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  • 72nd Anniversary of Flag Raising on Mt Suribachi

    02/23/2017 8:49:21 AM PST · by rey · 20 replies
    23 Fe 2017
    Just a reminder, to day is the 72nd anniversary of the flag raising on Mt Suribachi.
  • Today we Honor the Men of Iwo Jima

    02/19/2017 8:35:58 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 29 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 2/19/17 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Seventy two years ago today the United States Marine Corps sent waves of teenage men onto the black, foreboding beaches on a Japanese held island called Iwo Jima. Capturing Iwo Jima was essential to the American war against Japan as it offered a place for battered bombers to safely land which would save the lives of hundreds of airmen returning from sorties over Japan in barely flyable planes. The average age of these men was just under nineteen. They knew what was at stake and charged up Iwo’s beaches sometimes straight into enemy machine gun fire that would have stopped...
  • Hitler’s Personal Traveling Phone for Sale

    02/17/2017 11:09:08 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    Hamodia.com ^ | 2/17/17
    A Maryland auction house is selling Adolf Hitler’s personal traveling telephone. Bill Panagopulos of Alexander Historical Auctions in Chesapeake City says occupying Russian officers gave the phone to Brig. Sir Ralph Rayner.... .....bidding will start at $100,000 this weekend.
  • Fascinating World War II handbook reveals what American soldiers were told to expect in Australia

    02/05/2017 12:00:52 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 34 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 5th February 2017 | Max Margan
    Australian men were described by the US military during World War II as incoherent, beer-drinking tough guys who would gamble on raindrops falling on a window. In 1942, the US Army handed a 54-page booklet to its soldiers who were sent to Australia during the war to help them deal with culture shock. Titled 'Instructions for American Servicemen in Australia', the handbook's overriding theme was that the two countries shared a robust military and cultural alliance. But 75 years later, it gives a compelling insight into America's perception of Australians and reveals what the US Army told its men about...
  • Unique WWII Facts that you didn't know about

    02/03/2017 12:24:31 PM PST · by w1n1 · 49 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 2/3/2017 | J Hines
    Behind these photos are forgotten stories of soldiers and events that most would not know about. The fact is every campaign had its success and life span that took its toll on the soldier/airmen. For the survivors, it is the nightmare that most see in the dark and have provided freedom for the next following generation. 1. The Soviets were the only ones that realize just how skilled Finnish snipers were during the war, they were able to kill 40 Soviet troops for every Finnish soldier killed, that is unheard of today. 2. This photo shows the massive Japanese submarine...
  • Should Fort Jackson’s WWII-era Memorial Chapel be saved?

    01/31/2017 3:27:17 PM PST · by libsdelendaest · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Dec 26, 2016 | JEFF WILKINSON
    FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) - For more than 30 years, Kathryn Woodward has attended an interdenominational worship service each week at the World War II-era Memorial Chapel on Fort Jackson. Today, the chapel, along with all other World War II-era wooden buildings on Army installations across the country, is slated for demolition. They are inefficient, expensive to heat, cool and maintain, and they don’t fit the needs of the modern workplace, the Army says.
  • Clare Hollingworth dies aged 105: Telegraph correspondent who broke the news of World War II

    01/10/2017 1:04:05 PM PST · by iowamark · 29 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 1/1/0/2017 | Neil Connor, Anna Healy Fenton, James Rothwell, Peter Foster
    Clare Hollingworth, the Daily Telegraph correspondent who broke the news of World War Two, has died in Hong Kong aged 105. The British journalist was hailed for her "scoop of the century" after she spotted German tanks on the Polish border in August 1939... The scoop of Hollingworth's career came to her in late August when she was a 27-year-old fledgling reporter for the Daily Telegraph.She had been a reporter at the newspaper for less than a week. As the border was closed to all but diplomatic vehicles, she borrowed a British consulate official's car to drive into German-occupied territory....
  • Japan to recall envoy to South Korea amid row over ‘comfort women’ statue

