Today is the anniversary of the largest amphibious assault in history; codenamed Operation Overlord by the Allies, but universally known since as "D-Day". Exactly 69 years ago approximately 160,000 Allied soldiers landed on the coast of Nazi occupied Normandy, France thus beginning the Second World War's final act. Though thousands of Allied soldiers, mostly U.S.
In the U.S. the upcoming Memorial Day weekend is very much in our thoughts, with visions in our heads of impending parades, barbeque's, time spent with family, and general relaxation. However, we at The Globe at War would also like to remind everyone of the true purpose of Memorial Day; that being taking the time to honor the sacrifices made by our fellow citizens during times of war.
To that end the following table lists the total number of military deaths suffered by this nation's armed
By Bryan J Dickerson*
There are several important milestone events in the life of a warship. Of particular importance are those proceedings surrounding the ship's launching and retirement from active service. Such events include the keel laying, launching, commissioning, decommissioning, and final disposition of the ship. On 23 May 2013 one of history's most powerful warships, the battleship USS New Jersey (BB-62), will celebrate the 70th Anniversary of its commissioning.
USS New Jersey is
Just an update on two new book reviews done by yours truly. The first has been published by the Michigan War Studies Review. In February I was asked to join their stable of reviewers and I wholeheartedly agreed. For those of you who haven't had a chance to take a look at the work done by the Michigan War Studies Review I can't recommend it enough. The Michigan War Studies Review (MiWSR, formerly MWSR) is an online scholarly journal affiliated with the Michigan War Studies Group and edited by
During WWII's Normandy Campaign the inability of Allied tanks to compete against their German foes, primarily in terms of armored protection and armamanent, was and remains today a fairly well known story. Nevertheless, what is often forgotten is that by the summer of 1944 the British had found a simple, relatively cost effective solution to the problems posed by hard hitting German AFV's (Armored Fighting Vehicles).
What the British had discovered was that if they took a 17-pounder L/55
Today, President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2014 Budget. In spite of the sequester, and under the proposed budget, the Department of Defense will actually see its funding only marginally decrease from the enacted 2012 levels - a drop of $3.9 billion leading to a $526.6 billion allocation for the Pentagon's base budget. Among the budget highlights are as follows:$96.7 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations in 2013 (primarily meaning ongoing operations in Afghanistan).$95 million to
During last week's 10th anniversary of the Iraq War, a U.S. Army Veteran named Tomas Young, who signed up two days after 9/11 specifically to go after Osama Bin Laden, posted at Truthdig.com and Rolling Stone a searing indictment against former President George W. Bush and former Vice-President Dick Cheney. Note that while serving a tour of duty in Iraq Young was shot and paralyzed in 2004 and that he is currently dying of his wounds.
Needless to say this letter has stirred up a firestorm with
In January we reported that the U.S. Navy was preparing the first monohull designed LCS 1 (littoral combat ship) USS Freedom (in contrast to the trimaran design LCS 2 USS Independence) for its first deployment. This was welcome news considering the bevy of mechanical issues that had cropped up during sea trials in 2011.
Of course, on the eve of that deployment the roughly 3,000 ton combat ship was blasted in a report issued by the Defense Department’s director of operational test and evaluation.
Another new "long-form" article is up in the Articles Section of The Globe At War. The U.S. 9th Armored Division in the Liberation of Western Czechoslovakia 1945 is by Bryan J. Dickerson, a military historian and former Religious Program Specialist 1st Class in the U.S.
We have a brand new book review. Jonathan Beard has reviewed Paul Kennedy's Engineers of Victory: The Problem Solvers Who Turned the Tide in the Second World War. Mr. Beard is a freelance journalist, researcher and translator living in New York City. He has worked for several science magazines, including New Scientist and Science Illustrated, and translated for various publications, including the late World Press Review. He has written hundreds of book reviews for many publications.