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  3. Just read article about the restoration of the RAF rescue boat. Thought it was a good article.just wanted to let you know that there is a my good movie about these boats.Its called The Sea Shall not Have Them. I just watched it on YouTube. Thought it was a good movie.just thought your readers might like to know.
  4. Today is the 77th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid. This video shows an animated time-lapse of the raid https://youtu.be/q4je9fRpShA
  5. I checked the Fold3 site and got 91 hits on the search "Boat Pool Baker" (with the quotation marks). Most are simply passing reference on this or that page of whatever ship's war diary, usually along the lines of "transferred 3 LCMs to Boat Pool Baker". Did not look at anywhere near all of them. https://www.fold3.com Might be worth a subscription to you, might not. If not, they sometimes offer free access all their documents, usually for about a week around Memorial Day or Veterans Day, but they don't every year and you'd have to keep checking the site as those dates approach. Access, paid subscription or otherwise, will allow you to download the page of the document of your interest. A boat pool was a repair and distribution operation for small craft, up to, including, and apparently predominantly, landing type craft. These were distributed across the Service Force as necessary in support of supply functions at various installations and activities in operations. From what I’ve seen in a brief run through on boat pools in general was that the constant demand from fleet subordinate activities put considerable stress on operations, thus the need for various AKA vessels to transfer their boats TAD to the Boat Pool to meet the demand. In other words, a captain might be told to TAD a number of his boats to the Boat Pool so that the Pool can further assign them to a specific task. For what it is worth.
  6. My Grandpa was part of Standard Landing craft unit # 36 which was Boat Pool Baker stationed on Okinawa in April 1945. I am trying to find information on Boat Pool Baker and or Standard Landing Craft unit # 36.
  7. A sergeant. The division patch is that of the 36th Division, a Texas-Oklahoma National Guard unit formed in late July - early August 1917 at Camp Bowie near Fort Worth. The insignia is an arrowhead pointed down with the letter T superimposed. The arrowhead represents Oklahoma and the T is for Texas. His collar brass (the round device with US on it) also shows the number 3. This is the 3rd Texas Infantry Regiment which was later renumbered as the 143rd US Infantry. This helps us identify the time frame of the photo since that change occurred in October 1917 when the 3rd and 5th Texas Infantry Regiments were combined to form the 143rd US. The distinctive unit insignia behind the collar brass is, probably, since I don’t have one handy, the insignia of the 3rd Texas Infantry although it could be an early insignia for the 143rd. It is certainly not the current insignia 143rd Infantry which was approved in 1926. The wreathed shield, barred, with a star surmounting is typical of Texas units of the time and even survives in the modern insignia of the 144th US Infantry which was formed in the 36th Division at the same time as the 143rd. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/143rd_Infantry_Regiment_(United_States) for the current 143rd insignia and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/144th_Infantry_Regiment_(United_States) to compare with the insignia of the 144th. The qualification badges are, on the left “Expert” and on the right appears to be “Marksman” although the glare in the photo could be covering the detail that would make it a “Sharpshooter” badge; the difference being the marksman badge has a plain center to the cross, but the sharpshooter badge has a superimposed circular target. My bet, just because of the glare, is that it a Marksman qualification badge. The rectangles below the badges would identify the weapon for which he earned the qualification badges, but the photo does not have enough detail for further identification. So, photo was probably taken sometime between the end of July and mid-October 1917.
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  9. IAN KERSHAW – HITLER An enormously detailed 2000-page-volume ‘HITLER’ by Ian Kershaw is indeed among the best examples of military history studies. As mean to express respect to the author, I have made, as always, an enthusiastically detailed material on the first volume (1889-1936: Hubris). I invite you to deepen into Kershaw’s career and motivation, to examine correlation with previous classic Hitler’s biographies (Bullock, Fest, Maser, Hamann, Toland), to draw the lines on popular myths with I. Kershaw. I hope this exhaustive book review would motivate you to invest time in reading. I would greatly appreciate your feedback. You may now find a ‘follow’ button within the article to stay in touch. https://war-documentary.info/ian-kershaw-hitler/
  10. Hi - Just found this picture of my grandfather. I don't have much to work on other than it appears to be a picture from the WWI era. If someone could ID what is on his uniform it would be greatly appreciated! Thank you !!
