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75th Anniversary  of the Battle of the Bulge

| December 17, 2019 | 19 Comments
75th Anniversary  of the Battle of the Bulge

This is the battle that turned the tide against Germany in Europe. https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2019/12/16/wwii-allies-germany-mark-75-yrs-since-battle-of-the-bulge/ BASTOGNE, Belgium — Side by side, the Allies and former enemy Germany together marked the 75th anniversary of one of the most important battles in World War II — the Battle of the Bulge, which stopped Adolf Hitler’s last-ditch offensive to turn […]

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Frozen In Time

| December 7, 2019 | 19 Comments
Frozen In Time

The article linked below contains a timeline collection of photographs of USS Arizona under construction, underway with stacked masts, and after renovation into more modern battleship configuration, in addition to photos of the attack on the ships moored at Ford Island on Dec. 7, 1941. https://tucson.com/news/retrotucson/rarely-seen-photos-of-the-uss-arizona-sunk-dec-in/collection_da38c166-ac2b-11e6-8ff3-674350ff0b87.html#1 The ship was under construction in the Brooklyn Navy […]

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Seventy-Eight Years Ago Today

| December 7, 2019 | 13 Comments
Seventy-Eight Years Ago Today

The photo below says all that needs be said. For those who might not recognize the photo, that’s the USS Shaw at Pearl Harbor, HI, on 7 December 1941. Enjoy the weekend, everyone. But while doing so, if you’re so inclined maybe say a prayer for those whose lives ended on this day 78 years […]

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A List of “Worse Than Watergate” References

| December 2, 2019 | 72 Comments
A List of “Worse Than Watergate” References

What is going on in Washington, DC, is worse than Watergate? Really? I guess it depends on your point of view. Having sat through the Watergate hearings, which displaced everything else on TV back in Them There Olden Times of Antenna TV, and realizing before it all ended that Pres. Nixon had approved of and […]

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Schlitt For Brains

| November 27, 2019 | 32 Comments
Schlitt For Brains

  Never thought I’d find something like this, but a World War II Nazi U-boat captain, 27-year-old Karl-Adolf Schlitt did not know how to use the newly-installed head facilities, including flushing the commode, and managed to sink his own boat. He claimed he was elsewhere when the “water leak” occurred, but in fact, everyone knew […]

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Veterans Day 1961

| November 11, 2019 | 7 Comments
Veterans Day 1961

This is a brief video including part of Pres. Kennedy’s speech on Veterans Day Nov. 11, 1961. https://www.militarytimes.com/video/2019/11/11/hear-jfks-1961-veterans-day-remarks/  

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Weekend Open Thread: Die Schandmauer

| November 8, 2019 | 116 Comments
Weekend Open Thread:  Die Schandmauer

Tomorrow is the 30th Anniversary of the opening of the die Berliner Mauer (the Berlin Wall) – or as it was termed more colorfully by Willi Brandt, die Schandmauer (the Wall of Shame). It’s also the beginning of this year’s Veteran’s Day Weekend. That wall, and the events and East German policies regarding it, were […]

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Freedom Isn’t Free

| November 7, 2019 | 16 Comments
Freedom Isn’t Free

Lest we forget, it will be the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9. When it happened, it was broadcast on TV. To say that it was a euphoric event is an understatement. The YouTube video from historian Jamie Shea is well worth the time it takes to view it. […]

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