World War II

Wednesday nightCap

Union ratbags from when Adam was a boy

Regular readers know my pathological loathing of unions, new reader probably not so much, but given that just 7% of the private sector workforce is unionised then there is a good change you don’t like them either.

There is a reason I study and watch unions…so I can know and understand their plays in order to defeat them. They are a cancer on society and the cancer has been growing for many years.

Have a look at what they have been up to in Australia recently and have a look at what they have done in the past. Know you enemy for they seek to do you harm.

AS the Abbott government begins to take on union power and corruption, a timely new book reveals the union movement’s role in one of the most shameful periods of Australian history.

What the wharfies did to Australian troops Рand their nation’s war effort Рbetween 1939 and 1945 is nothing short of an abomination.

Perth lawyer Hal Colebatch has done the nation a service with his groundbreaking book, Australia’s Secret War, telling the untold story of union bastardry during World War 2.

Using diary entries, letters and interviews with key witnesses, he has pieced together with forensic precision the tale of how Australia‚Äôs unions sabotaged the war effort, how wharfies vandalised, harassed, and robbed Australian troop ships, and probably cost lives. ¬† Read more »

Map of the Day

 

 

A Video map World War II in Europe showing the changes in the front lines.

Some of them aren’t cheese eating surrender monkeys, not many mind

Normally the French march backwards faster than Argentinians, but occasionally a Frenchman shows a little bit of spine.

One such Frenchman who wasn’t a cheese eating surrender monkey was¬†Count Jacques le Bel de Penguilly:

Count Jacques le Bel de Penguilly, who has died aged 93, was parachuted into enemy-occupied France in August 1944 and was one of the last surviving French members of the Jedburgh special forces.

The Jedburghs were a unit of volunteers trained to parachute behind the enemy lines in small, mixed-nationality teams. Their home base was Milton Hall, near Peterborough. There they underwent rigorous training in ambushes, sabotage, explosives, close-quarter combat, weaponry and the techniques of calling in and receiving air drops while operating in enemy-held territory.

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August 1 – Warsaw Uprising

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Warsaw was the center of a Polish rebellion against Nazi occupation during the summer of 1944, late in World War II. The Warsaw Uprising, as it’s known, was timed to weaken Nazi forces ahead of a scheduled Soviet advance on the city, but the Soviet Red Army’s offensive toward the city was blocked, leaving the rebellion to fend for itself.

Polish rebels fought for more than two months, sustaining heavy casualties among both fighters and civilians. Approximately 200,000 were killed during the uprising while the city itself was left in ruins.

Warsaw and its citizens were eventually able to rebuild ‚ÄĒ but they never forgot the Warsaw Uprising. On Aug. 1 of every year, Warsaw residents pay homage to those lost during the siege by holding a city-wide moment of silence.

6 June, 1944

At 06:30am on this day 68 years ago the Normandy landings commenced to begin the liberation of Europe.

The Normandy landings, codenamed Operation Neptune, were the landing operations of the Allied invasion of Normandy, in Operation Overlord, during World War II. The landings commenced on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 (D-Day), beginning at 6:30 am British Double Summer Time (GMT+2). In planning, D-Day was the term used for the day of actual landing, which was dependent on final approval.

The landings were conducted in two phases: an airborne assault landing of 24,000 British, American, Canadian and Free French airborne troops shortly after midnight, and an amphibious landing of Allied infantry and armoured divisions on the coast of France starting at 6:30 am. There were also decoy operations under the codenames Operation Glimmer and Operation Taxable to distract the German forces from the real landing areas.

Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces was General Dwight Eisenhower while overall command of ground forces (21st Army Group) was given to General Bernard Montgomery. The operation, planned by a team under Lieutenant-General Frederick Morgan, was the largest amphibious invasion in world history and was executed by land, sea, and air elements under direct British command with over 160,000 troops landing on 6 June 1944, 73,000 American troops, 61,715 British and 21,400 Canadian. 195,700 Allied naval and merchant navy personnel in over 5,000 ships were involved. The invasion required the transport of soldiers and material from the United Kingdom by troop-laden aircraft and ships, the assault landings, air support, naval interdiction of the English Channel and naval fire-support. The landings took place along a 50-mile (80 km) stretch of the Normandy coast divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword.

Spiderman at Cherbourg

I always knew that the Allies had help in World War II

The story of Keep Calm and Carry On

Nice video about the history of “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster¬†origins at the beginning of WWII and its rediscovery in a bookshop in England in 2000, becoming one of the iconic images of the 21st century.

Returning to USS Arizona

A dead Marine is returned to the USS Arizona:

A Marine who survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has returned to the USS Arizona for eternity.

Divers took an urn holding the cremated remains of Frank Cabiness from the late Marine’s family, swam over to the sunken battleship, and placed the container inside during a solemn ceremony on Friday, local time.

Hawaii-based Marines from the 3rd Marine Regiment performed a rifle salute and taps during the solemn ceremony some nine years after Cabiness died in Lewisville, Texas, at the age of 86.

His son, Jerry Cabiness, said his father always wanted to return to his ship.

“He said it was because that’s where he belonged. Because he lost all of his friends there and he wanted to be with them,” Jerry Cabiness said after the service.

The family took some time to fulfil his father’s wishes because they had some financial problems and it’s expensive to travel to Hawaii, he said.

“But we finally got it done. And it was a beautiful ceremony. The Marines did him proud,” he said.

Dozens of Arizona crew members who lived through theDecember 7, 1941, attack have chosen to have their ashes interred on the battleship after death. Many do it out of a desire to join those they left behind.