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Steve Mercatante
on: Sep 28 2012 - 1:07am

There are few things cooler than a fighter jet. Growing up, I was fascinated by, and proud of, all sorts of things about the US Military but, being a kid, few things drew my attention as did it's fighter jets. And for good reason.

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Steve Mercatante
on: Sep 10 2012 - 9:25pm

In August and September of 1939 Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union invaded Poland and divided up the country between themselves. The Germans quickly went to work murdering tens of thousands of people. Meanwhile, Josef Stalin's Soviet Union more quietly, but still brutally, subjugated its part of the former Polish state. To this day the German atrocities garner the bulk of the attention, and rightly so in many respects.

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Steve Mercatante
on: Sep 2 2012 - 6:58pm

Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day is a U.S. Federal holiday honoring the contributions of America's workers. In celebration of Labor Day 2012 we will take a look at one of the biggest and most spectacular industrial efforts in U.S. history: the Willow Run Manufacturing Plant.

During the massive rearmament drive ordered by U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt prior to the U.S.

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Steve Mercatante
on: Aug 16 2012 - 7:37pm

At the storied Powazki Cemetery in Warsaw, Poland (where many of Poland's greatest citizens are buried) a hunt is on for Witold Pilecki; and for others like him believed to have been murdered by Stalin's post Second World War Polish police state and then unceremoniously dumped in unmarked graves.

Though a veteran of the early 1920's war fought between Poland and the Soviet Union, Witold Pilecki remains today best known for his heroism during WWII; when during the 1939-1945 German occupation he

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Steve Mercatante
on: Aug 6 2012 - 3:08pm

Yesterday evening the Cold War Era US Navy Destroyer USS Edson passed through Detroit (picture below) along the Detroit River, the river also separates the US and Canada, on its way to its final berth as a floating museum at the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum. Pulled and pushed by tugs, the Edson left Philadelphia on July 18th on a 2,500 mile journey to its final destination.

Launched in 1958 the Edson is a Forrest-Sherman Class Destroyer that most notably saw extensive service in the South

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Steve Mercatante
on: Aug 2 2012 - 7:18pm

A letter from William Patrick Hitler, he would change his last name following World War II, to U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt has been making the rounds this afternoon. This is mostly because in the letter William Patrick Hitler is practically begging the U.S. President to allow him to enlist and go fight against his Uncle Adolf, yes that Hitler - the Third Reich's infamous Führer.

The letter is reproduced below and it is actually quite eloquent at times.

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Steve Mercatante
on: Jul 30 2012 - 12:06am

World War II era German submarine U-550, a Type IX C-40 U-boat, was found this past week roughly 70 miles off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts.  On April 16, 1944 U-550 discovered Allied convoy CU-2, which had departed from New York for the United Kingdom.

Straggling behind the convoy was the massive tanker SS Pan Pennsylvania, which U-550 promptly discovered and torpedoed; causing the tanker to begin to sink. The convoy's escorts, The US Navy's USS Gandy and Coast Guard's USS Joyce and

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Steve Mercatante
on: Jul 26 2012 - 10:53pm

On May 12, 2012 the iconic first step in the Olympics began in Greece at the Temple of Hera in Olympia; with the first leg of the famous torch relay. On Friday, July 27th the world will watch as the final torch bearer completes their run through London, enters the Olympic Stadium, and lights the Olympic flame. However, what many don't know is that this well-regarded tradition actually began in 1936 at the direction of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich on behalf of the Berlin Olympics.

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Steve Mercatante
on: Jul 23 2012 - 8:47pm

Choice Magazine (a publication of the Association for College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association) in its August 2012 issue has just published it's review of Why Germany Nearly Won: A New History of the Second World War in Europe.

Choice praises Why Germany Nearly Won and not only recommends the book for all libraries and levels but states it contains an "an impressive operational overview of Operation Barbarossa and various battles on the Eastern Front, D-Day,

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Steve Mercatante
on: Jul 16 2012 - 5:16pm

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre (an organization dedicated to bringing to justice Nazi officials and collaborators responsible for the Holocaust) confirmed Sunday that it had found in Budapest, Hungary it's top wanted Nazi suspect - Laszlo Csatary. Csatary is said to be responsible for/participated in the deportation of an estimated 15,700 Jews while serving as a senior Hungarian police officer in the Hungarian ruled Slovakian city of Kosice.

An informer paid $25,000 provided the key information

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