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This Day In Naval History - April 27
1805: With naval bombardment from USS Nautilus, USS Hornet, and USS Argus, Lt. Presley O'Bannon leads his Marines to attack Derne, Tripoli, and raises the first U.S. flag over foreign soil. The Battle of Derna was the Marines' first battle on foreign soil, and is notably recalled in the first verse of the Marines Hymn.
1813 - U.S. Navy and Army forces capture York (now Toronto), Canada
1861 - President Lincoln extended blockade of Confederacy to VA and NC ports
1865 - Body of John Wilkes Booth brought to Washington Navy Yard.
 
This Week in American Military History:
Apr. 26, 1777:  Just after 9:00 p.m., 16-year-old Sybil (also Sibbell) Ludington – "the female Paul Revere" – begins her 40-mile, all-night ride (much of it in the rain) across an isolated circuit of New York–Connecticut backcountry, warning villagers of a British attack on nearby Danbury, Connecticut.
The daughter of a militia colonel, Ludington will be recognized for her bravery and patriotism by Gen. George Washington.
 
There is statue of Sybil in Carmel, NY.
Sybil was daughter of Col.Henry Ludington, who also had son, Lewis.
Lewis moved his family (including son James, Sybil's nephew) to Wisconsin about 1843.
James became noted entrepreneur, including loaning funds for a sawmill across the Lake in town of Pere Marquette.
When loan defaulted, James took over sawmill, grew it, brought in a railroad (the Pere Marquette).
Town was renamed Ludington in his honor, even though he never lived there!
Ludingtons were quite a family, a Harrison Ludington, another Sybil nephew, was an early governor of Wisconsin.
Ludington descendants still hold reunions in Ludington.
 
 
Today In History. What Happened This Day In History
April 27
1296
Edward I defeats the Scots at the Battle of Dunbar.
1509
Pope Julius II excommunicates the Italian state of Venice.
1565
The first Spanish settlement in Philippines is established in Cebu City.
1773
British Parliament passes the Tea Act.
1746
King George II wins the Battle of Culloden.
1813
American forces capture York (present-day Toronto), the seat of government in Ontario.
1861
President Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus.
1861
1863
The Army of the Potomac begins marching on Chancellorsville.
1865
The Sultana, a steam-powered riverboat, catches fire and burns after one of its boilers explodes. At least 1,238 of the 2,031 passengers--mostly former Union POWs--are killed.
1909
The Sultan of Turkey, Abdul Hamid II, is overthrown.
1937
German bombers of the Condor Legion devastate Guernica, Spain.
1941
The Greek army capitulates to the invading Germans.
1950
South Africa passes the Group Areas Act, formally segregating races.
1961
The United Kingdom grants Sierra Leone independence.
1975
Saigon is encircled by North Vietnamese troops.
1978
The Afghanistan revolution begins.
1989
Protesting students take over Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.
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These 50 Astonishing WWII Colorized Photos Look Like They Were Taken Yesterday
 

These 50 Astonishing WWII Colorized Photos Look Like They were Taken Yesterday

These World War II black and white photos have been examined and colorized in details by Paul Reynolds and other artists from the ‘Colourisehistory Group.’ These 50 astonishing colorized photographs look like they were taken just yesterday.
A Supermarine Spitfire Vc 'Tropical' JK707 MX-P serving with 307th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Group operated by 12th USAAF. The regular pilot was 1st.Lt. Carroll A. Prybylo, but when lost it was flown by Capt. Virgil Cephus Fields, Jr. (Source - US Navy, via Library of Congress. Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
A Supermarine Spitfire Vc ‘Tropical’ JK707 MX-P serving with 307th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Group operated by 12th USAAF. The regular pilot was 1st.Lt. Carroll A. Prybylo, but when lost it was flown by Capt. Virgil Cephus Fields, Jr. (Source – US Navy, via Library of Congress. Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
A Finnish soldier practices maneuvers in the winter snow at a military dog training school during the Finnish-Soviet Continuation War. Hämeenlinna, Finland. February 1941. (Source - SA-kuva. Colorized by Jared Enos)
A Finnish soldier practices maneuvers in the winter snow at a military dog training school during the Finnish-Soviet Continuation War. Hämeenlinna, Finland. February 1941. (Source – SA-kuva. Colorized by Jared Enos)
Focke Wulf FW-190A6 Nº20 of 4./Jagdgeschwader 54 (JG 54) on the airfield at Immola in Finland. 2nd of July 1944. (Source - SA-kuva. Colorized by Jared Enos)
Focke Wulf FW-190A6 Nº20 of 4./Jagdgeschwader 54 (JG 54) on the airfield at Immola in Finland. 2nd of July 1944. (Source – SA-kuva. Colorized by Jared Enos)
A Chinese Nationalist soldier guards a row of Curtiss P-40 'Warhawks' flown by the 'Flying Tigers' of the American Volunteer Group (AVG). July, 1942. (Source - National Archives and Records Administration - 535531. Colorized by Tom Thounaojam from India)
A Chinese Nationalist soldier guards a row of Curtiss P-40 ‘Warhawks’ flown by the ‘Flying Tigers’ of the American Volunteer Group (AVG). July, 1942. (Source – National Archives and Records Administration – 535531. Colorized by Tom Thounaojam from India)
A crew member cleaning the barrel of an Sd.Kfz. 251/9 - Schützenpanzerwagen (7.5 cm KwK 37 L/24) "Stummel" on the East Front, c. Summer 1942. (Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK)
A crew member cleaning the barrel of an Sd.Kfz. 251/9 – Schützenpanzerwagen (7.5 cm KwK 37 L/24) “Stummel” on the East Front, c. Summer 1942. (Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK)
Boeing B-29 Superfortress 42-24592 “Dauntless Dotty” 869th Bomb Squadron, 497th Bomb Group, 73rd Bomb Wing, 20th Air Force. 24th of November 1944. (Source 'Life' Magazine. Colorized by Leo Courvoisier from Argentina)
Boeing B-29 Superfortress 42-24592 “Dauntless Dotty” 869th Bomb Squadron, 497th Bomb Group, 73rd Bomb Wing, 20th Air Force. 24th of November 1944. (Source ‘Life’ Magazine. Colorized by Leo Courvoisier from Argentina)
Soviet Air Force officers, Rufina Gasheva (848 night combat missions) and Nataly Meklin (980 night combat missions) decorated as 'Heroes of the Soviet Union' for their service with the famed 'Night Witches' unit during World War II. They stand in front of their Polikarpov Po-2 biplanes. (Colourisation and research by Olga Shirnina from Russia)
Soviet Air Force officers, Rufina Gasheva (848 night combat missions) and Nataly Meklin (980 night combat missions) decorated as ‘Heroes of the Soviet Union’ for their service with the famed ‘Night Witches’ unit during World War II. They stand in front of their Polikarpov Po-2 biplanes. (Colourisation and research by Olga Shirnina from Russia)
A Kriegsberichter (war correspondent) holding an Arriflex 35 2 1942 camera 35mm ACR 0292 and he is leaning against a knocked out Soviet BT-5 light tank. c.1940/41. (Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK)
A Kriegsberichter (war correspondent) holding an Arriflex 35 2 1942 camera 35mm ACR 0292 and he is leaning against a knocked out Soviet BT-5 light tank. c.1940/41. (Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK)
Squadron Leader J.A.F. MacLachlan, the one-armed Commanding Officer of No 1 Squadron RAF, standing beside his all-black Hawker Hurricane Mark IIC night fighter, 'JX-Q', at Tangmere in West Sussex, England. (Source - Royal Air Force official photographer Woodbine G (Mr) © IWM CH 4015. Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
Squadron Leader J.A.F. MacLachlan, the one-armed Commanding Officer of No 1 Squadron RAF, standing beside his all-black Hawker Hurricane Mark IIC night fighter, ‘JX-Q’, at Tangmere in West Sussex, England. (Source – Royal Air Force official photographer Woodbine G (Mr) © IWM CH 4015. Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
US Air Force pilot 2nd Lieutenant Robert Wade Biesecker with his crew of the 569th Bombardment Squadron, 390th Bomb Group, US Eighth Air Force, standing by 'Honey Chile', their B-17 Flying Fortress bomber (serial 42-31027), at RAF Framlingham, a US Eighth Air Force Bomber Command station in England, 18 October 1943. (Photographer: M. McNeil, for Fox Photos. Images courtesy of the Hulton Archive/ Getty Images. Colorized and researched by Benjamin Thomas from Australia)
US Air Force pilot 2nd Lieutenant Robert Wade Biesecker with his crew of the 569th Bombardment Squadron, 390th Bomb Group, US Eighth Air Force, standing by ‘Honey Chile’, their B-17 Flying Fortress bomber (serial 42-31027), at RAF Framlingham, a US Eighth Air Force Bomber Command station in England, 18 October 1943. (Photographer: M. McNeil, for Fox Photos. Images courtesy of the Hulton Archive/ Getty Images. Colorized and researched by Benjamin Thomas from Australia)
F/L J. F. Thomas and the crew of Avro Lancaster Bomber 'B' MkI 'Victorious Virgin' RF128 QB-V of RCAF 424 Squadron "Tiger" Squadron on the 21st of March 1945. (probably taken at the Skipton-on-Swale, North Yorkshire airfield). (Colorized by Tom Thounaojam from India)
F/L J. F. Thomas and the crew of Avro Lancaster Bomber ‘B’ MkI ‘Victorious Virgin’ RF128 QB-V of RCAF 424 Squadron “Tiger” Squadron on the 21st of March 1945. (probably taken at the Skipton-on-Swale, North Yorkshire airfield). (Colorized by Tom Thounaojam from India)
A paratrooper from the American 17th Airborne Division gets a light from a Churchill tank crewman of 6th Guards Armoured Brigade near Dorsten in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, 29th of March 1945. (Source - No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit - © IWM BU 2738. Photographer - Sgt.Midgley. Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
A paratrooper from the American 17th Airborne Division gets a light from a Churchill tank crewman of 6th Guards Armoured Brigade near Dorsten in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, 29th of March 1945. (Source – No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit – © IWM BU 2738. Photographer – Sgt.Midgley. Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
 A broken down and deserted Soviet T-35 heavy tank of the 8th Mechanised Corps. On the Dubno - Plycza highway, Rivne Oblast (province) of western Ukraine. June/July 1941. (Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK)

