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Germany still burying Eastern Front dead from WWII

By hnn

Germany will open its last big war cemetery in Russia on Saturday, marking the culmination of a huge effort to recover Wehrmacht soldiers killed on its Eastern Front in World War II.

By the end of this year, the German war graves commission will have found and reburied a total of 800,000 soldiers in Eastern Europe and Russia since 1992, when the former Eastern bloc countries began helping Germany retrieve the remains of missing soldiers following the end of the Cold War.

On Saturday, German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière will hold a speech at the inauguration of the new war cemetery at the town of Dukhovschina, near the city of Smolensk in western Russia…..

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'Paradogs' lured with meat out of aircraft behind enemy lines in WWII

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Lance Corporal Ken Bailey was asked to train up the “paradogs” so they could be used as the “eyes and ears” of the soldiers on the ground.

The dogs, which would be given minimal food and water before the jump, were being prepared to parachute into Normandy for D-Day landing and would freeze if they heard a sound.

They were also trained to become familiar with loud noises and smells such as cordite, the explosive powder.

Their handlers would carry a piece of meat in their pockets on the aircraft so as they parachuted out the “paradogs” would jump out after them.

The documents written by L/Cpl Bailey, who served in the 13th (Lancashire) Parachute Battalion and was from Liverpool, were discovered by Andrew Woolhouse, who spent five years researching his book….

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USS Indianapolis sinking: 'You could see sharks circling'

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When USS Indianapolis was hit by Japanese torpedoes in the final weeks of WWII, hundreds of crewmen jumped into the water to escape the burning ship. Surrounded by sharks, they waited for a response to their SOS. But no one had been sent to look for them.

In late July 1945, USS Indianapolis had been on a special secret mission, delivering parts of the first atomic bomb to the Pacific Island of Tinian where American B-29 bombers were based. Its job done, the warship, with 1,197 men on board, was sailing west towards Leyte in the Philippines when it was attacked.

The first torpedo struck, without warning, just after midnight on 30 July 1945. A 19-year-old seaman, Loel Dean Cox, was on duty on the bridge. Now 87, he recalls the moment when the torpedo hit.

“Whoom. Up in the air I went. There was water, debris, fire, everything just coming up and we were 81ft (25m) from the water line. It was a tremendous explosion. Then, about the time I got to my knees, another one hit. Whoom.”…

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WWII vet who provided flag on Iwo Jima has died

A World War II veteran who provided the flag in the famous flag-raising on Iwo Jima has died. Alan Wood was 90.

Wood’s son, Steven, says his father died April 18 of natural causes at his Sierra Madre home.

Wood was in charge of communications on a landing ship on Iwo Jima‘s shores when a Marine asked him for the biggest flag that he could find. Wood handed him a flag he had found in Pearl Harbor.

Five Marines and a Navy Corpsman later raised the flag on Mount Suribachi as Allied forces struggled to capture the Japanese-held island. The stirring moment was captured in an iconic image by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal.

Steven Wood says his father was always humbled by his small role in the historic moment.

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Whatever Happened to World War II Shooters?

Considering the poor stigma and accusations of unoriginality associated with World War II shooters just a few years ago, it’s almost odd to think that if one of the industry’s publishing powerhouses were to release a WWII shooter today it would actually be a refreshing change of pace.

With the lines between what distinguishes one modern day shooter and another continuing to blur as the current crop of shooters refuse to budge from their me-too contemporary settings, a bone fide AAA WWII shooter would be, for want of a better word, bizarrely unique amongst the shelf-loads of sandy brown same-fests.

It was Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare that really set the tone for the modern combat shooters that dominate the discussion today. Interestingly, Infinity Ward had actually wanted to work on a modern combat game for years.

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From: http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/04/22/whatever-happened-to-world-war-ii-shooters

3 sisters to recount WWII island journey in POW uncle's footsteps

Three Bronx-born sisters are returning to the borough to discuss their journey to a remote South Pacific island where their uncle was imprisoned by the Japanese and killed at the end of World War II.

Andrea Talbutt of Rockland County, Susan Nishihira of Seattle and Marcy Hanigan of Los Angeles will be speaking Wednesday night at the Huntington Free Library about last year’s trip to the island where their uncle spent the last months of his life as a POW.

Marine fighter pilot Moszek “Mike” Zanger of the Bronx bailed out of his damaged plane in December 1944, was taken prisoner and killed by his captors in 1945. The sisters visited the jungle crash site and identified wreckage with the help of Justin Taylan of Hyde Park, founder of the Pacific Wrecks website.

