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« Reply #540 on: July 20, 2018, 10:37:29 am »

I saw a TV show on Lucky Luciano. It threw me a bit to hear how he was in charge. It also threw me to know they let him go back to Italy in exchange for the boat docks. Is that how he had a hand in victory? The boat docks?
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« Reply #541 on: July 20, 2018, 02:32:05 pm »

Rolling Stones are my favorite band. Love their blues songs. Sweet Virgina, Love in Vain. Did not know Jones lost entry to USA. I also thought Jones and Keith where seeing the same girl. Palenburg I think her name was. She just died some time ago.

Anita Pallenberg [Pallenburg(?)] was Jones' girlfriend, and Richard stole her from him. As I recall, she was heavily into drugs with both men.
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« Reply #542 on: July 20, 2018, 02:38:57 pm »

I saw a TV show on Lucky Luciano. It threw me a bit to hear how he was in charge. It also threw me to know they let him go back to Italy in exchange for the boat docks. Is that how he had a hand in victory? The boat docks?

That was part of it. But when ONI was trying gather intelligence for the invasion of Sicily, Lucky passed the word, and Sicilian-American fisherman began showing up at ONI HQ to fill the Navy in on tides, shoals, and beaches in Sicily. then other sicilians showed up and helped fill in the terrain map of Sicily. Finally, Lucky passed the word to the Sicilian Mafia to help "Our Friends", by acts of sabotage, guiding our troops, exposing the local Fascists, and helping to govern. Since they hated Mussolini, who almost destroyed them, all of the above was no problem. And there was money to be made in governing. there's an apocraphal story that some American forward units flew yellow banners with the letter "L" stitched on in black.
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« Reply #543 on: July 20, 2018, 11:29:13 pm »

See "PzLdr History Facts" Archive, p.16
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« Reply #544 on: July 22, 2018, 12:46:32 am »

See "PzLdr History Facts" Archive, p. 16
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« Reply #545 on: July 22, 2018, 12:47:50 am »

See "PzLdr History Facts" Archive, p. 16
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« Reply #546 on: July 24, 2018, 10:55:59 pm »

Oh my goodness.....my screen is blurry. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.
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« Reply #547 on: July 27, 2018, 11:59:33 pm »

John Bell hood makes his third attempt in a week to push William T. Sherman's army back from Atlanta. Hood sent a Corps to both block a Sherman swing to the southeast to cut yet another Atlanta supply line. Once again, a Hood plan founders on a hood execution.

The plan was to hit O.O. Howard in the flank. Instead the Confederates attacked the center of Howard's line in a series of attacks, attacks undertaken against entrenched troops behind field fortifications.The result was twofold. hood lost some five times as many troops as Howard. More importantly, Hood lost the ability to undertake further offensive operations against Sherman due to the total losses he had suffered in a week [much like R.E. Lee was constrained after the wilderness battles]. From this point on, hood danced to Sherman's tune. By the end of August, Sherman will have cut Atlanta's last supply line. And before the all important election of 1864, he will have taken it.
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« Reply #548 on: July 30, 2018, 09:07:11 am »

Anita Pallenberg [Pallenburg(?)] was Jones' girlfriend, and Richard stole her from him. As I recall, she was heavily into drugs with both men.

She was real heavy into drugs is correct. Yes that is her name. She died a year or so ago.
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« Reply #549 on: July 30, 2018, 09:07:29 am »

My mom and dad went to one of these camps as a tourist. She was sorry she went.
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« Reply #550 on: July 30, 2018, 10:30:13 pm »

See "PzLdr History Facts" Archive, p.16
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« Reply #551 on: July 30, 2018, 10:49:46 pm »

George Thomas is born this day in 1816 in the state of Virginia. Like the Quartermaster General, Montgomery Meigs, and other Southerners, like Grimes Davis, Thomas remains loyal to the Union when the Civil War breaks out, and pays a heavy price for his loyalty. He is disowned by his family, and his sisters never speak to him again.

He initially fares little better with his brother Union officers, who doubt his fealty, since he had served before the War in the Second Cavalry, with Albert Sidney Johnston, Robert E. Lee, and J.E.B Stuart, but his battlefield record won most of them over. Thomas came into his own at Chickamauga, where in the middle of a Union rout, he, his men, and other Union troops he gathered to him, held the confederates at bay long enough for the bulk of the Union forces to escape the battlefield. At Chattanooga, Thomas' troops stormed the heights without orders, breaking the Confederate lines [and depriving Grant of giving the glory to Sherman]. It may have been there that Thomas ran afoul of the Grant / Sherman 'family', and got in their bad graces.

Thomas went on to command the Army of the Cumberland under Sherman during the Atlanta Campaign, and when Sherman began his March to the Sea, Thomas was given the command of the larger portion of Sherman's Army, with orders to stop John Bell Hood, which Thomas did, at Nashville [despite pressure from Grant to speed things up, and almost being relieved by Grant].

At Nashville, Thomas became the only General in the Civil War to destroy an enemy Army. When he was done with hood, the Army of Tennessee was hors de combat for almost six months.

Thomas remained in the Army after the Civil War. But he never rose to command the Army like Sherman, or Sheridan, and he never got any of the 'juicy' assignments. He died within five years of the War's end.
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« Reply #552 on: July 30, 2018, 11:07:15 pm »

As an American mystery, he's right up there with the MARIE CELESTE, and Judge Crater. He's the Teamster Boss who should have a statue put up in his honor by the grateful citizens of Las Vegas. He's James Riddle "Jimmy" Hoffa, and he fell off the face of the Earth on this day in 1975.

