack Beritzhoff says a lot. And when you consider the San Rafael resident, and former Merchant Mariner, is about to celebrate his 97th birthday, that adds up to a lot of stories. In fact, Beritzhoff compiled many of his favorite one into a book he published in 2012: Sail Away, Journeys Of A Merchant Seaman. Still, there is one story he is most eager to share these days, about an oversight of history he would like to see corrected. I think its an injustice, said Beritzhoff. Beritzhoff is referring to...
  • Japanese Surrender in Color (1945)

    09/01/2015 9:03:36 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | Aug 28, 2010 | Naval History and Heritage Command
    This color footage of the Japanese surrender ceremony on board the battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) on 2 September 1945, was filmed by Commander George F. Kosco. In 2010, the Kosco family had the film restored, and the footage is presented now for viewing by the public. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photographic Section. (Note: The original footage is silent. The 2010 restoration of the film by the Kosco family includes overdubbed music by the United States Navy Band, which has been removed to avoid possible YouTube copyright violations).
  • Run-in with Japanese Soldiers after the end of World War II

    09/01/2015 9:17:19 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | Apr 15, 2008 | The Central Florida WW2 Museum
    Lt. Col. James N. Methven, USAF (Ret.) recalls an encounter with Japanese soldiers who are unaware World War II has ended.
  • Mel Gibson back to Aussie roots to direct new movie

    07/30/2015 1:44:27 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 13 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 7/30/15 | Staff
    Mel Gibson is returning to his Australian roots to direct his first film in a decade, the true story of a conscientious objector who saved 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa in World War II.
  • The Hot Pants Hotshot: Formidable Derring Do....

    08/30/2015 9:11:05 AM PDT · by Reverend Saltine · 20 replies
    DailyMail.Co.UK ^ | August 30, 2015 | Peter Allen and Adam Luck
    With the hint of a smile, Simone Segouin stares nonchalantly into the camera with a submachine gun slung over her shoulder. It is a startling image of the young French freedom fighter and it would soon become iconic. It comes from a colour film, shot by Hollywood director George Stevens in August 1944. It immortalises an 18-year-old Simone shortly after she helped capture 25 German soldiers in her home village of Thivars, south west of Paris. The defiant teenager gazes back at the lens, dressed in blue shorts, a black-and-white top with a red sash and a khaki cap,...
  • Nazi gold train 'found' in Poland: live

    08/26/2015 3:19:37 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 95 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 8-26-2015 | Barnet Henderson
    'Significant find' confirmed in Poland as speculation builds it could be lost Nazi train carrying gold - follow latest updates. SNIP--- 23.02 At a press conference Zygmunt Nowaczyk, deputy mayor of Walbrzych, said the discovery was in the towns district. The Polish state treasure and culture ministry have been informed in case the find contained anything of value, Matthew Day reports. SNIP-- All we know for sure so far from today's developments is a press officer in the Polish town confirming a military train has been found and the Walbrzych's deputy mayor saying there was "formal information".
  • Two Men Say Theyve Found a Mythical Train of Nazi Gold

    08/25/2015 4:52:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | AUGUST 24, 2015 | Danny Lewis
    Treasure hunters have searched for it since the end of World War II, but it may have never existed in the first placeTw wo treasure hunters are claiming they have discovered a train full of Nazi gold and jewels hidden under a mountain in Poland. As much as it sounds like a movie plot, the lost train is a bit of a local legend around the city of Wroclaw. The story goes that towards the end of World War II, as the Soviet army marched on eastern Germany, a Nazi train loaded with gold, valuable art and jewels disappeared into...
  • A true story of the Great Escape: How an Aussie surfboard maker built the tunnel...

    08/25/2015 2:40:57 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 26th August 2015 | Frank Coletta
    Theirs is the previously untold Australian side of the 'The Great Escape' - best mates who surfed together, flew RAF missions together and finally tunnelled out of Stalag Luft III prison camp together in the most daring breakout of the Second World War. The brief flight to freedom by 76 prisoners of war, in which Australians John Williams and Rusty Kierath played a pivotal part, was immortalised by Hollywood - although the film largely glossed over a key part played in the daring ploy by Australian captives. Now there's a book that reveals details of their role and events that...
  • Japan's War in Colour; 2004 Documentary with never seen before films

