Tag Archive: WW II


Auschwitz: Drone Video Of Nazi Concentration Camp

 

 

 

Published on Jan 27, 2015

” Drone video shows the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp as it is today – 70 years after it was liberated by Soviet troops. The camp in Poland is now maintained as a World Heritage Site and is visited by thousands of tourists and survivors every year. Auschwitz was the largest camp established by the Germans during World War II. More than a million people – the vast majority of them Jews – died there between 1940, when it was built, and 1945, when it was liberated by the Soviet army.

  Railway tracks into Auschwitz-Birkenau – Trains filled with victims from throughout occupied Europe arrived at the camp almost every day between 1942 and the summer of 1944.

  Ruins of wooden huts at Birkenau – Birkenau (or Auschwitz II) was erected in 1941 solely as a death camp, the wooden huts are now in ruins with only brick fireplaces and chimneys remaining.

  Entrance to Auschwitz I -The wrought-iron sign over the entrance bears the words Arbeit Macht Frei – “Work sets you free”.

  Auschwitz I – The brick-built buildings were the former cavalry barracks of the Polish Army.

  Courtyard between blocks 10 and 11 at Auschwitz I – Block 11 was called “the Block of Death” by prisoners. Executions took place between Block 10 and Block 11 and posts in the yard were used to string up prisoners by their wrists.

Auschwitz Birkenau is now a museum run by the Polish Culture Ministry, and a Unesco world heritage site.
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WWII Footage

 

 

 

” Rare Pacific war combat clips. Took quite a few days to gather and compile. Done my best to order it in a rough chronological order. 

interesting clips … 

1.25 – Direct mortar strike or landmine detonation on foot patrol.
2.36 – Dead soldier with massive forehead wound.
2.46 – Distraught Marine.
4.36 – Caught in barbed wire and machine gunned.
7.06 – Intense tracer action during a beach landing.
7.17 – Direct hit on landing craft.
8.04 – Flame thrower with what appears to be legs kicking up in the air?
8.15 – Bombing Peleliu’s infamous volcanic hills.
8.37 – Two Japanese soldiers narrowly escape strafing run.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Browning M1917 Machine Gun: Browning’s Water-Cooled Heavy (VIDEO)

 

 

 

 

 

” When it comes to defending a fixed position, such as a trench or pillbox, from an advancing horde of enemy foot soldiers, the best solution for the individual soldier is a machine gun. This we’ve known for some time.  The problem with machine guns though, is that they overheat after the first thousand rounds and aren’t much good without a replacement barrel after that. Well, if you’re a Guns.com reader it should come as no surprise that John Moses Browning came up with the ultimate answer to this problem a long time ago, even before his legendary M2 won the hearts and minds of the American people, and it was called the M1917 machine gun.

 

Design of the Browning M1917

Labelled Browning M1917

” The first heavy machine guns of the early 1900s, the Maxim gun and its British Vickers, German Spandau and Russian Sokolov variants, were great big heavy beasts that could spit fire for days. Requiring the services of a six to eight man team to operate these monsters, the guns were capable of firing for hours on end. The bad thing was they weighed often in excess of 140-pounds with their mount and water-filled barrel shroud. Browninghad designed a water-cooled sustained fire machine gun as early as 1900, but at the time, Hiram Maxim had almost cornered the market so the inventor/entrepreneur shelved his plans.

When Browning finally got around to building a prototype in 1910, it was radically different from Maxim’s design. Browning used a recoil sliding-block locking mechanism instead of the complicated toggle-lock that the competition used…. ”

 

 

 

 

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Daily Quote 12/07

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

 

 

 ” … December 7, 1941 a date which will live in infamy the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. “

” ( Yesterday ) December 7 , 1941 , A Date Which Will

Live In Infamy “

A Partial Video Of FDR’s Declaration Of War 

The Entire Address In Printed Format 

 ” Yesterday, December 7, 1941 a date which will live in infamy the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, 1 hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to tie United States and his colleague delivered to the Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. Very many American lives have been lost. In addition American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night the Japanese attacked Wake Island.

This morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our Nation.

As Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.

Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people, in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory.

I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces with the unbounded determination of our people we will gain the inevitable triumph so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.”

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT.

The Original Draft :

Entire Address In Audio Format

1941 – Japanese attack Pearl Harbor (a date that will live in infamy)


Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941

“A Date That Will Live In Infamy”

1941 – Mervyn S. BennionUnited States Navy CaptainMedal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

(b.1887)

Army Medal of Honor

1941 – Herbert C. JonesUnited States NavyMedal of Honor recipientkilled in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1918)

Army Medal of Honor

1941 – Thomas J. ReevesUnited States NavyMedal of Honor recipientkilled in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1895)

Army Medal of Honor

1941 – Franklin Van ValkenburghUnited States NavyMedal of Honor recipientkilled in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1888)


Army Medal of Honor

USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor – Official Site

… Derringer Meets Shotgun

 ” Most people know what a shotgun is. Most people know what a derringer is. Few people know there was ever a shotgun derringer. Robert Hillberg for Winchester designed it and, in the spirit of its guns ultimate purpose, it was dubbed “The Liberator“.

What is an insurgency weapon?

The concept of an “insurgency weapon” first came about debatably in the Second World War. Freedom loving resistance fighters behind the Nazi lines in occupied Europe had lots of heart but few weapons and to solve this problem the FP-45 .45 ACP single shot pistol was invented. The concept was that thousands of inexpensive and extremely simple to use (just point and shoot) close range weapons could set the German rear on fire by disseminating them throughout the civilian populations via airdrops and other more covert methods, diverting enemy combat troops from the front line for a minimal investment.”