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#101 Mark Carver

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Posted 21 July 2015 - 07:23 PM

The Japanese numbers sound suspect. Awfully hard to have more KIA and POW than forces in theatre.

 

No numbers are 100% accurate especially during time of war. The numbers came from Guam 1941 & 1944 by Gordon Rottman. I would say Japanese casualties numbers are accurate as they would be coming from the US Military and the starting forces numbers are coming from Japanese records and surviving personnel.


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Posted 23 July 2015 - 05:13 PM

First film of the havoc inflicted on that fateful Sunday DECEMBER 7TH 1941. Shots of burning hangars and the Battleship "Arizona" on fire. The aftermath - planes including a "Catalina" lie wrecked and the "Utah" is upside down. The "Arizona" is partially submerged and completely wrecked while the "Oklahoma" is on its side. The Destroyers "Downes" and "Cassin" are badly damaged. A Cruiser steams out past the blazing "Arizona". The story ends with library shots of the US fleet at sea, and in rough weather - one of the ships is the "North Carolina". 

 


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Posted 28 July 2015 - 07:57 PM


 "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 04 August 2015 - 02:32 PM

Squadron Leader Les Munro, RNZAF, was the last surviving pilot from the 1943 Dambusters raid.

 

http://www.telegraph...t-obituary.html


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Posted 04 August 2015 - 04:31 PM

Squadron Leader Les Munro, RNZAF, was the last surviving pilot from the 1943 Dambusters raid.

 

http://www.telegraph...t-obituary.html

 

The ingenuity of those that pulled this off is incredible. 

 

I just wish Peter Jackson would get off his ass and do the re-make of the film. The story needs to be re-told on film.


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Posted 04 August 2015 - 04:45 PM


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 06 August 2015 - 12:55 AM

Hiroshima commemorates first atom bomb drop.

 

http://www.bbc.com/n...d-asia-33792789



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Posted 06 August 2015 - 12:57 AM

The Nazi training ship Horst Wessel, more familiar to many as the USCGC Eagle.

 

http://www.bbc.com/n...gazine-33543706



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Posted 06 August 2015 - 06:53 AM


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 10 August 2015 - 03:53 PM


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 14 August 2015 - 02:12 PM

70 years ago, August 14, 1945

 

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of the V J Day kiss in Times Square


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Posted 14 August 2015 - 03:01 PM

Couple cool things...

 

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This is the largest cannon developed by the Germans and in the known world.  There was a total of two 31.5 inch caliber rail guns and they took over 4000 men to be mounted and assembled.  Gustav was the only active one which fired a little over 42 times with shells that weighed over 11,000 pounds.  They had plans to put rockets in them that tested to hit targets 90 miles away but never got the chance for live action.

 

(Hide your faces animal lovers)  But the Soviets trained dogs to take out tanks....   How you ask?  Well they would put dog food on the bottom of tanks and train the dogs that is where they eat.  They would then get the dogs nice a hungry before battle and plant a mine on the dogs backs.  The mine had a handle that would trip when the dog would run as fast as he could to get under the tank.  The Soviets used about 40,000 dogs in the field and over 300 tanks were taken out by dogs alone with the 26 pound bomb strapped to their back.

 

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Posted 15 August 2015 - 12:14 AM

Couple cool things...

 

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This is the largest cannon developed by the Germans and in the known world.  There was a total of two 31.5 inch caliber rail guns 

 

Don't forget 36" Little David    :wink:

 

https://en.wikipedia...ki/Little_David

 

Tested at Aberdeen....

 

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 10:01 AM

1 of 1500 planes that crashed and the planes remains recovered from SW China region while flying 'the hump'. 

The wreckage of a Consolidated C-87 Liberator Express air freighter that crashed into a glacier in Tibet during World War II has been excavated and moved to Sichuan province on Aug. 11. The pieces reached their final destination at China’s largest private museum, Jianchuan Museum in Chengdu, Sichuan.

The remains will be displayed as an example of Sino-US cooperation during World War II.

http://www.pddnet.co...555818&type=cta

 


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Posted 20 August 2015 - 07:19 AM

A 10% finders fee. I could live with that.

The tale of a legendary Nazi ghost train carrying gold which allegedly disappeared without trace in the dying days of the Second World War has taken a new twist.

Two men have filed a “finder's claim" with a district council in Poland for an “armoured train” carrying precious metals, fueling speculation the mysterious train has been located.

