Versailles to Rhineland

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This was going to be ‘Versailles to Munich’. But, I decided Austria and the Sudetenland deserve their own piece since they were the first moves beyond Germany’s legal borders. And each was handled quite differently by Hitler and everyone else involved.

That will be the next Hub when I am done with it. ;-)

Here, I try to help the reader understand that a ‘WWII’ in Europe at least, was bound to happen after Versailles regardless of whether there had been a Hitler, or a Nazi Party. And at least in spirit, began in 1919. Not, just when the shooting started in 1939.

Germany’s freely elected and quite democratic Weimar Republic, was just as committed to reversing the Treaty of Versailles as the Nazis & German military elite were.

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The Battle of Britain: How it was won

The Battle of Britain was won by the RAF in no small part, due to a number of prewar factors born of wisdom and foresight unparalleled even by the RAF’s chief enemy, the mighty Luftwaffe.

When Winston Churchill spoke of ‘so many, owing so much, to so few’, the ‘few’ is obviously the pilots of RAF Fighter Command. What’s not so obvious today is that the ‘many’ were not just the people of the British Isles, but those beyond it in the Americas as well.

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Squadron Leader B J E 'Sandy' Lane in Sept. 1940 looking beyond his age of 23.

Squadron Leader B J E ‘Sandy’ Lane in Sept. 1940 looking beyond his age of 23.

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Cantor’s humiliation

This was published yesterday morning on World Review. I meant to post the link here then, and got sidetracked. It’s an explanation of why Eric Cantor’s defeat here in Virginia was not that much of a shock to us. And, also why many constituencies seeking to oust a RINO, (Republican in Name Only) is often finding that their candidate is losing where Dave Brat succeeded enormously.

MAIN LINK: http://www.worldreview.info/content/cantors-humiliation-core-values-swing-it-republican-brat

Professor Dave Brat, victor over Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Professor Dave Brat, victor over Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

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D-Day: The story behind the story

Note: apologies for the long delay in writing/posting. My grandmother’s medical situation is as tough as it was unexpected.

This is piece I wanted to do on the subject of D-Day. gpcox, especially will like this one. ;-)

We all know the stories of D-Day and how absolutely vital that operation was to the defeat of the Nazis and what might have happened had it failed. But, as with all such massive endeavors there is more to the story than is ever generally realized, which shape such historical events into what we know them to be.

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France between June 1940 and Nov. 1942.

France between June 1940 and Nov. 1942.

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New posts coming soon

Had to take a short hiatus due to the unexpected hospitalization of my grandmother. However, I will be getting back to writing this week. In the meantime, here is a little diversion from my usual content. This video is the kind of driving I actually learned from my grandmother, who used to find roads like this to give her Camaro Z28 a workout… yes, my grandmother owned one and drove it the way it was built to be driven. ;-)

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Foreign Warship On Bosphorus (Part 5)

Kevin Brent:

France’s spy ship returned to the Black Sea. Whether they’re spying for NATO or Putin, is anyone’s guess…lol

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A-759 Dupuy de Lôme . Photo: Ahmet Böler. Used with permission.

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A-759 Dupuy de Lôme . Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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A-759 Dupuy de Lôme . Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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A-759 Dupuy de Lôme . Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

Yesterday in the early evening hours, The French surveillance ship A-759 Dupuy de Lôme returned to the Black Sea after 15 days. Previously, she was in the region between 11 and 30 April 2014

Date Number Name Direction Nationality
02.01.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russian
02.01.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russian
18.01.2014 151 Azov Southbound Russian
18.01.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russian
27.01.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russian
01.02.2014 151 Azov Northbound Russian
01.02.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russian
05.02.2014 20 Mount Whitney Northbound USA
05.02.2014 50 Taylor Northbound USA
07.02.2014 810 Smetlivy Northbound Russian
10.02.2014 151 Azov Southbound Russian
10.02.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russian
20.02.2014 150

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Turkey Requests MK 48 Torpedoes From USA

Kevin Brent:

Smart move considering the change in balance of naval power in the Black Sea.

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On 12 May 2014, the State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Turkey for MK 48 Mod 6 Advanced Technology All-Up-Round (AUR) Warshot torpedoes and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $170 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

The Government of Turkey has requested a possible sale of up to 48 MK 48 Mod 6 Advanced Technology All-Up-Round (AUR) Warshot Torpedoes, containers, fleet exercise sections, exercise fuel tanks, surface recovery cage and tools, exercise hardware, maintenance facility upgrades, support and test equipment, spare and repair parts, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical documentation, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support. The total estimated cost is $170 million.

The Republic of Turkey is a partner of the…

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