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5 Leadership Lessons for Today's Executive

By Vick Vaishnavi, Contributor

The poster of 12 O’clock High, the 1949 Gregory Peck-led vehicle centering on the underperforming 918th Bomber Group, hangs framed in my Aveksa office. This is not because of its reputation as one of the best WWII films to emerge from the glut of late 1940’s war-centric cinema, but as a constant reminder of the timeless lessons of leadership the film triumphed.  Through juxtaposing the leaderships styles of Colonel Davenport and Brigadier General Frank Savage, 12 O’clock High explored what it meant to be an effective leader of troops.  Its lessons, which I will explore in this week’s column, can be translated from the harrowing skies above WWII Europe to the (significantly less dangerous) modern workplace. First, however, it is important to understand why leadership is needed and define what leadership is. Leadership is needed to convert challenges into opportunities.  Effective leaders, like Gregory Peck’s General Frank Savage, possess the ability to: Direct with a clear sense of responsibility Understand people, their emotions, and their motivations Acknowledge that leadership is not a popularity contest The last bit is especially true.  Davenport was relieved of his post as a direct result of his over-identification with his troops. Considering himself one of the “boys” made him popular with those in his command but also undermined his ability to lead.  General Savage, however, understood that as a leader, he must make the difficult decisions that may put him at odds with those under him.

From: http://www.forbes.com/sites/vickvaishnavi/2013/04/11/5-leadership-lessons-for-todays-executive-2/

Goldbely: Order Food Gifts From Across The USA (VIDEO)

By The Huffington Post News Editors

“Send a salami to your boy in the army.” That’s the battle-cry that’s rung out on the wall’s of New York City‘s iconic Katz’s Delicatessen since WWII. They never stopped shipping food nationwide, and now the team at Goldbely is following their good example.

The team at Goldbely describe themselves as food explorers, on a mission to discover all things delicious. That means that along their journey to discover the best food in every corner of the U.S., they’ve set up shipping deals with iconic regional food producers. Lots of these shops and restaurants, like Katz’s in NYC and Jeni’s Splended Ice Creams in Columbus, Ohio, have nation-wide shipping built into their business model already. But, on Goldbely’s list of foods available to order-in, you’ll also find less frequently shipped delicacies like Jack Stack BBQ in Kansas City, Boudin Bakery in San Francisco, even shrimp étouffée from Poche’s Cajun Market in New Orleans.

Since these products are usually only shipped in large quantities, Goldbely (a Y Combinator-backed start-up) is essentially giving you an excuse to throw a regional food party with a bunch of your friends. We’re obviously on board. Check out their (kind of cheesy but still mostly endearing) promo video below.

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Israel comes to standstill to remember Holocaust

Israel has come to a standstill for two mournful minutes as sirens pierced the air to remember the 6 million Jews systematically murdered by German Nazis and their collaborators during the Holocaust in WWII.

Israelis stopped what they were doing and stood in silence as sirens wailed nationwide Monday at 10:00 a.m.

People stood with heads bowed in reflection. Traffic froze as drivers stopped their cars and stepped outside in respect for the solemn day.

Ceremonies are held around the country. The main wreath laying ceremony is held at the Yad Vashem memorial in Jerusalem.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is marked worldwide on Jan. 27, the date of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp. Israel‘s annual Holocaust memorial day coincides with the Hebrew date of the Warsaw ghetto uprising.

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Brad Pitt to Star in New WWII Movie?

After killin’ Nazis in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, Brad Pitt is now in talks to star in another WWII movie: Fury, from End of Watch director David Ayer.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fury takes place in the waning days of World War II’s European Theater, during which a five-man team of an American tank called Fury comes across a desperate German division. Ayer’s intent is to make a war flick for contemporary audiences and explore “battlefield heroics in an honest way.”

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Berlin evacuates homes, diverts trains to defuse WWII bomb found inside building

A World War II bomb was defused near Berlin‘s main railway station on Wednesday after trains were diverted, nearby houses evacuated and flights to the city’s main airport briefly disrupted.

The 220-pound bomb was found Tuesday evening at a building site near the station, which stands in a relatively sparsely populated area near what used to be the border between West and East Berlin.

Experts decided to defuse the Soviet bomb on the spot, a former freight depot. They evacuated people from a few dozen nearby buildings and diverted trains heading north toward Hamburg. Most trains, however, were able to continue running undisrupted.

As a precaution, authorities also decided briefly to stop planes landing at the city’s Tegel airport, a few miles away, while the bomb was defused — an operation that took half an hour. It wasn’t immediately clear how many flights were delayed.

Some 150 people who lived nearby waited at a nearby school while the bomb was defused, police spokesman Jens Berger said.

Allied airplanes dropped huge quantities of ordnance on Germany during World War II in an effort to cripple the Nazi war machine.

Tens of thousands of unexploded bombs are believed still to be in the ground, 68 years after the end of the war. The explosives are usually defused or detonated by experts without causing injuries.

The bomb defused Wednesday, though it was in a prominent location, wasn’t particularly large or disruptive by German standards.

