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  • 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 · 21 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.
  • Houston's WWII sailor in famous kissing photo dies at 86

    03/14/2014 6:04:18 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 39 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 3-14-14 | Craig Hlavaty
    Glenn Edward McDuffie, the young sailor from Houston who can be seen in one of the most iconic photos from the end of World War II, has died, according to family members. The Navy veteran was 86. McDuffie was 18 when he said he was captured in the famous kiss photo with nurse Edith Shain. “I heard someone running and stopping right in front of us. I raised my head up, and it was a photographer,” McDuffie told the Houston Chronicle in 2007. “I tried to get my hand out of the way so I wouldn’t block her face, and...
  • The last Medal of Honor recipient to have stormed Omaha Beach on D-Day dies at 92

    02/21/2014 12:08:23 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 35 replies
    Daily mail ^ | 2-21-14 | Ryan Gorman
    Ehlers was awarded the Medal of Honor ‘for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty’ on June 9 and 10, 1944, according to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. He ‘repeatedly led his men against heavily defended enemy strong points exposing himself to deadly hostile fire whenever the situation required heroic and courageous leadership.’ Ehlers heroically defended his unit from ‘withering machine gun fire’ and mortars, personally killing at least seven Nazi soldiers, taking out multiple enemy positions
  • 11 Shocking Revelations From Highest Ranking Soviet Defector – KGB Attacking US

    02/11/2014 7:00:11 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 29 replies
    GOP the Daily Dose.com ^ | 2/11/2014 | Rick Wells
    Yesterday “TheBlaze” published an interview with Romanian Lt. Gen Ion Pacepa, a discussion which arose around the publishing of his work, “Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism.” Pacepa is a defector to the United States, but not just any run-of-the-mill defector. He is the highest-ranking Soviet intelligence officer to ever defect. He crossed over back in 1978 and was given political asylum by then President Jimmy Carter. He has made a practice since that time to write in defense of freedom while living his life under threat of assassination, hiding out...
  • The True Story of the Monuments Men

    02/09/2014 9:04:29 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 40 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | 2-7-14 | Jim Morrison
    Captain Robert Posey and Pfc. Lincoln Kirstein were the first through the small gap in the rubble blocking the ancient salt mine at Altausee, high in the Austrian Alps in 1945 as World War II drew to a close in May 1945. They walked past one sidechamber in the cool damp air and entered a second one, the flames of their lamps guiding the way. There, resting on empty cardboard boxes a foot off the ground, were eight panels of The Adoration of the Lamb by Jan van Eyck, considered one of the masterpieces of 15th-century European art. In one...
  • New statue dedicated in honor of S. Korean 'comfort women'

    01/18/2014 12:17:02 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 23 replies
    UPI ^ | January 18, 2014
    SEOUL, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Organizers say a newly dedicated statue in Seoul honoring Korean women forced into sexual slavery during World War II is "an alarm bell" for future generations. "The Girl Statue for Peace" is outside the Geoje Arts Center, Yonhap news agency reported Friday. The statue in the coastal city 300 miles south of Seoul shows a young woman standing next to an empty chair.
  • Japan WWII soldier who hid in jungle until 1974 dies

    01/17/2014 11:30:29 AM PST · by Anton.Rutter · 47 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Jan. 17, 2014 | Jiji Press/AFP/File
    A Japanese soldier who hid in the Philippine jungle for three decades, refusing to believe World War II was over until his former commander returned and ordered him to surrender, has died in Tokyo aged 91. Hiroo Onoda waged a guerilla campaign in Lubang Island near Luzon until he was finally persuaded in 1974 that peace had broken out, ignoring leaflet drops and successive attempts to convince him the Imperial Army had been defeated. (AFP)
  • Daughter of Anne Frank's classmate finally gets her chance to thank British officer...

    01/05/2014 3:43:39 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1-5-14 | Sam Webb
    The daughter of a Jewish classmate of Anne Frank rescued from the horrors of Bergen Belsen concentration camp has met the British officer who saved her mother's life. Grateful Elizabeth Kahn, 59, flew to Israel to meet Major Leonard Berney, 93, from Plymouth, Devon, and present him with a special silver platter paid for by the family in recognition of his heroics. Jewish Leonard, of the British 11th Armoured division, was one of the first army officers through the gates of Belsen when the camp was liberated on April 15, 1945. It is estimated that 50,000 inmates died in the...
  • PQ-17 - an Arctic convoy disaster.

