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  • Remembering "those poor bastards"

    06/07/2012 7:16:37 PM PDT · by giant sable · 31 replies ^ | June 6, 2012 | Michael S. Malone
    Sixty-eight years ago this week, my father, Ralph “Pat” Malone, bored with being confined to barracks with the rest of the 401st bomb group, sneaked off his base at Deenthorpe, England, and rode a bicycle into the nearby village to a pub to meet a local girl he was sweet on. Hours later, as he rode back, he noticed that all of the lights on the base were on and, hidden behind a rise in the landscape, the 36 B-17s were already revving up.
  • Jake McNiece, D-Day Vet

    06/06/2012 6:26:13 PM PDT · by OSTATE · 5 replies
    The Daily Oklahoman ^ | 6-6-2012 | Daily Oklahoman
    Video of Jake McNiece, WWII Vet and whose exploits the movie "The Dirty Dozen" was based up
  • Who Dares Attack My Chesterton? (Long)

    06/05/2012 8:12:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies ^ | June 4th, 2012 | Zac Alstin
    Who Dares Attack My Chesterton? OpinionJune 4th, 2012 Zac Alstin The late Christopher Hitchens  It is a cliché of pop psychology that we are least able to tolerate people who remind us of our own selves. There’s only room for one Life Of The Party and we feel a twinge of antagonism toward anyone whose excellence threatens to outshine our own. I was reminded of this when I read Christopher Hitchens’ posthumously published review of a biography of the great British journalist G.K. Chesterton. It certainly was a curious valediction. As an obituary for Hitchens described: “Consider the mix. Constant pain, weak as...
  • D-Day: Eisenhower and His Paratroopers

    06/06/2012 11:41:15 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 24 replies
    Self | June 6, 2012 | Retain Mike
    General Dwight Eisenhower arrived in London to head Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) during the last five months of planning for D-Day. He achieved much more than the popular portrayal of managing a political/military alliance. Though he never led troops in combat, his leadership sustained many unprecedented initiatives for the successful Normandy landings. The air assault examples the frightful uncertainties plaguing critical hazards run on this “Day of Days”. The night before D-Day, 20,400 American and British paratroopers dropped behind the Normandy beaches from 1,250 C-47 aircraft plus gliders. This massive assault was attempted just 17 years after Charles...
  • Midway: Gracious Leadership and Brave Men

    06/06/2012 9:14:02 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 38 replies
    Self | June 6, 2012 | Retain Mike
    In late December 1941, Navy Secretary Frank Knox and FDR met and selected Chester Nimitz to command the Pacific Fleet now mostly at the bottom of Pearl Harbor. Roosevelt said, “Tell Nimitz to get the hell out to Pearl and stay there until the war is won”. Knox informed Nimitz by saying, “You’re going to take command of the Pacific Fleet, and I think you will be gone a long time”. On Christmas Day 1941 Admiral Chester Nimitz arrived by Catalina flying boat to take command. When the door opened he was assailed by a poisonous atmosphere from black oil,...
  • (great informational site)

    06/06/2012 6:02:50 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 11 replies ^ | june 56. 2-12
    Welcome to the official site of the National D-Day Memorial. Located in Bedford, Virginia— the town suffering the highest per capita D-Day losses in the nation. The National D-Day Memorial honors the Allied forces that participated in the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944 during World War II. With its stylized English Garden, haunting invasion tableau, and striking Victory Plaza, the Memorial stands as a powerful permanent tribute to the valor, fidelity, and sacrifice of D-Day participants. Surrounded by the beautiful majestic Blue Ridge mountains, this makes for a solemn and respectful tribute for our fallen heroes. D_Day_memorial_imageVisitors can...
  • 'Band of Brothers' honored on D-Day anniversary

