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  • 69 Years Ago Today....

    06/06/2013 3:21:00 PM PDT · by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig · 31 replies
    69 years ago today my father in law was landing in Normandy France in a glider....crawling through hedgerows....doing his duty. Thank you Ralph "Bud" Thomas.
  • June 6: A walk across a beach in Normandy

    06/06/2013 10:53:26 AM PDT · by mojito · 12 replies
    American Digest ^ | 6/6/2013 | Vanderluen
    Today your job is straightforward. First you must load 40 to 50 pounds on your back. Then you need to climb down a net of rope that is banging on the steel side of a ship and jump into a steel rectangle bobbing on the surface of the ocean below you. Others are already inside the steel boat shouting and urging you to hurry up. Once in the boat you stand with dozens of others as the boat is driven towards distant beaches and cliffs through a hot hailstorm of bullets and explosions.... In front of you, over the steel...
  • Sixty-Nine Years Ago

    06/06/2013 1:53:56 AM PDT · by Peter W. Kessler · 19 replies
    CBS World News ^ | June 6, 1944 | CBS World News
    12:30 a.m., June 6, 1944...
  • Church to beatify father of seven who saved 100 lives

    06/05/2013 3:18:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | June 4, 2013
    Francesco Manicardi (far right) speaks about his grandfather during the June 4, 2013 press conference in Vatican Radio's Marconi Hall. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA. Rome, Italy, Jun 4, 2013 / 01:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Odoardo Focherini will be beatified in the Italian city of Carpi on June 15 for his life of faith and dedication to helping those in need, including 100 Jews he helped escape the Nazis. “One of the Jews whom he saved said, ‘we are the miracles of Odoardo Focherini,’ and they saw his as their savior and angel,” said Focherini’s grandson, Francesco Manicardi. “His neighbors weren’t...
  • Forever With Us All: A Memorial Day Remembrance

    05/31/2013 6:55:19 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/28/2013 | Paul Kengor
    Memorial Day is a wonderful constant. Every year, it never ceases to touch me. My family attends an annual parade in Mercer, Pa. Its terrific total old-school. The flags, the courthouse, the kids, the snow cone stand, the marching bands, and, most of all, the troops from different wars that is, the survivors who remain with us. Speaking of whom, Memorial Day always brings another constant, a sad one: each new Memorial Day brings fewer World War II veterans. They are leaving us at a rapid clip. Anyone who entered World War II at age 18 in 1945...
  • World War II Memorial

    05/29/2013 4:30:52 AM PDT · by BigLittle · 4 replies
    self | May 29, 2013 | biglittle
    9 Years ago today, I had the great honor of being a key member of the World War II Memorial dedication weekend on the National Mall. Starting at 8AM, Big Band orchestra played the music of the greatest generation, 3PM saw President GW Bush on stage.
  • WW2 Marine's diary: A brief look at a brief life

    05/27/2013 8:09:35 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Monday, May 27, 2013 | JANET McCONNAUGHEY
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Before Cpl. Thomas "Cotton" Jones was killed by a Japanese sniper in the Central Pacific in 1944, he wrote what he called his "last life request" to anyone who might find his diary: Please give it to Laura Mae Davis, the girl he loved. Davis did get to read the diary but not until nearly 70 years later, when she saw it in a display case at the National World War II Museum. "I didn't have any idea there was a diary in there," said the 90-year-old Mooresville, Ind., woman. She said it brought tears...
  • Author: Soviet agents subverted US in 1930s

    05/26/2013 9:20:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 134 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 26, 2013 | Ginni Thomas
    Syndicated columnist Diana West says the ultimate conclusion of her new book shocked even her. Americans have been betrayed by our leaders going back to FDRs administration in the 1930s because we were penetrated by Soviet agents to such an extent that our policies and, indeed I argue, our character as a nation was subverted, she explained in an interview with The Daily Callers Ginni Thomas about her book, American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nations Character. I dont believe we won World War II, West added. I believe that we were actually carrying out Soviet strategy due...
  • Memorial Day--My Dad

    05/24/2013 6:07:45 AM PDT · by alchemist54 · 18 replies
    After my 12year odyssey with the Veterans Administration and compilation of my military records. I decided to request my Fathers Records. My Father Passed away in 1967 at age 48. I was 17 and knew very little about his war time experiences. I knew he served with the 2nd Armored Division under General Patton that he fought in North Africa, Sicily, landed on Normandy and fought till the end of the war. He talked very little about the war. The response I received from the VA was that his records were destroyed in a fire in the records division in...
  • Tales of the Gun - Japanese Guns of WW2 (Video)

    05/22/2013 7:12:21 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 25 replies | 5-21-2013 | Primeda
    The classic History Channel documentary series. This episode: Japanese Guns of WWII.
  • Stolen Nazi Gold May Be In German Cavern (Amber Room?)

    02/19/2008 8:38:09 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 1,500+ views
    Stolen Nazi gold may be in German cavern Last Updated: 3:11am GMT 20/02/2008 Treasure hunters claim they have may have found a haul of looted Nazi gold said to be part of a Russian collection that was dubbed the "eighth wonder of the world" before it was stolen. The resting place of the Amber Room treasures was reportedly made at the weekend near the German village of Deutschneudorf. Tests showed a man-made cavern 20 metres below ground that contained a large amount of precious metals. Treasure hunter Christian Hanisch [left] and Heinz-Peter Haustein at the site where the gold is...
  • Fate Of Russia's Lost Art Treasure Revealed After 60-Year Cover-Up (Amber Room)

