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A NEW YEAR’S TOAST TO THE OLD BREED

So well stated; I was compelled to post this in recognition of a church member, a veteran  who was at Iwo Jima.

Note – This commentary is on a secular business site that does not recognize the Creator. 

By Victor Davis Hanson The late World War II combat veteran and memoirist E. B. Sledge enshrined his generation of fellow Marines as “The Old Breed” in his gripping account of the hellish battle of Okinawa. Now, most of those who fought in World War II are either dead or in their nineties. Much has […]

via A NEW YEAR’S TOAST TO THE OLD BREED — venitism

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Jonathan Parshall | “Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway”

Until some months ago, I had been unaware of this new perspective regarding those critical minutes, when SBD Dauntless dive-bombers [above image] turned three Japanese carriers into flaming hulks.  The battle, until their attack, was emerging as a Japanese victory.

This lecture, carefully researched and brought out in the video, shows a dramatically different account, by way of carrier operations, and the actions which prevented their ability to launch a previously prepared reserve strike force against our carriers.  Less dramatic than the so-called official account, but very educational in content.

Legend of the American Sniper

“These aren’t individuals out there against the enemy anymore, they’re groups of soldiers fighting as a cohesive, coordinated military unit against the enemy; we’ve raised sniping to a precise art form, and it doesn’t tolerate individuals that can’t operate well within the group”

Phil Schreier – Senior Curator  The National Firearms  Museum

http://tubitv.com/movies/384101/legend_of_the_american_sniper

This gritty true story focuses on the value of snipers during wartime, who fearlessly hunt their enemy with a rifle, their weapon of choice.

 

Convair’s B-58 Hustler

Note – This is a series of combined videos covering the development of the B-58; moreover, it goes into two videos of an escape capsule ejection system later designed for the crew.  Fully operational in the early 60’s, little has ever been divulged on this aircraft.

Apparently, it was a demanding platform, suffering many accidents.  [Left is link to a 2016 commentary on this aircraft’s problems]  Below info, there is a video regarding landing difficulties noted in 1962, plus a second link detailing B-58 losses and ejections. “X”

The Convair B-58 Hustler was the first operational jet bomber capable of Mach 2 flight.

The aircraft was designed by Convair engineer Robert H. Widmer and developed for the United States Air Force for service in the Strategic Air Command (SAC) during the 1960s.  It used a delta wing, which was also employed by Convair fighters such as the F-102, with four General Electric J79 engines in pods under the wing.  It carried five nuclear weapons; four on pylons under the wings, and one nuclear weapon and fuel in a combination bomb/fuel pod under the fuselage, rather than in an internal bomb bay.

B-58 Landing difficulties

https://www.liveleak.com/ll_embed?f=58ec497add8d

B-58 losses and ejections –

http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/Aircraft_by_Type/B-58_hustler.htm

Mount Belvedere – The Battle of the Gothic Line in 1944.

 From Battlefront – WWII: Road To Victory

Background on the 442nd at Wikipedia  Includes their other achievements as well as action at the Gothic Line.

The 442nd Regimental Combat Team is an infantry regiment of the United States Army, part of the Army Reserve. The regiment was a fighting unit composed almost entirely of American soldiers of Japanese ancestry who fought in World War II. Most of the families of mainland Japanese Americans were confined to internment camps in the United States interior. Beginning in 1944, the regiment fought primarily in Europe during World War II,[2] in particular Italy, southern France, and Germany.

The 442nd Regiment was the most decorated unit for its size and length of service in the history of American warfare.  The 4,000 men who initially made up the unit in April 1943 had to be replaced nearly 2 times. In total, about 14,000 men served, earning 9,486 Purple Hearts. The unit was awarded eight Presidential Unit Citations (five earned in one month).[4]:201 Twenty-one of its members were awarded Medals of Honor.[2] Its motto was “Go for Broke”.

President Truman salutes the colors of the combined 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry, during the presentation of the seventh Presidential Unit Citation. The Regimental Combat Team (less the 552d Field Artillery Battalion) received the Presidential Unit Citation for outstanding accomplishments in combat in the vicinty of Serravezza, Carrara, and Fosdinovo, Italy, from April 5 to April 14, 1945.   Date – 12 July 1946

Source http://www.history.army.mil/html/topics/apam/100-442_photos.html

442nd Infantry Regiment DUI.png  Unit Insignia

http://tubitv.com/tv-shows/355647/s01_e32_mount_belvedere