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Found: 12 Copies of Yank Magazine

Recently I found 12 Yank Magazines (The Army Weekly) in an antique mall. The price was reasonable and I purchased all twelve having not seen a single issue in any antique mall in all of our stops over the years. (Most antique malls seem to cater to girlie stuff which says something about who spends […]

Feldpost – A letter from the Eastern Front, June 1942

I’ve found that soldiers from every country tend to share the same concerns, same misconceptions and same disillusionment from combat. In other words, very human whatever the nationality. These letters have been translated by my friend Rob. Thanks Rob for your hard work in preserving the letters and preserving,

World War One Postcards

I picked up a couple of postcards at an antique shop. Both have WW1 themes and I found that rare in my limited experience. Both have obvious mistakes. Here they are: The first postcard features American soldiers with their distinctive campaign hats practicing with a “Maxium Machine Gun.” The Small Arms Defense Journal indicates that […]

Caricature and Politcal Correctness

Originally posted on My Take:
The free dictionary defines caricature as: A representation, especially pictorial or literary, in which the subject’s distinctive features or peculiarities are deliberately exaggerated to produce a comic or grotesque effect. The use of caricature to mock political leaders enjoys a time-honored tradition especially in the English-speaking world. Below is a…


If you think the tumultuous history between the west and militant Islam is something new guess again.

The Most Powerful Warships of Today

The UK’s Telegraph ran the following picture story: The World’s Largest and Most Powerful Destroyers and Aircraft Carriers. The impetus for the article appears to be the recent news that Japan recently launched its first aircraft carrier since the end of World War 2. The ship is marketed as a “destroyer” to fit into Japan’s […]

The Matchstick Fleet_ Amazing!

A friend sent me a link to a website I was unfamiliar with. It’s the Internet Craftsmanship Museum page on a fellow by the name of Philip Warren. The title of Mr. Warren’s page is The Matchstick Fleet. Mr. Warren has constructed over 450 ships using only matchsticks and matchboxes for his models. He started […]

Caesar, Czars and Presidents

Originally posted on My Take:
John Stossel, libertarian writer and TV guy on Fox wrote a column the other day asking if we (The US) is Rome yet. After reading the column I thought of this quote from John Adams, one of our Founding Fathers: “The jaws of power are always open to devour, and…

The First Warplanes by William E. Barrett

Frank Luke of Arizona was the most spectacular and controversial figure in the U.S.A.S. He was assigned to the 27th Aero Squadron on July 26, 1918. He had the reputation as a superb pilot in the schools and in the ferrying service to which he was first assigned, but he had a long A.W.O.L. record. […]