#Russia Kindly Asks #Bulgarians to Stop #Painting Over Their #Soviet#Monuments #😄#🎨 https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/08/russia-kindly-asks-bulgarians-to-stop-painting-over-their-soviet-monument/378844/
OPERATION BLUE (FALL BLAU/CASE BLUE)
Case Blue (German: Fall Blau) was the German Armed Forces (Wehrmacht) Name for its plan for the 1942 strategic summer offensive in southern Russia between 28 June and 24 November 1942, during World War 2.
It involves a two-pronged attack: one from the Axis right flank against the oil fields of Baku, known as operation Edelweiss and one from the left flank in the direction of Stalingrad along the Volga River, known as operation Fischreiher.
Army Group South (Heeresgruppe Süd) of the German Army was divided into Army Groups A and B (Heeresgruppe A and B). Army Group A was tasked with crossing the Caucasus mountains to reach the Baku oil fields, while Army Group B protected it’s flanks along the Volga. Supported by 2,035 Luftwaffe aircraft and 1,934 tanks and assault guns, the 1,370,287-man Army Group South attacked on 28 June, advancing 48 Kilometers on the first day and easily brushing aside the 1,715,000 Red Army troops opposite, who falsely expected the German offensive on Moscow even after Blau commenced. The Soviet collapse in the south allowed the Germans to capture the western part of Voronezh on 6 July and reach and cross the Don river near Stalingrad on 26 July.
In the south, Army Group A captured Rostov on 23 July and swept south from the Don to the Caucasus, capturing the demolished oil fields at Maikop on 9 August and Elisha on 13 August near the Caspian Sea coast. Heavy Soviet resistance and the long distances from the Axis sources of supply reduced the Axis offensive to local advances only and prevented the Germans from completing their strategic objective of capturing the main Caucasus oil field at Baku. Luftwaffe bombers destroyed the oil fields at Grozny but attacks on Baku were prevented by the insufficient range of the German fighters.
🇬🇾 BARIMA-WAINI, GUYANA - On this day in 1978, Jim Jones, the leader of the Christian sect of Jonestown, ordered the suicide of all the members, after the murder of Leo Ryan, a congressman who was doing an investigation, after multiple allegations of abuses. A total of 917 people died after ingest cyanide. Jim Jones, died from self-inflicted shotgun.
Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, is a city with two faces. The 'new city', as it is called, is orderly and symmetrical, with skyscrapers clad in marble and gold that rise out of a desert which stretches in every direction for hundreds of kilometres. Gold-embossed statues of famous leaders line the parades and stand guard outside a multitude of monuments, each more extravagant than the last. 6-lane highways of pitch black tarmac, fresh from the oil fields, run between vibrant gardens of green grass and topiary. Sun-tanned workers can be seen tediously clipping the grass, polishing statues and mopping the marble paths, striving to keep out the desert dust and maintain an image of 'perfection'. In comparison, the old city is a bit rougher, with dusty roads that crisscross between old Soviet-era apartments laden with wires and satellite dishes. #ashgabat#turkmenistan#marble#gold#city#monument#soviet#strange#empty#eutopia#dystopia#dictatorship#statue
Only the most serious ammunition collector or AK fan will know what this is... It’s the first North American and USA produced 7.62x39! Manufactured in the 1970’s by the Lake City Ordinance Plant for the CIA... yes, the Central Intelligence Agency! This ammo was intended to be used to test captured AK-47 rifles state side during the Vietnam War, and was also produced to be used in covert operations during the Vietnam War and beyond, and for that reason the cartridges have blank head-stamps, they are untraceable to a factory. Hardly any of this ammunition has survived to this day and it is UBER rare! I figured you serious AK collectors/shooters would love to see this.