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  • Twin boys reunited with their World War II hero

    11/27/2015 9:00:24 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 11 replies
    CBS ^ | 11-27-15 | Steve Hartman
    The folks who run the Yorktown say a lot of kids love the ship, but no kid has ever fallen for a sailor who served on the vessel like these two boys have fallen for Mr. Harding. Which is why, for this trip, the Yorktown made special arrangements for a surprise visitor: Mr. Harding. The boys ran to embrace him; hugging an old salt never felt so sweet. It was hard to tell who enjoyed it more, or who needed it more. Over the years Mr. Harding says he'd kept most of his war stories to himself. "I guess I...
  • Heroic Battle of The Bulge Survivor Recounts his story

    12/17/2004 6:57:45 AM PST · by timtoews5292004 · 13 replies · 1,447+ views
    CNN ^ | 12-17-2004 | Brian Todd
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- After 58 years of marriage, Lyle Bouck and his wife, Lucy, are still helping each other down the front walk. "I didn't think we'd live that long," laughs Lucy. At one point, Lyle didn't even think he'd make it to the altar. Sixty years ago, Bouck was a young, whip-smart lieutenant, commanding a U.S. Army intelligence and reconnaissance platoon made up of 18 elite soldiers -- the eyes and ears of a fragmented Allied force pushing through Belgium toward the German border. By mid-December 1944, they had just about reached the border. But there was a huge...
  • Greatest of All Sea Battles

    11/19/2015 6:43:05 AM PST · by lbryce · 14 replies
    US Naval Institue ^ | October, 1994 | Lieutenant Commander Thomas J Cutler(Retired)
    The Battle of Leyte Gulf was the biggest and most multifaceted naval battle in history. It involved hundreds of ships, nearly 200,000 participants, and spanned more than 100,000 square miles. Some of the largest and most powerful ships ever built were sunk, and thousands of men went to the bottom of the sea with them. Every facet of naval warfare—air, surface, subsurface, and amphibious—was involved in this great struggle, and the weapons used included bombs of every type, guns of every caliber, torpedoes, mines, rockets, and even a forerunner of the modern guided missile. But more than mere size...
  • Barnicle Frets Creating NATO Force Would Fuel ISIS Recruitment

    11/17/2015 5:08:44 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 27 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    If Mike Barnicle were around at the beginning of WWII, perhaps he would have written "we better not fight back. It might make Hitler mad." On today's Morning Joe, the cringing former Boston Globe columnist, second-guessing a united front against terrorism, worried "wouldn't . . . creating a NATO force just add fuel to the recruiting fever that ISIS employs within Europe?" Maybe Mike should start referring to ISIS as Borg. After all, he apparently believes that resistance is futile. View the video here.
  • Last surviving dive bomber remembers the Battle of Midway

    11/13/2015 1:20:45 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 43 replies
    CNN via NewsChannel 3 ^ | NOVEMBER 11, 2015
    SAN ANTONIO — Norman Kleiss lives in a modest apartment in San Antonio. When I first reached him on the telephone, I almost started to shake. It was like going back in time. I could hear the engines roar over the Pacific Ocean; the tide of World War II was about to change. “So you want to talk about the Battle of Midway?” Kleiss asked. Boy, did I. It’s incredible that still living among us is this amazing American war hero. Norman Jack “Dusty” Kleiss is 99 years old. What did he do in the war? With fuel running low,...
  • Orgasms, Nazis and Inventing WiFi: Hedy Lamarr's Life Story Is Grander Than Any Hollywood Movie

    11/13/2015 10:42:10 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 55 replies
    Moviepilot ^ | 13 Nov 15 | Mark NewtonStaff
    If you were on Google earlier this week -- and let's face it, you were -- you may have spotted a Google Doodle which celebrates the life of one of Hollywood's most iconic actresses. Hedy Lamarr, an actress of the golden age of cinema, would have been 101 years old this week, although simply calling her an actress might be something of a misnomer. As well as appearing in films, Lamarr also applied her incredible intellect to a series of scientific and technological endeavors, which eventually earned her a place in the National Inventors Hall of Fame and practically...

