Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Honored Allies Wednesday: Mariya V. Oktyabrskaya


Mariva was born into serfdom in the Crimea and when the October Revolution took hold, she and those like her embraced the Communist ideals with eagerness.  She would then find herself married to an Army officer who would introduce her to the army in which she enjoyed greatly.  Shortly after her marriage, the Great Patriotic War begin and her husband would find himself on the front line defending her along with the rest of the Motherland from the invading Nazis.  She would not learn of her husband's death until two years later after he fell at Kiev.  Beside herself with grief and anger, she sold all of her belongings and wrote to Comrade Stalin himself and said:
"My husband was killed in action defending the motherland.  I want revenge on the fascist dogs for his death and for the death of Soviet people tortured by the fascist barbarians.  For this purpose, I’ve deposited all my personal savings – 50,000 rubles – to the National Bank in order to build a tank.  I kindly ask to name the tank "Fighting Girlfriend" and to send me to the front line as a driver of said tank."
Seeing this for the perfect propaganda subject, it was agreed that her request be granted and she was trained and would later drive non-other then her "Fighting Girlfriend" T-34 tank.  Mariya would soon find herself exacting her revenge against the Nazis around Smolensk where she would be promoted to Sgt. when refusing orders to stand down, she instead headed out into the combat and fixed her damaged tank while under fire.  A couple months later she would do the same thing and be lauded as the "Mother" of the unit.  Then during a night engagement around the city of Vitebsk, Mariya would yet again brave the war zone in repairing her immobilized tank but unfortunately she was riddled with shrapnel by a near by enemy shell and would die several months later from her wounds.  Guards Senior Sergeant Oktyabrskaya would posthumously receive the Hero of the Soviet Union for her bravery in the defense of the Motherland and her fellow comrades.

A true patriotic citizen if I ever did read one, 

 "Fighting Girlfriend" moving toward the front!  

Parody of rejected Disney ideas for upcoming princess movies.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016


Fight Comics 15

With a hostile enemy taking over America, a call is gone out through time itself for help and Super-American responds!  Can this time traveling hero save the past or will fascism take root in the good 'ol US or A?!  Some more wartime, Golden Age fare for your pleasure from Pappy's.  Check out the adventure here!!!

Time traveling stories make my head hurt too.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

"The Devil Is Not Mocked"

A Nazi anti-partisan unit has tracked down the headquarters of the local Transylvanian resistance and has come to destroy it.  What they don't know is that this is not your ordinary band of freedom fighters.  This is cool episode from the old "Night Gallery" series hosted by Rod Serling.  Couldn't find it free but if you got Hulu you can see it here.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Medal of Honor Monday: Desmond T. Doss

"He was a company aid man when the 1st Battalion assaulted a jagged escarpment 400 feet high.  As our troops gained the summit, a heavy concentration of artillery, mortar and machine gun fire crashed into them, inflicting approximately 75 casualties and driving the others back.  Pfc. Doss refused to seek cover and remained in the fire-swept area with the many stricken, carrying all 75 casualties one-by-one to the edge of the escarpment and there lowering them on a rope-supported litter down the face of a cliff to friendly hands.  On May 2, he exposed himself to heavy rifle and mortar fire in rescuing a wounded man 200 yards forward of the lines on the same escarpment; and 2 days later he treated 4 men who had been cut down while assaulting a strongly defended cave, advancing through a shower of grenades to within eight yards of enemy forces in a cave's mouth, where he dressed his comrades' wounds before making 4 separate trips under fire to evacuate them to safety.  On May 5, he unhesitatingly braved enemy shelling and small arms fire to assist an artillery officer.  He applied bandages, moved his patient to a spot that offered protection from small arms fire and, while artillery and mortar shells fell close by, painstakingly administered plasma.  Later that day, when an American was severely wounded by fire from a cave, Pfc. Doss crawled to him where he had fallen 25 feet from the enemy position, rendered aid, and carried him 100 yards to safety while continually exposed to enemy fire.  On May 21, in a night attack on high ground near Shuri, he remained in exposed territory while the rest of his company took cover, fearlessly risking the chance that he would be mistaken for an infiltrating Japanese and giving aid to the injured until he was himself seriously wounded in the legs by the explosion of a grenade.  Rather than call another aid man from cover, he cared for his own injuries and waited 5 hours before litter bearers reached him and started carrying him to cover.  The trio was caught in an enemy tank attack and Pfc. Doss, seeing a more critically wounded man nearby, crawled off the litter; and directed the bearers to give their first attention to the other man.  Awaiting the litter bearers' return, he was again struck, by a sniper bullet while being carried off the field by a comrade, this time suffering a compound fracture of one arm.  With magnificent fortitude he bound a rifle stock to his shattered arm as a splint and then crawled 300 yards over rough terrain to the aid station.  Through his outstanding bravery and unflinching determination in the face of desperately dangerous conditions Pfc. Doss saved the lives of many soldiers.  His name became a symbol throughout the 77th Infantry Division for outstanding gallantry far above and beyond the call of duty."

