June 30, 2012

Name This Mystery Ship... er... Airplane XVIII

Here ya go, take your best shot!

No hints, no clues, no cheating.

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June 26, 2012

Name This Mystery Ship XVII

The final episode writeup for HSotD is coming along nicely, but it won't be done in time to get posted tonight... so instead, here's a mystery ship!

You know the rules.  No image lookup, one guess per person, my judgement is final, winner gets a post on a topic of their choice (no pr0n, religion or politics).  Take your best shot in the comments!  CXT and FDM don't get to play after the two of them basically won everything.  Post no bills.

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June 04, 2012

Thoughts On What Didn't Happen: Midway 70 Years Later

Today is the 70th anniversary of US Navy's "Incredible Victory," that "glorious page in our history," the Battle of Midway.  In that conflict, the three carriers of the Americans (and the planes off Midway itself) engaged and sank the four carriers of the Imperial Japanese Navy.

I've gone into many, many elements of the Battle of Midway in other posts here at The Pond, such as "Timing Is Everything", "Tone #4," "Beginning The Miracle" "Midway Myths Debunked," "The Reason For Midway," "The Flight to Nowhere," and a bunch of others.  Instead of rehashing that information, or go into the level of detail one can find in the plethora of good books on the subject, I'm going to deal with some lesser issues, ones that probably aren't deserving of posts in their own right. 

So let's get to it!

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The Battle of Midway, 70 Years Later


They had no right to win.
Yet they did, and in doing so they changed the course of a war...
Even against the greatest of odds, there is something in the human spirit
- A magic blend of skill, faith and valor -
That can lift men from certain defeat to incredible victory.
-Walter Lord
Today is the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway, the greatest of all US Naval victories.  While I intend to have a larger post on this subject later this evening, until then I leave you with the two classic movies from John Ford on the topic.
The Battle of Midway

Much of The Battle of Midway was filmed on Midway Atoll as the attack occurred.  Ford himself was wounded during the fighting.  The movie won an Academy Award for best documentary in 1942.
Torpedo Squadron 8

After the Battle and most of VT-8 was dead, Ford and his crew put together this tribute movie to them.  Most of the footage was shot shortly before Midway.  Only 30 copies were distributed, all to the family members of those squadron members flying from Hornet that day.  It was never intended for public viewing.

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