Category Archives: Military

Friday WWII Flix: “La Dernière Section”

(See my other WWII and Short Films related posts) – I came across this short 9:24 video set in WWII “La Dernière Section” a while back. It was uploaded to YouTube in February of 2012 by SnakeMajin – WAW Production. While this is a French production, there was little dialog in the video.

I liked the action in the video, though the fact that none of the weapons were really being fired (bolts not moving, no empty cartridges ejected) did diminish the quality of the film.

The Numbers for D-Day

(See my other WWII posts) – I came across the article “D-Day by the numbers: Here’s what it took 75 years ago to pull off the biggest amphibious invasion in history” and wanted to share it. It contains some interesting facts about the D-Day invasion force.

Some of the high points:

  • 11,590 Allied aircraft flew 14,674 sorties during the invasion
  • 15,500 American and 7,900 British airborne troops jumped into France
  • 6,939 naval vessels manned by 195,700 sailors took part in the beach assault
  • 132,715 Allied troops landed at five beaches in Normandy
  • Total casualties for both sides in the Battle of Normandy (June 6 – 25, 1944) were approximately 425,000
  • By June 11 (D+5), 326,547 troops, 54,186 vehicles and 104,428 tons of supplies had been unloaded in France

Read the full article for more details and photos.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these two pages of mine of interest. 

The  World War II Sources” page is a collection of more than 310 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II era in history.

The “World War II Timeline” page shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.

75th Anniversary of D-Day

(See my other WWII posts) – Today marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of France in 1944. This 20:55 video was published to YouTube in June of 2017 by Yesterday Today, but it is certainly still a very good look back at D-Day.

From the post description:

The Normandy landings (codenamed Operation Neptune) were the landing operations on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 (termed D-Day) of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. The largest seaborne invasion in history, the operation began the liberation of German-occupied northwestern Europe from Nazi control, and contributed to the Allied victory on the Western Front.

On D-Day, the Allies landed around 156,000 troops in Normandy. The American forces landed numbered 73,000: 23,250 on Utah Beach, 34,250 on Omaha Beach, and 15,500 airborne troops. In the British and Canadian sector, 83,115 troops were landed: 24,970 on Gold Beach, 21,400 on Juno Beach, 28,845 on Sword Beach, and 7900 airborne troops.

11,590 aircraft were available to support the landings. On D-Day, Allied aircraft flew 14,674 sorties, and 127 were lost.

In the airborne landings on both flanks of the beaches, 2,395 aircraft and 867 gliders of the RAF and USAAF were used on D-Day.

Operation Neptune involved huge naval forces, including 6,939 vessels: 1,213 naval combat ships, 4,126 landing ships and landing craft, 736 ancillary craft and 864 merchant vessels. Some 195,700 personnel were assigned to Operation Neptune: 52,889 US, 112,824 British, and 4,988 from other Allied countries.

By the end of 11 June (D + 5), 326,547 troops, 54,186 vehicles and 104,428 tons of supplies had been landed on the beaches. 


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these two pages of mine of interest. 

The  World War II Sources” page is a collection of more than 310 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II era in history.

The “World War II Timeline” page shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.

Interesting Specialty Tanks of D-Day

(See my other WWII posts) – I came across the article “The Bunker Buster, Crocodile and the Crab: ‘Hobart’s Funnies’ – weird and wonderful tanks that played a vital role in the D-Day landings” today and thought that it was worth sharing. I had read about some these tanks before, but this article brought others to light.

A number of specialty tanks were developed specifically for the D-Day landing. These were developed under the direction of Sir Percy Hobart. Hobart was well known for unconventional thinking as well as for both asking for and accepting advice from anyone. Hobart was promoted to the rank of Major General at the beginning of WWII and was responsible for forming the unconventional Desert Rats in North Africa. Later in the war, Winston Churchill appointed Hobart to the training of British Armoured Divisions. In 1943 Hobart was tasked with converting the 79th Armoured Division into a unit of specialized armor in preparation for D-Day.

Among these tanks were the:

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The Crocodile – flame thrower tank

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The Crab – flailing chains to clear mines

 

(No image) The Bunker Buster – spigot mortar for demolition

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The DD – amphibious tank with dual drives

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The Bobbin – laid a carpet allowing conventional vehicles to follow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Examples of these are currently featured at the Bovington Tank Museum in the UK. 