    05/21/2004 7:47:39 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 340+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 5-22-2004 | John Ezard
    Fate of Russia's lost art treasure revealed after 60-year cover-up John Ezard, arts correspondent Saturday May 22, 2004 The Guardian (UK) Steven Spielberg would have called it Indiana Jones and the Eighth Wonder, and supplied a happy ending. In a damp cellar, guarded by deadly snakes and senile but savage SS men, the holy grail of Russian art treasures would triumphantly have been liberated. According to evidence disclosed today in Guardian Weekend, the truth is more squalid. Peter the Great's 18th century Amber Room, rated as the world's prime missing art treasure, valued at 150m, perished in the chaos of...
  • Mysteries of the Amber Chamber - restoration of the 8th wonder of the world

    07/08/2003 11:14:34 AM PDT · by bedolido · 21 replies · 396+ views
    Pravda ^ | 07/08/03 | Staff Writer
    In the old times there were two suns above the Earth. Unfortunately one got broken to pieces; the pieces dropped into the ocean that now casts bits of "the solar stone" ashore. People call these pieces amber. It is a nice legend about amber; it slightly reminds of the story of creation, loss and restoration of the famous amber chamber in Tsarskoye Selo. One woman from the Russian city of Rostov was one of the first people who believed that the amber chamber could be restored. What is more, she made first considerable contribution into the reconstruction process. In 1976,...
  • Russia's Jewel Box: A Resurrected Amber Room Glows With History and Mystery

    05/29/2003 8:21:50 AM PDT · by xeno · 8 replies · 5+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | May 29, 2003 | Susan B. Glasser
    <p>Hidden for now behind a white screen from the prying eyes of visitors to Catherine Palace, the painstakingly re-created Amber Room glows with the yellows, oranges, reds of the late-afternoon sun. Intricately carved frames of amber showcase four elaborate mosaic pictures made of semiprecious stones. Amber roses and amber people and amber landscapes festoon the walls.</p> <p>It is, as museum official Yuri Dumashin put it today while marveling once again at its baroque extravagance, "the world's biggest jewelry box."</p>
  • Hunt on for Tsars' Amber Room

    03/29/2003 12:21:41 PM PST · by vannrox · 3 replies · 451+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | Sat 29 Mar 2003 | ALLAN HALL IN BERLIN
    CRAFTED entirely out of amber, gold and precious stones, it was a masterpiece of baroque art and widely regarded as the world?s most important art treasure. When its 565 candles were lit, the famous Amber Room was said to glow a fiery gold. Looted by the Nazis , its whereabouts have been a mystery since the dying days of the Second World War. But now a new German investigation believes it has found where the treasure, worth 120 million today, lies - in abandoned mine workings in the former East Germany. One of the few facts all historians seem to...
  • Hitlers Gold: Uncovering the Biggest Bank Heist in History

    10/09/2009 7:24:03 AM PDT · by BGHater · 12 replies · 2,061+ views
    Money Hacker ^ | 22 Sep 2009 | Joseph McCullough
    Image: via Food Court LunchAmong the chaos of the collapse of Hitlers empire in April 1945 the biggest heist in history took place. Gold bars, jewels and stolen foreign currency with an estimated worth of $3.34 billion vanished from the Reichsbank vaults, in Germany.Reichsbank, Berlin 1933Image: German Federal Archive In the ensuing decades small quantities of this bounty have turned up in Portugal, Switzerland, Turkey, Spain and Sweden but the majority remains missing. Across the world search teams look for this missing treasure and the supreme prize of the legendary Amber Room, an acquisition from St. Petersburg during WWII,...
  • On masculinity: My father's generation were better at being men

    05/19/2013 2:44:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 17, 2013 | Ian Jack
    According to Diane Abbott, Britain is facing a crisis of masculinity. In a speech made on Thursday under the auspices of the thinktank Demos, the shadow health minister warned of a generation of angry, inarticulate young men who had no idea of their role in society. Raised on a diet of pornography and consumerism, they were "caught between the stiff-upper-lip approach of previous generations" and the "pornified ideals" of a youth culture that featured Viagra as a party drug and promoted sexism and homophobia.More prone to depression and less well educated than young women, and perhaps jobless despite a degree,...
  • Japanese mayor: Wartime sex slaves were necessary [OK, FR Ladies Get Angry]

    05/14/2013 6:16:40 AM PDT · by SandRat · 52 replies
    An outspoken nationalist mayor said the Japanese military's forced prostitution of Asian women before and during World War II was necessary to "maintain discipline" in the ranks and provide rest for soldiers who risked their lives in battle. The comments made Monday are already raising ire in neighboring countries that bore the brunt of Japan's wartime aggression and have long complained that Japan has failed to fully atone for wartime atrocities.
  • Japanese mayor: Wartime sex slaves were necessary

    05/14/2013 1:34:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    AP ^ | 5/14/2013 | MALCOLM FOSTER
    An outspoken nationalist mayor said the Japanese military's forced prostitution of Asian women before and during World War II was necessary to "maintain discipline" in the ranks and provide rest for soldiers who risked their lives in battle. The comments made Monday are already raising ire in neighboring countries that bore the brunt of Japan's wartime aggression and that have long complained that Japan has failed to fully atone for wartime atrocities. Toru Hashimoto, the young, brash mayor of Osaka who is also co-leader of an emerging conservative political party, also told reporters that there wasn't clear evidence that the...
  • Inside the Paris apartment untouched for 70 years: ...owner locked up and fled at outbreak of WWII

    05/13/2013 4:05:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    DailyMailUK ^ | 01:57 EST, 13 May 2013 | Leon Watson
    Caked in dust and full of turn-of-the century treasures, this Paris apartment is like going back in time. Having lain untouched for seven decades the abandoned home was discovered three years ago after its owner died aged 91. The woman who owned the flat, a Mrs De Florian, had fled for the south of France before the outbreak of the Second World War. She never returned and in the 70 years since, it looks like no-one had set foot inside.