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PHOTOS: Europe, Russia Celebrate 71st Victory Day

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 7:00am 5/10/2016 at 7:00am

Europe and Russia spent the last few days celebrating the 71st Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) to mark the end of World war II.

The German military surrendered...

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Americans Show What They Don’t Know About WWII

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, May 9, 2016 at 8:30am 5/9/2016 at 8:30am
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I always found Jay Leno’s “Jay Walking” segment depressing. He would wander around Los Angeles, conducting man on the street interviews with passers by, most of whom showed complete ignorance about very basic American history questions. I never found it humorous, I found it disheartening, but also context for why things are...

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Israeli flag burned at Babi Yar on Holocaust Remembrance Day

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 8:10pm 5/7/2016 at 8:10pm
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I doubt many people know the name Babi Yar, or what happened there. Unless you read Legal Insurrection.

If I polled 10,000 college students, I’d be surprised if more than a handful ever heard of it.

Babi Yar is a large ravine in Kiev, Ukraine.

In September 1941, after...

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IMAGES: Undeveloped World War II Film Discovered

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 7:00am 4/9/2016 at 7:00am
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Thirty-one rolls of undeveloped film, all shot by the same American soldier during World War II were passed along to developers at The Rescued Film Project. There, they carefully worked to develop photos taken seventy years ago.

The results were amazing:

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Want to Honor a WWII Vet? Here’s How

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 4, 2016 at 6:45pm 4/4/2016 at 6:45pm

Corporal Daniel A. Miller will be headed to Washington, D.C. on an Honor Flight next week. He served in the Pacific theatre during World War II as a TEC 5. Three of his now-late brothers also fought in World War II, though Corporal Miller is the last of his thirteen siblings...

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South Carolina’s Last Buffalo Soldier Laid to Rest

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 22, 2016 at 11:15am 2/22/2016 at 11:15am

One of the last of the Buffalo soldiers was laid to rest on Friday; Private Tomie Louis Gaines was 93 years old.

The last of South Carolina’s Buffalo soldiers, Gaines was a remarkable man.

Greenville online reports:

Private Tomie Louis Gaines, 93, one of the last of the Buffalo Soldiers, the black Army men who...

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Watch the Staggering Statistics on the Fallen of World War II

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 4:00pm 12/30/2015 at 4:00pm

There are many ways to study war and conflict — causes, effect, social constructs, literature of the era, resistance movements… the list goes on.

This particular project by Neil Halloran is, “an animated data-driven documentary about war and peace, The Fallen of World War II looks at...

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Christmas Eve in the Ardennes 1944

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 10:22pm 12/24/2015 at 10:22pm

Last Christmas Eve I posted Christmas 1944: The Battle of the Bulge – Christmas Eve in the Ardennes.

It’s a story that needs to be told, particularly to generations for whom Christmas Eve has meant only safety and security. Head over to the link for video and photos, as well as stories of the men...

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Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds – a Righteous Among the Nations

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 9:12pm 12/2/2015 at 9:12pm

AP Reports:

The Nazi soldiers made their orders very clear: Jewish American prisoners of war were to be separated from their fellow brothers in arms and sent to an uncertain fate.

But Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds would have none of that. As the highest-ranking noncommissioned officer held in the German POW camp, he...

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An inconvenient history: The Grand Mufti, Hitler and the “Knife Intifada”

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 8:30pm 10/21/2015 at 8:30pm

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a controversial statement as he was leaving for Germany on the role of Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. Netanyahu’s statement suggesting that the idea of genocide against the Jews of Europe originated with the Mufti and not Hitler was overstatement, and quickly...

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A Wing and a Prayer: American WWII Aviators Who Flew For Israel

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 7:00am 10/20/2015 at 7:00am

In a previous post, I noted that the U.S.-Israel military relationship remains solid. But back in 1948, America failed to support Israel militarily when the fledgling Jewish state needed it most.

In fact, as former Middle East peace envoy Dennis Ross writes in his important new book, the U.S. government was downright hostile to Israel in...

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Victory over Japan Day

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, August 14, 2015 at 1:00pm 8/14/2015 at 1:00pm
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Victory Day, formerly known as VJ Day, formerly known as Victory Over Japan Day, no longer is celebrated anywhere in the U.S. except in my formerly home State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.  It is celebrated the second Monday in August, even though Japan didn’t actually formally surrender until September...

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RIP American Marine Lou Lenart: Israel’s 1948 War Hero

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 7:16pm 7/21/2015 at 7:16pm

Louis (Lou) Lenart, an American fighter pilot during World War II who later helped to fend off an Egyptian advance on Tel Aviv during Israel’s 1948 War of Independence passed away on Monday (July 20) at his home in the central Israeli city of Ra’anana.

Lenart is a legend in Israel, where...

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Liberation. Independence. Victory.

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 7:30am 7/4/2015 at 7:30am
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I have run the video below a number of times, starting on July 4, 2012.

It’s a video of Victory over Japan (VJ) Day, August 14, 1945. For some reason, it seems so appropriate to play on July 4.

It was forwarded to me by reader TowsonLawyer, who wrote:

Just in time for the...

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Memorial Day: on Nationalism and Patriotism

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, May 25, 2015 at 7:00pm 5/25/2015 at 7:00pm

The story “The Man Without a Country” used to be standard reading matter for seventh graders. In fact, it was the first “real” book—as opposed to those tedious Dick and Jane readers—that I was assigned in school.

It was exciting compared to Dick and Jane and the rest, since it dealt...

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Celebrating VE Day

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 8, 2015 at 2:55pm 5/8/2015 at 2:55pm

Today marks the 70th anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe Day), when the Nazi’s surrendered to allied forces and Russia, ending World War II’s European front. The battle for the Pacific would not be won until later that year, on August 14.

The world celebrated the end to the...

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Christmas 1944: The Battle of the Bulge

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 7:00pm 12/24/2014 at 7:00pm

The Battle of the Bulge was a turning point in World War II, when American troops turned back the final Nazi counter-offensive on the Western front. Over 100,000 Americans would be killed or wounded before it was over.

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