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  • Panzer Killers: 5 Best Anti-Tank Weapons Of World War II

    01/22/2021 7:12:16 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 13 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/22/2021 | Peter Suicu
    The Second World War saw significant advances in tanks, and throughout the war, all of the major powers sought to build bigger, heavier, and more powerful tanks. Keeping in step with those efforts was another move to develop better weapons to then take out and destroy the enemy’s tanks. When the war began the Germans and British, as well as other nations such as Finland, employed oversized rifles, and these were largely antiquated against even the earliest tanks of the war. Soon new efforts were developed to counter the tanks. Here is our effort to lay out what we consider...
  • Hitler Vs. The World: 6 Best World War II Submachine Guns

    01/13/2021 6:27:20 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 9 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/13/2021 | Peter Suicu
    The submachine gun was developed during the First World War, and Germany’s MG18 is largely recognized as the first successful example of the new class of weapon. Typically chambered with pistol cartridges, such weapons gave extra firepower to NCOs, squad leaders, and scouts during the Second World War. 6 Best World War II Submachine Guns During the conflict, nations such as the United States supplied submachine guns to tankers and other troops who couldn’t carry a full rifle, while the SMG was also supplied by the German and British militaries to paratroopers and other elite soldiers. While picking out the...
  • 14 World War II Guns That Belong In The History Books

    01/10/2021 12:38:43 PM PST · by Onthebrink · 6 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/10/2021 | Peter Suicu
    While military sidearms are generally associated with NCOs and officers, the use of handguns was much more widespread in the Second World War. Many soldiers carried handguns in addition to their main small arm, and this was especially true of paratroopers, military police, and generally any enlisted man who felt the need for a little extra firepower. And as with the other small arms of World War II, most handguns were distinctive and unique to each respective nation. As a result, the handguns of the era have become quite iconic and in some cases even a bit infamous. From the...
  • De Lisle Carbine: The Frankenstein Rifle Of World War II

    01/09/2021 3:04:04 PM PST · by Onthebrink · 18 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/9/2021 | Caleb Larson
    The odd-looking De Lisle carbine was the Frankenstein monster of rifles, made up of pistol, rifle, and submachine gun parts. Origins The De Lisle rifle was designed to arm British Commandos for secret, silent operations in Europe during the Second World War. And the rifle, actually a carbine, filled a special niche role: it was small, light-weight — and most importantly, one of if not the quietest rifle produced during the Second World War.
  • “We Shall Fight on the Beaches”: Wise Words in 1940 and 2021

    Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in...
  • World War II Tombstones With Swastikas Removed From Texas Cemetery

    12/27/2020 10:35:26 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 146 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 26, 2020 | Elizabeth Elizalde
    Two German WWII tombstones at a Texas veterans cemetery — each bearing Nazi swastikas — have been removed and replaced with new ones that do not use the symbol. The 1943 gravestones belonging to German prisoners of war Alfred Kafka and Georg Forst at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery featured an Iron Cross with a swastika in the middle, and the phrase, “He died far from his home for the Leader (Führer), people and fatherland.” Cemetary workers removed the stones on Wednesday.
  • Viral WWII Vet Is 103 and Still Drinks His Daily Coors Light

    12/20/2020 8:22:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    VINEPAIRE ^ | DECEMBER 11, 2020 | Emma Cranston
    With the New Year quickly approaching, a new crop of wellness trends and resolutions will likely pop up. That being said, this WWII Air Force Veteran has an unlikely tip for living a long, healthy life: a daily can of Coors Light. Andrew E. Slavonic, the veteran who went viral in 2018 after connecting his longevity to the beer, turned 103 on Dec. 1. Two years ago, Slavonic first made news when Fox reported that he had enjoyed a Coors Light at 4 P.M. every day for over 20 years. According to his son Bob, Slavonic began drinking Coors in...
  • Lost World War II Submarine Is Found in Southeast Asia

