Friday, July 1, 2016

Enemy Elite Friday: Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer

  

Born to a wealthy wine family in Calw, Germany, Schnaufer joined the Luftwaffe in 1939 with the distinction of already being a credited glider pilot before his enlistment.  Schnaufer would find himself deployed to the Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 unit operating on the Western Front.  Operating almost exclusively at night within his BF 110 night fighter, Schnaufer would score 121 confirmed kills, making him the highest night fighter in history.  Schnaufer would receive the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds on October 16, 1944 for his 100th kill by Hitler himself.
"During the night of the 9th to the 10th October Hauptmann Schnaufer, Gruppenkommandeur in a night fight wing, whom the F├╝hrer has decorated with the Oak Leaves with Swords to the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, scored his 100th night aerial victory."  via the official Wehrmachtbericht dated October 10, 1944.
Schnaufer would survive the war with the rank of Major and take on his family's winery until his death in 1950 from a car accident.

A deadly and capable enemy elite in every respect,
Brian

 Schnaufer's BF 110 G-4 in action.

Schnaufer's victory from his BF 110 G-4 at Imperial War Museum.




Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Honored Allies Wednesday: Edward T. Chapman (United Kingdom)

 
    Edward Thomas Chapman

"On 2nd April 1945, a Company of the Monmouthshire Regiment crossed the Dortmund-Ems canal and was ordered to assault the ridge of the Teutoberger Wald, which dominates the surrounding country.  This ridge is steep thickly wooded and is ideal defensive country.  It was, moreover, defended by a battalion of German officer cadets and their instructors, all of them picked men and fanatical Nazis. Corporal Chapman was advancing with his section in single file along a narrow track when the enemy suddenly opened fire with machine guns at short range, inflicting heavy casualties and causing some confusion.  Corporal Chapman immediately ordered his section to take cover and, seizing the Bren gun, he advanced alone, firing the gun from his hip, and mowed down the enemy at point blank range, forcing them to retire in disorder.  At this point, however, his Company was ordered to withdraw but Corporal Chapman and his section were still left in their advanced position, as the order could not be got forward to them. The enemy then began to close up to Corporal Chapman and his isolated section and, under cover of intense machine gun fire, they made determined charges with the bayonet.  Corporal Chapman again rose with his Bren gun to meet the assaults and on each occasion halted their advance.  He had now nearly run out of ammunition.  Shouting to his section for more bandoliers, he dropped into a fold in the ground and covered those bringing up the ammunition by lying on his back and firing the Bren gun over his shoulder. A party of Germans made every effort to eliminate him with grenades, but with reloaded magazine he closed with them and once again drove the enemy back with considerable casualties.  During the withdrawal of his Company, the Company Commander had been severely wounded and left lying in the open a short distance from Corporal Chapman. Satisfied that his section was now secure, at any rate for the moment, he went out alone under withering fire and carried his Company Commander for 50 yards to comparative safety.  On the way a sniper hit the officer again, wounding Corporal Chapman in the hip and, when he reached our lines, it was discovered that the officer had been killed.   In spite of his wound, Corporal Chapman refused to be evacuated and went back to his Company until the position was fully restored two hours later. Throughout the action Corporal Chapman displayed outstanding gallantry and superb courage.  Single-handed he repulsed the attacks of well-led, determined troops and gave his battalion time to reorganize on a vital piece of ground overlooking the only bridge across the canal.  His magnificent bravery played a very large part in the capture of this vital ridge and in the successful development of subsequent operations."

From Cpl. Chapman's Victoria Cross citation, awarded on July 13, 1945.

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

Monday, June 27, 2016

Medal of Honor Monday: Edward C. Dahlgren

 
"He led the 3d Platoon to the rescue of a similar unit which had been surrounded in an enemy counterattack at Oberhoffen, France.  As he advanced along a street, he observed several Germans crossing a field about 100 yards away.  Running into a barn, he took up a position in a window and swept the hostile troops with sub machine gun fire, killing 6, wounding others, and completely disorganizing the group.  His platoon then moved forward through intermittent sniper fire and made contact with the besieged Americans.  When the 2 platoons had been reorganized, Sgt. Dahlgren continued to advance along the street until he drew fire from an enemy-held house.  In the face of machine pistol and rifle fire, he ran toward the building, hurled a grenade through the door, and blasted his way inside with his gun.  This aggressive attack so rattled the Germans that all 8 men who held the strong point immediately surrendered.  As Sgt. Dahlgren started toward the next house, hostile machine gun fire drove him to cover.  He secured rifle grenades, stepped to an exposed position, and calmly launched his missiles from a difficult angle until he had destroyed the machine gun and killed its 2 operators.  He moved to the rear of the house and suddenly came under the fire of a machine gun emplaced in a barn.  Throwing a grenade into the structure, he rushed the position, firing his weapon as he ran; within, he overwhelmed 5 Germans.  After reorganizing his unit he advanced to clear hostile riflemen from the building where he had destroyed the machine gun.  He entered the house by a window and trapped the Germans in the cellar, where he tossed grenades into their midst, wounding several and forcing 10 more to surrender.  While reconnoitering another street with a comrade, he heard German voices in a house.  An attack with rifle grenades drove the hostile troops to the cellar.  Sgt. Dahlgren entered the building, kicked open the cellar door, and, firing several bursts down the stairway, called for the trapped enemy to surrender.  Sixteen soldiers filed out with their hands in the air.  The bold leadership and magnificent courage displayed by Sgt. Dahlgren in his heroic attacks were in a large measure responsible for repulsing an enemy counterattack and saving an American platoon from great danger."