    01/06/2017 8:24:01 PM PST · by BeadCounter · 61 replies
    Asian Correspondent ^ | 6th January 2017 | Asian Correspondent Staff
    JAPAN is recalling its ambassador to South Korea over a statue commemorating Korean “comfort women” forced to work in Japanese wartime military brothels during World War Two, the government said on Friday. The term “comfort women” is a euphemism used for the girls and women who were subjected to the practice. South Korean activists estimate that there may have been as many as 200,000 Korean victims. Chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said the statue in the southern city of Busan was “extremely regrettable” and stated that Japan has asked for its removal.
  • (NJ) Historic submarine might be stuck in the mud, USS Ling

    12/23/2016 6:26:56 PM PST · by Coleus · 36 replies
    bergen record ^ | December 20, 2016 | Rodrigo Torrejon
    The USS Ling has been berthed in the Hackensack River for more than 40 years – and it might be stuck there. The 312-foot, 2,500-ton World War II-era submarine is the featured exhibit of the New Jersey Naval Museum, which occupies a trailer on land that was once the headquarters of the North Jersey Media Group, which was sold to Gannett in July and publishes The Record. The Ling has been anchored off the riverbank behind the newspaper’s former headquarters for decades. Now, however, museum officials are grappling with the logistical and financially daunting challenge of moving the submarine, which...
  • GERMANY: 20 Million MUSLIMS by 2020

    12/23/2016 11:36:27 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 97 replies
    Gatestone Institute.org ^ | November 15,2016 | Soern Kern - Must Read!
    "We are importing Islamic extremism, Arab anti-Semitism, national and ethnic conflicts of other peoples, as well as a different understanding of society and law." — From a leaked German intelligence document. "We need to be clear that there must be limits and quotas for immigration -- we cannot save the whole world." — Markus Söder, Finance Minister of Bavaria. "The migration crisis has the potential to destabilize governments, countries and the whole European continent. ... What we have been facing is not a refugee crisis. This is a migratory movement composed of economic migrants, refugees and also foreign fighters" —...
  • How Millions Of Secret Silk Maps Helped POWs Escape Their Captors in WWII

    12/20/2016 1:34:20 PM PST · by NYer · 24 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | December 20, 2016 | Cara Giaimo
    A "Mark III" military escape kit, with a silk map peeking out. Imagine it’s 1942, and you’re a member of Britain’s Royal Air Force. In a skirmish above Germany, your plane was shot out of the sky, and since then you’ve been hunkered down in a Prisoner of War camp. Your officers have told you it’s your duty to escape as soon as you can, but you can’t quite figure out how—you’ve got no tools and no spare rations, and you don’t even know where you are.One day, though, you’re playing Monopoly with your fellow prisoners when you notice a strange seam...
  • US soldiers killed in WWII plane crash located in Arunachal

    12/20/2016 7:58:06 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 5 replies
    Rediff.com ^ | Tuesday, December 20, 2016 | Press Trust of India
    The United States on Tuesday said it has successfully located remains of the country's servicemen who went missing in Arunachal Pradesh during World War II. A Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) team carried out works on sites in the Himalayas where US aircrafts are believed to have crashed with still unaccounted for servicemen. The team visited several locations in Arunachal Pradesh to determine if the reported sites can be definitively correlated with known crash sites involving missing US servicemen. "The United States is committed to making sure all the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who served our country come home....
  • Civilians in Pearl Harbor Attack

    12/18/2016 11:53:38 AM PST · by Retain Mike · 32 replies
    U.S. Naval Institue Proceedings | December 2016 | Captain Gordon I. Peterson
    'Leaning on that Old Whistle Cord' Proceedings Magazine - December 2016 Vol. 142/12/1,366 By Captain Gordon I. Peterson, U.S. Navy (Retired) A Navy veteran-turned-civilian machinist at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard had “the unusual presence of mind” to sound the air raid alarm 75 years ago, never thinking he was witnessing one of the most cataclysmic events in history. Rudolph E. Peterson—Uncle Rudy to me—left home before dawn on 7 December 1941 to report for duty as the watch engineer at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard’s Power Plant No. 2, Building 149. Located south of the Naval Air Station on Ford...
  • Anne Frank May Not Have Been Betrayed

