WWII

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   Nabuo Fujita Bombed An Oregon Forest, Then Returned To Ask For Forgiveness   The I-25 submarine was a built by the Imperial Japanese Navy and it featured a surprise that even submarines today don’t have: retrievable folding airplanes. The 1-25 was a Japanese B-1 type submarine with a complement of 95 men, and an […]

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    Marshal Georgi Konstantinovich Zhukov Born December 1st 1896. Died June 18th 1974        In 1896 Georgi Konstantinovich Zhukov was born in the village of Strelkova near Moscow. Like so many, he grew up in immense poverty. His upbringing reflected the impecunious times of pre industrial liver Twists England. He grew up in […]

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The T34 Calliope.

May 24, 2016

  One of the many tube launched multiple rocket launchers developed late in World War II was the T34 Calliope. The musical instrument calliope looked a lot like the weapon and hence the name. This configuration was almost always used on a Sherman M4A3 tank. It fired 60 107mm and was used in the Normandy […]

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The Land Mattress

May 20, 2016

  The Land Mattress was an unfortunate moniker given to a fairly impressive experimental multiple rocket launcher developed by the US at the end of World War II. Developers began with the naval 5-inch shell, and mounted it on a 3-inch (76mm) rocket launcher mounted in a tube – the 60lb rocket or RP-3. It […]

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The Focke-Achgelis Fa 269. Another German Wonder Plane.

May 12, 2016

  It comes as no surprise to me to find that the Germans in World War II were also developing concept aircraft for Vertical Take Off and Landing functionality. The idea of course was that the runway wasas difficult to build and easy to target and harder to defend.   Heinrich Focke in 1941 designed […]

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The Bob Semple Tank.

March 18, 2016

      World War II New Zealand Minister of Works Bob Semple led the country to build an indigenous tank to aid Allies. It was also a measure to engender pride in New Zealand’s work force, that such a small player would still produce something lethal.   The Bob Semple tank prototype was built […]

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The Josef Stalin Tank

October 25, 2015
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  The trade off in tank manufacture is always weight and armor versus mobility. The heavier the armor, the harder it will be penetrate it. Heavy armor isn’t very nimble over bridges, or difficult terrain, and it consumes gas rapidly and lowers the range of the vehicle. So the M-4 Sherman was a lightly armored […]

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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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Stalingrad

September 4, 2015

  23 August 1942 – 2 February 1943. Stalingrad’s worst luck was that it was named after Josef Stalin. It was a perfect town in Russia, a gem on the Volga River and an industrial center. So on August 23rd, 1942, Hitler ordered the German 6th Army under Von Paulus to lay siege to Stalingrad. […]

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Wide Sweep Of World War II Part Two

September 1, 2015

    Intelligence Makes The Difference     Intelligence exchanges between the United States and the United Kingdom made all the difference. Sir Henry Tizzard, an English Chemist and Inventor, also the Rector of the Imperial College had been curating technologies that would help the United States build jets, faster prop planes, detect submarines and […]

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A Wide Sweep Of The Conflagration That Was World War II.

August 24, 2015
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   Hitler reviewing Troops BlitzKrieg   On September 1st, 1939, Germany invaded Poland. And thus began a bloody conflict that killed 78,000,000 people worldwide and became the largest event in human history. The Wehrmacht’s inexorable advance and its unflinching barbarity made Hitler seem invincible. His exultant swagger was proving true to the biggest armies in […]

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Ft. Driant, Built In The 16th Century. It Has Never Been Taken. Not Even By Patton And The 3rd Army.

February 23, 2015

    Hand to Hand Combat. US troops of the 5th Army in street fighting at Metz.   September 27, 1944 P-47s under James Doolittle out of the 19th Tactical Air Command were awakened and growling on the runways inside US Occupied France. The Battle of Metz was about to begin. Metz is a historic […]

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Great Photos Of The US M-10 Tank Destroyer In Action In Europe.

November 10, 2014

  The 6000, some odd M-10 tank destroyers we built had a potent 76mm gun that could stop a good number of smaller and medium German tanks fielded in Europe in World War II. Using High Velocity Anti- Tank rounds, the gun, on an M4 Chassis proved effective also against soft targets like other mobile […]

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And Even More Nose Art

August 13, 2014

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More Nose Art

August 11, 2014

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The Unimaginable Number Of Casualties Of World War II. A Reminder.

June 14, 2014

      Dead Wehrmacht, Eastern Front, 1942.   In the early hours o June 22, 1941, the largest combat operation in history began. Operation Barbarossa was the German invasion of Rusia. Hitler’s visions saw the Bolsheviks, the Slavs and the Jews of Eastern Europe the cause of Germany’s problems, and the reason for its […]

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In The Soviet Union Around World War II, Genocide Was De Rigueur.

May 28, 2014

  Joseph Stalin was perhaps the most paranoid of absolute monarchs. Although he hated royalty and the bloodlines that bestowed power on people by happenstance, he was far more powerful than all the Tsars counted as one. During the 1930s, he wielded enough power to make life long enemies and decided to eliminate each of […]

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Mickey Rooney, Corporal, U.S. Army, Passes at 93.

April 7, 2014

    Mickey Rooney Entertaining Troops.   Corporal Mickey Rooney (September 23, 1920 – April 6, 2014). In 1944, Mickey Rooney joined the United States Army. He served three months short of two years, and was part of a massive drawdown after the war. He worked as a radio personality on the Armed Force Network. He […]

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90 Year Old Concentration Camp Guard To Stand Trial.

March 23, 2014

      Gisela S. is her nom de prison.  In the camp, her name was Demming. She is 90. And in her youth she was a vicious Nazi guard at Auschwitz-Birkenau who beat prisoners, or made them stand in a crammed cell for days or until death for minor infractions. This die hard supporter […]

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The Ostwind Germany’s Last Anti Aircraft Gun.

March 21, 2014

    The Ostwind or “East Wind” was a 20 ton anti aircraft gun built by Germany on an old panzer chassis. Production started very late in early 1945. Only 37 of the lanned gun were finised and only a handful ever made it into the field. The 37mm gun came with 1000 rounds and […]

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