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#261 Mark Carver

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Posted 17 December 2018 - 05:14 PM

This week in 1944 the US Army was suffering it's worse defeat as Germany makes a surprise attack on a weakened sector of their lines. Here's a good read on troops defending that sector, including the green troops of the 106th ID and the defense of St. Vith.

 

http://www.benning.a..._DEC/Antal.html


John Keegan, a renowned British military historian, has called World War II the greatest single event in the history of mankind. - Tom Brokaw, NBC special correspondent and author of "The Greatest Generation"


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Posted 23 February 2019 - 07:43 AM

74 years ago today... US Flag was raised on the island of Iwo Jima by US Marines. Which has led to one of most the icon memorial of all-time symbolizing this achievement.

 

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John Keegan, a renowned British military historian, has called World War II the greatest single event in the history of mankind. - Tom Brokaw, NBC special correspondent and author of "The Greatest Generation"


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Posted 13 May 2019 - 04:33 PM

D-day at 75: veteran, 94, to parachute into Normandy

 

 

Seventy-five years after Harry Read parachuted into Normandy as a 20-year-old wireless operator, with a battery the size and weight of a toolbox strapped to his right leg, he will board a Dakota aircraft and do it again.

 

This time there will be no cumbersome battery, which on D-day failed to release on time and so pulled him sharply down into a swamp, an area deliberately flooded by the Germans which would claim the lives of almost 200 of his comrades before they could fire a single bullet.

 

“And when I board the Dakota, I will go and sit in seat 12. Because that was where I sat on that day,” said Harry, who will perform a tandem jump with the Red Devils Parachute Display Team as part of the 75th anniversary of D-day commemorations.

 

“It is a stupid thing to do at my age,” said Read, who is 95 on 17 May. “Elderly men don’t do parachute jumps”. But he is looking forward to it. “There is a delight in jumping,” he added, after having had a practice jump in September, his first since D-day. “But I resonate more with the sacrifice than I do with the celebration. The sacrifice enabled the celebration to take place, of course. And I will think of my mates who died”.

 

https://www.theguard...fSii6vQYs9BQOjc


John Keegan, a renowned British military historian, has called World War II the greatest single event in the history of mankind. - Tom Brokaw, NBC special correspondent and author of "The Greatest Generation"





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