    12/17/2016 9:50:40 AM PST · by LouieFisk · 60 replies
    Newser ^ | December 17, 2016 | Rob Quinn
    The answer to the question "Who betrayed Anne Frank" may be "Nobody," according to to new research. A study released by the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam Friday says that the hiding place of the Jewish teenager and her family may instead have been found by chance when Nazi security forces raided the building investigating forced ration cards or illegal employment, the BBC reports.
  • HITLER'S GHOST ISLAND: Secret Nazi ‘Treasure Hunter’ base in Arctic found by Russian scientists

    12/12/2016 6:43:34 AM PST · by Red Badger · 68 replies
    www.thesun.co.uk ^ | 21st October 2016, 10:22 am | BY TOM MICHAEL
    HITLER'S GHOST ISLAND Secret Nazi ‘Treasure Hunter’ base in Arctic found by Russian scientists after being abandoned over 70 years ago when crew was poisoned by polar bear meat Ruined bunkers, rusted bullets and even documents among 500 objects found on remote island that may have been used as an outpost to search for mythical treasure trove The mysterious site is located on a remote island in Russian territory – more than 600 miles from the North Pole. Set up in 1942, a year after Hitler invaded the Soviet Union, the military outpost on Alexandra land was christened “Schatzgraber” or...
  • Lyle Bouck Jr: Recipient of Distinguished Service Cross, former P.O.W., dies

    12/08/2016 11:10:44 PM PST · by kiryandil · 13 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | December 2, 2016 | Jesse Bogan
    ST. LOUIS • Lyle J. Bouck Jr., a Sunset Hills chiropractor whose platoon played a notable role in the Battle of the Bulge, died Friday. He was 92. “He was at home, right up until the last,” said Diane Bouck Simcik, a daughter. She said the former prisoner of war fell ill on Tuesday. She said he had pneumonia and was congested and weak. In April, Dr. Bouck and his young caretaker were the subjects of a front-page story in the Post-Dispatch about aging at home. He was healthy but couldn’t move on his own anymore. Dr. Bouck was a...
  • GREENFIELD: A DAY THAT WILL LIVE FOREVER IN INFAMY

    12/08/2016 6:31:51 AM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 8 replies
    The Sultan Knish blog ^ | December 7, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Wednesday, December 07, 2016 A Date That Will Live Forever in Infamy Posted by Daniel Greenfield Naval Base Bombed, Shinto Worshipers Fear Backlash - New York Times - December 8 1941 A day after planes passed over their peaceful village on the way to attack the Naval Station at Pearl Harbor, local fishermen are still picking up the pieces. "I don't know what any of this is about," a man who would only give his name as Paji said, holding the remains of a net which he had used to earn a living. "All I know is that the killing...
  • Pro-Nazi slogan at Croatia death camp condemned

    12/07/2016 12:27:04 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 17 replies
    AFP ^ | December 6, 2016 | AFP
    People lay flower wreaths at the Jasenovac camp, known as "Croatia's Auschwitz", situated about 100 kilometres southeast of Zagreb (AFP Photo/)Zagreb (AFP) - The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Centre on Tuesday condemned a pro-Nazi slogan on a memorial plaque in a small Croatian town that housed a notorious World War II death camp. Former paramilitaries placed the plaque in central Jasenovac to honour 11 fellow fighters killed in the area at the start of Croatia's 1990s independence war. It carries the official emblem of the HOS paramilitary forces, which includes the slogan used by the country's WWII Ustasha regime. "It is...
  • The Eye of Mount Diablo shines only on Dec 7th