    01/05/2014 9:28:31 AM PST · by Vanders9 · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | 01/03/14 | Jeremy Clarkson
    PQ 17 was the code name for an Allied World War II convoy in the Arctic Ocean. In July 1942, the Arctic convoys suffered a significant defeat when Convoy PQ 17 lost 24 of its 35 merchant ships during a series of heavy enemy daylight attacks which lasted a week.
  • WWII veteran William Overstreet Jr. celebrated for flight in France (under Eiffel Tower in dogfight)

    01/02/2014 11:36:14 AM PST · by Perseverando · 54 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | December 31, 2013 | Tiffany Holland
    Roanoke lost one of its most decorated World War II veterans last weekend. Former fighter pilot William Overstreet Jr., famous for flying beneath the arches of the Eiffel Tower while chasing a German aircraft during the war, died Sunday afternoon. He was 92. Overstreet was awarded hundreds of medals for his service in the 357th squadron of the U.S. Army Air Forces, according to his obituary for Oakey’s Funeral Home. One of his greatest honors was receiving France’s Legion of Honor by the French ambassador to the U.S. in 2009 at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford. At the ceremony,...
  • WWII fighter pilot who flew THROUGH the Eiffel Tower to take down a German plane dies in Virginia

    01/04/2014 9:03:39 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 55 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | UPDATED: 20:45 EST, 3 January 2014
    A World War II fighter pilot who gained fame for dramatically flying beneath the Eiffel Tower's arches to take down a German aircraft has died aged 92. William Overstreet Jr. died on Sunday at a hospital in Roanoke, Virginia, according to his obituary, but there was no indication of the cause of his death. Overstreet's famously flew his P-51C 'Berlin Express' beneath the Eiffel Tower in Nazi-occupied Paris in 1944, which has been credited with lifting the spirits of French Resistance troops on the ground. For his valiant service, the French ambassador to the United States presented Overstreet with France's...
  • The Lobotomy Files:Forgotten Soldiers(Part 1)

    01/04/2014 7:12:44 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | 1-3-14 | Jenn Ackerman,Tim Gruber,MICHAEL M. PHILLIPS
    Roman Tritz’s memories of the past six decades are blurred by age and delusion. But one thing he remembers clearly is the fight he put up the day the orderlies came for him. “They got the notion they were going to come to give me a lobotomy,” says Mr. Tritz, a World War II bomber pilot. “To hell with them.” The orderlies at the veterans hospital pinned Mr. Tritz to the floor, he recalls. He fought so hard that eventually they gave up. But the orderlies came for him again on Wednesday, July 1, 1953, a few weeks before his...
  • The greatest raid of all...

    01/03/2014 4:33:31 PM PST · by Vanders9 · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 01/27/13 | Jeremy Clarkson
    THE GREATEST RAID OF ALL "What a story it is, straight out of a Commando comic book." the guardian Jeremy Clarkson tells the story of one of the most daring operations of World War II -- the Commando raid on the German occupied dry dock at St. Nazaire in France on 28th March 1942.
  • NBC New Year’s Eve Mocks Pearl Harbor Survivors As Only Able to Chew SpaghettiOs

    01/01/2014 10:47:00 AM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 1/1/14 | Noel Sheppard
    On Pearl Harbor Day, Campbell’s got in a lot of trouble when it tweeted out a picture of its SpaghettiOs mascot holding an American flag and asking people to "take a moment to remember #PearlHarbor with us." On NBC’s “New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly,” actress and comedienne Natasha Leggero disgustingly joked, “It sucks that the only survivors of Pearl Harbor are being mocked by the only food they can still chew” (video follows with transcript and commentary):
  • Christmas with the GIs: How American soldiers proved a huge hit with British families during WWII

    12/26/2013 8:31:22 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 36 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12-26-13 | Lucy Crossley
    Bearing gifts of extra rations, Coca Cola and nylon stockings it is no wonder that American GIs were popular house guests among British families during the Second World War. With British soldiers away in Europe, war-hit families were issued with an urgent plea to invite their US colleagues to share their Christmas celebrations. Faced with the prospect of their guests bringing extra food with them, families jumped at the chance to welcome the Americans into their homes, with some 50 invitations being offered for every GI, or Government Issue. For troops serving in a foreign land, far away from home,...