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  • The East-Sider fell in the Battle of the Bulge. His daughter now knows his fate

    12/16/2014 7:23:19 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 25 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 12-13-14 | Richard Chin
    Nearly 70 years ago, Gordon Russ died fighting for his country and was buried in a foreign field. The St. Paul man left behind a wife, two little daughters, his parents and sisters. But in the seven decades since Russ fell during a critical and bloody battle in World War II, none of them has been to his grave. "I would have liked to have my dad's body back here, to go visit him," said Russ' daughter, Judith Doyle, now 75. "I wish I could get out and see his grave. If I could just walk up and touch the...
  • Rand Paul: America Partly To Blame For Pearl Harbor, World War II

    03/31/2014 8:24:21 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 129 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 03/31/2014 | Caleb Howe
    At the Washington Post, Jennifer Rubin this weekend highlighted a video of Rand Paul speaking in 2012 about sanctions on Iran. In it, Paul disparages the notion of use of force, and for some reason claims the United States was partly to blame for World War II! “There are times when sanctions have made it worse. I mean, there are times .. leading up to World War II we cut off trade with Japan. That probably caused Japan to react angrily. We also had a blockade on Germany after World War I, which may have encouraged them … some of...
  • A historic collection found in S. Phila. home (Band of Brothers)

    12/13/2014 2:26:42 PM PST · by llevrok · 18 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 12/13/2014
    In a bedroom lay a white silk pillow - yellowed with age and emblazoned with the screaming eagle emblem of the Army's 101st Airborne Division. On the walls were pictures and plaques telling the story of a World War II veteran; in another room was an adjustable hospital bed and, on a windowsill, a worn Bible. That October day, Jim Bennett was looking for an investment, a house to buy, rehab, then rent or resell, as he has done with about 500 others over more than 20 years. But Bennett found much more at the modest, two-story rowhouse on Winton...
  • The FRiday Night Movie - Escape From Sobibor (1987)

    12/12/2014 11:17:02 PM PST · by DemforBush · 12 replies
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    Tonight, a gripping British made-for-tv film about the true story of the massive Jewish revolt and overthrow at Sobibor, one of the Nazi death camps inside Poland. Adam Arkin, Rutger Hauer, and Joanna Pacula star.
  • A former soldier has revealed how a Nazi general spared him from the firing squad in World War Two.

    11/30/2014 6:54:32 PM PST · by robowombat · 58 replies
    TV South Wales ^ | 21 November 2014
    21 November 2014 Last updated at 13:11 ET A former soldier has revealed how a Nazi general spared him from the firing squad in World War Two. Roy Wooldridge, 95, from Hendy, Carmarthenshire, ..... Mr Wooldridge, who was twice awarded the Military Cross, was sent a telegram ordering him to report to his unit just three days after his wedding in 1944. The lieutenant, who was later promoted to captain, was sent to the French beaches with a colleague to ensure there were no mines which could blow up the boats during the D-Day landings. Due to the secretive nature...
  • 'The Imitation Game' puts the spotlight on Alan Turing and his groundbreaking machine

    11/20/2014 4:00:14 PM PST · by the scotsman · 45 replies
    Engadget.com ^ | 21st November 2014 | Kris Naudus
    'It is the height of the Second World War. A group of codebreakers stands in a dimly lit warehouse 50 miles northwest of London, a giant machine composed of spinning drums and wires looms in front of them. It's taken years of work -- as well as a few shouting matches -- to get the device assembled and ready to start sorting through 159 quintillion combinations in search of the one that will let the British crack the Germans' infamous Enigma machine. The switch is flipped and nine rows of drums begin spinning as the assembled group waits... and waits....
  • Sleep Bomber...B-17 Sounds

    11/18/2014 8:38:07 AM PST · by virgil283 · 45 replies
    americandigest ^ | November 17, 2014
    "Let our virtual B-17 airplane sound lull you to sleep with a low frequency engine drone in stereo. This is an 8 hour long version designed to run all night." .....
  • WWII veteran, 98, dons uniform for final salute before dying...

