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Ahh, the butthurt…

| February 13, 2024 | 104 Comments
Ahh, the butthurt…

Seems VW ran an ad talking about the brand’s history in the US, starting its chronology in 1949. Appropriate, given that the first Beetle (that’s a Type 1 to the cognoscenti) was imported to the US in  – wait for it – 1949. Now, I am not sure if there is anyone even vaguely aware […]

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An older eagle soars

| February 7, 2024 | 10 Comments
An older eagle soars

  Interesting read about a fella named Jack Hemmings. He recently decided to enjoy a bit of flying in a WWII-era Spitfire (the plane, not the car) . It was a bit smaller than what he used to fly – A Lockheed Hudson, similar to the tail dragging twin engine Electra.)  Now for the kicker […]

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Last Merrill’s Marauder died

| December 29, 2023 | 16 Comments
Last Merrill’s Marauder died

Many of you history mavens recall the name Merrill’s Marauders of WWII Burma fame.  Russell Hamler, the last surviving member of the Marauders, died near Pittsburgh at age 99 on Tuesday. The Marauders inspired a 1962 movie called “Merrill’s Marauders,” and dozens of Marauders were awarded individual decorations after the war, from the Distinguished Service […]

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Pearl Harbor revisited

| December 8, 2023 | 18 Comments
Pearl Harbor revisited

ONE damn mention of the Pearl Harbor on TAH, nothing on national media. ONE.  Think I would be fired if I used the kind of language this really should really entail, and I can’t afford the pay or prestige cut. Didn’t want to publish this on December 7th for reasons which will become apparent. The […]

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And you thought your hitch sucked…

| November 22, 2023 | 25 Comments
And you thought your hitch sucked…

Interesting article on “We Are The Mighty” about D-Day, and specifically the units who opposed the Allied landings on the beaches. I imagine most of us have the same images, Rommel cruising the front beforehand, steely-eyed Germans atop the slopes dug in modern pillboxes, wielding MG-42 “Hitler’s Buzzsaws” with inexhaustible supplies of ammo. The reality […]

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Austrians get creative

| October 3, 2023 | 26 Comments
Austrians get creative

Have to tip my hat to the Austrians – Austria is a lovely country, pretty girls, good beer, solid German-style food. Unfortunately, though, it was also the birthplace of Adolph Hitler, who certainly needs no introduction, back in 1889. Not their fault, Hitler Sr. was a civil servant who happened to live there at the […]

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Back to the ’40s, last OSS OG’er tabbed

| September 4, 2023 | 23 Comments
Back to the ’40s, last OSS OG’er tabbed

“Let’s go back to the 50’s, when it was hip to be hep to be cool to be popular, to be teenaged and going steady” – NGDB. OK, I lied – we’re headed to the ’40s. Jeff LPH turned me on to the “Jedburgh Teams”, of whom I had never heard. The Jedburgh teams were […]

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Sad day. Freedom ain’t free.

| July 4, 2023 | 14 Comments
Sad day. Freedom ain’t free.

Monday, France lost their last remaining D-Day veteran. We are not so far away from doing the same. The last surviving Frenchman to participate in the Allied invasion of Normandy in 1944 died Monday aged 100, local authorities said. Leon Gautier was among 177 Frenchmen who participated in the landings on June 6, 1944, which […]

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