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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008
4:17 pm
Axis and Allies Miniatures War at Sea
Since we talk WWII games on here, anyone else play Avalon Hill's Axis and Allies Miniatures or AAM War at Sea?
Thursday, June 7th, 2007
9:47 pm

Waht a difference 50 odd years makes. click on to see the large version...

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Monday, April 30th, 2007
11:28 pm
I'm a grad student in art school looking for any and all stories about World War II from soldiers, workers, ect. from any country, and any side.

Please email them to ww2stories@hotmail.com

These will not be published, they are being collected for research purposes only. Thank you for your time.
Thursday, April 5th, 2007
10:58 pm
Nothing stays buried forever....

Good ole Bernard Montgomery. Planned and led a little operation called "Market Garden" in World war two that was supposed to end the war by Christmas of 45'. It was a total disaster summed up well In the Film " A Bridge Too Far". Now Military History Quarterly has done a feature on the operation in its latest issue. Oh Gods, that I have lived long enough to see Monti' raked over the coals like this. Here is a brief quote

" Years earlier however,responding to Montgomery's self serving claim that Arnhem had been a 90% success, the Prince (of the Netherlands) was more forthright: " My country," he told Cornelius Ryan, "can never agin afford the luxury of another success"

I have scanned the whole article take a look.

Here is another great quote: " if Market Garden had been successful, the Russians wouldnot have the favorable bargaining conditions which they welded at the Yalta conference in feb. 1945, when they secured post-war domination over half of Germany and all of eastern europe. No wonder that years later a German thinking of post war europe and the partition of his country should tell a dutchman that Germany's biggest disaster in the war was to win the battle of Arnhem."

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Monday, February 26th, 2007
10:21 am
Tuesday, February 20th, 2007
11:22 am
My Life As a POW - Part II
The second part in the series from my grandfather's journal after being released from Stalag 4B.

My Life As a POW - Part II
Friday, February 9th, 2007
7:33 pm
My Life As a POW - Part I
About four years ago I started a project sharing writing my grandfather did just shortly after being released from Stalag 4B. People from the history communities seemed to really enjoy it at the time, but unfortunately due to my busy work schedule, I was unable to finish it. I've decided to do so now, so once again I thought I'd share the series.

My Life As a POW - Part I
Sunday, September 10th, 2006
2:42 pm
900 days...
65th anniversary of the siege of Leningrad..

My Great Uncle, Lief Thornsen was there...

On September 8, the Germans had largely surrounded the city, blocking off all supply routes to Leningrad and its suburbs except for a single corridor across Lake Ladoga. Unable or unwilling to press home their advantage, and facing a hasty defence of the city organised by Marshal Zhukov, the German armies laid siege to the city for 880 days. In the chaos of the first winter of the war, no evacuation plan was available or executed and the city and its suburbs quite literally starved in complete isolation until November 20, 1941 when an ice road over lake Ladoga was established. The carnage in the city from shelling and starvation (especially in the first winter) was appalling. One of Nikolai I. Vavilov's assistants starved to death surrounded by edible seeds so that the seed bank (with more than 200,000 items) would be available to future generations. This ice road, named the Road of Life (Russian: Дорога жизни), could only be used during the winter, and during the rest of the year ships were used. However, the lifeline did bring food in, and civilians out, and allowed the city to continue to resist.
Sunday, July 2nd, 2006
11:22 pm
memorable pix from Normandy and Pointe du Hoc

As I promised, here are my pictures from Normandy and Pointe du Hoc. 
Tuesday, June 20th, 2006
6:09 pm
my Normandy reporting
here's my entry from Normandy (I use military time)

Day 3, June 12, 2006, Normandy 1028 hours

We're on the road, driving to Arromanches, the D-Day beaches, and Caen. I'm very excited to see Omaha Beach and the museum. I wanna walk barefoot on the sand and dangle my feet in the surf. I bet I'll cry at the cemetery, but it's okay. Cemeteries are to be cried over. I need to remember to take pictures. almost 10000 graves...it still amazes me what sacrifices these men and women made to keep us free today. Absolutely unfathomable. I wonder what it ,ust have been like to invade Normandy, either as a paratrooper (CURRAHEE!) or as an infantryman. It must have been fucking scary for those guys; I know that some of those soldiers were my age or even younger.