    08/22/2015 6:49:43 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 25 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2004 | TWI Carlton Production
    Japan's role in World War II gets a whole new perspective in this consisting entirely of full color footage, including color films from Japan that were recently discovered. As the visuals of the world war take on a new vivid immediateness, the story of the rise of the militarists in Japan is told through the personal writings of the Japanese themselves. From the first overconfident tastes of victory, to the devastating losses that led to an unthinkable defeat amidst the ruins, the Pacific Theater of World War II is told through the Japanese's eyes. It was assumed no color films...
  • We're Two Nations Now

    08/22/2015 7:51:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | August 21, 2015 | Paul Greenberg
    LITTLE ROCK -- As the country observed the 70th anniversary of V-J Day, a new generation may have to be reminded what V-J stands for -- Victory Over Japan -- and all it took. The years of personal sacrifices and national unity, the courage and perseverance ... all the costs of war to the living and the dead. Arkansas's governor, Asa Hutchinson, presided over this year's observance of the anniversary at the state Capitol, and looked back at a different time when war united instead of dividing us: "That is what was unique about World War II," the governor told...
  • U.S. Navy Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday

    08/20/2015 4:09:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monica Garske
    Wayne Edward Carr, of San Diegos Imperial Beach community, served 34 years in the U.S. NavyA San Diego-based U.S. Navy veteran celebrated his 100th birthday Thursday and, without a hint of hesitation, said his favorite memory of his long life will always be the day he married his wife. I was only married once, you know, centenarian Wayne Edward Carr told NBC 7 proudly, remembering his wedding day. Carr, who still has a sharp sense of humor, then joked that he got arrested on his wedding day. I was charged with theft for robbing the cradle, the Imperial Beach resident...
  • Watch Native American Activists Literally Chase John McCain Off Navajo Land

    08/17/2015 8:12:05 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 36 replies
    AntiMedia ^ | 8/17/15 | Derrick Broze
    On Friday, August 14, Arizona Senator John McCain was confronted several times by Native activists and elders while visiting the Navajo Nation. McCain and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey were meeting with the Navajo at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock for an event honoring the Navajo Code Talkers of World War 2. The governor and senator were also meeting with local Navajo officials to discuss their concerns about a new proposal regarding the Little Colorado River rights. Navajo Nation President Russell Begay told the Navajo Times that water was going to be a part of the talks.
  • Queen Risks Life To Mark 70th Anniversary of WWII, Whereas Obama Releases Spotify Playlist

    08/15/2015 12:31:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 101 replies ^ | August 15, 2015 | Andre Walker
    LONDON, United Kingdom Today HM The Queen attended a memorial service in central London to mark the 70th anniversary of victory over Japan in World War II. She was guest of honor despite the media having uncovered a plot to blow up the event and kill her. Her attendance at St Martin-In-The-Field church was in sharp contrast to President Barack Obama who did not appear to be commemorating American efforts to defeat the Japanese. Instead he chose to release a list of his favorite songs on the music website Spotify. A move that is likely be seen as disrespectful...
  • Ridley Scott is about to show us a world where the Allies lost World War II (Movie trailer)

    08/09/2015 6:03:15 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 74 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 11, 2015
    This new amazon show called 'The Man in the High Castle' explores what would have happened if the Allies had lost World War II. It's based on a Philip K. Dick novel from 1962. The hour-long drama stars Alexa Davalos (Mob City), Luke Kleintank (Pretty Little Liars), Rupert Evans (The Village), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Mortal Kombat Legacy), and Rufus Sewell (Eleventh Hour). Ridley Scott is Executive Producer. It streams on Amazon prime this fall.
  • 70 Years Since Trinity: The Day the Nuclear Age Began

    08/04/2015 5:38:33 AM PDT · by billorites · 16 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 16, 2015 | Alan Taylor
    On July 16, 1945, the United States Army detonated the worlds first nuclear weapon in New Mexicos Jornada del Muerto desert. The test, code-named Trinity, was a success, unleashing an explosion with the energy of about 20 kilotons of TNT and beginning the nuclear age. Since then, nearly 2,000 nuclear tests have been performed. Most of these took place during the 1960s and 1970s. When the technology was new, tests were frequent and often spectacular, and they led to the development of newer, more deadly weapons. Since the 1990s, there have been efforts to limit the testing of nuclear weapons,...
  • New Zealander who was last WWII 'Dambuster' pilot dies at 96

    08/04/2015 11:45:25 AM PDT · by DemforBush · 17 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/4/15 | Nick Perry
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) A New Zealander who was the last surviving pilot from the specialized World War II "Dambuster" mission targeting German infrastructure died Tuesday. Les Munro was 96...
  • Happy 225th Birthday, Coast Guard!

