Monday, February 22, 2010

USS Enterprise Resupply

The guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50), Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE6) and nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) conduct a connected replenishment (CONREP).

The guided-missile frigate USS Taylor, Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Supply and nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise conduct a connected replenishment.Download High Resolution

Atlantic Ocean (March 2006) -- The guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50), Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE6) and nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) conduct a connected replenishment (CONREP) and vertical replenishment (VERTREP). Enterprise and embarked Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) are currently underway Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). [U.S. Navy Photograph by Rob Gaston.]

U.S. Navy Legacy Flight

A F-14D Tomcat, F4U Corsair and F/A-18C Hornet fly in formation during the U.S. Navy Legacy Flight at the 2004 "In Pursuit of Liberty," Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show. The air show, held Sept. 24-26, showcased civilian and military aircraft from the Nation's armed forces, which provided many flight demonstrations and static displays. (Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., 2004: U.S. Navy Photo by Daniel J. McLain)

Friday, February 19, 2010

F/A-18C Hornet

F/A-18C HornetGULF OF OMAN (Feb. 2010): An F/A-18C Hornet piloted by Cmdr. Benjamin Hewlett, prospective commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131, launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) prior to the squadron's change of command ceremony. VFA 131 is embarked aboard Dwight D. Eisenhower for six-month deployment as a part of the on-going rotation of forward-deployed forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Chad R. Erdmann) DOWNLOAD HIGH RESOLUTION

F/A-18C HornetGULF OF OMAN (Feb. 2010): Cmdr. Thomas Bush, commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131, executes a high-speed fly-by in an F/A-18C Hornet over the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) during a change of command ceremony. Bush was relieved by Cmdr. Benjamin Hewlett. Dwight D. Eisenhower is conducting a scheduled six-month deployment as a part of the on-going rotation of forward-deployed forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Chad R. Erdmann) DOWNLOAD HIGH-RESOLUTION

65th Anniversary of Iwo Jima

Veterans and military leaders gathered February 19 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps to remember the 65th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Joseph D'Ambrose, a Marine Corps veteran of the Battle of Iwo Jima 65 years ago, recalls his experience at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia.


New Figure: Sd.Kfz. 222 Driver

Minisoldiers has announced a new 1/35th scale figure -- a German driver of an Sd.Kfz. 222 armored car.

New Figure: Sd.Kfz. 222 Driver

Russia Honors U.S. WWII Veteran

Washington Post: Russian museum honors US WWII vet

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- An exhibit opened in Russia on Thursday on the life of an American veteran believed to be one the few soldiers to fight for both the U.S. and the Soviet Union in World War II.

The Russian Museum exhibit, titled "Joseph R. Beyrle - A Hero of Two Nations," presents 260 artifacts from Beyrle's life and military career, including a collection of his medals, uniform and photographs....

The highly decorated Staff Sgt. Beyrle parachuted into Normandy on D-Day with the U.S. 101st Airborne Division and was captured by the Germans. He escaped and joined a Soviet tank battalion before he was wounded near Berlin and sent home through Moscow. He died in 2004.

The Muskegon, Michigan, native said he raised his hands and shouted the only two words of Russian he knew when he met Soviet troops after his escape from a German POW camp in January 1945. "Amerikansky tovarishch," he called, American comrade.

Beyrle joined Soviet troops and was wounded as his unit approached Berlin. He was treated in a field hospital before being sent back to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.


Command - New Series from Osprey

Osprey Publishing has announced a new series of books covering the great military commanders of history. The first two volumes cover Napoleon Bonaparte and Erich von Manstein.

Osprey Command No. 1Napoleon Bonaparte
[Osprey Command No. 1]
Author: Gregory Fremont-Barnes
Illustrator: Peter Dennis
Publication Date: May 2010
ISBN: 9781846034589

Publisher's Description: Napoleon Bonaparte is renowned as one of the great military commanders in history, and the central figure in so many of the events of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. Throughout the first decade of the 19th century he won battle after battle by wielding the Grande Armée decisively against the other powers of Europe – Prussia, Austria and Russia. Yet his fortunes changed in 1812 when the invasion of Russia wrecked his forces, and Napoleon suffered his final defeat at Waterloo in 1815.

