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Memorial Day 2013: Historical US Military Deaths

on Thu, 05/23/2013 - 16:51

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 services during selected wars and campaigns in our history.

The 70th Anniversary of The USS New Jersey’s Commissioning

on Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:03

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 the second of the Iowa-class fast battleships.  The four Iowas (Iowa, New Jersey, Missouri and

The Sherman VC "Firefly"

on Wed, 04/17/2013 - 19:12

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 anti-tank gun and employed tungsten armor-piercing rounds powered by a higher than normal amount of

New Guest Author Article

on Wed, 03/20/2013 - 16:46

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. Navy Reserve and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom (having served in Iraq twice with units of the II Marine Expeditionary Force / 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing). His article takes a look at one aspect of the often overlooked final days of the Second World War in Europe; as well as offers a succinct overview of late war U.S.

New Book Review

on Mon, 03/18/2013 - 23:16

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. His military history reviews are online at the Michigan War Studies Review: 

There at the End: The U.S. 16th Armored Division’s Liberation of Plzen

on Sat, 03/02/2013 - 18:49

By Bryan J Dickerson*

Prologue – Plzen, Czech Republic, Saturday 6 May 2000,

On this warm sunny day, I stood among several hundred people who had gathered on Husova Street; several blocks from Plzen’s Republic Square.  55 years ago on this very day, soldiers of the U.S. 16th Armored Division had rolled into Plzen and liberated its people from six oppressive years of German occupation (pictured here - Photo Courtesy of Jaroslav Peklo).  Later on that same day, other soldiers from the U.S. 97th and 2nd Infantry Divisions had arrived to help secure the city.

New Guest Author Article

on Tue, 02/26/2013 - 02:56

World War II enthusiasts will almost assuredly find interesting our newest guest author's work: The T-34 in WWII: The Legend vs. The Performance. Author Nigel Askey graduated from the University of Sussex, in the UK, with an honours degree in physics. Since the early 1980s he has taken a keen interest in military history and military simulations. In 1997 he worked as a consultant for Talansoft Inc, on war games in their Campaign Series.

The T-34 in WWII: The Legend vs.The Performance

on Tue, 02/26/2013 - 02:14

By Nigel Askey*

The technical superiority of the T-34 (with a T-34/76 pictured here) in 1941,and during WWII in general has become the stuff of legend. Its apparent superiority has become so entrenched in the psyche of post WWII authors that it is now assumed without question. Some go as far as to claim the T-34 as “the finest tank of the twentieth century”, and that the T-34 “rendered the entire fleet of German tanks as effectively obsolete”.[1]

However, if battle performance was, and indeed still is, the ultimate determinant of the effectiveness of any weapon system, then unlike some

Sturmgewehr Turns Up at Police Buy Back Program

on Tue, 12/11/2012 - 18:54

The Hartford Connecticut Police Department recently received quite a surprise when during a gun buy back program a woman walked into the station with a World War II era Sturmgewehr 44; widely recognized as the world's first assault rifle. Heavy and awkward by today's standards, nevertheless when introduced the Sturmgewehr quickly became a prized possession capable of laying down tremendous firepower at standard combat ranges.

Manufactured in Nazi Germany during World War II only around 400,000 of these assault rifles were produced, and far fewer survive today.

WWII Vet and Famed Detroit Broadcaster Sonny Eliot Dies at 91

on Fri, 11/16/2012 - 14:40

Sonny Eliot, a long time Metro Detroit weatherman and TV personality famous for his quirky personality died at his Farmington Hills home at the age of 91. An icon in the Metro Detroit region, with a broadcasting and radio career dating back to the late 1940's what many may not know is that Eliot, born Marvin Schlossberg, also spent 18 months as a POW (prisoner of war) during WWII.

Eliot enlisted after Pearl Harbor and because of some pre-war flying lessons quickly found himself in the USAAF (United States Army Air Force). As a B-24 bomber pilot assigned to the 8th Air Force, 577th Squadron,