New review up on the blog of WW2 novel, I Can't Begin to Tell You by Elizabeth Buchan. Set in Denmark, it looks at work of the resistance fighters, surveillance operatives and code breakers. The use of Morse code and the difficulties for the agents and readers was interesting. It's a fascinating and at times thrilling read with lots of strong and intelligent female characters.
I enjoy historical novels but this unfortunately didn't entirely work for me - I think there were too many characters which maybe stopped me connecting with them and it was a little long which affected the pacing.
3/5 stars from me.
Thank you to the author and @sianlauramae for sending me a copy.
Concentration camp of Oranienburg-Sachsenhausen | Those memorials are important to remind us how reality and moral can drastically shift. They are reminders of our past mistakes and the importance of values such as tolerance, respect, justice, equity, equality and mind opening. Your voice is the most powerful weapon against those who threaten this fragile equilibrium.
The Battle of Iwo Jima: One of the most famous battles of World War 2, and arguably the most famous of the Pacific Theater, Iwo Jima is a small volcanic island a few hundred miles off the Japanese Mainland. In 1945 as the war was looking to be over in a few months, the US Navy prepared for bombing runs over Japan. However, there was a problem. The bombers only had so much fuel and had to take off from a pretty far distance. The Navy needed a place close to the mainland where they could launch bombing runs from. The Navy had decided on Iwo Jima, because of its airfield and close proximity to the mainland. When the Marine Corps got word of it, they knew it wouldn't be easy. Unlike the Islands of Tarawa, Peleliu, or Guam Iwo Jima was Japanese soil. This wasn't an Island they invaded, it was their land, which meant they would put up one hell of a fight. On February 19th 1945 the Marine Corps and Navy landed on the island. The sand wasn't sand, it was a black volcanic rock that was hard to climb. The Japanese fought like there was no tomorrow. They would not under any circumstances allow the Americans to take Iwo. On February 23rd 1945 the famous picture of the Flag raising took place. Originally there was a smaller flag put up, but the Navy wanted a larger one, 6 Marines put the flag on the pole, while photographer Joe Rosenthal adjusted his camera. After putting the flag on the pole the Marines raised it, and Joe Rosenthal captured it. This is possibly the most iconic photo in Human history. The picture is of the second flag. Originally a Navy Corpsman (medic) named John Bradley was thought to be in the photo. In 2016 the Marine Corps found it was not John Bradley who had raised the flag, but rather a Marine, Harold Schultz. The battle raged on for a month until March 26th 1945. Over 6,000 Marines and Sailors died along with 20,000 Japanese. 23 Medals of Honor were awarded on Iwo Jima, sadly most never got to wear them. Only one recipient is alive today, Mr. Hershel "Woody" Williams.
The STUG 3 was initially designed as a solution to the lack of mobility artillery suffered from. WW1 painfully showed that artillery just could not keep up with the offensive pace of the infantry. The infantry needed mobile fire support to overcome fortifications and entrenched positions. New German doctrine also emphasized speed and power; Armor punches a hole through enemy lines and bypasses them or encircles them thus causing havoc among the enemy, infantry then mops up resistance.
Thus the STUG 3 was born. It filled the role of infantry support perfectly.
The STUG performed great in its Initial role, however it simply couldn't cope with the superior armor of the T34.
You May ask why did the beginning of Unternehmen Barbarossa still succeed?
The T34 were not really a common sight for the advancing Germans and never encountered in large groups.
Still the STUG III was replaced with the STUG IV, which had a far superior gun.
In the picture the flags are there for air identification.
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Wehrmacht soldiers in a burned down village, probably somewhere in Russia. You can spot a Heer officer smoking a cigarette in the background. A tank crewman is standing a little to the right of him with his back turned to the camera. Behind him the seems to be a soldier who's wearing a motorcycle great coat.
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Tümgeneral Erwin Rommel ve 7. Panzer Bölüğü'ne ait bir Panzer IV tankı, Fransa, Mayıs 1940. Erwin Rommel, burada yakın arkadaşı ve siyasi patronu Joseph Goebbels'in hediyesi olan çok sevdiği Leica III telemetreli kamerasıyla poz veriyor. Rommel'in kamera ve fotoğraflarla gerçekten çoğu insanın tahmin edemeyeceği kadar yakın bir ilişkisi vardır. Kendisi muhtemelen bugün paylaşma imkanı bulduğumuz çoğu 7. Panzer Bölüğü ve Batı operasyonlarıyla ilgili fotoğraflarından sorumludur.
Major General Erwin Rommel, and an Panzer IV of the 7th Panzer Division in France, May 1940. Erwin Rommel, is pictured here with his Leica III rangefinder camera which was a present from his friend and political patron Joseph Goebbels. Rommel has a close relationship with cameras and photographs that most people can not really imagine. He is probably responsible for a fair number of known, surviving 7th Panzer Division photos from the Western campaings.
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🇺🇸 Though it often times looked slow and lumbering to enemy fighters, the B-24 Liberator was more than capable of defending herself from attack thanks to those 🔟 machine guns on board. Under the guidance of capable gunners, the plane was not to be trifled with 💪🏻. Here is a war-time graphic that showcases the coverage provided by those guns on a J-model and includes the varying angles and degrees of defensive coverage. It’s not the best quality but an important visual aid, and I found it too interesting not to share.
Portrait of SS Kriegsberichter “Kampe” , war reporter of the 7th SS Prinz Eugen. Kriegsberichters literally translates to “war reporter” , these men other than their main duty were also trained and expected to fight if the situation demanded it. Colorized by myself.
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Adolf Hitler receives a model of a Condor airplane as a gift on his 50th birthday, Berlin, April 20, 1939. Beside Hitler (left) stands Capt. Hans Bauer, his personal pilot and you can see doctor Theodor Morrell he is the guy on the right who is close to the Camera. (In the brown uniform with medals.)