Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving, Y'all!!


All of us at Weird WWII wanna wish you all a happy Thanksgiving!  May the day see you surrounded by family and friends and guts full of food, beer and happiness.

Eat to much and be merry,
The Cottrells

Monday, November 21, 2016

Medal of Honor Monday: Robert H. Dunlap


"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Commanding Officer of Company C, First Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the seizure of Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands, on 20 and 21 February 1945.  Defying uninterrupted blasts of Japanese artillery, mortar, rifle and machine-gun fire, Captain Dunlap led his troops in a determined advance from low ground uphill toward the steep cliffs from which the enemy poured a devastating rain of shrapnel and bullets, steadily inching forward until the tremendous volume of enemy fire from the caves located high to his front temporarily halted his progress.  Determined not to yield, he crawled alone approximately 200 yards forward of his front lines, took observation at the base of the cliff 50 yards from Japanese lines, located the enemy gun position and returned to his own lines where he relayed the vital information to supporting artillery and naval gunfire units.  Persistently disregarding his own personal safety, he placed himself in an exposed vantage point to direct more accurately the supporting fire and, working without respite for two days and two nights under constant enemy fire, skillfully directed a smashing bombardment against the almost impregnable Japanese positions despite numerous obstacles and heavy Marine casualties.  A brilliant leader, Captain Dunlap inspired his men to heroic efforts during this critical phase of the battle and by his cool decision, indomitable fighting spirit and daring tactics in the face of fanatic opposition great accelerated the final decisive defeat of Japanese countermeasures in his sector and materially furthered the continued advance of his company.  His great personal valor and gallant spirit of self-sacrifice throughout the bitter hostilities reflect the highest credit upon Captain Dunlap and the United States Naval Service."

From Capt. Dunlap's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on December 18, 1945.

Thank you for your service and may you be at peace,
Brian
Dunlap Memorial Statue in Monmouth, Illinois

Friday, November 18, 2016

1st Corps


Just wanted to let you all know about the excellent WWII stuff provided by 1st. Corps.  This biz has all the major belligerents with numerous vehicles.  The minis are closer to true 28mm so they should mesh well with Warlord and Perry but a bit to small for line like Victory Force.  So if your looking for a new army or minis line, swing by 1st Corps to see what they got.


Monday, November 14, 2016

Medal of Honor Monday: John W. Dutko


"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty, on 23 May 1944, near Ponte Rotto, Italy. Pfc. Dutko left the cover of an abandoned enemy trench at the height of an artillery concentration in a single-handed attack upon 3 machine guns and an 88mm mobile gun.  Despite the intense fire of these 4 weapons which were aimed directly at him, Pfc. Dutko ran 100 yards through the impact area, paused momentarily in a shell crater, and then continued his l-man assault.  Although machine gun bullets kicked up the dirt at his heels, and 88mm shells exploded within 30 yards of him, Pfc. Dutko nevertheless made his way to a point within 30 yards of the first enemy machine gun and killed both gunners with a hand grenade.  Although the second machine gun wounded him, knocking him to the ground, Pfc. Dutko regained his feet and advanced on the 88mm gun, firing his Browning automatic rifle from the hip.  When he came within 10 yards of this weapon he killed its 5-man crew with 1 long burst of fire.  Wheeling on the machine gun which had wounded him, Pfc. Dutko killed the gunner and his assistant.  The third German machine gun fired on Pfc. Dutko from a position 20 yards distant wounding him a second time as he proceeded toward the enemy weapon in a half run.  He killed both members of its crew with a single burst from his Browning automatic rifle, continued toward the gun and died, his body falling across the dead German crew." 

From PFC Dutko's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on October 5, 1944.

A true ass kicker in ever possible way!
Brian

The Ultimate Soldier memorial PFC. Dutko doll.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Millennium Con 19


If anyone is around the Austin, TX area this weekend be sure to swing by on Friday and Saturday where I will be hosting a couple Battleground Weird WWII games.  Swing by here and get the skinny on where, when and how.

Look forward to seeing ya,
Brian

UPDATE!!

Well Millennium is over for me and boy was it a fantastic time!  Caught up with some old pals and made some great new ones.  Hosted two epic Weird WWII battles that saw all sorts of heroics and good times.  Thanks for all the players who took part!

Until next year, 
Brian

Airfield raid board.

A Nazi counterattack!

The SS panzergrenadiers dismount from their walker transports.

The airfield.
 




