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Entries Tagged as 'The Second World War'

They weren’t manned by robots

March 16th, 2015 · No Comments

“The last surviving ship of a 21-vessel Japanese convoy was sunk off Singapore. The tanker Sarawak Maru ended up like the others, picked off one-by-one over a ten-week period as the convoy attempted to bring supplies from Japan to forces in southeast Asia. Some were sunk in daylight attacks by carrier planes and in nighttime […]

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Not their war, thank you

March 15th, 2015 · No Comments

“The first Canadian draftees to be sent abroad sailed for Europe from Halifax. Except for service in Kiska, conscripts had not been sent abroad. Of the 60,000 men in this category, many seemed intent on not going into combat areas. Prior to this first overseas departure, 7,800 had gone absent without leave and 6,300 were […]

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In the shadow of the kamikaze

March 12th, 2015 · No Comments

“A mighty typhoon about 500 miles east of the Philippines inflicted heavy losses and damage on the U.S. Third Fleet. Three destroyers capsized and 769 lives were lost. Severe damage was suffered by eight [aircraft] carriers, a light cruiser, seven destroyers, and a variety of auxiliaries. Nearly 150 planes were lost off carrier decks or […]

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It’s not just who you know, it’s also when and where you know them

March 8th, 2015 · No Comments

“U.S.S. PT-109, commanded by Lieutenant John F. Kennedy, was sunk after it was rammed by a Japanese destroyer in Blackett Strait in the Solomons. Eleven of the 13 crewmen survived and a week later were returned to their base and Rendova after harrowing and heroic efforts to elude the Japanese. (The official report on PT-109‘s […]

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March 7th, 2015 · No Comments

“The American destroyer escort Harmon was launched. It was the first U.S. Navy ship ever named for a black, Leonard Roy Harmon, a mess attendant killed while saving a shipmate’s life during the fight for Guadalcanal. He received the Navy Cross posthumously. The ship was christened by his mother.” – Robert Goralski, “July 25, 1943,” […]

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Simple statement of historical fact

March 6th, 2015 · No Comments

“All contractors involved in the production of U.S. war materials were barred from practicing racial discrimination.” – Robert Goralski, “May 27, 1943,” World War II Almanac: 1931-1945 Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Prescient lad

March 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

“Germany’s military overthrow was not an undeserved catastrophe, but a well-merited punishment which was in the nature of an eternal retribution. This defeat was more than deserved by us.” – Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf (trans. Murphy) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Pin a tail on that donkey

March 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

“As some historians have contended, [British Prime Minister] Chamberlain in the end saw himself as a practical businessman willing to deal with the world as it was, engage in hardheaded negotiation with others, and strike a mutually beneficial bargain on the assumption that all parties would honor their parts of the deal. Like the vast […]

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Hang the carrot from the stick, and it works

March 1st, 2015 · No Comments

“Dictators told journalists what to write. Democratic leaders manipulated them, none more successfully than Franklin Roosevelt.” – Alonzo L. Hamby, For the Survival of Democracy Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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It was near to time for torches and pitchforks

February 28th, 2015 · No Comments

“ ‘We are at the end of our rope,’ Hoover remarked to an aide late on the evening of March 3 [1932]. And so it seemed might also be the country. Here and there in the midwestern farm regions, armed groups effectively prevented foreclosure sales. In Iowa, the Farmers’ Holiday Association sporadically blocked shipments of […]

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Better rashness than inertia; better a mistake than hesitation

January 15th, 2015 · No Comments

“A favorable situation will never be exploited if commanders wait for orders.  The highest commander and the youngest soldier must always be conscious of the fact that omission and inactivity are worse than resorting to the wrong expedient.” – General Helmuth Karl Bernard von Moltke (as quoted by Trevor N. Dupuy in A Genius for […]

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Or any other inappropriate target

January 7th, 2015 · No Comments

“The person who has an opportunity to prevent a crime and deliberately fails to do so ends up by being resentful to its victim.” – Gordon A. Craig, Germany 1866-1945 Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Serf’s up! Grab your waterboards!

January 6th, 2015 · No Comments

“A country is not only what it does—it is what it puts up with, what it tolerates.” – Kurt Tucholsky (trans. Gordon A. Craig, Germany 1866-1945) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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It was not entirely calculated

January 4th, 2015 · No Comments

“The origins of the annihilation of the German Jews were much more remote in time than the events of Krystallnacht. They are to be found in popular reactions to the dislocations that accompanied Germany’s belated but headlong rise as an industrial Power in the nineteenth century and in the growth of a virulent form of […]

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How it was done

January 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

“In the muddle of competing agencies that constituted the governmental system of the Third Reich, the SS was the effective instrument of domination. Unfettered by the normal restraints of law and accountable only to its commander, and beyond him the Führer himself, it exercised sovereign control over the lives and liberties of German citizens, arresting […]

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He’s giving it to you straight

January 1st, 2015 · No Comments

“In the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than […]

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Herding the sheeple

December 31st, 2014 · No Comments

“The receptivity of the great masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him […]

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