    06/06/2012 8:20:11 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 24 replies
    A statue in the likeness of a Pennsylvania native whose quiet leadership was chronicled in the World War II book and television miniseries "Band of Brothers" is being unveiled near the beaches where the D-Day invasion of France began in 1944. The 12-foot (3.6-meter) tall bronze statue in the Normandy village of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont shows Maj. Dick Winters with his weapon at the ready, evoking the massive Allied operation that paved the way for the end of the war.
  • What honor looks like: The flash mob at Gate 38 of Reagan National Airport

    06/05/2012 9:19:11 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 32 replies ^ | 6th June 2012 | Chris Muller
    'Honor is a hard term to describe. It doesn’t have a color or weight or shape. If someone were to ask me what honor looked like, I’d probably struggle with what to say. But something happened on May 23, 2012 at 9:31 a.m. at Gate 38 of Reagan National Airport that might change that. A flash mob of sorts broke out. But not like you’ve seen on YouTube with highly choreographed dance numbers or people singing a song in unison. In fact, virtually all of the participants of this “flash mob” didn’t know they would be participating until moments before...

    06/03/2012 3:50:59 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 87 replies ^ | 3 June 2012 | Peter Rowe
    Spanning hundreds of leagues and four days, June 4-7, 1942, the Battle of Midway pitted an overmatched American fleet against a Japanese armada in a desperate struggle for command of the Pacific. What unfolded more than 1,000 miles northwest of Hawaii was, British historian John Keegan maintains, “the most stunning and decisive blow in the history of naval warfare.” Saturday in San Diego, the U.S. Navy celebrated this triumph’s 70th anniversary. Aboard the retired aircraft carrier named for the battle, 1,000 guests were to hear videotaped comments from a handful of survivors. They included aviators, Marines and one plucky steward....
  • Poles Demand Obama Apology For "Polish Death Camps" Comment

    05/29/2012 5:12:50 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 158 replies ^ | May 29, 2012 | Rosie Gray
    The president referred to “Polish death camps” while awarding a posthumous Medal of Freedom to Polish professor Jan Karski, a hero of the anti-Nazi resistance. Poles believe they're blamed unfairly for the Nazi Holocaust, and the Foreign Minister led the outrage in a late night tweet. The remark, which barely drew notice in America, is all over the Polish news today. On the country's largest television station:
  • World War II reshaped the Bay Area and its people

    05/28/2012 9:20:24 PM PDT · by thecodont · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Monday, May 28, 2012 | Carl Nolte
    Memorial Day is an occasion to remember the men and women who went off to war and never returned. But it is also fitting on this day to recall the soldiers, sailors and Marines who served in World War II and came back. Those men and women and their families set off a huge postwar boom that completely changed the Bay Area - and produced the region that today's residents have inherited. World War II had a huge impact on the Bay Area. It resulted in major changes in the area's racial makeup, its economy, even its physical appearance. The...
  • WWII hero’s reunion with child savior

    05/28/2012 9:02:50 PM PDT · by Pelham · 12 replies
    NEW YORK POST ^ | May 27, 2012 | CYNTHIA R. FAGEN
    It was July 31, 1944, and Army Air Corps pilot Lt. Henry Supchak was flying his 33rd bombing mission over Munich, Germany, when his B-17 bomber, nicknamed “Priority Gal,” was riddled by anti-aircraft fire. Sputtering and billowing black smoke, Supchak knew the aircraft would never make it back to base in Bassingbourn, England, 650 miles away. With two dead engines, the aircraft was plummeting fast — over Nazi-occupied Austria. “I said, ‘Fellas get your chutes on!’ ” and ordered them to jump. Alone now, with a two-inch piece of shrapnel dug into his right leg, Supchak desperately needed to get...

