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  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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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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The U-Boat Blitzkrieg On America.

April 2, 2014

            One of the oddest things about World War II is the history that we have all forgotten. Perhaps forgotten is the wrong way to think about it. The story of the war Is incomplete and what’s fascinating to historians is the fact that the shibboleths of the story of […]

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More Great Statistics Found On Line. Here, US Aircraft Losses In Korea.

March 14, 2014

  I love this new website http://www.alternatewars.com where they list some great military statistics. Below, click to enlarge and we see aircraft losses in the Korean War.   . Related Posts:Stay Tunes For Similar Posts

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How The Navy Spelled Out Messages Before Phones. Click To Enlarge

February 28, 2014
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      Current English Speaking Semaphore Flags . . Naval Signal Flags Changed A Bit In The 19th Century. . . Hand Flag Signals. . sources: Wiki . Save Related Posts:Stay Tunes For Similar Posts

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Associated Press Photos Of Attack On Pearl Harbor. Click To Enlarge.

February 14, 2014

  These are riveting and demonstrate the destructive power of a successful bombing run. Many of these photos ran in newspapers across the county and in fact across thew world.   In this Dec. 7, 1941 file photo, the destroyer USS Shaw explodes after being hit by bombs during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl […]

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Timeline Of The War In The Pacific, First Year.

January 25, 2014

    USS Bunker Hill Hit By Kamikazes.   There is a lesson here. The Japan fought extremely well at the exact same time that they were biting off more than they could chew. The inevitability of the win for the US became more apparent the closer US troops island hopped towards Japan. This first […]

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US World War II Commemorative Postage Stamps

January 8, 2014

     Not enough that this was captured in film. The planting of the flag at Iwo Jima.   ..   Dr. Sun Yat Sen and Ab Lincoln are compared in this stamp that salutes Chinese resistance to Japanese occupation.  .     . 90 mm anti aircraft gun is the subject of this stamp. […]

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Mobile Landing Platforms.

December 4, 2013

. . Sometimes in battle, what is called for is a table. Something to put things on and keep them there, ready to be picked up and used again. The Navy has learned long ago that for disaster preparedness, the Navy often needs a place to land a helicopter, or a put wounded people, or […]

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“I Don’t Know What You Been Told” – Military Cadence Songs

December 2, 2013

  It is the phenomenon of working songs that gave birth to military cadence songs. The call out and respond structure keeps a leader a band of people together in real time. Perhaps the comedy of the sings or the fact that they are sung together that bonds people. Perhaps they bond no one. They […]

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Submarines. By Fits And Starts.

October 6, 2013

        The CSS Hunley was the first submarine to sink another ship. In accomplishing this mission, it also sank itself, for the fourth time, and this time all hands perished. The Confederates were charging ahead with the designs of newer more sophisticated submersibles. Two New Orleans businessmen, J. K. Scott and R. […]

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The Sinking Of The USS Indianapolis. For Four Days And Nights, 800 Men Floated In The Ocean, Exposed, Starved, Drowned, Dehydrated, While Sharks Killed Them Off One At A Time.

July 31, 2013
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        The USS Indianapolis was a Portland Class US Navy Cruiser launched in 1931. It was the flagship for Admiral William Spruance as the Navy fought the Japanese across the Pacific. On July 26th, 1945, the USS Indianapolis delivered enriched uranium meant to go into the Atomic bomb to Tinian Island. There […]

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Was Tarawa Worth It?

April 7, 2013

  On maps, war makes sense. It’s hard to see the decision making process that produced killing fields from the killing fields themselves. Maps are mostly bloodless affairs that give one a general idea of where attacks are supposed to occur. It’s easy to see why the US had to build airfields starting at Tarawa […]

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The Gyrodyne QH 50.

January 14, 2013

              Gyrodyne received an invitation to participate in a requisition competitition to produce a single seat “personal” helicopter and observation platform.   These machines were fairly simple, coaxial rotor layout, 40 hp Nelson H-59 engine and variants were powered by a 60hp Porsche. Wireless controls worked well enough back […]

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