Thursday, March 23, 2017

Dresden WW2.

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Yet more still extracts with my commentary WW2 headlines from:

"THE NEW YORK TIMES
COMPLETE WORLD WAR II
The Coverage of the Entire Conflict"

Headlines: "COVERAGE from the BATTLE FIELD to the HOME FRONT"

17 February 1945.

"Dresden Dead Put At 70,000"

"STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Feb. 16 (AP) - - The German -controlled Scandinavian Telegraph Bureau said today that 70,000 persons had been killed in this week's Allied bombings of Dresden. The city has been cut off from all communication with the rest of Germany as a result of destruction of the telegraph station, post office, railroad station and high command headquarters, the report said."


Dresden subjected to both saturation and fire-bombing. Image courtesy of Bundesarchive.

That amount of damage all done in a single day with enormous human casualties. 70,000 DEAD in the immediate aftermath of the bombing. That figure disputed with alternative far-ranging numbers as proposed by various advocates.

THE DESTRUCTION OF DRESDEN BY THE COMBINED ALLIED BOMBER FORCE A POINT OF CONTENTION AND CONTROVERSY TO THIS DAY.

See my previous blog entry the topic of which was Dresden and that allied saturation bombing:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/02/dresden.html

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Polling WW2.

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Further with extracts and my commentary WW2 headlines from:

"THE NEW YORK TIMES
COMPLETE WORLD WAR II
The Coverage of the Entire Conflict"

Headlines: "COVERAGE from the BATTLE FIELD to the HOME FRONT"

February 16, 1945.

"JAPANESE EXPECT TO WIN, POLL FINDS"

"Concede Our Industrial Might but Put Faith in Japan's 'Spirtual superiority'"

By ROBERT TRUMBULL

By Wireless to The New York Times.

"Saipan, Feb. 15 - - What does the average Japanese feel and think - - about the war, about the United States, about democracy?"

Japanese civilians as captured by U.S. military forces subjected to "polling". That such a thing was even done was a surprise to me.

"To get the answer to questions such as these, language officers on Saipan conducted a poll in Camp Suspe, where 13,241 Japanese on Saipan are housed."

Some results of the polling found to be very surprising:

"the poll discloses contradictory habits of thought that American officers have found to be characteristic of the Oriental enemy here and elsewhere."

* "SOME NEVER HEARD OF U.S."

* "FEAR A MAJOR FACTOR"

* "LONG WAR PREDICTED"

Saipan the first time large numbers of Japanese civilians encountered and captured by American forces during the various island-hopping campaigns of the Second World War. Many Japanese civilians on the island committing suicide, "death before dishonor" and that sort of thing.

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Metz 1944.

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Further with extracts with my commentary WW2 headlines from:

"THE NEW YORK TIMES
COMPLETE WORLD WAR II
The Coverage of the Entire Conflict"

Headlines: "COVERAGE from the BATTLE FIELD to the HOME FRONT"

"AMERICAN TROOPS ON GERMAN SOIL"

16 September 1944

"FALL OF METZ DUE"

By Drew Middleton By Cable to The New York Times

"FALL OF METZ EXPECTED"

"Nancy, Charmes, and Epinal, all on the right flank of Lieut. Gen. George S. Patton's American Third Army, fell in the past twenty-four hours and the German line on the Moselle River was blasted loose from its roots."

"There was heavy fighting on the  northern sector of the Third Army's front as well yesterday. Thionville is now largely held by General Patton's troops and the German situation in Metz is becoming more precarious hourly."

NO! Third Army becoming mired in a three-month siege directed against the German fortresses of Metz. Ancient and antiquated structures as manned by troops of rather poor quality but possessing some considerable fighting spirit. This was a serious mistake on the part of Patton!!

See previous blog entries the topic of which was Patton and siege that occurred in and around Metz, 1944.

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/06/patton-ii.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/07/metz-i.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/07/metz-ii.html

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Yamamoto WW2.

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Another extracts with my commentary WW2 headlines from:

"THE NEW YORK TIMES
COMPLETE WORLD WAR II
The Coverage of the Entire Conflict"

Headlines: "COVERAGE from the BATTLE FIELD to the HOME FRONT"


Image courtesy of Nippon News.

