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My Mom was an American Indian, not.

As a child in the sixties I used to ask my pretty mom how old she was. I don’t know why an six-year-old would need to know that but for some reason I wanted to know. Mom would always reply with a smile on her face that she was twenty-six. By the time I was […]

Rare Picture P-47 firing rockets, WW2

A friend sent me a group of pictures from WW2 that included many I have not seen, or if I did, forgot I saw them. Whatever the case, many are interesting like this one. It captures the moment a P-47 Thunderbolt has fired its rockets. By 1944 and the Normandy Invasion the P-47 Thunderbolt (the […]

Remembering Our Bloodiest Day

The bloodiest day in American History was September 17th, 1862. On that day 23,000 Americans became casualties in the Battle of Antietam (near Sharpsburg, Maryland). Ironically, the battle was fought on land that was farmed by German Baptist pacifists. Some of the worst fighting took place near their Dunker Church and near by cornfield. One of […]

Broadside, 1812

As a kid I had a board game called Broadside. Broadside was a naval game based on the War of 1812. It was published in 1962 by Milton Bradley. It was part of a series that included a game on the American Civil War called Battle Cry and a WW1 flying game called Dogfight. Each […]

Two Famous Warbirds of WW2

Interesting story here from an 89-year-old pilot who flew the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk of Flying Tiger fame. Here’s the first few paragraphs: World War II veteran Kirk Kirkpatrick enthralled dozens of guests at the Touchmark retirement community’s Men’s Club meeting on May 1. The 89-year-old Flying Tiger presented an oral history of the famed fighting […]


I am not certain of the producer’s intent with this video about empires but one thing it does do, is give one a sense of proportion when it comes to the current nation-state of Israel. Note the relative size of the empires labeled Caliphate, Ottoman and Seljuk, all Moslem empires. Today Israel is surrounded by […]

The Wilhelm Scream

Have you ever heard of the Wilhelm Scream? If not, you will after viewing this compilation. As a side note, look for the scenes from the 1954 movie “Them.” Back in the day, as a boy the big treat was to stay up late on Friday night and watch the Late Show with my dad […]

Battle Field Archaeology_Stalingrad

Interesting article from The Voice of Russia. I have a few comments below the article. Secrets of the Stalingrad Conveys. A unique underwater search expedition, “The Secrets of the Stalingrad Convoys”, has been completed on the Volga River. It was dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of Stalingrad.  A team […]

Snap Shot in Time Milwaukee Journal, April, 1943 part 2

News from 1943 Headlines Milwaukee Journal In this installment I’ll cover… Warbonds Ration Guide In looking at these two subjects I am very much aware of looking at a time that my generation has no clue of. I was born in 1953 and the only thing I remember my parents ever mentioning was the rationing-something […]

Snap Shot in Time, Milwaukee Journal April, 1943 part 1

News from 1943 Headlines Milwaukee Journal in part one…. 1. The Lord’s Supper 2. Easter Candy and Flowers 3. Doolittle Raid My son’s father-in-law and my friend lent me a newspaper dated April 22nd 1943. He knew of my interest in history and thought I’d like to see it. What is more, it’s a newspaper […]