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 on: August 08, 2018, 11:36:19 pm 
Started by PzLdr - Last post by PzLdr
The first Atomic Bomb explosion at Hiroshima didn't do it. The declaration of war on Japan on 8 AUG didn't do it. But the second A-bomb [plutonium based, as opposed to the Uranium bomb dropped ENOLA GAY], coupled with the soviet invasion of China, Manchuria and Korea, as well as the Sakhalin Islands did do it. They forced the Japanese to quasi-unconditionally surrender, on August 15th, 1945.

The U.S. government, and military, had been contemplating the potential loss of life for allied soldiers  and marines in an invasion of the Japanese home islands. The predicted numbers of dead and wounded after the bloodbath on Okinawa was sobering.The naval blockade, and the sinking of most of the merchant marine, and the Imperial Japanese Navy didn't bring the Japanese to the table.The destruction of almost every worthwhile target by LeMay's incendiary bombing brought no results.

So the U.S. turned to a revolutionary weapon - an atomic bomb. And when the first, dropped on Hiroshima failed to achieve the result of bringing the Japanese to heel, on August 9th, 1945, a second bomb, made of plutonium instead of Uranium was dropped by the B-29 BOCK'S CAR on the city of Nagasaki, with higher death tolls and more destruction. And still the Japanese government wavered, with the 'hawks' refusing to consider surrender.

But coupled with the Soviet declaration of war, and the invasion of Manchuria, China, the Sakhalin islands and Korea, the cumulative effect of the bombs forced the Japanese war cabinet to split 3 to 3. And for the first time since the Meiji Restoration, a sitting Emperor cast the deciding vote for peace, having secured immunity for his person from war crimes, and having retained his right to rule under allied supervision.

 on: August 08, 2018, 11:19:27 pm 
Started by PzLdr - Last post by PzLdr
See "PzLdr History Facts" Archive, p.17

 on: August 08, 2018, 12:06:05 am 
Started by PzLdr - Last post by PzLdr
See "PzLdr History Facts" Archive, p.5

 on: August 08, 2018, 12:04:42 am 
Started by PzLdr - Last post by PzLdr
See "PzLdr History Facts" Archive, p.5

 on: August 07, 2018, 04:43:59 pm 
Started by PzLdr - Last post by PzLdr
It started as one of Japan's operations to isolate Australia from the U.S.  While Carrier Division 5 was getting savaged by the american Navy [SHOKAKU suffered heavy damage, ZUIKAKU suffered heavy combat aircraft losses, the Light Carrier SHOHO was sunk], for the loss of the SARATOGA, and heavy damage to YORKTOWN. Japanese troops occupied the Marianas islands, with Tulagi being the primary objective, but with Guadalcanal, to its south, slated for an airbase from which Japanese aircraft could interdict the approaches to both Australia and New Guinea. Japanese engineers began to work on that airfield almost immediately after the occupation, with the U.S. and Australia almost immediately aware of what was going on.

A Japanese airfield on Guadalcanal would not be allowed to stand. And so on this date, in 1942, United States Marines invaded Guadalcanal, driving the Japanese engineers and their support troops into the jungle, and seizing the airfield. The stage was now set for a series of battles, both on land and at sea, that would eventually see the Japanese withdraw the reinforcements they had sent in, mostly by fast destroyers [part of the "Tokyo Express"]. But before that happened there would be fierce fighting on land [where Americans first dealt with the "Banzai" charge, in the air, and at sea [Savo Island, the shelling of Hickham Field by the battleship KONGO, and other actions].

And when it was over, the U.S. not only held the island, but over the period of fighting had attritted not only significant numbers of Japanese on the island, but had severely reduced Japanese air power in the region, as well as sinking major elements of the Imperial Japanese Fleet.

And it all started today, in 1942.

 on: August 05, 2018, 11:51:31 pm 
Started by PzLdr - Last post by PzLdr

Athur Flegenheimer , Jr is born. Arthur will collect several nicknmaes in his life,the "Beer Baron of the Bronx" being one of the better known. But the most common, and famous one, was the sobriquet he stole from another criminal - "Dutch Schultz".

