War Poets. John McCrae.

by Daniel Russ on January 19, 2018

John McCrae   Canadian John McCrae volunteered for World War I and served as a brigade surgeon following an artillery unit. At the Second Battle of Ypres, he saw the horrors of war first hand, casualties of where the German chlorine gas. This is one of the most famous war poems of all time.   FLANDERS […]

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War Poets. Rupert Brooke

by Daniel Russ on January 14, 2018

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    Rupert Brooke     Rupert Brooke was already an established as a writer and poet before he took up arms in World War I. A contemporary of William Butler Yeats, he also galavanted about with Virginia Woolf. He served in the Royal Navy and is most known for this sonnet:   The Soldier […]

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The P-38 Can Opener. A Miracle Of Fine Design.

January 10, 2018
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King Kong. A Rant From Facebook Worth Reading.

January 5, 2018
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  I don’t often do this. In fact, I have never done this before. But I am posting a rant from David Touchton, a Country and Blues singer here in Austin, Texas. His manifesto about King Kong summarizes the blind eye we all turn towards subjugating people. Look at how easy it is to follow […]

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Sixth Generation Fighter Aircraft Development

December 31, 2017
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Well US 6th generation fighter aircraft are already well underway. Some of the systems we will be developing at solid state laser weapons that can create a sterile sphere of safety around carrier fleets, shooting down both aircraft and incoming missiles, or damage weapon systems with microwave radiation.   Another new development would be a […]

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Deployed During Christmas

December 25, 2017

  5,200 in Iraq 2,000 in Syria 28,000 in South Korea 60,000 U.S. Central Command area of operations and aboard ships. 710 in Kosovo. 3,100 in Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa 505 in Niger. 34,300 in Germany 8,300 in the United Kingdom 44,500 in Japan. 20,000 National Guardsmen are operating far from their homes […]

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Bannockburn

December 21, 2017
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  King Edward I was a tough old monarch. He was a ruthless and effective combat commander who required servitude, rectitude and compliance with English laws and traditions. Previously he had crushed the Scottish national movement  and drawn and quartered the upstart independence Scots leader William Wallace. And Edward I then claimed Scotland as the […]

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More WWII Posters

December 17, 2017
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Hitler Youth Recruitment Poster     Fascist Italian WWII Poster. “Germany will protect you.”     Related Posts:Stay Tunes For Similar Posts

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The Second Battle of El Alamein

December 13, 2017
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A line of Sherman tanks The Queen’s Bays (2nd Dragoon Guards), 1st Armoured Division, at El Alamein, 24 October 1942. E 18377 Part of WAR OFFICE SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION Chetwyn (Sgt) No 1 Army Film & Photographic Unit   When Commonwealth 8th Army invaded North Africa, it was indeed a sampling platter of […]

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Abandoned Tanks

December 9, 2017
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Identify these for me.                                                                                 Related Posts:Abandoned Tanks.

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Not Every Old Combat Aircraft Ends Up In A Boneyard.

December 5, 2017
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Hawker Hunter     BAC Lightning     F-4D  Phantom     Harrier GR3     F-7U Cutlass     T-33 On Left  ? On Right TSR?     DC-8     BAC Lightning     DC 3   BAC Lightning     MIG 21     Harrier     Jaguar     Harrier Related […]

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Final Comments on Vietnam Series

December 1, 2017
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  One of the things that surprised me the most about Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s Vietnam series was how similar the war was manned on both sides. In America we had a sort of rich people get of jail free deferments. If you could afford college, and if you were accepted into a college, […]

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The Pyrrhic Battle: Crete 1941.

November 28, 2017
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      The German Airborne Assault on Crete might have seemed like a wanton and unessential battle to engage. Massed German paratrooper attacks had already been staged successfully inside Belgian and French lines at the outset of the war. Hitler loved his paratroopers because they were ruthless winners and zealous Nazis and a few […]

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The First All Aircraft Battle: The Battle of Britain and Its Amazing Casualties.

November 26, 2017
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    Operation Sealion was a planned air borne and amphibious assault on the British Isles. Hitler was looking for a way to force the British into some concessions and possibly surrender.  It began with a plan to soften up the United Kingdom’s mighty Royal Air Force and so an all out air assault began […]

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Weapons of Blade Runner

November 21, 2017
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It was a Steyr Mannlicher design that made Decker’s Blaster so cool. It was a double barreled, over under automatic, yet it had a bolt action on it. With the new movie out we can only expect to se more promotional material on the design.                 This  was […]

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The Fusen Bakudan. Japanese Fire Balloons.

November 17, 2017

The Mitchell Monument   The Fusen Bakuden, or Fire Balloon was a brilliantly conceived weapon developed by Japanese war makers. The idea was to create a weapon that would float in the jet stream from the Imperial Japanese Empire and it would drop an incendiary on US Western Forests. The 30 meter wide balloon would […]

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Vietnam – Ken Burns Review 3

November 12, 2017

  The Tet offensive was the undisputed turning point of the war in Vietnam. In the face of bravado on party supporters and military leaders the story disaster unfolded to the American public like a slow moving wreck. Feckless and dilatory reporting only made matters worse for the public. It felt as if a teenager […]

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Ken Burns Vietnam Review 2

November 5, 2017
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    One of the great features of the Ken Burns Vietnam series are interviews with victorious Vietnamese military leaders. In one episode, a Vietnamese commander was talking about the Strategic Hamlet plan which forcibly relocated millions of Vietnamese rural peasants from their homes into guarded military garrisons. Outside the hamlets, the unfortunate occupants watched […]

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Ken Burns Vietnam. Review 1.

November 5, 2017
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  Madame Nhu   Ken Burns has produced one of the best narratives of the Vietnam War that the last two American generations have no recollection. I lived through it and I worked on military marketing accounts in the aftermath of the war. In typical fashion, as applies to the previous work of Ken Burns […]

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The German Black Market

October 31, 2017

    The onset of world war, and a bitterly cold winter visited upon Northern Europe forced the German government to cut rations to civilians sharply in 1942, and thus began grueling civilian rituals of standing in line for rations every single day for hours, sometimes in the early AM. Neighbors and grocers formed odd […]

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