Geocurrents.info report: An earlier GeoCurrents post on Chechnya mentioned that the Chechens were deported from their homeland in the North Caucasus to Central Asia in February 1944. However, the Chechen nation was not the only one to suffer such a fate under Stalin’s regime. The early Bolsheviks generally believed that a nationality had to be associated with a distinct territory, rejecting the [...]
This documentary was completely filmed and produced during the war, in color film. It shows a bombing mission over Nazi Germany from its start to end! Source: Military.comRead more...
History reports: Most wars are fought over serious issues like territory, resources or political freedom, but others arise from bizarre and even comical circumstances. Over the years, armies have mobilized and blood has been shed over everything from tragic misunderstandings and perceived slights to petty border disputes and even sporting events. Get the facts on six of history’s most preposterous [...]Read more...
Berlin, and other parts of Germany got totally destroyed from allied bombing during WW2. These rare and original WW2 pictures capture some of the destruction. Source: http://coolinterestingstuff.comRead more...
counterpunch.org reports: When I lived in Moscow, occasionally Russians would fix me with a stern gaze and gravely pose the question ‘who won the war?’ Circumspectly, I would answer that Russia had without doubt borne the principal burden of vanquishing Nazi Germany. The question, however, was always imbued with an accusatory air, as though my response was expected to incriminate [...]Read more...
And then the war began (1917) – A Man Who Was There Tells the Story of the First German Raid upon American Trenches in France
By: Frank Coffman / 1917 SCATTERED throughout the land today are a few men on whose tablets of memory the night of November 2, 1917, is indelibly inscribed. Those men are the First Division survivors of Company F, Second Battalion, Sixteenth Infantry, for it was on the night of November 2d, a little over four years ago, that Company F wrote [...]
Well, how confusing is this? In the one corner we have the well established First Blitz by Neil Hanson which looks at the German bombing operations against London in 1917 and 1918 and here we have Andrew P Hyde’s The First Blitz doing pretty much the same thing but sticking with 1917. Similarities abound and yet the two books have [...]
The NORMANDY TANK MUSEUM is located in Manche, on the municipality of Catz and the community of municipality of Carentan. It is ideally implanted on the historic site of the airfield A10 AIRFIELD built from June 15th till June 18th, 1944 by the 826th Battalion of Air Engineering, to receive the first devices P47 Thunderbolt, on June 19th during the [...]
Aviation enthusiasts and military veterans crowded together outside Sheffield, England, to mark the 70th anniversary of one of World War II’s most memorable air assaults—Operation Chastise, more popularly known as the “dambusters” mission. Vintage airplanes, including a Lancaster bomber, recreated a daring run Thursday that combined courageous flying with ingenious military creativity. On the night of May 16, 1943, a [...]
Nola.com reports: Writer-director Cate Shortland’s heart-heavy German drama “Lore” can be a hard film to watch at times. An on-the-ground World War II drama as seen through the eyes of the 14-year-old child of Nazis, it is harsh, it is frank, and it is heartbreaking. But as hard as it is to watch, it’s even harder to stop watching Shortland’s [...]
The Tank Museum Reports: I have been rummaging around in old files recently and amidst the bits and pieces that surfaced I found quite a few documents, articles and old cuttings, regarding the pioneer automobilist and armoured car designer F. R. Simms. Further stimulus came from my friend Stuart Gibbard who unearthed more information and some new photographs. Not that [...]
What’s a military museum without firearms of yesteryear?Chicago Alderman Edward Burke introduced an ordinance last week that would allow museums in the Windy City to possess and display unloaded guns classified as “curios or relics” after learning that the Pritzker Military Library and other city museums are currently banned from including them in exhibits. If passed, the museum’s president and [...]
What seemed like innocent, even mundane, letters home from a World War II prisoner of war to his family contained secret intelligence that is only now being revealed. Sub Lieut. John Pryor’s letters — which touch on topics like gardening and vegetable patches — contained messages for the British military and a secret code that died with him. Now, the [...]
A ground effect vehicle (GEV) is one that attains level flight near the surface of the Earth, making use of the aerodynamic interaction between the wings and the surface known as ground effect. Most known are the Soviet ekranoplanes, but names like wing-in-ground-effect (WIG) vehicle, flarecraft, sea skimmer, SkimMachine, or wing-in-surface-effect ship (WISE) occur. In recent years a large number [...]
Daily Mail: A scale model of the Mohne Dam built in Watford was key to getting the Dambusters raid off the ground. As anniversary events take place throughout the country to mark to 1943 raid, these replica models are tributes to the planning and strategy behind the daring Raid. The model was built in 1941, two years before the raid, [...]
Wired.com reports: During 10 days in November 1983, the United States and the Soviet Union nearly started a nuclear war. Newly declassified documents from the CIA, NSA, KGB, and senior officials in both countries reveal just how close we came to mutually assured destruction — over a military exercise. That exercise, Able Archer 83, simulated the transition by NATO from [...]
‘Night Flying Programme. 16.5.43′: How RAF crew room listed names of 133 airmen… unaware their ‘training run’ assignment was really the Dambusters raid
The Daily Mail reports: For security reasons, only handful of senior officers knew details and objective of mission until the last moment RAF’s 617 squadron flew 19 Lancasters at night, on May 16, 1943, to destroy three dams in Ruhr valley First name on sheet was Wing Commander Guy Gibson, who led squadron and was told about raid 3 days [...]