  11. Sure, but we now know what most people at the time did not. Also, "gaining ground" is probably not the best way to describe it - they certainly kept taking advantage of RKKA General Staff's incompetence until Stalin would finally appoint Vasilevsky at its head. But Wehrmacht could not possibly win the war of attrition, and - as Dr. Todt realized in December 1941 - this is exactly where they found themselves in.
  12. Mind you. It certainly didn't seem so at the time. While the writing on the wall may have seemed apparant in 1941, the Axis forces continued to render hard blows and continued to gain ground until the Autumn of 1942.
  13. Quote: "At the beginning of December 1941, Hitler’s troops besieged Leningrad and Nazi reconnaissance units scouted the terrain a mere 12 miles from Moscow’s city center. At the same time, large tracts of Northern Africa were in the hands of the Germans. Furthermore, most of Europe was under the Nazi jackboot. Only the United Kingdom and her Empire stood in the Führer’s way. Adolf Hitler was at the pinnacle of his hegemonic power. Apparently, nothing could stand in his way and the Nazi world domination was no longer a mere nightmare, but a reality that threatened to take hold. And true to his word, Hitler declared war on the United States of America four days after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 11, 1941. A world at war had begun in earnest, but it would prove to be Nazi Germany’s downfall less than four years later." In my opinion, this is a skewed view of the situation by December 1941. At the beginning of December, Wehrmacht was already barely hanging on to its lines at Moscow, having missed the chance to take the city by advancing via a gash in RKKA defensive position at Mozhaisk at the end of October. Any meaningful attempts to take Leningrad had been abandoned a month earlier, when panzer divisions were redeployed to Moscow theater. About this very time, Reich Minister for Armaments Fritz Todt reportedly told Hitler that the war was lost in military and economic terms. In this context, Hitler's declaration of war against the US looks insane, unless in his mind it would incentivise the Japanese to resume hosilities against RKKA in Far East and force Stalin to fight on 2 fronts. Of course, the Japanese would not bite, and it was all downhill for Hitler from there.
  14. SITES AROUND THE AUSCHWITZ BIRKENAU My new material from the Poland-2018 trip took me almost a month of researching, writing, editing. I have visited the Auschwitz memorial site and want to share with you ‘beyond-the-fence’ walking experience along the locations of the historical significance, generally poor known among the visitors. With great respect, I hope this article can widen your understanding of the place, motivate for mindful history and to make your own travel. I would be greatly appreciated for your feedback (comments, questions, suggestions) as it energizes me to work and share new materials with you. Travel your own history. https://war-documentary.info/beyond-birkenau/
  15. Journalists . . . don't know squat about that which they write.
  16. There are repeated instances of the USA DFC appearing in your articles when the recipient actually received the British (or British Commonwealth) DFC. The British/Commonwealth DFC is totally different. Please use the correct illustration. Regards, Peter
  17. But would it have been ? The Panther required a complete overhaul every 600 miles, which meant taking it out of the line and repatriation to Germany.Thus, it was rare that there were no more than 500 Panthers at any one time over the vast expanse of the Eastern Front. Reliability is of far more consequence than any other factor in armoured warfare . What's the point of having a superior tank if it's absent from the battlefield ? THe Germans could never have achieved anything like equal numbers.
