August 18th 1920: After a long and hard fought campaign by the Suffragettes, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified. The 19th amendment allows for no bias to be considered in the casting of a ballot during an election. This means everyone can vote including women. The first election women could vote in was the 1920 US Presidential Election. The winner was President Warren G. Harding. What people tend to forget is that just because women could now vote, this is hardly the first time women were involved in politics. Abigail Adams the wife of John Adams, the Second President of the United States was sometimes looked to for advice by her husband. The Suffragettes were key figures in not just US history, but also world history. They would give not just women but many people hope to no matter the circumstance keep towards something you believe in. They were the example of what you can achieve. God bless them and God bless America.
That time my grandpa sent my grandma a "wallet-sized" picture.
It reads, "to my Darling, This is the wallet size picture I promised you honey. Well anyway it's sort of a souvenir that we can keep through the years. When, we're sitting by the fire place on some cold night, we can look at this mess. Bye now Darling, Barry"
Thanks for being a great example of love's patience.
Near the end of the #KoreanWar , a #platoon of U.S. soldiers is captured by #communists and #brainwashed . Following the war, the platoon is returned home, and Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) is lauded as a hero by the rest of his platoon. However, the platoon #commander , Captain Bennett Marco (#FrankSinatra ), finds himself plagued by strange #nightmares and, together with fellow soldier Allen Melvin (James Edwards), races to uncover a terrible plot.
A number of ROK soldiers during the early phase of the #KoreanWar used cut-off calves of M-1943 combat boots as leggings with their so-called ‘training shoes’.
#한국전쟁 개전 당시 몇몇 국군 병사들은 미군의 컴뱃부츠에서 발목 부분만을 잘라내어 각반처럼 사용했습니다. 열악하기 짝이 없던 전쟁의 첫 순간의 한 풍경입니다.
A little graphic detail.
March - September 1945: In March of 1945 France was liberated once again, the Russians were getting closer to Berlin by the day, and both Hitler and Mussolini would be dead in the next month. The war in Europe was essentially over and done with as far as most were concerned. But the Pacific was not. The Battle of Iwo Jima would conclude in March after a long and brutal fight. By this point it should be no surprise the Marine Corps and the Navy won. But there was one more island. Knowing the next page in the book to end the war was likely and invasion of Japan, the US Military decided they needed one last island. This Island would not be easy, it was as close to Japan as you could get. Okinawa. The US needed it to act as a control center for the invasion of Japan. They had land, airfields, and a close spot in the area surrounding Japan. General MacArthur and Admiral Nimitz told the President in order to conduct a successful invasion of Japan they would need this island. So they went for it. After some of the most brutal and bloodiest acts of the entire war, the US finally captured it in June. Thousands died taking that island. It would prove essentially useless as the Japanese Mainland Invasion never happened. Instead the Japanese were struck twice with Atomic Bombs, and almost constant fire-bombings. By August the war was over. Hirohito gave his surrender speech and many soldiers and officers alike committed seppuku. Seppuku is an act of suicide popularized by Samurai. It is performed when a person has failed their superior, and in one last act of faithfulness stabs himself in his stomach, and glides the blade in turn killing him. On September 2nd 1945 the Japanese Surrender was official, and the war was over. To end this post I would sum it up in a quote from Brad Pitts character "Wardaddy" put it in the 2014 movie Fury, "Ideals are peaceful, history is violent." #america#history#war#military#armedforces#battle#world#worldwar1#worldwar2#pacificwar#coldwar#koreanwar#vietnamwar#americanhistory#important#veterans#unitedstates#usmc#usarmy#usa#airforce#navy#coastguard#marins#marinecorps#godblessamerica
Arthur Moulder who served with B Company The Royal Fusiliers in Korea "I lost one of my mates. Cpl Williams, I will never forget that name. We met all these Chinese, and we had a bit of a skirmish with them and Taffy never came back.
It was a shame, I never forgot him.”
Sadly Arthur has since passed away and was buried yesterday , he features in the portrait project I shot over the space of six months on Korean Veterans for the Telegraph which can be seen at the link below .
The Going Gets Tough.
Exhaustion stains the faces of these GIs near Taegu after weeks of hard fighting in late August 1950.
Located smack-dab in the middle of the small corner of Korea that still remained by this point in time, Taegu quickly became a household name at the front and was held in high resentment alongside other names like P’ohang and Masan. The North Korean 13th Division began crossing the Naktong River at the village of Naktong-ni on the night of August 4/5th, and this move placed them 40 miles north of Taegu. Within three days the entire division had crossed over in strength. Several other divisions began to bear down on the town and surrounding areas over the next couple of days.
Throughout the next two weeks the 1st Cavalry Division and South Korean II Corps defended against incessant attacks by the North Koreans from both the north and west attempting to break their lines and puncture the perimeter. Both units held firm.
On 17 August 1945, the nations of North and South Korea were created by dividing the previously unified country along the 38th parallel; a circle of global latitude that gives the border it’s strangely neat horizontal.
Japan’s defeat by the Allies at the close of WWII ended the Empire’s 35-year rule over Korea, with the United States and Soviet Union each occupying a portion of the peninsula.
With relations between the two forces freezing over during the Cold War, Korea was caught in the crossfire.
While the Korean War only lasted for three years, its lack of resolution has left the North and the South divided ever since.
📷: (Original Caption) The first UN troops to cross the 38th parallel hold a sign-posting ceremony to let the world know that the Third ROK Division made the historic crossing. Left to right: Capt. J.W. Morley; Lt. Col. R.S. Emmerich; Lt. Col. Seo Jung Chul, Executive Officer; Cpl. Robert Miller; Col Kim Jong Sun, Regimental Commander; Maj. F.W. Keating and Capt. W.R. Williams Jr | Bettmann/Getty Images | 9 October 1950
Today's post is on the airwar of Korea, specifically regarding fighter jets. Here you can see two planes, the mig-15 a communist jet, and the F86, the Capitalist Crusader of the skies.
During the Korean war, bith the communist and the Americans struggled for air dominance, which the Americans won continuously. The communists had surprised the world with their Mig-15s, which had replaced the piston engined Yaks. Only 150 of the F86 were deployed in Korea, but they were usually employed by pilots with better skill than their communist counterparts. What helped the west was that a lot of these jet fighter pilots had prior experience in World war two. 68% of the people who actually killed Migs in Korea were over 28, and had flown atleast 18 sorties in world war two.
The MiG was designed to be the nemesis of the B-29, and it had two 23mm cannons and a 37mm cannon too. Furthermore the MiG had a tighter turning turning circle, meaning it could turn faster. Also it had the capability to reach a higher ceiling than that of a f86. Nonetheless the f86, with its six 0.5 calibre machine guns was a strong contender for it. The American counter part was more stable at higher speeds. A typical confrontation of fighter jets was that the communist planes would run home, but in dogfighting the planes opened fire at 200yards. Confrontations could be very quick, a brief burst of fire might kill an enemy or not do anything at all.
Action in the air was sporadic and random. Some months there would be very few MiGs. But some like in December 1952, could be hectic. In that month almost 4000 MiGs were spotted, and 2000 were attempted to be shot down. 27 MiGs were shot down. US dominance of air is clear when you look at the statistics, 900 of the planes shot down by the USAAF, 792 were MiG15s, and the USAAF only lost 78 of their own planes.