MAY 22, 1943

"Yamamoto Death Called Mystery; One Authority Suspects Suicide"

"Two versions of the death of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, said by Tokyo radio to have been killed in action while directing a naval operation from an airplane, were advanced in the United States yesterday."

"One of these, put out by the Office of War Information, raised the possibility that he might have been killed in the crash of a passenger airplane. The other was that he might have killed himself over the realization that Japan's far flung seizures in the Pacific were beginning to be rolled back."

IF ONLY THE NEW YORK TIMES KNEW THE TRUTH! YAMAMOTO HIS FLIGHT PLANS KNOWN IN ADVANCE, THE MAN STALKED AND KILLED IN A DELIBERATE MANNER! THE DEATH OF THE INDISPENSABLE ENEMY COMMANDER UNDERSTOOD AS HAVING ADVANTAGE.

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Heavy Water.

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Still more extracts with my commentary WW2 headlines from:

"THE NEW YORK TIMES
COMPLETE WORLD WAR II
The Coverage of the Entire Conflict"

Headlines: "COVERAGE from the BATTLE FIELD to the HOME FRONT"

"NAZI 'HEAVY WATER' LOOMS AS WEAPON"

"Plant Razed for 'Saboteurs' in Norway Viewed as Source of New Atomic Power"

4 April 1943.

"LONDON  April 3 - - 'Heavy water,'derived by an electrochemical process from ordinary water, with hidden atomic power that can be used for the deadly purpose of war as well as the happier pursuits of peace, apparently has become a source of anxiety for those Allied Leaders who plan attacks against enemy targets."

ATOMIC POWER AS HAVING A DEFINITE MILITARY APPLICATION "FOR THE DEADLY PURPOSE OF WAR". OH, YES!! IF ONLY THE NEW YORK TIMES KNEW THEN WHAT WE KNOW NOW!!

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VD USA.

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More extracts with my commentary WW2 headlines from:

"THE NEW YORK TIMES
COMPLETE WORLD WAR II
The Coverage of the Entire Conflict"

Headlines: "COVERAGE from the BATTLE FIELD to the HOME FRONT"

"YOUNG GIRLS FOUND MENACE TO TROOPS"

"outnumber Prostitutes 4-1 in Spreading Venereal Disease, Health Officers Say"

2 February 1943.

"Girls of teen age picked up in this area by service men outnumber professional prostitutes by a ratio of 4 to 1 as spreaders of venereal disease among our armed forces, a conference on war time control of venereal disease was informed"

NOT "professionals" but others referred to as "local talent" to blame for an epidemic plaguing American servicemen.

"'LOCAL TALENT' IS BLAMED"

"local talent - - so-called charity girls or 'chippies' - - is figuring more and more prominently in the spread of venereal disease."

Back in my day [Vietnam War era] it was the RED ROSE and the BLACK LACE! Beware!

Penicillin and the use of same as treatment for venereal disease not available at the time. Traditional treatments for VD working poorly and somewhat painful!!

Beware!!

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Scrap!

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Still more extracts with my commentary WW2 headlines from:

"THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPLETE WORLD WAR II The Coverage of the Entire Conflict" Headlines: "COVERAGE from the BATTLE FIELD to the HOME FRONT"

"CEMETERY STEEL DIGS GRAVE FOR THE AXIS"

"Thousand tons of Enclosures And Urns Salvaged for Scrap"

22 November 1942.

"A thousand tons of iron and steel urns, plot enclosures and other graveyard accessories have been salvaged by seventy cemeteries in the metropolitan area [NYC] for conversion into implements to deal death the Axis"

That one thousand tons of scrap metal process into weaponry, the numbers of which hardly insignificant::

"The 1,000 tons of metal already started toward the steel mills will furnish enough scrap for 200 3-inch anti-aircraft guns or 40,000 machine guns of the .50 caliber."

AND AS TO THE QUALITY OF THE METAL AS SMELTED AND RECOVERED? THE USEFULNESS WAS QUESTIONABLE? NOT OF THE BEST QUALITY? THIS I DO NOT KNOW!

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