July 2013

Post image for 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.

        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 […]

Share

{ 0 comments }

George Patton Designed A Cavalry Sword.

by Daniel Russ on July 30, 2013

Post image for George Patton Designed A Cavalry Sword.

 George S. Patton . George Patton served as Master of the Sword when he was at the Mounted Service School. There he sought out the advice of the best swordsmen and cavalry officers he could find. He studied under the French Sword Master Adjutant M. Clery and returned to advise the US Army and design […]

Share

{ 0 comments }

Wilhelm Kress And His Flying Boat.

July 29, 2013

  Wilhelm Kress (July 29, 1836  – February 24, 1913) was an early aircraft pioneer who invented the hang glider in 1877. While it wasn’t powered flight, it was flight nonetheless. Kress built small flying toys that served as models for actual full sized aircraft. Kress also developed the first hands on control stick. While […]

Share
Read the full article →

Shotgun Engravings

July 28, 2013

It is in the spirit of yesterday’s post that addresses tsuba or samurai sword guards, today we go west young man and cover shotgun engravings. It is in our DNA to perpetrate war. It is also in our genes to adorned our weaponry and give it powers that it doesn’t really possess. Easy for me […]

Share
Read the full article →

Concept Tanks. Click To Enlarge.

July 27, 2013

This week we continue to look at war art. Conceptank.blogspot.com is a site devoted entirely to artists representations of tanks that might be built, or tanks one might see in a science fiction or alternate universe. I am drawn to this, simply because the little boy in me thinks it’s cool.   . . . […]

Share
Read the full article →

Engraved Handguns. Click to Enlarge.

July 26, 2013

 This week we continue to look at the ornate and operose engravings that are carved into metal on weaponry. Today, we look at some beautful examples of engravings on mostly .45 caliber automatics. I couldn’t resist the engraved Mp5. And thou shalt take thy swords and beat them into ploughshares, and engrave hunting scenes upon […]

Share
Read the full article →

Tsuba.

July 25, 2013

Tsuba are the swordguards on Samurai swords. They are small round slabs of metal, about four ounces at most. In the center is a long traingular slot that fits around the blade. The tusba themselves were ornate and beautiful and quite creative and forged from bronze or pewter or brass or steel. Just like the […]

Share
Read the full article →

Recovered Subs.

July 24, 2013

I am fascinated with the chutzpah that armies or drug smugglers display when they feel they can invent and operate a submarine on their own. Many work very well and for everyone that is captured, there must be many more that are still out there clandestinely performing missions. The Hunley below sank the USS Housatonic […]

Share
Read the full article →

The CSS Hunley Was The First Submarine To Sink A Warship.

July 23, 2013

      The Hunley was a submarine that belonged to the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. It was 40 feet long and required six to seven men to operate. It was a symbol of the determination to prevail in the Civil War at all costs. This low technology boat sank […]

Share
Read the full article →

President Jimmy Carter Says We No Longer Have A Functional Democracy.

July 22, 2013

  .     .Former president Jimmy Carter condemned the effect U.S. intelligence programs had on U.S. moral authority in the wake of NSA revelations brought to light by leaker Edward Snowden, Der Spiegel reports. “America has no functioning democracy,” Carter said  at a meeting of The Atlantic Bridge in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday. … […]

Share
Read the full article →

There Is No One To Blame For Our Gun Culture. We Are All To Blame.

July 21, 2013

  There is a backdrop against which the Zimmerman trial played out that is of course a much bigger canvas to look at, and it informs this discussion well beyond race relations. To explain the larger backdrop, look at a new technology that has been in use for over a decade and is now becoming […]

Share
Read the full article →

Hitler’s Paintings. Part V.

July 20, 2013

Ypres. . German Tank WWI . Smoking Tank WWI . Redoubt .Well, this was unusual for CMIG to feature one thing all week long, but the topic of Hitler’s Art is important. He painted hundreds of post cards and miniatures and sold them all to make a living. What would have happened had he ben […]

Share
Read the full article →

Hitler’s Paintings. Part IV.

July 19, 2013

“Am Basler Tor” (1933) . A Tea Room . A Trolley Car . Schloss Lamberg Steyer – Vienna Period (c.1910–1912) This week we are looking at Hitler’s Art. The biggest criminal in contemporary history was a painter, or so he applied himself to be a serious artist. Critics have said he painted mostly deserted places, […]

Share
Read the full article →

Hitler’s Paintings.Part III.

July 18, 2013

“Karge Colored Pansies” . Unusual Store Sign . Perchtoldsdorg Church Castle . Munich Opera House . “White Orchids” . Munich Victory Gate Paul Valery said “an Artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.” Perhaps so. I have been thinking of the possible criticism I may receive for featuring the art of Adolph […]

Share
Read the full article →

Hitler’s Paintings. Part II.

July 17, 2013

  The Courtyard of An Old Residency In Munich . “Oedensplatz” (1914) . “Colored House” . Musician By Well Again we ask ourselves, if showing Hitler’s amazing watercolors and oil paintings is wrong. I have to say that this is about culture and art and in no way influences my decisions about the horrific fallout […]

Share
Read the full article →

Hitler’s Paintings. Part I.

July 16, 2013

Castle Battlements . Die Peterskirche in Wien . “Schloss u. Kirche Perchtoldsdorf” . “Country Church” These are really amazing. And this is not a celebration of Hitler. It is sheer astonishment that a person so bad, one who has come to mean evil itself could produce something so beautiful and nuanced. source: Snyder’sTreasures Related Posts:Hitler’s […]

Share
Read the full article →

Cool Mercury Space Craft Diagrams.

July 15, 2013

    The Mercury Space Program was the first attempt by the United States government to put a man in space. The idea was to do it before the Soviets. They won that race in April of 1961 when Yuri Gagarin became the fist person to orbit the Earth. A month later Alan Shepherd became […]

Share
Read the full article →

Losing Face.

July 14, 2013

. .     A friend of mine who moved to France asked me “Why do seem Americans so out of the loop? What happened to Obama?” Ensconced in our thick recliners, devouring buffalo chicken Doritos, lost in the George Zimmerman trial, we sit while overseas, the world is wondering how we lost our way […]

Share
Read the full article →

Out Gunned, Out Numbered, Down To Two Rockets, The British 6th Airborne Prevails On D-Day.

July 13, 2013

      Canadian PIAT Team, D-Day   In the early hours of the invasion of Normandy, Gold Beach was the target for the British 6th Airborne and the British 50th Division. The British 6th Airborne under John Howard was to secure vital bridges, one in particular was called the Bénouville Bridge over the Orne […]

Share
Read the full article →

The An-Shi Rebelllion.

July 12, 2013

  An Lushan      As a boy in the court of the Emperor Xuanzong, General Zhang Shougui in 732, caught An Lushan in possession of a stolen sheep. He intended to execute the boy, but the impudent child yelled out:   “Is it that you, Lord, do not wish to destroy the barbarian tribes? […]

Share
Read the full article →