    05/28/2012 12:53:09 PM PDT · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 2 replies
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | May 28, 2012
    Please watch and share this highly inspirational video and the amazing birth of a much-needed charity to our beloved WWII veterans. The goal is to have 50,000 views by the end of the day (at 28,000 time of this posting).
  • VJ Day, Honolulu Hawaii, August 14, 1945

    05/26/2012 7:46:49 AM PDT · by Doogle · 32 replies ^ | 05/20/10 | Richard Sullivan
    How it was 1945, on VJ Day. Kodachrome 16mm film. Honolulu.
  • Mihailovich rehabilitation proceedings continue

    05/14/2012 12:45:26 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 2 replies ^ | May 14, 2012 | B92/Tanjug
    BELGRADE -- The proceedings for rehabilitation of WWII General Dragoljub Mihailović resumed on Friday [May 11, 2012] before the Higher Court in Belgrade. Mihailović was a commander of the Chetnik movement during World War II who was sentenced to death in 1946. The court listened to audio recordings from the trial against Mihailović, provided by historian Slobodan Marković, specifically one part of his closing argument given on July 10, 1946. “By comparing stenographer's notes and transcripts of the audio recording, it is evident the former were cut short by 27 percent and the meaning of sentences was often changed,” Marković...
  • Frozen in the sands of time: Eerie Second World War RAF fighter plane discovered in the Sahara.

    05/12/2012 1:01:58 PM PDT · by Doogle · 39 replies
    Dail Mail ^ | 05/10/12 | Paul Harris
    He was hundreds of miles from civilisation, lost in the burning heat of the desert. Second World War Flight Sergeant Dennis Copping took what little he could from the RAF Kittyhawk he had just crash-landed, then wandered into the emptiness. From that day in June 1942 the mystery of what happened to the dentist’s son from Southend was lost, in every sense, in the sands of time.
  • A British family struggles to survive the first days of World War II-----Great Movie--- MRS. MINIVER

    05/12/2012 12:36:26 PM PDT · by djone · 26 replies
    Turner Classic Movies ^ | 5/13/12 | TCM
    MRS MINIVER : Moving drama about middle class English family learning to cope with war. Winner of six Academy Awards--for Garson, Wright, director Wyler, and Best Picture, among others--this film did much to rally American support for our British allies during WW2, though its depiction of English life
  • WWII veteran takes final flight on B-24 bomber

    05/12/2012 9:15:01 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | May 11, 2012 | Jaimee Lynn Fletcher
    The roar of the propellers cutting the air is what sparks memories for WWII veteran Howard Mann. "The sound is the same," he said. "The sound brings it all back." Mann, 92, was a passenger in the B-24 Liberator "Witchcraft" that took flight from Long Beach to John Wayne Airport on Friday as part of the Wings of Freedom exhibition at the Lyon Air Museum... The last time Mann was in a B-24 was Jan. 3, 1945, flying over the Pacific...
  • Almost Perfectly Preserved’ WWII Fighter Discovered in Sahara Desert — 70 Years After Disappearing

    05/11/2012 9:07:30 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 100 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 05/10/12 | Becket Adams
    It’s not quite the same as the opening sequence to “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” but it’s awfully close. The Daily Mail reports that a Polish oil company worker, Jakub Perka, has discovered an “almost perfectly preserved” Kittyhawk P-40 that crash-landed in the Sahara Desert in 1942. “Despite the crash impact, most of the aircraft’s cockpit instruments are intact,” according to the report.
  • WWII fighter plane hailed the 'aviation equivalent of Tutankhamun's Tomb' found preserved in the Sah

    05/11/2012 10:29:11 AM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 25 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | May 10, 2012 | Richard Alleyne
    WWII fighter plane hailed the 'aviation equivalent of Tutankhamun's Tomb' found preserved in the Sahara The Kittyhawk P-40 has remained unseen and untouched since it came down on the sand in June 1942 and has been hailed the "aviation equivalent of Tutankhamun's Tomb". It is thought the pilot survived the crash and initially used his parachute for shelter before making a desperate and futile attempt to reach civilisation by walking out of the desert. The RAF airman, believed to have been Flight Sergeant Dennis Copping, 24, was never seen again. The single-seater fighter plane was discovered by chance by Polish...
  • New Book Offers Vivid Account of Hitler, Nazi Germany

