December 27, 2011
Get it right, and you will gain the people's ovation and fame forever. Get it wrong, and... uhm... nothing will happen. So there!
UPDATE: Since nobody's gotten it yet, I'll just give the answer. The ship pictured is CVE-123, the USS Tinian. She was completed in just under six months, and was launched in September 1945. She was never actually comissioned, sailing right from acceptance trials into the Pacific Reserve Fleet where she sat until 1970. She was struck from the list on June 1st, 1970, and sold for scrap 18 months later. The Tinian had never been a US Navy warship.
December 24, 2011
Perhaps unsurprisingly considering my personal interests, I'd choose the Battle of Midway. More specifically, I'd choose to station myself on the bridge of the USS Hornet, just so I could find out what REALLY happened leading up to the "Flight To Nowhere", and what occurred afterwards. I'd probably jump into Stanhope Ring's SBD to find out his reactions and to see his heading choice.
My second pick would to be onboard the Akagi on June 4th, 1942. To see the events of Midway unfold from the standpoint of the Japanese would be nigh-on invaluable. My third choice would be May 27, 1941, onboard the HMS Rodney, to witness the sinking of the Bismarck, and to see if the Rodney really did torpedo the German battleship.
So what event would you choose?
December 18, 2011
Like many of those types of stories, there's quite a bit of... um... let's call it embellishment... involved.
December 07, 2011
Today is the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. It will also be the final one for the Pearl Harbor Survivor's Association, which will disband on December 31st, 2011, ending its 53-year existence. There may only be around 2000 or so men left of those who were at Pearl that Sunday morning. Today, we remember those who fought, those who died and those vanishing few who remain.
December 06, 2011
No cheating, folks... that takes all the fun out of it.
December 01, 2011
In December of 1941, when the United States joined the rest of the world's industrialized nations in the first truly globe-spanning war, there was a tremendous range of single-seat fighters both in use and under design everywhere. However, to paraphrase a later persona, you go to war with the military you have, not the one you wish you had. What was a nation's front-line fighter plane in 1942 was obsolescent in 1943 and a death trap a year later. This entry will examine the best fighter planes from the "early years," and decide which of them is the best. Bear in mind, however, that in the hands of a talented pilot any one of these planes could beat any of the others. None of them could be considered a "dog," just perhaps not quite as good as the eventual winner.
As previously mentioned, the US gets two planes, one from the Navy
and one from the USAAF, since the two services had completely different
design criteria which generated completely different fighters. The
Japanese, Germans and British get one entry each.
The entries are presented in no particular order. Let's get on with it.
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