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  • Sequel to A Soldier of No Importance. Alice and Easy Company have been through six months of combat, but the siege of Bastogne will test them in ways the war just hasn’t yet. As the war drags on Alice faces hard truths about what it means to be a German Jew. Thankfully, none of them have to do any of this alone, though the faces change. After all, though war never changes, who you fight it with does.

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    December 24, 1944

    It took all her strength to wake up that morning. Her body ached. The snow crept into all different areas, freezing her body and making her tremble endlessly. She’d started coughing the night before. Quickly Alice made it her mission to keep that particular development to herself. She could breathe for now. If she ever couldn’t, then she’d make a fuss.

    News of Smokey had made its way to the Battalion CP the previous night. Alice had shed a few tears once she’d crawled into her foxhole for the night. No one wanted to see Smokey paralyzed. Everyone loved him, even those who became the punchline of his poems. That made for two Toccoa men already sent into what passed as the field hospital at Bastogne: Skinny Sisk and Smokey Gordon.

    The battle had become a full scale siege. The Americans had hunkered down on the edge of Bastogne. The Germans came at them daily, hoping to break through at a weak point. That weak point would not be the 506th, though. Alice knew that.

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    USS Wichita (CA-45) heavy cruiser April 3-4, 1942 in the North Atlantic, photo from the light cruiser HMS Edinburgh.


    USS Wichita (CA-45) was a unique heavy cruiser of the United States Navy built in the 1930s. The ship was authorized by the 1929 Cruiser Act, laid down at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in October 1935, launched in November 1937, and commissioned into the US Navy in February 1939.


    After the United States entered World War II, the ship saw heavy service throughout the conflict. She was first assigned to convoy escort duty on the Murmansk Run in early 1942, and supported amphibious landings during Operation Torch in November 1942. During the Naval Battle of Casablanca, Wichita engaged several French coastal batteries and warships, including the battleship Jean Bart. In 1943, Wichita was transferred to the Pacific Theater, where she remained for the rest of the war. She frequently provided antiaircraft defense for the Fast Carrier Task Force during operations in the central Pacific, including the Battles of the Philippine Sea and Leyte Gulf in 1944. During the latter engagement, Wichita assisted in the sinking of the Japanese aircraft carrier Chiyoda.


    Wichita was heavily engaged during the invasion of Okinawa, where she provided heavy gunfire support to ground troops ashore. After the Japanese surrender, the ship served as part of the occupation force in Japan and assisted in the repatriation of American military personnel under Operation Magic Carpet. After returning to the United States, she was decommissioned and placed in the mothball fleet in 1946.


    She remained in reserve until 1959, when she was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register and sold for scrapping in August 1959.


    Colour: Alex Colors Studio

    Source: IWM

    #wwii #world war 2 #wwii history #world war ii #history
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  • Recent Acquisition - Ephemera Collection

    U.S. Army Motion Picture Service. Ten 15 cent Admission Coupons.  

    This coupon book is sold with the clear understanding that it is not transferable and is subject to confiscation if presented by other than the person to whom it was sold. The unused portion of the book can be redeemed only on presentation of evidence of death, discharge or transfer.

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  • Finally went and did it

    I got myself a pingy boy.

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  • I think I was 15 or 16 years old, haven’t thought about it in years but it just popped into my head. I remember I was sitting down with my (now decreased great uncle Adolph) who had fought in WWII and I don’t think any of us kids in our family ever tried having a conversation with him but the only thing that stands out in my memory of him is me actually finding out he fought in WWII and asking him about it and him telling me how utterly brutal American boot camp for WWII was. It wasn’t like how it was now. He would describe the whole standard crawling under barbed wire shit but one thing that shocked me was him telling me how they’d have tanks following them behind and anyone not fast enough would actually get killed during boot camp. American boot camp WWII style was cutthroat.


    It was odd hearing him describe this as this man hardly ever spoke a word at family gatherings and would just sit in a chair and was very docile and talked very calmly for an old man.

