Friday, May 27, 2016

The Finding of "HMS P311/HMS Tutankhamun"

An Italian diver has discovered the wreck of the HMS P311 which was a T-Class sub of the RN lost during WWII.  Check out the article and discover the fate of the intended HMS Tutankhamun.

Another mystery of the war put to rest,

Monday, May 23, 2016

Medal of Honor Monday: Robert Craig

"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of duty, on 11 July 1943 at Favoratta, Sicily.  2d Lt. Craig voluntarily undertook the perilous task of locating and destroying a hidden enemy machine gun which had halted the advance of his company.  Attempts by 3 other officers to locate the weapon had resulted in failure, with each officer receiving wounds.  2d Lt. Craig located the gun and snaked his way to a point within 35 yards of the hostile position before being discovered.  Charging headlong into the furious automatic fire, he reached the gun, stood over it, and killed the 3 crew members with his carbine.  With this obstacle removed, his company continued its advance.  Shortly thereafter while advancing down the forward slope of a ridge, 2d Lt. Craig and his platoon, in a position devoid of cover and concealment, encountered the fire of approximately 100 enemy soldiers.  Electing to sacrifice himself so that his platoon might carry on the battle, he ordered his men to withdraw to the cover of the crest while he drew the enemy fire to himself.  With no hope of survival, he charged toward the enemy until he was within 25 yards of them.  Assuming a kneeling position, he killed 5 and wounded 3 enemy soldiers.  While the hostile force concentrated fire on him, his platoon reached the cover of the crest.  2d Lt. Craig was killed by enemy fire, but his intrepid action so inspired his men that they drove the enemy from the area, inflicting heavy casualties on the hostile force."

From 2d Lt. Craig's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on May 26, 1944.

Thank you for your service and may you be at peace,

Monday, May 16, 2016

Medal of Honor Monday: Clarence B. Craft

"He was a rifleman when his platoon spearheaded an attack on Hen Hill, the tactical position on which the entire Naha-Shuri-Yonaburu line of Japanese defense on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, was hinged.  For 12 days our forces had been stalled, and repeated, heavy assaults by 1 battalion and then another had been thrown back by the enemy with serious casualties.  With 5 comrades, Pfc. Craft was dispatched in advance of Company G to feel out the enemy resistance.  The group had proceeded only a short distance up the slope when rifle and machine gun fire, coupled with a terrific barrage of grenades, wounded 3 and pinned down the others.  Against odds that appeared suicidal, Pfc. Craft launched a remarkable 1-man attack.  He stood up in full view of the enemy and began shooting with deadly marksmanship wherever he saw a hostile movement.   He steadily advanced up the hill, killing Japanese soldiers with rapid fire, driving others to cover in their strongly disposed trenches, unhesitatingly facing alone the strength that had previously beaten back attacks in battalion strength.  He reached the crest of the hill, where he stood silhouetted against the sky while quickly throwing grenades at extremely short range into the enemy positions.  His extraordinary assault lifted the pressure from his company for the moment, allowing members of his platoon to comply with his motions to advance and pass him more grenades.  With a chain of his comrades supplying him while he stood atop the hill, he furiously hurled a total of 2 cases of grenades into a main trench and other positions on the reverse slope of Hen Hill, meanwhile directing the aim of his fellow soldiers who threw grenades from the slope below him.  He left his position, where grenades from both sides were passing over his head and bursting on either slope, to attack the main enemy trench as confusion and panic seized the defenders.  Straddling the excavation, he pumped rifle fire into the Japanese at pointblank range, killing many and causing the others to flee down the trench.  Pursuing them, he came upon a heavy machine gun which was still creating havoc in the American ranks.  With rifle fire and a grenade he wiped out this position.  By this time the Japanese were in complete rout and American forces were swarming over the hill.  Pfc. Craft continued down the central trench to the mouth of a cave where many of the enemy had taken cover.  A satchel charge was brought to him, and he tossed it into the cave.  It failed to explode.  With great daring, the intrepid fighter retrieved the charge from the cave, relighted the fuse and threw it back, sealing up the Japs in a tomb.  In the local action, against tremendously superior forces heavily armed with rifles, machine guns, mortars, and grenades, Pfc. Craft killed at least 25 of the enemy; but his contribution to the campaign on Okinawa was of much more far-reaching consequence for Hen Hill was the key to the entire defense line, which rapidly crumbled after his utterly fearless and heroic attack." 

