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Lone Sentry WWII
A DIRECTORY OF WORLD WAR II NEWS AND LINKS
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Archive: December 2005
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30
2nd Cavalry Color Photos ◊
The Mechanized Cavalry website has a set of well-known color photographs of German and American armor in 1945, including an M24, Panther, Panzer IV, and Sdkfz 251. These are well-known photos on the web, but worth repeating here for anyone who has not seen them. External Link: 2nd Cavalry Photo Album.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29
8th Kings Royal Irish Hussars ◊
A website with photos, training booklet, and war diary of the 8th Kings Royal Irish Hussars including a "new" photo of the often-photographed Sdkfz. 234/4 abandoned in Berlin. External Link: 8th Kings Royal Irish Hussars.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28
Russia in WWII ◊
Our Victory Day by Day - RIA Novosti project: a Russian website with photographs and veteran accounts from WWII. External Link: Our Victory.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27
Canadian Archives ◊
The Library and Archives Canada has a collection of over 35,000 photographs available for search online via ArchiviaNet, including a modest number of WWII photos. To limit the search to photos which are available online, use the "Descriptions with a digitized image" checkbox. External Link: ArchiviaNet.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25
Merry Christmas ◊
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24
Christmas in the Field ◊
The U.S. Army Center of Military History has a selection of photos online documenting the celebration of the Christmas holiday in the field. External Link: Christmas in the Field.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23
B-17 Photos ◊
A collection of private WWII photographs from Lt. Robert Swan, B-17 navigator, in Europe. External Link: Lt. Robert Swan Photos.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22
Minnesota War Stories ◊
Minnesota Legioinnaire, the American Legion newspaper for Minnesota, has an online collection of veteran's stories covering WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq. The WWII accounts of Jack Finnegan (Laying Wire Across Europe), Winfred Polzin (Exercise Tiger), and Arnold Anderson (Keep on Truckin') are particularly recommended. External Link: Minnesota Legionnaire War Stories.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21
Daniel A. McGovern ◊
The WWII photographer Daniel A. McGovern has died. McGovern was a combat photographer who filmed the atomic bomb devastation in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. McGovern also flew bomber missions during WWII and shot footage used in William Wyler's 1944 wartime documentary, "The Memphis Belle." External Link: No Longer Available.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20
Veteran's Account of Battle of the Bulge ◊
A newspaper article recounts the WWII experiences of Jack Miller, 84th Infantry Division, during the Battle of the Bulge and the fighting for the German city of Lindern. External Link: The Villages Daily Sun.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17
441st Troop Carrier Group Photos ◊
A small collection of WWII photos from the 441st Troop Carrier Group, IX Airborne Troop Carrier. The photos belonged to Flight Officer James R. Fields and include several interesting glider photos. German armor buffs will also appreciate the Stug III photo. External Link: IX Airborne Troop Carrier.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15
More Personal Accounts ◊
Continuing the theme of personal accounts of WWII, two authors e-mailed me this week about recent books on WWII. "Full Duty" by Thomas S. Fiske tells the store of the history of the US Fifth Army as described by its HQ commander, Lt. Col. Laban Jackson. "Name, Rank, and Serial Number" is the account of Pvt. McClelland who was captured in Italy and held in Stalag VIIA. External Links: Full Duty and Name, Rank, and Serial Number.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14
Robert F. Gallagher's WWII Story ◊
A personal account of Gallagher's service in the ETO in WWII with the 815th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion. A fascinating personal account with a number of interesting photos. External Link: World War II Story by Robert F. Gallagher.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13
German WWII Photos ◊
The Ullstein Bild picture library was formed in 1900 by Leopold Ullstein as an archive of newspapers, magazines, and photographs. In 1929, the photograph archive was separated. Today, many of the photographs can be searched and browsed online on the Ullstein Bild website. Although many of the photographs have been published in specialty publications, the collection is still amazingly fresh, particularly in late-war German photographs. External Link: Ullstein Bild.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 12
Dogface Soldiers ◊
Outstanding collection of photographs of the U.S. Third Division in WWII digitized and put online by the son of William Toomey, one of the divisional photographers. External Link: www.dogfacesoldiers.org.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11
Two websites with QuickTime VR (QTVR) panoramas of WWII landmarks and monuments. External Links: D-Day Spots and Panoramas of World War II Landmarks.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9
The Memory Project ◊
Stories, photographs, and memorabilia from Canadian WWII veterans. External Link: The Memory Project.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8
Virginia in WWII ◊
"Virginia Fights: World War Two" is a hard-to-find site with interesting information and photographs relating to Virginia's history and World War II. External Link: The Ground Beneath Our Feet.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7
64th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor ◊
December 7th marks the 64th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor which drew America into WWII. External Link: Arizona Memorial Museum Association.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6
D-Day Museum Reopens ◊
The National D-Day Museum in New Orleans has reopened after Hurricane Katrina. The museum's shops were looted and vandalized after the hurricane, but the historical artifacts and exhibits remained largely undamaged. External Link: MSNBC.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 5
Color Tiger Tank Photos ◊
Several "new" color photos of German Tiger tanks in Tunisia in WWII are displayed online at Time & Life Pictures. Search for "Eliot Elisofon Tunisia" to see the entire set. This series of color photographs shows Allied troops demolishing several Panzer IV and Tiger tanks abandoned by German troops. External Link: Time & Life Pictures.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4
The Bat Bombers ◊
BBC Radio tells the fascinating story of the U.S. WWII Project
The History Net website has an article on both the U.S. bird and bat bomber projects from Aviation History magazine. This article covers two unrelated projects which sought to use pigeons and bats to aid the Allied bombing campaign. External Link: Top Secret WWII Bat and Bird Bomber Program.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3
Graphics & Unexploded Bombs in Tokyo ◊
I came across an interesting book today on WWII war artists, painters, draftsmen, and mechanical illustrators: Graphic War: The Secret Aviation Drawings And Illustrations of World War II by Donald Nijboer. The sample pages include some beautiful aircraft technical drawings. External Link: Amazon.com.
Recently, Tokyo authorities evacuated almost 4,000 residents after discovering an unexploded 550-pound bomb from WWII. External Link: ABC News.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2
11th Armored & "Storming France" ◊
An outstanding example of a division website, the 11th Armored Division Association has a treasure trove of photos, documents, histories, and personal accounts. Definitely worth exploring. External Link: 11th Armored Division Association.
This week on The History Channel, "WWII: Storming France" covers the Allied invasion of France with veteran accounts, reenactments, and CGI. External Link: No Longer Available.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1
Luftwaffe Do217-E ◊
Sixty-two years after the crash, the body of a Luftwaffe gunner has been recovered from a crashed German bomber in Britain.
A coroner's officer has pieced together details of a doomed mission made by a Luftwaffe bomber after the body of its gunner was found in the remains of his aircraft, shot down 62 years ago.... Franz Huske, 21, was part of a crew on board a Dornier 217-E on its way to bomb Southampton in March 1943 when it was intercepted by RAF Bristol Beaufighters.
The bomber is scheduled to be restored and displayed at a local museum. External Link: Telegraph Article.
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