WWII

World War II Japanese Flight Wardrobe.

January 24, 2013

  WWII Japanese Pilot Helmet WWII Japanese Pilot Floating Flight Jacket WWII Japanese Pilot Flight Mask WWII Japanese Pilot Flight Boots Source: Imperial War Museum Related Posts:The Amazing Clever Japanese Fu-Go Fire Balloon Bombs.Japanese World War II Diary Reveals Life Under US Naval Bombardment.The Okha, Or “Cherry Blossom” Was The World’s First Guided Missile.Germany In […]

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The Riga Massacres.

January 5, 2013

      In the first six months of their occupation of Latvia, the Germans and their collaborators worked to rid the country of the Jews who lived there. There were around 95,000 Jews in Latvia and less than 10,000 survived this pogrom. Encouraged to perpetrate violence upon their Jewish neighbors, the worst and the […]

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Guadalcanal Was Our First Official Ground War With The Japanese.

January 1, 2013

      May 1942, untested United States Marines are headed into the Pacific, most of them are kids out of high school with a deeply inculcated sense of pride and patriotism. For the most part they are well trained. These are the pride of America’s youth. The answer to both the dedicated Wehrmacht soldier […]

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The Final Days of Germany Were a Frenetic, Desperate Rear Guard Attempt To Stop The Inevitable.

December 30, 2012
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          Nothing Quite Says It’s Over Than Your Enemy’s Flag On Your Capitol.   By the Spring of 1945, the Germans were not just on the run in most theaters of operation, they were running as fast as they could. The game afoot was for the Allied forces in Western Europe, […]

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Mussolini thought he had a powerful army. The British delivered his first wake up call.

December 8, 2012

      Benito Mussolini The Treaty of Lussaune was the opening play in the Italian annexation of Libya into their empire. It was signed in 1912 and despite the inchoate rage from the Arab population, the Italian liberation of Lybia from the Ottoman empire was complete. It was not until 1914 that the rest […]

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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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Operation Frankton, A Daring Raid On German Shipping.

September 27, 2012

  In December 1942, the HMS Tuna, a submarine serving with the Royal Navy launched in the middle of a cold night into the North Atlantic. It crept its way through the Continental shelf under the Bay of Biscayne. Six canoes, each with two special forces soldiers, it was a Royal Task Force – the […]

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So Many Nations Capitulated To The Germans Early On, Hitler Was Itching For A Real Fight.

September 24, 2012

On his way to power, there were many who suffered at the hands of his proxies and his insane lieges. Not surprisingly, some 130,000 dissident voices were extinguished by Adolph Hitler. It was the necessary antecedent to having competing security apparatuses fight to see who can be more ruthless and cruel. The SA and the […]

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World War II. The Numbers

September 10, 2012

  The thing about World War II that just fascinates me the most are the numbers involved. The sheer magnitude of the effort boggles the mind. The number who moved across the world to deadly bloody battle, the numbers who died, the numbers who survived, the numbers of POWS. That said, here are some more […]

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The Normandie-Niemen Squadrons.

September 2, 2012

The Normandie-Niemen Squadrons were Free French combat pilots that flew missions against the Nazis for and from Russia. They flew 869 missions and scored 273 victories with 37 non-certified shoot-downs. French pilots were flying the Soviet Yakovlev 1, and fast nimble and easy to fly fighter that resembled the Spitfire. These guys could fly. In […]

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The Hurricat.

August 30, 2012
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      When the United States was shipping supplies to England over the North Atlantic, U-Boats picked them off with impunity. It was a terrible loss of tonnage for the Allies in the early months of 1942. The British had a formidable air force, and among the Royal Air Force’s assets was the Hawker […]

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The Sanders Roe SR.A1 Or “Squirt”. A Fighter That Didn’t Need A Carrier.

July 22, 2012

    The SR.A1 was a prototype jet powered sea plane/fighter. The idea was to use the ocean itself around British military assets, particularly in the Pacific, as away to launch air defense or reconnaissance flights when carriers were unavailable. In May of 1944 the three prototypes were commissioned. They mimicked the fuselage of a […]

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The Astonishing Casualty Count Of The Firebombing Of Tokyo.

July 17, 2012

  March 9th, 1945, wave after wave of US B-29 Super Fortress bombers lay down 2000 tons of incendiary ordinance on Tokyo over the next two days. Some 16 square miles in and around the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Launching out of Saipan and Tinian Islands in the Marriannas, the B-29s would be stripped of […]

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The Carro Veloce L33 Italian Light Tank.

June 23, 2012

    About 2500 of these machine gun platforms were made and they saw action during the Italo Abyssinian wars and they advanced with the Royal Italian Army when the Italians officially entered the Second World War. They were armed with forward and backward facing 20mm machine gun. Both guns could penetrate lightly armored vehicles. […]

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Midway. The Empire Strikes Back.

June 4, 2012

Early June, 1942. Still smarting from an unprovoked attack on the US Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor, the United States is planning some revenge.       The American empire has always been driven on pride. It is an ineluctable amino acid in American DNA to do what we decide to do, not what others […]

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USS Iowa Decommissioned.

June 2, 2012

      She had nine 16 inch guns, twenty 5 inch guns, eighty 40mm anti aircraft batteries, forty-nine 20 mm cannons. She was 45,000 displaced tons, 887 feet long, 108 feet wide, and carried 2637 crew and 151 officers. She was the lead vessel of her kind and the only Iowa class battleship ever […]

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The Welrod Pistol Came With A Silencer.

June 1, 2012

The Welrod pistol was created in the United Kingdom during World War II to serve special operations forces. The idea was to provide a firearm with its own built in silencer so operatives would not give away their position. Normal silencers could be heard because the reciprocating slide makes a sound during discharge. The Welrod […]

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The Maresal Romanian Anti Tank Gun

May 14, 2012

  This thing should have worked. Like so many weapons systems before it, it simply needed the budgets, the time, the political atmosphere to let it happen. The idea itself was quite robust. A self propelled sloped armor anti tank gun, the size of which was planned to be a 120 mm howitzer. It was […]

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Animated Video For Patriot’s Point Museum.

May 9, 2012

  I led a team that created this video for Patriot’s Point, a museum in Charleston South Carolina that consists mostly of the USS Yorktown and the USS Laffey. This video is viewed by Boyscouts camping overnight on the carrier. The production company was Likely Story out of Austin     Related Posts:Germany In Denmark […]

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George Vujnovich Dies At 96. This OSS Agent Saved 500 Airmen Shot Down In The Balkans

May 6, 2012

  This last week this Serbian born Pittsburgh native George Vujovich died at the age of 96. Whilst working in the CIA precursor organization the OSS, Vujnovich liberated 500 American airmen who were shot down over Yugoslavia and Romania targeting German oil facilities and held as POWs.     The airmen were hidden in villages […]

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