At least, that’s what you’re supposed to conclude from this article. The war profiteering of German industry should have been more harshly punished, and there are a lot of wrongs committed in the Second World War that will never be righted. But using them for some specious argument against the EU is a bit much.
Footage of US troops practising for the D-Day landings has been rediscovered by a British film historian. Footage of training on Woolacombe beach and Braunton Burrows had been stored in Baltimore and forgotten about until Tony Koorlander unearthed it.
You could buy a large and very impressive diorama of a British port during World War Two. When the Ebay sale ends there are pictures of the diorama here. And there are more dioramas by the same modelmaker in their ebay shop.
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The floating museum that is the World War 2 aircraft carrier USS Intrepid has returned to its berth in the Hudson river off Manhattan. After Harry told me about it I really wanted to go and check it out when I was over there last year, so Skippy and I headed off in search of it and were disappointed to find it wasn’t there. We did get a few interesting pictures and drink some nice beers though, so it wasn’t a complete loss.
I promised Harry I’d dig out the old post about a DUKW fitted with hydrofoils, and here it is.
A DUKW amphibian fitted with hydrofoils to boost its speed on water from 5 knots to 30.
One man’s memories of the shipbuilders who made the Flying DUKW and other hydrofoils. The International Hydrofoil Society. The White Hawk Jet Hydrofoil.
The children’s author was sent to Washington in 1943 to work undercover gathering intelligence and influencing support for Britain. In the finest Bond manner, there was a lot of leeway, indeed “A certain amount of hank-panky was condoned, especially when it was for a good cause.”
Someone buy me The World at War box set please.
A millionaire book salesman from Stockport has found the true location of the gun battery that caused so much carnage on Omaha Beach on D-Day. After finding a map in a pair of army trousers he bought at a militaria fair he went to Normandy and purchased land marked as an Area of High Resistance. Excavation of the land uncovered the gun emplacement and research tracked down the Rangers who took it, who had their own Kelly’s Heroes story of millions of dollars of booty in Francs which they purloined.
A P-38 Lightning buried in sand on a Welsh beach after a training accident has been revealed after the tides shifted and washed away its covering. The plane did a belly landing on the beach after developing fuel problems, its guns were removed and it was left there, only being spotted again this summer.
The Saunders Roe SR-A1 jet flying boat. One of the ideas floated in the Second World War to provide air support for the Allies in the Pacific.
I’m watching Sea Hunters, Clive Cussler’s marine archaeology TV series, and they’re looking for the Habbakuk prototype built in a Canadian lake from an ice/wood pulp mix called pykrete. I’ve been fascinated by this project for a while, stealing the concept for the eponymous carrier in Heavensent.
Sea Hunters has a blog with behind the scenes pieces about the Habbakuk episode.
Habbakuk links via Beamjockey.
Tanks from the Second World War are still being pulled out of the lakes around St. Petersburg. If I remember my history correctly, the city was resupplied across the frozen lakes during the winter phases of the siege and at times the ice broke. The site refers to it as a “BT” tank. You can get BT5 or BT7 tanks in 1:35th scale from Zvezda, or BT5, BT7 or BT2 from Unimodel in 1:72nd. A salvage operation like this would make for an interesting diorama.
Today is the anniversary of D-Day, first action of the Battle of Normandy.