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Richard Reiben was born in the busy town of Brooklyn, New York in 1919. Growing up in Brooklyn gave Reiben a tougher, opinionated attitude. He is not afraid to tell someone what’s on his mind.
In 1943 Reiben decided to join the Army Rangers and was placed in C Company of the 2nd Rangers Battalion. He was ranked as a Private First Class and was taught how to operate a M1918A2 BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle). While other soldiers smoked cigarettes, Reiben preferred to smoke cigars. On the back of his jacket, “BROOKLYN, NY, USA,” is written confidently in dark letters. Reiben survived the charge of Omaha Beach on D-Day and helped his company destroy a German machine gun nest.
Later Reiben was hand-selected by Captain John H. Miller to set out on a mission to find one of the last surviving Ryan brothers, James Francis Ryan, and get him home.
Reiben will not consider you a friend at first sight. For him, trust is built over time. If you do become his friend, he will stand up for you and undoubtedly joke with you. Reiben likes it when someone can take a joke, and give one back. Having and good laugh and taking care of business is what Reiben’s all about.
Flakhelfer’s!!! In a follow up to my other post on some recent flakhelfer acquisitions I thought I would share two other portraits in my collection!
On the left we have a Flakhelfer wearing a Luftwaffe M43! Interesting as typically Flakhelfer’s were issued their own feldmütze, an interesting photograph!
On the right we have a field portrait that showcases the flakhelfer uniform very well!
And finally we have some more photographs of the breast eagle that came in the other day!
What do you think of their uniform? Like? Dislike? Let me know down below 😁! Don’t forget to follow my very good mate @joes_military_collection as well!! #bustersmilitaria#wwii#ww2#wwtwo#worldwar#worldwarii#worldwartwo#worldwar2#wehrmacht#infantry#infantryassaultbadge#nsdap#luftwaffe#waffen#photography#photooftheday
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Sonia Warshawski. “Big Sonia” has an amazing story of perseverance and faith. Captured by the Germans in her home in Poland, she spent the next three years in multiple concentration camps. She lost her family, but still travels the country speaking about the power of love. She has seen hate first hand and wants to warn us to do better. Such an amazing and inspiring person, with a story that needs to be heard. #holocaust#holocaustsurvivor#worldwar2#doleinstitute#bigsonia#bigsoniamovie#soniawarshawski
MORTE DE OSAMA BIN LADEN
FOTO: Vista do complexo de Osama bin Laden em Abbottabad, Paquistão, onde foi morto em 1 de maio de 2011.
Em 1º de maio de 2011, o presidente dos EUA, Barack Obama, anunciou que Osama bin Laden havia sido morto por "uma pequena equipe de americanos" agindo sob ordens diretas, em uma operação secreta em Abbottabad, no Paquistão. A ação ocorreu a 50 km ao norte de Islamabad. De acordo com autoridades norte-americanas, uma equipe de 20 a 25 soldados americanos da Marinha, sob o comando do Comando de Operações Especiais Conjuntas, invadiu o complexo de Bin Laden com dois helicópteros. Bin Laden e os que estavam com ele foram mortos durante um tiroteio no qual as forças dos EUA não sofreram baixas. Segundo um funcionário dos EUA, o ataque foi realizado sem o conhecimento ou consentimento das autoridades paquistanesas. No Paquistão, algumas pessoas ficaram chocadas com a incursão não autorizada pelas forças armadas dos EUA. O local fica a poucos quilômetros da Academia Militar do Paquistão em Kakul. Em seu comunicado, o presidente Obama disse que as forças dos EUA "tiveram o cuidado de evitar baixas civis". Detalhes logo surgiram que três homens e uma mulher foram mortos junto com bin Laden, a mulher sendo morta quando ela foi "usada como escudo por um combatente masculino ". O DNA do corpo de Bin Laden, comparado com as amostras de DNA registradas de sua irmã morta, confirmou a identidade de bin Laden. O corpo foi recuperado pelos militares dos EUA e estava sob sua custódia até que, de acordo com uma autoridade dos EUA, seu corpo foi enterrado no mar de acordo com as tradições islâmicas. Uma autoridade dos EUA declarou que "seria difícil encontrar um país disposto a aceitar os restos mortais do terrorista mais procurado do mundo". Departamento de Estado dos EUA emitiu uma "cautela mundial" para os americanos após a morte de Bin Laden e instalações diplomáticas dos EUA em todos os lugares colocados em alerta máximo, disse uma autoridade sênior dos EUA. Multidões se reuniram em frente à Casa Branca e na Times Square de Nova York para celebrar a morte de Bin Laden.