    11/14/2014 4:24:51 PM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 34 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 11/14/14 | AP
    WWII veteran, 98, dons uniform for final salute before dying the next day at New York nursing home On Veterans Day, Justus Belfield donned his Army uniform one more time The 98-year-old World War II veteran died the next day Belfield spent 16 years in the Army, including a stint in Europe where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge By ASSOCIATED PRESS On Veterans Day, Justus Belfield donned his Army uniform one more time, even though he was too weak to leave his bed at an upstate New York nursing home. The 98-year-old World War II veteran died...
  • Eric Brown: The man who seemed not to notice danger

    11/14/2014 9:05:40 AM PST · by the scotsman · 10 replies
    BBC News ^ | 14th November 2014 | Luke Jones
    'Pilot Eric "Winkle" Brown holds two of the most startling records from the world of flying. And that's just a part of his extraordinary life. Brown's exploits run through some of the most momentous events of world history. He was at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, he interrogated Hermann Goering, helped liberate the Belsen concentration camp and by chance managed to sing with the Glenn Miller band. But his greatest achievements were as a Royal Navy test pilot. He mastered deck landings in the face of tremendous danger. Now 95, he is a hero among military pilots who fly far more...
  • Veterens Day - WWII Bugs Bunny Cartoon dissing Axis

    11/11/2014 6:09:47 PM PST · by central_va · 18 replies
    Toon Tube ^ | 1943 | Warner Bros
    Rare Bugs Bunny Featuring Hitler.
  • Last original WWII Navajo Code Talker, a Marine, dies on the birthday of the Corps

    11/11/2014 11:45:07 AM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | November 11, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The last Navajo Code Talker, Chester Nez, USMC died on 10 November 2014, the 239th birthday of the Corps. They played a vital role during WWII.From Source Marine veteran Michael Smith wept Wednesday when he heard about the death of Chester Nez, the last of the original Navajo Code Talkers.Smith, from Window Rock, who had met Nez several times, described him as a “quiet, humble” Navajo Marine.Smith said that the passing of Nez — the last of the first 29 Navajo men who created a code from their language that stumped the Japanese in World War II — marked the...
  • The day a Holocaust survivor got revenge on his tormentor

    11/09/2014 10:51:41 AM PST · by lowbridge · 60 replies
    nypost.com ^ | november 9, 2014 | martin greenfield
    He survived the savagery of the Holocaust, made it to America with barely a penny and became a world-famous tailor in Brooklyn, dressing celebrities and presidents. In his new memoir, “Measure of a Man,” Martin Greenfield tells the story of his extraordinary life. -snip I whipped my head around toward the door. A gorgeous, smartly dressed blond woman holding a baby stood silhouetted in the door frame. It was the mayor of Weimar’s wife. “I . . . I found your rabbits!” I stammered with a cheerful nervousness. “They’re alive and safe!” “Why in the hell are you stealing my rabbits’ food?”...
  • SOCCER TIFOS FROM AROUND THE WORLD (Awesome ones commemorating Operation Market Garden)

    10/24/2014 9:03:57 AM PDT · by C19fan
    SI ^ | October 23, 2014 | Staff
    Here are some of the best fan banners and displays from around the world.
  • Car smashes Ten Commandments monument outside Capitol building

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

    10/14/2014 9:23:00 AM PDT · by dware · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10.14.2014 | Elizabeth Armstrong Moore
    The World War II-era B-24 aircraft was so stiff, heavy, and hard to control that its American crews dubbed it the "flying coffin." Not only was its only exit hard to reach at the tail—leaving many trapped before being able to parachute out—but it was intended to drop bombs on bridges, train stations, and airports run by the Germans, thus living up to its name for those below it as well.
  • The evolution of the Ilyushin Il-2

    10/07/2014 10:59:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | October 7, 2014 | Vadim Matveyev
    Designers competing to create an aircraft that could directly support troops on the battlefield were hampered by the weight of the ‘flying tank’, low air speed and flimsy protection. The Il-2 was the answer to these challenges. One of the key lessons of the First World War was that the airplane had a crucial role to play in effective military campaigns in the new era. With this in mind, in the 1920s and 1930s Europe’s leading nations expended significant efforts and resources on developing new aircraft that could be used to provide support for infantry and tanks. The Soviet Union...
  • BOOK REVIEW: How did Patton die?

