Pre War Flying Fortresses
A B-17C of the 7th Bomb Group is seen above in this photo dating from January of 1941. It is accompanied by a B-17B of the 19th BG.
The main visible differences between the B-17B and C were in their armament. On the C model, all of the B’s streamlined gun blisters were removed. The waist guns were no longer mounted on pedestals inside the fuselage with the blisters. Instead, they were in stepped plexiglass fairings that slid back to uncover the gun. The lower gun blister was also changed to a bath tub resembling affair, with the gun firing down and to the rear. Unfortunately for the gunner, he was forced to kneel while firing, making the new belly position very uncomfortable. That often led to poor accuracy. The weapons themselves also changed from .30 caliber to .50 caliber everywhere except for in the nose going from the B-17B to C. Finally, a football antenna replaced the existing loop antenna on the chin.
There were 39 B-17Bs built, none of which saw combat during World War II. The B-17C did see combat in the hands of the RAF. Of the 38 Cs that were built, 20 went to the RAF and 18 went to the USAAF.
The land army girls and general farm life of the turn of the century has inspired some of the last decade of fashion. Why is that so you think? 🤔 Pictured above is a 1947 photo of the land army girls. The second photo is of a farm family in Newfoundland. The third is of a WWII era jumpsuit patterns.
Montenegrin soldiers pose for a photograph, 1915.
I was requested to write about the Battle of Mojkovac (Мојковац) between the Montenegrin and Austro-Hungarian forces in January 1916.
In October 1915 a joint Austro-Hungarian, German and Bulgarian attack into Serbia had demolished the Serbian forces and pushed them off their territory. The remainder of the Serbian army retreated through Montenegro to Albania, where they would be shipped to the Greek island of Corfu and rehabilitate.
Montenegro had been fighting alongside their Serbian brothers since 1914. Serbia was now conquered by the Austrians, which meant Montenegro was next to be invaded.
Instead of retreating together with the Serbs, on January 5, 1916 the Montenegrin forces entrenched themselves at Mojkovac in Montenegro, to protect their country and give the Serbs more time to retreat.
The Montenegrin forces were just 6,500 men strong, compared to the Austro-Hungarian 20,000 men. The Austrians were also far superior in supplies, training, artillery and reserves.
On January 6, 1916 the Austro-Hungarians opened up a heavy bombardment and attacked the Montenegrin soldiers at Mojkovac.
Fighting was very bloody and fierce with hand-to-hand combat in knee-deep snow. The Austrians managed to capture several positions, but the outnumbered and dedicated Montenegrins still held Mojkovac. More than 2,000 Austrians were killed.
Then on January 7, after bringing up reserves the Montenegrin forces counter-attacked and were succesfuld in beating back the Austro-Hungarians, capturing all lost territory and inflicting but also suffering heavy casualties.
The Austrians attacked again on January 7, but were repulsed, as the battle ended.
The Battle of Mojkovac had inflicted 2,500 casualties out of the 6,500 Montenegrin soldiers. The Austro-Hungarians had suffered thousands of more casualties.
Although the Montenegrin forces surrendered three weeks later, the battle is notable for the far inferior Montenegrin army beating the superior Austro-Hungarian army. It's also notable for the Montenegrins sacrificing themselves for another nation: Serbia.
Vought F4U Corsair @ WWII Weekend 2018 – Reading, PA. The Vought F4U Corsair is an American fighter aircraft that saw service primarily in WWII and the Korean War. It was designed as a carrier-based aircraft, but its difficult carrier landing performance rendered it unsuitable for Navy use until the carrier landing issues were overcome by the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm. The Corsair thus came to and retained prominence in land based use by the U.S. Marines. After the carrier landing issues had been tackled though, it quickly became the most capable carrier-based fighter-bomber of WWII, with the U.S. Navy counting an 11:1 kill ratio with the F4U Corsair. (W) #wwii#ww2#worldwarii#worldwar2#1940s#museums#history#travel#midatlanticairmuseum#readingairshow#instagramaviation#corsair
1942년 9월 스탈린그라드에서 전투를 지휘하는 프리드리히 빈클러 대위
1942년 7월 27일 스탈린그라드로 진격한 독일 6군의 병력은 330000명이었다 1943년 2월 항
복할 때 생존자 91000명이 포로가 됐지만 1955년 살아서 고향으로 돌아온 병사는 5000명
에 불과했다 소련군은 478000 명이 전사하고
650000 명이 부상당해 총 1100000만 명의 사상자
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I read an article recently that said if you need colouring and activity sheets to teach a tough subject the children aren't old enough to learn about it yet. It gave me pause but I decided there is room for both views as there's no difference between them colouring while I read them the #AnneFrank book than when I doodle in a lecture. It helps focus the mind IMO. What do you think?
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This picture shows a Brazilian fighter plane as it attacks a German supply train in Italy during the Second World War.
The Brazilian Air Force was very helpful during the Second World War to the allies from 1942-1945. They did not fight solely in he Italian Campaign like some people like to think.
Their other immensely important role was the patrolling of the South Atlantic for German u-boats, and on July 31st of 1943, the Brazilians destroyed U-199.
More famously, the 1st Fighter Group fought in the Italian Campaign, flying 445 missions, 2550 individual sorties, and 5,465 combat flight hours. This was all in the time span from November 11th of 1944 to May 6th of 1945. The XXII Tactical Air Command acknowledged the efficiency of the Group by noting that although it flew only 5% of the total of missions carried out by all squadrons under its control, it accomplished a much higher percentage of the total destruction wrought. This included 85% of the ammunition depots, 36% of the fuel depots, 28% of the bridges (19% damaged), 15% of motor vehicles (13% damaged), and 10% of horse-drawn vehicles (10% damaged).
Although not initially allowed to fly dangerous missions, the Brazilian 1st Fighter Group became one of the allied most important units in the skies above Italy and the Mediterranean Sea.
Brazil’s contributions during WW2 are often forgotten, and that’s why I am bringing this forward to you today. Never forget the actions of the lesser known nations during the war, as without the total combined effort, victory would not have been how it was.