    11/13/2015 5:45:25 AM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | November 11, 2015 | JILL HEINERTH
    In the summer months, a parade of icebergs break way from the Arctic and make their way south drifting through the region called Iceberg Alley. Divers visiting the Bell Island shipwrecks often divert to make a dive on these floating giants. (All photos: Jill Heinerth)Few people know that Bell Island, in Newfoundland, Canada, was directly attacked during World War II. In 1942, German U-boats twice raided the island in an attempt to disrupt the flow of iron ore being transported from mines on the island. This high-grade ore was used to supply steel critical to the war effort.Germans knew that if...
  • Veteran’s Day: The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    11/11/2015 5:46:30 PM PST · by Retain Mike · 8 replies
    Self | November 11, 2015 | Self
    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...
  • Veteran’s Day: The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    11/11/2015 10:31:41 AM PST · by Retain Mike · 11 replies
    Self | November 1, 2015 | Self
    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...
  • Their name liveth for evermore

    11/10/2015 7:37:37 PM PST · by pboyington · 1 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 10, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    “Their bodies are buried in peace; but their name liveth for evermore.” Ecclesiasticus 44:14 They are around us every day. We may not know who they are, or what they did, or when they did it, but, they are with us in body and in spirit. They are the old man with a cane who struggles to cross a street, but who once stormed the ash-laden hills of Iwo Jima. They are the janitor with a distant stare who won a Bronze Star at a place called Hue. They are the mailman who fought the Republican Guard and the salesman...
  • Germany honors officers who tried to kill Hitler

    07/20/2014 10:23:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 20, 2014 | Frank Jordans
    BERLIN (AP) -- Germany on Sunday honored a group of Nazi-era officers who tried to kill Adolf Hitler 70 years ago. The plot - portrayed in films such as the 2008 Hollywood movie "Valkyrie" - helped establish a principle under which German soldiers today are encouraged to defy orders if they would result in a crime or violate human dignity. In a somber ceremony, President Joachim Gauck called the July 20, 1944, bombing of Hitler's Wolf's Lair headquarters in Eastern Prussia a "significant day in German history" for showing the world that there were Germans who opposed the Nazi regime....
  • Scandal: Jews not invited to Swedish Kristallnacht commemoration

    11/09/2015 11:01:40 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 31 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/9/2015 | Tova Dvorin
    The organizers of an anti-Nazi event in Sweden face controversy Monday, after declining to invite the Jewish community to the event. "Umeå against Nazism" will run in the city of Umeå on Tuesday and Wednesday, commemorating Kirstallnacht, or the "Night of Broken Glass," the massive 1938 pogrom against Austrian and German Jews which is seen as marking the start of the holocaust. But, absurdly, Jews will not be invited. The organizers claim that inviting the Jewish community presents a security risk, nt.se reports, citing anti-Semitic and anti-Israel protests present at past events.

    11/07/2015 5:54:53 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | November 6, 2015 | CARA GIAIMO
    The Simple Sabotage Field Manual, declassified in the 1970s. (Photo: Joe Loong/Flickr)When you think of Allied espionage, you might imagine disguised explosives, wiretaps, bat bombs, or other dramatic inventions. But declassified documents reveal that World War II was won in part by more everyday saboteurs–purposefully clumsy factory workers, annoying train conductors, and bad middle managers, all trained by the U.S.'s Simple Sabotage Field Manual.In 1944, World War II was in its final throes. Though the Allies were holding their own against the Axis, they were in need of more troops and more local cooperation. The Office of Strategic Services (OSS), a precursor...
  • The Greatest Generation - Why America needs them more than ever

    11/06/2015 12:27:56 AM PST · by pboyington · 23 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 6, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    They were called Bob, Harry, Red, Leo, Dick and Mary. They trudged through the jungle on Guadalcanal, waded through mounds of volcanic ash on Iwo Jima, shivered miserably at a place called the Bulge and gave a dying GI life-saving plasma at a hospital in Italy. Some worked in the factories that churned out tanks and planes and fuel barrels 24/7, while others waged war with slide rules and chemistry beakers. They never complained because they knew the task at hand was so important that the future of the world rested in their hands. As Winston Churchill so eloquently put...
  • Update: Tank blast near Bend kills 2