A broken down and deserted Soviet T-35 heavy tank of the 8th Mechanised Corps. On the Dubno – Plycza highway, Rivne Oblast (province) of western Ukraine. June/July 1941. (Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK)
Troops of the 17th U.S. Airborne Division, First Allied Airborne Army, march past a blazing building in Appelhülsen, Germany, as they advance toward the city of Münster, nine miles to the northeast. First Allied Airborne Army troops had landed east of the Rhine river on March 24th 1945. (Colorized by Doug)
Troops of the 17th U.S. Airborne Division, First Allied Airborne Army, march past a blazing building in Appelhülsen, Germany, as they advance toward the city of Münster, nine miles to the northeast. First Allied Airborne Army troops had landed east of the Rhine river on March 24th 1945. (Colorized by Doug)
Flying Officer Leonard Haines of No. 19 Squadron RAF sits by the cockpit of his Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia (QV-?) at Fowlmere, near Duxford. September 1940. (Photo Source - © IWM CH 1373. Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
Flying Officer Leonard Haines of No. 19 Squadron RAF sits by the cockpit of his Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia (QV-?) at Fowlmere, near Duxford. September 1940. (Photo Source – © IWM CH 1373. Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
'Dog Beach Patrol', (possibly on Parramore Beach, Virginia, US. October 1943). (Source - United States Coast Guard - Photo No.726. Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK)
‘Dog Beach Patrol’, (possibly on Parramore Beach, Virginia, US. October 1943). (Source – United States Coast Guard – Photo No.726. Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK)
An Allied Soldier takes a break during the approach to Tripoli, Libya beside a swastika and the words 'Heil Hitler' that have been carved into a rocky hillside during January 1943. (Source - © IWM E 21788. Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK)
An Allied Soldier takes a break during the approach to Tripoli, Libya beside a swastika and the words ‘Heil Hitler’ that have been carved into a rocky hillside during January 1943. (Source – © IWM E 21788. Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK)
The crew of Avro Lancaster "C for Charlie" of No. 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron RAF, try to warm themselves in their Nissen hut quarters at Dunholme Lodge, Lincolnshire, England, after returning from a raid on Stuttgart, 2nd of March 1944. (Source - © IWM (CH 12379. Colorized by Paul Edwards)
The crew of Avro Lancaster “C for Charlie” of No. 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron RAF, try to warm themselves in their Nissen hut quarters at Dunholme Lodge, Lincolnshire, England, after returning from a raid on Stuttgart, 2nd of March 1944. (Source – © IWM (CH 12379. Colorized by Paul Edwards)
United States Marines climbing down the nets into landing craft during the Battle of Peleliu, September-November 1944. (Photographer: Griffin Image courtesy of the United States Marine Corps History Division, Peleliu 117058. Colorized and researched by Benjamin Thomas from Australia)
United States Marines climbing down the nets into landing craft during the Battle of Peleliu, September-November 1944. (Photographer: Griffin Image courtesy of the United States Marine Corps History Division, Peleliu 117058. Colorized and researched by Benjamin Thomas from Australia)
Girls working on shell caps in a munitions factory, somewhere in England. 25th of May 1940. (Source - Gettys Images - Photographer, Paul Popper. Colorized by John Gulizia from America)
Girls working on shell caps in a munitions factory, somewhere in England. 25th of May 1940. (Source – Gettys Images – Photographer, Paul Popper. Colorized by John Gulizia from America)
Medics of the US. 5th Infantry Division examining GI clothing found with German-captured equipment after the liberation of the area, near Diekirch in Luxembourg on the 20th of January 1945. (Source - SC-327129 Signal Corps Photo ETO-HQ-45-9223 -Horton. Colorized by Joey Van Meesen from the Netherlands)
Medics of the US. 5th Infantry Division examining GI clothing found with German-captured equipment after the liberation of the area, near Diekirch in Luxembourg on the 20th of January 1945. (Source – SC-327129 Signal Corps Photo ETO-HQ-45-9223 -Horton. Colorized by Joey Van Meesen from the Netherlands)
A Finnish Brewster Buffalo 239 fighter (BW-352) of (Squadron) Lentolaivue/24 at Selänpää airfield. 24th June 1941. (Source - SA-Kuva. Colorized by Tommi Rossi from Finland)
A Finnish Brewster Buffalo 239 fighter (BW-352) of (Squadron) Lentolaivue/24 at Selänpää airfield. 24th June 1941. (Source – SA-Kuva. Colorized by Tommi Rossi from Finland)
Three troopers of the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division taking a break after 5 days frontline fighting. From left to right : Pvt William H. Sandy (ASN 13032007) from Charlottesville, VA, Sgt Dehaven Nowlin (ASN 15046241) from Goshen, KY and Pvt Howard Fredericks (ASN 39241668) from Los Angeles, CA., near Essen (Germany) 10th of April 1945. (Source - US Army Signal Corps - TFH collection. Photographer - Sgt T. J. Austin (Signal Corps). Colorized by Joshua Barrett from the UK)
Three troopers of the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division taking a break after 5 days frontline fighting. From left to right : Pvt William H. Sandy (ASN 13032007) from Charlottesville, VA, Sgt Dehaven Nowlin (ASN 15046241) from Goshen, KY and Pvt Howard Fredericks (ASN 39241668) from Los Angeles, CA., near Essen (Germany) 10th of April 1945. (Source – US Army Signal Corps – TFH collection. Photographer – Sgt T. J. Austin (Signal Corps). Colorized by Joshua Barrett from the UK)
Veronica Foster, (b.1922 - d.2000) popularly known as "Ronnie, the Bren Gun Girl", was a Canadian icon representing nearly one million Canadian women who worked in the manufacturing plants that produced munitions and materiel during World War II. Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
Veronica Foster, (b.1922 – d.2000) popularly known as “Ronnie, the Bren Gun Girl”, was a Canadian icon representing nearly one million Canadian women who worked in the manufacturing plants that produced munitions and materiel during World War II. Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
An American Marine aiming his Garand M1 rifle, whilst perched on Japanese ammunition crates on the Island of Iwo Jima, c. February/March 1945. (Colourised by Royston Leonard from the UK)
An American Marine aiming his Garand M1 rifle, whilst perched on Japanese ammunition crates on the Island of Iwo Jima, c. February/March 1945. (Colourised by Royston Leonard from the UK)
Royal Marines from 45 (RM) Commando, 1st Commando Brigade on the look-out for snipers among the ruins in Osnabrück, Lower Saxony, Germany. 4th of April 1945. (Source - IWM BU 3057. Photographer - Sgt.Laws No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit. Colorized by Doug)
Royal Marines from 45 (RM) Commando, 1st Commando Brigade on the look-out for snipers among the ruins in Osnabrück, Lower Saxony, Germany. 4th of April 1945. (Source – IWM BU 3057. Photographer – Sgt.Laws No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit. Colorized by Doug)
Soviet artillerymen transporting a 76-mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3) during the forced crossing of the Oder River, Germany, c. December, 1944. (Photograph by Dmitri Baltermants. Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK)
Soviet artillerymen transporting a 76-mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3) during the forced crossing of the Oder River, Germany, c. December, 1944. (Photograph by Dmitri Baltermants. Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK)
Marine Pfc. Douglas Lightheart (right) cradles his .30 caliber M1919 Browning machine gun in his lap, while he and Marine Pfc. Gerald Thursby Sr. take a cigarette break, during mopping up operations on Peleliu on 14th September 1944. (Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
Marine Pfc. Douglas Lightheart (right) cradles his .30 caliber M1919 Browning machine gun in his lap, while he and Marine Pfc. Gerald Thursby Sr. take a cigarette break, during mopping up operations on Peleliu on 14th September 1944. (Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
A British Crusader tank passes a burning German Panzer IV tank during 'Operation Crusader'. Cyrenaica (the eastern province of Libya). Winter 1941. (Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
A British Crusader tank passes a burning German Panzer IV tank during ‘Operation Crusader’. Cyrenaica (the eastern province of Libya). Winter 1941. (Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
The strain and fatigue of 23 days on the line is shown by Marines of Combat Team 'C', 2/7th US Marines, 1st Marine Division seen here displaying Japanese battle flags captured during the Battle of Cape Gloucester. 14-15th January 1944. (Source USMC 71602. Colorized by Doug)
The strain and fatigue of 23 days on the line is shown by Marines of Combat Team ‘C’, 2/7th US Marines, 1st Marine Division seen here displaying Japanese battle flags captured during the Battle of Cape Gloucester. 14-15th January 1944. (Source USMC 71602. Colorized by Doug)
"Lucky Strike" c. 1944. The United States was the only country to equip its troops with an auto-loading rifle as the standard infantry weapon of WWII. It gave their troops a tremendous advantage in firepower, and led General George Patton to call the M1 Garand, “The greatest battle implement ever devised.” (Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
“Lucky Strike” c. 1944. The United States was the only country to equip its troops with an auto-loading rifle as the standard infantry weapon of WWII. It gave their troops a tremendous advantage in firepower, and led General George Patton to call the M1 Garand, “The greatest battle implement ever devised.” (Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
Crew members of Nº537 Soviet IS-2 tank of the 87th Guards Heavy Tank Regiment take a break in Breslau (now Wrocław in Poland) 27th April 1945. (Photographer - Anatoli Egorov. Colorized by Jiří Macháček from the Czech republic)
