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Speaking of Antennas…

Detailed breakdown of the communication and radar antennas mounted on the USS Yorktown from the Feb. 1945 issue of C.I.C. (Combat Information Center) published by the U.S. Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.

Speaking of Antennas…

USS Yorktown, one of the Fleet’s mighty flattops, goes forth to track the Japs with this forest of radar antennas. Air and Surface search, GCI for night interceptions, fire control, beacons, interrogators, intercept receivers (not shown)—the array is complete, the ship ready to detect the enemy despite all his desperate efforts to evade, deceive, or jam.

USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier Flattop Radar Antennas


Goliath Remote-Control Demolition Vehicle

U.S. soldiers demonstrate captured German remote-controlled Goliath demolition tanks (Leichter Ladungsträger Goliath, SdKfz. 302/303).

WW2 Goliath Demolition Vehicle Wire-Controlled German Goliath Demolition Tank Borgward WW2

Triple 20mm “Drilling” Flak on Railcar

Drilling Triple 20mm Train Railcar M.G. 151 20-mm Flak

German Light Flak Car Carrying Two Triple-20-mm Gun Mounts, Each Sheltered Behind Concrete Walls 3 Feet Thick.

Source: Light, Intense and Accurate: U.S. Eighth A.F. Strategic Fighters Versus German Flak in the ETO, 1943-1945

Care of Clothing and Equipment

From The Ordnance Soldier’s Guide, 3rd Edition, Ordnance Replacement Training Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground:

RESPONSIBILITY FOR PROPERTY: Clothing and equipment issued to you are government property. If any articles are lost or damaged through your fault or negligence you will be required to pay for them. If you were responsible for the loss or damage, through fault or negligence, then you should admit that fact by signing a “Statement of Charges.” If, however, you believe that you were not responsible, do not sign this statement. In the latter case a “Report of Survey” will be made out and a Surveying Officer will determine whether or not you are to be held responsible. When articles of clothing or equipment have become worn out through ordinary wear and tear, no one is held responsible for the value and the worn articles may be exchanged for new ones.

WWII Care of Soldiers Clothing and Uniform in Basic Training

CARE AND CLEANING OF SHOULDER WEAPONS: Rifle and Carbine—Clean metal parts with sperm oil. Clean bore with rifle bore cleaner or G.I. soap and hot water. Treat stock and hand guards with linseed oil. Treat sling with neatsfoot oil.

WW2 Soldier's Care and Cleaning of Weapons and Equipment

CARE OF TENTING EQUIPMENT: Pegs: Do not hammer pegs into hard ground. Canvas: Brush and dry thoroughly before folding and storing. Rope: Wash thoroughly and dry before storing.


Allied-Axis Photo Journal No. 25

The latest issue of Ampersand Publishing’s reference magazine Allied-Axis: The Photo Journal of the Second World War has been announced. This issue of Allied-Axis will cover the 40mm Gun Motor Carriage M19, Panther Ausf. A, General Electric 60″ Searchlight, SdKfz 222 Armored Car, Ford Bomb Truck, and Ford Fordor Staff Car.

Allied-Axis WW2 Reference - Ampersand Publishing

B-29 Superfortress “Gravel Gertie”

B-29 Superfortress “Gravel Gertie” after landing gear collapse on Saipan, Marianas Islands. “Gravel Gertie” served with the 882nd Bombardment Squadron, 500th Bombardment Group, Twentieth Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photograph.)

B-29 Superfortress Gravel Gertie in WW2

120mm Granatwerfer 42 Mortar

U.S. troops demonstrate a captured Granatwerfer 42 (12cm GrW 42) German heavy mortar on the First Army Front in Echtz, near Duren, Germany.


TBM Avenger Emergency Exits

Emergency exit routes of the TBM Avenger for both ditching and bailout in flight. The turret exit could not be used by the gunner to bail out during flight, because the gunner did not wear his parachute in flight. The gunner’s parachute was stored above the door in the bombardier’s compartment.

TBM Avenger Bailout Crew Exits and Ditching Exits

Emergency Equipment and Exits

Source: Pilot’s Handbook of Flight Operating Instructions, Navy Model TBM-3 Airplane, November 1945.

De-Mechanized Warfare

From Combat Lessons No. 6:

De-Mechanized Warfare

In a gesture of protest against the trend toward complete mechanization, the wire team shown at work in the accompanying photo picked up an idle buggy in a front-line town, conscripted a “liberated” horse, and set off to salvage much-needed wire. The horse is garbed becomingly in an air-ground recognition panel. Despite an enthusiastic report on the project, no change in T/O and E is contemplated by the War Department.

De-Mechanized Warfare -- U.S. Signal Troops in Horse and Buggy


NY Divers Discover Lost WWII-era Shells from USS Bennington

USS Bennington Aircraft Carrier

Aircraft Carrier USS Bennington (CV-20) in Oct. 1944

Divers in New York have found over 1,500 live naval ammunition shells in the waters under the Verrazano Bridge in New York. The WWII-era copper shells are believed to have fallen overboard during an accident offloading ammunition from the aircraft carrier USS Bennington over 65 years ago. Some of the shells now lay only 20 feet below the water. If the ammunition is still live, the shells could be dangerous if disturbed by passing ships or construction activities.

More information on the USS Bennington from Wikipedia:

USS Bennington (CV-20) was one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy. The ship was the second US Navy ship to bear the name, and was named for the Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington (Vermont). Bennington was commissioned in August 1944, and served in several of the later campaigns in the Pacific Theater of Operations, earning three battle stars. Decommissioned shortly after the end of the war, she was modernized and recommissioned in the early 1950s as an attack carrier (CVA), and then eventually became an Antisubmarine Aircraft Carrier (CVS). In her second career, she spent most of her time in the Pacific, earning five battle stars for action during the Vietnam War. She served as the recovery ship for the Apollo 4 space mission. She was decommissioned in 1970, and sold for scrap in 1994.