A quote that my pop wrote in his journal as he helped liberate Holland, along with a flower that my nan drew, to represent the tulips that he sent to her while he was off to war. Proud of my history to say the least ❤️☺️ #tattoo#frontiertattoo#worldwar2#history
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- The Longest Day -
The painting above depicts a young and dazed soldier of the 29th Infantry Division pulling a wounded comrade through the tail of bullets on Omaha Beach, June 6th, 1944. The 29th Infantry Division was primarily composed of young American boys who had not experinaced combat before. These inexperinaced and naive soldiers were selected as the spearhead of the taking of Omaha Beach, they were seen as expandable. The 29th Division however became one of the most respected and famous American divisions of the war, earning that right during the Battle of Normandy and subsequent campaigns. As the sun rose on June 6th, German troops felt a battleship bombardment and saw a swarm of transport vessels heading towards them. Five beaches covering 60 miles if the Normandy coast had been targeted for the landing, and fighting was fierce along the stretch all day long. By nightfall, all beaches had been taken and thousands of paratroopers had been landed behind enemy lines. However, it came at a cost, thousands died that day and the English Channel gave up its dead from the invasion for weeks after June 6th.
M18 Hellcat: The Ideal American Tank Destroyer
Having witnessed the rapid German armored advances in the early stages of WWII, the Americans developed a doctrine to counter such attacks. This doctrine stated that fast-moving German armored formations would be countered by equally fast-moving tank destroyers with excellent mobility, high speed, and high velocity guns, designed specifically to destroy such formations. As part of this doctrine, the US created the Tank Destroyer Force in 1941 and issued an RFP to develop a vehicle suited to this doctrine. Buick of GM responded with a vehicle powered by a 400 hp radial engine and with a torsion bar suspension. These two features remained standard throughout the M18’s development, but the armament changed from a 37mm gun to the British 6-pounder, then to the Sherman’s 75mm gun, and finally the M1 76mm gun. When firing the common M62 round, the M18 could penetrate 109mm of vertical armor at 1,100 yards and 178mm of armor using the HVAP round, but the latter was far less common due to a limited supply of tungsten. This gun was effective against most German tanks at standard combat ranges, and could (using the standard M62) frontally defeat a Panther or Tiger, provided the gunner hit either tank in the right place. Secondary armament was an M2 Browning mounted on the turret with 800 rounds of ammunition. Protection ranged from .2in to 1in, just adequate against shrapnel and small arms but vulnerable to everything else. This light armor, combined with the powerful engine, made the Hellcat one of the fast armored vehicles of the war at 60 mph on road, very fast even by today’s standards. With the 76mm gun, the Hellcat was approved for production in July 1943, and 2,500 were built during the war. Continued below!👇
In honor of #WomensHistoryMonth , @gpcabaret created a photo series that pays homage to a handful of iconic women in history. The project kicked off today, so check out the GPC social media outlets to take a peak! #BeIconic 💋
Dug in Soldiers of the IJA Nanto Detachment under General Minoru Sasaki waiting for the Allied Invasion of New Georgia in The Solomon Islands, May 1943.
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I first found out about Anne Frank through the film version "Anne Frank: The Whole Story" when I was only 10 years old. Although the diary ended due to her capture then death, the film continued to portray what would have been her unimaginable experience inside the concentration camp. When my mother told me this was based on a true story, I couldn't believe it! I read the diary and had to keep reminding myself that this was a real person, a girl just like me. For a long time I fantasized for a world where Anne Frank survived.
🇬🇧French General Henri Gouraud’s farewell to his officers on his retirement. He lost his right arm and broke both legs during Gallipoli Campaign, 1915. At 1930, during his visit to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk at Ankara/Turkey, he says: “I lost my right arm while I fought against Turks at Gallipoli and now I stretching my left arm out to you for the friendship.”
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🇹🇷Fransız General Henri Gouraud’un emekliliğe ayrılırken subaylarına vedası. Çanakkale Savaşı sırasında sağ kolunu kaybeden ve iki bacağını kıran Gouraud, 1930 yılında Ankara’da Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’ü ziyareti sırasında şöyle demiştir: “Sağ kolumu Gelibolu’da Türklere karşı savaşırken kaybettim, şimdi sol kolumu size dostluk için uzatıyorum.”
In honor of #WomensHistoryMonth we created a photo series that pays homage to just a few of our favorite iconic women in history. To kick it off, today we have Rosie the Riveter - a classical symbol of American feminism and women's economic power. Stay tuned for more photos throughout March! #BeIconic 💋Swipe left to see the original photo!
~ First In Bastogne ~
The Battle of Bastogne was a battle between American and German forces at the town of Bastogne in Belgium from 20th to the 27th December 1944, it was part of a bigger operation, the Battle of the Bulge. The battle is also known as the Siege of Bastogne. The German forces tried to reach Antwerp harbor, their plan was to reach it before the Allies and bring in more forces to hold it and to defeat the nearing Allied forces. All of the roads in the Ardennes mountains met at the town of Bastogne, that was one of the main reasons why it was so appealing and important for the Germans. The siege ended on 27 December 1944 when the American forces holding the town were relived George Patton's 3rd Army ... #ww2#america#germany#allies#nazis#worldwar2#bastogne#battleofthebulge#ardennes#shermantank#sherman#history#war#warfare#siegeofbastogne
March 19th, 1945 - On this day in World War Two history, off Honshu, Japan, kamikazes damage the carrier USS Franklin, killing about 800 US crewman.
At this point in time, the Japanese were still attempting to push back the US. Iwo Jima has officially been declared as “secured” but US troops would continue to perform large-scale mop-up operations until March 26th. While this is the official date, the US had to continue mopping up Japanese hideouts until the end of the war.
The kamikaze was created out of desperation for Japan. They would never have used this tactic if they were winning the war, and while some people have even claimed the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor (my Highschool geography teacher) this is extremely false. Why would the Japanese destroy all their warplanes of their powerful combined fleet in the first attack against the US? That would be one of the worst decisions in the history of warfare. My teacher claimed that they didn’t have fuel because they flew from Japan to Hawaii, and even when I insisted that they used carriers as transport, and that much of these planes and their site pilots were destroyed/killed at the Battle of Midway in June, she ignored me and insisted she knew what was right because she was a teacher and I a student.
So, kamikaze attacks. These were introduced in October of 1944 as Japan had lost any hope of regaining aerial supremacy and found it hard to retrain good pilots after losing so many of its elite veterans. Because they could not content with the allies in the air, namely the US, Japan deployed planes filled with bombs and a pilot that was willing to give up his own life for the emperor. This went along with the Japanese Bushido Code. They valued an honorable death over shameful defeat or surrender, and thus this is why we see not only kamikaze attacks, but also Bonzai charges, land-based suicide bombers, and officers committing Seppuku (ritual suicide) if they lose a battle. This picture shows the damage done to the USS Franklin.