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  • Day of Infamy: What happened to the eight sets of brothers on USS OKLAHOMA

    11/15/2019 2:09:27 PM PST · by fugazi · 17 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | 15 November 2019 | Chris Carter
    When the battleship USS Oklahoma turned over just 15 minutes after being hit by the first Japanese torpedo on 7 December 1941, 429 sailors and Marines were either already dead -- or soon would be. Men that somehow survived the initial nightmare of torpedoes, bombs, shrapnel, bullets, and fire had to swim through another level of hell to reach the relative safety of land. Those that remained inside the flooding ship would spend days in pitch-black darkness with no food, water, and what breathable air they had was being slowly used up while they hoped for rescue. 78 years later,...
  • Battleship Night Action Naval Battle of Guadalcanal November 1942

    11/13/2019 7:02:01 PM PST · by topher · 48 replies
    Excerpt from Book: Operational Experience of Fast Battleships: World War II, Korea, Vietnam ^ | 1989, pp 61 - 67 | Second Edition, compiled and edited by John C. Reilly, Jr., Naval Historical Center, Dept of Navy
    In this decisive action WASHINGTON and SOUTH DAKOTA engaged a Japanese force termed around the battleship KIRISHIMA. SOUTH DAKOTA suffered extensive topside damage, but WASHINGTON's accurate fire mortally injured KIRISHIMA. Set aflame and racked by explosions, KIRISHIMA was scuttled by her crew. The last major Japanese naval thrust at Guadalcanal had been turned back, and WASHINGTON had done what she had been designed to do -- sink one of her own kind in a gunnery action. WASHINGTON was the only American fast battleship to defeat another capital ship. WASHINGTON ACTION REPORT On the night of November 14-15 WASHINGTON was flagship...
  • Movie MIDWAY History Supplement - Video From US Naval War College Professor

    11/13/2019 10:51:45 AM PST · by gaijin · 65 replies
    US Naval War College & YouTube ^ | Nov. 13th, 2019 | historial Craig Symonds
    The newly-released movie Midway has generated some interest and a 150-post Freeper thread yesterday: the video below a professor at the US Navy War College hits key info helping an viewer who choses to see this great movie. A key one that I'd read long ago but had not fully embraced: US damage control was considerably better than that of Japan. When Japanese pilots hit the USS Yorktown, they returned to their carriers joyous, "We have sunk a US carrier..!" Yet inside of an hour or so US damage control had bent Heaven & Earth to save her; the...
  • How ridiculous was American production in World War 2? [images at link]

    11/12/2019 5:47:32 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 102 replies
    Quora ^ | 2019 | Chris Morehouse
    Chris Morehouse, Aerospace Engineer at U.S. Air Force (2017-present) We can just put up a bunch of numbers, but I don’t think that gives a full appreciation of scale. So first let’s hit some specific examples. The B-24 This is Willow Run. It was a B-24 plant built by Ford to mass produce the bomber. It ran its line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and produced a complete B-24 every 63 minutes on average. At peak, it produced 100 bombers in just two days. This plant produced less than half of the total B-24s we built during...
  • Explorers find long-lost USS Grayback submarine after 75-year mystery

    11/11/2019 8:42:20 PM PST · by csvset · 17 replies
    UPI ^ | 11 Nov 2019 | Nicholas Sakelaris
    Explorers find long-lost USS Grayback submarine after 75-year mystery Nicholas Sakelaris Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Undersea explorers said they have found a long-lost U.S. submarine off the coast of Japan that sank during World War II. The USS Grayback was carrying 80 U.S. sailors when it sank in the waters south of Okinawa in February 1944. The ship is credited with sinking 14 enemy ships before it was torpedoed. Private explorers Tim Taylor and Christine Dennison found the Grayback in June and made the announcement Monday, on Veterans Day. The search ended when they spotted an anomaly on the ocean...
  • Veteran’s Day Remembrance: The Ball Turret Gunner

    11/11/2019 5:37:23 PM PST · by Retain Mike · 31 replies
    self | November 11, 2019 | self
    The near certainty the United States would be drawn into WW II prompted creation of an autonomous Army Air Force. Until the war in Europe began, standard doctrine gave an air corps had no mission beyond supporting the ground forces. Now air power advocates received the authority to prove the theory that bombers could win wars. The B-24 Liberator and B-17 Flying Fortress carried 10-13 .50cal machine guns for defense and the Norden bombsight for precision daylight attack. Under combat conditions peacetime accuracy was never realized and bombers suffered horrendous losses until the P-51 Mustang could escort them all the...
  • Midway 2019 #1 at the Box Office!