    05/05/2012 7:00:09 PM PDT · by iowamark · 23 replies ^ | April 12, 2012 | Tim Lilley
    Son of Austrian Chancellor shares fascinating perspective of events in When Hitler Took Austria SAN FRANCISCO, April 12, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- In March 1938, Austrian Chancellor Kurt von Schuschnigg found himself under house arrest by invading German troops who stormed the country as part of the Nazi takeover of Europe. Chancellor von Schuschnigg spent time in Gestapo prisons from May 1938 to December 1941, when his wife Vera and daughter Sissi joined him in Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. Ignatius Press has published the gripping true story of von Schuschnigg as told by his son, who came of age during these...
  • George Vujnovich, leader of WWII air rescue, dead at 96

    05/03/2012 2:07:16 PM PDT · by iowamark · 18 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | May 2, 2012 | Matthew M. Burke
    George Vujnovich, an American intelligence agent who led the largest air rescue of Americans behind enemy lines during World War II, died last week at the age of 96, according to media reports. In 1944, the Serbian-American officer in the Office of Strategic Services (precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency) organized successful efforts to insert a team into what was then Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia and rescue more than 500 pilots and airmen who had been downed trying to cross the territory to bomb Hitler’s oil fields in Romania, according to an obituary in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The airmen had been hidden...
  • Operation Tiger: D-Day's Disastrous Rehearsal

    04/29/2012 10:56:11 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NPR ^ | April 28, 2012
    Sixty-eight years ago today, the Allies launched a massive dress rehearsal for the invasion of Normandy — the famous D-Day landings that would happen five weeks later. But that rehearsal turned into one of the war's biggest fiascos. It took place on Slapton Sands, a beach in southwestern England. British historian Giles Milton wrote about the rehearsal on his blog last week. "The beaches there are long and they're wide, so it gave the soldiers plenty of opportunity to really experience what it was going to be like," Milton tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz. "The beaches...
  • March of the Living 2012 Welcoming Liberators - Krakow Opera House

    04/28/2012 1:27:33 PM PDT · by NJRighty · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 04/19/12
    A ceremony was held in Krakow, Poland April 18, 2012 on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day honoring members of the Allied Forces who liberated the concentration camps during WWII. Along with Holocaust survivors and thousands of students, American veterans in their late 80s and early 90s traveled to Poland to participate in the ceremony along with one Canadian who took part in the campaign in Western Europe. They also participated in the March of the Living from Auschwitz to Birkenau. The annual March of the Living program brings thousands of young people from around the world each year on...
  • Doolittle Raiders: patriots and men of courage when America needed them

    04/21/2012 8:08:20 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 24 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | April 21st, 2012 | Jim Emerson
    Seventy years ago this week sixteen Army Air Force B-25 Mitchells took off from the heaving deck of the Navy’s aircraft carrier USS Hornet. This was the first time in the Second World War that America took the fight to the enemy. The raiders who were led by Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, struck Japan in a demonstration ofAmerica’s determination to take the fight to Japan’s home soil. This raid was a morale booster for a nation that was still recovering from the attack onPearl Harbor. The concept of launching medium bombers from a carrier was conceived by Navy Captain Francis...
  • April 10, 1941: A Dark Day In History

    04/17/2012 2:43:07 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 4 replies ^ | April 17, 2012 | Srdja Trifkovic
    Aleksandra's Note: While this excellent analysis by Srdja Trifkovic focuses on the "internal" history of Croatia, it is important to note that four days after Nazi Germany declared war on the United States, Hitler's staunch ally the Independent State of Croatia (NDH) declared war on both the United Kingdom and on the United States on December 14, 1941. What makes this especially significant is that less than three years later, on April 16, 1944, which was Easter Sunday for the Serbian Orthodox, the Anglo-American forces bombed Belgrade, the capital of their loyal and devoted ally Serbia, even though there was...
  • Burmese treasure:'We've done some pretty silly things but the silliest was burying the Spitfires'