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    be the clever soldier, not the dumb ass

    #donkeys#wwii #we're all in this together #pandemics#op
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  • (before you read any further, just know that this is a spoiler for the book code name verity)

    alright! so i just finished reading code name verity and i still have a question. i know this book was written a while ago so i’m not sure how active the fan base is but please help me out if you’ve read the book.

    okay so my main question is: how does verity/julie/queenie know to include the details she does in her confession?

    i know she was most likely still trying to figure out a way to complete her mission, but she had no way to get her confession to the resistance. i understand that when the interviewer, georigia penn, came and very clearly said that she was looking for verity, verity/julie/queenie probably was like “hey, i think the resistance is trying to help me,” but she started including details in her confession (layout of the building so they knew how to gain access, the great aunt story so the resistance knew they could take her down with the building) BEFORE the interview even occurred. it just doesn’t make sense to me why she knew to do that if she had no idea how this confession was going to be leaked! i also know that apparently her and engel sort of got along (i.e. the whole cigarette thing engel reveals to maddie in the end) but engel didn’t reveal that she would help verity (when engel showed her the access code) until AFTER verity/julie/queenie had completed her confession. i know engel was the one who underlined all of the hints to the resistance, but verity wrote them and knew to include them in the first place. my guess is that she had a feeling engel would help her along?? maybe when she regained consciousness after she had been captured and found the smudged ink on her hand (the remananets of the access code) she knew someone had to have helped her out, and then further interacting with engel, which we don’t see (because she obviously can’t include it, or von linden would see), she probably assumed it was engel. and then during the interview, she hints to georgia penn that engel is an “angel,” her clue that the resistance should target engel for inside help. this is what i think must have happened but i don’t know! please let me know your thoughts about how verity knew to include the information she did in her confession even without having a way for the resistance to find it.

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  • Generals Siilasvuo and Falkenhorst visiting Maijanlampi military training grounds in Taivalkoski, Finland. June 24th 1941.

    Kenraali Falkenhorstin vierailu Taivalkosken Maijanlammella.
    1941.06.24

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    happy birthday roza shanina, who was born 96 years ago today!

    roza was a soviet sniper in world war two. she was credited with fifty-nine confirmed nazi kills.

    canadian newspapers described her as “the unseen terror of East Prussia.”

    long live roza and her contributions to the fight against fascism!

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  • #hurricane#squadron 303 #bitwa o anglię #mission of honor #jan zumbach#fighter pilot#ww2#wwII #world war II #battle of britain #movie quotes#my edit#movieedit
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  • So did y'all know Fanta Orange (yes, the soda) was made fore Nazi’s? In WWII, Coca-Cola had to rebrand in Germany so they called themselves Fanta and Fanta Orange quickly became a favorite drink amongst the German army. It was even know the Nazi Drink.

    #nazi#WWII #World war II #facts#history#History Facts#Nazi's#fanta#fanta orange#coca-cola#World War #World War II Facts #i better not get ANY Nazi's clownin on this post i s2g
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  • I know most generations have their “this is the end of the world” moment but what did we do to deserve so many in one year?

    #coronavirus#covid-19 #2020 strikes again #2020#wwiii #world war three #australian bushfires#fml #the cold war #world war ii #wwii#wwi #world war one #cuban missile crisis
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  • Recent Acquisition - Ephemera Collection

    FREE U.S. Armed Forces Guest Ticket (Enlisted Men) Enter Gates 8 - 9 or 10.
    WASHINGTON REDSKINS vs CHICAGO BEARS, Sunday, September 12th, 1943. KICK-OFF 2 P.M. BALTIMORE STADIUM. Bearer of this ticket must be in U.S. Army Uniform. Civilians Will Not Be Admitted With This Ticket. Enter Gates 8 - 9 or 10

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  • If Hitler’s bunker was named “Führerbunker” in German, did Hitler refer to it as the “Me-bunker”?

    Did Hitler invent the first man cave?

    #fiction#history#question#hitler#germany#wwii#man cave#bat cave#historical evidence #rewriting history with bullshit assumptions #change my mind
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    Book 20 of the 50 book challenge. Ed and Ivet by William Bacon. This is a memoir of the authors parents who met while his father was a prisoner of war in Japan and his mother was living in Kobe Japan. His mother’s family are Tartar’s originally from Russia who left after the communists took over. It’s a great book and I highly recommend it.

    #book 20 #50 book challenge #2020 #ed & ivet #william bacon#memoir#wwii #prisoner of war #japan#kobe #falling in love #book#me
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  • French Chatellerault M1924/29 light machine gun, World War II

    from Rock Island Auctions

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