Crew members of Nº537 Soviet IS-2 tank of the 87th Guards Heavy Tank Regiment take a break in Breslau (now Wrocław in Poland) 27th April 1945. (Photographer – Anatoli Egorov. Colorized by Jiří Macháček from the Czech republic)
US troops from Combat Command B of the U.S. 14th Armored Division entering the Hammelburg Prison in Germany by opening the main gate with bursts of their M3 "Grease Guns". Hammelburg, Germany. April 6, 1945. (Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
US troops from Combat Command B of the U.S. 14th Armored Division entering the Hammelburg Prison in Germany by opening the main gate with bursts of their M3 “Grease Guns”. Hammelburg, Germany. April 6, 1945. (Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
A US Marine wearing his camouflage suit fires a Thompson sub-machine gun during Jungle Training - 1942. (Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
A US Marine wearing his camouflage suit fires a Thompson sub-machine gun during Jungle Training – 1942. (Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
Australian soldiers mingle with a section of the crowd gathered in Martin Place during the Victory in the Pacific celebrations, Sydney, 15 August 1945. (Colorized and researched by Benjamin Thomas from Australia)
Australian soldiers mingle with a section of the crowd gathered in Martin Place during the Victory in the Pacific celebrations, Sydney, 15 August 1945. (Colorized and researched by Benjamin Thomas from Australia)
British Prisoners of War celebrate their liberation from Stalag X1B, 16th April 1945. (Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
British Prisoners of War celebrate their liberation from Stalag X1B, 16th April 1945. (Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
Two German members of the Organisation Todt (involved in the construction of the Atlantic Wall) are sitting on the Spitfire brought down on the wet sands at Calais by Flying Officer Peter Cazenove. It had been hit by a single bullet from a German Dornier bomber. The plane was consumed by the sandy beach and remained there for 40 years. (Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
Two German members of the Organisation Todt (involved in the construction of the Atlantic Wall) are sitting on the Spitfire brought down on the wet sands at Calais by Flying Officer Peter Cazenove. It had been hit by a single bullet from a German Dornier bomber. The plane was consumed by the sandy beach and remained there for 40 years. (Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
A Sergeant of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps bandages the wounded ear of a mine-detection Labrador dog named 'Jasper' at Bayeux in Normandy, 5th of July 1944. (Source © IWM B 6496 - Sgt. Christie , No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit. Colorized by Royston Leonard UK)
A Sergeant of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps bandages the wounded ear of a mine-detection Labrador dog named ‘Jasper’ at Bayeux in Normandy, 5th of July 1944. (Source © IWM B 6496 – Sgt. Christie , No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit. Colorized by Royston Leonard UK)
Two wounded soldiers from the 6th Durham Light Infantry, 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division, XXX Corps., during the Mareth line battle, 22-24 March 1943. (Colorized by Doug)
Two wounded soldiers from the 6th Durham Light Infantry, 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division, XXX Corps., during the Mareth line battle, 22-24 March 1943. (Colorized by Doug)
A Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) man in the bow of the rubber landing craft provides covering fire as a 10-man boat crew of the US Marine 3rd Raider Battalion reaches the undefended beach of Pavuvu in the Russell Islands during 'Operation Cleanslate'. February 1943. (Source - USMC ID #: 54765. Colorized by Royston Leonard UK)
A Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) man in the bow of the rubber landing craft provides covering fire as a 10-man boat crew of the US Marine 3rd Raider Battalion reaches the undefended beach of Pavuvu in the Russell Islands during ‘Operation Cleanslate’. February 1943. (Source – USMC ID #: 54765. Colorized by Royston Leonard UK)
From Left to Right, B-25 crew members: Sgt. John C. Bellendir (Gnr.), Chicago; Sgt. Raymond J. Swingholm (Eng/Gnr.), Lebanon, PA; Sgt. Harris B. Pate (Rd/Gnr.), Hamlet, NC; Red Cross Clubmobile Worker, Peggy Steers from White Plains, NY. and T/Sgt. Aubrey Chatters (Rd/Gnr.), Milington MI. All from the 321st Bombardment Group, 447th Bombardment Squadron,12th Air Force. Alesani Airfield, Corsica, 2nd of July 1944. (Photographer - Ollie Atkins, reporter for the American Red Cross. Colorized by Lori Lang from America)
From Left to Right, B-25 crew members: Sgt. John C. Bellendir (Gnr.), Chicago; Sgt. Raymond J. Swingholm (Eng/Gnr.), Lebanon, PA; Sgt. Harris B. Pate (Rd/Gnr.), Hamlet, NC; Red Cross Clubmobile Worker, Peggy Steers from White Plains, NY. and T/Sgt. Aubrey Chatters (Rd/Gnr.), Milington MI. All from the 321st Bombardment Group, 447th Bombardment Squadron,12th Air Force. Alesani Airfield, Corsica, 2nd of July 1944. (Photographer – Ollie Atkins, reporter for the American Red Cross. Colorized by Lori Lang from America)
On October 1, 1940, Private Jack Bernard and other volunteers in The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own Rifles) were marching smartly down Eighth Street in New Westminster to board a ship and sail off to war. Suddenly, Bernard’s five-year-old son broke free of his mother’s grasp and sprinted into the military formation to take his smiling father’s hand. In that instant, an alert Vancouver Daily Province photographer, Claude Dettloff, snapped the shutter. Soon, his unforgettable image of little Warren “Whitey” Bernard was being printed by leading publications throughout North America. It was later used in Canada’s war bond drives with the plea, “help bring my Daddy home.” Jack Bernard survived the war and was reunited with his son in 1945. (Claude Dettloff, photographer - City of Vancouver Archives online database. Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
On October 1, 1940, Private Jack Bernard and other volunteers in The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own Rifles) were marching smartly down Eighth Street in New Westminster to board a ship and sail off to war. Suddenly, Bernard’s five-year-old son broke free of his mother’s grasp and sprinted into the military formation to take his smiling father’s hand. In that instant, an alert Vancouver Daily Province photographer, Claude Dettloff, snapped the shutter. Soon, his unforgettable image of little Warren “Whitey” Bernard was being printed by leading publications throughout North America. It was later used in Canada’s war bond drives with the plea, “help bring my Daddy home.” Jack Bernard survived the war and was reunited with his son in 1945. (Claude Dettloff, photographer – City of Vancouver Archives online database. Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visiting bomb damaged streets in the East End of London on the 18th of October 1940. (Colorized by Doug)
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visiting bomb damaged streets in the East End of London on the 18th of October 1940. (Colorized by Doug)
While his father chats with a customer at the hardware store, a uniformed Jimmy Stewart sets up a date to go fishing,1945. (Colorized by John Gulizia from America)
While his father chats with a customer at the hardware store, a uniformed Jimmy Stewart sets up a date to go fishing,1945. (Colorized by John Gulizia from America)
The crew of an up-ended (M4A1) Sherman tank of the 7th Armoured Brigade enjoy a ‘brew’ beside their vehicle while waiting for a recovery team, on the 'Gothic Line' in Italy, 13th of September 1944. Their tank overturned after slipping off a narrow road in the dark. (Source - IWM NA 18551 - Dawson (Sgt), No 2 Army Film & Photographic Unit. Colourised by Royston Leonard UK)
The crew of an up-ended (M4A1) Sherman tank of the 7th Armoured Brigade enjoy a ‘brew’ beside their vehicle while waiting for a recovery team, on the ‘Gothic Line’ in Italy, 13th of September 1944. Their tank overturned after slipping off a narrow road in the dark. (Source – IWM NA 18551 – Dawson (Sgt), No 2 Army Film & Photographic Unit. Colourised by Royston Leonard UK)
At 2.41am on the morning of 7 May 1945, at Allied headquarters in Reims, France, Chief-of-Staff of the German Armed Forces High Command, General Alfred Jodl, signed the unconditional surrender of all German forces to the Allies. The West awoke to the news the following day, with celebrations being held around the world for the Victory in Europe - VE Day, 8 May. (Colorized and researched by Benjamin Thomas from Australia)
At 2.41am on the morning of 7 May 1945, at Allied headquarters in Reims, France, Chief-of-Staff of the German Armed Forces High Command, General Alfred Jodl, signed the unconditional surrender of all German forces to the Allies. The West awoke to the news the following day, with celebrations being held around the world for the Victory in Europe – VE Day, 8 May. (Colorized and researched by Benjamin Thomas from Australia)
Margaret Sevilla, Los Angeles. May 7, 1945. VE Day! (Colorized by Patty Allison from America)
Margaret Sevilla, Los Angeles. May 7, 1945. VE Day! (Colorized by Patty Allison from America)
Two British sailors celebrate VE Day with their girlfriends in the fountains at Trafalgar Square. London, England. Tuesday the 8th of May 1945. (Source - © IWM EA 65799. United States Army Signal Corps photographer T G Massecar. Colorized by Doug)
Two British sailors celebrate VE Day with their girlfriends in the fountains at Trafalgar Square. London, England. Tuesday the 8th of May 1945. (Source – © IWM EA 65799. United States Army Signal Corps photographer T G Massecar. Colorized by Doug)
9th Army MPs reading of the surrender in the 'Stars and Stripes' in Germany on the 8th of May 1945. (Source - U. S. Army Military History Institute - Nelson A. Shuey Photograph Collection. Colorized by Royston Leonard UK)
9th Army MPs reading of the surrender in the ‘Stars and Stripes’ in Germany on the 8th of May 1945. (Source – U. S. Army Military History Institute – Nelson A. Shuey Photograph Collection. Colorized by Royston Leonard UK)


