Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Secrets of MI6

The first, and only, official history of the Secret Intelligence Service, written by a Queen's University academic, will be published today (Tuesday 21 September).
Professor Keith Jeffery from Queen's School of History and Anthropology is the historian behind MI6: The History of the Secret Intelligence Service, 1909-1949.
Having spent five years with full and unprecedented access to the agency's secret archives in London, Professor Jeffery's book will be launched in London today. He will be at a special event at Queen's on Thursday 23 September to celebrate its publication.
The 800 page book is the authoritative account of the best-known intelligence organisation in the world. Packed with fascinating stories about the extraordinary people who served in MI6 during two world wars and the beginnings of the Cold War, it is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of espionage and international relations in the first half of the twentieth century. More about this book and the author can be found at
http://www.molecularstation.com/science-news/2010/09/queens-university-historian-reveals-secret-history-of-mi6/
And I as some one with a life long interest in this subject believes this book will open up many secrets that were never revealed in Bodyguard Of Lies about Ultra.


Thursday, September 16, 2010

American Bumper Stickers Found On American Bases

While these bumper stickers can be seen today on vehicles on American bases they are equally appropriate for the 20th Century.
 
"When  In Doubt, Empty The Magazine"

 
"Marine Sniper - You can run, but you'll just die tired!" 

"Machine Gunners - Accuracy By Volume"

"Except For Ending Slavery, Fascism, Nazism and Communism, WAR has Never Solved Anything."

" U.S. Marines - Certified Counselors to the 72 Virgins Dating Club."

" U.S. Air Force - Travel Agents To Allah"

"Stop Global Whining"

Naval Corollary: Dead Men Don't Testify.

"The Marine Corps - When It Absolutely, Positively Has To Be Destroyed Overnight"

"Death Smiles At Everyone - Marines Smile Back"

"What Do I Feel When I Kill A Terrorist?  A Little Recoil"

"Marines - Providing Enemies of America an Opportunity To Die For their Country Since 1775"

"Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It"

"Happiness Is A Belt-Fed Weapon"

"It's God's Job to Forgive Bin Laden - It's Our Job To Arrange The Meeting"
"Artillery Brings Dignity to What Would Otherwise Be Just A Vulgar Brawl"

"One Shot, Twelve Kills - U.S. Naval Gun Fire Support "

"My Kid Fought In Iraq So Your Kid Can Party In College"

"A Dead Enemy Is A Peaceful Enemy - Blessed Be The Peacemakers"

"If You Can Read This, Thank A Teacher..  If You Can Read It In English, Thank A Veteran"


...and finally

"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world.  

But the U.S. ARMED FORCES don't have that problem."  
                                                                                        ..... Ronald Reagan

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Thursday, September 9, 2010

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Before Radar

Before RADAR was invented the armed forces of most nations needed a way of detecting approaching enemy aircraft before they got to the target area.  The only way was to listen for them and since the human ear has it's limitations then the hearing had to be amplified. America, Britain, France and Germany all came up with their own versions of these devices during WWI and worked on improving their ability before WWII and the late 1930s invention of RADAR. Here are 12 different such devices used by those countries.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Sand Pebbles-speech 2

Here is the 2nd of 2 speeches done by actor Richard Crenna in the movie The Sand Pebbles which still can be used today for all to see or hear.
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Even though it is about US gunboat diplomacy of 1926 it is still important today.

The Sand Pebbles-speech 1

 A new website to replace this blog  http://militaryhistoryofthe20thcentury.com/
 
Here is the 1st of 2 speeches done by actor Richard Crenna in the movie The Sand Pebbles which still can be used today for all to see or hear.
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Even though it is in reference to US gunboat diplomacy in 1926 it has never changed.



Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A unhappy anniversary

Sept.1 is a date that started not just WWII in Europe but it also brought about major advances in technology for both military and civilian/political purposes. Besides causing the death of over 50 million people it did introduce the world to jet aircraft, missiles/rockets and of course THE BOMB! And tomorrow Sept.2 would be a happy anniversary because 6 years and 1 day later the war was finally and officially over when the Japanese signed their surrender to the Allied Forces.

What's Roberto Reading These Days?: Operation Mincemeat: how a dead man and a bizarre plan fooled the Nazis and assured an allied victory

What's Roberto Reading These Days?: Operation Mincemeat: how a dead man and a bizarre plan fooled the Nazis and assured an allied victory