    10/28/2015 3:54:51 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 37 replies
    KTVZ ^ | POSTED: 11:45 PM PDT October 27, 2015 UPDATED: 11:52 PM PDT October 27, 2015 | Lauren Martinez
    NewsChannel 21's Lauren Martinez reports on an explsosion inside a World War II tank , killing two people, Deschutes County Sheriff Deputies said.
  • 2 dead after explosion inside World War II-era tank, police say

    10/28/2015 3:16:27 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 27, 2015 | Associated Press
    BEND, Ore. Authorities say two people have died in an explosion inside a World War II-era tank at a firing range in Oregon.
  • October 25 anniversary of 3 major battles: Agincourt, charge of the Light Brigade and Leyte Gulf

    10/25/2015 6:51:24 PM PDT · by harpygoddess · 40 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 10/25/2015 | HarpyGoddess
    Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt (wiki) in 1415, when the English under King Henry V defeated the French on St. Crispin's Day (25 October) of that year. Henry (1387-1422) followed his father King Henry IV to the throne in 1413 and two years later announced his claim to the French throne and rekindled the Hundred Years War by invading Normandy. This is also the anniversary of the "the charge of the Light Brigade" (wiki) at the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854. Although of relatively little importance in the larger context of the Crimean War,...
  • WW2: Destroyer Escort USS Samuel B. Roberts DE-413

    10/25/2015 6:20:16 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | 30 May 2008 | Hero Ships
    Hero Ships: Season 1, Episode 3 USS Samuel B. Roberts TV Episode, Documentary, History, WWII
  • Noel Coward wanted Hitler to bomb Hollywood

    10/24/2015 9:32:47 PM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 26 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 25 October 2015 | Chris Hastings
    He arguably did more than any other artist to raise morale during the dark days of the Second World War. But Noel Coward secretly longed for Nazi bombers to attack Hollywood because he was furious at the failure of fellow British stars in Los Angeles to rally to the countrys aid during the Blitz. In an angry letter to the novelist and dramatist Clemence Dane, which is among a cache of papers being sold at auction, the playwright and composer said longed for the happy and beautiful bombing raid.
  • Battle 360 Episode 9 -"Battle of Leyte Gulf"

    10/25/2015 1:13:03 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2008 | Flight 33 productions; History Television production
    Battle 360 Episode 9 -"Battle of Leyte Gulf"
  • JOHNSTON - The Defenders of Taffy 3

    10/25/2015 12:50:26 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | Oct 18, 2014 | Byron Como
    The Battle of Leyte Gulf from the deck of the USS Johnston. Photographed onboard the USS Kidd DD661 in Baton Rouge, LA
  • Battle off Samar near the island of Leyte in the Philippines, during World War 2

    10/25/2015 12:46:38 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jul 14, 2014 | Battle for Leyte Gulf Part 3
    Battle off Samar near the island of Leyte in the Philippines, during World War 2. Shows the Battle off Samar which was the central action of the Battle of Leyte Gulf. It took place in the Philippine Sea off Samar Island near the island of Leyte in the Philippines on October 25th 1944. US air forces launch a counterattack on the enemy's ground forces. Animated map shows heavy battle between Allied naval-air forces and Japanese naval-air forces. Allied AA guns fire at Japanese kamikaze suicide dive bombers. One of the dive bombers strikes an Allied destroyer and sinks it. The...
  • When Enemies Infiltrated the White House ( Harry Dexter White and fellow travelers )