From PFC Doss' Medal of Honor citation, awarded on November 1, 1945.

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

Told by the man, himself.

"The Conscientious Objector" documentary of Doss.

"This is Your Life" on Doss.

"Hacksaw Ridge" movie trailer.

"The Unlikeliest Hero" by Booton Herndon

"True Comics" 48 featuring Doss.

"Medal of Honor" Special featuring Doss.

"Doss Hall" at the guest house at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Medal of Honor Monday: Robert H. Dietz

"He was a squad leader when the task force to which his unit was attached encountered resistance in its advance on Kirchain, Germany.  Between the town's outlying buildings 300 yards distant and the stalled armored column were a minefield and 2 bridges defended by German rocket-launching teams and riflemen.  From the town itself came heavy small-arms fire.  Moving forward with his men to protect engineers while they removed the minefield and the demolition charges attached to the bridges, S/Sgt. Dietz came under intense fire.  On his own initiative he advanced alone, scorning the bullets which struck all around him, until he was able to kill the bazooka team defending the first bridge.  He continued ahead and had killed another bazooka team, bayoneted an enemy soldier armed with a panzerfaust and shot 2 Germans when he was knocked to the ground by another blast of another panzerfaust.  He quickly recovered, killed the man who had fired at him and then jumped into waist-deep water under the second bridge to disconnect the demolition charges.  His work was completed; but as he stood up to signal that the route was clear, he was killed by another enemy volley from the left flank.  S/Sgt. Dietz by his intrepidity and valiant effort on his self-imposed mission, single-handedly opened the road for the capture of Kirchain and left with his comrades an inspiring example of gallantry in the face of formidable odds." 

From S/Sgt. Dietz's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on December 17, 1945.

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

Friday, September 23, 2016

"Against the Sun"

The crew of a downed USN dive bomber fights to survive as they find themselves in the open ocean with nothing but their wits and will to survive.  This movie tells the real life story of a daring tale of survival during the dark days of WWII.  Check out the trailer below to see what ya think.

A really good flick,

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Battleground Weird WWII: KV-47A "Flaming Turtle"

Here are the rules for one of the the Soviet's most fierce light walkers, the KV-47A.  Swing over here to field these flamethrower armed walkers in your games of BGWWWII.

Feel the burn!!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Medal of Honor Monday: Ernest H. Dervishian