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these two pages of mine of interest. 

The  World War II Sources” page is a collection of more than 300 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II era in history.

The “World War II Timeline” page shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.

Armed Forces Day – 18 May 2019

Today is Armed Forces Day. Please help recognize those who serve. GP Cox does a good job of telling about Armed Forces Day in his post that I am reblogging.

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18 MAY, 2019, BEING ANOTHER PART OF MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH, IS CALLED ARMED FORCES DAY.

THE FIRST ARMED FORCES DAY WAS CELEBRATED 29 MAY 1950 (one month before the start of the Korean War).  ARMED FORCES WEEK BEGINS ON THE 2ND SATURDAY OF MAY AND ENDS THRU THE 3RD SATURDAY.  Due to their unique schedules, the NATIONAL GUARD & THE RESERVE units may celebrate this at any time during the month.

18 May 2019

PRESIDENT DWIGHT DAVID EISENHOWER, 1953 –  “Today let us, as Americans, honor the American fighting man.  For it is he or she – the soldier, the sailor, the Airman, the Marine – who has fought to preserve freedom.”

If you do NOT normally fly your flag everyday, make this day one that you do!  Even a small one sitting in your window shows your heartfelt feelings toward our troops.

If you are not from the U.S…

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French “HistoPad” Helps Tell the Story of D-Day

(See my other WWII posts) – Soon visitors to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio will have a new way to ‘view’ the past. A new tablet called a “HistoPad” will allow visitors to the museum to experience D-Day in a new way. The tablet is a creation of the French company Histovery. The HistoPad is already in use at 15 monuments and museums in France after its debut five years ago. As they say on their website:

We produce and operate “augmented visit” solutions, to best showcase monuments, museums, and tourist sites with our tablet. 

Among the videos a visitor to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will see on their HistoPad is the first-person view of an American paratrooper’s drop into France and a US soldier firing a bazooka at a German tank.

 

Histovery already has a similar HistoPad experience for the Airborne Museum
in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, France.

This modern technology will be a good way to augment the static displays and probably attract more attention from the kids that have grown up with phone and tablet screens.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these two pages of mine of interest. 

The  World War II Sources” page is a collection of more than 290 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II era in history.

The “World War II Timeline” page shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.

VE Day (Victory in Europe)

Today is VE Day, the anniversary of the unconditional surrender of German military forces bringing World War II in Europe to an end. This marks the 74th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe.

I came across this article “Victory in Europe Day: Five Things You Didn’t Know about the end of WW2” today and I thought it brought up some interesting things about the end of WWII in Europe.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these two pages of mine of interest. 

The  World War II Sources” page is a collection of more than 280 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II era in history.

The “World War II Timeline” page shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.

May – Military Appreciation Month 2019

May is National Military Appreciation month in the US. I think this post by GP Cox expresses our appreciation well for those who have served.

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Most of my readers have see this post or one similar here on Pacific Paratrooper, but due to the arrival of new readers, I have chosen to remind every one again.  I thank you all for taking the time to visit this site and I hope you are enjoying the freedoms that these troops fought so hard to insure for us.

May, marked officially as Military Appreciation Month, is a special month for both those in and out of the military.

Not only do we pause on Memorial Day to remember the sacrifice and service of those who gave all, but the month also holds several other military anniversaries and events, including Military Spouse Appreciation Day and Armed Forces day.

USMC Silent Drill Platoon w/ the Blue Angels

MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH

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Book Review:”Air Apaches”

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Book Reviews – WWII –  “Air Apaches” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by Jay A. Stout (https://www.jayastout.com). Mr. Stout has published more than 10 books on military aviation.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Vionence. The story is set in the South Pacific during World War II, starting in 1943 and continuing thru the end of the war. The book did not focus on one set of men, but covered the entire 345th Bomb Group. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the nearly 12 hours I spent reading this 432-page history of World War II. I learned a lot about the B-25 bomber which the 345th flew more as a fighter bomber. With the large number of .50 caliber machine guns, it proved to be a formidable gunship. I like the chosen cover art. I give this book a 4 out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these two pages of mine of interest. 

The  World War II Sources” page is a collection of more than 210 links to museums, websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds with information on the World War II era in history.

The “World War II Timeline” page shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.