    10/21/2015 10:30:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 10, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    How a Soviet mole in FDR's inner circle triggered Pearl Harbor and its dire relevancy to our conflict today. ... On December 7, 1941, 353 Japanese aircraft delivered a shocking blow .. Nearly seven years later, Harry Dexter White, a senior official in the Roosevelt Administration, appeared to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities . Numerous witnesses, including Whittaker Chambers and Elizabeth Bentley, had implicated White in involvement with the Communist Party and the Soviet Union. ... Harry Dexter White, a Harvard PhD and Assistant Treasury Secretary, had played a major role in creating the World Bank...
  • Netanyahu: Hitler Didn't Want to Exterminate the Jews

    10/21/2015 1:00:39 AM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 29 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 10/21/2015 | Haaretz
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sparked public uproar when on Wednesday he claimed that the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, was the one who planted the idea of the extermination of European Jewry in Adolf Hitler's mind. The Nazi ruler, Netanyahu said, had no intention of killing the Jews, but only to expel them. In a speech before the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem, Netanyahu described a meeting between Husseini and Hitler in November, 1941: "Hitler didn't want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jew. And Haj Amin al-Husseini went to Hitler and said,...

    10/18/2015 3:37:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | October 15, 2015 | SULAGNA MISRA
    (Photo:US Army/Public Domain)What does a travel guide look like when you're part of an occupying army? Thanks to Oxford's Bodleian Library, we can get an idea. In the early 2000s, the library began reissuing a series of pamphlets that had been given to Allied servicemen before their trips to foreign nations.These guides can tell us a lot about cultural attitudes and a little about military strategy during World War II, but more than anything, they highlight shifting priorities in how troops interact with civilians.According to correspondence between the War department and to the headquarters of General Eisenhower in London, the...
  • Nelson Bard Remembers: The Caine Mutiny - The Real Story

    10/14/2015 11:21:26 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | Apr 16, 2013 | Solon History
    [VIDEO DOCUMENTARY] From The Solon Historical Society Achieves - March 24th, 1998 Nelson Bard discusses his personal involvement in the real life "Caine Munity"
  • The Warsaw ghetto uprising: Armed Jews vs. Nazis

    10/13/2015 10:43:27 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 43 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 10, 2015 | David Kopel
    During World War II, 30,000 Jewish partisans fought in Eastern Europe, in their own combat units. In Western Europe, where anti-semitism among the conquered gentile population was less severe, Jews were able to participate as individuals in the national resistance, rather than having to fight in separate units. For example, in France, Jews amounted to less than one percent of French population, but comprised about 15 to 20 percent of the French Resistance. One of the most successful battles of the Jewish resistance was the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Nearly every Jew who participated was eventually killed but they were...
  • ON WAR Military History Symposium 2015 [Chicago Nov. 6]

    10/13/2015 5:46:42 AM PDT · by iowamark
    The Museum & Library's third annual ON WAR symposium features a full day of programs on military history and affairs, and includes appearances by Pritzker Literature Award winners Gerhard Weinberg, Allan Millett, Antony Beevor, Rick Atkinson, and David Hackett Fischer. Presented in conjunction with the Museum & Library's annual Liberty Galato be held Nov. 7 at the Hilton ChicagoON WAR 2015 includes four distinct programs with discussions by some of the world's preeminent historians and authors on subjects ranging from the infamous Battle of the Bulge to the history and heritage of the United States Marine Corps. Included in the...
  • Grandfather's WWII rifle is an illegal assault weapon, NJ court rules

    10/01/2015 6:38:39 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 63 replies
    <p>Cumberland County man cannot keep his grandfather's World War II rifle because it is an illegal assault firearm, according to a Sept. 15 New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division decision.</p> <p>The New Jersey State Police seized Danny Burt's M1 carbine and 20 other firearms in April 2013 after a temporary restraining order was lodged against him.</p>
  • American War Heroes Return Home 7 Decades Later

    09/27/2015 2:37:06 PM PDT · by PROCON · 7 replies
    abcnews.co.com ^ | Sep. 27, 2015 | Alexander Mallin
    Clay Bonnyman Evans knew all there was to know about his grandfather though the two had never met until that moment under several feet of crushed coral rock on a remote island in the Pacific. Evans was polite when requesting the anthropology brush he would use to sweep some of the dust from his grandfathers remains when they were found in May on the Tawara Atoll. My whole life I grew up with that medal on the wall and the citation, Evans said, holding back tears. Hes always been my hero.
  • Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Searches for the Missing

