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.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

B-24 Liberator with a nose first landing

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While I have seen this photo before it is just too good not to include it in my blog. The old saying is very appropriate here:  Any landing you can walk away from is a good one.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

German heavy siege guns

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When it came to pounding a target the Germans had some huge guns to use to pulverize any ground target. Here are some photos of such weapons.

Spitfire takes on V-1 rocket bomb

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To avoid being hit by the exploding V-1 the RAF found a very interesting way of tipping the V-1s over to make them spin out before they reached London.

Air to ground missile attack

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Here is a great photo of some air to ground rockets being fired from a P-47 at what looks like some RR equipment.

Japanese Zero float planes-Rufes

Here are two photos of some Japanese Rufes at Bouganville in the South Pacific.  For a float plane they were almost as deadly as the carrier version of the Zero fighter.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Hungarian Armor and Guns in WWII

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While doing some research on Axis  allied military units I came across a Hungarian website with a few interesting photos from WWII. Some were built in Hungary and some were bought from Germany.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Panzer Mk IV tanks including rare bridging tanks

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In this group of photos of the Panzer Mk IV tanks there are several photos of  a rare variety of portable bridges on Mk IV chassis. I have never seen these before on any English website.