    04/16/2012 1:58:33 PM PDT · by Theoria · 27 replies
    Canberra Times ^ | 16 April 2012 | Adam Lusher
    EXTRAORDINARY plans to raise a lost ''squadron'' of Spitfires that have lain buried in Burma since the end of World War II were revealed at the weekend as David Cameron, Britain's Prime Minister, visited Rangoon. A Lincolnshire farmer who devoted 15 years of his life to finding the planes has spoken about his quest to recover them and get them airborne. David Cundall, 62, has spent £130,000 ($200,000) of his money, visited Burma 12 times, persuaded its secretive regime to trust him, and all the time sought testimony from a dwindling band of Far East veterans in order to locate...
  • The new Battle of Burma: Find 20 buried Spitfires and make them fly

    04/14/2012 4:37:22 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 46 replies
    Historic planes buried in Second World War are to be shipped back to Britain after their mystery locations were discovered War leaders did not want them to fall into foreign hands when they demobilised in 1945 Hidden in crates at a depth of 4ft to 6ft the RAF then forgot where they were Twenty brand-new RAF Spitfires could soon reach for the sky following a deal reached with Burma yesterday. Experts believe they have discovered the locations of around 20 of the Second World War fighters buried at airfields around the country. David Cameron has secured an agreement that they...
  • Rudolph Hess Believed the Jews Had Hypnotised Churchill, According to Psychiatric Records

    04/07/2012 3:59:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7 April 2012
    Rudolph Hess believed the Jews had hypnotised Winston Curchill into taking a negative stance towards Nazi Germany, according to the Deputy Nazi leader's recently discovered psychiatric records. Notes written by Dr Henry Dicks, one of the Army psychiatrists who monitored Hess while he was a prisoner in Britain, detail his bizarre convictions. Hess believed Churchill had been 'mesmerised' by evil forces who were trying to kill him because he was the 'only person who knew of their secret psychic powers'. Professor Daniel Pick, a historian and psychoanalyst from Birkbeck College, University of London, studied Dr Dicks' notes for a new...
  • WWII heroes who served in elite unit reportedly die on same day

    04/03/2012 12:39:35 PM PDT · by DFG · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04/03/12 | Fox News
    Two World War II veterans heralded for their service in an elite commando unit reportedly died just 12 hours apart on Sunday. Mark Radcliffe, 94, and Joe Glass, 92, who both lived in Montana, were the last surviving members of the First Special Service Force, or FSSF, a legendary commando unit consisting of American and Canadian soldiers that captured more than 27,000 enemy prisoners during the war, the Helena Independent Record reported. Both men were selected in 1942 for the Plough Project, described as a "suicide mission," and underwent training at Helena's Fort Harrison, according to the newspaper. The accomplishments...
  • Calling WWII history buffs.

    03/25/2012 6:40:17 PM PDT · by gop4lyf · 42 replies · 9+ views
    me | me
    I went to a family reunion today and came away with some pictures and an artifact of my granddad's WWII service. If at all possible, I would like some help identifying the following two things...
  • Remembering Arthur Jibilian of the Halyard Mission on the Anniversary of his Death

    03/21/2012 6:07:35 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 3 replies ^ | March 21, 2012 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Arthur Jibilian, 86, speaking at the "Forgotten 500 Reunion" 'Lest we Forget' commemoration, Michigan June 17, 2009 Photo by Aleksandra Rebic Back of photograph with personal message from General Mihailovich to Arthur Jibilian in 1944. "To Mr. 'Jibby' Jibilian, an ally and friend in these difficult days in the battle for freedom" American airmen and OSS personnel with General Mihailovich, standing in the center of the photo with his hand over his heart, 1944. Arthur Jibilian is kneeling in the front row in front of General Mihailovich and Captain Nick Lalich. Arthur Jibilian, standing far right, in Pranjani, Serbia, 2004....
  • Flight from Colditz: British PoWs' daring glider escape finally takes to sky 67 years late...