Bomb disposal efforts sometimes require thousands of people to be evacuated as a precaution. In 2011, a 1.8-ton bomb was discovered in the Rhine river in Koblenz and was defused after 45,000 residents were evacuated — nearly half the city’s population.

Last year, the detonation of a wartime bomb in Munich caused fires in several nearby buildings that had been evacuated.

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Ex-CIA chief aided WWII hero's Arlington burial

A request by a Swiss-born World War II hero spy to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery received a boost from CIA Director David Petraeus (peh-TRAY‘-uhs) months before he resigned amid a sex scandal.

A Petraeus letter to Army officials, provided to The Associated Press, reveals that the retired four-star general took an interest in the case of Dr. Rene Joyeuse (rehn-AY‘ zhoy-ERHZ’), a retired doctor from upstate New York who died in June.

Joyeuse’s Arlington burial was initially rejected because he wasn’t a member of the U.S. military. The family received support from U.S. military and intelligence officials, and the decision was reversed on the same November day that Petraeus resigned.

Joyeuse’s memorial service at Arlington is scheduled for Friday afternoon.

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After 70 years, sword given to soldier during WWII goes to Hungarian Embassy

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…On Friday, Young and several of his relatives gathered at David and Patricia Young’s residence, set to fulfill Guiffre’s request by giving the sword to Hungarian officials in a ceremony at the Hungarian Embassy in Washington. An event after the ceremony honored the 165th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight in 1848-49.

Andras Szorenyi, political and public affairs officer with the Embassy of Hungary, said in an email the saber is a ceremonial sword that dates back to the 19th century, and is therefore an important part of Hungarian history.

“The experts need to do further research to link it to a specific event or period of time but we appreciate the symbolic value of receiving it from Mr. Young,” Szorenyi wrote. “It is a good example of the excellent people-to-people relations between our countries. … We will do our best to find the most fitting venue for the sword to be displayed and contribute to telling Hungarian history.”…


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Paul Ryan's 'Kamikaze' Budget Is Surgery Without the Anesthesia

By Louis Woodhill, Contributor

By all accounts, the Japanese Kamikaze pilots in WWII were earnest, dedicated young men. House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan is an earnest, dedicated young man. The principal difference between Chairman Ryan and a Kamikaze pilot is that the Japanese aviators got only one shot, while Ryan has managed to fly three suicide missions in three years. …read more
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US still making payments to relatives of Civil War veterans, analysis finds

If history is any judge, the U.S. government will be paying for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for the next century as service members and their families grapple with the sacrifices of combat.

An Associated Press analysis of federal payment records found that the government is still making monthly payments to relatives of Civil War veterans — 148 years after the conflict ended.

At the 10 year anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, more than $40 billion a year are going to compensate veterans and survivors from the Spanish-American War from 1898, World War I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the two Iraq campaigns and the Afghanistan conflict. And those costs are rising rapidly.

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray said such expenses should remind the nation about war’s long-lasting financial toll.

“When we decide to go to war, we have to consciously be also thinking about the cost,” said Murray, D-Wash., adding that her WWII-veteran father’s disability benefits helped feed their family.

Alan Simpson, a former Republican senator and veteran who co-chaired President Barack Obama‘s deficit committee in 2010, said government leaders working to limit the national debt should make sure that survivors of veterans need the money they are receiving.

“Without question, I would affluence-test all of those people,” Simpson said.

With greater numbers of troops surviving combat injuries because of improvements in battlefield medicine and technology, the costs of disability payments are set to rise much higher.

The AP identified the disability and survivor benefits during an analysis of millions of federal payment records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

To gauge the post-war costs of each conflict, AP looked at four compensation programs that identify recipients by war: disabled veterans; survivors of those who died on active duty or from a service-related disability; low-income wartime vets over age 65 or disabled; and low-income survivors of wartime veterans or their disabled children.

—The Iraq wars and Afghanistan

So far, the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and the first Persian Gulf conflict in the early 1990s are costing about $12 billion a year to compensate those who have left military service or family members of those who have died.

Those post-service compensation costs have totaled more than $50 billion since 2003, not including expenses of medical care and other benefits provided to veterans, and are poised to grow for many years to come.

The new veterans are filing for disabilities at historic rates, with about 45 percent of those from Iraq and Afghanistan seeking compensation for injuries. Many are seeking compensation for a variety of ailments at once.

Experts see a variety of factors driving that surge, including a bad economy that’s led more jobless veterans to seek the financial benefits they’ve earned, troops who survive wounds of war and more awareness about head trauma and mental health.

Vietnam War

It’s been 40 years since the U.S. ended its involvement in the Vietnam War, and yet payments for the conflict are still rising.

Now above $22 billion annually, Vietnam compensation costs are roughly twice the size of the FBI‘s annual budget. And …read more
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