I'm nervous I'll see their ghosts on the beach. Soldiers crying out for help and here I am unable to do anything to aid them...

Last night I slept well; but go a little bit homesick and teary; listened to Death Cab for Cutie "A movie script ending" and "Title and Registration" on repeat, and dreamed of the church scene from Saving Private Ryan. Woke up feeling calmed and soothed. *SIGH* Why must Giovanni Ribisi be so damn WONDERFUL? I must know! He played Medic Wade in SPR so damn well; his death scene was one of the most harrowing and heartbreaking pieces of film I have ever seen. God bless him. I mustrent some of his other films ocne I return home to the States. *SIGH* I'm on a Vonni fix and I can't stop! He's so CUTE!

Aha I forgot! We're going to Pointe du Hoc as well! That's where the 2nd Ranger Division scaled that really high cliff and got it back from the Germans, bless em, they were do damn BRAVE! I would ave been scared to death; it's a 1000 foot cliff straight above the ocean. (can I get a woot w00t for the Rangers, they rock!)

1330 hours
Just got done seeing Arromanches (it's where the museum is). The museum was very interesting. Took pix of paratroopers and Rangers (models of course).
I got patches from the 101st Airborne Division (The Screaming Eagles, my favorite division) and also from the 501st Parachute division. I wanted a patch from the 506th but there were none! merde.

1528 hours
So many graves... it stunned me. The fact that 9387 men and women could give their lives for people like me and my friends still blows my mind. Just think...if this invasion had failed we'd be speaking German right now, maybe. I know I wouldn't exist, as I am Jewish and thusly unfit to live. according to Hitler.

As I stood there lookig at all the crosses and Stars of David I felt an immense sense of peace, as if the soldiers were telling me "it's all right. we're safe. everything's okay..." There was a gentle breeze, and I could hear a music box playing the Star Spangld Banner.

Me and my friend Erin sat on a wall overlooking the beach and talked about how we felt. She too felt peace from the surroundings; she told me the soldiers had told her tht everything was okay and that somene who she believes is her Great Grandma issafe with them.

I looked out over the ocean and imagined it colored crimson from blood, crashing on the beach. I saw no "hedgehog" beach obstacles (x shaped croses) as I thought I would have. Sitting there amidst the graves I heard nothing but a steady static.

I didn't get to walk on Omaha Beach, damn it.

"Do not be afraid, I am with you/I have called you each by name/do not be afraid/ I will give you hope/Be still and know that I am God..."

I got on the bus to Pointe du oc, put on Filter's "Where do we go from here?" and cried.

1622 hours
Pointe du Hoc-Bomb craters and German bunkers and BIG fuckin mortars!I got to crawl into a few wrecked German bunkers; they felt ice and cool compared to the outside, which was stifling.

As with the cemetery, I felt peace when I was there. It was quiet and I could hear the waves crashing on the shore. To my relief I did not hear or see any ghost soldiers.

I walked along the path to a lookout point alone, and I could sense someone walking with me. The breeze was blowing again. I could hear someone telling me "everything's alright."

Pointe du Hoc is home to a memorial honoring the 2nd Ranger Division, who scaled the cliff there in two days, freeing it from the Germans. Before they freed it, and 88" cannon (I think) was quickly taking out any American advances on the beach.

Current Mood: contemplative
Sunday, June 4th, 2006
10:36 am
a week til Normandy
so...I'm going to Normandy on Sunday with my French class (we're going to France for two weeks, lucky us) and I predict it's gonna be one of the most cathartic experiences of my entire life

Current Mood: cold
Sunday, April 30th, 2006
10:40 pm
I am by no means a holocaust revisionist, but I was watching the news tonight when I saw something about a holocaust history center here in Central Florida, and it got me thinking..

People often speak about how if we need to remember the past, especially the holocaust so we don't repeat it again... but don't repeat what exactly? Kill Jewish people?

