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Re: Military History
« Reply #30 on: December 03, 2018, 03:03:09 PM »
A brief fifteen minute overview of the Battle of Midway.
A lot of animated maps and real combat footage.

Re: Military History
« Reply #31 on: December 04, 2018, 01:20:11 PM »
About four minutes long

Re: Military History
« Reply #32 on: December 06, 2018, 11:06:13 AM »
Clarence Hutton was serving as the adjutant to General Bryan Grimes when he was wounded during the Confederate assaults that took place against Getty’s Division on Cemetery Hill. In an earlier post, we followed Hutton as he advanced with the overwhelmingly successful early morning Confederate attacks. The following is a continuation of Hutton’s experience which includes a description of his wound and the frantic retreat of the Confederates.  We pick up with Hutton and the Confederates advancing against Cemetery Hill:

“ Onward we charge, the shell is screaming and bursting, and the rifle balls whistling and spattering through and around us- that yell, that glorious old “Rebel Yell” ringing in my ears. With that eager, fiery, exulting feeling, which only just such a situation can produce- almost over the low-land, within about 40 feet of the enemy- our lines went forward. The enemy’s lines appeared to waver and success was almost in hand, when a minie ball struck me square in front of my lower neck in that little V in the breastbone and passed back into the muscles in front of the backbone, where it has lodged to this day.

As our column came up and passed me, some of our men caught me as I was falling off of my horse, and straightening me out on the ground, supposedly to die. The men, charging on, gallantly drove the enemy from their position, routed, and I was afterwards told that this was the last charge made by our forces, supposing them too badly routed to make another stand.

I was picked up on a stretcher, taken to the field hospital, where I was laid on the ground, and a knapsack under my head, until the surgeons came to me. Dr. Sutton, Dr. Morton, and two or three more. They looked at the wound, ran their fingers into it, and as they afterwards told me, felt the ball had abraided the main artery of the neck, from which I was bleeding like a hog, they concluded it would surely kill me to cut for the ball, and believing I would die anyway, just bound me up.

The surgeons then sent me in an ambulance just starting with Colonel Davis, of our brigade. His arm had been shot off, and we were carried to the house of the Mayor of Strasburg, where he was taken in. As the drivers and helpers came out of the house some of our cavalry came dashing in, shouting: “We are flanked! Get out! Get out!” Jumping in, they drove furiously on, and when they came to a bridge over a ditch which crossed the road about midway to Fisher’s Hill, in attempting to cross it they turned the ambulance over with me in it. In a few minutes bullets came plugging through the ambulance from the Yanks up on the hillside. Though I had been given strict injunction not to move hand or foot, for fear of breaking open the artery, I crawled out and into an ordnance wagon which a jam had temporarily stopped, although the driver threatened to brain me with his whip. So finally I reach Fisher’s Hill, where I recognized the voice of our surgeons, and crawling out, was fortunate to catch one of the ambulances about to start with the wounded for the rear, and so at last, to Richmond."

Hutton would survive his wound carrying the minie ball from Cedar Creek in his neck for the rest of his life.

Image: “Rally on the Battery” by Keith Rocco

Quoted Text: Clarence Hutton, "The Great Battle of Cedar Creek", Richmond Times- Dispatch November 11, 1906.

Re: Military History
« Reply #33 on: December 06, 2018, 12:07:09 PM »

I sometimes like to think that there was a Union position set up in my back yard during this battle.  I have never researched it, but I am pretty close to a high point behind the Union lines that would have been a nice fall-back position if the battle went "South" for the North.  I guess it depends on what the terrain was like then, cleared or forested.  If it was clear, there would be a pretty good vantage point to Loose Park, I think.  Now there are a bunch of tall buildings & houses obstructing a clear view to the area in question.  I am reasonably sure that the old "Mill Creek" that isn't shown on this map (damn hard to find a map showing Mill Creek, btw I think it is a big storm drain now) ran through my back-yard.  There's just this really old brick wall in the corner of my yard that points almost like an arrow at the battle site, it was probably built in the 1920s but I sometimes like to "pretend" that it was a redoubt position for Union troops in case they had to retreat.  If you remove all the structures that weren't around at the time it would have a pretty good commanding field of fire on what was the town of Wesport at the time...

