Devil Dogs to the Rescue: The Marines at the Battle of Belleau Wood - Part II.
The Allies needed to battle back and that meant putting American units in the field. Spearheading the effort to snatch Belleau Wood from four crack German divisions was the 9,500-strong 4th Marine Brigade of the U.S. Army’s 2nd Division. As the Marines moved into position, they encountered many frantic French troops in retreat. “They told us they were the last of their bloodied units,” said Marine 1st Lt. James McBrayer Sellers. “Although the French were glad to see us, they said on many occasions, ‘“It’s too late.’” One French officer urged Marine Captain Lloyd Williams to join him and his men as they pulled back to a new defensive line. Williams famously responded, “Retreat hell! We just got here.” The Marines were determined to go forward and fight.
After several days of trading shots with German riflemen and exchanging punishing artillery fire, orders came down that the Marines were to advance across a wheat field to their front and capture Belleau Wood. Waiting for them was what the commander of the 6th Marine Regiment, Col. Albertus Catlin described as a “lurking menace.” Facing an enemy concealed in the woods and equipped with heavy machine guns, trench mortars, poison gas, and strong artillery, the Marines were going to have to give the Germans everything they were worth.
On June 6, 1918, the Marines entered the cauldron of hell and raced across the wheat field as murderous levels of German machine gun and artillery fire filled the air. It was in this mayhem that Marine Gunnery Sergeant Daniel Daly, a double recipient of the Medal of Honor, unforgettably urged his men forward with the following words: “Well come on, ya sons of bitches. Ya want to live forever?” Tremendous gallantry was shown by the Marines as they battled their way across the wheat field and they paid a bloody price for their valor. According to one historian, more Marines were “killed and wounded on June 6 than the total of such casualties in the entire previous history of the Marine Corps.” As Pvt. Onnie Cords put it, “Many of our bayonets were bloody that day.” 🇺🇸 #ThisIsWhyWeStand
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Some nice attention to detail from the original builder. Russ added a placard (tough to read here) on the top of the cowl that says ‘IN THE EVENT OF THE PROPELLER OR ENGINE IS REMOVED THE GUNS MUST BE RETIMED’. The original guns were timed to stop shooting when a propellor blade passed in front of them. If that got altered, you could shoot your own propeller off. Not a good thing. #airplane#sopwithcamel #WW1#WW1replica#pilot#sopwith#biplane
Since the Treaty of Windsor in 1373, Portugal and the United Kingdom have been the strongest of allies. The Anglo-Portuguese alliance is, in fact, the longest standing alliance in the world, being almost 650 years old.
Viva o Reino Unido.
The Meuse-Argonne Offensive began on the morning of September 26, 1918. Their communication line was cut and so they could not receive supplies of food or ammunition.
While Whittlesey and his men tenaciously defended their position, their parent 154th Brigade and the entire 77th Division launched a ferocious series of attacks to get to them. But with each attack, these efforts grew weaker and weaker as the combat power of the 77th ebbed. In the first 4 days of these attacks, the rest of the 308th infantry alone lost 766 men.