Genocide has happened well after the holocaust. The Soviets did it, but to so many ethnic groups that no one considers it to be genocide. It happened during Surb Croat conflicts. Iraq did it, but everyone just says that America gave them their weapons, so Saddam is off the hook. In whatever logic that applies to.....

So what exactly has been prevented by having the holocaust shoved down my throat at every turn? What have we done by allowing ourselves to be so uneasy and paranoid about Nazism, that we call anyone a Nazi without just cause? Such as Bushitler references. I've seen no real prevention of genocide, it keeps happening, but maybe people were just talking about acts of genocide against jews? None of this has ever made sense to me.

Clearly this is not 100% on topic for this community, but I think this community could use more discussion that isn't from some wikipedia wielding IRA fanatic.
Tuesday, April 11th, 2006
5:19 pm
World War II like diplomacy
I keep forgetting how raw some of the emotions are about World War II around the world. I guess here in America since we saw ourselves as "the good guys" and we never had a rain of ruin over our cities or progroms to kill those we found undesirable (yes one can argue we did genocide to the Native Americans but it was not at the industrial scale of the Axis). 60+ years is still not enough time for the wounds or the memories to heal even with several generations past. The reality of history is substituted with nostalgia which give the raw memories of horror and soft look of the past.

Blessed be all those who fought because in thier minds they were on the right side and no one can take that away. Thanks to our grandfathers and our grandmothers.


Current Mood: thoughtful
Sunday, April 9th, 2006
1:18 pm
Answer to War Crimes
This all below was written on the last 1944 post. But I have added some things.

Yes "war crimes" are decided by the victors. Yes there are war crimes that everyone agrees are war crimes such as the Holocaust, the Killing Fields of Cambodia, or even Shreverniza (sp?). But it was Curtis LeMay who stated it perfectly when her ordered the low level incidieray attacks on Japan by saying "if we were to lose this war we would be tried for war crimes".

But there have been Americans charged for war crimes. Look Mai Lai in 'Nam for example. We in the US don't call them "war crimes" per say because the culprits are charged as "regular" criminals (I am talking about things like 1st or 2nd Degree Murder or Manslaughter and such) under the Uniform Code of Law but they are still war criminals. I think the last American to be charged with war crimes was the CO of Andersonville prison during the Cvil War. But whether they are charged for 1st degree murder or war crimes, which are just titles, Americans have been charged and convicted.

Here is the thing about Ryan's books. You have to realize the time he was writing in. Unlike Ambrose, Martin, Liekie, Atkinson and so on, Ryan did not have access to the records that these modern authors had because of sometimes the records were still classified (for example it took decades for the bulk BIGOT documents to be de-classified) or inacceseble like some Whermacht records were in EAST Germany, not available to a American historian in the '50s or '60s. So when you compare The Longest Day to Ambrose's D-Day or Keegan's Six Armies in Normandy it seems incomplete in comparison. Also the books were written pretty close to the end of the war were there was still not much sympathy for the Nazis or the Germans in general. For its time The Longest Day, A Bridge Too Far, and The Last Battle were major achievements but because of new data or sources they seem a little dated. So don't knock the books just take them into context.

As far as the rapes the Red Army commited in thier drives west, they have become legendary AND THEY DID HAPPEN. Saying the wholsale rapes did not happen is like saying the Holocaust or the moon landing did not happen. I will have to agree to disagree with many of y'all for I have seen too many oral histories and read reports from human rights organizations about the amount of raping that went on. I will agree whole heartedly the Red Army was very brutal in thier conquests, I mean, liberation of Eastern Europe. And to say that many Red Army soldiers were tried and executed is laughable. Sure some were executed as examples but when its the commisar leading the rapes or Zhukov turning his back well things tend to get out of control. Many of you did not live through the Cold War so you never got see the tyranny of the Soviets and Communists (trust me Cuba, N. Korea, and China are mere pusscats now compared to how they used to be). And this is not propaganda, ITS HISTORICAL REALITY. Truth sucks. I accept the faults and failures of my nation and my ideology, do you?