    09/20/2015 12:48:05 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    DoD News Features, Defense Media Activity ^ | September 18, 2015 | Air Force Staff Sgt. Brian Kimball
    SEMBACH, Germany, September 18, 2015 September 1 marked the 76th anniversary of the German invasion of Poland, which led Britain and France to declare war against Germany, setting off World War II. During the period from 1939 to 1945, approximately 400,000 U.S. service members lost their lives. Many of those troops were brought home to be buried in the United States, but more than 73,000 Americans missing from the war still remain unaccounted for and are considered missing in action. Streamlining Recovery Efforts After the war ended in 1945, the U.S. government began an effort to recover those MIAs...
  • Youths march through Warsaw on Soviet invasion anniversary

    09/18/2015 6:47:10 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 14 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | September 17, 2015 2:29 PM | AFP
    Warsaw (AFP) - Around 5,000 Polish youths wearing military uniform and carrying Kalashnikov replicas marched through Warsaw Thursday, pledging to come to their country's aid if necessary amid concern over Russian activity in neighbouring Ukraine. The unprecedented rally took place 76 years to the day after the Soviet Union invaded eastern Poland at the start of World War II -- just weeks after Nazi Germany attacked the country from the west.
  • Russia threatens Poland over dismantling Soviet monument

    09/18/2015 5:42:08 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 38 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 2015-09-18 | AP
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) In a new dispute exposing the complexity of Poland's relations with Russia, Moscow is threatening Warsaw with "most serious consequences" for dismantling a monument to a Soviet World War II general. The removal of the 1970s memorial to Gen. Ivan Chernyakhovsky began Thursday in the northern town of Pieniezno, where the general died of wounds in February 1945. He is buried in Russia.
  • Bob Dole to Lead Fundraising to Build Eisenhower Memorial(Help From Tom Hanks,Tom Brokaw)

    09/12/2015 9:44:29 AM PDT · by lbryce · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 11, 2015 | BRETT ZONGKER
    Longtime Kansas Sen. Bob Dole is planning an ambitious fundraising effort to build the long-debated Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, and he will have help from Tom Hanks, Tom Brokaw and others. Dole told The Associated Press on Friday that he aims to raise $150 million in private funds, if necessary, to build the memorial after more than 15 years of planning. Critics of the memorial's design have stalled funding in Congress. The 92-year-old World War II veteran says it's time to honor "Ike," the 34th president and supreme Allied commander during World War II. Organizers hope to create...
  • The media might hold the key to Trump vs Bush

    09/11/2015 7:10:05 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 16 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/11/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    THE NATIONAL ENQUIRER is revealing information about both Donald Trump and Jeb Bush that the so-called mainstream media outlets are keeping from Americans as Election 2016 heats up. In a three part series, front runner Trump reveals his father turned out to be right when he put his 13 year old son in a military academy because military training might be good for me. What Americans like and trust about Donald Trump is his authenticity, his what you see is what you get earnestness; his ability and willingness to speak without teleprompters, handlers, advisers or focus group screenings. The ENQUIRER...
  • Ben Kuroki, Japanese-American WWII war hero who flew over Japan, dies at age 98

    09/06/2015 6:57:34 AM PDT · by DFG · 14 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 09/06/2015 | AP
    Ben Kuroki, who overcame the American military's discriminatory policies to become the only Japanese American to fly over Japan during World War II, has died. He was 98. Kuroki died Tuesday at his Camarillo, California, home, where he was under hospice care, his daughter Julie Kuroki told the Los Angeles Times on Saturday. The son of Japanese immigrants who was raised on a Hershey, Nebraska, farm, Kuroki and his brother, Fred, volunteered for service after the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. They were initially rejected by recruiters who questioned the loyalty of the children of Japanese immigrants. Undeterred,...
  • WWII hero, last of two surviving Doolittle Raiders, turns 100 on Labor Day