    12/07/2016 7:54:54 AM PST · by Talkwire · 11 replies
    Some East Bay guy ^ | Dec 6, 2016 | Mario Mazzamuto
    In the SF East Bay, the historic Mount Diablo beacon shines one night a year to honor Pearl Harbor Day. Terrific article about the annual event which can be seen across Northern California. LINK: http://sfbayappraisal.com/the-eye-of-diablo-shines-only-on-dec-7th
  • The Lessons of Pearl Harbor

    12/07/2016 7:14:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 7, 2016 | Bruce Walker
    Seventy-five years ago, on December 7, 1941, the American Navy suffered the worst defeat in its history when a force led by six Japanese fleet carriers launched a surprise attack at the battleships at Pearl Harbor. Two of the eight battleships, Arizona and Oklahoma, were destroyed, and the other six were knocked out of action for many months. The Army Air Corps fields were attacked with great loss, and other smaller naval vessels were attacked as well. The American carriers were at sea. Had those carriers been at Pearl Harbor, the whole course of the Pacific War would have been...
  • Veteran finally lets himself remember Pearl Harbor

    12/07/2016 5:20:57 AM PST · by Freeport · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Dec 6, 2016 | David Montero
    HONOLULU -- He walked slowly, an entourage of help ensuring he didn't slip. People in the bar clapped as he moved past. Then Lauren Bruner gave up his cane and settled at a table against the wall where his picture had been hanging for years. Dwight Lockwood, reed-thin in shorts and flip-flops, darted behind the bar and quickly popped the cap off a Kona Longboard beer. "It's his favorite," he said. The drink was on the house, of course. Bruner took a swig. Around him, dozens of people waited to shake his hand, share a story or take a picture....
  • Fibber McGee & Molly radio show 12/7/43 The War Is Not Almost Over

    12/07/2016 12:57:58 AM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | Dec 7, 1943 | Don Quinn
    On the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the McGees argue over buying war bonds to make the point that a full-force effort to win the war is still needed, and the country can't afford to let up. The war had turned in the Allies' favor by late 1943, and an impatient American population was hoping for a quick victory. It wasn't to come quite so quickly, though, and the government wanted the message sent that much more sacrifice would be needed. Ever eager to do their part, the Jordans and writer Don Quinn used humor to make a...
  • House Passes Legislation to Honor OSS Veterans with Congressional Gold Medal

    12/06/2016 10:31:05 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 5 replies
    Congressman Bob Latta ^ | November 30, 2016 | Drew Griffin
    Aleksandra's Note: I sure wish OSS veterans George "Guv" Musulin, Arthur "Jibby" Jibilian, Nick Lalich and others were alive to see this!A great step forward in "official recognition" of rescue operations such as the HALYARD MISSION in WWII Yugoslavia which was made possible by General Draza Mihailovich, his Chetniks, and the Serbian people loyal to them.Bravo!Sincerely,Aleksandra Rebic***** Congressman Latta with OSS Veterans and their families House Passes Legislation to Honor OSS Veterans with Congressional Gold MedalPassage applauded by legislation authors, Congressman Latta, Senator Blunt, and Senator WarnerLegislation to honor veterans of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) with a Congressional...
  • Japan PM Abe won't apologise at Pearl Harbor: government

    12/06/2016 6:54:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 91 replies
    AFP ^ | December 6, 2016 | Hiroshi Hiyama
    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will honour war dead but won't apologise when he becomes the first Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor this month, a top government spokesman said on Tuesday. The move follows Barack Obama's historic May trip to Hiroshima, the first by a sitting US president, where he spoke of victims' suffering but offered no apology for dropping the world's first nuclear bomb.
  • White House: ‘embittered’ World War II veterans should get over Pearl Harbor

