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 on: April 28, 2017, 06:21:39 pm 
Started by apples - Last post by apples


    North Korea fired a ballistic missile early Saturday, but a U.S. official confirmed to NBC News that the test failed.
    The incident is the latest provocation from the isolated nation.

 on: April 28, 2017, 06:13:55 pm 
Started by pookie18 - Last post by apples
You're welcome & the same to you, Apples! Sent you a PM. Misunderstood what you'd said yesterday.

Re the ballot...The link for your 7th pick is missing. If I don't hear from you, will move up everything after it.

http://i.imgur.com/3v7cx4z.jpg  4/28 make that my 7th.

 on: April 28, 2017, 04:17:38 pm 
Started by pookie18 - Last post by pookie18
Thank you Pookie. Check you pms..my ballot for April. Have a nice weekend.

You're welcome & the same to you, Apples! Sent you a PM. Misunderstood what you'd said yesterday.

Re the ballot...The link for your 7th pick is missing. If I don't hear from you, will move up everything after it.

 on: April 28, 2017, 04:07:44 pm 
Started by pookie18 - Last post by apples
Thank you Pookie. Check you pms..my ballot for April. Have a nice weekend.

 on: April 28, 2017, 09:49:36 am 
Started by PzLdr - Last post by PzLdr
His father was a fanatical Socialist. He himself was named after the revolutionary President of Mexico, Benito Juarez. He grew up as a Socialist, was a leading member of the Socialist movement in Europe and Italy,edited the European Socialist newspaper, and knew and exchanged ideas with Vladimir Lenin. His name was Benito Mussolini.

Mussolini, a former school teacher, broke with the Left over World War I. He supported Italy's entry into the war, and, indeed, served in the Italian Army on the Isonzo front. By the War's end, he had been discharged, and had left Socialism behind. Relying on embittered veterans, he formed his own political movement, the Fascist Party [taking their name from the Fasces Lictors carried during the roman Republic and Empire], complete with its own paramilitary, the Squadristi Fascisti - the Blasckshirts.

Based primarily in the industrialized north of Italy, Mussolini grew his party based on a m?lange of socialist and nationalist ideas. And in 1922, Mussolini and his Blackshirts marched on Rome, where he seized power in a bloodless coup, being named Prime Minister by the king, Victor Emmanuel [Mussolini would go on to be the longest reigning Fascist dictator in Europe, but for one, Salazar of Portugal].

Mussolini sought to resurrect, in some form, the Roman Empire, and he sought to expand his influence in Greece, the Balkans, and the Mediterranean littoral. He referred to the Med as "Mare Nostrum", or 'Our Sea', which was a bit much, considering the presence of both the royal and French navies. And although he was a militarist who vastly expanded the Italian military [in quantity, and except for the Navy, and to a degree, the Air force, not in quality], he was, initially, popular in both Italy and the world [the original version of Cole Poter's "You're the Top" had a line, "You're the Mussolini"]. He drained the Pontine marshes, he 'made the trains run on time', and the Fascist experiment attracted observers from all over the world, and followers from all over Europe. Indeed, most Fascist movements, governments and leaders in the early days patterned themselves on Mussolini, not his soon to be compatriot Adolf Hitler.

Hitler himself was a groupie. He sent Mussolini a 'fan letter' early on. He had a bust of Mussolini in his office. The Beer Hall Putsch was inspired by, and sought to emulate, the March on Rome. His NSDAP adopted the Italian Fascist salute, which was, in turn, adopted from the Roman Empire [in return, after his visit in 1937, Mussolini had the Italian Army adopt the 'goose step', which Mussolini named the 'Passo Romano'].

At first, Mussolini was counted on one of the 'respectable' heads of Europe. He acted as a brake on the Austrian Nazi coup of 1934. He joined in several collective pacts. But it didn't last. The first crack was Italy's war on Ethiopia. It should also have been Mussolini's first warning. For although the Italian military under Marshal Pietro Badoglio won, they had to use poison gas to do so. And then there was Spain. Mussolini aided the Franco forces to the tune of some 80,000 troops, plus aircraft, tankettes, trucks, etc. The action caused further distance from France and Britain, and drove 'Il Duce' further into the embrace of Adolf Hitler.

Mussolini offered no objection, as opposed to 1934, when the Nazis seized Austria in 1938. He 'acted' as mediator at the Munich conference when Czechoslavakia was carved up, giving the Sudetenland to the Germans. He had no objection to Germany's seizure of the rest of the country in early 1939. In fact, he joined Italy to Germany first in the Pact of Steel, then in the Tripartite Pact [with Japan]

Mussolini blinked, however, when Germany invaded Poland, and triggered WW II in Europe. Claiming severe shortages in natural resources and military equipment, Mussolini passed on joining the war effort in 1939. But as the Germans rolled over France, Mussolini worried about not having a seat at the table without the spilling of Italian blood. So on June 10th, 'the hand that held the dagger", to paraphrase FDR, struck. By the time of the French surrender, Italy had gained several hundred yards of southern French soil - and nothing else, except enemies in the form of Britain, the Commonwealth and the Free French, and an ally who would eventually be an overlord - Nazi Germany.

Mussolini went from one disaster to the next. In 1940, the invasion of Egypt petered out, was counterattacked by the British, and Italy came within a whisker of losing Libya [the Germans were required to send help - Erwin Rommel and friends]. Italy lost both Ethiopia and Somalia. An Italian invasion of Greece was stopped and driven back, requiring German intervention once again. the result was that the Balkans, which Mussolini regarded as an Italian sphere of influence, came under largely German dominance.