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ROLLING THUNDER REMEMBERED… 27 APRIL 1967… WHAT ARE WE DOING?…
April 26, 2017  Bear Taylor 
RIPPLE SALVO… #418… Peace keeping, peacemaking or war mongering???… but first…
Good Morning: Day FOUR HUNDRED EIGHTEEN of a day-to-day journal of the Vietnam air war…
27 April 1967… HEAD LINES and leads from The New York Times on a rainy Thursday in the Bronx…
Page 1: "Blake Declares War Impels U.S. to Tragic Disaster"... "The Rev. Dr. Eugene Carson Blake, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, declared today that United States policies in Vietnam were leading this country 'to tragic disaster'…he urged the United States to stop the bombing of North Vietnam and 'agree with our allies in Asia that we will accept any peace that they will develop and agree with us.' "… Page 10: "Lodge Finds War Hurt by Critics"…" Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge returned to his home state today with a warning that 'disunity in America prolongs the war in Vietnam'demonstrations 'make Hanoi think all they have to do is hang on, and we will fall apart.' "… Page 10: "Red Cross Reports Hanoi Still Bars It"… "The President of the American Red Cross said today that thus far the organization had been unable to do anything substantial for United States prisoners of war in North Vietnam. 'Even the International Committee of the Red Cross has been unable to get a representative into North Vietnam or to meet with the Vietcong'…'we will not give up pressing for correct treatment of prisoners.' "… Page 1: "First Oil Output from Shale Lands in West Due in '70"… "the country's first plant for extracting oil from the rich Western oil shale lands will be ready for production in 1970…process 58,000 barrels per day."… Page 1: "Confessions Curb Ordered to Military Law"…"The nation highest military court ruled today that the limitations on police interrogations and confessions announced last year by the Supreme Court also be applied to military law."... Page 1: "U.S. Office Stoned by Mob in Yemen"... A rioting mob stoned and attacked the United States and mission in Yemen today and several American and officials were taken into American aid officials were taken into custody by Yemeni authorities."… Page 44: "The Summer Ahead"… "Summer violence is not inevitable in big city ghettos if communities prepare themselves now with imagination and leadership…" ???
27 April 1967… The President's Daily Brief…CIA (TS sanitized) YEMEN: Late word this morning from Taiz is that a second day of demonstration has begun…no Americans have been reported hurt but at lest two American citizens are said to have been taken into custody. Damage to embassy and other US property is heavy. The explosion of mob violence follows directly from a campaign of harassment against US presence in Yemen since the return of pro-Egyptian hardliners last August… Chances for a US mediation effort of the Yemen problem are not bright … SOUTH VIETNAM: The impasse between Ky and Thieu over which of them will be the military's candidate continues, although both insist they will ultimately come t some amicable agreement. This will take some doing, since each appears to have his heart set on getting the "nomination' and to be confident that he will… CAMBODIA: Sihanouk is evidently planning further crackdown against extremists on the left… GREECE: During the past 24 hours the situation in Athens remains essentially unchanged. King Constantine issued a statement: he expressed his dissatisfaction with the recent events and hoped his country will return soon to parliamentary government…
STATE DEPARTMENT, Office of the Historian, FRUS, 1964-68, Vol V, Document 149. General Westmoreland is in CONUS and meets with the President, Rusk, McNamara, Rostow Wheeler and others twice during the day of 27 April 1967. This document is a summary of General Westmoreland's comments and some President Johnson responses/questions… here are a few lines from the three page document…
(1) In the final analysis we're fighting a war of attrition in Southeast Asia.
(2) What's next? The addition of 2 and 1/3 divisions, another 100,000 men, probably in FY69.
(3) I am frankly dismayed at even the thought of stopping the bombing program.
(4) In summary, with the troops we have now in country, we are not going to lose, but progress will be slowed down.
(5) This is not an encouraging outlook, but it is a realistic one.
(6) I have contingency plans to move into Cambodia in the Chu Pong area. We would use a South Vietnamese force but we would like US advisors to accompany.
(7) With a force of 565,000 men the war could well go on for three years. With the second increment of 100,00 additional men leading to a total of 665,000 men it could goon for two years.
(8) WHEELER: The bombing campaign is reaching the point where we will have struck all worthwhile fixed targets except the ports. At this time we will have to address the requirement to deny the DRV the use of the ports.
(9) WHEELER: In summary, the JCS believe the President must review the contingencies which we may face, the troops required to meet them, and additional punitive action against the DRV.
OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER…CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY AND INTREPIDITY…COMMANDER JAMES HILL WILSON, UNITED STATES NAVY…SILVER STAR…26 APRIL 1967…
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the SILVER STAR Medal…
"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as pilot of a fighter aircraft and Fighter Squadron TWO HUNDRED THIRTEEN and leader of a USS KITTY HAWK (CVA-63) strike force in actions against enemy forces in North Vietnam on 26 April 1967. Assigned to lead the U.S. Navy's first strike against enemy fighter bases in North Vietnam, Commander WILSON prepared a daring and comprehensive plan of attack on very short notice and personally led the attack force against the Kep Airfield which resulted in the destruction of several aircraft, support buildings and equipment on the ground and two enemy jet fighters in aerial combat. Employing his attack and support aircraft with imagination and telling effect, he guided the strike through a determined and capable enemy defense, which included the firing of approximately 20 antiaircraft missiles, large numbers of anti-aircraft artillery and enemy jet fighters. Despite the fact that his own aircraft was hit by enemy fire when beginning the attack, Commander WILSON resolutely pressed home his dive and personally silenced an active artillery anti-aircraft battery with salvos of rockets. His meticulous planning and foresight made best possible use of the forces at his disposal in minimizing the effectiveness of the considerable enemy defenses, including neutralization of the airborne enemy fighters, of which two were destroyed by the escort fighters as they were prevented from attacking the strike airplanes. This highly successful attack was carried out with outstanding resolution and professional excellence in the face of the very best defense that as resourceful and determined enemy could interpose. In the swift reaction to the target assignment, in the meticulous and foresighted planning for every eventuality and in the highly skillful, resourceful and heroic execution of the task in the face of great personal danger Commander WILSON upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service." ……ooohrah!!!