    09/21/2020 10:37:42 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 32 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/21 | Derrick Taylor
    In the murky waters of the Strait of Malacca, about 90 miles south of Phuket, Thailand, four divers discovered a World War II submarine that was scuttled 77 years ago, now teeming with marine life. The wreckage, believed to be the USS Grenadier, was located last October by divers Jean Luc Rivoire, Lance Horowitz, Benoit Laborie and Ben Reymenants, the team announced this month. Over the subsequent six months, the men — one of whom, Reymenants, assisted in the 2018 rescue of the boys’ soccer team that was trapped in a cave in northern Thailand — completed six carefully planned...
  • Lost World War II warship discovered on seabed 80 years after sinking

    09/08/2020 12:54:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    KSBW ^ | Sep 8, 2020 | Lianne Kolirin
    A German warship sunk by a torpedo during World War II has been found on the seabed off Norway, more than eight decades after it was attacked. Statnett, the Norwegian state-owned power grid operator, made the astounding discovery of the lost Karlsruhe cruiser around 1,600 feet below sea level. The vessel, which measures 571 feet long and still bears the Nazi swastika, led an assault on the southern Norwegian city of Kristiansand in the April 1940 invasion of the country. During the operation it came under fire from Norwegian artillery, was torpedoed by a British submarine and was finally submerged...
  • Exeter's last D-Day hero has died aged 100

    09/04/2020 10:51:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Geoffrey Pyne was the last of his generation - he will be greatly missed but never forgotten.The last post has sounded for a World War II soldier who was thought to be Exeter's last D-Day veteran. Geoffrey Pyne served with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and stormed the Normandy beaches in 1944. The proud soldier celebrated his 100th birthday last year but has lost his final battle against old age, his family has confirmed. Geoffrey's funeral will be attended by a standard bearer of his old army corps which says it is 'immensely proud' of Geoffrey and his generation...
  • 75 years ago, World War II came to an end

    09/02/2020 4:52:26 AM PDT · by Java4Jay · 90 replies
    Today, September 2, 2020, marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the day Imperial Japan signed the Instrument of Surrender aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
  • 75 Years Later, It’s Clear Truman Was Right To Drop The Atomic Bomb

    08/06/2020 10:18:12 AM PDT · by DFG · 47 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 08/06/2020 | Joshua Larson
    On August 6, 1945, 30-year-old U.S. Air Force pilot Col. Paul W. Tibbets Jr. took to the sky in the Enola Gay, his Boeing B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber. His destination, the Japanese city of Hiroshima, was not an especially notable target. His payload, however, a single bomb nicknamed “Little Boy,” would change the course of history. True watershed moments in history are rare — the agricultural revolution is one such example, as was the Battle of Salamis, the advent of Jesus Christ, and the fall of Western Rome. Yet in the last 1,500 years, no two distinct epochs of time...
  • Presidential Message on the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa

    06/22/2020 12:52:03 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 38 replies
    whitehouse.gov ^ | June 22, 2020 | President Donald J Trump
    On this day 75 years ago, one of the most intense conflicts of World War II—the Battle of Okinawa—concluded in a historic victory for the United States.  Today, we pause to remember the more than 12,000 American heroes who perished in that monumental struggle and pay tribute to thousands of service members who were instrumental in the forces of freedom emerging triumphant.The Battle of Okinawa was the last major battle of World War II.  Dubbed Operation Iceberg, a fleet of 1,300 American ships and 50 British ships descended on the island of Okinawa in April of 1945, with a...
  • US Veterans won’t strike swastikas from graves of German POWs

    05/13/2020 2:58:05 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 95 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | May 13, 2020 | Staff
    WASHINGTON — The US Veterans Administration will not replace three tombstones of soldiers who fought for Nazi Germany inscribed with swastikas in its military cemeteries, calling them “historic resources.” A group that advocates for religious freedom in the military on Monday called on the VA to replace two World War II-era POW headstones in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas, inscribed with swastikas inside a German cross, and the phrase, “He died far from his home for the Führer, people, and fatherland.”
  • NOT THEIR FINEST HOUR ‘Brainwashed’ pupils being taught Winston Churchill was a ‘war criminal’ in tutorial shared by thousands of teachers