  18. As with many of Russia’s most prolific aircraft, the MiG-29 has spawned numerous variants four decades of service. Originally intended as an superiority fighter, and particularly as the Soviet answer to the F-16, the MiG-29 has been gradually recast as a multi-role aircraft with an increasingly robust air-to-surface armament suite. The MiG-29’s new purpose was on full display at a recent combat exercise at the Ashuluk training grounds near the Astrakhan region in southwestern Russia. In a rarity for publicized, high-profile Russian aircraft drills, a squad of upgraded MiG-29SMT’s was deployed for the explicit purpose of neutralizing “international terrorists.” Specifically, they were practicing coordinated airstrikes against light armor columns. TV Zvezda, the official television channel of Russia’s Defense Ministry, released a clip of the exercise (https://tvzvezda.ru/news/forces/content/201903250614-ql6g.htm). The footage depicts MiG-29SMT’s flying in formation, before panning to a brief shot of the SMT’s partly digitized avionics. A fighter can be seen discharging its armaments; the moment of impact was not shown, but Zvezda reports that the SMT’s fired unguided S-13 rockets at a light armor column with good effect on target (GEOT). The MiG-29SMT’s proceeded to practice dogfighting maneuvers in pairs before returning to base. Unsurprisingly, the SMT upgrade package revolves around a much-improved ground attack capability. It gives the MiG-29 access to an expanded suite of Kh-29, Kh-31, and Kh-25 air-to-surface and anti-ship missiles, with six external hardpoints to deploy them. As with almost all Soviet-era aircraft, it is compatible with the aforementioned, highly versatile S-13 line of unguided rockets. Aside from typical modernization improvements in updated avionics and increased ECM (electronic countermeasures) tools, the SMT introduces a new antenna array better suited for detecting ground targets. The SMT is still considered a first-generation MiG-29 variant, but nonetheless features many of the improvements introduced by the second-generation MiG-29M. It is the MiG-29M that first modernized the basic MiG-29 formula, introducing a new lightweight frame to increase maneuverability, and-- in addressing one of the foremost criticisms of its predecessor-- a drastically increased combat range of 2,000 kilometers (km), as opposed to the 1,500 km of the original MiG-29. The MiG-29M’s upgrade path is fully realized with the upcoming MiG-35, a deeply modernized multi-role fighter that advances the MiG-29M formula with fifth-generation avionics and a proprietary Zhuk-AE active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar. Understandably, there is a temptation to view these many MiG-29 variants on a spectrum of linear progression; of one model replacing the next in a constant cycle of technological improvement. But, as previously discussed by The National Interest, this is a total misconception of Russia’s military aircraft development strategy. The MiG-29M will not become obsolete with the imminent release of the MiG-35, just as first-generation MiG-29 models were not rendered obsolete by the MiG-29M. For a major military power like the Soviet Union and its Russian successor, there is always going to be a glut of aircraft roles to fill at various intensity levels and operational uses. As a fighter made for pitched, high-intensity warfare in hostile airspace becomes outdated vis-à-vis competing fighters and air defenses, it is no longer able to perform its original role. But, from patrol to support to low-intensity combat missions, there are still many roles for it to perform. At that point, it can simply be retrofitted and redeployed as needed. Of course, It can also be sold; older Soviet aircraft account for a major chunk of Russia’s arms export contracts with Asian and Middle-Eastern purchasers, who tend to prioritize raw performance value over the latest technological bells and whistles. This, in a nutshell, is the four-decade developmental story of the MiG-29, and the major driving force behind the prevalence of numerous aircraft variants in the Russian Air Force roster.
  19. It interests me too, are there any books or documentary about it?
  20. I play a lot at Call of Duty this is one of my favorites, I have not played Battlefield 5 yet.
  21. my pleasure sir.and thank you.
  22. Read, read, read and read. Then read some more!
  23. Thanks for sharing, Phil
  24. I agree . While the tank was developed in reply to the T34,and based upon its sloping armour , the Panther was far more advanced than the crudely made tt34 . Unfortunately , this was also the Panther's downfall. It was much more costly ,and took much longer to build than the T34 . If the Germans had anything like equal numbers to the t34s ,the outcome would have been vastly different .
  25. It saved countless Japanese lives . The entire country was trained and ready to fight to the death any invasion .
  26. My name is Phil elsner and I enlisted in the United States navy in July 1964.in August I was sent to the great lakes naval training center and after three months I was sent to my first duty station.this was in Washington d,c.and it was in anacostia naval air station. I was there for one year and after leaving I was sent to the uss Yorktown CVS 10 in long beach California. In 1965 we left for Vietnam and the Tonkin gulf.we did two tours of cutoff the coast and going north to Yankee station.we were out in the area for six months and then we were relieved by another carrier and we returned back to the states.after three years I was honorably discharged. Thank you Phil elsner photo mate third class ret.
  27. Do you visit the ship in Charleston, SC, where it's made a museum, Phil?
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