    11/11/2019 10:47:29 AM PST · by Calif Conservative · 153 replies
    Box Office Mojo ^ | 11-10-2019 | Box Office Mojo
    Heading into the weekend we were anticipating a top ten that would deliver around $110 million, as it turns out the top ten currently falls just short of a combined $100 million as Lionsgate's Midway delivered a surprise #1 finish, topping WB's Doctor Sleep, which slipped to second and well below expectations. [...] At the top of the weekend box office is Lionsgate's Midway, finishing ahead of expectations with an estimated $17.5 million from 3,242 locations. The film also scored an "A" CinemaScore from opening day audiences and should expect a strong performance over Veteran's Day tomorrow that should push...
  • Great Veteran's Day Movie, Docudrama Training Film

    11/11/2019 7:23:01 AM PST · by GOP Congress · 5 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12/31/2017 | US Army Training Film
    img src="" />Don't let "Training Film" fool you. This is a top-notch, hour-long drama with superb acting, plot development, and excellent writing on par with any major movie from the WW2 era. While (spoiler alert) the movie ends in "tragedy," the movie served as a direct reminder to US military forces if they were ever caught, and the consequences of falling into the enemy's trap.Link to movie
  • Saw the Midway Movie yesterday...

    11/10/2019 5:56:14 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 96 replies
    10 Nov 2019 | US Navy Vet
    Very will done and presented. Was kind of disappointed the they didn't cover the Sinking of the USS Yorktown very much. Didn't really demonize any side (US OR Japanese) just showed Military Men doing their jobs. All in all at great movie. Really showed what war is really like.
  • This Plane Accidentally Flew Around the World

    11/09/2019 1:22:57 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 23 replies
    “What’s up Gene?!” Asked Rod Brown the plane’s Second Officer, who’d been close enough to witness the radioman’s reaction and now moved to his side. “The Japs have attacked Pearl Harbour!” “You’ve got to be kidding.” “No! No!” Leach insisted, “Just now… they bombed Pearl Harbour! No joke man!” Seeing the expression of horror on Leach’s face soon dispelled any doubt in Brown’s mind. And then the reality of what this meant hit him: if the Pacific was no longer a friendly sea then they were cut off. They had no route home. Brown headed towards the cockpit to warn...
  • Putin invited Trump to Russia’s Victory Day parade. Trump says he’s thinking about it.

    11/08/2019 2:32:39 PM PST · by rintintin · 80 replies
    Wash Post ^ | Nov 8 2019 | sabelle Khurshudyan
    President Trump said Friday he is considering attending Russia’s Victory Day festivities, an annual May 9 military parade on Moscow’s Red Square that commemorates the Soviet Union’s World War II triumph over Nazi Germany.
  • Thousands of Russian troops wearing WW2-era uniforms parade through Red Square to honour [tr]

    11/07/2019 7:00:12 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 7, 2019 | Ryan Fehay
    Russian troops clad in World War II-era uniforms marched across Moscow's Red Square in a reconstruction of a wartime parade on Thursday. The 1941 October Revolution Parade has become a symbol of Soviet valor and tenacity in the face of overwhelming odds. Thursday's re-enactment of the military event marks the 78th anniversary of march on the 7 November 1941.
  • The Battle of Nis - The True Beginning of the Cold War? (On this date 75 years ago)

