Women like Petri, according to the historian Wendy Lower’s new book Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields, “were not marginal sociopaths,” but ordinary German citizens. These women were raised in the shadow of World War I, and their primary education consisted of ideological indoctrination. The League of German Girls were taught to reject makeup and cultivate their beauty outdoors, to seek a dewy glow from marching drills and sharpshooting. In school, Petri no doubt received the Third Reich’s pamphlet on finding a husband, a process that began by asking, “What is your racial background?” They were trained [...]
Some of you have written in about THIS recent article: The U.S. Army War College, which molds future field generals, has begun discussing whether it should remove its portraits of Confederate generals — including those of Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. Nestled in rural Pennsylvania on the 500-acre Carlisle Barracks, the war college is conducting an inventory of all its paintings and photographs with an eye for rehanging them in historical themes to tell a particular Army story. I ran it past one of my Brother Rats who is, even as we speak, a student at the War College [...]
I was working on a post, but our good friend PsyOp Cop provided one that I will borrow shamelessly.* Sixty-nine years ago, this day: The second half of 1944 had seen remarkable advances by American and British forces in Europe. Following the landings in Normandy, France on June 6, allied forces quickly broke out and sped across the French countryside; Patton’s Third Army headed east hell-bent for Germany while Montgomery’s British Eighth Army and Bradley’s First and Ninth Armies headed north to northern France and the Low Countries (Belgium, Luxembourg, and Holland). The pent-up energy of men, equipment, and supplies, [...]
Never forget. READ THIS; strongly recommended.
From NPR, the almost definitive guide to the language of the troops.
Got to see a B-25 fly over the Pentagon this morning en route to Arlington. It was pretty neat. BTW– Any VMI airmen out there want to join us? WE NEED AN AIRMAN.
13 OCT 1775, the day the Navy was founded. It has been through a lot since then, and despite our leaders’ best efforts to the contrary, remains the preeminent sea power on the planet. Not that we do much now, except for the deployed folks. Sequestration has severely curtailed deployments and training, and even hit reserve support in a massive way. My hope is that this annual celebration of our Naval Heritage does not become simply a hashing over of decades-old accomplishments and lamentation of recent failures. We need to take a better look at our planning for the coming [...]
Nicholas Oresko, 96; tough old bastard. He died at 6:30 p.m. at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center of complications from surgery for a broken right femur, said John “Jack” Carbone, a family friend. That was the same leg injured by gunfire on Jan. 23, 1945, as he crawled from one enemy bunker to another. RIP, sir.
Being also the subject of the outstanding book, “Black Hawk Down,” this knock-down drag-out fight in the Somali capital saw some of the heaviest combat for US troops in years, and countless acts of heroism. Two soldiers from the famed “SFOD-D” were awarded Medals of Honor posthumously for a scarcely-believable act of courageous self-sacrifice. Our good friend and instructor John Murphy of FPF Training was there as a Marine sergeant on the J-2 staff. He relates his story about meeting one of those two soldiers: I “met” MSG Gordon about three weeks before he was killed in action. We were [...]
Like the old Canadian Ross rifle we had in our office at Camp Eggers, if these field guns could talk I bet they’d have a story to tell. In 2003 a British Colonel found two British WWI 18 pounder field guns hidden in the desert sand at an Iraqi Army base. The guns were taken back to Britain and BAE restored them back to “service condition”. NEAT-O.