Friday, December 23, 2011

New website to replace blog
 This is the link to my new website.
 I now have my new website on line. This blog will remain but there will be no more photos or stories posted on the blog.

Most of what is here will eventually be on the website and there is already new photos on the site.

.Thanks for your visits and I hope you enjoy my new website.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Cooking on a tank

A strange way of cooking on a tank.

Strange German Military Ceremony

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This was sent to me as part of a package of photos from a Russian fan and the caption was all in Russian so I have no idea of what is happening here.  But what is interesting is that there seems to be a young boy in a uniform along with some German NCOs and other troops watching.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Very early German Armored Car

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Here is a photo of  a   Panzerjagern  German armored car from around 1930. I got this from the nice people at this terrific history site                                                     

Friday, December 16, 2011

Google problem

I am having a problem with Google the hosters of this blog so for now you can continue to visit my blog and look at or download all the photos you want or read the articles and essays about military history.
I will still be adding new material here for now but I am looking for a new blog hosting site where I will not have the same problems.
As soon as my new blog is ready you will see the announcement on this blog.

London views during WWII

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Here are two distinctly different views of London during WWII.  In the 1st photograph you see a smashed and burning London skyline view around the time of the Blitz and in the 2nd photo you can see that while it is still wartime with all those barrage balloons hovering over the city  the Thames River barge traffic is moving along as if it was peacetime and there are  no smoke smudges hanging over the city.  While I have seen similar photos these two photos as far as I know have never appeared on any website in any language.  As I have found out from some of my visitors and from a debate at a forum that I was reading the topic of these two photos should be about what a difference between Berlin and London around 1944/1945.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

German Officers Executing Prisoners in WWII

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Here is a very graphic photo of two German Army officers getting ready to execute two prisoners. They look to be mid ranking officers and behind them on the right there is a group of  lower ranking officers and some NCOs looking on.  At the far back of the photo there seems to be the commanding officer of this unit waiting for his orders to be carried out.   This photo is not seen on many websites. This was sent to me by one of my Russian fans.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Latvian SS in WWII

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Here are a few photos sent to me from a Russian fan of my blog of  Latvian SS troops during WWII.
The first two photos are of some Latvian school kids from early 1930s,  some of whom would join the Latvian SS and the ID of one of them who did join.  I wonder how many of them might have survived either in uniform or as civilians.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pearl Harbor 70th Anniversary of Dec. 7, 1941 Attack.

The attack on Pearl Harbor was one of the worse days  in U.S. history.  On December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy launched a surprise attack on the Hawaiian U.S. naval base that would change the course of history.
The attack was planned by Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, who commanded the Japanese aircraft carriers during the raid on U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. The main motive behind the attack was to conquer most of the Pacific and South East Asia and to neutralize the U.S. Pacific Fleet before they could rise to fight against the Japanese. The Americans had always thought that if a war would happen between Japan and America that their two fleets would meet in battle near the American bases in the Philippines because this was the gateway for all the raw resources of South East Asia. It is still a question if  President  Roosevelt knew in advance that an attack was unavoidable and used as an excuse to get the American public on a war footing. While America only declared war against Japan because of this raid, Hitler made a huge mistake but also a favor for America and Britain by declaring war against America a few days later thus making it a true world war.
The attack consisted of two waves of bombing aircraft, with over 300 planes used. It all began at around 7:55 am early on the morning of Sunday December 7 and lasted for almost two hours.

Here are some interesting photos of Pearl Harbor and the attack.  Some have been published numerous times in many media but never enough times to remind us of what happened on that fateful day.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Secret Build and Repair Plans for a huge American bomber.

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Here are Secret USAAF and RAF plans for building and repairing the B-29 Superfortress, the largest bomber of WWII,   with all parts listed and schismatic drawings of entire aircraft. These plans were originally written on November 10, 1944 and revised on April 30, 1945 before the end of the war. They were sent to me from a foreign fan of my blog and I have to thank him very much.   I have done searches for other sites with these pages and could not find anything.  I have no idea where or how he got them.  And I have no idea of when these plans were released or  if they were ever released. But if you are thinking of building your own B-29 you better have a backyard bigger than a football field. But while these plans do show the entire parts of the airplane there are hundreds of pages that I did not get and there was no mention if more were to be sent.
 Look at table of content page for missing pages.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Anniversary of General Arthur Currie's Death Nov.30, 1933

This General was the head of the Canadian Army during WWI and this is in tribute to him.
The Madman and the Butcher is an interesting book that tries to explain Canada's role and position during WWI and the fight between the War Minister Sam Hughes and General Arthur Currie. Written by historian Tim Cook and published by Penguin Books.
The book gives us another view point of Canada's WWI role and the suffering of the troops from both the battles they had to fight and the inefficient equipment that Hughes forced the Canadian Army to use.
This is the 78th anniversary of Currie's death on Nov.30/1933 and if you want to read about the man that helped get Canada to be seen as a nation and not still a colony of Britain then this is the book to read. 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Merlin Engines and others from WWII

Here are some photos from the 2011 Oshkosh Airshow famous motors dispaly.