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  • History Television doc sheds new light on Dieppe, 70 years after invasion

    08/18/2012 10:03:29 AM PDT · by iowamark · 43 replies ^ | August 17, 2012 | Bill Brioux
    DIEPPE, France - Dieppe has long been a word that has made Canadian war veterans swell with pride and wince with sorrow. Ron Beal didn't like the sound of the word when he first heard it spelled out 70 years ago as his regiment's top secret military target. The first three letters, he points out, spell DIE — "and when we got there, that's exactly what we did." Beals, a member of the Royal Regiment of Canada, is one of a handful of surviving war veterans who share first-person insights in the illuminating new documentary "Dieppe Uncovered." The 90-minute film...
  • Japan marks 67th anniversary of WWII surrender, as frictions with neighbors mount

    08/15/2012 3:28:47 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 3 replies
    Washington Post/Associated Press ^ | 14 August 2012 | Staff
    TOKYO — Japan marked the 67th anniversary of its World War II surrender with a somber ceremony in the capital Wednesday, while renewed tension over territorial disputes and animosity over its wartime actions heated up across the region. Renewing Japan’s pledge to maintain its war-renouncing policy, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda mourned for the war dead and apologized to victims of Japanese wartime atrocities. “We have caused tremendous damage and pain to many countries, particularly the Asian people, during the war. We deeply regret that and sincerely mourn for those who were sacrificed and their relatives,” Noda said. “We will not...
  • Premiere of film honoring WWII vets breaks Guinness World Record

    08/13/2012 12:04:19 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/13/12 | Caroline May
    The premiere of a film to honor World War II veterans broke the Guinness World Record on Saturday for the largest attendance at a film screening. The previous world record of 27,022 attendees was set in 2010 in Brazil. According to the producers of the film “Honor Flight,” the premiere of their documentary — highlighting stories from the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight program, which flies World War II veterans to see the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. — beat the record with a crowd of 28,442.
  • Actors Who Served: Jimmy Stewart

    08/12/2012 11:48:03 AM PDT · by DFG · 78 replies
    Breitbart - Big Hollywood ^ | 08/12/12 | Amelia Hamilton
    Jimmy Stewart is perhaps the best known of the celebrities who served, partially because he chose to serve while already a successful movie star. However, having come from a military family (both of his grandfathers had fought in the Civil War, and his father served in both the Spanish-American War and World War I), he saw it as his duty and was more than happy to serve. Stewart already held his private pilots’ license when he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1940, but was rejected for being below the required weight of 148 pounds. Rather than going back...
  • Dropping Atomic Bombs on Japan Was Imperative

    08/10/2012 11:02:37 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 53 replies
    Self | August 10, 2012 | Self
    We now mark the 67th anniversary of dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end WW II. The generations which developed the information and made the decisions for World War II, including dropping the atomic bombs on Japan, have passed away. The generation which faced the tragic violence required for carrying out those decisions is rapidly leaving us. As this personal knowledge becomes ever rarer, we must listen increasingly to revisionist contra-factual analyses as they expound on what a needless, tragic and profoundly immoral decision the United States had made. In support of dropping the atomic bombs historians often...
  • 10 Things You Don't Know About Guadalcanal

    08/07/2012 3:18:37 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 90 replies
    10 Things You Don't Know About ^ | August 7, 2012 | PJ-Comix
    Today marks the 70th anniversary of the first offensive land operation taken by the United States in World War II. On August 7, 1942, the U.S. Marines landed at Guadalcanal. The general outlines of that battle which lasted which lasted 6 months until February 9, 1943 are known by many but here are 19 things about Guadalcanal that you might not know. This is the first of my regular "20 Things You Don't Know" posts that I hope will encourage the History Channel to bring back that series. You can read my full mission statement about this in my...
  • Truman Grandson – Political Pawn

    08/06/2012 1:03:34 PM PDT · by Shout Bits · 46 replies
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 08/06/2012 | Shout Bits
    Today is the 67th anniversary of the US's bombing of Hiroshima, Japan. As with each anniversary, many Japanese hold a ceremony designed to promote peace and prevent the use of nuclear weapons. It is hard to judge these people, as the bombing is of course regrettable, but like the Austrians and Italians, these people have a convenient lapse in memory regarding their culpability in WWII. Most regrettable, however is the attendance of Pres. Truman's grandson at the event. While Clifton Daniel stopped short of decrying his grandfather's leadership in the decision to end the war, his presence was a blithe...
  • The Third Atomic Bomb Was Going To Be Dropped On 19 August

    08/05/2012 4:49:23 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 61 replies
    National Security Archive ^ | 13 August 1945 | General Hull and Colonel Seaman
    This is a telephone conversation transcript between Colonel Seaman of the Manhattan Project and General Hull of Marshall's staff that took place on 13 August 1945. The subject is atomic bomb deployment and production timeline.
  • Dropping Atomic Bombs on Japan was Unavoidable

    08/05/2012 1:27:24 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 46 replies
    Self | August 5, 2012 | Self
    Dropping Atomic Bombs on Japan Unavoidable We now mark the 67th anniversary of dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end WW II. Once again we must listen to the contra-factual analysis of revisionists as they expound on what a needless, tragic and profoundly immoral decision the United States had made. In support of dropping the atomic bombs historians often cite the inevitability of horrifying casualties, if troops had landed on the home islands. They extrapolate from 48,000 American and 230,000 Japanese losses on Okinawa to estimates of 500,000 American and millions of Japanese casualties for mainland invasions. However,...
  • Nuke ops halted after protesters enter TN complex