Lastly about sympathy for the Nazis. I think, and you have to be a student of the US Civil War (read Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz to study further my next point) and how its seen today in the US to understand my point. Here in the US the Confederates are seen under this light that they were fighting a "Lost Cause" and therefore because they were the underdogs they are are seen in a more romantic light. This the so-called Lost Cause Syndrome. Look at the movie Gettysburg and how "human" the Confederates looked and how machine like the Union characters were like as if part of cogs in machine. Look at movies like Stalingrad or The Battle of Britain, or Cross of Iron. They are made to look more "human" than thier Allied or Soviet counterparts. They always seem to have this espre de corps or panache that thier enemies lack. Look how many people reenact Whermacht or SS units in the US. (and yes in my neck of the woods we even have a Red Army and Soviet partizan reenactor units too). I am not saying that Nazism was good (HELL NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!) but we also sometimes forget that the German soldiers were human too and had the same fears in combat that thier Allied and Soviet counterparts had in combat. They too had mothers.

So if many of y'all disagree with me, its is your right in a democratic society, but I have history on my side, for good or worse as its reality is.


Current Mood: cynical
Thursday, April 6th, 2006
11:37 pm
The Fall Of Berlin 1945
Many of us dont know, but russia never got charged in any war crimes for all its crimes it men did on its way to berlin. Also interesting how nobody seems to mention it, loss of WWII can also be blamed on hitler, but there is a good book on the fall of berlin. You really see how horrible the russians were/are, and now in less then 30 minutes there'll be tons of communists commenting back and bitching about bullshit!

Current Mood: busy
Monday, March 6th, 2006
9:57 am
The death of Stalin

53 years ago died one of the most famous men in the humanity history. 5th march 1953 died Joseph Jugashwily, known by most of the people as Stalin.

Who was this man?
A cruel and unhuman tyrant or the greatest leader in modern history?
Maybe he was the most mysterious leader of all times, his life is so well investigated, but still we do not have answers to many questions. His life is covered with myths, propaganda and secrets. We will never know how was this man.

Talented poet and a bank robber, a scientist and a father of repressions machine, son of the simple georgian boot-maker, revolutionary and dictator, military leader and builder of industry, loving father and "friend of the nations". His destiny was to serve a God, but all his life he was serving to the nation.

Soldiers on the Great War died with his name on their lips. "For motherhood, for Stalin" - many times it was their last words. Millions all over the world loved him, millions hated and blamed him, but nobody was indifferent.

"The winds of history will blow off the garbage from my grave"
Sunday, February 26th, 2006
10:48 am
National Socialists!
Introducing natl_socialism a new community focused on understanding the principles of National Socialism. We are not a neo-Nazi group. This is a group specifically designed for people who are interested in the ideals of nationalism, socialism, environmentalism, and tradition.

Mods, please delete if you feel this in inappropriate to your group.
Wednesday, February 15th, 2006
9:55 am
Submission Call: War Journal
If there has been any constant throughout every age, it has been war. But wars are more than just signposts on the road of history. Rather, they are powerful human events with repercussions both global and personal. War Journal wishes to explore, in prose and art, the relationship humans have with war.

From the First Dynasty Wars of Egypt (2925-2776 BCE) to the widespread guerrilla and civil wars of the 1980s, War Journal looks to the men and women affected by combat… at home or on the battlefront. War is invariably ugly, but it can also have a noble face.

Tales of war have been with us since the advent of storytelling. Some of the earliest and most enduring pieces of literature ever created have been about war. War Journal wants to be a part of that tradition, as well as that of the pulp magazines of the American fiction boom. To that end, creative work of all varieties, from fiction to artwork, is welcome in the pages of War Journal.

Submissions to War Journal need not be limited to portrayals of the American military, though the emphasis is there. We should also point out that although War Journal is not pro-war, we are pro-military, so please keep all submissions respectful to men and women in uniform. Any military action or war depicted in War Journal should not have occurred any later than 1986. Any submissions regarding contemporary operations, such as the war in Iraq, will be rejected.

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