    03/19/2012 11:37:51 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 17, 2012 | Unattributed
    It may have been 67 years late but a replica of the Colditz glider finally took off from the castle yesterday .  .  . and promptly crashed. The original glider – nicknamed the Colditz Cock – was part of one of the most audacious escape plans conjured up by British prisoners of war held at the castle. After discovering a book on aircraft design in the library, the Second World War PoWs designed and constructed it behind a false wall in the attic. The glider was still under construction when the supposedly escape-proof PoW camp Oflag IV-C was liberated by American forces...
  • Luftwaffe wreck sites in Norway

    03/18/2012 5:30:10 AM PDT · by csvset · 27 replies ^ | 18 March 2012 | Kjell Sørensen
    Saw this listed on another forum, http://www.militaryphotos.netA gent has taken the time to gather info regarding downed aircraft.Interesting stuff.Luftwaffe wreck sites in Norway
  • A Halyard Mission grandchild reminds us of the Legacy

    03/08/2012 6:32:23 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 2 replies ^ | March 7, 2012 | Aleksandra Rebic
    ***** Charles L. Davis Lieutenant Colonel United States Air Force Born June 8, 1919 in Staten Island, NY Died February 17, 2012 in Falls Church, VA Dates of Service: May 26, 1942 - June 8, 1979 On June 6, 1944 Charlie Davis was in a B-24 and the target was Brazok, Romania when his plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire. He parachuted out of the doomed B-24. Was missing in action in Nazi-occupied Serbia from June 6, 1944 until August of 1944. Was saved by the Serbs loyal to and under the command of General Draza Mihailovich.
  • World War II planes will bring past to life (Gulfport, MS)

    03/07/2012 4:49:35 AM PST · by Islander7 · 11 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | March 7, 2012 | By MICHAEL NEWSOM
    GULFPORT -- World War II era combat aircraft will land this afternoon and be here for three days, giving locals a chance to climb aboard them and look around as part of the Wings of Freedom Tour. They’ll also be seen in the skies above South Mississippi over the next three days as locals can buy rides on the historic planes. The tour will feature a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, a Consolidated B-24J Liberator and a North American P-51 Mustang, which will land at 2 p.m. at Atlantic Aviation and remain there until Friday at noon. Locals will get...
  • TCM Classic Movie: The Glenn Miller Story

    03/03/2012 2:36:59 PM PST · by re_nortex · 28 replies · 1+ views
    TCM ^ | March 3, 2012 | TCM Staff
    This superb 1954 film starring Jimmy Stewart, June Allyson and featuring Harry Morgan will be shown tonight (Saturday, March 3, 2012) at 10:15 PM Eastern Time on TCM.
  • Band of Brothers' soldier dies at 90 in Wash.

    02/29/2012 10:17:22 AM PST · by Kartographer · 23 replies · 5+ views
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 2/28/12
    Lynn D. "Buck" Compton, a veteran whose World War II exploits were depicted in the HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers," has died, his family said. Compton died Saturday in Burlington, Wash., after having a heart attack last month, the family told the Los Angeles Times ( ) in a story Tuesday. In January, nearly 200 guests, including actors from the miniseries, attended his 90th birthday party, the Skagit Valley Herald ( ) reported. "To us he wasn't really a war hero, he was just a hero, period," Tracy Compton told the Herald.
  • In honor of Lt. Buck Compton, 1921-2012

