Tag Archives: Military

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


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


54th Troop Carrier Wing and the 11th Airborne Division

Thanks to both GP Cox, (Pacific Paratrooper) and IHRA.  This is one of GP’s “Intermission” stories, so visit his page and IHRA for info on the CBI (China-Burma-India) theater, and other neglected areas which have undeservedly been in a backwater.

The 54th Troop Carrier Wing was established on 26 February 1943 [one day after the 11th A/B Div. at Camp MacKall] and commenced air transport and medical air evacuation operations in support of Fifth Air Force on 26 May 1943. advancing as battle lines permitted.

The unit took part in the airborne invasion of Nadzab, New Guinea in September 1943 by dropping the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment, as well as Australian engineers and heavy equipment.

The wing employed C-47’s almost exclusively, but during late 1943 and much of 1944 also used 13 converted B-17E’s for armed transport missions in enemy-held territory. The 54th supported every major advance made by the allies in the Southwest Pacific Theater operating from primitive airstrips carved from jungles and air-dropping cargo where airstrips unavailable.

In July 1944, the wing dropped 1,418 paratroopers on Noemfoor Island to aid the allied invasion forces. Then assumed the task of handling all freight and personnel moving in troop carrier aircraft in the Southwest Pacific, in addition to scheduled and unscheduled air movement of cargo and troops, and air evacuation of wounded personnel.

Click on red link for much more on the 54th.

They don’t teach this in Common Core

The source site contains the usual copyright claim, hence this small excerpt.  Check out the link; well worth the read.  And you thought you knew about our Marines…

Excerpt from The History Reader:

“The Marines’ victory helped Hamet Caramanli, Yusuf’s deposed brother, reclaim his rightful throne as ruler of Tripoli. In gratitude, he presented his Mameluke sword to Lieutenant O’Bannon. This famous sword became part of the officer uniform in 1825, and remains the oldest ceremonial weapon in use by U.S. forces today. Derna was the Marines’ first battle on foreign soil. Lieutenant O’Bannon and his men are immortalized in the “Marines’ Hymn”: “From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli, we fight our country’s battles in the air, on land and sea.”

This is from a lengthy excerpt from Fred Pushies book MARSOC: U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Command


Honoring a Japanese American WWII Veteran on Veterans Day

Courtesy of International Historical Research Associates-

YouTube video, posted by Heather Wokusch, a 2012 interview with Kazuo “Fred” Yamaguchi, who served in the U.S. Military Intelligence Service.

Published on Sep 25, 2012

“American Heroes” Documentary – ABC-TV
In December, 1941, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. The US was at war. Americans of Japanese Decent suddenly found themselves labeled “Enemy Alien”. Over 100,000 were rounded up and forced into Relocation Camps. Despite this indecency, something remarkable began to take shape.

Out of the despair, grew a resolve within the Japanese American community. A desire to prove their loyalty to the United States. From behind the barbed wire, young men volunteered for military service by the thousands. The US Army put them in their own segregated unit, combining them with young men from Hawaii, who also had something to prove. Together they formed the 100th infantry battalion…the beginning of what would soon evolve into the 100th/442nd/MIS.

By the end of the war, they became the most decorated unit in US military history. But, more importantly, they helped change the world. History books, shamefully, omit their incredible contributions. “American Heroes” shines light on the brave, patriotic legacy of The Japanese-American Soldier of World War Two.

Produced by David Ono & Jeff MacIntyre/Content Media Group
The show won three Emmy Awards.
2012 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award Winner

From The History Channel:

Navajo Code Talkers Day – Aug 14th

Courtesy of Pacific Paratrooper


During WWI, the Choctaw language had been used to transmit U.S. military messages.  With this thought in mind, Philip Johnston, the son of a missionary grew up on a Navajo reservation and spoke the Diné tongue fluently, brought the suggestion of a similar code to General Clayton Vogel early in 1942.  The Diné language has no alphabet, uses no symbols and one sound may hold an entire concept.  The idea was tested and proved to be faster and more reliable than the mechanized methods.  The language has more verbs than nouns, that helps to move the sentences along and makes it far more difficult for outsiders to learn – making it the most ingenious and successful code in military history.

Much more at his site – (name is live link)

Who Dares Wins – The SAS

The Creation of the SAS      sas-crest

david stirlingIn 1941 Lieutenant Archibald David Stirling, a supplementary reserve officer of the Scots Guards, along with five co-founders created the Special Air Services, know then as the SAS Brigade. It was formed as a volunteer desert raiding airborne force unit who secretly fought far behind enemy lines. Additionally, there were three units created within the SAS; the Special Boat Service (SBS), the Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR), and the Special Forces Support Group (SFSG).

The SAS became a key entity during the Second World War, as the Regiment’s motto is “Who Dares Wins.” World War II involved the mobilization of over 100 million military personnel, to include the SAS, making it the most widespread war in history. It resulted in the death of over 60 million people, making it the deadliest conflict in human history.  More information at this site HERE

Another account of the SAS in five segments, HERE