    09/05/2015 3:50:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 5, 2015 | Kellan Howell
    Richard E. Cole On Monday, one of the last two surviving members of the WWII Doolitte Raiders will celebrate his 100th birthday. As one of the original Doolittle Raiders, retired Lt. Col. Richard Coledefied all the odds in what was considered a suicide mission to bomb Japan in 1942. Mr. Cole was co-pilot for Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, who led 16 B-25 bombers on the mission that is considered an event that changed the nations morale following the devastating attack on Pearl harbor. He was one of 80 fighters who volunteered for the dangerous, top-secret mission. The Raiders planned...
  • Over 1200 Days as a Japanese POW of Robert Enson Russell pt.1 of 2

    09/03/2015 4:13:39 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | Apr 24, 2012 | Robert Enson Russel and Family
    In 1972 my great uncle sat down and wrote an 80 pg. handwritten personal history of his time in World War II as a prisoner of war of the Japanese. From May of 1942 until August 15th of 1945, 1200 days as a POW, he survived one day at a time. He surrendered with his group on the island of Corregidor, and spent time in Bilibid prison, Cabanatuan, Palawan, and a journey to Japan on the horrible Oyoku Maru near the end of the war. Uncle Bob was a true American hero. A few years ago my father James Blair...
  • VJ Day 2015: Dropping the atomic bombs 'saved so many lives' says Cheltenham veteran Ken Blake

    09/02/2015 5:33:02 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 17 replies
    Gloucestershire Echo ^ | September 2nd 2015 | Gloucestershire Echo
    One man from Bishop's Cleeve has a very good and personal reason to be thankful that it's VJ Day today. Seventy years ago, Ken Blake was on a troop ship sailing from India bound for Singapore as part of preparations for an invasion when the Japanese government surrendered to the Allies after atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Ken, now 88 said: "There was a bloody big cheer on the ship when we heard. We didn't know what was going to happen. But I think if we'd been in any invasion of Japan, every man, woman and child...
  • Japan under american occupation 1v3

    09/02/2015 5:08:27 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | Apr 14, 2012 | History Channel
    "The Japanese surrender at the end of WWII allowed U.S. troops to peacefully enter as an occupation force. What they found and how they transformed their former enemy is told through the work of a team of cameramen who recorded it all on color film. They were among the first to witness the devastation wrought by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They also captured on film the first free elections and the birth of Japanese democracy. It was a remarkable journey." History Channel (2006?)
  • (Clifford Shack's TheRapeOfJustice) Japanese Prisoner of War Camps 1942-1945

    09/01/2015 9:30:07 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    Clifford Shack's TheRapeOfJustice YouTube account ^ | December 12, 2011 | Clifford Shack TheRapeOfJustice
    Japanese Prisoner of War Camps 1942-1945 [includes a Dutch film about the Japanese fake propaganda film]
  • Run-in with Japanese Soldiers after the end of World War II

    09/01/2015 9:17:19 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | Apr 15, 2008 | The Central Florida WW2 Museum
    Lt. Col. James N. Methven, USAF (Ret.) recalls an encounter with Japanese soldiers who are unaware World War II has ended.
  • Japanese Surrender in Color (1945)

    09/01/2015 9:03:36 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | Aug 28, 2010 | Naval History and Heritage Command
    This color footage of the Japanese surrender ceremony on board the battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) on 2 September 1945, was filmed by Commander George F. Kosco. In 2010, the Kosco family had the film restored, and the footage is presented now for viewing by the public. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photographic Section. (Note: The original footage is silent. The 2010 restoration of the film by the Kosco family includes overdubbed music by the United States Navy Band, which has been removed to avoid possible YouTube copyright violations).
  • Radar Appears to Confirm Story of Nazi Gold Train in Poland Share on facebook

    09/01/2015 5:49:56 PM PDT · by robowombat · 22 replies
    Military.com ^ | Aug 29, 2015
    A culture official in Poland said radar imagery appears to confirm a story by two men who said they know the location of a mysterious Nazi train that may contain gold or other treasures. Deputy Culture Minister Piotr Zuchowski said Friday he's "more than 99 percent sure that the train is there," but couldn't confirm what was inside the train. ...... ........ The mystery train is believed to be in an abandoned tunnel near Ksiaz Castle, in southwestern Poland. Local legend says the train contains gold, precious stones, art and weapons. The two men who brought the train to the...
  • The Hot Pants Hotshot: Formidable Derring Do....