Re: Military History
« Reply #34 on: December 06, 2018, 08:54:33 PM »
It's amazing the history our country has had for as young as it is! The best part is that you can step outside your door and see (relatively) the same sight as those you read about in text. This explains my draw to the French and Indian Wars. Northeast Ohio - right in the center of it!

I grew up on the mouth of the Conneaut Creek, and there was a tribe there known as the Erie Indians: sometimes known as the Cat Nation because they would dress themselves in bobcat furs.

They were part of the Iroquois Nation but always went rogue and ambushed bands of French and Indian traders as they made their way south down the Conneat Creek en route to the Ohio River.

Well, as you can guess, this didn't go over very well!
They were hunted down by the Iroquois and slaughtered right there at the mouth of the Conneaut Creek. We used to go hunting for arrowheads but never really found much.

Re: Military History
« Reply #35 on: December 06, 2018, 09:15:19 PM »

Re: Military History
« Reply #36 on: December 06, 2018, 09:52:05 PM »
Vril Gesellschaft ?

'Something's rotten in Denmark - er Swaziiland'        :)

Re: Military History
« Reply #37 on: December 06, 2018, 10:05:58 PM »

Hartsville, Tennessee
December 7, 1862
Artwork by John Paul Strain

After accomplishing little in the Kentucky Campaign of 1862, General Braxton Bragg had fallen back over Cumberland Gap and settled in East Tennessee. He sought and received permission from Richmond to shift his operations to middle Tennessee and center on Murfreesborough.

To prevent Federal General Rosecrans, whose army lay at Nashville, from foraging north of the Cumberland River, Colonel John H. Morgan had been ordered to disrupt the Federal lines of communications. Learning of an isolated Union force at Hartsville, Tennessee, Morgan determined to capture it. Two brigades of infantry, with the assistance of General Joseph Wheeler's cavalry, would create a diversion by feigning an attack towards Nashville as Morgan struck out for the detachment of Federals.

His force would consist of 1,400 men under his command with Colonel Basil Duke, Morgan's brother-in-law, as his second. Two infantry regiments, the 2nd and 9th Kentucky Infantry would also take part in the raid. Both regiments were from the 1st Kentucky Brigade. The 2nd Kentucky had been recently exchanged after being taken prisoner at Fort Donelson, and the 9th was led by Morgan's uncle, Colonel Thomas H. Hunt. Cobb's battery of artillery, two small howitzers, and two rifled Ellsworth guns from Morgan's own command would also be taken along. Colonel Morgan himself would assume the roll as temporary Brigadier General.

On snow-covered roads this mixed force of cavalry, infantry and artillery started the trek to Hartsville. Waiting for them was a Union brigade numbering about two thousand men. At Castalian Springs, nine miles further on, were two more Federal brigades and an additional 5,000 men. Beyond that was the remainder of a Federal division. Morgan would have to hit hard and quickly to be successful.

The infantry had been made a promise before the march, that they would ride part of the way. The cavalry would give up their mounts and march while the infantry rode. Beyond Lebanon the cavalrymen turned their horses over to the foot soldiers. But it soon became apparent what a bad arrangement this was. The infantry had gotten their feet wet while marching through the snow. After riding a short time, their feet were nearly frozen from the inaction in the stirrups and the men wanted nothing more than to get down and walk. By this time the cavalrymen's feet were wet, and when they remounted, it was their turn to suffer from the cold. All found it difficult to return the horses to their proper owners when it got dark. In the words of one who was there, "the infantry-men damned the cavalry service with all the resources of a soldier's vocabulary." This absurd arrangement would not be used again soon.