Hoffa was the President of the Teamsters' Union, and the piggy bank for the Mob when they needed money to build casinos in Vegas. He was also the guy who gave the figurative finger to Bobby Kennedy [who still holds the record for most illegal wiretaps by a U.S. Attorney General], the Consigliore of a President [his brother] who owed his election to the Texas machine of LBJ, and the combined efforts of various Mafia families [see  Sam "Mo Mo" Giancana, and Santo Trafficante].

Bobby Kennedy decided to 'make his bones' on the Mob, and the Teamsters. He got Hoffa stripped of his office, and sent to jail [first for witness tampering, and then for fraud]. It took Nixon to commute his sentence, and the Union to give him back some of his power. But Hoffa apparently was going to run to replace his  [Mob chosen] successor, and making a lot of noise about it. So after a lunch in a Detroit restaurant, he did a Houdini. He hasn't been seen since.

There have been claims he's buried under Giant Stadium in the Meadowlands, fed to 'gators in Florida, buried in Detroit itself. He's been 'seen' more places than the Scarlet Pimpernel. But he's never been found. He was declared legally dead in 1982, after the statutory seven years.
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« Reply #553 on: August 01, 2018, 10:50:37 am »

By 1944, the Polish government in exile, in Britain, was caught between a rock and hard place. The rock was the Red Army, rapidly approaching the Vistula, the armored embodiment of encroaching Soviet power [coupled with the Soviet backed 'rubber stamp' Lublin Committee, Stalin's intended Polish government]. The hard place was Poland's erstwhile 'ally', Great Britain.

The British had gone to war against Nazi Germany over Poland, having guaranteed Polish territory and sovereignty against the demands of Adolf Hitler [one might argue that Britain triggered the war. Germany had offered Poland a junior partnership in the Axis, in return for the Polish Corridor, Danzig, and free passage for German troops to attack the soviet Union. Britain's guarantee may have influenced the Poles to say 'No'].

But as World War II progressed, British attitudes, shaped by the facts that [a] Britain could not defeat Germany by herself, and that the Red Army was bearing the brunt of the combat, and could beat Germany, led to a potential splitting of the ranks. All that was needed was one spark.

That spark was the discovery, by a German signals unit near Smolensk in 1943, of the mass graves of some 4,400 Polish soldiers, airmen, and civilians at a place called Katyn.

Ever since the Poles, dragged along by Britain, had become allied with the soviets, they had pestered Stalin over the whereabouts of some 20,000 plus unaccounted for Poles held by the Soviets since the Soviet alliance with Hitler, and the dismemberment of Poland in 1939. Now they knew.

The Polish Government in Exile refused to go along with the story that the Poles of Katyn had been murdered by the Germans. They demanded a forensic investigation by the International Red Cross [the Germans had conducted such an investigation with experts not only from Germany and other, including neutral  countries, as well as Poles].

The result was that the USSR broke off diplomatic relations with Poland, but Churchill and the British froze the Poles out. And then the Red Army approached Warsaw.

There was an underground organization in Poland, the home Army. It's commander was Bor Komoroski. And in the summer of 1944, it was decided to rise against the Germans and establish a free Warsaw, governed in the name of the Government in Exile, when the Soviets rolled in.

Except they didn't. The Red Army halted on the east bank of the Vistula, and was sitting there when the Home Army rose. And now the Poles faced a massive German retaliation with small arms, and no support from the Soviets. And the retaliation was massive. The Luftwaffe ranged over the city much as it had in 1939. The Germans brought up railroad guns and huge mortars. Panzer troops, engineers with flame throwers began a street by street assault. And then there was the SS.

The commander of the Germans in warsaw was SS Obergruppenfuehrer Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski. Bach had been the Higher SS andPolice Leader Designate for Central Russia. He had been in command of anti-partisan warfare in the East. He was anasty piece of work. And in addition to the army and Waffen ss troops he commanded, he had two 'special' units assigned to him, the Dirlewanger Brigade [composed of ex-poachers and criminakls and commanded by a rapist], and the Kaminski Brigade [Russians fighting for the Germans. Both units engaged in such barbaric behavior that Dirleweanger was withdrawn, and Kaminksi was shot by the SS.

The Western Allies tried to help by organizing air drops of weapons, ammunition and supplies. But the Soviets wouldn't provide them with landing sites to refuel for the return trip, so they were largely ineffective.

The outcome of the battle was a foregone conclusion, although Bach-Zelewski allowed the Poles prisoner of war status [observed more in the breach than reality]. Perhaps he was looking beyond the war.

But after the Poles surrendered, Warsaw's suffering continued. Hitler ordered the city razed. And over 90% of it was, by explosives, bombs, flamethrowers. when the Germans were done, Warsaw, for all practical purposes had ceased to exist. It was that rubble pile that greeted the T-34s, JS-2s  and ground troops of the Soiets when they entered it much later.It had been a grand, and elegant gesture. But by the end of the war, poland was, in fact, if not in for, ruled by Stalin and his army, NKVD, and Polish lackeys.

And Bach-Zelewski? He testified for the prosecution at Nuremburg, avoiding the noose [Goering supposedly almost went over the rail after him when he appeared]. And many of the Free Poles who had served in the British Army, winning stellar victories in Italy, especially in the capture of Monte Cassino, and fought so hard in Market-Garden, became exiles in a land that had, in the final analysis, sacrificed their homeland for realpolitik.
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« Reply #554 on: August 01, 2018, 11:28:31 pm »

See "PzLdr History Facts" Archive, p.16
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