Category Archives: World War Two

AMERICAN CEMETERY, LUXEMBOURG


George Patton sleeps there, among his troops. Pics taken in 1981.

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LORE: A VERY DISTURBING FILM


Lore is short for the German name Hannelore. Lore is a teen girl whose parents are arrested just after the end of World War Two.  She undertakes to lead her four younger siblings from the Black Forest all the way … Continue reading

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A NICELY PRESERVED UNIVERSAL CARRIER


Also known as the Bren Gun Carrier.  Found in a museum in Caboolture, Australia.  Tens of thousands were produced during and after World War Two.

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A GLOBAL FORCE FOR GOOD


Always a good thing to remember, in spite of all the loud and loony detractors of the United States military services. There has never been the like of it.

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PHILOSOPHICAL DIFFICULTIES


It occurred to me this morning that a mule is really just an ass without balls. I am not sure where to go with this, philosophically, particularly as regards hinnies.  Not including them in the above characterization might be construed … Continue reading

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A SMALL BUT MIGHTY PLACE


While bumming around Florida, I came across Valiant Air Command, a small but impressive aircraft museum near the Kennedy Space Center.  Among its many attractions is the Tico Belle, a World War 2 C-47 that is still available for rides.  … Continue reading

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CEMETERY IN TEREZÍN


Terezín (Theresienstadt) is a fortress and fortress town north-northwest of Prague.  During the German occupation of Czechoslovakia (March 15, 1939 – May 08, 1945), the fortress was used by the Nazis as a police prison and the walled town as … Continue reading

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WOJTEK THE SOLDIER BEAR


He wasn’t a panserbjørn, just an ordinary brown bear from the Middle East. But like his fictional counterparts in The Golden Compass, he fought bravely in battle, namely with the Polish Army during World War Two. He marched with Polish … Continue reading

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THOSE RIGHTEOUS FOLKS ARE ALWAYS AT IT


Hiram Bingham IV, one-time member of the U.S. diplomatic corps, died in obscurity and nearly penniless in 1988. He would have remained obscure if not for the following: …in 1994, Bingham’s son discovered a cache of documents, bound together with … Continue reading

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IN MEMORY OF D-DAY – AND OF DAD


My father didn’t land on the beaches of Normandy with the Western Allies.  In fact, on June 6, 1944, he was in Auschwitz-Birkenau where had been transported from the Munkács (Mukachevo) ghetto the previous month and was the only one … Continue reading

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