    12/06/2016 6:12:30 AM PST · by mandaladon · 175 replies
    BPR ^ | 6 Dec 2016 | Blake Neff
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said during a press conference Monday it was natural for World War II veterans to be “embittered” about Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Pearl Harbor, but they should get over it for the sake of America. It was announced Monday that Abe will be the first Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor since it was hit by a surprise attack that killed 2,403 Americans and brought the U.S. into World War II. The visit reciprocates President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima earlier this year for the anniversary of the atomic bomb attack...
  • Vanity: YouTube video "Rzhev: General Zhukov's Unknown Battle"

    12/06/2016 3:51:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 11, 2012 | Staff
    The Red Army came to Rzhev and Vyazma after their success in Moscow. They stopped here in January 1942 and couldn't move for 13 months, despite enormous efforts and sacrifices. That's why Rzhev battle was conviently forgotten after the war. In textbooks the battle for Moscow is followed by Stalingrad. But there was a year between them, a year of battle near Rzhev. Much of what we will describe is officially still considered secret. The documents are classified. But the truth can't be hidden. And today we can reconstruct events with docum documentary precision. рпрпа
  • Pearl Harbor: The Truth Preview

    12/04/2016 11:38:19 AM PST · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    History ^ | December 4, 2016
    Pearl Harbor: The Truth Preview TV-PG Watch a preview for “Pearl Harbor: The Truth,” premiering Sunday, December 4, at 10/9c. HISTORY Honors Pearl Harbor. Duration: 0m 30s
  • Pearl Harbor survivors and WWII veterans arrive in Honolulu

    12/03/2016 7:46:10 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 39 replies
    Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL ^ | Saturday, December 3, 2016 | Jobeth Devera, Reporter
    It was an emotional homecoming for dozens of Pearl Harbor survivors and WWII veterans at Honolulu International Airport Saturday afternoon. Live bands, hula dancers and other military servicemen and women gathered around Gate 18 to help welcome our nation's bravest. "I just want thank them for their time and what they've done to sacrifice for this nation," said Joshua Carmack, USN Chief Petty Officer. Each hero was escorted from the plane down an isle of hugs, handshakes and aloha. American Airlines sponsored the round-trip 75th Pearl Harbor Commemoration Flight, from Los Angeles to Honolulu, which hosted approximately 120 Pearl Harbor...
  • U.S. Marine Killed in WWII 73 Years Ago Returns Home

    11/30/2016 3:31:02 PM PST · by PROCON · 21 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | Nov. 29, 2016 | Jack Heretik
    A young Marine killed in the bloody World War II Battle of Tarawa has finally been brought home and has been laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. Pfc. Wilbur C. Mattern was 23 years old when he was killed on November 21, 1943, the second day of the three-day battle to take the atoll back from the Japanese. He was found earlier this year by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), whose function is to search for missing American servicemembers around the world, identify them and return them home for proper burial with honors. Mattern was buried on the...
  • Legendary Komets broadcaster Bob Chase passes

    11/25/2016 9:01:10 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 3 replies
    Fort Wayne Komets ^ | 11/24/2016 | Press Release
    Fort Wayne, IN-- Legendary Fort Wayne Komets broadcaster Bob Chase passed away at 2:40am ET Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, at the age of 90. Chase completed 63 seasons as the voice of the Komets radio-rinkside last year after first arriving in Fort Wayne in 1953. Chase hailed from Negaunee, Michigan, where he was born January 22, 1926. He grew up in Marquette, Michigan and after high school joined the U.S. Navy where he served from 1943-1947. Upon his discharge from the Navy, Bob entered Northern Michigan University at Marquette and graduated in 1952. While in college, Bob started his radio...
  • US commemorates Serbian support during WWII [Halyard Mission]

    11/23/2016 1:05:21 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 12 replies
    U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa ^ | November 21, 2016 | Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane
    PRANJANI, Serbia -- The sky was black with the billowing smoke of the downed B-17 bombers and the canopies of Allied Airmen parachuting to an unknown fate behind Nazi lines in German-occupied Serbia. This is the sight the villagers of Pranjani remember from the late summer of 1944. Operation Halyard was an Office of Strategic Services mission to rescue more than 500 Allied Airmen who were scattered around a mountainous region in Serbia after their bombers were shot down by the Germans in WWII. It remains the largest rescue operation of American Airmen in history. The U.S. State Department, U.S....
  • Oldest Remaining Tuskegee Airman, a St. Petersburg Man, Dies at 101