    02/27/2012 11:59:47 AM PST · by Borges · 24 replies
    Men Who Lead Well ^ | 02/27/12 | Marcus Brotherton
    In great sadness and tribute I write to tell of the passing late evening February 25 of Lt. Lynn “Buck” Davis Compton, one of the original Band of Brothers. Buck was a true patriot, a valiant soldier in battle, a devoted public servant, and an honorable and caring family man. He died peacefully and comfortably at his home in Burlington, Washington. He was 90. Buck was born in Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve, 1921. He was named after his father, Lyndley, but gave himself the nickname “Buck” in grammar school, taking a cue from a star catcher for the...
  • Darwin, 1942: Remembering Australia's 'Pearl Harbor'

    02/19/2012 1:55:11 PM PST · by the scotsman · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 19th February 2012 | Duncan Kennedy
    'It's 70 years since Japanese bombers swooped on Darwin, in northern Australia, sinking Allied ships in the harbour and killing hundreds of people. For years the attack was rarely mentioned, but now the story is finally being told. If 7 December 1941 is "a date that will live in infamy" for the United States, then 19 February 1942 is surely one that will join it in the annals of shame for Australia. That was the day, just 10 weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor, when the same carrier-based Japanese force turned its attention to the small northern town of...
  • USS Peary memorial marks enduring military ties (70th anniversary of first attack on Australia)

    02/18/2012 3:31:52 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) ^ | 14th February 2012 | Carolyn Herbert
    Northern Territory Chief Minister Paul Henderson says a commemorative plaque to be placed in Darwin Harbour acknowledges the ongoing military ties between Australia and the United States. The plaque will be lowered to the seabed near the wreck of the USS Peary. It is in memory of more than 90 US servicemen killed on the ship during the first wave of Japanese bombing of Darwin on February 19, 1942. Mr Henderson says, 70 years on, links between the Top End and the US remain strong. "The plaque is a commemoration and a testament to the enduring friendship between the people...
  • A Dream Island Littered with Deadly Relics

    02/08/2012 3:00:30 AM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 10 replies
    Speigel Online ^ | February 08, 2010 | Stefan Robert Weißenborn
    Visitors to the Pacific island of Peleliu can't claim they weren't warned. The sign at the harbour says "Welcome to Peleliu -- Land of Enchantment," but as the boat approaches the quay, a second sign becomes visible. "Remember that WWII ordnance is still dangerous and can injure or kill!"The water glistens in varying shades of turquoise, the sand on the beaches is as fine as dust and a balmy breeze eases the tropical heat. But the beauty is deceptive. The "Land of Enchantment," which belongs to the island nation of Palau, was the scene of one of the bloodiest battles...
  • Navajo Code Talker dies

    02/03/2012 3:14:06 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 1+ views
    WINDOW ROCK — Another Navajo Code Talker has died. Sgt. Jimmie Begay, of Sawmill, died Wednesday afternoon, the Navajo Nation says. He was 86. --------------------- Services are pending.
  • The Honorable Edward Derwinski pays tribute to the "Halyard Mission" and General Mihailovich

    01/27/2012 9:45:34 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 2 replies ^ | January 26, 2012 | Edward Derwinski / Aleksandra Rebic
    Edward J. Derwinski Halyard Mission 50th anniversary 1994 Chicago, IL U.S.A. Photo by R. Rebic Aleksandra's Note: Americans and Serbs from all over the United States and Canada gathered together on May 31, 1994 in Chicago to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 'Halyard Mission' rescue operation and pay homage to the American veterans of World War II and the Serbs under the command of General Draza Mihailovich who had saved their lives. The 'Halyard Mission' was the name given to the greatest rescue of American and Allied lives from behind enemy lines in the history of warfare. It was...
  • $3B WWII Shipwreck Located in Boston Harbor's Back Yard by Sub Sea Research