    08/30/2015 9:11:05 AM PDT · by Reverend Saltine · 20 replies
    DailyMail.Co.UK ^ | August 30, 2015 | Peter Allen and Adam Luck
    With the hint of a smile, Simone Segouin stares nonchalantly into the camera with a submachine gun slung over her shoulder. It is a startling image of the young French freedom fighter and it would soon become iconic. It comes from a colour film, shot by Hollywood director George Stevens in August 1944. It immortalises an 18-year-old Simone shortly after she helped capture 25 German soldiers in her home village of Thivars, south west of Paris. The defiant teenager gazes back at the lens, dressed in blue shorts, a black-and-white top with a red sash and a khaki cap,...
  • Belgian WWII nurse who helped save hundreds of US troops dies at 94

    08/27/2015 6:29:54 AM PDT · by DFG · 2 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 08/26/2015 | AP
    A Belgian nurse who helped save hundreds of American soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge at the end of World War II has died aged 94. Augusta Chiwy died on Sunday and will be buried in the town of Bastogne, southeast Belgium on Saturday following a civilian and military ceremony, according to her family. Chiwy, who was born in Belgian Congo in 1921, was portrayed as the character Anna in the book and TV series Band of Brothers. The Battle of the Bulge came during the final stages of World War II when Adolf Hitler launched a major offensive...
  • ....The secrets of Ukraine's shameful 'Holocaust of Bullets' killing centre where 1.6million Jews...

    08/24/2015 9:14:44 AM PDT · by Morgana · 27 replies
    .dailymail.co.uk ^ | 24 August 2015 | Will Stewart for MailOnline
    FULL TITLE: 'Blood oozed through the soil at grave sites. You could see the pits move, some of them were still alive': The secrets of Ukraine's shameful 'Holocaust of Bullets' killing centre where 1.6million Jews were executed WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT Seventy years on from the end of the Second World War the full, shocking scale of the Nazi-inspired Holocaust in Ukraine is finally being revealed - thanks to pioneering work by a French Catholic priest to research the truth of the industrial-scale killing. Around 2,000 mass graves of Jewish victims have been located where men, women and children were shot...
  • Japan's War in Colour; 2004 Documentary with never seen before films

    08/22/2015 6:49:43 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 25 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2004 | TWI Carlton Production
    Japan's role in World War II gets a whole new perspective in this consisting entirely of full color footage, including color films from Japan that were recently discovered. As the visuals of the world war take on a new vivid immediateness, the story of the rise of the militarists in Japan is told through the personal writings of the Japanese themselves. From the first overconfident tastes of victory, to the devastating losses that led to an unthinkable defeat amidst the ruins, the Pacific Theater of World War II is told through the Japanese's eyes. It was assumed no color films...
  • The Third Atomic Bomb: Japan's Atomic Bomb

    08/20/2015 5:17:01 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 88 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2005 | Amerimage Productions; West Park Pictures
    In August 1945, during the final stage of the Second World War, the United States dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The two bombings, which killed at least 129,000 people, remain the only use of nuclear weapons for warfare in human history.
  • Poland looking into report of Nazi treasure train found

    08/19/2015 12:38:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Reuters-UK ^ | August 19, 2015 | Alexandra Hamilton
    Two people in Poland say they have found a Nazi German train cloaked in mystery since it was rumoured to have gone missing near the end of World War Two while carrying away gems and guns ahead of advancing Soviet Red Army forces. Local authorities in Polands southwestern district of Walbrzych said they had been contacted by a law firm representing a Pole and a German who said they had located the train and were seeking 10 percent of the value of the findings. Lawyers, the army, the police and the fire brigade are dealing with this, Marika Tokarska, an...