From Pfc. Craft's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on November 1, 1945.
A true ass-kicker in ever way!  May you be at peace,

Monday, May 9, 2016

Medal of Honor Monday: Richard E. Cowan

"He was a heavy machine gunner in a section attached to Company I in the vicinity of Krinkelter Wald, Belgium, 17 December 1944, when that company was attacked by a numerically superior force of German infantry and tanks.  The first 6 waves of hostile infantrymen were repulsed with heavy casualties, but a seventh drive with tanks killed or wounded all but 3 of his section, leaving Pvt. Cowan to man his gun, supported by only 15 to 20 riflemen of Company I.  He maintained his position, holding off the Germans until the rest of the shattered force had set up a new line along a firebreak.  Then, unaided, he moved his machine gun and ammunition to the second position.  At the approach of a Royal Tiger tank, he held his fire until about 80 enemy infantrymen supporting the tank appeared at a distance of about 150 yards.  His first burst killed or wounded about half of these infantrymen.  His position was rocked by an 88mm shell when the tank opened fire, but he continued to man his gun, pouring deadly fire into the Germans when they again advanced.  He was barely missed by another shell.  Fire from three machine guns and innumerable small arms struck all about him; an enemy rocket shook him badly, but did not drive him from his gun.  Infiltration by the enemy had by this time made the position untenable, and the order was given to withdraw. Pvt. Cowan was the last man to leave, voluntarily covering the withdrawal of his remaining comrades.  His heroic actions were entirely responsible for allowing the remaining men to retire successfully from the scene of their last-ditch stand." 

From Pfc. Cowan's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on June 23, 1945.

Thank you for your service and may you be at peace,

Thursday, May 5, 2016

"Prisoner of Paradise"

An American sailor washes up on an Axis occupied island in the Pacific.  The joint Nazi/Jap controlled outpost has also captured a couple American nurses and are milking them for info!  Can he save them all or will they all become play things for their Axis captors?!  This is a pretty good porn for the day being a notch above most naziexplotaion of the same era and with Seka as a she wolf and Holmes' meat, I was sold!!  Check it out in its entirety and see what ya think.

Any porno with pyrotehnics is alright by me!!

 Captives of the she wolves!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Honored Allies Wednesday: George A. Cairns (United Kingdom)

            George Albert Cairns

"On 5 March 1944, 77 Independent Infantry Brigade, of which the 1st South Staffordshire Regiment formed a part, landed by glider at Broadway (Burma).  On 12 March 1944, columns from the South Staffordshire Regiment and 3/6 Gurkha Rifles established a road and rail block across the Japanese lines of communication at Henu Block.  The Japanese counter-attacked this position heavily in the early morning of 13 March 1944 and the South Staffordshire Regiment was ordered to attack a hill-top which formed the basis of the Japanese attack.  During this action, in which Lieutenant Cairns took a foremost part, he was attacked by a Japanese officer, who, with his sword, hacked off Lieutenant Cairns left arm.  Lieutenant Cairns killed this Officer; picked up the sword and continued to lead his men in the attack and slashing left and right with the captured sword killed and wounded several Japanese before he himself fell to the ground.  Lieutenant Cairns subsequently died from his wounds.  His action so inspired all his comrades that, later the Japanese were completely routed, a very rare occurrence at that time."

From Lt. Cairns' Victoria Cross citation, awarded on May 21, 1950.

Thank you for your sacrifice to keep the hordes of the Rising Sun at bay,

Monday, May 2, 2016

Medal of Honor Monday: Henry A. Courtney Jr.

"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Executive Officer of the Second Battalion, Twenty-Second Marines, Sixth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa Shima in the Ryukyu Islands, 14 and 15 May 1945.  Ordered to hold for the night in static defense behind Sugar Loaf Hill after leading the forward elements of his command in a prolonged fire fight, Major Courtney weighed the effect of a hostile night counterattack against the tactical value of an immediate Marine assault, resolved to initiate the assault, and promptly obtained permission to advance and seize the forward slope of the hill.  Quickly explaining the situation to his small remaining force, he declared his personal intention of moving forward and then proceeded on his way, boldly blasting near-by cave positions and neutralizing enemy guns as he went.  Inspired by his courage, every man followed without hesitation, and together the intrepid Marines braved a terrific concentration of Japanese gunfire to skirt the hill on the right and reach the reverse slope.  Temporarily halting, Major Courtney sent guides to the rear for more ammunition and possible replacements. subsequently reinforced by twenty-six men and a LVT load of grenades, he determined to storm the crest of the hill and crush any planned counterattack before it could gain sufficient momentum to effect a break-through.  Leading his men by example rather than by command, he pushed ahead with unrelenting aggressiveness, hurling grenades into cave openings on the slope with devastating effect.  Upon reaching the crest and observing large numbers of Japanese forming for action less than one hundred yards away, he instantly attacked, waged a furious battle and succeeded in killing many of the enemy and in forcing the remainder to cover in the caves.  Determined to hold, he ordered his men to dig in and coolly disregarding the continuous hail of flying enemy shrapnel to rally his weary troops, tirelessly aided casualties and assigned his men to more advantageous positions.  Although instantly killed by mortar burst while moving among his men, Major Courtney, by his astute military acumen, indomitable leadership and decisive action in the face of overwhelming odds, had contributed essentially to the success of the Okinawa Campaign and his great personal valor throughout sustained and enhanced the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.  He gallantly gave his life for his country."

