October 2012

This Halloween, Enjoy This Ship Made From Human Bones.

by Daniel Russ on October 31, 2012

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Ship Made From Human Bones       Ship Made From Human Bones     Ship Made From Human Bones Given that the French and English warred with each other for centuries it’s a little surprising to hear that French prisoners during the Napoleonic wars were treated fairly well. Many of these prisoners were held […]

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  July 24, 1944; it has been seven weeks since the Allies opened a second front against the Third Reich in the daring invasion known as D Day. The Germans however had recovered from the initial shock and were able to cobble together an almost impervious defensive battlefield. The verdant rolling hills of Normandy were […]

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Pirate Mothership defeated by lowly transport ship.

October 29, 2012

Rotterdam Class Amphibious Transport Dock     I long ago stopped doing news items but I couldn’t help talk about this. I have often written about asymmetrical warfare and this is an example of what happens when a renegade low tech high chutzpah organization comes across a vastly superior military force.   This last Wednesday, […]

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The Ling Tempco Vought XC-142

October 28, 2012

    XC-142     LTV-XC-142   During the race for jet combat aircraft there was also a race for rotorcraft as well. If not rotorcraft, at leats for V/STOL aircraft. One of the oddest stories is the one about a tilt rotor plane that performed really well in tests and still lost most of […]

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The Puckle Gun

October 27, 2012

  In the early 18th century, a British barrister and inventor named James Puckle invented a multi shot flintlock with a cylinder that could fire about 9 shots a minute, three times what one of the Queen’s well-trained blooded infantrymen could fire at the time. Demonstrations brought money into the Puckle Gun. The problem was […]

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The Day Sugar Ray Robinson Killed Welterweight Jimmy Doyle.

October 26, 2012

  Sugar Ray Robinson Knocks Out Jimmy Doyle     It was 1947 when Irish American pugilist managed to get a fight with Sugar Ray Robinson, the world Welterweight champion. It must be mentioned that there are people like me who consider Sugar Ray Robinson one of the top ten boxers of all time. If […]

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The Corkscrew Tank.

October 25, 2012

    Here is one of the funniest success stories I have ever read in military technology. The Russians were extremely creative, if not always elegant. I mean there was no fahrfegnugen in a Russian tank. Essentially a poor country, their engineering was embedded with a deep sense of practicality. The Russians were also painfully […]

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Another CIA Veteran Come Out Claiming Roswell Was A Real Event.

October 25, 2012

  Chase Brandon     The thing about Chase Brandon is that, if what he claims about his own service is true then he would be about the most senior CIA retiree to speak publically about Roswell. It is something I have written about He worked for the CIA for 35 years and 25 of […]

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The Actual Contents Of The Famous Lost Dispatch, Order 191.

October 24, 2012

Before the Battle of Antietam Robert E. Lee issued Order 191. The orders, written on paper that was rolled into an envelope and carried by horseback was lost. A Union Corporal Barton Mitchell with the 27th Indiana discovered the tube on Best Farm. He took the orders, wrapped with three cigars up the chain to […]

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Abandoned Fighter Aircraft.

October 23, 2012

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The Odd Warlike Art Of Adam Wheatley.

October 22, 2012

           Source: Juxtapose     Related Posts:Great Painted Aircraft.Stalin Era Travel PostersStalin Era Travel PostersUSSR Travel PostersThe Future Of Aviation According To The Past.

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Abandoned Tanks.

October 21, 2012

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Painted Tanks.

October 20, 2012

        Source: Google Images.     Related Posts:A Fascinating Evaluation of the T-34 and KV-1 at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds.Shotgun EngravingsConcept Tanks. Click To Enlarge.Engraved Handguns. Click to Enlarge.Tsuba.

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Military Anecdote of the Day: Ulysses S. Grant Was No Egomaniac. Quite The Contrary.

October 19, 2012

  Commander of the Army of the Potomac, Ulysses S. Grant   On his way to a reception in his honor, Ulysses S Grant was caught in a rain shower. He offered the protection of an umbrella to a stranger walking in the same direction. The stranger confided that “Between us, I have always found […]

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Bernard Montgomery Was Known For His Dashing Wit And Unbounded Ego.

October 18, 2012

  Bernard Montgomery Bernard Montgomery was a flamboyant egotist, so his detractors thought. He spoke his mind and was truculent to a fault. In 1944 Alan Brooke was Chief of the Imperial General Staff and later became Viscount Alan Brooke. General Bernard Montgomery had become the topic of discussion. Brooke mention to King George VI, […]

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When Japan Surrendered In August 1945, Hiroo Onoda And Three Others Fought On For 30 Years.

October 17, 2012

  Hiroo Onoda Born on 3/19/1922. Hiroo Onoda is a former imperial Japanese army intelligence officer who refused to surrender in 1945. Onoda fought on until his commanding officer traveled to the island where he was in hiding  and ordered to lay down his arms. He was a second lieutenant.   With little more than […]

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The Birkenhead Drill: The Origin Of “Women And Children First.”

October 16, 2012

  The Wreck Of The Birkenhead   On February 26th, 1852 the HMS Birkenhead, a British troop carrier transporting troops for the Navy struck a rock while bringing soldiers to South Africa. The British were locked in a war with the Khosa tribe in what was now termed the Kaffir Wars. Realizing that there were […]

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The Sexual State Of The Union During The American Civil War.

October 15, 2012

  General “Fighting Joe” Joe Hooker   There was plenty of pornography during the Civil War. As hard as it is to believe that well produced photographs, woodcuts, and daguerreotypes were plentiful during a war that robbed so many of their resources. From time immemorial, people have conjured ways of profiting from the occasional conflation […]

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Allotment Annies. Women Who Married Multiple Men To Get Their Government Stipend For Each Husband.

October 14, 2012

  We all know that there are those who play by the rules and those who never play by the rules. One has to wonder how many of these people got away with this scam, but it is a doozie. Women who married GIs deployed over seas in World War II got to collect their […]

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The Return Of The Airship.

October 13, 2012

    The old airship hangars in warehouse districts alongside the 405 in Carson are doing something that hasn’t been done in the United States in a long time. They are building zeppelin like-airships-for use in military applications. Today when we have such control of the skies, it makes sense to bring back the efficient […]

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