Crossing the Cumberland River on the night of the 6th, Morgan positioned his forces to cut off all avenues of retreat from Hartsville. With his remaining men he fell on the Federal brigade drawn up to receive his attack. A stubborn fight of an hour and a half resulted in a complete Confederate victory.

Almost before the fighting ended Morgan began his withdrawal from Hartsville. In his report dated December 9, l862 he reports that his command "defeated and captured three well-disciplined and well-formed regiments of infantry, with a regiment of cavalry, and took two rifled cannon . . . taking about 1800 prisoners, 1800 stand of arms, a quantity of ammunition, clothing, quartermaster's stores and 16 wagons." The results exceeded his expectations. Now with eight thousand Federal soldiers just eight miles off, he had to move quickly away with his spoils. Sending cavalry to delay the Federals that were marching to the assistance of their comrades, he made for the Cumberland River. The show of force delayed pursuit long enough to "give me time to pass the ford with infantry, artillery, and baggage-wagons." Ending his report of the Hartsville raid with a flourish he wrote: Three federal regimental standards and five cavalry guidons fluttered over my brave column on their return from this expedition.

Re: Military History
« Reply #38 on: December 06, 2018, 10:26:09 PM »
Copy / Paste is alright  when you  hit it.
Damn nice article on the ThunderBolt.    :-)
Here's my Baby...
An ongoing restoration project that needs help...

These aircraft were few and far between. They entered the war late, served mainly over africa, but were undefeatable.
These were maneuverable Bombers, powered by the most powerful Rotaries of the time.
The only aircraft that could out-bomb, out-maneuver, or outrun the P-61, was the Mescherschmitdt-262.  And that Fucker was jet propelled - and experimental, at the time.

Yeah, 5-man crew, and she could out-maneuver a P-51 Mustang.   ;)

Re: Military History
« Reply #40 on: December 07, 2018, 12:06:58 AM »
My dad was army infantry in the pto and I think that always drew my attention to the naval aircraft of the day, such as:

The Grumman Hellcat

The F4U Corsair

And the SBD Dauntless

Re: Military History
« Reply #41 on: December 07, 2018, 01:23:03 PM »
Epic History TV

Marshal Jean Lannes is remembered as one of Napoleon’s most talented and courageous commanders. In 1805, Lannes and Marshal Murat captured the crucial bridge to Vienna (without a shot fired) by convincing Austrian troops that an armistice had been signed, paving the way for the city’s capture. You can find out more about the 1805 campaign our video:

Re: Military History
« Reply #42 on: December 07, 2018, 01:31:49 PM »
Art by Mort Kunstler

This Day in History: Pearl Harbor Attacked, 1941
At the time, the attack on Pearl Harbor was the most costly defeat ever suffered by the United States, but as it proved, it was for the Japanese the most costly victory. Instead of knocking out the United States, it united the American people and fired its will to victory as nothing else could have done.

Re: Military History
« Reply #43 on: December 07, 2018, 01:45:50 PM »
A little over four minutes.
The Prelude.

Eighteen minutes.
The Attack.

Two minutes.
The United States declares WAR!
(A Day of Infamy)

Re: Military History
« Reply #44 on: December 08, 2018, 07:12:27 PM »
I have never seen the entirety of the Civil War explained so quickly and so thoroughly. Amazing!
Twenty minutes.

Here's the producer of the YouTube vids:

Re: Military History
« Reply #45 on: Today at 11:28:29 AM »
You wanna talk about a bad ass!!!

Master Sergeant Raul Perez "Roy" Benavidez (August 5, 1935 – November 29, 1998) was a member of the United States Army Special Forces (Studies and Observations Group) and retired United States Army Master Sergeant who received the Medal of Honor for his valorous actions in combat near Lộc Ninh, South Vietnam on May 2, 1968.

Ten minutes.