Friday, September 24, 2021

Enemy Elite Friday: Johann Zemsky (Austria)

"Awarded for the completion of over 300 sorties."  from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross citation, awarded on September 3rd, 1942 as Hauptmann of  II. Gruppe, Sturzkampfgeschwader 1.
"Awarded for flying 600 sorties."  from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves citation, awarded on September 3rd, 1942 as Hauptmann of  II. Gruppe, Sturzkampfgeschwader 1.
Another deadly enemy elite,
Brian & Mel
Honor Goblet of the Luftwaffe, awarded on September 30th, 1941.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

"Once Before I Die" aka "No Toys for Christmas"

A group of vacationing GI's and their families are are caught behind enemy lines as the Japanese invade the Philippines.  Can they make it back to Manila or will the invading Japanese stop them cold?!  Now this isn't as cool as it sounds and is more of a love/drama flick set in WWII but is has Ursula Andress in it and I love watching her!  Give it a go below and see what you think!

Mel liked it,
Brian & Mel
The novel by Anthony March, in which the movie was inspired.
We'd love to have her too, once before we die!  So hot!!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Honored Allies Wednesday: Karamjeet Singh Judge (India)

"In Burma, on 18th March, 1945, a Company of the 15th Punjab Regiment, in which Lieutenant Karamjeet Singh Judge was a Platoon Commander, was ordered to capture the Cotton Mill area on the outskirts of Myingyan.   In addition to numerous bunkers and stiff enemy resistance a total of almost 200 enemy shells fell around the tanks and infantry during the attack.  The ground over which the operation took place was very broken and in parts was unsuitable for tanks.  Except for the first two hours of this operation, Lieutenant Karamjeet Singh Judge's platoon was leading in the attack, and up to the last moment Lieutenant Karamjeet Singh Judge dominated the entire battlefield by his numerous and successive acts of superb gallantry.  Time and again the infantry were held up by heavy medium machine gun and small arms fire from bunkers not seen by the tanks.  On every such occasion Lieutenant Karamjeet Singh Judge, without hesitation and with a complete disregard for his own personal safety, coolly went forward through heavy fire to recall the tanks by means of the house telephone.  Cover around the tanks was non-existent, but Lieutenant Karamjeet Singh Judge remained completely regardless not only of the heavy small arms fire directed at him, but also of the extremely heavy shelling directed at the tanks.  Lieutenant Karamjeet Singh Judge succeeded in recalling the tanks to deal with bunkers which he personally indicated to the tanks, thus allowing the infantry to advance.  In every case Lieutenant Karamjeet Singh Judge personally led the infantry in charges against the bunkers and was invariably first to arrive. In this way ten bunkers were eliminated by this brilliant and courageous officer.  On one occasion, while he was going into the attack, two Japanese suddenly rushed at him from a small nullah with fixed bayonets.  At a distance of only 10 yards he killed both.  About fifteen minutes before the battle finished, a last nest of three bunkers was located, which were very difficult for the tanks to approach.  An enemy light machine gun was firing from one of them and holding up the advance of the infantry.  Undaunted, Lieutenant Karamjeet Singh Judge directed one tank to within 20 yards of the above bunker at great personal risk and then threw a smoke grenade as a means of indication.  After some minutes of fire, Lieutenant Karamjeet Singh Judge, using the house telephone again, asked the tank commander to cease fire while he went in with a few men to mop up. He then went forward and got within 10 yards of the bunker, when the enemy light machine gun opened fire again, mortally wounding Lieutenant Karamjeet Singh Judge in the chest.  By this time, however, the remaining men of the section were able to storm this strong point, and so complete a long and arduous task.  During the battle, Lieutenant Karamjeet Singh Judge showed an example of cool and calculated bravery.  In three previous and similar actions this young officer had already proved himself an outstanding leader of matchless courage.  In this, his last action, Lieutenant Karamjeet Singh Judge gave a superb example of inspiring leadership and outstanding courage." 

From Lt. Judge's Victoria Cross citation, awarded on 3 July 1945.
Another bold ally,
Brian & Melonie
Memorial bust of Judge.