    08/04/2015 11:21:10 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | Aug 4, 2015 | self
    Published on Aug 23, 2013 Freely downloadable at the Internet Archive, where I first uploaded it. "On overseas activities of the Coast Guard in World War II. Includes views of the amphibious invasions of Guadalcanal, North Africa, Anzio, Tarawa, Saipan, Luzon, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Normandy, and South France. Cutters shoot down an airplane, patrol a Persian port, deliver supplies and men to Greenland, release depth charges, and sink a German boat. Coast Guardsmen place buoys in a port, load supplies on B-24 plane, load wounded Marines aboard transports off Tarawa, and rescue sailors of ships sunk by Japanese suicide planes...
  • What Would Have Happened if Germany Had Invaded the U.S. During World War II?

    08/02/2015 7:44:26 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 224 replies
    Slate ^ | August 2, 2015 | By Quora Contributor
    Invading the North American mainland can be safely left in the realm of bad Hollywood films. And that's even today, with larger ships, jet cargo aircraft, and more people. While it makes for a great strategy, in the end, it's just a nonstarter. Why? The Germans had no forward base in the New World. If they had seized Iceland, any of the French protectorates in the Caribbean, or northern South America, then an invasion, while still a stretch, could have been conceivable. Without forward bases to deploy to and from, an invasion isn't going to happen.

    08/02/2015 6:27:56 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 30 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 8/2/45 | W.H. Lawrence, George E. Jones, Raymond Daniell, Dana Adams Schmidt, Herbert L. Matthews, more
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  • 70 years after WWII, Japanese company apologizes to US POWs

    07/19/2015 8:32:25 PM PDT · by PROCON · 82 replies
    AP ^ | July 19, 2015 | ANDREW DALTON
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Saying they felt a "deep sense of ethical responsibility for a past tragedy," executives from a major Japanese corporation gave an unprecedented apology Sunday to a 94-year-old U.S. prisoner of war for using American POWs for forced labor during World War II.At the solemn ceremony hosted by the Museum of Tolerance at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, James Murphy of Santa Maria, California, accepted the apology he had sought for 70 years on behalf of U.S. POWs from executives of Mitsubishi Materials Corp.
  • WWII Second Lieutenant Queen Elizabeth Is Not A NAZI

    07/19/2015 11:09:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies ^ | July 19, 2015 | Andre Walker Walker
    They say some people are born great, whilst others have greatness thrust upon them. Perhaps one of the least likely 20th century heroes is HM The Queen, a woman whose father was forced to become King because of his brother's dereliction of duty. Had her uncle not wanted to marry Wallis Simpson our Queen would not be the woman who symbolizes Britain, but instead would have lived life as a minor Royal attracting little interest from the public. The abdication of King Edward VIII gave Princess Elizabeth's immediate family the most poisonous of all poisoned chalices. Her father had a...
  • Queen Elizabeth 'livid' at betrayal after Nazi salute footage of her as a young child emerges

    07/19/2015 7:49:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Mirror ^ | 07/18/2015 | RACHAEL BLETCHLY
    Demanding to know how the private images got out of the collection in Windsor Castle, the Queen said she felt betrayed by deliberate mischief making. The nation rallied behind the Queen as she was rocked by cruel Nazi smears. The 89-year-old was said to be livid when courtiers told her footage showing her and the Queen Mother giving mock Nazi salutes in 1933 was released to a newspaper by someone with access to the highly restricted Royal Archive. Demanding to know how the private images got out of the collection in Windsor Castle, she said she felt betrayed by deliberate...
  • 90-Year-Old WWII Vet Who Wanted to Stay in His Home Is Evicted on Stretcher

    07/15/2015 9:32:07 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    The Root ^ | 7/14
    Johnnie H. Hodges, who lived in his Buffalo, N.Y., home for some 60 years, refused to leave after he fell behind on his mortgage payments while caring for his sick wife, so authorities carried him out on a stretcher.The story of Johnnie H. Hodges, a 90-year-old Navy veteran of World War II, and the home that he lived in for some 60 years is chock-full of sadness and missed chances. Hodges lived in his Buffalo, N.Y., home with his wife for decades. About four years ago, Hodges spent most of his income caring for his wife, who had Alzheimers disease....