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  2. Burt

    Emancipation proclimation

    Read the article about Antietam battle the writer said the north's victory paved the way for the Emancipation Proclamation which freed the slaves. Well yes it freed slaves but only in territories which were in confict with the North, the north could still have slaves and there were many still in slavery in the North. The 13th amendment freed the slaves long after Lincoln had died.
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  4. Jon M Brown

    Stealth-Is It Possible To Defeat?

    I just watched a cool documentary on the Smithsonian channel about the f-22 Raptor. At one point, they state that the plane has about the same radar return as a bumblebee. As impressive as that is, surely no bumblebee flies at the altitudes and at the speed of this plane. So my question is, why is Stealth so effective? Why can't radar's be modified to focus on smaller objects that could not be birds or insects, due to their altitude, heading and speed???
  5. Jon M Brown

    The Capitulation of France in WW2

    I'm not sure if it boils down to that but it might very well. At the start of the war, France did indeed have a larger army and more equipment (tanks, artillery) but no one was prepared for the new tactics and the speed of the German movements. As to your question specifically, hopefully one of our better informed members can help.
  6. Lindsay Westphal

    The Capitulation of France in WW2

    Is it true that France had superior cannon/artillery to the Germans tanks at Blitzkrieg, but because France used horseman runners to convey messages , that the Germans overran the French artillery because they had not yet received orders to fire? I read once that a runner went back to French Command at blitzkrieg, and upon receiving orders to fire on the Germans, was too late and that the Germans had already overrun the artillery because never fired back as they had no orders to do so... Is this true?
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  9. I'm not sure what to make of this piece. In the end, it's an anecdotal compilation of rocket/missile failures that doesn't offer analysis, trends, lessons learned of prospects for the future.
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  11. Mark Sceats


    Hes a New Zealander not an Australian as is posted!
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  14. Mr. Lyons' article on General Mark Clark contains many inaccuracies that should have been researched before publication. For example, he made the statement that General "Clark rose through the ranks quickly after receiving his military training at West Point Academy. Going to the Academy virtually guaranteed that graduates would be officers if they saw combat, and Clark became a Second Lieutenant thanks to World War I." I am sure Mr. Lyons forgot that West Point's entire purpose is to train future Army officers and that all graduates are automatically appointed second lieutenants, whether or not they see combat. He also said that "during peacetime, his (Clark) career came to a sudden stop, and it was not until 1933 that he was promoted to Captain." Clark was actually promoted to Captain on August 5, 1917, before he arrived in France. A point overlooked by Mr. Lyons was that Clark, as a Captain, took over as acting commander of the 3rd Battalion of the 11th Infantry Regiment when the CO became ill. On January 14, 1933 he was promoted to the rank of Major. In July of 1940, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and, as the Army was gearing up for World War II, Clark was promoted two grades to Brigadier General, skipping the rank of Colonel. In April 1942, he was promoted to two-star rank, and in November 1942, he became the youngest three-star general in the Army. On March 10, 1945, at the age of 48, Clark became the Army's youngest four-star general. He made mistakes as all generals have, but he must have had something on the ball to make it to the rank of four-star general.
  15. magda

    Help needed please!

    You are right. It is a British military uniform top. At least that is my best guess. Sorry, I missed the collar.
  16. R Leonard

    Help needed please!

    Turned down collar. US uniforms of the WWI period had stand-up collars. Not a US uniform.
  17. magda

    Help needed please!

    Joe Rich gave you some good information. Go to the Family History site . It is free to join and there is a lot of data available. Start with yourself and work backward through the generations. Many times marriage and death certificates ,as well as birth certificates, will give you data as to who parents were.Census records can help to find where your ancestors might be from and who was living in a certain household on the date of the census. The last census released was the 1940 census and it is a gold mind of information. Keep working at it and you will find something. Looking at the uniform, I would say it is a WWI American uniform. Go to google images and see if does not look the same to you. Good Luck
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  19. Philip Whitehouse

    Masterpiece in the Pacific - really

    It gets worse. It would be more accurate- and generous- if the piece stated that "Lae was in allied hands".
  20. Stephen N Russell

