“Not A Step Back.” Stalin’s Order No. 227.

by Daniel Russ on November 15, 2018

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  The enemy throws new forces to the front without regard to heavy losses and penetrates deep into the Soviet Union, seizing new regions, destroying our cities and villages, and violating, plundering and killing the Soviet population. Combat goes on in region Voronezh, near Don, in the south, and at the gates of the Northern […]

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German Artillery Pounds Yugoslav Positions   The military revolt in Yugoslavia has changed the political position in the Balkans. Yugoslavia, even if it makes initial professions of loyalty, must be regarded as an enemy and beaten down as quickly as possible.               2. It is my intention to break […]

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Happy Veterans Day

November 10, 2018

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“When Barbarossa begins, the world will hold its breath,” Adolph Hitler.

November 5, 2018
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  The world did hold its breath, and with the largest, best equipped, best trained, most motivated army in the world, it seemed like it might just work out.   Oddly, Alfred-Henri-Marie Baudrillart, the  Archbishop of Paris remarked during a sermon that Hitler’ invasion. Of Russia “is a noble undertaking in defense of European culture”.   […]

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1944 Was A Very Bad Year For Germany In Russia.

October 31, 2018
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  By the summer of 1943, German forces in Eastern Russia were headed West in full retreat. Quite a feat when you consider that a retreat of an army sized unit had to be approved by Hitler, something he almost never allowed. In the West, US and UK forces were pushing into the heart of […]

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W’s Brilliant Comments On Senator John McCain

October 27, 2018
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    “He loved freedom with a passion of a man who knew its absence. He respected the dignity inherent in every life, a dignity that does not stop at borders and cannot be erased by dictators,” Bush said. “Perhaps above all, John detested the abuse of power. He could not abide bigots and swaggering […]

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Rudolph Hess And His Very Bad Decision.

October 22, 2018

  Born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1894, on April 26th, Rudolf Hess did not actually reside in Germany until he was a teenager. He grew up the son of a successful businessman in the export industry. It was something his father wanted him to take up but he had no interest whatsoever in that. When […]

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The Origins Of Hitler’s Folly.

October 17, 2018
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Wehrmach Soldiers Examine A Destroyed T-34. Treaty of Brest-Litovsk gave the Germans purview over Poland, Belorussia, the Ukraine and the Baltic. It was the result of the end of World War I and it was a cornerstone of Hitler’s belief that there stood a Jewish Bolshevik conspiracy.  So his trajectory through Russia, he hoped, would […]

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The Convair XC 99

October 13, 2018
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  This is the only XC 99 plane ever built. Convair wanted to tuin the B 36 Peacemaker into a massive cargo plane. This piston engine propeller driven craft first flew on November 24th 1949. It was cancelled because so many new plane were on the way with better fuel efficiency and greater payloads   […]

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EFW N-20 “Arbalete” – Switzerland Tries To Build Its Own Fighter

October 8, 2018
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  The EFW N-20 “Arbalete” (“Crossbow”) was part of a long campaign to provide Switzerland with and indigenous jet fighter bomber. At the end of the day a wooden glider was the test aircraft until a prototype could be built. The idea was to put everything important on a central triangular configuration amid ship, and […]

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Help Me Identify This

October 3, 2018
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    It is the Fouga CM.88 Gemeaux   From Wikipedia   To meet a requirement to use as an engined testbed for Turbomeca turbojets, Fouga combined two CM.8 fuselages. It used the port and starboard outerwings with a new wing centre section to join the two fuselages. The V-tails fitted to each fuselage were […]

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The Invasion Of Russia Was In Hitler’s Plans From The Start

September 28, 2018
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  For a man who prided himself on his historical knowledge, Hitler learned little from the past, quipped Andrew Roberts, author of The Storm of War, a scholarly look at World War II.   Historians question everything, and they pride themselves for popping balloons and shattering myths. Among the most discussed topics is why Hitler […]

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Can You Identify This Plane?

September 23, 2018
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Grant And His Demons

September 19, 2018
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  As a citizen, Grant failed at perhaps every single endeavor. He failed as a leather worker, as a salesman, and he fell prey to the vagaries of alcoholism. Unkempt and unimpressive in civilian clothing, we often dismissed as a man of the streets. Yet, given command and responsibilities, he was a bit like Churchill- […]

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Hmmm. The XCG-16.

September 14, 2018
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Germans In Russia.

September 9, 2018
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  The Wehrmacht was so successful at Operation Barbarossa, that the Red Army, large as it was, was beaten back mercilessly. For the first six months tooked absolutely out of their element under the relentless pressure of the German armored advance.  Russians were so overcome by the force of the strikes, their lines dissolved and […]

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The AT-10 Wichita Trainer

September 4, 2018
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Beechcraft received a request for proposal for a flight trainer in 1940 from the United States Army Air Corps. It was called Model 25 and the The Wichita. It was a twin-engine plane designed to teach pilots how to fly multi engine planes. The prototype Model 25 gave way to the upgrade Model 26 and […]

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A Letter About The Gettysburg Address Written In Response To a Post On My Google + CMIG Page.

September 1, 2018
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    by Lewis Yingling Thank you for this post. With the 155th anniversary of the Gettysburg campaign going on, the battle’s anniversary coming up in less than a month and the 155th anniversary of the speech coming in November, It is well that we remember this amazing speech and the man who wrote it. […]

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A 90 Orlyonok

August 25, 2018
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  The Orlyonok was one of the truly unusual aviation technology configurations. It was menat tio be a heavy transport over the Caspian Sea or some such calm water estuary. Unlike the other Ekranoplan aircraft this one was amphibious and so could land on its wheel or its water skis. It cruised at 250 mph […]

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The Junkers 287

August 20, 2018
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    If you can forgive the horrible music,  the imagery of this advanced aircraft design is hard to beat. The Junkers Ju 287 amazing late-war, jet-powered designs for the German nation – now fighting aall over the world. The idea here was to emphasize heavy bombing as a way to hold off the tide […]

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