27 April 1967… OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER… New York Times (28 Apr reporting 27 Apr ops)… Page 14: "MIGs Appear Often Through Heavy Overcasts"... "American pilots flew 84 multi-plane missions over North Vietnam clashing briefly but repeatedly with Soviet built MIG interceptor planes over Hanoi and Haiphong. One flight of MIG-17s fired two salvos of missiles at a flight of Thunderchiefs, but missed. In the raid on Hanoi's main highway and railway bridge four miles from the center of the city, Thunderchief pilots ran into MIG-17s, surface-to-air missiles and 37-mm, 57-mm, and 85-mm anti-aircraft fire. 'We got in and out as fast as we could,' said one flier, Colonel ALLAN G. NELSON. 'I took one quick glance and noticed the bridge light up.' Other Thunderchief pilots dropped 3,000-pound bombs on the nearby power transformer plant. The destroyed eight warehouse and six large storage buildings as the transformer complex, which channels power to all of North Vietnam, erupted in flames. Navy pilots struck the oil storage area two-miles northwest of Haiphong's center with 250-pound bombs (Sometimes called "lady-fingers") and 500-pound bombs. They damaged packing, pumping and warehouse buildings as well as nearby railway spurs and intersections."…
"Vietnam: Air Losses" (Hobson) There were no fixed wing aircraft lost in Southeast Asia on 27 April 1967.
RIPPLE SALVO… #418… WHAT ARE WE DOING? What very warrior wants to know. Were we PEACE MAKING….? PEACE KEEPING…? OR… WARMONGERING? ("a monger is one who tries to stir up or spread something")… Everybody in the world had an opinion. The warriors of OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER had a Commander-in-Chief and a sworn duty to "follow the orders of the officers appointed over us."
Here is what our Commander-in-Chief had to say on Thursday, 27 April 1967… NYT, page 1: "Johnson Affirms Desire for Peace"… "President Johnson, who returned here from Germany today (he made a quick trip for the funeral of Konrad Adenauer) to find increasing Congressional criticism of his Vietnam policy, said tonight that 'I want more than any human being in the world to see the killing stop.'…The President told  dinner meeting of the American Physical Society that he wanted to 'sit down and talk instead of kill,' the enemy in Vietnam. But we added, 'I can't just negotiate with myself.'…Everyday, good people, wise people say to me, why can't we have a political settlement? Why can't we understand our fellow human beings? Why can't we negotiate? Why do men die? I ask myself that every morning and reflect on that every night.'… 'I want to negotiate. I want a political settlement. I want more than any human being in the world to see the killing stopped. Maybe somewhere, somehow, someday, someone will want to sit down and talk instead of kill. If they do, I'll be the first one at the table."…
James Reston had this to say a few days later in a column in the NYT titled, "Blessed Are The War Makers"… "The latest theory in this upside down wart in Vietnam is that a hawk is a dove and a dove is a hawk. This is the gospel according to our embattled masters; the doves are deceiving the enemy into prolonging the killing (by their active dissent), whereas, the compassionate hawks are trying to bring this killing to a quick and merciful end (by bombing the life out of North Vietnam)."
What are we doing? Following the leader…
The policy: Let's make peace by making more war. Aye, aye, sir.
CAG's QUOTES for 27 April: MAO TSE-TUNG: "Enemy advances, we retreat; enemy halts, we harass; enemy tires, we attack; enemy retreats, we pursue."… PATTON: "In battle, the soldier enters a lottery with death as the stake."…
Lest we forget…      Bear
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 04/27/2017 ARGENTINA - FOUR T-6 TRAINERS BEING SUPPLIED FOR AIR FORCE (APR 27/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Beechcraft, Wichita, Kan., a contract for training aircraft for Argentina, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The US$88.2 million contract covers four T-6C+ trainers, maintenance, pilot training and interim contractor support.   The aircraft will replace Argentina's existing training aircraft and enhance surveillance and border security capabilities, said a Pentagon release.   Beechcraft is part of Textron Aviation.   Work is scheduled to be completed by April 30, 2018.  
Item Number:2 Date: 04/27/2017 AUSTRALIA - NEW DOMESTIC SHIPBUILDING PROGRAM BEGINS WITH STEEL-CUTTING FOR PACIFIC PATROL BOATS (APR 27/ADOD)  AUSTRALIAN DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- Australia's naval shipbuilding program has reached another milestone with the steel-cutting ceremony for the first of 19 planned vessels, reports the Australian Dept. of Defense.   Defense Industry Minister Christopher Pyne attended the ceremony on Wednesday at Bibra Lake in Western Australia.   The steel is for the first replacement Pacific Patrol Boat. Once completed, the boats will be delivered to the Australian government and subsequently donated to 12 Pacific Island countries.   The vessels will be built by Austal at a new shipbuilding facility at the naval base south Perth.   The first boat is scheduled for delivery in 2018.   The steel-cutting also represented the beginning of Australia's continuous naval shipbuilding program, noted Austal
  Item Number:3 Date: 04/27/2017 CHINA - AFTER BEING MOCKED WIDELY FOR POOR NAVAL PHOTOSHOPPING SKILLS, DEFENSE MINISTRY IS 'SINCERELY SORRY' (APR 27/REU)  REUTERS -- China's Defense Ministry has apologized for the appearance of a badly photoshopped poster celebrating the recent anniversary of the navy, reports Reuters.   The poster first appeared on the ministry's microblog and social media accounts on Sunday to mark the 68th birthday of China's navy. The image depicts China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, with several fighter jets, submarines and warships.   However, numerous internet users pointed out that the aircraft shown were actually a Russian MiG-35 and land-based J-10s, instead of the carrier-based J-15s. Two warships in the background were probably U.S. vessels.   On Thursday, a Defense Ministry spokesman admitted that the poster was "not meticulous." "The carelessness was with the editor, the responsibility is on the shoulders of the leadership," he said. He then said he was "sincerely sorry."   Neither the image nor the comments criticizing it would be removed as a warning, the spokesman said.   "Those propaganda guys are weak in the head," said one comment
Item Number:4 Date: 04/27/2017 EGYPT - U.S., EGYPTIAN NAVIES IN MIDST OF EXERCISE IN RED SEA (APR 27/NNS)  NAVY NEWSSTAND -- The U.S. and Egyptian navies have been taking part in the Eagle Salute exercise this week, reports the Navy NewsStand.   The drill in the Red Sea incorporates Eagle Response, an explosive ordnance disposal exercise, providing opportunities for the participants to work together on a wider variety of maritime security operations, said a service release on April 25.   Participating are the guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG-103) and Egyptian frigate Taba (F-916).   The exercise began on April 23 with team-building activities, including a friendly damage-control competition covering firefighting, hose-handling and pipe patching, said the release.   According to the Navy, the drills will conclude with an at-sea phase involving a live-fire gunnery exercise, division tactics in which multiple ships maneuver while close with each other and a joint air defense exercise