    05/05/2020 8:52:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 57 replies
    The Sun ^ | 20 Apr 2020 | Elizabeth Perkins
    SECONDARY school pupils are told that Winston Churchill was a “war criminal” and “a blundering reactionary” in a teaching tutorial shared by thousands of teachers. It is also claimed the wartime leader’s speeches were “poorly received”, he was “drunk” during his “finest hour” message and Bob Geldof is more important to our history. The lesson plan, Winston Churchill: Hero or War Criminal?” appears on the website of global education company Tes. Using halos and red devils’ horns as bullet points, the lesson contains a potted history of the career of what it calls “an intensely controversial figure”. Part of it...
  • Nextrush Unplugged: Weekend Version DC 19 The Red, White And Blue Or The Blue Line

    04/25/2020 8:08:03 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 2 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 4/25/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    Well welcome to Stalag Covid 19 for this weekend's adventure..... Hey the one and only "Rnaround Sue" Dion with a song he recorded in the days when he was part of the Contemporary Christian Music scene in the early 1980's. I was around and saw him beret and all in person. Idols and idolatry right out of the Good Book but what about today..... Resistance In Idaho: The Latest This week a woman arrested for asking too many questions, Sara Brady, as a group of mothers and children entered a closed down park in Meridian, Idaho engaging in civil disobedience....
  • If You Want A Lesson In Bravery, Don’t Look To Brian Stelter

    04/23/2020 8:30:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 23, 2020 | Sumantra Maitra
    Instead of respecting and worshiping fragility, anxiety, and vulnerability, it is time to reconsider stoicism and fortitude. In the last week, a 99-year-old World War II veteran from Yorkshire, England, raised more than 31 million British pounds for the National Health Service by walking around his yard in a challenge that then went viral. He is a member of a certain generation regularly taught that when the bugle calls, one should rally around the tattered banner regardless of who is leading the nation to battle.This sentiment was once ingrained in the bloodstream of every civic-minded individual all over the world:...
  • 6 Legendary Lost Treasures of World War II

    04/22/2020 7:15:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    History ^ | APR 17, 2020 | Becky Little
    Human fossils, an amber room and a Raphael masterpiece all went missing during WWII.War has always brought chaos, and with it an opportunity for pillage and plunder. This was especially true during World War II, when countless pieces of priceless art, artifacts and other treasure were destroyed and spirited away from both Europe and the Asia Pacific. Nazis, in particular, systematically looted cultural property from museums, private homes and royal palaces, some of it to help Adolf Hitler build his proposed Führermuseum, but other armies carried away their own spoils as well. When the war ended, tales of real and...
  • On 78th Anniversary of Doolittle Raid, Air Force Does Battle Against a New Foe

    04/18/2020 8:02:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Military.com ^ | April 18, 2020 | Lt. Col. David Faggard
    Nearly eight decades ago, on April 18, 1942, a band of airmen known as the Doolittle Raiders lined the deck of the USS Hornet in their B-25 Mitchell bombers, riding the uneasy waves of the Pacific Ocean. Readying to strike the heart of the mighty Japanese Empire - Tokyo - these bold and innovative airmen took the fight to an enemy who had earlier attacked the Hawaiian Islands. The airmen focused their surprise offense with what they had available to them, 16 medium bombers outfitted with just four 500 pound bombs; they chose to strike the enemy’s heart in aviation’s...
  • C. S. Lewis’ Advice To Students During A Pandemic Will Do All Our Souls Good Right Now

    04/09/2020 7:09:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 9, 2020 | Joseph Griffith
    The theologian and author C.S. Lewis identifies three enemies we face during crises such as ours and mental exercises to defend against each. In the autumn of 1939, as Nazi Germany invaded Poland and ignited the fuse of World War II, the great British theologian C. S. Lewis preached a sermon called “Learning in War-Time.” Although written 81 years ago, his advice is perhaps more relevant today than ever.Lewis identifies three enemies facing students during crises such as ours and mental exercises to defend against each. His thought are also helpful to those who are not students.The first enemy is...