Schultz went from small time crime to working for Arnold Rothstein, in an all star cast that included Legs Diamond, Lepke Buchalter, Meyer Lansky and one 'Lucky' Luciano. But Schultz struck out on his own, and began selling bootleg, including his own beer, initially in the Bronx.

Schultz rose, and remained as an outrider. His well known tightfistedness with his gang's profits led to wars with both Legs Diamond and Vincent "Mad Dog' Coll both former associates. Schultz's wars were both bloody, and very public. In fact, after Coll gunned down some children in a drive by aimed at a Schultz associate, the Commission had him whacked.

Schultz was one of the first major gangsters Thomas Dewey went after, on an income tax evasion charge. Tried in extreme nothern New York, Schultz beat the rap.

But now he was persona non grata in New York City, where in addition to his other rackets, Schultz had taken over and expanded the numbers racket in Harlem and elsewhere. Schultz moved his headquaters to New Jersey.

With Dewey still on his case, Schultz asked the Commission to have Dewey killed. While a feasibilty statement by Murder, Inc. indicated it could be done, the commission, led by Luciano and Lepke, voted 'No'. Schultz then swore he'd do it himself. He'd signed his own death warrant. In 1935, Charlie "The Bug" Workman, a Murder, Inc. hit man, and 'Mendy' Weiss, Lepke's top torpedo walked into the  Palace Chiop House. and by the time they walked out, Schultz's numbers name, "Abba Dabba" Berman, Schultz's body guard, and another associate were dead, and Schultz, caught by Workman in the Men's Room was mortally wounded.He died several days later.


A New York State Supreme Court Justice, Judge Joseph Crater spent a busy August 6, in  1930. He went to his chambers, destroyed various documents, moved other papers to his apartment [his family was on vacation in Maine, where the Judge was due to return], arranged a withdrawal from his bank to the tune of Five Large, and went to dinner with a lawyer and a show girl. Crater left them to go see a Broadway show, walking down the street. No one ever saw him again. He was legally declared dead in 1939, at the request of his wife.


 on: August 05, 2018, 11:26:02 pm 
Started by PzLdr - Last post by PzLdr
See "PzLdr History Facts" Archive, p. 16

 on: August 03, 2018, 06:28:46 am 
Started by apples - Last post by apples


SAN DIEGO, CA ? Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, who is charged with the first-degree murder of U.nited S.tates Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, was extradited from Mexico to the United States today, announced Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Southern District of California U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman for the Southern District of California.  He will be arraigned in U.nited S.tates District Court in, Tucson, Arizona, Wednesday tomorrow afternoon.  Osorio-Arellanes has been in custody awaiting extradition since his arrest by Mexican authorities on April 12, 2017.

Agent Terry was fatally shot on Dec.ember 14, 2010, when he and other U.S. Border Patrol agents encountered Osorio-Arellanes and four other members of a ?rip crew? (a criminal gang that attempts to steal from drug and alien smugglers) operating in a rural area north of Nogales, Arizona.  Of the six defendants charged along with Osorio-Arellanes in the case, three have pleaded guilty, two were convicted following a jury trial, and one other defendant ? Jesus Rosario Favela Astorga (arrested by Mexican authorities in October, 2017) ? has not yet been tried. is pending extradition to the United States.

?The Department of Justice is pleased that the suspected killer of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry has been successfully extradited to the United States and will now face justice for this terrible crime,? said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. ?We are grateful for the efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshals Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection as well as our law enforcement partners in Mexico. To anyone who would take the life of an American citizen, in particular an American law enforcement officer, this action sends a clear message: Working closely with our international partners, we will hunt you down, we will find you, and we will bring you to justice.?

 on: August 01, 2018, 11:28:31 pm 
Started by PzLdr - Last post by PzLdr
See "PzLdr History Facts" Archive, p.16

 on: August 01, 2018, 01:54:43 pm 
Started by apples - Last post by PzLdr
They're lucky they don't get tarred and feathered... Wink

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