Item Number:5 Date: 04/27/2017 ESTONIA - 800 PARTICIPANTS FROM 25 NATIONS TAKE PART IN CYBER DEFENSE EXERCISE IN TALLINN (APR 27/NATO)  NATO PRESS RELEASE -- NATO is hosting a large-scale cyber defense exercise this week in Tallinn, the Estonian capital.   Organized by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence, the Locked Shields exercise has around 800 participants from 25 countries, says a release from the alliance.   Taking part are security experts, policy officers and legal advisors from NATO allies and partners.   The alliance release noted that participants will defend the services and networks of a military air base of a fictitious country against cyber attacks targeting the facility's electric power grid system, drones, military command-and-control systems and other infrastructure.   More than 2,500 cyber attacks will be simulated during the drills, officials said.   The exercise is considered the largest and most advanced cyber defense drill in the world.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 04/27/2017 EUROPEAN UNION - MIGRATION PROBLEMS BRING LIBYAN COAST GUARD OFFICIALS TO BRUSSELS (APR 27/EUO)  EU OBSERVER -- A pair of Libyan coast guard commanders met this week with officials from the European Commission in Brussels as part of joint efforts to limit migration from that war-torn North African nation into Europe, reports the E.U. Observer.   The commission is the executive body of the European Union.   "We are dealing with two coast guards. One reporting to the Ministry of Interior, the other one to the Ministry of Defense. We try to engage with both," said Maciej Popowski, a deputy director of the commission.   The agenda for Tuesday's talks covered the needs of the coast guard commanders and what assistance the E.U. might provide. The E.U. is also trying to ensure that any assistance would be used appropriately, said Popowski.   The E.U. hopes to help Libya dismantle people-smuggling networks by improving border surveillance via the Seahorse Mediterranean Network. This effort would involve giving the Libyan navy access to E.U. data.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 04/27/2017 GERMANY - ARMY LT. ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF PLANNING ATTACK (APR 27/REU)  REUTERS -- Police in Germany have arrested an army officer suspected of planning an attack, say prosecutors, as reported by Reuters.   The 28-year-old lieutenant was arrested Wednesday in the Bavarian city of Offenbach, east of Frankfurt, said the prosecutor's office in Frankfurt.   The unnamed officer was said to have posed as a Syrian refugee.   Police in Germany, France and Austria searched 16 properties on Wednesday in connection to the investigation, said the office.   The suspect, who was serving with a German army brigade in the French town of Illkirch, was picked up "over suspicions of preparing a severe attack, breaching gun laws and deceit," the statement said.   No details were given on the alleged plot. On theory floated was that the officer wanted to make an attack that would be blamed on foreigners, though there has been no evidence of that.   The soldier was previously detained in January by Austrian authorities for allegedly hiding an illegal gun in a bathroom in Vienna's main Schwechat airport. An investigation that began the next month found he had used a fake identity to register as a Syrian refugee in Gliessen, near Frankfurt, in January 2016.   He then moved to Bavaria, where he applied for asylum, lived in a migrant shelter and received welfare. The office said.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 04/27/2017 IRAN - SUNNI MILITANT GROUPS CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR KILLING 10 BORDER GUARDS NEAR PAKISTANI BORDER (APR 27/RFE/RL)  RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- Sunni militants from Pakistan have killed 10 Iranian border guards in a attack from Pakistan, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, citing Iranian media and officials.   The border guards were shot and killed Wednesday by militants with long-range guns in Mirjaveh county in Sistan-Baluchestan province, said Iranian police.   The shooting came from Pakistan, and a statement from Iran said Islamabad "bears the ultimate responsibility."   A militant group called Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice) claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the Tasnim news agency (Iran).   The group claimed responsibility for similar attacks in 2013 and 2015, noted Reuters. The militants say they are fighting discrimination against Sunni Muslims and the ethnic Baluch group in the province.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 04/27/2017 IRAQ - ISIS GETS TASTE OF ITS OWN DRONE MEDICINE IN MOSUL (APR 27/USA)  USA TODAY -- Taking a page from the terrorists' playbook, the Iraqi military has started to arm its own unmanned aircraft and drop small munitions on Islamic State militants in Mosul in northern Iraq, reports USA Today.   The threat of ISIS drones has been effectively neutralized with U.S. and coalition assistance, say officials. The coalition has provided counter-drone technology to Iraqi security forces fighting in Mosul.   ISIS fighters began using its small unmanned aircraft for surveillance and strike missions earlier this year.   Counter-drone efforts have reduced such ISIS missions from 10 to 15 a day to one or two and primarily for surveillance, said a U.S. military spokesman. There have been no recorded incidents of the use of an armed drone by the terrorist group in Iraq or Syria over the last two weeks, he said
Item Number:10 Date: 04/27/2017 IRAQ - PARAMILITARIES DISLODGE ISIS FROM HISTORIC HATRA (APR 27/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- Iraqi paramilitary troops announced Wednesday that they had regained control of the 2,000-year-old city of Hatra from the Islamic State, reports Deutsche Welle.   The terrorists were pushed out by pro-government Shi'ite militias fighting under the banner of the Popular Mobilization Forces.   The Iran-trained force, backed by Iraqi army helicopters, began their offensive early Tuesday, reported AFP. The militia said it killed 61 ISIS fighters, including 19 suicide bombers, and evacuated about 2,500 civilians.   Iraqi forces were reported to be approaching the nearby modern town of the same name by Wednesday afternoon.   Historic Hatra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded around the 2nd or 2rd century B.C.   In April 2015, ISIS published a video showing its fighters smashing statues and destroying the city's ancient walls. The group views such relics and statues as idolatrous.   The extent of the damage to Hatra is not yet known
Item Number:11 Date: 04/27/2017 JAPAN - SEAWALL CONSTRUCTION INITIATED AT NEW U.S. BASE IN OKINAWA (APR 27/KNA)  KYODO NEWS AGENCY -- The Japanese government has started work at a planned and controversial facility that will replace the U.S. Air Force Station Futenma in Okinawa, reports the Kyodo News Agency.   On Tuesday, work began on sea walls around the site. Full-fledged landfill work inside the sea walls is slated begin in the first half of 2018.   In 1996, Japan and the U.S. agreed on the return of the land occupied by the U.S. airfield and later on the airfield's transfer within Okinawa prefecture as part of a realignment of the U.S. military presence in Japan.   Construction work on the new facility began in 2015.   The Okinawan government and many locals oppose the relocation.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 04/27/2017 NEW ZEALAND - MARK MITCHELL JOINS CABINET AS NEW DEFENSE MINISTER (APR 27/NZH)  NEW ZEALAND HERALD -- New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English has reshuffled his Cabinet, reports the New Zealand Herald.   Current Defense Minister Gerry Brownlee has been named to the foreign affairs post, replacing Murray McCully. McCully has held the job for eight years.   Brownlee will be succeeded in the defense job by Mark Mitchell.   