    10/07/2014 7:55:14 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 47 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | October 6, 2014 | Wes Vernon
    “If you have read ‘Killing Kennedy,’” author and TV commentator Bill O'Reilly reminds his readers, “you know that Martin Dugard and I are not conspiracy theorists. We write from a factual point of view, with no axes to grind.” Thus, in the afterword of “Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General” Mr. O'Reilly seeks to assure those who have just read this most recent volume in the co-authored (with Mr. Dugard) “killing” series that their findings are simply facts, not hype. Careful shoe-leather detective work buttressed by research, access to decades-old correspondence and never-before publicized...
  • World War II Veteran Given Viking Funeral; U.S. Coast Guard Agreed to Norse Send-Off

    10/03/2014 10:18:42 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, October 2, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    (U.S. Coast Guard photo) WWII veteran given Viking funeral; Coast Guard agreed to Norse send-off World War II veteran Andrew Haines decided years ago that he wanted a Norse-inspired funeral upon his death, and the U.S. Coast Guard obliged. Mr. Haines, who emigrated from Norway in 1927, scaled down blueprints for a 100-foot ship to a few feet in the years before he died. It was then up to the Coast Guard to decide whether it would ignite the boat and send-off Mr. Haines‘ cremated remains in accordance with his wishes. “Oh, I was thrilled,” Mr. Haines’ son Andy...
  • The FRiday Night Movie - The Enemy Below (1957)

    09/19/2014 10:13:36 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 25 replies
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    Robert Mitchum and Curt Jurgens square off in this taut WW2 film of cat-and-mouse between a U.S Destroyer and a German U-boat. In English with Korean subtitles.
  • Agent ‘Fifi’: The stunning British spy who seduced secrets of war from her ‘prey’

    09/18/2014 3:53:12 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9-18-14 | Terrance McCoy
    It was a late March day when notice arrived that Fifi’s services would be required. She would have two days to prepare — two days to travel from her London apartment to Liverpool, two days to memorize the physical details of her “prey.” His name was Quinaux. He was 28. Black hair. Brown eyes. Dimpled chin. He would be waiting at the State Cafe. And she was to charm every secret she could out of him. Of course, Quinaux didn’t know this. He was training to be a British spy and, according to a letters dated March 22, 1943, he...
  • GERMAN ARMY IN WW2 - (IN COLOR)

    09/16/2014 9:50:47 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 26 replies
    Live Leak ^ | 09/14/14
    The title of this video is the German Army in WW2 (IN COLOR). However, it’s the British, the Russians, the U.S. and the Germans. I’ve seen a lot of WWII real life footage, but it amazes me that I still see new footage. Watch it in full screen mode (just left click the bottom right square in the video when it's playing) seems to make it more real vs. just looking at the current smaller size.
  • The FRiday Night Movie - Stalag 17 (1953)

    09/12/2014 6:23:45 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 21 replies
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    Billy Wilder's classic drama-comedy about a gang of American airmen being held in a German POW camp. William Holden stars as the cynical, wheeler-dealer JJ Sefton, with great supporting cast work from Don Taylor, Neville Brand, and especially Peter Graves.
  • (Odd WWII Relic) This Steampunkish Nazi Belt Buckle Pistol Packs A Deadly Surprise

    09/07/2014 3:08:00 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 36 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | Thursday, September 4, 2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    This Steampunkish Nazi Belt Buckle Pistol Packs A Deadly Surprise The Nazis had some pretty wild engineering ideas, and some of them, like the jet engine, ended up being a vision of things to come. Yet others were just over-engineered, strange, and in some cases, downright creepy. This steampunkish Nazi belt buckle four-shooter is one of those things. The whole idea was to give high-ranking Nazis a way to kill their captors should they be captured on the battlefield. The concept was said to have originated from known German inventor, Louis Marquis, who designed the contraption while he was held...
  • Back on the bombing run: One of the last two flying Lancasters pays tribute