While Whittlesey held the line valiantly at all costs, men were sent over in a series of attacks which were terribly costly but in the end the brave American men pushed through tenaciously pushing back the German line. #WW1#america 🇺🇸 #patriotism#wewontforget
On October 30th of 1913, a new ocean liner for Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, she is Alcantara (Photo 2)! She weighs in at 15,831 tons, has a length of 570 ft, and can make 18 knots. Fitting out will be completed by May of 1914 and the following month Alcantara begins her maiden voyage out of Southampton for South America. While Alcantara is enjoying voyages along the length of the Atlantic in 1914, a German freighter is also built for the Hamburg-Australia run, she is Guben (Photo 3)! She weighs in at 9,900 tons, has a length of 432 ft, and can make 13 knots. These two ships, completed so close to the start of The Great War, are soon therefore to suspend all civilian service. Alcantara is the first brought under the arm of the Royal Navy in April of 1915 for conversion to an armed merchant cruiser. This practice of putting guns on a merchant to be a pseudo warship goes back to the early days of the age of sail. Alcantara’s load out will be six 6 inch and two 3 lb guns for the purposes of patrols and rounding up of enemy shipping, not in the line of battle if it can at all be helped. Apart from a sortie after a reported German submarine base in the arctic, which turns out to be an Austro-Hungarian expedition base, Alcantara has a very uneventful career. By January of 1916 the armed merchant cruiser is put with the 10th Cruiser Squadron alongside her sistership Andes (Photo 4) for patrols in the North Sea. During all this, Guben had been stuck in port and she too is requisitioned for conversion into a warship, however with a different purpose. The Imperial German Navy renames her Greif and attaches on her decks four 5.9 inch guns, one 4.1 inch gun, and two 20 inch torpedo tubes with six reloads with a mission to stealthily hunt and sink enemy shipping, making her a merchant raider. In order to disguise her as a neutral merchant, her aft funnel is removed and the Norwegian flag is painted on her sides to hopefully run the blockade leaving the Royal Navy none the wiser. While leaving German waters a British submarine may have sighted Greif as the Royal Navy sends out a light cruiser force into the North Sea to intercept. ((Continues below👇👇👇))
Buying a fake or something that you question the authenticity of happens to just about everyone that has been collecting for a decent period of time. Well this can suck but always try to find a positive of the situation. This telescope I picked up off of ebay a few months back, but for me the authenticity is up in the air since I primarily focus on Guns, but because of this telescope I learned about a man named Günther Paschen a person that it seems history has almost forgotten. The only thing of length on him I found was an German article written on him back in 2012 talking about how he was killed by the Gestapo I printed out and laminated the article translated and I highly suggest that you read the article in the Picture above or by looking it up yourself. But other documents that mention Paschen that weren't really talked about in the article are interviews of the sailors after the battle of Jutland from what I can tell Paschen was on the SMS Lutzow during the battle which was sunk. In 1917 Paschen was given command of the SMS Braunschweig which matches with the telescope and makes sense but the thing that doesn't add up is the navy being referred to as the Reichsmarine since during the First World War the German Navy was referred to as Kaiserliche Marine and the Reichsmarine was the Navy under the Weimar Republic and Early Nazi Germany. My best guess if it is real is that it was a gift to Paschen in the 1920s commemorating his command of the Braunschweig while he was teaching at the Mürwik Naval School during the time of the Weimar Republic. Whether the Telescope is authentic or not I say it was worth it, I was able to learn about a man that was beyond courageous yet is somebody that most people will never know who he was I just hope that with this more people will know about Günther Paschen and his story. #ww1#ww2#navy#navalhistory#kaiserlichemarine#reichsmarine#kriegsmarine#history#sms#braunschweig#lützow#jutland#battleship#worldwar2#worldwar1#military#militaryhistory#gestapo#GüntherPaschen
(1917🎬2019) DescriptionDuring World War I, two British soldiers -- Lance Cpl. Schofield and Lance Cpl. Blake -- receive seemingly impossible orders. In a race against time, they must cross over into enemy territory to deliver a message that could potentially save 1,600 of their fellow comrades -- including Blake's own brother.
My German ww1 black grade wound badge, awarded for being wounded 1 - 2 times. This is a very early one as it is pressed into brass. I forgot who told me information about this badge. Please tell me who you are and I'll tag you... #ww1#ww2#woundbadge#wound#blackwoundbadge#brass#german
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Battle of midway, tell me your thoughts about this battle in the comments!
"La guerre ne determine pas qui a raison, mais seulement qui il reste."
Le soldat qui tombe le premier est celui qui a osé se sacrifier, derrière chaque croix se cachent des héros pleurés puis oubliés.
Même si leurs corps sont depuis longtemps retournés à la poussière, leurs sacrifices continuent de vivre en nous. Nous devons chérir leurs mémoires, nous n'avons pas le droit d'oublier.
"War does not determine who is right, but only who is left."
The soldier who falls first is the one who dared to sacrifice himself, behind each cross are hidden weeping and then forgotten heroes.