Contents: Introduction || Early years || Military life || Hour of destiny || Inside the mind || When war is done || A life in words


Osprey Command No. 2Erich von Manstein
[Osprey Command No. 2]
Author: Robert Forczyk
Illustrator: Adam Hook
Publication Date: May 2010
ISBN: 9781846034657

Publisher's Description: Erich von Manstein was one of the most successful German commanders of World War II. His military mind proved outstanding in many a conflict but perhaps his greatest triumph was his ingenious operational plan that led to the rapid defeat of France in May 1940. Manstein also showed great skill under adversity by commanding a furious rebuff to the Soviet armies in 1943, whilst Germany were retreating. However, his skill could not reverse Germany’s declining fortunes and Manstein’s frequent disagreement’s with Hitler over military strategy led to his dismissal. Robert Forczyk tells the story of one of Germany’s most valuable military talents, from his early years to his post- war conviction and his later career.

Contents: Introduction || The early years, 1887–1913 || The military life, 1914–43 || The hour of destiny || Opposing commanders || When war is done || Inside the mind || A life in words

Panzer IV in Russia

A battered Panzer IV, with tactical number 122, moves forward with infantry on the Russian Front in January 1944. The turret schürzen are intact, but several side schürzen are already missing.

Panzer IV with Turret  and Side Schürzen Deutsches Bundesarchiv (German Federal Archive) via Wikimedia, Bild 101I-090-3912-05A, Foto Etzhold

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Fighting First - 1946

The Fighting First
Department of the Army - U.S. War Department Official Film - 1946

This 12-minute army film shows the combat operations of the 1st Infantry Division -- the Big Red One -- in eight campaigns and three invasions.

El Claus - Miniatures Ramirez Novelty Figure

Miniatures Ramirez has announced "EL CLAUS" a new 50-mm white metal novelty figure designed by Enrique V. Vegas. The figure shown below in the box art was modeled by Antonio Ramirez and painted by Jaume Ortiz.

El Claus - Miniatures Ramirez Novelty Figure

Grenadier Alder Fisher - Dragon 1/6th Scale Figure

Alder Fisher (Grenadier) - WH Anti-Tank Loader w/Panzerfaust 257. Volksgrenadier-Division, Bavaria 1945 ~ Gear Plus SeriesNew WWII 1/6th scale action figure from Dragon. The grenadier carries a Kar 98k rifle, two Panzerfausts, and five rounds of ammunition for the Rakettenpanzerbüchse (Panzerschreck).

1/35th German Don Cossack Cavalry

Dragon Models has announced a new figures kit in their 1/35 scale plastic '39-'45 Series. The kit includes two figures and two horses depicting Don Cossacks serving with German forces in the Balkans in 1944. Detail appears to be excellent and the poses are interesting.

Don Cossacks serving with German forces in the Balkans in 1944Don Cossacks serving with German forces in the Balkans in 1944

SR-71 Blackbird

Short U.S. Air Force film showing the SR-71 Blackbird hitting Mach 3 at 81,000 feet altitude.

Latest on the Sgt. Rock Movie

No WWII, Sgt. Rock will now Fight in the Future

Panzerwrecks 1: German Armour 1944-45

Panzerwrecks 1: German Armour 1944-45Panzerwrecks 1: German Armour 1944-45
by Lee Archer and William Auerbach
Format: Paperback, 96 pages, 127 photos, English
Publisher: Panzerwrecks, 2004
ISBN: 9780975418307

Publisher's Description: The Panzerwrecks series of books are about destroyed, surrendered and abandoned German armour of 1944-45. Each landscape volume contains over 100 large format rare and unpublished black and white photographs most of which are printed at 260x170mm or larger onto high quality art paper.

Featured vehicles include: Modified Panthers of I./Pz.Rgt.26; Jagdtiger 323 of 3./s.Pz.Jg.Abt.653; and Panzer IV/70(A).