    11/07/2019 5:49:53 AM PST · by NorseViking · 16 replies
    History Now ^ | February 15, 2015
    The Cold War between the Soviet Union and United States defined much of the latter half of the twentieth century in international relations. But was the only time that the superpowers actually came to blows when they were allies in World War Two? Mykael Ray explains. As history shows us, there is limited adhesive holding America and Russia together. Though there has been peace between them for many years, there have been a number of occasions in which tensions ran much higher than is comfortable between the two countries. Simply mentioning the Cold War is enough to make this point,...
  • Instagram influencer, 22, moans learning about World War 2 harms millennials’ mental health

    11/02/2019 8:55:33 PM PDT · by Borges · 53 replies
    The Scottish Sun ^ | 11/2/2019 | Jon Rogers
    A young Instagram influencer has whinged that learning about World War 2 harms millennials’ mental health. Freddie Bentley, 22, said he thought the schools’ curriculum on the devastating conflict should be cut back because it was “so intense”. Bentley, who appeared on The Circle, told Good Morning Britain today: “It was a hard situation, World War 2, I don't want anyone to think I'm being disrespectful.” He added: “I remember learning it as a child thinking ‘Oh my God it's so intense’.” He thought that any mental health issues a youngster may have could be worsened by learning about the...
  • Lost WW2 British submarine found sunk off the coast of Malta

    10/31/2019 5:25:11 PM PDT · by csvset · 8 replies
    VALLETTA (Reuters) - The wreck of a British submarine, which vanished at the height of World War Two, has been discovered lying at the bottom of the sea off Malta, university marine archaeologists said on Thursday. HMS Urge had been based with other submarines in Malta and had carried out several deadly missions when the British navy ordered it and rest of the flotilla to redeploy to Egypt because of a relentless German siege of the Mediterranean island. Urge set sail on April 27, 1942, carrying a 32-strong crew, 11 other naval personnel and a journalist. However, it failed to...
  • Photographs from the World War II

    For many, photographs from the World War II have only been seen in grainy black and white. But now, new colour images have emerged that show the full horror of the destruction inflicted by Nazi bombings across London. The powerful images were released to mark the 70th anniversary of the launch of Winston Churchill's 'V for Victory' campaign on July 19, 1941.
  • Remains of Utah Marine killed in WWII identified after 75 years

    10/31/2019 12:36:19 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 23 replies ^ | Oct 31st, 2019 | Graham Dudley
    A Utah Marine who died during World War II was accounted for in September, the U.S. Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Wednesday, almost 76 years after he was killed in battle. Pfc. Robert J. Hatch, of Woods Cross, was 21 years old when he was killed on Nov. 22, 1943, fighting the Japanese on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, according to a news release. It was the third day of the battle for the island. About 1,000 Marines and sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded in the...
  • Wreck of Famed WWII Destroyer USS Johnston (DD-557) May Have Been Found

    10/31/2019 8:26:12 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 69 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute News ^ | October 30, 2019 | Ben Werner
    A few days past the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Samar, researchers from Vulcan Inc.’s research vessel R/V Petrel believe they’ve found wreckage from the engagement’s famed Fletcher-class destroyer, USS Johnston (DD-557). Images of twisted metal, a destroyed deck gun, a propeller shaft and other less recognizable debris were posted to Petrel’s Facebook page Wednesday, with a video narrated by Rob Kraft, Vulcan’s director of subsea operations, and Paul Mayer a submersible pilot with the team started by the late billionaire and philanthropist Paul Allen. “This wreck is completely decimated,” Kraft says in the video. “It is just debris....
  • WWII Marine's remains headed home for San Antonio burial

    10/29/2019 2:28:16 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 17 replies
    News4SA ^ | Monday, October 28th 2019 | Robert Price
    The newly-identified remains of a Texas marine killed in World War II are now headed to San Antonio for a proper burial. Marine Corp Reserve 2nd Lt. Ernest A. Matthews Jr., 34, of Dallas, died while fighting Imperial Japanese Forces on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands on November 20, 1943. "Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, while the Japanese were virtually annihilated," according to a statement from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). Unfortunately, no recovered remains...
  • Is anyone going to see the Midway Movie that is coming out Vets Day Weekend?

    10/27/2019 6:37:26 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 150 replies
    27 Oct 2019 | US Navy Vet
    Is so(or Not) Why?