Incrível imagem de centenas de refugiados muçulmanos da Guerra dos Bálcãs (1912-1913) chegando aos limites de Istambul no Império Otomano. Após a guerra, a população civil muçulmana das regiões anexadas pelos países da Liga Balcânica (Bulgária, Grécia, Montenegro e Reino da Sérvia) sofreu uma intensa perseguição religiosa e massacres. De janeiro a fevereiro de 1913, a Igreja Ortodoxa Búlgara realizou forçosamente o batismo de milhares de muçulmanos das regiões de Rhodopes e Pirin.
Fonte: Trix, Frances. "Peace-mongering in 1913: the Carnegie International Commission of Inquiry and its Report on the Balkan Wars." pp. 156
HMS Galatea an Arethusa Class light cruiser of the Royal Navy. Commissioned in 1914 armed with 2x6" and 6x 4" guns and 4 torpedo tubes. At 125m long and displacing just over 2,500 tonnes. Serving as Flagship of the 1st Light Cruiser Squadron along with HMS Phaeton, Cordelia and Inconstant. At Jutland their task was to be part of the screening forces for the 1st Battlecruiser Squadrom. She will be remembered as the ship to first report contact of German ships, and be the first to receive a hit during the Battle of Jutland for her troubles. She would survive the war until scrapping in 1925. #ww1#royalnavy#navy#royalmarines#jutland#battle#warship#history#militaryhistory#military#cruiser#guns#greatwar
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Not the most high quality photo out there, but an interesting story nonetheless.
Major General Charles King: A Veteran of Five American Wars - American Civil War, Indian Wars, Spanish-American War, Philippine-American War, and World War I.
Born on 12 October 1844, out of Albany, NY, Charles King, the son of Union Major General Rufus King, began his military career as a "marker" in the Milwaukee Light Guard in 1856 and in a mounted orderly assigned to a brigade out of Washington, D.C., in 1860. Sometime during the war, the young King had received an appointment to West Point from President Lincoln, graduating and being commissioned in 1866. By 1871, Lt. King was serving under Gen. George Crook in the 5th Cavalry across the Arizona Territory and northern states and, during this time, he became friends with the unit's scout, William "Buffalo Bill" Cody. In a skirmish in 1874, King found himself pinned down by a group of Indians and was shot in the arm, nearly severing at the shoulder, and if not for the bravery of a fellow soldier, Sgt. Bernard Taylor (who was awarded the Medal of Honor), would not have survived. While recuperating in New Orleans, he married Adelaide Yorke and together they would have three daughters and a son. Upon returning out west, he witnessed Buffalo Bill's legendary duel with the Cheyenne warrior Yellow Hand and served in the Nez Pierce Indian Campaign of 1877 as well. Plagued by the injury he received years earlier, King retired from the active cavalry in 1879 and went on to teach military science and tactics at the University of Wisconsin. It was at that time he started writing a series of newspaper articles chronicling his experiences in the Sioux Campaign of 1876, which would evolve into the first of his many books. In 1882, now an appointed colonel in the Wisconsin National Guard, King dedicated his time write more of his experiences out west and would retire his commission to take a position as commandant at the Michigan Military Academy. In 1898, King resumed his duties in time of the Spanish-American War and led regiments in the Spanish surrender of the Philippines and the ensuing insurrection. [CONTINUED IN THE COMMENTS]
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This hardfuck is Thomas A. Jones who served in the British army during the Somme offensive.
On Sept 25, 1916, the British had captured the French village of Morval and were in the process of building trenches. Jones and the rest of his unit were digging in, still recovering from the battle they had only just finished fighting, when a sniper opened fire on them. Several men were wounded, but when one of the younger soldiers was shot through the head and killed, Jones pretty much crossed the no fucks zone.
He picked up his rifle and sprinted off across no man’s land towards the enemy position. He was in full view of the sniper, who put at least one bullet through Jones' jacket while another passed through his helmet, slid down the back of his shirt and burned him all the way down to the waistband. During his mad dash he stopped and shot the sniper ... as well as two more who fired on him despite simultaneously displaying a white flag. At this point, he decided to run all the way to the other side, directly in to the German trenches.
Once there he killed a few more and single handedly captured 102 Germans. When one of them attempted to escape, Jones turned around and shot him. Jones received the Victoria Cross for his actions.
After this, he earned the nickname “Todger”; old time slang for dick. And I’m sure the size of his “Todger” was relevant to the size of his balls.