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,

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

"The Heavy Water War"

The Nazi's atomic program is in full swing and it needs the rare heavy water from a plant in Telemark, Norway.  Can the allies stop it or will the Nazis get all they need to make the first atomic bomb?  This was a fantastic TV flick of this daring and controversial campaign.  Check out the trailer below and see what you think.

A must for any WWII eficinado,

Monday, April 18, 2016

Medal of Honor Monday: Raymond H. Cooley

"He was a platoon guide in an assault on a camouflaged entrenchment defended by machine guns, rifles, and mortars.  When his men were pinned down by 2 enemy machine guns, he voluntarily advanced under heavy fire to within 20 yards of 1 of the guns and attacked it with a hand grenade.  The enemy, however, threw the grenade back at him before it could explode.  Arming a second grenade, he held it for several seconds of the safe period and then hurled it into the enemy position, where it exploded instantaneously, destroying the gun and crew.  He then moved toward the remaining gun, throwing grenades into enemy foxholes as he advanced.  Inspired by his actions, 1 squad of his platoon joined him.  After he had armed another grenade and was preparing to throw it into the second machine gun position, 6 enemy soldiers rushed at him.  Knowing he could not dispose of the armed grenade without injuring his comrades, because of the intermingling in close combat of the men of his platoon and the enemy in the melee which ensued, he deliberately covered the grenade with his body and was severely wounded as it exploded.  By his heroic actions, S/Sgt. Cooley not only silenced a machine gun and so inspired his fellow soldiers that they pressed the attack and destroyed the remaining enemy emplacements, but also, in complete disregard of his own safety, accepted certain injury and possible loss of life to avoid wounding his comrades." 

From S/Sgt. Cooley's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on September 10, 1945.

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

Monday, April 11, 2016

Medal of Honor Monday: James P. Connor

"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty.  On 15 August 1944, Sgt. Connor, through sheer grit and determination, led his platoon in clearing an enemy vastly superior in numbers and firepower from strongly entrenched positions on Cape Cavalaire, removing a grave enemy threat to his division during the amphibious landing in southern France, and thereby insured safe and uninterrupted landings for the huge volume of men and materiel which followed.  His battle patrol landed on "Red Beach" with the mission of destroying the strongly fortified enemy positions on Cape Cavalaire with utmost speed.  From the peninsula the enemy had commanding observation and seriously menaced the vast landing operations taking place.  Though knocked down and seriously wounded in the neck by a hanging mine which killed his platoon lieutenant, Sgt. Connor refused medical aid and with his driving spirit practically carried the platoon across several thousand yards of mine-saturated beach through intense fire from mortars, 20-mm flak guns, machine guns and snipers.  En route to the Cape he personally shot and killed 2 snipers.  The platoon sergeant was killed and Sgt. Connor became platoon leader.  Receiving a second wound, which lacerated his shoulder and back, he again refused evacuation, expressing determination to carry on until physically unable to continue.  He reassured and prodded the hesitating men of his decimated platoon forward through almost impregnable mortar concentrations.  Again emphasizing the prevalent urgency of their mission, he impelled his men toward a group of buildings honeycombed with enemy snipers and machine guns.  Here he received his third grave wound, this time in the leg, felling him in his tracks.  Still resolved to carry on, he relinquished command only after his attempts proved that it was physically impossible to stand.  Nevertheless, from his prone position, he gave the orders and directed his men in assaulting the enemy.  Infused with Sgt. Connor's dogged determination, the platoon, though reduced to less than one-third of its original 36 men, outflanked and rushed the enemy with such furiousness that they killed 7, captured 40, seized 3 machine guns and considerable other materiel, and took all their assigned objectives, successfully completing their mission.  By his repeated examples of tenaciousness and indomitable spirit Sgt Connor transmitted his heroism to his men until they became a fighting team which could not be stopped."

From Sgt. Connor's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on March 15, 1945.

Connor's memorial in New Castle County, Delaware.

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

Monday, April 4, 2016

Medal of Honor Monday: Robert G. Cole

"For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty on 11 June 1944, in France.  Lt. Col. Cole was personally leading his battalion in forcing the last 4 bridges on the road to Carentan when his entire unit was suddenly pinned to the ground by intense and withering enemy rifle, machine gun, mortar and artillery fire placed upon them from well-prepared and heavily fortified positions within 150 yards of the foremost elements.  After the devastating and unceasing enemy fire had for over 1 hour prevented any move and inflicted numerous casualties, Lt. Col. Cole, observing this almost hopeless situation, courageously issued orders to assault the enemy positions with fixed bayonets.  With utter disregard for his own safety and completely ignoring the enemy fire, he rose to his feet in front of his battalion and with drawn pistol shouted to his men to follow him in the assault.  Catching up a fallen man's rifle and bayonet, he charged on and led the remnants of his battalion across the bullet-swept open ground and into the enemy position.  His heroic and valiant action in so inspiring his men resulted in the complete establishment of our bridgehead across the Douve River.  The cool fearlessness, personal bravery, and outstanding leadership displayed by Lieutenant Colonel Cole reflect great credit upon himself and are worthy of the highest praise in the military service."

From Lt. Col. Cole's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on October 2, 1944.

Cole's Memorial in Best, Netherlands.

"Strike Attack" by Dietz immortalizing Cole's bayonet charge.

Cole's character in the Brother of Arms game series.

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

Monday, March 28, 2016

Medal of Honor Monday: Joseph J. Cicchetti

"He was with troops assaulting the first important line of enemy defenses.  The Japanese had converted the partially destroyed Manila Gas Works and adjacent buildings into a formidable system of mutually supporting strong points from which they were concentrating machine gun, mortar, and heavy artillery fire on the American forces.  Casualties rapidly mounted, and the medical aid men, finding it increasingly difficult to evacuate the wounded, called for volunteer litter bearers.  Pfc. Cicchetti immediately responded, organized a litter team and skillfully led it for more than 4 hours in rescuing 14 wounded men, constantly passing back and forth over a 400-yard route which was the impact area for a tremendous volume of the most intense enemy fire.  On one return trip the path was blocked by machine gun fire, but Pfc. Cicchetti deliberately exposed himself to draw the automatic fire which he neutralized with his own rifle while ordering the rest of the team to rush past to safety with the wounded.  While gallantly continuing his work, he noticed a group of wounded and helpless soldiers some distance away and ran to their rescue although the enemy fire had increased to new fury.  As he approached the casualties, he was struck in the head by a shell fragment, but with complete disregard for his gaping wound he continued to his comrades, lifted one and carried him on his shoulders 50 yards to safety.  He then collapsed and died.  By his skilled leadership, indomitable will, and dauntless courage, Pfc. Cicchetti saved the lives of many of his fellow soldiers at the cost of his own."

From PFC Cicchetti's Medal of Honor citation, awarded in 1946

A man who held his comrades above no other,

Sunday, March 27, 2016

"Happy Easter"

To all you who celebrate it, happy Easter. Time to eat me some chocolate bunnies and hopefully find all those eggs I hid from the kids so they don't stink up the house in  few weeks.

the Cottrells