"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty on May 23, 1944, in the vicinity of Cisterna, Italy.  2d Lt. Dervishian (then Tech. Sgt.) and 4 members of his platoon found themselves far ahead of their company after an aggressive advance in the face of enemy artillery and sniper fire.  Approaching a railroad embankment, they observed a force of German soldiers hiding in dugouts.  2d Lt. Dervishian, directing his men to cover him, boldly moved forward and firing his carbine forced 10 Germans to surrender.  His men then advanced and captured 15 more Germans occupying adjacent dugouts.  The prisoners were returned to the rear to be picked up by advancing units.  From the railroad embankment, 2d Lt. Dervishian and his men then observed 9 Germans who were fleeing across a ridge.  He and his men opened fire and 3 of the enemy were wounded.  As his men were firing, 2d Lt. Dervishian, unnoticed, fearlessly dashed forward alone and captured all of the fleeing enemy before his companions joined him on the ridge.  At this point 4 other men joined 2d Lt. Dervishian's group.  An attempt was made to send the 4 newly arrived men along the left flank of a large, dense vineyard that lay ahead, but murderous machine gun fire forced them back.  Deploying his men, 2d Lt. Dervishian moved to the front of his group and led the advance into the vineyard.  He and his men suddenly became pinned down by a machine gun firing at them at a distance of 15 yards.  Feigning death while the hostile weapon blazed away at him, 2d Lt. Dervishian assaulted the position during a halt in the firing, using a hand grenade and carbine fire, and forced the 4 German crew members to surrender.  The 4 men on the left flank were now ordered to enter the vineyard but encountered machine gun fire which killed 1 soldier and wounded another.   At this moment the enemy intensified the fight by throwing potato-masher grenades at the valiant band of American soldiers within the vineyard.  2d Lt. Dervishian ordered his men to withdraw; but instead of following, jumped into the machine gun position he had just captured and opened fire with the enemy weapon in the direction of the second hostile machine gun nest.  Observing movement in a dugout 2 or 3 yards to the rear, 2d Lt. Dervishian seized a machine pistol.  Simultaneously blazing away at the entrance to the dugout to prevent its occupants from firing and firing his machine gun at the other German nest, he forced 5 Germans in each position to surrender.  Determined to rid the area of all Germans, 2d Lt. Dervishian continued his advance alone.  Noticing another machine gun position beside a house, he picked up an abandoned machine pistol and forced 6 more Germans to surrender by spraying their position with fire.  Unable to locate additional targets in the vicinity, 2d Lt. Dervishian conducted these prisoners to the rear.  The prodigious courage and combat skill exhibited by 2d Lt. Dervishian are exemplary of the finest traditions of the U.S. Armed Forces." 

From Tech Sgt. Dervishian's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on January 8, 1945.

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

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

"Desert Commandos" aka "Attentato ai tre grandi", "Les Chiens verts du désert " & "Fünf gegen Casablanca"


A crack German commando team is sent into the harsh North African desert to infiltrate the Allies' lines and assassinate their top leaders meeting at the Casablanca Conference.  Can these skilled assassins pull it off and end the war in Germany's favor or will they die trying?  The film had a great premise and had some decent acting talent but it failed in just about every way possible.  If you want to give it a go, check it down below.

Not a big loss if you miss it,

"A Man Called Sarge"

A small band of Allied commandos are tasked with destroying the fuel depot at Tobruk, can they do it or will they just die from all the shitty one liners and lame jokes instead?  This was Cannon's take on the popular Naked Gun flicks in the early 90s but falls far short from its genius.  It's really pretty shitty but has some great scenes with Jennifer Runyon so it might be bearable.  Maybe.  No, just skip this crap.

If your into stupid ass flicks that are trying so hard to be funny and are not, then this is your flick.

Monday, September 12, 2016

"Dinosaurs of the Eastern Front"

A WWII topic that is often overlooked in the history books is now a riveting new documentary on the Discovery Channel.

Time for the real truth on the dino menace,

Medal of Honor Monday: Emile Deleau Jr.

"He led a squad in the night attack on Oberhoffen, France, where fierce house-to-house fighting took place.  After clearing 1 building of opposition, he moved his men toward a second house from which heavy machine gun fire came.  He courageously exposed himself to hostile bullets and firing his sub-machine gun as he went, advanced steadily toward the enemy position until close enough to hurl grenades through a window, killing 3 Germans and wrecking their gun.  His progress was stopped by heavy rifle and machine gun fire from another house.  Sgt. Deleau dashed through the door with his gun blazing.  Within, he captured 10 Germans.  The squad then took up a position for the night and awaited daylight to resume the attack.  At dawn of 2 February Sgt. Deleau pressed forward with his unit, killing 2 snipers as he advanced to a point where machine gun fire from a house barred the way.  Despite vicious small-arms fire, Sgt. Deleau ran across an open area to reach the rear of the building, where he destroyed 1 machine gun and killed its 2 operators with a grenade.  He worked to the front of the structure and located a second machine gun.  Finding it impossible to toss a grenade into the house from his protected position, he fearlessly moved away from the building and was about to hurl his explosive when he was instantly killed by a burst from the gun he sought to knock out.  With magnificent courage and daring aggressiveness, Sgt. Deleau cleared 4 well-defended houses of Germans, inflicted severe losses on the enemy and at the sacrifice of his own life aided his battalion to reach its objective with a minimum of casualties."

From Sgt. Deleau's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on July 25, 1945.

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