Other vehicle photographs include: Tiger II, Jagdtiger, Elefant, Panther, Panther II, Bergepanther, Jagdpanther, Pz.Kpfw. IV, Panzer IV/70, Flakpanzer Ostwind, Flakpanzer Möbelwagen, Sturmpanzer IV, Hummel, Nashorn, Pz.Kpfw. III, Sturmgeschütz III, Marder III, Flakpanzer 38, Grille, Munitionspanzer II, StuG 105/25 auf M43, Pz.Kpfw. 17/18 R 730(f), 4.7cm Pak(t) auf Pz.Kpfw. 35R(f), Munitionsschlepper 35R, Lg.s.FH. 13(Sfl.) auf LrS, Pz.Kpfw. M4 748(a) Firefly, Pz.Kpfw. M3 (a) Stuart, Pz.Sp.Wg. M8 (a), Steyr RSO/01, Sd.Kfz. 223, Sd.Kfz. 250, Sd.Kfz. 251, Sd.Kfz. 11/1, Sd.Kfz. 7, Breda 61, Sd.Kfz. 8, and Panzer Draisine

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

P-51 Mustang, A-10 Thunderbolt and F-15D Eagle

An F-15D Eagle, P-51 Mustangs, and an A-10 Thunderbolt II team up during an air show An F-15D Eagle, P-51 Mustangs, and an A-10 Thunderbolt II team up during an air show at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. (U.S. Air Force photo by Julie Ray,

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Aerial Refueling of HH-60 Pave Hawk Helicopter

Lockheed HC-130P from Air Force Special Operations Command of the 920th Rescue Wing refuels a HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter in the sky over southern Louisiana during Hurricane Rita rescue operations.

Source: Wikipedia

Flight of the "Question Mark"

The U.S. Air Force website has updated their feature on the Question Mark, a three-engine Fokker C-2 which played a major role in the development of air refueling: Flight of the 'Question Mark'.
The flight, born from the ingenuity of Airmen through their experiences in World War I, lasted from Jan. 1-7, 1929; a total of 150 hours and 40 minutes. The crew flew a 110-mile racetrack from Santa Monica, Calif., to San Diego, Calif.... During the flight, they made 43 contacts with the tanker aircraft. Each contact lasted about seven and a half minutes, with the two aircraft about 15 to 20 feet apart. Day-time contacts took place at an altitude between 2,000 and 3,000 feet, and the 10 night-time contacts took place between 5,000 and 7,000 feet.

These historic flights were not the U.S. Army Air Corps' first attempts at aerial refuelling:
Air refueling... had humble beginnings. The first attempts were in 1921 with the employment of five-gallon gas cans when a U.S. Navy lieutenant, in the back of a Huff-Daland HD-4, used a grappling hook to snag a gas can from a float in the Potomac River. In another attempt, a wing walker with a gas can strapped to his back, climbed from an airborne Lincoln Standard to a Curtiss JN-4 to pour gas into the aircraft's tank.
While these two publicity stunts deserve mention, the first air-to-air refueling using a gravity-flow hose occurred in 1923. Earlier that year, the Army Air Service had equipped two de Haviland DH-4Bs with in-flight hoses. After installation, testing and preparation, the Army Air Service was ready to put it to use. On June 27, one of the DH-4s flew a six-hour-and-38-minute flight that included two air refuelings.

The Vikings - Osprey Elite No. 3

The Vikings (Osprey Elite No. 3)
Author(s): Ian Heath
Illustrator(s): Angus McBride
Format: Paperback; 64 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publ.; 1985
ISBN: 9780850455656

Publisher Description: Author Ian Heath transports us to the time of the Vikings examining their epic journeys and the ships they made them in, their methods of warfare—the organisation of their armies and tactics employed, their appearance and equipment and the general history of these fascinating warrior-explorers. His authoritative text is backed by many fine illustrations and photographs including stunning color plates by Angus McBride.

Contents: Who Were the Vikings -- Viking Ships -- Vikings Abroad -- Vikings in England -- Vikings in Ireland: The Battle of Clontarf -- Vikings in the East -- Varangian Guard -- Vikings in England: 11th Century -- Viking Warfare -- Tactics -- Jomsvikings -- Berserks and Wolfcoats -- The Raven Standard


Friday, February 5, 2010

Four Generations of Fighters

An A-10 Thunderbolt II, F-86 Sabre, P-38 Lightning and P-51 Mustang fly in a heritage flight formation during the air show at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. OVER VIRGINIA -- An A-10 Thunderbolt II, F-86 Sabre, P-38 Lightning and P-51 Mustang fly in a heritage flight formation during the air show at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. The formation displays four generations of Air Force fighters. (U.S. Air Force Photo.)