From Maj. Courtney's Medal of Honor citation , awarded on December 30, 1947

Thank you for your service and may you be at peace,

Saturday, April 30, 2016

"When Trumpets Fade"

A self-serving GI obtains a position of leadership after he is found to be the only survivor of his company while fighting in the blood-soaked soil of the Hürtgen Forest.  Can he keep his new squad alive or will they just become more fodder for the meat grinder?  This is a great flick that tells of the horror and futility of war from those who suffer from it the most.  Check out the trailer below and see what you think.

A must for any WWII aficionado,

Friday, April 29, 2016

"Iron Sky 2: The Coming Race"

Another let down in the making but check out the trailers below to see what ya think.

Who knows I could be wrong but I doubt it,

"Blue Tracer and the Nazi Rocket Tank"

Here we have a classic Golden Age tale of the Blue Tracer against the Nazis' newest wonder weapon, the Rocket Tank.  Give it a read over and see if the forces of freedom can defeat this new threat!

Great wartime funnies,

"Saloon Kiss" aka "Operation Sex" & "Le troie del 3rd Reich"

The Nazis are experimenting on prisoners in ways to make the perfect lover.  Can these test subjects withstand the 3rd Reich's experiments or will they succumb to their captor's sexual desires?  Well this is par for course for good ol' Italian naziexploitation porn.  Not much substance here but I'm sure that wasn't what they were going for so take a gander and see if its your kinda blue cinema.

More sleeze from the Italian boot,

Monday, April 25, 2016

Medal of Honor Monday: Charles H. Coolidge

"Leading a section of heavy machine guns supported by 1 platoon of Company K, he took a position near Hill 623, east of Belmont-sur-Buttant, France, on October 24, 1944, with the mission of covering the right flank of the 3d Battalion and supporting its action.  T/Sgt. Coolidge went forward with a Sergeant of Company K to reconnoiter positions for coordinating the fires of the light and heavy machine guns.  They ran into an enemy force in the woods estimated to be an infantry company.  T/Sgt. Coolidge, attempting to bluff the Germans by a show of assurance and boldness called upon them to surrender, whereupon the enemy opened fire.  With his carbine, T/Sgt. Coolidge wounded 2 of them.  There being no officer present with the force, T/Sgt. Coolidge at once assumed command.  Many of the men were replacements recently arrived; this was their first experience under fire.  T/Sgt. Coolidge, unmindful of the enemy fire delivered at close range, walked along the position, calming and encouraging his men and directing their fire.  The attack was thrown back.  Through 25 and October 26, the enemy launched repeated attacks against the position of this combat group but each was repulsed due to T/Sgt. Coolidge's able leadership.  On October 27, German infantry, supported by 2 tanks, made a determined attack on the position.  The area was swept by enemy small arms, machine gun, and tank fire. T/Sgt. Coolidge armed himself with a bazooka and advanced to within 25 yards of the tanks.  His bazooka failed to function and he threw it aside.  Securing all the hand grenades he could carry, he crawled forward and inflicted heavy casualties on the advancing enemy.  Finally it became apparent that the enemy, in greatly superior force, supported by tanks, would overrun the position.  T/Sgt. Coolidge, displaying great coolness and courage, directed and conducted an orderly withdrawal, being himself the last to leave the position.  As a result of T/Sgt. Coolidge's heroic and superior leadership, the mission of this combat group was accomplished throughout 4 days of continuous fighting against numerically superior enemy troops in rain and cold and amid dense woods."

From T/Sgt. Coolidge's Medal of Honor citation, awarded in July, 1945.

On Sept. 15, 2006, Coolidge received the Legion of Honor medal for his actions in France in WWII.

Thank you for your service and may you be at peace,