    08/30/2014 7:41:20 AM PDT · by GreyFriar · 19 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | August 30, 2014 | Carol Driver
    Back on the bombing run: One of the last two flying Lancasters pays tribute to the 55,000 Bomber Boys who never returned with flight on the route thousands of sorties took to target the Nazis MailOnline was granted exclusive access to film while flying alongside the Canadian Lancaster bomber Stunning footage shows the iconic aircraft soaring above the UK in what will be one of its final ever flights Video was shot while flying in a small aircraft just feet away from the world's second only airworthy Lancaster
  • Tribute to my WWII vet uncle who died yesterday

    08/23/2014 1:48:00 PM PDT · by bkopto · 47 replies
    Self | Aug 23, 2014 | bkopto
    My uncle Robert Kuhle, 95, died yesterday in Huntington Beach, CA. He was a kind, unassuming man, who derived his greatest pleasure in being around children. After WWII, he became an elementary school teacher in Southern CA, and all his students followed him like following the pied piper. He was even invited to weddings of his former elementary school students. In WWII, he was a carrier pilot on the USS Wake Island, an escort carrier, piloting the Grumman TBF Avenger, in the South Pacific. He related one story, in sadness, of being in the takeoff row, and the Avenger taking...
  • Ashes and Diamonds - The Ambush

    08/15/2014 9:42:58 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 1 replies
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    Opening scene from Andrez Wajda's classic film. World War 2 has just ended in Poland. The Germans are gone, but now Poland faces the prospect of life under the USSR. Commissars are being sent even now to take control of local government. A handful of Polish resistance fighters are determined to prevent that for as long possible. In Polish, with English subtitles.
  • Japanese ate Indian PoWs, used them as live targets in WWII

    08/13/2014 8:07:05 PM PDT · by cold start · 27 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 11 August 2014 | Manimugdha S Sharma
    NEW DELHI: On April 2, 1946, the Reuters correspondent in Melbourne, Australia, cabled a short message, which was carried by all newspapers a day later, including The Times of India. It read: "The Japanese Lieutenant Hisata Tomiyasu found guilty of the murder of 14 Indian soldiers and of cannibalism at Wewak (New Guinea) in 1944 has been sentenced to death by hanging, it is learned from Rabaul." The nationalist narrative has long projected the Second World War as a clash between the patriots of the Indian National Army (INA), supported by the Japanese Empire, and the evil British Empire. The...
  • The FRiday Night Movie - Decision Before Dawn (1951)

    08/08/2014 7:53:32 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 5 replies
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    This week's offering is a gripping combination of war film and spy thriller based on a real life Allied program to recruit German POW's to spy for them behind German lines. Richard Basehart, Gary Merill, and Oskar Werner star. In English with Spanish subtitles.
  • ‘Fury,’ Starring Brad Pitt, a Raw Look at Warfare

    07/30/2014 10:02:13 AM PDT · by Theoria · 42 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 July 2014 | MICHAEL CIEPLY
    In the first minutes of the writer-director David Ayer’s “Fury,” about American soldiers slogging through Europe in the final days of World War II, Brad Pitt, as the tanker Don Collier, slides his knife behind the eye of a German lieutenant.“Piercing his brainpan with a CRACK,” is how Mr. Ayer’s screenplay describes the move. (In Dolby Digital sound, it will be a very loud crack.) Mr. Pitt, our hero, then calmly wipes his blade clean on the German’s uniform.The Good War this is not.In what promises to be one of the most daring studio movies in an awards season that...
  • 97-year-old ukulele player evicted from retirement home

