February 2020

The Amazing Cluster That Invading Sicily Became

by Daniel Russ on February 25, 2020

    From Rick Atkinson’s Day of Battle. “Ships wallowed like treasure laden galleons on the Spanish Main. The American convoys alone carried more than 100,000 tons  of supplies.  5,000 tons of crated airplanes, 7000 tons of coal, 19,000 tons of signal equipment the expedition manifest was Homerian in scale and variety. 6.6 million rations, […]

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by Daniel Russ on February 20, 2020

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More Astonishing Facts About US War Production in WW II.

February 15, 2020
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“From late February to late March, 130 ships sailed for Africa with 84,000 soldiers, 24,000 vehicles, and a million tons of cargo. Although the U.S. II Corps lost more armor at Kasserine pass than the Germans had massed at the beginning of the battle, those losses were replaced immediately. Other material appeared just as fast. […]

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The Astonishing Industrial Capacity of World War II America.

February 9, 2020
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In January 1943 Eisenhower told his staff and requisition officers that he desperately needed trucks. Less than a month later, a convoy left Norfolk, Virginia, Baltimore, Maryland and New York, New York. It was 20 heavy cargo ships.   It conveyed 5000 two and a half ton trucks, 2000 cargo trailers, 400 dump trucks, 80 […]

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Bernard Montgomery. Brilliant General. Otherwise, Quite Difficult.

February 4, 2020
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From Rick Atkinson’s brilliant An Army at Dawn.   “Sparks flew up around Montgomery. He was puerile, petty, and egocentric, bereft of irony, humility, and a sense of proportion. It would not suffice for him to succeed. You have to fail. ‘If he admitted to an error, it was always minor, and served , like […]

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