A book by Singh that details Judge's life and action that won him the Victoria Cross.

Judge as a wargaming miniature.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

"Captain Carter & Steve Rogers"

In the spirit of the new What If?! series on Disney, Welsey Pires gives his own take on how Captain Carter and Steve interacted.  It's in Portuguese but we don't think you really need to know what is being said to know what is being done so give this naughty bit of fun a once over here.

Enjoy some naughty weird war,
Brian & Mel

Monday, September 20, 2021

Medal of Honor Monday: Harry L. Martin

"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Platoon Leader attached to Company C, Fifth Pioneer Battalion, Fifth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 26 March 1945.  With his sector of the Fifth Pioneer Battalion bivouac area penetrated by a concentrated enemy attack launched a few minutes before dawn, First Lieutenant Martin instantly organized a firing line with the Marines nearest his foxhole and succeeded, in checking momentarily the headlong rush of the Japanese.  Determined to rescue several of his men trapped in positions overrun by the enemy, he defied intense hostile fire to work his way through the Japanese to the surrounded Marines.  Although sustaining two severe wounds, he blasted the Japanese who attempted to intercept him, located his beleaguered men and directed them to their own lines.  When four of the infiltrating enemy took possession of an abandoned machine-gun pit and subjected his sector to a barrage of hand grenades, First Lieutenant Martin alone and armed only with a pistol, boldly charged the hostile position and killed all its occupants.  Realizing that his remaining comrades could not repulse another organized attack, he called to his men to follow and then charged into the midst of the strong enemy force, firing his weapon and scattering them until he fell, mortally wounded by a grenade.  By his outstanding valor, indomitable fighting spirit and tenacious determination in the face of overwhelming odds, First Lieutenant Martin permanently disrupted a coordinated Japanese attack and prevented a greater loss of life in his own and adjacent platoons and his inspiring leadership and unswerving devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.  He gallantly gave his life in service of his country."

From 1st Lt. Martin's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on May 6, 1946.
May you be at peace, 
Brian & Mel
USS 1st Lt. Harry L. Martin

Sunday, September 19, 2021

"Dear Elza" aka "Drága Elza"

"On the Eastern Front during WW2, a disheartened Hungarian soldier is constantly refused furlough and captured by the Soviets wherein he's used as a “trampler,” a POW used to secure mined German-occupied areas for Soviet combatants; his mastery of several languages helps extend his life, but for how long?"  This is a pretty good flick seen through the eyes of a combatant we rarely do, the Hungarian soldier.  Give it a go below and see what you think.

Worth a once over,
Brian & Mel

Friday, September 17, 2021

Enemy Elite Friday: Franz Zejdlik (Austria)

"On 20.07.1942 the Vorausabteilung of the 23. Panzer-Division (consisting of the division's Pionier-Bataillon, Kradschützen-Bataillon and a Panzerjäger Kompanie), under the command of Major Zejdlik, was ordered to cross the Don at Nikolayevskaya and secure a bridgehead over the river.  The town was reached at 1900 that day, though still defended by the Soviets.  They were cleared out during the night. 
Shortly afterwards the Germans secured a 10-ton ferry intact, and using this as well as inflatable sacks, Zejdlik sent a company of motorcycle troops over the river against the Soviet positions there.  They were able to secure a weak bridgehead, which was strengthened during the night.  Zejdlik realized that creating a viable bridgehead here would only be possible if the 7 km distant towns of Karenchov and Worosoff were captured, due to the swampy terrain immediately adjacent to the river.  As such he decided to launch an attack on these positions at dawn with only part of his Vorausabteilung, despite the flank threat to the tenuous bridgehead.  The gamble payed off however and both towns were taken.  The following night the Soviets attempted to counterattack with tanks and infantry.  Zejdlik launched a counterattack against these forces, capturing or dispersing the infantry and destroying 6 tanks. Exploiting the confusion Zejdlik led his Kradschützen in pursuit, and they captured the 3 km distant village of Dolschowskaya.  By this action the security of the bridgehead was thus guaranteed.  During the battle to capture the bridgehead the following losses were inflicted on the Soviets...
- 2 officers and 680 men captured
- 220 enemy dead counted
- 7 field guns (6.62 cm)
- 6 AT guns
- 35 AT rifles
- 1 heavy machine gun
- numerous mortars
By this action Zejdlik far exceeded his original mission of forming a limited bridgehead over the Don, all the more remarkable due to his lack of experience in leading infantry formations.  This bridgehead would later be of great operational importance to both the division and the whole of the XXXX. Panzerkorps.  In addition to this act, in a subsequent battle Major Zejdlik distinguished himself further. Taking over the Panzergrenadier-Regiment 126 (whose commander had become a casualty), he led friendly forces to victory during a bitter battle to conquer a Soviet hilltop position.   1,000 prisoners, 6 field guns and numerous AT guns and rifles were captured."  from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross citation, awarded on
October 4th, 1942 as Major of Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 51.
Another capable enemy elite,
Brian & Mel