Source: Wikipedia and

MiniArt 1/35th British Bantam Staff Car

MiniArt Models has announced a new 1/35th scale plastic kit of the British Bantam Scout Car. The kit includes three figures.

Youngest Known British Service Casualty in World War II

The British government has confirmed the identity of the youngest British service casualty of WWII. Fourteen-year-old Reginald Earnshaw lied about his age and joined the Merchant Navy in 1941. He was killed in 1941 by a German attack on his ship the SS North Devon.

From the Washington Post:
Now, on what would have been his 82nd birthday, Reginald Earnshaw's sad place in history has finally been acknowledged.

On Friday, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission officially recognized him as the youngest known British service casualty in World War II.

The lad lived just 14 years and 152 days. He died when German planes attacked the SS Devon, the ship he was on, off the east coast of England on July 6, 1941. He had only served for several months.

Officials had been slow to recognize his status because they did not have official proof of his date of birth, making it impossible to prove he was actually younger than Raymond Steed, who died at 14 years and 207 days.

Earnshaw was serving as a Merchant Navy cabin boy when he died. He had told authorities he was 15, the minimum allowable age, after leaving school to help with the war effort....

He had laid in an unmarked grave in Edinburgh for decades, and little was known about his case until a surviving shipmate, machine gunner Alf Tubb, spent several years trying to find out what had happened to the young man he served with.


Thursday, February 4, 2010

M10 Tank Destroyer "Commercial"

A U.S. WWII propaganda film about the M10 tank destroyer, produced in the style of a car commercial. "Sudden death to the Tiger..."

"Every man in a TD is a happy man!"

Tank Sounds II

Close-up video of various tanks and AFVs of all eras from Bovington Tank Museum's Tankfest 2008:

And a second Tankfest video of the Matilda, Crusader, Cromwell, Comet, Crusader, Chieftain, Firefly, Challenger and more...

New Figures from Evolution Miniatures

Evolution Miniatures has introduced two new 1/35 scale figures. Both are resin kits.

::::: Soviet Guerrilla WW2 :::::

Soviet Guerrilla WW2Soviet Guerrilla WW2
::::: German Gebirgsjager 1944 :::::

German Gebirgsjager 1944German Gebirgsjager 1944

Monday, February 1, 2010

SAC Command Post

The Pulsing Heart of Strategic Air Command

There is only world peace where there is power to preserve order among nations...

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"SAC Command Post"
U.S. Air Force Special Film Project 1236
Produced by Air Force Audio Visual Service (Military Airlift Command), 1365th Photo Squadron
Source: National Archives, Motion Pictures Unit, Record Group 342

For more information, see The National Security Archive


B-52 Stratofortress Units in Combat

B-52 Stratofortress Units in Combat 1955-73 (Osprey Combat Aircraft No. 43)
Author(s): Jon Lake
Illustrator(s): Mark Styling
ISBN: 9781841766072
Format: Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing, 2004

Publisher's Description -- Designed to form the backbone of Strategic Air Command’s nuclear deterrent, the B-52 force was brought to higher states of readiness whenever crisis threatened the USA, most notably when Kennedy and Khruschev went eyeball-to-eyeball over Cuba. Soon afterwards, B-52s formed the backbone of the USAF’s bombing campaign in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. This book follows the story of the B-52 from its genesis to its first combat missions in June 1965 and through to the brief Linebacker II offensive in late 1972. Even after the withdrawal of US forces in 1973, B-52s remained in-theatre, flying training missions mainly from Guam.

Contents -- Genesis of the B-52 • Atom Bomber – Cold War to Cuba • South Bay to Sun Bath • Big Belly B-52D Joins Arc Light • Arc Light Continues • Freedom Train and Linebacker • Linebacker II • An Uneasy Peace