FOTO: Al-Zawahiri e Bin Laden em 2001 em entrevista com Hamid Mir em Cabul.
Al-Qaeda é uma organização multinacional sunita militante islâmica fundada em 1988 por Osama bin Laden, Abdullah Azzam, e vários outros voluntários árabes durante a invasão soviética do Afeganistão. A Al-Qaeda opera como uma rede de extremistas islâmicos e jihadistas salafistas. A organização foi designada como um grupo terrorista pelo Conselho de Segurança das Nações Unidas, a Organização do Tratado do Atlântico Norte (OTAN), a União Europeia, os Estados Unidos, o Reino Unido, a Rússia, a Índia e vários outros países. A Al-Qaeda montou ataques contra alvos civis e militares em vários países, incluindo os atentados à embaixada dos EUA em 1998, os ataques de 11 de setembro e os atentados de 2002 contra Bali. O governo dos Estados Unidos respondeu aos ataques de 11 de setembro lançando a "Guerra ao Terror", que procurava minar a Al-Qaeda e seus aliados. As mortes de líderes-chave, incluindo o de Osama bin Laden, levaram as operações da al-Qaeda a mudarem de cima para baixo, organizando e planejando ataques, ao planejamento de ataques que são realizados por grupos associados e operadores de lobos solitários. A Al-Qaeda emprega caracteristicamente ataques que incluem ataques suicidas e o bombardeio simultâneo de vários alvos. As atividades que são atribuídas à Al-Qaeda envolvem as ações daqueles que fizeram uma promessa de lealdade a bin Laden, ou às ações de indivíduos "ligados à al-Qaeda" que passaram por treinamento em um de seus campos no Afeganistão, Paquistão Iraque ou Sudão. Os ideólogos da Al-Qaeda vislumbram a remoção de todas as influências estrangeiras nos países muçulmanos e a criação de um novo califado sobre todo o mundo muçulmano.
One of the great things I saw in France at Sainte Mere Eglise Airborne Museum. A story that you don’t hear about, the lucky penny story and the crew members of the Dakota in the museum. I was so blessed to see this. @leonidkhankin #worldwar2#airborne#france#museum
Some characters from a story I'm planning to work on soon titled "Operation Overload", set in America during World War II.
This character description will be brief (probably)
· Mary Fisher
The daughter of a navy Marshall. Sweet, ditzy but a tad air-headed and naïve. Constitutes as a recurring side character.
· Gwen Crawford
One of the main characters and the daughter of a rich real estate agent. Intelligent, sophisticated and refined. Often chased by males vying for her attention and societal status. She struggles to let go of her pride and can often come off as arrogant.
· Robyn Hayes
Another main character and the daughter of a well-respected merchant. Rebellious and stubborn, she struggles with the restrictive society rampant with inequality and standards. Thus, she feels a certain sense of prejudice towards the upper class society.
I'm sort of annoyed because I wanted to draw Mary closer to Gwen, kind of in a sense being "in her shadow".
Decided to draw an A-20 "Boston" and three Curtiss p-36 Mowhawks ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
These characters are my OCs
A PRAÇA DA LIBERDADE
A Praça Dzerzhynskoho, localizada na Carcóvia, Ucrânia, recebeu este nome em 1925, quando foi fundada. O nome tratou-se de uma homenagem a Félix Dzerzhinsky, um político comunista polonês criador da Cheka (precursora da KGB), a primeira polícia secreta da União Soviética. Considerada uma das mais importantes bases estratégicas dos soviéticos, Carcóvia ligava conexões ferroviárias e aéreas para o Cáucaso.