Thursday, September 16, 2021

"Racism of the US Army - Fighting for Freedom?"

A good insight on the injustice of our American reality, racism.  

American's shame,
Brian & Mel

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Honored Allies Wednesday: Richard Kelliher (Australia)

"During an attack by this soldier's platoon on an enemy position at Nadzab, New Guinea, on the morning of 13th September,1943, the platoon came under heavy fire from a concealed, enemy machine gun post approximately 50 yards away.  Five of the platoon were killed and three wounded and it was found impossible to advance without further losses.  In the face of these casualties Private Kelliher suddenly, on his own initiative, and without orders, dashed towards the post and hurled two grenades at it, killing some of the enemy but not all.  Noting this, he then returned to his section, seized a Bren gun, again dashed forward to within 30 yards of the post, and with accurate fire completely silenced it.  Returning from his already gallant action Private Kelliher next requested permission to go forward again and rescue his wounded section leader.  This he successfully accomplished, though under heavy rifle fire from another position.  Private Kelliher, by these actions, acted as an inspiration to everyone in his platoon, and not only enabled the advance to continue but also saved his section leader's life.  His most conspicuous bravery and extreme devotion to duty in the face of heavy enemy, fire resulted in the capture of this strong enemy position."

From Pvt. Kelliher's Victoria Cross citation, awarded on 28 December 1943.
May you be at peace,
Brian & Mel

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

"If Day" aka "Si un jour"

Canada goes all out to show the folks what could happen if the Nazis did take the Great White North.  Check out If Day above and be sure to buy those war bonds!

Go Canada, ay
Brian & Mel

Monday, September 13, 2021

Medal of Honor Monday: Joe E. Mann

"He distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty.  On 18 September 1944, in the vicinity of Best, Holland, his platoon, attempting to seize the bridge across the Wilhelmina Canal, was surrounded and isolated by an enemy force greatly superior in personnel and firepower.  Acting as lead scout, Pfc. Mann boldly crept to within rocket-launcher range of an enemy artillery position and, in the face of heavy enemy fire, destroyed an 88mm gun and an ammunition dump.  Completely disregarding the great danger involved, he remained in his exposed position, and, with his M-1 rifle, killed the enemy one by one until he was wounded 4 times.  Taken to a covered position, he insisted on returning to a forward position to stand guard during the night.  On the following morning the enemy launched a concerted attack and advanced to within a few yards of the position, throwing hand grenades as they approached.  One of these landed within a few feet of Pfc. Joe E. Mann.  Unable to raise his arms, which were bandaged to his body, he yelled "grenade" and threw his body over the grenade, and as it exploded, died.  His outstanding gallantry above and beyond the call of duty and his magnificent conduct were an everlasting inspiration to his comrades for whom he gave his life." 

From PFC Mann's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on August 30, 1945.
May you be at peace, 
Brian & Mel

Joe Mann memorial in Best, Netherlands.
Joe Mann Theatre at the Sonseweg in Best, Netherlands.
PFC Joe E. Mann Army Reserve Center in Spokane, Washington.