    11/21/2016 3:38:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 11/21 | Paul Guzzo
    Willie N. Rogers was an American hero, and at age 101, he was a living example of the nation's history. He was a member of the "Greatest Generation," which defeated the Axis powers in World War II, doing his part as a master sergeant in the all-black Tuskegee Airmen during the era of racial segregation in the U.S. military. The longtime St. Petersburg resident died Friday from complications of a stroke. He was the oldest surviving member of that original legendary 100th Fighter Squadron. Mr. Rogers' nephew, Clinton Glover, said his uncle deserves to be celebrated for his contributions to...
  • Veteran’s Day: The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    11/11/2016 6:54:09 PM PST · by Retain Mike · 19 replies
    Retain Mike | November 11, 2016 | Retain Mike
    The Army deployed 65 infantry divisions for the Second World War. Each was a small town with its own equivalents for community services plus eight categories of combat arms. Units such as artillery, engineering, and heavy weapons engaged the enemy directly. Yet of all categories, the foot soldier faced the greatest hazard with the least chance of reward. Except for the Purple Heart and the coveted Combat Infantryman’s Badge, recognition often eluded them because so few came through to testify to the valor of the many. The infantryman confronted the most dismal fate of all whose duty was uninterrupted by...
  • An open letter to America’s college cupcakes on Veterans Day

    11/11/2016 10:52:06 AM PST · by pboyington · 16 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 11, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Dear College Cupcakes: America has watched for the last year or so, as our nation’s universities have been consumed by a new strain of left wing totalitarianism that has all the traits of the haunting Marxist dictatorships of the past. Free thought and expression and discussion are disappearing from college campuses and being replaced by behavior and lexicons out of 1984. In the greatest arenas of free speech across this land, you shriek and howl and cry and stamp your feet like two year olds when someone disagrees with you. You have mental meltdowns when reading passages from the world’s...
  • Veteran’s Day: The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    11/11/2016 8:52:37 AM PST · by Retain Mike · 27 replies
    Self | November 11, 2016 | Se;lf
    The Army deployed 65 infantry divisions for the Second World War. Each was a small town with its own equivalents for community services plus eight categories of combat arms. Units such as artillery, engineering, and heavy weapons engaged the enemy directly. Yet of all categories, the foot soldier faced the greatest hazard with the least chance of reward. Except for the Purple Heart and the coveted Combat Infantryman’s Badge, recognition often eluded them because so few came through to testify to the valor of the many. The infantryman confronted the most dismal fate of all whose duty was uninterrupted by...
  • Bob Hoover, one of history’s greatest pilots, dead at 94

    10/25/2016 10:03:09 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 70 replies
    Minnesota Public Radio ^ | October 25, 2016 | Bob Collins
    One of the greatest pilots in the history of aviation died this morning, according to reports. Bob Hoover, a World War II fighter pilot, a former Air Force test pilot, and the chase plane pilot for Chuck Yeager when he broke the sound barrier for the first time, was 94.
  • Nazis show no mercy to Serbian civilians / 70 years since THE KRAGUJEVAC MASSACRE of October 1941

    10/23/2016 1:35:44 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 17 replies
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | October 23, 2016 | Aleksandra Rebic
    70 YEARS SINCETHE KRAGUJEVAC MASSACRE of October 1941:A Legacy of 'Never Forget'German soldiers escorting Serbian civilians from Kragujevac and its surrounding area to be executed in October 1941. Photo: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.The policy was the Nazi response to the first successful organized uprising in occupied Europe. The Serbian resistance forces under the command of Serbia’s General Draza Mihailovich not only threatened Germany’s southern flank in Europe and her occupation of Serbia after Yugoslavia fell to Hitler in April of 1941, but critically delayed Hitler’s planned attack on the Soviet Union that summer. The Germans retaliated, but it wasn’t...
  • WWII pilot, 101, gets one last flight in his 'godsend' P-38

