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USN Sees UFOs.

by Daniel Russ on April 30, 2019

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The Nimitz Encounters

by Daniel Russ on December 29, 2018

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D-Day Details.

December 21, 2018
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    On the way to Normandy, the British were more than generous, adding to the US food allotment 240,000,000 pounds of potatoes, 2.4 million tent pegs, 15 million condoms, 1000 cake pans, 260,000 grave markers, 80 million packets of cookies, 54 million gallons of beer.   The US Army aggregated from overseas and from […]

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Reading from The Guns At last Light. The War in Western Europe 1944- 1945, by Rick Atkinson. Part II.

December 16, 2018

  The saying in England was that the problem with Americans is that they are “over sexed, overfed and over here.”   My father served in the 8th Air Force and was stationed in England in service there of. He told me that in England, women would signal that they were ready for sexual congress […]

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Reading from The Guns At last Light. The War in Western Europe 1944- 1945, by Rick Atkinson.

December 12, 2018
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  This book is brilliant as it paints pictures we rarely imagine. He talks about immensely altered landscape of Europe in the last year of the conflict.   Five years of warfare had left British cities as “Bedraggled, unkempt, and neglected as rotten teeth.” People talked about ‘Before the war” as if it were a […]

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The Odd Beauty of Military Boneyards

July 10, 2018

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The Bell D-188

June 24, 2018
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In 1955 it was engineers at Bell Aircraft that received a US government contract to develop at short take-off and landing four engine Mach 2 jet fighter/bomber/interceptor. It was slow to prototype and for a lot of reasons the USAF fell out of love with the notion of what would become the F-109. Related Posts:Stay […]

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Developing The XF-108 Rapier

June 18, 2018
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A-5 Vigilante XF-108 Concept To the Cold War aviation engineers, speed was everything. So it is not surprising that as early as 1949 the USAF was issuing contracts to prototype Mach 3 interceptors. In fact the XF-103 was also known as the 1954 Interceptor, an all-weather radar equipped weapons platform for air to air missiles. […]

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D-Day Invasion Maps

June 6, 2018
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The Slug Fest That Began At Pearl Harbor.

June 3, 2018

  Nothing paints a struggle quite like taking a moment to look at casualty and lost lists. There was never a more brutal fight between two nations like there was between Japan and the United States. The environments were fetid, swampy, inundated with natural predators and configured to hide indigenous defenders. Both soldiers were filled […]

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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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Chester Nimitz Also Thought The Atom Bomb Was Not Why Japan Surrendered.

February 28, 2017

Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, said at the Washington Monument on October 5, 1945: “The Japanese had, in fact, already sued for peace before the atomic age was announced to the world with the destruction of Hiroshima and before the Russian entry into the war…The atomic bomb played […]

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Admiral William D. Leahy Thought The Atomic Bomb Was Unnecessary.

February 24, 2017

  Admiral William D. Leahy, the President’s Chief of Staff of both the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Combined U.S.-U.K. Chiefs of Staff said:   “The use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender. […]

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CNET Shares Magnificent Photos Of The World War II Battleship Missouri

November 21, 2016

The Surrender Deck Where Japan Submitted To The Authority Of The Allies   Officer’s Mess     Captain’s Quarters   16 Inch Guns Facing Aft     The Gun Trigger   Plumbing   Crew Bunks   Officer’s Offices Related Posts:USS Missouri Fires 15 Inch Guns

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Blimps saw Quite A Bit Of Activity In World War II

August 27, 2016
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  From the very beginning of my interest in aviation and military history, I have always been delighted with the notion of cross Atlantic travel in blimps. Gently gliding in the air moving with the wind, enough space to enjoy the trip. Fine dining, cigars, wine.   When suddenly World War was upon the United […]

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D-Day Through German Eyes by Holger Eckhertz – A Review

June 1, 2016

  Dieter Eckhertz, German WWII journalist did extensive interviews with German soldiers who were defending Normandy Beach on June 6th 1944. His son, Holger just recently published these. Here for example is testimony from Second Lieutenant L.T.J. Wergens, an artillery Battery Officer assigned to the 716th Infantry Division, an amalgam of Balkan, troops and older […]

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Invading Southeast Asia, The Japanese Had Help

September 14, 2015

Japanese POWs Capitalism tends to create enemies of those not born into its frameworks. It creates nationalists who look at their own country in a new light. The idyllic lifestyle enjoyed by Malaysian rice farmers was sorely missed when British and French and Dutch entrepreneurs bought large farms and began hiring locals and working them […]

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And Even More Amazing Photos

August 21, 2015
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KKK Relaxing At a Carnival. . US Intelligence Guesses What Hitler Might Look Like In Hiding. . Naval Avaitors Who Land On The Wrong Side Of The Deck Get Humiliated. Grumman F9F Panther. . Nazis Executed A Communist In 1941 . Ruby Bridges, First African American Child At A White School In November 1960. . […]

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Almost 4 Million Fought In The Soviet Japanese War, a Battle Few Have Ever Heard Of.

March 17, 2015

By April of 1945, the Russians were at Hitler’s doorstep in the bloody smoking streets of Berlin. Russian tank battalions were forcing back a desperate and hopeless yet fanatical army of Nazis hoping to come out of the Second World War with something to show for it. All over Europe, German units were surrendering their […]

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Humphrey Bogart In The Navy.

September 10, 2014

      .Screen Star and romantic lead Humphrey Bogart joined the United States Navy in 1918 after the Armistice and sailed across the Atlantic ferrying troops back home. It is there, during a brawl at a prisoner transfer he is said to have received his characteristic scar on his lip.  “At eighteen, war was great […]

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