    U Boats Hiding along Amazon River

    Checked online & seen nothing about U Boats hiding along riverways in Brazil, Venezula, Ecuador from Allied patrols in So Atlantic. Media model: Murphys War, 1971.( On DVD). Peter O Toole, best role since Lawrence Arabia. From novel, written. Anyone who served in Merchent Marine or RN, USN hear of U Boats hiding in riverways after damage etc?? Or Hollywood fiction.
  21. Sapling

    Masterpiece in the Pacific - really

    MacArthur/Halsey Masterpiece in the Pacific – Operation Cartwheel A commentary by David Baker. In essence interesting but very short of facts and research, not only of the actual history but the geography of the areas concerned and finalised by a jingoistic opinion. For example "... and by mid-September, the island of Lae was in American hands. " which is interesting because Lae is a town on Papua New Guniea - not an island - and a little bit more insight of the New Guniea campaign might have been worthwhile. The balance of the mistakes is to lengthy to cover but an interesting phase short changed by a one sided opinion opportunity.
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  23. Philip Whitehouse

    Please stop using the term "awarded"

    True enough.
  24. True, but it does not make it the worst one by any stretch - even just among the RKKA planes. "Il[ushin]"s were not efficient but certainly effective enough tactically. The worst RKKA planes were less known and scarcely produced fighters Yak2/4 and very well known and mass produced Yak3, all pretty much tactically useless and vulnerable at the same time. On the other hand, minimally produced and therefore relatively unknown fighters I-185 and tactical bombers Tu-2 were among the best in their class.
  25. The Building of the Atlantic Wall , and the Destruction of the Atlantic Wall , because I love a happy ending .
  26. I'm going to make another nomination the Il-2 "Shturmovik". The most plentifully produced miitary aircraft of all time.Which might explain why it's also the most shot-down aircraft on history, although thanks to its plentiful armour, mainly shot down by German fighters rather than FLAK. The puzzle is that the Sturmovik's huge successes seem largely to have been propaganda inventions. Moscow claimed that an Ilushin squadron destroyed several hundred panzers...from a unit which had been reduced to a mere ninety tanks days before. When one side claims two hundred and seventy definite kills from attacking a unit already decimated down to under a hundred... someone clearly isn't telling the truth. MANY Shturmovik units made similarly inflated claims - that they'd destroyed HUNDREDS of German tanks in attacks on units already depleted down to a few dozen survivors. The plane was the victim of constant re-design - the powerplant was too weak (and got upgraded) The armour didn't reach the rear gunner (who resultingly got shot to pieces in air combat) and extending the armour backwards to fix the problem changed the plane's balance. The plane carried underwing rockets... but lacked the means to accurately aim them. About the only aspect of the plane that DID work effectively was the cannon. The Ilusihins would fly in formation, in a large "circle of death" (so able protect each other, using the forward-facing weapons) and they'd peel off in turns to attack ground targets, before returning to the circle. Which kind of reminds me of the Bolton-Paul Defiant: the first unit to be equipt with them developed much the same tactics for defence against enemy fighters. AIrcraft in the Western Front, like the Typhoon, the Bristol "Rockbeau", the Hurricane... were able to use underwing rockets to devastating effect. The Shturmovik really WASN'T a very good plane.
  27. 753mike

    Please stop using the term "awarded"

    Hello Mr Leonard , I am a bit confused , I was told that there was a reply to my comment in which I pointed out the same lug nut as you did . Has someone deleted a post or some other thing I missed ? I have not taken offence or even a wall or gate or some other property boundary . Which reminds me , did you know that the long lost President Idi Amin , when asked what he was going to do about defence replied "De man comin' wid de hammer and nails to fix it"
  28. R Leonard

    Please stop using the term "awarded"

    Whoa there big fella. Easy now. It is always best not to take offense unless and until it is well, truly, and pointedly offered. I was referring to the lug nut who wrote the headline for the article in "Army Times," above.
  29. I think that there are too many off-the-cuff answers to what amounts to an unqualified question . "Worst aeroplane" ---for what ? Some aircraft were successful in the air but a pig for the groundcrew to service . Some were a pig to manufacture , and a swine to fly , then there were those that did very well , thankyou in a job they were not designed for and failed miserably when put to their "proper" use . Many training aircraft crashed , not through the fault of their design but because of untrained pilots . A quick look around the Arnhem locality would surely put the Horsa well up the list , though it had the misfortune to hit things other than the ground when landing . So , my pet hate was the Sunderland because every time I went near one I got wet feet .
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