    07/22/2014 7:42:43 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 25 replies
    ktvu.com ^ | July 18, 2014 | Rob Roth
    97-year-old ukulele player evicted from retirement home By Rob Roth KTVU.com NAPA, Calif. — Ninety-seven-year-old Jim Farrell likes to sing and play his ukulele. He says he's a veteran of three wars. But most recently he’s found himself homeless. He had been living independently at the Redwood Retirement Residence in Napa, until eleven days ago, when he was ordered to leave. He says he was told he wasn't keeping his room clean enough. So when the residence charged him a $1500 cleaning bill, Farrell says he couldn't afford the next month's rent. He had to go. "Absolutely devastating. Devastating. Horrible,"...
  • Gulf camera reveals site of WWII sinking of SS Robert E. Lee, German U-boat

    07/14/2014 12:50:31 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 14, 2014 | Heather Alexander
    ........[The] SS Robert E. Lee was carrying survivors from sister ships torpedoed in the Gulf, from Trinidad to New Orleans. On the June 30,1942, as it reached just 25 miles from the mouth of the Mississippi River, a German torpedo hit. According to historical accounts, a lookout spotted the torpedo coming in and alerted the steamer's escort, the American submarine chaser USS PC-566. The sub immediately began dropping depth charges. The German U-boat, U-166, which launched the attack, was sunk with no survivors. Its wreck cannot be disturbed, now protected as a war grave for the 52 crew lost. On...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Holocaust denied by students in Rialto school assignment

    07/12/2014 6:15:41 PM PDT · by blueplum · 36 replies
    San Bernadino Sun ^ | July 11, 2014 | Beau Yarbrough
    Dozens of Rialto eighth-graders questioned whether the Holocaust occurred in essays written for an in-class assignment this spring. Rialto Unified School District administrators, besieged by criticism after the assignment became public in May, claimed at the time that none of the students who completed the assignment questioned or denied the Holocaust, but a survey of the students’ work by this news organization found numerous examples of students expressing doubt or flatly denying that the Holocaust occurred. :snip: “Students got high praise and grades for writing that the Holocaust was a hoax. I’m sick about that, I’m sick about that,” said...
  • War stories from a Nazi interrogator, now a Mill Valley retiree

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

    06/14/2014 12:36:48 PM PDT · by llevrok · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/9/2014
    Divers from the U.S. Navy will visit the World War II graveyard of the "Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast” — the sunken USS Houston — later this month in a bid to determine what remains of the ship, which went down with more than 700 sailors off the coast of Indonesia. The wreck of the Northampton-class heavy cruiser, which was sunk by the Japanese during the World War II battle of Sunda Strait on Feb. 28, 1942, will be surveyed by Navy divers working with their counterparts from Indonesia. The ship lies about 125 feet deep, near Java, Indonesia,...
  • 9,000 Fallen Soldiers Etched into the Sand on Normandy Beach to Commemorate Peace Day (2013)

    06/06/2014 5:52:04 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 23 replies
    Colossal ^ | 9-25-2013 | Christopher Jobson
    This past weekend British artists Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss accompanied by numerous volunteers, took to the beaches of Normandy with rakes and stencils in hand to etch 9,000 silhouettes representing fallen people into the sand. Titled The Fallen 9000, the piece is meant as a stark visual reminder of the civilians, Germans and allied forces who died during the D-Day beach landings at Arromanches on June 6th, 1944 during WWII. The original team consisted of 60 volunteers, but as word spread nearly 500 additional local residents arrived to help with the temporary installation that lasted only a few hours...
  • Star Treks Scotty was one of the thousands of brave men to fight on this day 70 years ago. (trivia)

    06/06/2014 1:01:59 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 34 replies
    History ^ | 6/6/2014 | http://www.freerepublic.com
    At the beginning of the Second World War, Doohan joined the Royal Canadian Artillery. He was commissioned a lieutenant in the 13th Field Artillery Regiment of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division. Doohan went to England in 1940 for training. His first combat was the invasion of Normandy at Juno Beach on D-Day. Shooting two snipers, Doohan led his men to higher ground through a field of anti-tank mines, where they took defensive positions for the night. Crossing between command posts at 11:30 that night, Doohan was hit by six rounds fired from a Bren gun by a nervous Canadian...
  • A list of a few D-Day Documentaries available on Youtube.