    01/27/2012 9:17:16 AM PST · by Theoria · 12 replies
    PR Web ^ | 27 Jan 2012 | PR Web
    Sub Sea Research LLC, a Portland Maine based company located the worlds richest shipwreck, a WWII British Freighter carrying a secret cargo of 71 tons of Platinum sunk by a German U-Boat off the coast of Cape Cod. Sub Sea Research (SSR) spent months searching for the elusive ship, the Port Nicholson, torpedoed by German U-boat U87, June 1942. It took two torpedoes and about 7 hours to sink her. U-87 also fired at the troop ship the “Cherokee,” quickly sinking her with a heavy loss of lives. The Port Nicholson is a steel-hulled, 481 ft. merchant ship, coal fired...
  • Rare World War II photographs show American soldiers' fight for survival in brutal Battle of Saipan

    01/16/2012 12:29:48 PM PST · by rawhide · 52 replies · 1+ views ^ | 1-15-12 | Lydia Warren
    It is the little-known battle that claimed the lives of thousands of Americans during World War II. But now black-and-white photographs, captured by Life magazine photographer W. Eugene Smith, show the everyday horrors for the U.S. soldiers fighting against Japanese forces on the Mariana Island of Saipan between June 15 and July 9, 1944. Faces etched with the pain of their experiences, war-weary men are captured transporting their wounded comrades or forcing Japanese civilians from their hiding places. The photographs were taken during a battle that claimed the lives of 22,000 Japanese civilians - many by suicide - and nearly...
  • British Nun Who Hid Jews From Nazis On Track For Sainthood [Saved Jews In Rome Convent]

    01/15/2012 6:53:54 PM PST · by Steelfish · 4 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | January 15, 2012
    British Nun Who Hid Jews From Nazis On Track For Sainthood The Vatican has taken up the case for sainthood of a British nun who helped to hide scores of Jews from the Nazis during the Second World War. 15 Jan 2012 A file on Mother Riccarda Beauchamp Hambrough has been sent to the Vatican to be studied by historians and theologians. Her cause for sainthood was opened in July 2010 by the Diocese of Rome along with that of Sister Katherine Flanagan, marking the first phase of the investigations. In a significant development, the causes of both women have...
  • Himmler and Heydrich: Hitler’s Lieutenants

    01/09/2012 6:57:50 PM PST · by iowamark · 44 replies · 2+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 6, 2012 | JACOB HEILBRUNN
    In June 1942, Thomas Mann, who was living in exile in California, delivered a commentary on a German-language BBC radio program that decried the sanguinary actions of the Third Reich in avenging the assassination of the leading SS official Reinhard Heydrich in Prague. After Heydrich’s elaborate funeral ceremony at the new Reich Chancellery in Berlin, Hitler screamed at the Czech president, Emil Hacha, “Nothing can prevent me from deporting millions of Czechs if they do not wish for peaceful coexistence.” It wasn’t an idle threat. “Since the violent death of Heydrich,” Mann lamented, “terror is raging everywhere, in a more...
  • President of Navajo Code Talkers Association dies

    01/08/2012 9:12:50 AM PST · by Silentgypsy · 17 replies
    AP ^ | 01/04/2012 | Felicia Fonseca
    Keith Little envisioned a place that would house the stories of the Navajo Code Talkers and where people could learn more about the famed World War II group who used their native language as a weapon. His family now hopes to carry out his dream of a museum in Arizona that also will hold wartime memorabilia and serve as a haven for veterans. Little, one of the most recognizable of the remaining Code Talkers, died of melanoma Tuesday night at a Fort Defiance hospital, said his wife, Nellie. He was 87. Little was 17 when he joined the U.S. Marine...
  • Nazi memorial in Croatia a disgrace to Europe

    01/05/2012 10:14:01 AM PST · by gitmogrunt · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/04/2012 | EFRAIM ZUROFF
    <p>Imagine for a minute that memorial masses were held in two major cities in Germany on the anniversary of the death of Adolf Hitler. Needless to say, such a ceremony would arouse fury, indignation, and widespread protests not only in Germany, but throughout the entire world. Last week, the local equivalent of such an event took place in Croatia, but instead of anger and demonstrations, not a single word of protest was heard from anywhere in the country.</p>