20th Century · Airplanes · Bavaria · England · Germany · Military · Second World War

January 2, 1945 – “Near-Perfect” Bombing of Nurnburg

As I am writing this it is dark outside and there is a waning moon in the sky. Zero cloud cover  would make ideal conditions for 514 bombers to start raining death and destruction on my head. Thankfully, I do not live in Germany during the Second World War where Strategic — Terror if you… Continue reading January 2, 1945 – “Near-Perfect” Bombing of Nurnburg

Army · Belgium · Christmas · Germany · Military · Second World War · United States

December 22, 1944 – The Day the American General said “Nuts” to a German Demand

One the 16th of December, 1944, a major German offensive was launched into the poorly defended Ardennes area of France. The goal was to split the Allied positions in the area and to capture the port city of Antwerp. The initial German attack consisted of: Josef Dietrich’s 6th SS Panzer Army with two SS Panzer… Continue reading December 22, 1944 – The Day the American General said “Nuts” to a German Demand

20th Century · Airplanes · Army · England · Military · Music · Second World War · United States

December 15, 1944 – Glenn Miller Goes Missing in Action Over English Channel

I have always been a Big Band fan. For me, there is only one name that comes to mind when I think Big Band. Glenn Miller! I almost titled this post as “The Day the Music Died” but I did not want to confuse people. Glenn Miller has always been one of my heroes, and… Continue reading December 15, 1944 – Glenn Miller Goes Missing in Action Over English Channel

China · Genocide · Japan · Military · Second World War

December 13, 1937 – Nanking Falls to Japanese Invaders

There are some stories that are too horrific to write about. This is one of those times. —I cannot think of a photo that I want to use for this article and fair warning, and image search will lead to VERY disturbing photos!!! I am going to talk about some of the things that happened… Continue reading December 13, 1937 – Nanking Falls to Japanese Invaders

Congress · Japan · Roosevelt · Second World War · Senate · United States

December 8, 1941 – Sole No Vote Cast for War

Pacifist (noun): a person who believes that war and violence are unjustifiable. I have known a number of people that call themselves pacifists in my day and even those people are willing to let others do violence on their behalf. They claim that they would call the cops if someone were to try and hurt… Continue reading December 8, 1941 – Sole No Vote Cast for War

Inventors · New York · Second World War · Television

November 23, 1948- Dr. Back Awarded the Patent for his Zoomar Lens

I love watching football, and just this season, I have converted my wife into a football –okay, Seattle Seahawks, and Utah Utes–fan. Could you imagine watching a football game without a zoom lens? Earlier this year, Littlesparksoflife2 and I were at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas and watched a game on this screen.  Could you imagine… Continue reading November 23, 1948- Dr. Back Awarded the Patent for his Zoomar Lens

Germany · Modern Marvels · Nazi · Rockets · Russia · Second World War · United States

November 16, 1945 – German Rocket Scientists arrive in the United States

What kid, growing up, does not want to be an astronaut? When I was a teen, I fell in love with James Michener’s novel Space, and I needed to learn more about these German scientists. Since that day, one of my heroes has been Wernher Magnus Maximilian, Freiherr von Braun. Wernher von Braun discover the… Continue reading November 16, 1945 – German Rocket Scientists arrive in the United States