November 2017

The Pyrrhic Battle: Crete 1941.

by Daniel Russ on 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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    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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