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If you saw the Danish movie 9 APRIL, you'll probably find this wonderful article quite the engrossing read. It's the story of the attack on Denmark and has lots of detailed info on the garrisons, armament, uniform illos, pics, etc. Grog goodness on a topic most of us know little about.

http://www.chakoten.dk/The Danish Army on April 9th, 1940_complete.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1-4U5QnkYwxES-7nt_ZaQiC70VgCiovg9WRte19gz99s-uf2VTQwsKa1A

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One of the important things the West learned about the Soviets was that they would use ANY unprotected avenue of approach to penetrate NATO defenses. Now, most thought in terms of trails and such, but

What with all the carping and kvetching of late, I thought I'd start an omnibus post thread for various items of interest, but which aren't necessarily directly connected to CM. For my first effo

Oohh damnit you got here first Erwin. Tell me John - are you REALLLY REALLY checking for any shady Kampfwagons that may be converted Ice Cream nuke VBIEDs? Jingle jangle.

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Don't know whether any of you saw "Combat Dealers" on Discovery TV, but here's a sampling of the fun (and my near bottomless envy I don't get to play with these wonderful toys). Business head Bruce Crompton travels the world finding, repairing and selling historic weapons, including a Panther tank and 88s. Here, he creates a mini war movie as a marketing tool, with a real WW II tanker on the set as his military advisor.

https://youtu.be/0jEo8v1LjQ4?list=PLSdOd4Ju-5yuFUM6iCVrk0Udk47N9uuuv

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When this comes out, the Navy's going to need more aircraft carriers! The original "Top Gun" had a huge impact on naval aviation and the Navy in general, and I expect this will cause interest to explode. Cinematography has made an Oscar-sized leap in this film, and the actors have experienced ACM (Air Combat Maneuvering) AKA dogfighting with the best the Navy has--while sometimes pulling 7-8 Gs! All the trailers and some wonderful stuff from behind the scenes. Dying to see this!
 


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Came across a guy named Justin Pyke on Twitter. He's a military historian specializing in the CBI and PTO. @CBI_PTO_History
MA in History. Studies intel, sea power, air power, & the Asia-Pacific War. Researching US intelligence assessments of Japanese air and sea power, 1919-1941.

Needless to say, I Followed him and passed the word to two brothers and a famous military thriller writer and wargame designer.


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Did you know the OSS had library spooks? I sure didn't. This is an excerpt from a fascinating book about a high level OSS operation to obtain books from Nazi Germany through a variety of means, some overt, others covert, as well as securing valuable books from a Europe in chaos after the war. Call them, The Library Men, if you will. Quite the story!

https://crimereads.com/librarian-spy/?fbclid=IwAR3cMfdjSm5hoyM2ZS6J7YIUVpK9E2vAePFwGw_aSV2VV03WWJPY5P9w49s

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Those of you with an interest in the Sino-Japanese War (or unusual military units) will find these of interest. Did you know the Japanese had a squadron wearing the deathshead insignia? Part of the unit was mounted.

http://www.chinaww2.com/2014/04/10/japans-skull-squadron-i/

http://www.chinaww2.com/2014/04/13/japans-skull-squadron-ii/

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Wanted to pass the word about an important documentary called "Return to Tarawa" by Snagfilms. Because the protagonist was an extremely salty tongued and POed landing craft skipper at the battle, I'm not providing a link, but it's on YT. It's got lots of good footage and a look at what's left and the truly terrifying amount of UXO all over the place there. The Australians even found a 250 kg Japanese bomb being used as the corner of a chicken coop!

Return to Tarawa - Full Movie | Snagfilms

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Tonight I'm going naval--Russo-Japanese War to be specific. Here is an amazing video on the Tsarist cruiser BAYAN, which fought the Japanese at Port Arthur. It's how a video should be done, replete with period photos, drawings, paintings and engineering renderings accompanied by nothing less than magnificent music and rousing singing. My Russian is limited to the odd military word here and there, but no Russian is necessary at all in order to appreciate this superb work. Here's the long detailed Wiki.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_cruiser_Bayan_(1900)

Erwin,

You're most welcome, and you'd be amazed how much you can get out of watching even the Russian only films.

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Just finished watching "Panfilov's 28 Men" (English subtitles) on YT and having some memory of reading the events were fabricated, decided to do more digging. That's how I found this, where I learned a TOP SECRET doc, now declassified, shows the chief Soviet military prosecutor in 1948 informed a Politburo member it was "a fiction". Sadly, the truth is even worse than that shocker.

https://www.rferl.org/a/soviet-wwii-panfilov-guardsmen-fiction/27123430.html

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Serious question for Russians, Ukrainians, possibly others. Have noticed many times, both in documentaries and old Soviet war films, that troops run around ungloved in conditions where my hands would be uncomfortably or worse cold almost instantly. Is this some sort of immunity that's developed from growing up in places where the winters can get terrifyingly cold? The notion isn't as crazy as it may sound, for one of my brothers, who'd been transferred on his job from Los Angeles, California to Minneapolis, Minnesota, returned and joined my friends and I, bundled up in our jackets and such, while we were wargaming on our sand table, our only weather protection the patio roof. To our consternation and shock, his attire was tennis whites, the ones with shorts! Blown away by this, we asked how he could do this in such cold. His astounding response? "Oh, this is balmy weather to me."

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Did you know the great actor Michael Caine (now Sir Michael Caine) was a soldier (and a brave one at that, since he volunteered for Korea when he could've stayed with the BAOR in Germany) before he became an actor? His film debut was "Zulu".

https://www.warhistoryonline.com/instant-articles/michael-caine-a-korean-war-vet.html

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On 3/15/2020 at 12:57 AM, John Kettler said:

Just finished watching "Panfilov's 28 Men" (English subtitles) on YT and having some memory of reading the events were fabricated, decided to do more digging. That's how I found this, where I learned a TOP SECRET doc, now declassified, shows the chief Soviet military prosecutor in 1948 informed a Politburo member it was "a fiction". Sadly, the truth is even worse than that shocker.

https://www.rferl.org/a/soviet-wwii-panfilov-guardsmen-fiction/27123430.html

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John Kettler

JK i really recommend mark felton productions on youtube 

TIK does excellebt ost front stuff.  I never got why the Sovs had all these real heroes and seemingly couldnt help themselbes regarding lying.

Pavlovs house too apparemtly is a fictiom or not as important as stated. Ths nationalities were lied about too - suddenly every SSR hasa guy.

Its weird to me. If panfiliv isnt the case im thinking of there was a hero kv crewed allegedly who fought to the death.

Postwar the nkvd found half dead; a couple alive. One was a pow and another definitely became a hiwi!

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Sublime,

He does fanatic work, though so far I've only seen ETO stuff of his. Shall have to go look into those. In Drabkin's PANZER KILLERS one of the veterans spilled the bean about how the Russians manufactured HSU awardees. What they'd do is credit other kills made in the unit to one already well performing ATG crew. From what I can tell, the same was true for tanks and fighter planes. Also, the HSU wasn't always awarded for extreme combat heroism. The US did this in a number of cases during the Civil War, but I believe that later, these were rescinded.

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