World War II Was Everywhere

| September 27, 2020 | 6 Comments

… and so was the US Army.

Part of this film was shot in Italy’s Volturno River area, showing us how difficult it was for the Army to build, under lousy weather conditions, a pontoon bridge that would hold up a tank and still stand up to the currents of the Volturno River in winter, and another part shows the Army at work in the South Pacific at the island of New Britain.

The story of that battle is here:  https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/battle-of-new-britain-rabaul

The video with both stories is here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FGFoKgLZK4

Category: Historical, War Stories

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  1. 26Limabeans says:

    At about 2:40 in the tank film:
    “this driver knows that natural growth shouldn’t be disturbed but is sometimes unavoidable”

    They’re blowin the shit outta the hillside but God forbid they disturb the bushes.

  2. 5th/77th FA says:

    So good to see all 4 of the Armed Services work in that video. The Man portable Artillery, The Mobile Artillery, The Aerial Artillery, and the Floating Artillery.

    Oh, and BZ to Pappy, The Stranger, and his engineer troops on the bridges. They were told the brewery was on the other side of the river.

    The follow-up video was 47 minutes of some really good mobile Artillery showing the heavies, the M26. Cool as all hell.

  3. USAFRetired says:

    On the subject of WWII, the US Mint is getting into the act.

    For the second year in a row they are releasing a limited number (2 million of each design) of 2020 quarters with the West Point (W) mintmark. In addition in 2020 they are includy a ‘Privy’ mark hoboring the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII.

    The Mint honors the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II with a privy mark on select coins and numismatic products. The design includes “V75” inside an outline of the Rainbow Pool at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC.

    https://www.usmint.gov/news/inside-the-mint/privy-marks-on-coins

    Additionally they will include the 75th anniversary privy mark, On some of the silver and gold bullion coins produced by the mint this year.

    None are named after Provo even though it sings

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