In December, Mitchell was named as a minister outside Cabinet and chaired the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Committee, noted Defense News.   The new defense minister is a former farmer, policeman and private security contractor. He has experience with hostage negotiations in Afghanistan, Darfur in western Sudan and Somalia.   Mitchell will assume his new post on May 2.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 04/27/2017 NIGERIA - NAVY CATCHES VESSEL, 10 SUSPECTS SAID TO BE STEALING OIL IN NIGER DELTA (APR 27/VANGUARD)  VANGUARD -- Nigeria's navy says it has seized a vessel carrying stolen crude oil off the coast of the Niger Delta region, reports the Vanguard (Nigeria).   Ten suspects -- one Nigerian, two Pakistanis, three Ghanaians, one Indonesian, one Beninese and two Ukrainians -- were arrested early Tuesday while siphoning crude oil into their tanker, said a navy official.   They had already siphoned 2,000 metric tons of crude oil from a platform belonging to Shell Petroleum in the Forcados river when they were caught, he said on Wednesday.   The navy had been following the tanker for three days, the official said.   A sizeable proportion of Nigeria's output is stolen by thieves who drill into pipelines or hijack barges.  
NDS 2 POLICE IN FRENCH OVERSEAS TERRITORY (APR 27/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- A man suspected of being linked to radical Islam has shot and wounded two policemen on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion, say authorities, as reported by Agence France-Presse.   On Thursday, the unidentified man fired a rifle at police after resisting arrest, said a local government official.   The two policemen and the "neutralized" assailant were taken to a hospital, reported AFP.   The suspect is believed to have been a recent convert to Islam who had been monitored for his online extremist activity.   The attack is being investigated by the anti-terrorist department of the Paris prosecutor's office.   Authorities thwarted a jihadist network on the French overseas territory in June 2015. Local officials estimate there are around 100 radicalized Islamists on the island, out of the populations of about 843,000  
  Item Number:15 Date: 04/27/2017 RUSSIA - FSB ARRESTS 12 IN KALININGRAD FOR TERRORIST INVOLVEMENT (APR 27/SPUTNIK)  SPUTNIK -- The Federal Security Services (FSB) in Russia says it has arrested 12 people in the Kaliningrad region for suspected involvement with a banned Islamist group, reports Russia's Sputnik news agency.   The arrests were made in a special operation, said a statement from the FSB late Wednesday.   Kaliningrad is a Russian enclave on the Baltic Sea between Poland and Lithuania.   The detainees were of Central Asian descent and involved with the Islamic Jihad-Jamaat Mujahideen terrorist group, said the agency, as reported by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   The leader of the group, an Uzbek national, was reportedly recruiting Kaliningrad residents. He was wanted by authorities in Uzbekistan for an "extremist crime," the statement said.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 04/27/2017 RUSSIA - INTEL SHIP COLLIDES WITH FREIGHTER IN BLACK SEA, SINKS (APR 27/INDEP)  INDEPENDENT -- A Russian navy ship has sunk after colliding with a cargo ship in the Black Sea, reports the Independent (U.K.).   The sinking was reported by Sky News (U.K.), citing Turkey's coastal safety authority.   The Liman naval reconnaissance ship crashed into a vessel carrying livestock on Thursday about 25 miles northwest of the Bosphorus Strait, said Russia's Defense Ministry. The conditions were foggy, said the ministry.   Some reports said all 78 personnel were rescued, while another account suggested 15 military personnel were missing.   The cargo ship, flying a Togo flag, was identified as Youzarsif H
  Item Number:17 Date: 04/27/2017 SERBIA - GIVEN PROPER TRAINING, SERBIAN PERSONNEL WILLING TO JOIN RUSSIAN DE-MINING EFFORTS IN SYRIA, SAYS MINISTER (APR 27/B92)  B92 NEWS -- Defense Minister Zoran Djordjevic says Serbia would like to participate in Russian-led de-mining operations in Syria, reports Serbian television network B92.   While Serbian forces currently lack the capacity and properly trained personnel, Belgrade is willing to take part in a training program, Djordjevic said on Tuesday after a Moscow meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu.   If such a training program was completed, possibly by the end of 2018, Serbian personnel could participate in humanitarian mine-clearance operations around the world, including in Syria, said the defense minister.   "Serbia supports all Russia's initiatives. We want to take part jointly in all international activities. Specifically, we discussed the Serbian armed forces' involvement in demining Syria, including Palmyra," said Djordjevic, as quoted by Russia's Tass news agency.   The Serbian defense minister emphasized his country's military neutrality. He indicated that progress in accession negotiations for membership in the European Union has not hindered cooperation with Russia.  
  Item Number:18 Date: 04/27/2017 SYRIA - ATTACK ON ARMS DEPOT NEAR DAMASCUS AIRPORT BLAMED ON ISRAEL (APR 27/HA)  HAARETZ -- Syrian state media says Israel was behind Thursday's airstrikes that hit an arms deploy near the Damascus airport, reports Haaretz (Israel).   There were five strikes near the Damascus airport road, about 25 km (15.5 mi) east of the capital, said witnesses cited by Al Jazeera.   A military source cited by Syrian state television said rockets were fired from Israeli territory aimed at a military area in the southwestern part of the airport. Other pro-government media reported that the missiles were fired by Israeli jets flying inside the Israeli-held Golan Heights.   The arms depot includes weapons flown from Iran that are supplied to various Iran-backed groups, led by Hezbollah, said an intelligence source cited by Reuters.   An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment.   Intelligence Affairs Minister Israel Katz told Israel's Army Radio: "The incident in Syria corresponds completely with Israel's policy to act to prevent Iran's smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria to Hezbollah," without accepting responsibility
Item Number:19 Date: 04/27/2017 USA - NAVAIR ORDERS LIFE EXTENSIONS FOR SUPER HORNETS (APR 27/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Boeing a contract to extend the service lives of F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighters, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The $49.8 million deal covers Phase C of the service life assessment program (SLAP) and service life extension program to extend the operational life of the Super Hornet beyond the designed 6,000 flight hours.   Work will take place in St. Louis, Mo., and El Segundo, Calif., and is scheduled to be completed in April 2021, noted the Pentagon
  Item Number:20 Date: 04/27/2017 USA - NAVY SEAHAWK HELO CRASHES NEAR GUAM; CREW RECOVERED SAFELY (APR 27/GDP)  GUAM DAILY POST -- All three crewmembers of a U.S. helicopter have been rescued after their aircraft crashed in the waters of the Pacific Ocean near Guam, reports Guam Daily Post.   The MH-60R Seahawk went down Thursday during routine flight operations about 24 miles east of Guam, said a Navy statement.   Two pilots and one aircrewman were recovered safely, said the Navy. No injuries were immediately apparent.   The helicopter is assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 78, which is embarked aboard the Dewey guided-missile destroyer, according to the service release.   An investigation is underway, said the Navy.
 