The claim was filed in the south-west Polish town of Walbrzych and could put an end to 70 years of rumour, myth and fruitless treasure hunts for the ghost train.

According to local media reports, two claimants - a Pole and a German - say they have found a 500-foot long “armoured train” with gun platforms and a cargo of “precious metals”.

The claim was lodged because under Polish law treasure finders can keep 10 per cent of the value of their find.

 

http://www.telegraph...s-think-so.html


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Posted 28 August 2015 - 12:38 AM

Australian Airman Paul Royle, who took part in the Great Escape, has died aged 101.

 

http://www.bbc.com/n...tralia-34082333



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Posted 07 September 2015 - 07:15 AM

Ben Kuroki, a decorated Japanese-American gunner in the Army Air Forces of World War II, who was hailed on the American homeland at a time when tens of thousands of Japanese-Americans were confined to internment camps as supposed security risks, died on Tuesday in Camarillo, Calif. He was 98.

His death was confirmed on Saturday by his daughter Julie Kuroki.

Many Americans of Japanese descent served with distinction in the Army’s ground forces. But the Air Forces had not wanted Mr. Kuroki, or, for that matter, any Japanese-Americans.

He nonetheless became an airman and received three Distinguished Service Crosses, taking part in raids over Europe and North Africa and then, after receiving special permission from the War Department, in missions over Japan.

http://www.nytimes.c...re-iphone-share

 


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Posted 15 September 2015 - 01:19 AM

Battle of Britain Day flypast is today, marking the 75th anniversary of the most substantial surge in Luftwaffe operations during the battle.

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-34250794


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Posted 15 September 2015 - 04:55 AM

Battle of Britain Day flypast is today, marking the 75th anniversary of the most substantial surge in Luftwaffe operations during the battle.

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-34250794

 

Goodwood is the center of all that...

 

Goodwood is the estate of the Earl of March.   Beginning in 1993, each year at this time Lord March uses the whole place for his by-now-famous "Festival of Speed"... which is mainly about cars...  racing cars, street cars... new cars, old cars... all kinds... ditto for motorcycles... and he *always* has Spitfires and Hurricanes flying around too... the scale of the RAF stuff is ramped up this year because of the anniversary, but flyby's of WW2 RAF planes are always a part of it...

 

Goodwood is a historic English race track... which started out right after the war on the perimeter roads of a WWII RAF base that was there... and Lord March owns the whole thing... fortunately, he loves this stuff... so in '93, about the time he took over the estate from his father, the then-38-yr-old Earl started having an annual festival about going fast...

 

People dress up like it's the 1940's, roam around sipping champagne, and see old cars and bikes everywhere... including on the race track for actual races... and on the hillclimb course where they do crazy things like have recent Formula One cars race up the dang hill, right next to big stone walls and hay bales... along with old NASCAR people like Junior Johnson and Richard Petty who show up with their old race cars... they race up the hill too... along with various multi-million-dollar rare classic cars driven by famous racing drivers...one minute it's a new Maserati, the next minute it's a 1936 Mercedes...damnedest thing ever (in a good way)...

 

The old RAF base: https://en.wikipedia...AF_Westhampnett

 

The old race track: https://en.wikipedia...oodwood_Circuit

 

The festival: https://en.wikipedia...stival_of_Speed

 

The guy who does it: https://www.goodwood...w-7th-duke.aspx

 

Website for this year's Festival of Speed: https://grrc.goodwoo...tival-of-speed/

 

Lots of Youtube videos of the Festival of Speed: https://www.google.c...f speed&tbm=vid


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Posted 15 September 2015 - 07:58 AM

The 20ft Mercedes-Benz that conveyed the Nazi leader on a 1942 trip to Finland had a curious afterlife in the US before being restored by an ex-air force general, The Guardian reports.

The automobile in question is a 1941 Mercedes-Benz 770K Grosser W150 Offener Tourenwagen. It is among the rarest cars of the war era, and this particular one is rarer still. An important detail about this car is that it was originally built for Adolf Hitler. 

Its upholstery conceals compartments for Luger pistols. Hidden below the serpentine body panels are ¾-inch steel plates that, together with the 1½-inch-thick window glass, armor the limousine sufficiently to survive a grenade blast or a jaunt over a landmine. The car’s total weight comes to five tons.

 

 

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more photos here - http://ww2live.com/e...every-detail-it


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