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#61 Mark Carver

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Posted 02 June 2015 - 10:09 AM

An animated data-driven documentary about war and peace, The Fallen of World War II looks at the human cost of the second World War and sizes up the numbers to other wars in history, including trends in recent conflicts.

 


John Keegan, a renowned British military historian, has called World War II the greatest single event in the history of mankind. - Tom Brokaw, NBC special correspondent and author of "The Greatest Generation"


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Posted 05 June 2015 - 04:25 PM

70+ years later and still finding bombs, warships and now a pristine bunker, one of many that the Canadians had to deal with on Juno Beach. Canadian losses on D-Day, June 6th. 340 dead, 574 wounded, 47 captured.

 


John Keegan, a renowned British military historian, has called World War II the greatest single event in the history of mankind. - Tom Brokaw, NBC special correspondent and author of "The Greatest Generation"


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Posted 05 June 2015 - 04:48 PM

70+ years later and still finding bombs, warships and now a pristine bunker, one of many that the Canadians had to deal with on Juno Beach. Canadian losses on D-Day, June 6th. 340 dead, [/size]574 wounded, [/size]47 captured.[/size]
 


I had the privilege to fight along side the Canadian light infantry snipers and all I can say is that maple leaf gives them a bad rap. Great group of soldiers.
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Posted 05 June 2015 - 04:58 PM

The last war that featured clarity...


 "You say you've lost your faith, but that's not where its at.

  You have no faith to lose, and ya know it" - Bob Dylan


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Posted 05 June 2015 - 06:01 PM


The last war that featured clarity...


Long thread you have posted in it many times but I'll let your subtle disrespect right after I post go. I was just stating how I have seen badass Canadian military units in action, a lot of Americans don't know about the Canadian military and just think of mounties.
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Posted 05 June 2015 - 11:13 PM

Long thread you have posted in it many times but I'll let your subtle disrespect right after I post go. 

 

What on earth are you talking about?   You don't think WW2 was the last war the entire nation had clarity about?  Hell, it was the last war that we even had enough clarity to actually declare war... the last war that the entire nation committed to enough that everybody and everything in American society made sacrifices for...

 

What does that have to do with anything you posted about Canadians?


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Posted 07 June 2015 - 12:12 AM

The 1942 battles with U-boats off the Outer Banks.

 

http://www.wearethem...ernment-2015-02


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Posted 07 June 2015 - 01:09 AM

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Posted 07 June 2015 - 01:13 AM

The 1942 battles with U-boats off the Outer Banks.
 
http://www.wearethem...ernment-2015-02


There are so many sunken shipsoff the coast of OBX.

That was a real good read.

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Posted 07 June 2015 - 09:42 AM

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Oh please. That's what Ocean City looks like Memorial Day weekend :P


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Posted 07 June 2015 - 09:48 AM

It's easy to bash the French of WWII but one of my favorite photos is from one of the US cemeteries on French soil.

 

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Posted 07 June 2015 - 10:22 AM

And if you look at the name on the cross of Sgt Robert B Seyler. He's from Oregon, was 25 and died on July 27th, 1944. He's buried at the Normand\y American Cemetery and Memoriial at Colleville-sur-Mer, France. 

 

http://www.findagrav...r&GRid=56649852

 

He was awarded the Purple Heart, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medial He served with the 102nd Calvary Reconnaissance Regiment.

 

http://www.honorstat...x.php?id=103760

 

And accordingly...

 

On 11 July, while elements of the 2nd Division assaulted Hill "192" the Squadron held the line to their left flank 4 and maintained contact with the 5th Division on the opposite side. Friendly artillery from both these divisions and V Corps pulverized the enemy on the hill in the greatest mass artillery concentration yet seen by this unit. From that day until July 26th the Recon. Troops, with active tank and assault gun support, held their sector of the forward line and patrolled to the ST LO ROAD and beyond.

 

On 26 July, after month of sparring for position and keeping the Germans dispersed all along the line, the combined weights of the 2nd and 29th Divisions were thrown at the ST LO sector. The German line bent, cracked and finally broke, and as the 2nd Division poured through the gap, the 102nd Cavalry Troops A, B and C with platoons of E and F attached, protected their right flank. Twenty minutes before "H" hour, F Company went on a quick sortie toward ST PIERRE LE SIMILLY to soften up the enemy's forward hedgerow defense network and inflict as many casualties as possible, while assault guns of Troop E fired heavy concentrations to cover the sneak thrust and withdrawal.