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Another view from Don on the below
 
 Thanks to Tam and Hal -
 Yesterday I sent you some information about the plot to bring down the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City.  Know this though, if all the unexploded charges that DIDN"T go off had, there would have been no survivors to tell the tale.  Below is more that my friend Tamara found on the Third Man in the Ryder Truck, Hussein al-Husseini. 
 
Notice also that he once worked with other Iraqis in catering at the Logan Airport in Boston  Ring a bell ??  Logan is where some of the 9-11 Hijackers departed to bring down the two World Trade Center towers.
 
Know also that when the last body was brought out from the Murrah Building wreckage, the building was demolished and the rubble hauled away to a location I have not been able to discover.  So, what was in there and why was it a threat to President Clinton and AG Janet Reno?  Take a guess....
Hal


 From Don
The "third terrorist" in the Murrah Bldg. bombing was never identified as real because he was fictitious. "Hussein Al-Husseini" was deemed a "red herring" fabricated by co-conspirator Terry Nichols to try and divert some responsibility to another villain - who did not exist. Neither the FBI nor Judge Steven W. Taylor bit on the red herring and found no credible or legally admissible evidence, of anyone other than McVeigh and Nichols having directly participated in the actual bombing.
 
On the other hand, Michael and Lori Fortier were indirect accomplices for having knowledge that McVeigh and Nichols were about to perpetrate bombing a government facility. Michael Fortier helped lead bomber Timothy McVeigh to scout the Murrah Building, among other places. His wife, Lori, helped McVeigh fabricate a fake driver's license later used to rent the Ryder bomb truck.
 
Michael Fortier agreed to testify against McVeigh and Nichols for a reduced sentence and no prosecution of his wife. He was sentenced to 12 years and was released from prison about ten years ago.
Michael and Lori Fortier.
As to the clearance of the rubble, it contained innumerable small body pieces, along with construction materials, papers, office furniture, etc. The Government did not want people rummaging around or selling pieces of the wreckage as souvenirs, so it buried it in various undisclosed places. 
 
And do you really believe that President Clinton and Janet Reno concocted the plot? This is what crackpots and conspiracy loonies place on their blogs, but you should not believe this! The same crackpots and conspiracy loonies state that Pres. George W. Bush ordered the Twin Towers and Pentagon strikes with the hijacked airliners.
 
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