    08/02/2012 5:06:04 AM PDT · by EBH · 27 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 8/2/2012
    OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) — Nuclear operations were temporarily halted Wednesday at a Tennessee complex that stores and processes uranium after three protesters, including a nun, were able to intrude into a high-security area over the weekend. The Y-12 National Security Complex said all nuclear material is safe. The temporary stand-down was expected to end by next week. Special nuclear material will be moved to vaults on site, and contractor security personnel will undergo training and refresher instruction. The protesters were found hanging banners in the dark and singing on Saturday and offering to break bread with the security guards...
  • Never seen before WW II pics

    07/30/2012 5:46:33 PM PDT · by Bikkuri · 171 replies
    I have a friend from Holland (Netherlands).. he showed me (never seen before) pictures of his grandfather (that was an SS), BUT he is really reluctant to show them because he doesn't want a bad image on his family (name)..
  • Honoring 'Wojtek' the Bear Who Fought the Nazis

    07/13/2012 3:13:03 PM PDT · by jakerobins · 3 replies
    It's a story worthy of a Hollywood adaptation. A cuddly bear cub, orphaned in the mountains of northern Iran, grows up to become a soldier in the Polish army and helps fight the Nazis during World War II. "Wojtek" the bear, Polish for "The Smiling Warrior" or "He Who Enjoys War," continues to be honored today, German news magazine Der Spiegel reports. According to legend, the bear was rescued by a young boy in the mountains of northern Iran after hunters had shot the cub's mother, and was later sold to the Polish army. The soldiers were part of the...
  • Churchill, puffing on cigar and wearing dashing aviator glasses while being tailed by the Luftwaffe

    07/08/2012 6:16:40 PM PDT · by Dysart · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7-8-12 | Chris Parsons
    Flight Officer Ron Buck kept back his own pictures from the trip that was later described as the 'Most Daring Flight of the Whole War.' Churchill had crossed the Atlantic by ship in order to lobby President Roosevelt, but rashly decided to fly home from Bermuda. With some of his most senior colleagues, the Prime Minister embarked on what was to become a perilous 18 hours flight.
  • Holocaust museum praised for corrections to Pius XII exhibit

    07/06/2012 1:07:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | July 5, 2012 | Benjamin Mann
    Pope Pius XII. Jerusalem, Israel, Jul 5, 2012 / 03:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial has made changes to a controversial exhibit on Pope Pius XII, presenting a more balanced view of his actions toward the Nazis and their Jewish victims. Pave the Way Foundation President Gary Krupp, a prominent Jewish defender of Pope Pius XII, said his inter-religious group was “very pleased” with Yad Vashem's change of position, which “should show the world that it is truly an institution based on facts and truth.” “The black legend against Pope Pius XII is being bleached white...
  • Count Robert de La Rochefoucauld [Obit: dead at age 88]

    07/03/2012 4:41:01 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 29 June 2012 | staff reporter
    Count Robert de La Rochefoucauld, who has died aged 88, escaped from Occupied France to join the Special Operations Executive (SOE); parachuted back on sabotage missions, he twice faced execution, only to escape on both occasions, once dressed as a Nazi guard.
  • Great for the fixer-upper slightly used Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

    06/30/2012 10:14:43 AM PDT · by djone · 8 replies
    retronaut. ^ | Jakub Perka
    A slightly used low milage vehicle with all the parts waiting for the fixer-upper. It has been recently sand blasted and is ready for paint...
  • Finally we honour the bravest of the brave:Queen unveils Bomber Command memorial

    06/28/2012 7:33:22 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    They have waited almost 70 years but thousands of war veterans and their relatives finally watched today as the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh unveiled a lasting legacy to the sacrifice made by tens of thousands of airmen who died in the Second World War. More than 5,000 veterans and veterans' family members from all over the world travelled to the capital for the poignant ceremony to mark the opening of the Bomber Command Memorial, with Air Commodore Malcolm White, chairman of Bomber Command Association vowing: 'We will remember them'. Situated in the heart of London, a stone's throw...
  • RAF Bomber Command Memorial: After 67 years, the sacrifice of 55,000 airmen is honoured

    06/28/2012 6:47:48 PM PDT · by Captain Peter Blood · 33 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | 06-28-2012 | Neil Tweedie, and Gordon Rayner
    RAF Bomber Command Memorial: After 67 years, the sacrifice of 55,000 airmen is honoured They had waited 67 years for this moment to arrive, and when it finally came, none tried to mask their emotions.
  • Queen to Unveil WWII Monument in London: Germans Grudgingly Accept Bomber Memorial

    06/25/2012 2:55:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 118 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 06/25/2012 | David Crossland in Berlin
    The planned unveiling in London of a memorial to the 55,573 Royal Air Force Bomber Command airmen killed in World War II has sparked muted criticism in Germany, where many regard the Allied air raids that destroyed entire cities and killed over 500,000 civilians as unjustified and criminal. Helma Orosz, the mayor of Dresden, which was devastated in an Allied attack in February 1945, criticized the plans for the monument when they first became public in 2010, and spoke to London Mayor Boris Johnson about it. "The planned memorial triggered astonishment in Dresden and was judged critically by us in...
  • First Time Someone in U.S. Officialdom Puts Brakes on WWII-Unrepentant Croatia’s EU Entry

    06/23/2012 2:16:41 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 8 replies
    Republican Riot ^ | June 22, 2012 | Julia Gorin
    It turns out that someone at the State Department knew all along that Croatia never answered for its Nazi past and shouldn’t just sail into the EU un-scrutinized and unreformed. Unfortunately, it’s a bit late. This former Under Secretary of State, Stuart Eizenstat, could have spoken up when Croatia was put on the fast-track in the mid-2000s, or even as late as last year, when the final stage of accession began; Croatia will be an EU member by mid next year. Still, one is grateful for the following item from Thursday’s Haaretz (and please don’t be fooled by the paper’s...