 

So as you can see, Sgt Robert Seyler was probably killed in the St Lo sector at the time when US forces broke through the German lines. Combat History of the 102nd Calvary Reconnaissance (very good read) -

 

http://117th-cav.org...f the 102nd.pdf


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Posted 08 June 2015 - 01:13 PM

Mark, I just saw that visualization of the fatalities, it is all the more staggering when you see it like that. 



#74 Mark Carver

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Posted 09 June 2015 - 10:31 AM

Mark, I just saw that visualization of the fatalities, it is all the more staggering when you see it like that. 

 

The Soviet Union losses are staggering.


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Posted 09 June 2015 - 10:34 AM

Check out the photo of a salvaged German FW-190A fighter off of the coast of Bergen, Norway.

 

On 1 November 2006, a Fw 190A3 was salvaged from the depths off the island of Sotra, near Bergen, Norway. The aircraft had made an emergency landing in December 1943; the pilot had scrambled to safety and was rescued soon after, but his aircraft had sunk to the bottom of the sea. After its retrieval from its 60 m deep watery grave, the Fw 190 ‘Yellow 16,’ from IV/JG 5 appears to be in remarkably good condition, only missing its canopy and the fabric-covered wing and tail surfaces.

 

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more photos here

 

http://www.thefedera...e-depths-photos


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Posted 09 June 2015 - 03:30 PM

Check out the photo of a salvaged German FW-190A fighter off of the coast of Bergen, Norway.

 

 

plane.jpg

 

more photos here

 

http://www.thefedera...e-depths-photos

 

I didn't know it was fabric-covered...  since it was the first plane (that I know of, anyway) to favor electronics over hyrdaulics, and was newer than the 109, I just assumed it was all metal...  


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Posted 22 June 2015 - 09:02 AM

Fighter aces are seen as gods and heroes by society and history. Many books, programmes, films and interviews about them – and rightly so. BUT we never hear much, if at alll,  about the other brave men who also stared death in the face every time they took to the air – the air gunners.

Below is a list of air gunner aces – not many have considered these guys but now you can change that. And then scroll through the images of the air gunners and give them a salute. Amazing men. An amazing time.

ttps://www.warhistoryonline.com/military-vehicle-news/the-forgotten-aces-air-gunner-aces-of-wwii-image-heavy.html


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Posted 26 June 2015 - 11:34 PM

What’s left to be said about Hermann Goering? The man was basically Hitler’s right hand and was one of the main people responsible not only for some of the atrocities that happened in World War II but also the rise of Germany before the whole thing was triggered.

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That being said, it’s hard for me to come up with something interesting that hasn’t already been discussed about the higher-up nazi. Or is it? Looking up Al Capone’s car I happened to stumble upon some footage of Goering’s car as well as they seemingly had more in common than you’d expect.

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Shot back in 1953, the video published by British Pathe on Youtube portrays the personal Mercedes of Hermann Goering, a car that was so heavily modified, it could hardly pass as an automobile. As a matter of fact, I think it was more of a tank than a car.

 

http://www.autoevolu...ideo-97176.html

 


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Posted 03 July 2015 - 04:48 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. — The remains of a former Santa Fe resident — long presumed to be lost at sea — have been found in the central Pacific and will soon be returned to his family.

1st Lt. Alexander “Sandy” Bonnyman Jr. was killed during World War II’s Battle of Tarawa more than 70 years ago. He, as well as 35 other U.S. Marines, was uncovered on the island of Betio in the central Pacific southeast of the Marshall Islands last month, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.

A Florida-based nonprofit History Flight found the mass grave where Bonnyman was buried using magnatomatry, radar scans, cadaver dogs, and interviews with surviving veterans of the battle.

Bonnyman, who was posthumously awarded a Medal of Honor, was one of about 1,100 Marines killed in the 1943 Battle of Tarawa. He has a white grave marker at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

http://rare.us/story...entral-pacific/


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Posted 03 July 2015 - 05:08 PM

http://rare.us/story...entral-pacific/

 

What a God forsaken place to die...

 

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He volunteered and entered the war as a private, even though he was exempt due to age and occupation... got a battlefield promotion to Lt @ Guadalcanal...

 

However that wasn't the first time he enlisted... he dropped out of Princeton 13 years earlier and "signed up for the Army Air Corps and entered flight training in June 1932 but washed out three months later, reportedly 'for buzzing too many control towers'."   Good for him!


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