    10/23/2016 11:16:06 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 74 replies
    The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colorado) ^ | October 19, 2016 | Tom Roeder
    Frank Royal's Air Force took off at 1:38 p.m. A vintage aircraft clawed through the air followed by two chase planes, one carrying the 101-year-old pilot. The last plane in the formation brought a tear to Royal's eye. Its sleek lines still raise his pulse. He can hear the thrum of its twin engines without his hearing aids - World War II ingrained the 24-cylinder symphony permanently in his mind. He has good reason to remember the details. That very plane, a fully restored P-38 Lightning named White-33, was Royal's first love. And he flew over Colorado Springs to tell...
  • McCormack receives France’s highest honor

    10/16/2016 6:13:06 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    The Government of France is pleased to announce that an Arizona veteran from Sierra Vista, Captain Robert J. McCormack, was approved to receive the award of the National Order of the Legion of Honor in the rank of the Chevalier (Knight). The award is the highest honor that France bestows on its citizens and foreign nationals. The award was presented by Mr. Garret M. Steenblik, Honorary Consul of France for Arizona, at a private ceremony on Oct. 8 at the Pima County Public Library at 101 N. Stone Ave. in Tucson.
  • Today in 1939: Soviet troops marched into Poland

    09/17/2016 6:11:34 AM PDT · by AdmSmith · 23 replies
  • Woman kissed by sailor in famous V-J Day photo dies aged 92

    09/10/2016 5:45:47 PM PDT · by NRx · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 09-10-2016 | Reuters
    Greta Friedman, the woman in white kissed by a sailor in New York’s Times Square in a photograph symbolising the end of the second world war, has died aged 92. Her son, Joshua Friedman, said she died on Thursday in Virginia after suffering a series of ailments, including pneumonia, NBC News reported. CBS News said she would be laid to rest with her late husband, Mischa Elliot Friedman, at Arlington national cemetery in Virginia. Friedman, then a dental assistant on a break, was the woman in one of the most famous pictures of the 20th century, the moment Americans learned...
  • Venice Film Review: Mel Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

    09/04/2016 10:29:39 AM PDT · by amorphous · 21 replies
    Variety ^ | 4 Sep 2016 | Owen Gleiberman
    Mel Gibson has made a move about a pacifist who served nobly during WWII. It's a testament to his filmmaking chops, and also an act of atonement that may succeed in bringing Gibson back. Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” which premiered today at the 73rd International Venice Film Festival, is a brutally effective, bristlingly idiosyncratic combat saga — the true story of a man of peace caught up in the inferno of World War II. It’s the first movie Gibson has directed since “Apocalypto,” 10 years ago (a film he’d already shot before the scandals that engulfed him), and this November,...
  • The Inchon landing, 66 years ago next month, was brilliant. But what made it necessary?

    08/20/2016 9:57:10 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 51 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | August 19, 2016 | Robert Zapesochny
    When back in June 2015 Donald Trump announced he was running for president, he said during his speech, “I will find the General Patton or I will find General MacArthur. I will find the right guy. I will find the guy that’s going to take that military and make it really work.” Since then, Trump has frequently mentioned Douglas MacArthur in his speeches. It is worth discussing his importance in American history, especially as we are approaching the 66th anniversary of Battle of Inchon. While MacArthur’s greatest achievement was the creation of modern Japan, the Inchon landing on September 15,...
  • WWII Airmen Get Their Memorial