From Sgt. Dahlgren's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on September 10, 1945.
 
Thank you for your service and may you be at peace,
Brian
 
Oral history from Dahlgren himself.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

"Becky Valiant In the Forbidden Island"


Becky and her associates have been marooned on a deserted isle or so they though!  Will she overcome the challenges of the Forbidden Island or suckcum (hehe) to it?!  Another fun adult pulp adventure comic that you can check out here.

High adventure how I like it!
Brian

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Honored Allies Wednesday: Edward C. Charlton (United Kingdom)

 
           Edward Colquhoun Charlton

"In Germany on the morning of 21ist April,1945,Guardsman Charlton was co-driver in one tank of a troop which,with a platoon of infantry, seized the village of Wistedt.  Shortly afterwards,the enemy attacked this position undercover of an artillery concentration and in great strength, comprising, as it later transpired,a battalion of the15 Panzer Grenadiers supported by six self-propelled guns.  All the tanks, including Guardsman Charlton's, were hit; the infantry were hard pressed and in danger of being over-run. Whereupon, entirely on his own initiative, Guardsman Charlton decided to counterattack the enemy.   Quickly recovering the Browning from his damaged tank,he advanced up the road in full view of the enemy, firing the Browning from his hip.  Such was the boldness of his attack and the intensity of his  fire that he halted the leading enemy company, inflicting heavy casualties on them.  This effort at the same time brought much needed relief to our own infantry.  For ten minutes Guardsman Charlton fired in this manner, until wounded in the left arm.  Immediately, despite intense enemy fire, he mounted his machine gun on a nearby fence, which he used to support his wounded left arm.  He stood firing thus for a further ten minutes until he was again hit in the left arm which fell away shattered and useless.  Although twice wounded and suffering from loss of blood, Guardsman Charlton again lifted his machine gun on to the fence, now having only one arm with which to fire and reload.  Nevertheless, he still continued to inflict casualties on the enemy, until finally; he was hit for the third time and collapsed.  He died later of his wounds in enemy hands.  The heroism and determination of this Guardsman in his self-imposed task were beyond all praise.  Even his German captors were amazed at his valour.  Guardsman Charlton's courageous and self-sacrificing action not only inflicted extremely heavy casualties on the enemy and retrieved his comrades from a desperate situation, but also enabled the position to be speedily recaptured." 

From Guardsman Charlton's Victoria Cross citation, awarded on May 2, 1946.

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

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

"Scavengers of Doom"

Military Comics 5

Here we have another Golden Age era tale of Blackhawk and his squadron of heroic aviators fighting against the agents of the Axis given to us by good ol' Pappy!

Enjoy,
Brian

Monday, June 20, 2016

Medal of Honor Monday: Francis S. Currey


"He was an automatic rifleman with the 3rd Platoon defending a strong point near Malmedy, Belgium, on 21 December 1944, when the enemy launched a powerful attack.  Overrunning tank destroyers and antitank guns located near the strong point, German tanks advanced to the 3rd Platoon's position, and, after prolonged fighting, forced the withdrawal of this group to a nearby factory.  Sgt. Currey found a bazooka in the building and crossed the street to secure rockets meanwhile enduring intense fire from enemy tanks and hostile infantrymen who had taken up a position at a house a short distance away.  In the face of small-arms, machine gun, and artillery fire, he, with a companion, knocked out a tank with 1 shot.  Moving to another position, he observed 3 Germans in the doorway of an enemy-held house.  He killed or wounded all 3 with his automatic rifle.  He emerged from cover and advanced alone to within 50 yards of the house, intent on wrecking it with rockets.  Covered by friendly fire, he stood erect, and fired a shot which knocked down half of 1 wall.  While in this forward position, he observed 5 Americans who had been pinned down for hours by fire from the house and 3 tanks.  Realizing that they could not escape until the enemy tank and infantry guns had been silenced, Sgt. Currey crossed the street to a vehicle, where he procured an armful of antitank grenades.  These he launched while under heavy enemy fire, driving the tank men from the vehicles into the house.  He then climbed onto a half-track in full view of the Germans and fired a machine gun at the house.  Once again changing his position, he manned another machine gun whose crew had been killed; under his covering fire the 5 soldiers were able to retire to safety.  Deprived of tanks and with heavy infantry casualties, the enemy was forced to withdraw.  Through his extensive knowledge of weapons and by his heroic and repeated braving of murderous enemy fire, Sgt. Currey was greatly responsible for inflicting heavy losses in men and material on the enemy, for rescuing 5 comrades, 2 of whom were wounded, and for stemming an attack which threatened to flank his battalion's position."

