Tag Archives: Military

79th U.S. Airborne Birthday

I think this deserves to be reblogged. I missed it on the 16th because it ended up in my Junk folder.


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

The  World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 330 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 expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.

The “About WWII” page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.


 

Pacific Paratrooper

16 August,  National Airborne Day

The history of United States Airborne Forces did not begin on the training fields of Fort Benning, Georgia, as some believe. In fact, the origin of Airborne Forces in the U.S. military began with a familiar name to American military history, Brigadier General William L. “Billy” Mitchel (1879-1936).

As well as being considered the spiritual father of the United States Air Force, which he advocated for fiercely during his tenure in the military, BG Mitchell was the first to imagine airborne tactics and sought the creation of U.S. Airborne Forces.

BGeneral Billy Mitchell, the father of the U.S. Airborne


It is not recorded exactly when he organized a demonstration of Airborne Infantry for U.S., Russian and German observers. However, according to records
 at Ft. Benning, Georgia, it is confirmed that BG Mitchell held the demonstration “shortly after World War I” at Kelly Field, in San…

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Friday WWII Flix: “The Forgotten Battle of Lyme Bay”

(See my other WWII related posts) – I had read about the incident at Lyme Bay before I saw this short (09:14) documentary video about it. The loss of so many (749) American military personnel on the brink of the D-Day invasion was kept quiet for some time.

In spring of 1944, the US military in cooperation with the British undertook a series of large-scale rehearsals for the D-Day landing in Normandy. “Exercise Tiger” was planned for April taking advantage of the similarities between Slapton Beach and Utah Beach.

On the morning of April 28, a small convoy of eight LSTs was attacked by nine German E-boats. The E-boats fired torpedos at the ships of the convoy, sinking two and damaging one other. The attack resulted in 749 US servicemen (551 Army and 198 Navy) being killed.


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

The  World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 330 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 expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.

The “About WWII” page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

Book Review: “Escape from Paris”

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See all of my Book Reviews) – “Escape from Paris” eBook was published in 2019 (October) and was written by Stephen Harding (http://stephenhardingbooks.com/index.html). Mr. Harding has published four books.

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 ‘G’. The story is set in German-occupied France. While on a bombing raid, a B-17 is shot down on July 14, 1943. This story tells how they are rescued by the French, hidden from the Germans, and eventually smuggled out of France.

The crew makes repeated attempts to leave France, but they are blocked again and again. Along the way one of the American flyers falls in love with the young daughter of a family hiding him in Paris.

I enjoyed the 7 hours I spent reading this 288-page non-fiction story. I enjoyed this look at the French resistance at work in German-occupied France. I like the cover art chosen. 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 three pages of interest. 

The  World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 330 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 expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.

The “About WWII” page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

Texas Military Forces Museum – Hands-on​ History Night 2019

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(See my other Texas Military Forces Museum related posts) – Last Saturday I worked my first “Hands-on History” night at the Texas Military Forces Museum as a docent. I was really impressed by both the attendance and the wide array of weapons and equipment on display.

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Tables were set up and manned by volunteer reenactors from various periods of Texas Military history.

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Periods represented included: Texas Revolution, Civil War, World War I, World War II (German and US), Korea and Vietnam/Contemporary.

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volunteer reenactors at each of the tables demonstrated the equipment and provided the visitors with details of how it was used.

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Nearly 600 visitors explored the museum and were able to climb into several of the vehicles that are normally just on display.

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The big hit of the night was the Sherman Tank. The line to climb inside filled quickly and during the peak of the evening was near an hour wait. Everyone was able to take their turn inside well before the evening ended.

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I enjoyed the 5+ hours I spent helping visitors to the museum. After experiencing a “Hands-on History” night for myself, I am going to encourage a lot of my friends to take part next year. Many people are surprised to find this 45,000 sq. ft. free museum in the heart of Austin.

If you are interested in history, visit the Museum website to see when the next event takes place. The Museum is free (adults do need to show ID to enter Camp Mabry) and open Tuesday thru Sunday 10AM to 4PM. The living historians (reenactors) will present their Close Assault 1944 living history program on Veterans Day weekend in November.


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

The  World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 330 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 expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.

The “About WWII” page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

Book Review: “The Oppressed”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “The Oppressed” eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Matt Thomas. This is Mr. Thomas’ second publication. This is the first in his “Wroth Worlds” series.

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 Violence and Mature Language. The story is set in the far future. The primary character is Bryan Howe leader of Free Human Special Forces Detachment 8222.

Earth had been invaded and conquered by the Hetarek. Much of the human population on Earth has been exterminated. The remainder has become Hetarek slaves. A few from Earth escaped the Hetarek and, with the help of the Ahai, have fled to the stars. The Free Human forces have begun to fight back against the Hetarek. They have already taken a few systems, now they have set their sights on Earth.

Howe and his team are inserted on Earth to start building a guerrilla army to rise up and assist in an invasion of Earth. But Howe and his team have a difficult job. Not only do the Hetarek keep a close and ruthless watch on the remaining humans, but the humans consider Howe and his colleagues “Runners’. They are looked down upon because the humans that have survived on Earth feel that they were abandoned. With a generation having passed, it is difficult to recruit survivors to risk everything to support the ‘Runners’.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 11+ hours I spent reading this 375-page science fiction novel. I liked the plot of a conquered Earth being retaken. There is a lot of action and not all of the characters you start out with survive. This is just the beginning of the story of a much longer struggle. The cover art is OK, but I would have preferred something closer to the storyline. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

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

Mixer last night at the Texas Military Forces Museum

(See my other Texas Military Forces Museum related posts) – Last night I went to the Texas Military Forces Museum in Austin for their “June Tunes Mabry Mixer: Granville Automatic”.

There were light refreshments as well as the music from “Granville Automatic”. We could also look around the museum. The selfie above was taken in front of their M3A1 Light Tank.

If the Texas Military Forces Museum interests you, it is open Tuesday thru Sunday 10AM to 4PM. Admission is FREE.

On July 20 they will host a special “Hands-On History” event from 6PM – 9PM. There is a $5 charge for that event, with kids 6 and under free. The event is also free to members of the museum. The event will allow visitors to:

  • climb in tanks and sit in a cockpit
  • hold muskets, bazookas, and machine guns
  • learn about weapons and equipment used from 1812 to the present

Check the website for further details.

Friday WWII Flix: “36 Hours of Hell”

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(See my other WWII related posts) – I came across the movie “36 Hours of Hell” a while back on YouTube. I watched it last night and to say I was disappointed is an understatement. I was surprised that it had earned a 5/10 on IMDB. Honestly, I would not have been surprised if it had been rated a 3. The synopsis per IMDB:

A ragtag bunch of US marines is sent into the Pacific Island of Rabaul to clear any remaining Japanese forces after the heavy bombing. They meet fierce resistance.

The movie was made in Itlay, but all dialog is in English. If you still want to watch it, the movie was still available on YouTube as indicated below at the time of this post.


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.

3D Comparison of WWII German Armor

(See my other WWII related posts) – I came across this very well done 8:05 video comparing the various German armor vehicles in World War II. This was published on YouTube in February of 2019 by AmazingViz.


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.

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.