    08/20/2016 1:45:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 20, 2016 | Robert Zubrin
    On Saturday August 6, I was privileged to attend the unveiling of the memorial to American airmen who fought in World War II at the Wings Over the Rockies aviation museum in Denver, Colorado. Created by Major Frederic Arnold (ret.), an artist who flew P-38 Lightnings in the Mediterranean theater of the war, the monumental sculpture depicts a pre-flight briefing, with the squadron leader at the mapboard explaining the mission plan, while the men of the squadron and the pale ghosts of their fallen comrades listen on. American airmen suffered a horrific casualty rate during World War II, with over...
  • Biden: We wrote Japan’s Constitution

    08/17/2016 1:16:55 PM PDT · by chajin · 86 replies
    Yomiuri Shimbun ^ | August 16, 2016 | Jiji Press
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Monday criticized Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to allow Japan to obtain nuclear weapons, stressing that Japan’s pacifist Constitution was written by the United States. “Does he not understand we wrote Japan’s constitution to say they could not be a nuclear power?” Biden said in a speech he delivered in Scranton, Pa., for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. “Where was he when in school?” Biden asked. “Someone who lacks this judgment cannot be trusted,” he said. “He’s not qualified to know the [nuclear] codes,” the U.S. vice president said. Trump has suggested that...
  • Watch students' touching tribute to fallen WWII soldier

    08/02/2016 11:49:49 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | Aug. 2, 2016 | no author listed
    Raw video: Group of students from Wartburg College sing 'Battle Hymn of the Republic' after pilot announced remains of WWII soldier were being escorted off plane
  • WWII Lethal Dart Gun - Code name Bigot

    08/02/2016 7:15:37 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 9 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 8/2/2016 | J Hines
    Once upon a time during WWII a lethal dart gun code name “Bigot” was created to be used by commandos to covertly eliminate sentries, this dart gun was constructed from a M1911 .45 caliber pistol. The Office of Strategic Services predecessors of the CIA developed this clandestine weapon, its unknown as to what advantage this has over a silenced pistol. The weapon never made it out of the research and development department, but this didn't stop Ian McCollum from Forgotten Weapons to get his hands on one to check out, see the video and Ian's observation.
  • When A War Went Worldwide 75 Years Ago

    07/28/2016 5:51:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 28, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Seventy-five years ago, the world blew up in just six months. World War II ostensibly started two years earlier, when Germany invaded Poland. In truth, after the rapid German defeat of Poland in September 1939, the conflict was mostly confined to Western Europe for nearly the next two years. By summer of 1940, only Britain had survived Hitler's European victories. The dormant European war only went global on June 22, 1941, when Germany suddenly surprise-attacked the Soviet Union, its former partner. America and Asia were still not directly involved in the 1941 expansion of the war until the Japanese attacked...
  • Plans in place for former bombing site clean-up, funds lacking

    07/23/2016 6:55:59 AM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | karen.schaffner@svherald.com
    SIERRA VISTA — A representative from the Army Corps of Engineers revealed the findings Wednesday of a four-year munitions study of more than 1,500 acres in the San Pedro Riparian Conservation Area (SPRNCA), southeast of the San Pedro House. The study was looking for live munitions or other environmental factors from World War II Army use that would impact the acreage. Two live explosives and fragments of explosives in the dense, thorny acreage were discovered. A third live explosive was carried out by a hiker and turned over to local authorities. “It is not a hospitable site,” said 1st Lt....
  • Valkyrie and the German Resistance: Remembering the July 20th plot

    07/20/2016 2:52:06 AM PDT · by iowamark · 16 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 19, 2016 | Jerry Salyer
    We cannot understand the resistance unless we first accept “that German conservatives and nationalists might be moral and religious men who were appalled at the lawlessness, brutality, and inhumanity of the Nazis.” The vital point running through all these questions is the totalitarian claim of the state over the citizen to the exclusion of his religious and moral obligation towards God.— First Lieutenant Graf Yorck von Wartenburg, Valkyrie conspirator One of the most intriguing fields of World War II history deals with the German Resistance—a clandestine network of disillusioned military officers and civil servants who began actively plotting against Hitler’s...