    06/06/2014 12:22:53 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 3 replies
    Youtube ^ | 6/6/2014 | Youtube
    Normandy:Surviving D-Day(full documentary)HD Battlefield S1/E5 - The Battle of Normandy The Battle for Normandy WW2: Breakout from Normandy (Operation Cobra) D-Day to Germany, 1944 The True Story Of The D Day Spies BBC Documentary DZ Normandy: The D-Day Airborne Invasion 6/6/1944 (Restored) D-day landing (History Channel Dangerous mission documentary) Oral account by Jerry W. Eades of his experiences and memories of landing on Omaha Beach Ch4 D-Day: As It Happens Part 1 of 2 Ch4 D-Day: As It Happens Part 2 of 2 Most are 380p and watchable. All are over 30 minutes in length. Links to other documentaries can...
  • The spy who saved D-Day

    06/06/2014 6:16:02 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6-6-14 | Dominic Selwood
    On 6 June 1944, President Franklin D Roosevelt solemnly declared, “You don’t just walk to Berlin”. He was speaking at a White House press conference, where he had just announced that Allied troops had landed in northern France. The gathering was a homely affair, with none of the bombast associated with similar events today. In fact, it was an occasion of masterly understatement. What he could have said was that the largest naval invasion in the history of the world was finally under way. ~snip~ The long-awaited amphibious invasion of France was not a secret, and it came as no...
  • Coming to Canada — the Typhoon fighter-bomber that terrified the Nazis and helped win D-Day

    06/04/2014 11:00:38 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 26 replies
    National Post ^ | June 4, 2014 | Mark Roper and Anthony Knight
    On June 6, the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Canada will welcome the only remaining original and complete Hawker Typhoon WWII fighter-bomber to the Ottawa aviation museum — on loan from the RAF Museum at Hendon in England. The Typhoon was a significant weapon in the D-Day battle, and in the lengthy battle for Normandy that followed. The Typhoon originally was intended to be a fighter — the successor to the Hawker Hurricane, but almost twice as heavy, much larger, and with two 20mm cannons on each wing. Its Napier Sabre sleeve-valve engine, with 24 cylinders in H-formation, produced over 2,200...
  • World War 2: memories of North Africa

    06/02/2014 4:30:05 PM PDT · by NEWwoman · 34 replies
    smithsk.blogspot.com ^ | 2 June 2014 | smithsk
    Wikipedia/American troops  As  I write, we are approaching 70 years after D-Day as well as may other anniversaries marking the end of World War Two.  [reference:  D-Day 70th anniversary - 2014 - Normandy commemorations]Many of my readers may have had relatives that fought in that war.  Those in their their 80s or older may be veterans of this war. Likewise, my father-in-law had fought in World War II and had served in the Army during Korea and Vietnam.  But he first saw action in the North African theater.  And he may have witnessed many of the events as shown...
  • History Channel's 'The World Wars' Chock Full of Major Historical Errors

    05/29/2014 7:16:16 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 95 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 29, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Did you know that the Communists stormed the Winter Palace and overthrew the Czar? If you are right now screaming at your computer screen in anger, congratulations. That means you are more informed on the subject of history than the entire History channel. The error cited above is but one of the many that the History Channel included in their three part series, "The World Wars," this week. The amazing thing is that not only a particular History Channel writer made these errors but that nobody at the History Channel spotted them. Are they so involved in the "history" of...
  • USAAF: lost artwork from the second world war – in pictures

    05/18/2014 10:28:35 PM PDT · by bunkerhill7 · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 17,2014 | theguardian.com
    During the second world war, the US Army Airforce had bases across Suffolk and Norfolk. In their spare time, some servicemen painted murals. Some have been saved but many are neglected and deteriorating. Photographer Si Barber has been documenting them for posterity
  • Tom Neil-Veteran Battle of Britain Pilot's Speech - RAF Museum

    05/17/2014 4:31:47 AM PDT · by lbryce · 5 replies
    You Tube ^ | Jul 22, 2013 | RAF Museum
    Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC & Bar, AFC and AE recounts his days as a RAF pilot during WWII and his experiences during the Battle of Britain For the first time, the RAF Museum brings you this video in one complete, uninterrupted, video.
  • Fr. Rutler’s Tapestry