Notada a importância da região, em outubro de 1941, acontece a Primeira Batalha de Carcóvia, resultando no capturamento da cidade por tropas alemãs. Em maio de 1942 forças soviéticas tentam retomar o município lançando a Segunda Batalha de Carcóvia, e, apesar disso, não logram êxito. Neste mesmo ano, a praça é nomeada de “Platz der Wehrmacht” (Praça do Exército Alemão). Em fevereiro de 1943 acontece a Terceira Batalha de Carcóvia, na qual os soviéticos tentam reconquistar a cidade, mas são derrotados novamente e, talvez como um símbolo comemorativo, os alemães mudam o nome para “Platz der Leibstandarte” (Praça da SS). No dia 3 de agosto de 1943 os soviéticos lançam uma terceira ofensiva; após 20 dias eles finalmente reconquistam a cidade. Após a derrota do exército alemão naquela região, a praça voltou a ter seu nome original. Em 1991 houve a independência da Ucrânia e a praça passou a chamar-se “Praça da Independência”. Desde de 1998 ela é denominada como “Praça da Liberdade”. Por Brites
A platoon of Polish cavalry troops rides to the plains of Eastern Prussia to await invasion by Nazi Germany in 1939. There are many legends saying that the Polish Calvary charged with swords and lancers at German tanks of course the legends have been debunked. Even though the legends of charging at tanks are purely myths, the heroics of the Polish Calvary aren’t. The Battle of Krojanty or the Charge at Krojanty took place on the evening of September 1, 1939. It was during the beginning of the invasion where elements of the Polish cavalry charged at German positions and dispersed the German infantry units near Krojanty, Pomeranian Voivodeship. German armored cars appeared on the battlefield and they fired upon the charging Polish Calvary. Soon the Polish units came under heavy machine gun fire, completely exposed they had to retreat but the Calvary charge delayed the German advance allowing the Polish 1st Rifle battalion and Czersk Operational Group to withdraw. The Winged Hussars smiled upon their descendants. #history#war#warhistory#military#militaryhistory#historychanel#historiansunion#worldwar2
The 1938-1939 German Expedition to Tibet was a German scientific expedition from April 1938 to August 1939, led by German zoologist and SS officer Ernst Schäfer. The Reichsführer-SS Himmler was attempting to avail himself of the reputation of Schäfer for propaganda and asked about his future plans. Schäfer responded he wanted to lead another expedition to Tibet. Himmler was fascinated by Asian mysticism and therefore wished to send such an expedition under the authority of the SS Ahnenerbe (SS Ancestral Heritage Society), and he desired that Schäfer perform research based on Hanns Hörbiger’s pseudoscientific theory of "Glacial Cosmogony" promoted by the Ahnenerbe. Researcher Roger Croston described the objective of the expedition as "an holistic creation of a complete biological record of Tibet alongside a synthesis of inter-relating natural sciences with regard to geography, cartography, geology, earth magnetics, climate, plants, animals and mankind.
The Focke-Wulf Ta 152 was a World War II German high-altitude fighter-interceptor designed by Kurt Tank and produced by Focke-Wulf. The Ta 152 was a development of the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 aircraft.
It was intended to be made in at least three versions—the Ta 152H Höhenjäger ("high-altitude fighter"), the Ta 152C designed for medium-altitude operations and ground-attack using a Daimler-Benz DB 603 and smaller wings, and the Ta 152E fighter-reconnaissance aircraft with the engine of the H model and the wing of the C model.
The first Ta 152H entered service with the Luftwaffe in January 1945. The Ta 152 was produced too late and in insufficient numbers to affect the outcome of the war.
There is only one surviving Ta 152, a 152 H-0 variant flown by III./Jagdgeschwader 301, a Luftwaffe Wilde Sau unit. The aircraft is housed at the National Air and Space Museum Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility in Suitland, Maryland, United States, where it is expected to be restored.
This is retired @usarmy Lt. Col. John “Jake” Parvin of Pennsauken Township, New Jersey.
Lt. Col. Parvin is a 100-year-old World War II veteran!
He joined the Army in 1940.
He served 23 years in the United States Army and Army National Guard, where Parvin was a Vehicle Maintenance Officer in the 500th Field Artillery with Seventh Army Division (France) and the Third Army Division (Germany). He served under General George #Patton and received a #BronzeStar after rescuing 4 men from overturned tanks.
Lt. Col. Parvin was a former commander of the New Jersey Army National Guard's 1st Battalion of the 112th Field Artillery.
In July 2018, the Philadelphia @phillies invited Lt. Col. Parvin to the July 4th game and honored him during their "Salute to Veterans" ceremony. He was the oldest veteran to be honored that day.
Last night, the @camdencountynj was proud to celebrate his service and his love of country. "I have a responsibility in my life to continue serving this country and have dedicated my life to it,” Parvin recently said.
This is a true #American hero. 🇺🇸 #army#armyvet#ww2#nationalguard#soldier#veterans#freedom#unitedstatesarmy#war#patriotic#liberty#worldwar2#generalpatton#american#hero#usa#france#germany#pennsauken#nj
Captured German PzKpfw V 'Panther' tank, rolling along a dirt road in northwest Europe and used here by the 4th Coldstream Guards, 6th Guards Tank Brigade, 29 November 1944
One of the best-documented cases, is that of the Panther renamed 'Cuckoo'. The tank was found abandoned in a barn during the fighting for the village of Overloon. Before its capture, the tank had belonged to the 2./Panzer Brigade 107. The British tankers assigned 'Cuckoo' to the 4th Battalion Coldstream Guards alongside their issued Churchills, apparently to a staff section. These staff tanks were all named after birds, such as Eagle and Vulture; hence, the name 'Cuckoo'. In preparing the tank for its new owners, a new coat of paint was applied, most likely the same khaki as the Churchills. Cuckoo’s new operators were impressed and happy with their acquisition; in particular, they admired the high quality of the optics in the tank’s sights, something for which the Germans were noted. 'Cuckoo' participated in the attack on Geijsteren Castle and then took part in Operation Blackcock in January 1945. This attack was designed to push the Germans out of a triangular area of ground between the Dutch towns of Roermond, Heinsburg, and Sittard. 'Cuckoo' was employed in an attack on the town of Waldenrath in the southeastern corner of this triangle. The winter was harsh, and icy conditions made for difficult going. 'Cuckoo' both impressed and angered its new owners. While the Churchill tanks seemed to constantly slide and become stuck on the icy roads, the Panther kept moving with absolutely no problem at all, oblivious to the conditions plaguing the British armour.
