I’ve just finished listening to the World War I memoires of Edward “Eddie” Rickenbacker, the American fighter ace and Medal of Honor recipient.
The book is a relatively light-hearted and adventurous romp over the skys of France and Germany. He goes into detail about the feelings and experiences of learning aerial combat and the technical aspects as they developed. The narrator of this audio version does an excellant job and is a joy to listen to. On more than a few occasions I had to turn off the audio, as I usually listen and work and I couldn’t work while listening with baited breathe to find out how a particular dog fight turned out. Or else I stopped everything and pay close attention to the wonderful details of the action. Continue reading
Facebook altered their groups feature last month. Last week I created a group, Maine Living History, to try it out.
It’s not just for Civil War reenactors, though that’s the predominate time period at the moment. I would like to see all re-enactors and living historians in Maine use it to share news, events, ideas, and contact information. It’s closed, which means the members list is public but the content is private to members only.
Request to join and I’ll add you as soon as I can. Also, if someone is already a member they can add any friend. So if you know someone is missing then feel free to add them yourself.
Also notice that you can send email to the group to post and if a thread or discussion is not your cup of tea, you can unsubscribe to individual posts and comments. Continue reading
I’ve been listening to “Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory” by Ben Macintyre from Audible.com. The true story of the World War II British intelligence services deception plan, codenamed “Operation Mincemeat“, to fool the Germans before the Sicily Invasion in 1943. A fantastic story that took over 50 years to be fully revealed.
“Operation Mincemeat” was an idea to trick the Germans into believing a lie, in hopes of taking their attention off the obvious buildup to the invasion of Sicily. Flight Lt. Charles Cholmondeley, RAF, of MI5 took an idea from a memo by Ian Fleming, yes, the same future author of James Bond, and with the help of Lt. Cmdr. Ewen Montagu, Royal Navy, planned to drop a dead body with fake documents off the coast of Spain, in hopes that the Spanish authorities would turn the body over to the Germans. With any luck, the Germans would accept the documents as authentic and make their plans to defend southern Europe accordingly. Continue reading
The Washington Post asks the question, “Marines gone rogue or leading the fight against counterinsurgency?”
The article goes back and forth between what the Marines in Afghanistan are doing and what the Army command wants them to do. The writer highlights some differences in priorities between the various commands in the theater. You should read it and make your own decision about who is making the better decisions.
I don’t know how I missed it, but today I discovered the new United States Navy recruiting slogan. And I like it! “A Global Force for Good” is a great slogan.
I especially love this poster! “Because Peace Does Not Preserve Itself” There are some other great posters in the gallery as well.
Visit the US Naval Recruiting Command.