2-15-1942 “the unthinkable did happen”. General Percival surrendered Singapore to the Japanese. This documentary is the horrific reality, not the reprehensible Hollywood fantasy called The Bridge On The River Kwai. Over 100,000 troops died building this monster. Winston Churchill described it as “The worst moment of the war”. Image at left is link to Wikipedia.
The Germans diabolical design of “labor” camps, literal assembly lines of death, killed thousands of people per day; but the Japanese made up for this with sheer inhuman brutality. The China Burma India [ CBI ] theater was a slow, grueling struggle. The Japanese weren’t driven out of Burma until months before Japan finally surrendered in 1945.
This is the definitive history, development and use of DeHaviland’s “wooden wonder”. The Mosquito was also known affectionately as the “Mossie” to its crews. It was in fact, the first multi role fighter, though it was first used as a high speed photo-reconnaissance aircraft.
The mystery to me is why the U.S. didn’t get a license to produce these en mass, and use them instead of the B-17’s. The Mosquito had all the requirements needed; speed, maneuverability, bomb capacity (4,000 lbs) and range. Only on short missions could the B-17 carry more bombs, a typical mission against targets in Germany was 4,000 lbs.
We follow 94 year old 82nd Airborne veteran James “Maggie” Megellas from Wisconsin to Europe where he fought in some of the most savage battles of World War II. “Maggie” is the most decorated officer in the history of the famed 82nd Airborne Division.
Maggie being interviewed for this documentary:
This provides a perspective which can’t be adequately described by Hollywood movies such as “A Bridge Too Far” about operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge. If Maggie were alive today, he’d be 101.
Above photo is live link to the documentary.
Image is of him and Roy Hanna at the grave of Lt. Harold Busby; one of his men, who told Maggie “I don’t think I’m going to make it today”.
So well stated; I was compelled to post this in recognition of a church member, a veteran who was at Iwo Jima.
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 […]
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.
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, 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).:201 Twenty-one of its members were awarded Medals of Honor. 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