From Sgt. Currey's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on on August 17, 1945.

Thank you for your service,
Brian

  
                                          Currey's honorary GI Joe doll.


                  The deed told by the man himself!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Medal of Honor Monday: John P. Cromwell


"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Commander of a Submarine Coordinated Attack Group with Flag in the U.S.S. Sculpin, during the Ninth War Patrol of that vessel in enemy-controlled waters off Truk Island, November 19, 1943.  Undertaking this patrol prior to the launching of our first large-scale offensive in the Pacific, Captain Cromwell, alone of the entire Task Group, possessed secret intelligence information of our submarine strategy and tactics, scheduled Fleet movements and specific attack plans.  Constantly vigilant and precise in carrying out his secret orders, he moved his underseas flotilla inexorably forward despite savage opposition and established a line of submarines to southeastward of the main Japanese stronghold at Truk.  Cool and undaunted as the submarine, rocked and battered by Japanese depth-charges, sustained terrific battle damage and sank to an excessive depth, he authorized the Sculpin to surface and engage the enemy in a gun-fight, thereby providing an opportunity for the crew to abandon ship.  Determined to sacrifice himself rather than risk capture and subsequent danger of revealing plans under Japanese torture or use of drugs, he stoically remained aboard the mortally wounded vessel as she plunged to her death.   Preserving the security of his mission at the cost of his own life, he had served his country as he had served the Navy, with deep integrity and an uncompromising devotion to duty.  His great moral courage in the face of certain death adds new luster to the traditions of the United States Naval Service.  He gallantly gave his life for his country." 

From Capt. Cromwell's Medal of Honor citation, awarded in 1945.


Located at the Navy's Submarine Learning Center at the submarine base in Groton, Connecticut.

 "The Sculpin Story" from the "Silent Service" TV show.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Battleground Weird WWII: Autoblinda 40



Here is a early model of the excellent Italian made Autoblinda line of armored cars, the AB40.  Get the rules here.

The Italians got something right, 
Brian 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

"Paths of Hate" Gunship Remix


Watch the excellent Paths of Hate short with the equally excellent 80s-esq synth-pop tunes of Gunship.

I fucking love that synth/pop shit!!
Brian

Monday, June 6, 2016

Medal of Honor Monday: Demas T. Craw


"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action above and beyond the call of duty.  On November 8, 1942, near Port Lyautey, French Morocco, Col. Craw volunteered to accompany the leading wave of assault boats to the shore and pass through the enemy lines to locate the French commander with a view to suspending hostilities.  This request was first refused as being too dangerous but upon the officer's insistence that he was qualified to undertake and accomplish the mission he was allowed to go.  Encountering heavy fire while in the landing boat and unable to dock in the river because of shell fire from shore batteries, Col. Craw, accompanied by 1 officer and 1 soldier, succeeded in landing on the beach at Mehdia Plage under constant low-level strafing from 3 enemy planes.  Riding in a bantam truck toward French headquarters, progress of the party was hindered by fire from our own naval guns.  Nearing Port Lyautey, Col. Craw was instantly killed by a sustained burst of machine gun fire at pointblank range from a concealed position near the road."

From Col. Craw's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on March 4, 1943.

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

Memorial marker at Mehdia Beach, Morocco.

 Memorial at the Demas T. Craw Army Reserve Center in Traverse City, Michigan.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

"BAR Maid"


Cassidy O'Hara by day is the sexy barmaid at the local watering hole but by night her and her sexy rag-tag freedom fighters are doing what they can to stop the Rising Sun's conquest of China.  Can these sexy servers stop the might of Imperial Japan or will they be serving their lives up for the cause of FREEDOM?!  This is great cheesecake WWII and a must for any fan of the genre.  Give it a try and see what those sexy BARmaids are really capable of!!!

A must read for any fan of WWII grindhouse or boobies,
Brian