The tank was used again during Operation Veritable, a campaign designed to clear the area between the Roer and Rhine Rivers in Germany. During this operation the British were involved in heavy fighting in the Reichswald, which was forested and inhospitable terrain for tanks. Nevertheless, 'Cuckoo' fought here for its new owners. Unfortunately, during this campaign the Panther’s fuel pump failed and could not be fixed or replaced. Abandoning the tank, the Coldstream Guards went on to finish the war with their Churchills. ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖
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We are proud to announce that The Salty Soldier and @northgate.entertainment are pairing up to create an amazing World War 2 Tribute Illustration for the Veteran Community. Over the next few weeks you will see updates as we progress through the work with both videos and live feeds. Q/A Sessions with the artist @sergey.astakhov will be available in the near future. Keep doing great things everyone. Stay Salty!
“...a ‘punitive’ German commando came into the village to kill the Jews, under the responsibility of the head of the local Gestapo, a certain Hummel. They [the Jews] were gathered in the main street in front of Hummel’s house and then arranged in columns of four across. The Jewish children and the handicapped were torn from their families and placed in horse-drawn carts that followed the columns. They were taken toward a great pit just outside the village. The German gunmen were placed above the pit. The Jews went down into the pit, twenty by twenty. After the volley of shots, we three Ukrainian girls who, in our bare feet, had to pack down the bodies of the Jews and throw a fine layer of sand on top of them so that the other Jews could lie down. Many Jews were wounded....We had trouble walking on them. The shootings were so quick that we didn’t have time to catch our breath between shootings! It lasted from 10 o’clock in the morning to 4 in the afternoon. The Germans took turns to eat but not us. As for the children; they were killed at the end of the main execution, after the adults. They threw them in the air. They threw them any old way...”
27 May 1942
The Famous Cologne Tank Duel
The first photo in the run showing the location Bartelborths lone Panther Mark V was at when it fired 2 high velocity 75mm AP (armour piercing) rounds into the lead Sherman of F Company from the spearhead battalion of the US 3rd Armoured Division during their push to take the largest German city the Americans were to take during the final year of World War 2.
Next view is the lead Tank led by Commander Kellner as it reached the Komodienstrasse.Its then hit twice in the turret as the tanks turret was visible above the debris that lay in the street.Two crew members die instantly and Kellner and his gunner John Gialluca scramble out but only after the second round had hit their turret as they were pinned trapped in their seats by the first penetrating 75mm German round.Kellners leg is blown off below the knee & he drops his rifle as he falls to the ground.He is seen by a medic in a nearby crater but passes away soon after probably from loss of blood or cardiac arrest.The following photos document the tunnel from which the Panther engaged the Sherman and would later emerge from.Then close ups of the penetrations from the German 75mm AP rounds that destroyed Kellners Sherman turret killing 3 of the crew.Gialluca (gunner) & (assistant driver) Oliver Griffin survived.
The Tank Duel Of Cologne
Showing the commander climbing out after the first 90mm AP round sliced thru the side hull armour causing internal fire.The gunner is seen struggling to climb out thru the commanders cupola in the turret as the loader is next to climb out the loaders hatch to the rear of the turret and scramble off the upper deck as the commander is now seen to the right also scrambling losing balance on the ground.Then the radio operator and lastly the driver escapes thru his hatch and down to the ground.They all follow the commander away from the now tremendously burning tank.The gunner severely injured and burned is unable to climb out properly as the second round hits below the gun mantlet and appears to take his legs out and he falls back down and is interned.All 3 90mm AP rounds passed straight thru the other side of the Panther and probably aided in the survival of some of the crew.Bartelborth & Konig survived.2 others passed away from injuries in hospital.The Mark V Panther was a Aust A from Panzerbrigade 106 Feldernhalle.