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Stephen N Russell

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  1. Stephen N Russell

    USS Iowa

    Must see museumship: Every veteran who served is recognized & named over the PA with a Thank You for Your service. No audio wands on tour. Follow yellow arrows. Much work to be done. No food service. Can take pieces of deck home for 5.00 On tour Did NOT see CIC,Mn Engine spaces or Main battle turret for16 in guns. Much more to be done. Arriving on deck, the deck watch asks if any is military or former,U give him your details & hear name announced over PA. No food service ashore. Signage helps explain tour Love the 5 in turrets, compact size. Much labor in a BB alone for all manned guns. 16 in guns alone had huge workforce. See Iowa, San Pedro CA, near Cruise Terminal Center. Take 110 Frwy to San Pedro.
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    Naval early jets

    Has anyone serviced, built, flown these planes:? FJ Fury F4D Skyray F7 Cutlass. I see the F4D as a possible Stealth fighter type updated for today, am I off?? & same for F7. FJ is a F86 for the Navy. Skyray is classic like the B58. Comments, ideas.
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    Naval early jets

    Awesome response & Thanks so much,
  4. Just read on WH about an average German who knew of the Nazi atrocities being done. & feel for those Germans when they knew of the Jews being sent East & concentration camps being erected to send them to the Death camps. & if any Germans living in Poland after 1939 noticed the ash from cremation of the Jews in the said Death Camps?? Opens up a whole new yarn to German knowledge of Nazi crimes. To run Poland etc they had to have employees run said cities etc thus average Germans in Poland would know about death camps, or how could use explain ash?? Am I right or was Poland under total Military control& No civilian Germans came to aid running of Govt.??
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    Homefront Production

    Anyone work, service, test fly, these planes:? B19, B32, B40, Rainbow 12, XP67, Skystreak, B54
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    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.
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    1st air combat duel

    Read book from Time Life on Soldiers of Fortune about mercenary pilots. & the 1st air combat duel was by 2 merc pilots over Mexico on Curtiss pusher planes with pistols. Year: 1913 Anyone have any details about Mexican rev & US intervention aside Hunt for Villa?? Looks like free for all war based on movies Ive seen.
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    Ploesti Raid

    Wkipediaied the Ploesti Raid & one thing stands out: No Intel from any if partisan units to the Allies on German AA defenses etc. or did I miss something. Or was area under total Nazi control & no gueriila efforts in area during raid.
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    1920s Banana Wars

    Need Maps,specs on 1920s Bananna Wars in Cent America, Mercenaries, Marines, civilians, foes, etc Never told in docu form or Movie form. Seen few pics from said "war". & side note same for movie Sand Pebbles set in 1920s China. No Marines in USS San Pablo gunboat?? Need Bios, Units, Maps, deployments, effect in Wash DC etc Knew war used Tommy Guns by military force then right
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    Ploesti Raid

    Wikpedia has Hill 327 in Vietnam, not Korea.
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    Ploesti Raid

    Thanks, would have helped Im sure if any. no wonder raid went badly.
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    Ploesti Raid

    Thought so, so NO guerilla forces in country then?
  13. What if the US did fund Long range bombers & we had these in WW2: B29 B30 Connie bomber B19 B32. & YB49. What would outcome belike for Pacific area alone asideETO. B17s would be be delegated to Lifeboat service to save crews & Maritime patrol over convoys inbound to UK. What If if funding & tech issues No problem. Imagine 10 squadrons of B19s bombing Japan with its bomb load alone. Or B19s raiding Japan from Alaska vs Doolittle Raid by B25. Ideas, comments.
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    Fav Mil Vehicles

    Firefly Sherman Machine gun armed Stutz Bearcat LRDG MG armed Jeeps, SAS, No Africa Tiger 1, 2 Tanks Challenger tanks 1/2 Tracks German models T92 types. SEAL Dune buggy types. LRDG armed trucks. Panther Tank. T34.
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    Why Nazis Lost the War

    Nazis lost the war due to TOO Many guarding POW & Death Camps & other locales alone. IE V1, V2 rockets & Wonder weapons. How much of the Army guarded POW camps & death Camps or just SS Forces nationwide. & RR lines?? Had those camps reduced guard forces we'd have more Forces in Normandy for June 1944.( To Counter Allied forces) Please verify, test ideas. Xs the guard force per POW camp & Death camps alone since 1942-1945. & add SS/Gestapo forces for POW, Death Camp security. Ideas, comments, thoughts.
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    Why Nazis Lost the War

    Whole topic alone for WHO IE Churchills Toyshop, docufodder alone, Radical
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    Why Nazis Lost the War

    Agreed, hell yeah, Im open to such What Ifs.
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    Average Germans knew Nazi atrocities

    Agreed.
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    Average Germans knew Nazi atrocities

    If any German admin type worked in E Front behind Lines, may have been privvy to Nazi atrocities done to Russians, but those on the Western Front alas would never know, then I saw a episode on X Company of them seeking to take a camp survivor to London for his tale about the camps. Otherwise the Western Front would never know about E Front atrocities. My comment covers both E & Western Fronts.
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    Average Germans knew Nazi atrocities

    Agreed .
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    Average Germans knew Nazi atrocities

    Thanks to verify, question to.
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    Average Germans knew Nazi atrocities

    No they werent justified & Im NO defense lawyer,. Are U one??
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    Average Germans knew Nazi atrocities

    I agree we had the Indian Wars since the 1700s to 1890s & wiped out some tribes & put alas rest on Reservations BUT we didnt use the Death Camp drill like the Nazis did on the Jews. Disease wiped out tribes with coming Spanish conquest in the 1500s as well.
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    Yangtze Patrol, Sand Pebbles

    Saw movie Sand Pebbles & noticed these No interaction with other foreign gunboats,personnel, during movie. All American, no aid for British, German, French gunboats then & or personnel ashore. Otherwise great sets, locales, costuming etc for then 1966 movie. Has anyone in Forum served or knew one who served in Yangtze Patrol? & odd since movie occured in 1926, that crew didnt acess Tommy Guns for defense aside Lewis MGs & M1903 rifles. Didnt US military adopt Tommy Guns by 1926+??
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    Bombing Germany & allies

    My query is the following: Why with all the bombing done by AAF & RAF forces that we didnt deter RR lines into the Death camps?? Or why even if any Death camps were hit by Allied bombers alone much less Russian bombers from Eastern Front? We obliterated Berlin & had to damage RR lines to some Death Camps right? OR did our planes strafe any trains hauling Jews etc to Death camps from France, Belguim, Italy into Germany?? (by mistake). Do recall on WHO about some crew from a B17 captured & sent to a Death camp but thats it & then on AHC or History Channel about sending GIs into another Death camp. But nothing about bombing RR lines to deter war material to German forces & then reduce transit to Death camps.
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