    05/06/2014 11:05:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | May 6, 2014 | Hadley Arkes
    It was an evening in Manhattan twenty years ago, at the Union League Club, with Fr. George Rutler regaling us with his learning and wit.  At one moment he remarked, in that off-handed way of his, that he was at the keyboard of his piano when suddenly came coursing through his fingers to the keys was. . .the Lithuanian National Anthem.  He would weave together in his talks the most striking leaps and juxtapositions – from St. Anselm to Mark Twain, the Guelphs and the Ghibbelines to the Yankees and the Dodgers. But through it all was a penetrating...
  • James Goodson dies; leading Army Air Forces ace in World War II

    05/02/2014 9:29:29 AM PDT · by Borges · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/2/2014 | Adam Bernstein
    *** The sinking of the Athenia — an early victim in the Battle of the Atlantic — helped turn world opinion against Germany. For Mr. Goodson, it was the moment when he decided to do his “bit to stamp out Nazism.” He went on to become a leading Army Air Forces ace in the European theater, with 15 aerial kills and another 15 strafing kills of enemy aircraft on the ground. His success brought him the nickname “King of the Strafers,” said Roy Heidicker, an Air Force historian. ***
  • MIA WWII veteran found decades later laid to rest

    04/26/2014 1:34:09 AM PDT · by Paul R. · 9 replies
    KFVS News ^ | 4/25/2014 | Holly Brantley
    PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - Friday, the Heartland honors a WWII veteran missing in action in Japan since 1944. Army PFC William T. Carneal's remains were discovered just last year and returned to Kentucky on Tuesday. More...
  • ...How helmets, grenades and guns discarded during World War II have been swallowed up by tree...

    04/11/2014 7:50:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 11 April 2014 | Snejana Farberov
    Long after the dust from the last battle has settled, the dead have been laid to rest and the confetti from the victory parade has been swept into the gutter, the nature continues to bear the scars of human conflicts. A remarkable series of photos taken in a Russian forest have been making the rounds on social media sites, showing what happens over time to instruments of carnage discarded in the woods.
  • Rand Paul’s Hostile Takeover of the Republican Party Is Getting More Hostile

    04/10/2014 9:52:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | April 10, 2014 | Jonathan Chait
    Republicans, I come in peace.Until very recently, Rand Paul’s project of insinuating himself comfortably within the Republican Party, and positioning himself as a plausible presidential nominee, had gone along with remarkable ease. Yes, the author of his campaign book turned out to be an unreconstructed neo-Confederate. That was a speed bump. (Who among us has not entrusted the explication of his worldview to a man who has cheered on the assassination of President Lincoln?) Paul had staged a masterful piece of political theater with his marathon Senate speech denouncing the Obama administration’s drone policy. He has assembled a top-tier campaign...
  • Hitler: ‘No Trannies? Of Course! THAT’S Why I Lost the War!’(satire)

    03/25/2014 6:46:00 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 6 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 3/25/14 | Nick Taxia
    Dear America, After seven decades of wondering, agonizing, spending sleepless nights tossing and turning in my flaming bed in Hell over why I lost the war, I now know why. It was right under my cropped–moustached nose the entire time. How could I not have seen it all those years ago? On March 13th your Führer, Barack Obama, had a federal commission study and decide that there was “no compelling medical reason” to exclude “trannies” (transsexuals; men with breasts who fancy themselves as women, or women with penises who fancy themselves men, or anyone with gender identity issues) from your...
  • Sailor in Iconic WWII Kissing Photo Dies at 86

    03/15/2014 5:27:09 PM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    Mashable ^ | March 14, 2014 | Staff
    Glenn McDuffie was 18 years old the day World War II ended. Having just exited a New York subway station at Times Square, McDuffie, a sailor, heard the news, grabbed a nurse and kissed her. Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt captured the the moment, which became synonymous with V-J day—August 14, 1945. McDuffie died March 9 in Dallas. He was 86 years old, according to the Associated Press.