It got worse at sea. From Cape Matapan to Taranto, the Royal Navy basically swept the Regia Marina from the seas. And then, in 1943, the Allies invaded Sicily [Operation HUSKY], It was then that one of the weaknesses in Italian Fascism came to the fore. While Mussolini was 'Il Duce", he did not rule, as Hitler did, by himself. There was the King, and there was the Fascist Grand Council. And that council stripped Mussolini of his premiership, and that King had him arrested. It appeared he was done.

But there were Germans swarming all over Italy. Lots of them. And they quickly disarmed the Italian Army when Italy switched sides, and occupied most of the country. They also located the place where Mussolini was being held [a hotel on the Gran Sasso mountain], and quickly rescued him.

But there was a price. Mussolini, now a sick man, wanted out. But Hitler insisted he rule a rump state in northern Italy, the "Salo Republic". He also insisted Mussolini execute those members of the Grand Council the Germans had grabbed, including Mussolini's son-in-law, and former foreign minister, Count Ciano. Mussolini's daughter never forgave him.

The Salo Republic was a Potempkin village, but a vicious one. There were Fascists from the old days, German troops, Italian troops, German SS, Italian SS; all embroiled in a bitter war with Italian partisans of various stripes. Atrocities on both sides were common, and massacre was the word of the day.

But by April, 1945, the handwriting was on the wall. Allied columns were probing the shores of Lake Como, and it was time to leave. Mussolini hoped to reach Switzerland, where his family had re-located earlier. Disguised as a German soldier, as was his mistress, Clara Patacci, who accompanied him, Mussolini fled in a German military column headed north. He never made Switzerland. the column was stopped at a partisan roadblock. Mussolini, Pattacci and several other Fascists were recognized. they became the price the Germans paid to proceed on their way.

Unfortunately for him, Mussolini wound up a prisoner of Communist partisans. The result was foregone. He was taken, with Pattacci, outside, placed near a wall, and shot. Their bodies, and those of other Fascists, were then taken to Milan, and dumped in a square, where Italians urinated on, spit on, and mutilated the bodies. They were then hanged by their feet from a steel beam parallel to the ground [Someone had the 'decency' to pin up Patacci's skirt], and remained there until American troops cut them down and protected them.

Mussolini, in the long run, was a disaster for Italy. He wrote checks his people couldn't cash. He went to war with an Army that was inferior to both its Ally and its enemies. Every military adventure he undertook turned to dust. He left his country open to bombing, invasion, and occupation by the Germans. He was a failure on an epic scale. And, oh yeah, Cole Porter changed that lyric.

 on: April 28, 2017, 04:24:04 am 
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 on: April 27, 2017, 04:48:52 pm 
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Thank you Pookie! Once again too many good ones to pick for the monthly list!!! 

You're welcome, @apples! OK, won't expect a ballot from you for April...

 on: April 27, 2017, 03:34:17 pm 
Started by PzLdr - Last post by PzLdr
I enjoy these so much. How the heck did you know he was a fomer music teacher who was afraid of horses?

Read it in a book about the raid. Grierson was bitten by a horse as a child, and developed a fear of them. Pre-Civil War, he earned his living teaching music, but, like many, when the war came, he volunteered to fight for the Union. Did so well, he stayed in the Army.

Unlike others, say Custer, Grierson did not refuse the command of a Black regiment after the war, and he led the 10th well.

 on: April 27, 2017, 03:21:17 pm 
Started by PzLdr - Last post by apples
It was immortalized in a John Wayne movie. It was, strategically, possibly the most important and successful cavalry operation of the Civil War. and it was led by a former music teacher who was afraid of horses.

Benjamin Grierson was tasked by Ulysses S. Grant with the task of riding into Mississippi, destroying the railroad junction at Newton Station, and diverting confederate attention from Grant's soon to commence operations against Vicksburg. Leaving La Grange, Tennessee in the second half of April, Grierson set out to carry out his orders.

Grierson rode almost the entire length of the state, avoiding rebel patrols where possible. But when contact occurred, he would "peel off" a diversionary force and have it go back to La Grange drawing the rebels off with it. As a result, Grierson's arrival at Newton Station on April 22, 1863 fell like a thunderbolt. His troops tore up several miles of track, destroyed railroad equipment, military stores, and disappeared as suddenly as they had come. but unlike his diversionary units, Grierson did not return to La Grange. He and his men rode southwest to Union lines at Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

It was a spectacular success. By the time the confederate High Command re-focused on Grant, he was on the approaches to Vicksburg. The repairs to the rail lines, etc. at Newton Station took several months. Months during which neither supplies, nor reinforcement could pass through to Vicksburg. and it was all accomplished with minimal loss to the Union troops.

As a result, Grierson was promoted to Brevet Brigadier General. After the war, he reverted to the colonelcy of one of the two Black Cavalry regiments, the 10th. He made a major contribution in defeating the Apache uprising led by Victorio. But Grierson, not a West Point graduate, did not do well with Sherman, or more particularly, Sheridan, so his contributions in the Indian Wars did not receive the credit they deserved.

I enjoy these so much. How the heck did you know he was a fomer music teacher who was afraid of horses?

 on: April 27, 2017, 03:19:14 pm 
Started by PzLdr - Last post by apples
I watched a special a few years ago about the  Colosseum in Rome. It was fascinating. They took you around the Colosseum present day..then showed what it might of looked like in its day.

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