 

 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Medal of Honor Monday: Russell Dunham


"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty.  At about 1430 hours on 8 January 1945, during an attack on Hill 616, near Kayserberg, France, T/Sgt. Dunham single-handedly assaulted 3 enemy machine guns.  Wearing a white robe made of a mattress cover, carrying 12 carbine magazines and with a dozen hand grenades snagged in his belt, suspenders, and buttonholes, T/Sgt. Dunham advanced in the attack up a snow-covered hill under fire from 2 machine guns and supporting riflemen.  His platoon 35 yards behind him, T/Sgt. Dunham crawled 75 yards under heavy direct fire toward the timbered emplacement shielding the left machine gun.  As he jumped to his feet 10 yards from the gun and charged forward, machine gun fire tore through his camouflage robe and a rifle bullet seared a 10-inch gash across his back sending him spinning 15 yards down hill into the snow.  When the indomitable sergeant sprang to his feet to renew his 1-man assault, a German egg grenade landed beside him.  He kicked it aside, and as it exploded 5 yards away, shot and killed the German machine gunner and assistant gunner.  His carbine empty, he jumped into the emplacement and hauled out the third member of the gun crew by the collar.  Although his back wound was causing him excruciating pain and blood was seeping through his white coat, T/Sgt. Dunham proceeded 50 yards through a storm of automatic and rifle fire to attack the second machine gun.  Twenty-five yards from the emplacement he hurled 2 grenades, destroying the gun and its crew; then fired down into the supporting foxholes with his carbine dispatching and dispersing the enemy riflemen.  Although his coat was so thoroughly blood-soaked that he was a conspicuous target against the white landscape, T/Sgt. Dunham again advanced ahead of his platoon in an assault on enemy positions farther up the hill.  Coming under machine gun fire from 65 yards to his front, while rifle grenades exploded 10 yards from his position, he hit the ground and crawled forward.  At 15 yards range, he jumped to his feet, staggered a few paces toward the timbered machine gun emplacement and killed the crew with hand grenades.  An enemy rifleman fired at pointblank range, but missed him.  After killing the rifleman, T/Sgt. Dunham drove others from their foxholes with grenades and carbine fire.  Killing 9 Germans—wounding 7 and capturing 2—firing about 175 rounds of carbine ammunition, and expending 11 grenades, T/Sgt. Dunham, despite a painful wound, spearheaded a spectacular and successful diversionary attack." 

From T/Sgt. Dunham's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on May 11, 1945.

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

 
As told by the man, himself.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Battleground Werid WWII: KV-152(I) "Fury of Ivan"



Here we have the Russian KV-152(I) which is a modification on the captured German sPzKpfL III walker.  Get the rules for this beast here.

Nothing better then turn the enemy's weapons against them!
Brian

Rayne vs. Nazis and their special friends.

 The shewolves' new pal.

Rayne in the Nazi's evil clutches!

A few porn galleries with a WWWII slant so take a gander if you like your sleaze, sleazy.


Someone has way to much time on their hands,
Brian

Monday, October 31, 2016

Medal of Honor Monday: Jesse R. Drowley


"For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy at Bougainville, Solomon Islands, 30 January 1944. S/Sgt. Drowley, a squad leader in a platoon whose mission during an attack was to remain under cover while holding the perimeter defense and acting as a reserve for assaulting echelon, saw 3 members of the assault company fall badly wounded.  When intense hostile fire prevented aid from reaching the casualties, he fearlessly rushed forward to carry the wounded to cover.  After rescuing 2 men, S/Sgt. Drowley discovered an enemy pillbox undetected by assaulting tanks that was inflicting heavy casualties upon the attacking force and was a chief obstacle to the success of the advance.  Delegating the rescue of the third man to an assistant, he ran across open terrain to 1 of the tanks.  Signaling to the crew, he climbed to the turret, exchanged his weapon for a submachine gun and voluntarily rode the deck of the tank directing it toward the pillbox by tracer fire.   The tank, under constant heavy enemy fire, continued to within 20 feet of the pillbox where S/Sgt. Drowley received a severe bullet wound in the chest.  Refusing to return for medical treatment, he remained on the tank and continued to direct its progress until the enemy box was definitely located by the crew.  At this point he again was wounded by small arms fire, losing his left eye and falling to the ground.  He remained alongside the tank until the pillbox had been completely demolished and another directly behind the first destroyed.  S/Sgt. Drowley, his voluntary mission successfully accomplished, returned alone for medical treatment." 

From S/Sgt. Drowley's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on September 6, 1944.

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

Happy Halloween!


I just wanted to wish you all a very happy Halloween.

So happy Halloween, already.
Brian