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(09-07-2016, 08:20 PM)Tikilounge Wrote: Natgeo documentary on HMX-1



That thumbnail..

lol AW-101 failure.
Just a dumb grunt.
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German troops save a Frenchman from drowning in the mud at Verdun, November 1916.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a lot of bitching.<br /><br />- The Tao of Wombat
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They knew he was gonna surrender anyway?
Yeah,...So?

The TL-ist formerly known as irradiator/irritator/irrigator, etc.
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(11-05-2016, 10:07 AM)LocomotiveBreath Wrote: They knew he was gonna surrender anyway?

Verdun's the last place in the world to make that joke. The French went full Gandalf there.

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On ne passe pas.

Sat in the mud for a year, with a couple of thousand casualties a day, and didn't fucking budge. It's the biggest example of holding their ground they've got.

The whole point of Verdun was to bleed France dry. It's once of the worst battles in history - legit, fucking horrible. Them surrendering in WW2 and making the surrender-reputation was at least a bit BECAUSE of Verdun - pretty much every combat unit in the army cycled through the meat grinder in 1916, and they lost so many men in the first war that twenty years later they didn't have enough sons for the second one.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a lot of bitching.<br /><br />- The Tao of Wombat
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(01-09-2016, 11:52 AM)MosquitoKeeper Wrote: Thought I'd start the history thread back up. Post anything related to history here whether that's personal history, popular history, etc.

Today, while doing research on a work project, I found a huge "List of Deserters from the Confederate 12th Ala. Infantry" printed in a Mobile paper from November 1862. It gave name, age, and physical attributes. Fun thing is the only ancestor I have that I know fought in the war went AWOL in Dec 1863. Still got his pension though.

I suspect your ancestor took a little French leave.

The practice was common in the Confederate Army. A soldier would just walk away from his unit and go home. I imagine he'd take good bath, make love to his wife (or girlfriend or neighbor's wife), and get his cloths cleaned a patched (in that order, I hope).

Then he'd help with planting or harvest or at the family business. After a few weeks, the soldier would report back to his unit. All would probably be forgiven after a little unofficial NJP.

French leave probably happened in the U.S. Army, too. It was reportedly more common in the Confederate Army because (1) the war was mostly fought in the South and the Confederates were closer to home; and (2) the agricultural nature of the Southern economy motivated seasonal absences (more than the industrial-dominated economy in the North).

Your ancestor received his pension because he voluntarily returned to his unit after an informal and unauthorized furlough and served honorably.
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So this is what would've been said if Apollo 11 had gone pear-shaped and they got stuck up there.

IN EVENT OF MOON DISASTER:


Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.



These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.



These two men are laying down their lives in mankind’s most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding.



They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by the nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown.



In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man.



In ancient days, men looked at the stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.



Others will follow, and surely find their way home. Man’s search will not be denied. But these men were the first, and they will remain the foremost in our hearts.



For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind.

PRIOR TO THE PRESIDENT’S STATEMENT:

The President should telephone each of the widows-to-be.


AFTER THE PRESIDENT’S STATEMENT, AT THE POINT WHEN NASA ENDS COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE MEN:

A clergyman should adopt the same procedure as a burial at sea, commending their souls to “the deepest of the deep,” concluding with the Lord’s Prayer.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a lot of bitching.<br /><br />- The Tao of Wombat
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(12-04-2016, 07:35 PM)CombatWombat Wrote: [Image: tumblr_ohhggk5OSN1rwjpnyo2_540.jpg]   [Image: tumblr_ohhggk5OSN1rwjpnyo3_540.jpg]


So this is what would've been said if Apollo 11 had gone pear-shaped and they got stuck up there.

IN EVENT OF MOON DISASTER:


Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.



These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.



These two men are laying down their lives in mankind’s most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding.



They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by the nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown.



In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man.



In ancient days, men looked at the stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.



Others will follow, and surely find their way home. Man’s search will not be denied. But these men were the first, and they will remain the foremost in our hearts.



For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind.

PRIOR TO THE PRESIDENT’S STATEMENT:

The President should telephone each of the widows-to-be.


AFTER THE PRESIDENT’S STATEMENT, AT THE POINT WHEN NASA ENDS COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE MEN:

A clergyman should adopt the same procedure as a burial at sea, commending their souls to “the deepest of the deep,” concluding with the Lord’s Prayer.

There's a theory that the schedule for some of the Apollo missions (especially the ones preceding Apollo 11) took place earlier than intended because the U.S. got imagery of these big boys and determined they were overkill for an ICBM, which led the analysts to one conclusion- some sort of manned lunar craft.

http://www.globalsecurity.org/intell/library/reports/2004/open-source_imagery_follow-on.htm

(Lots of neat photos from the old Corona and Keyhole birds)
Yowie on tater tot burritos: CombatWombat Ian old mate, that's an abomination and I want it 20 Jan 20:39



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There's this movie. It's called Powstanie Warszawskie. Came out about two years ago, and what it is is basically footage - real footage, real people - from the Warsaw Uprising. Someone's taken the film, restored it, coloured it, dubbed actors over the top to play the roles of the real people.

It's fucken weird, and it kind of feels like intruding on them.

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There's a whole set of stills.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a lot of bitching.<br /><br />- The Tao of Wombat
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One of my favorite stories finally in a anti-Wong format;

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(03-24-2017, 05:16 PM)Tikilounge Wrote: One of my favorite stories finally in a anti-Wong format;

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Jokes on you, I already knew the story.
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(05-06-2016, 02:33 PM)NSFgirl Wrote: You're a terrible person, wongtastic.
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Dammit
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On the date's occasion -- in the night from the 28th to 29th March 1942 the German town Luebeck is subject to the first bombardment explicitly targetting civilians. Up so far, the town had little to no strategic value compared to military and industrial plants. This changed w/ a new strategy originating fromt the British war cabinet -- to break the population's moral and support for Hitler, civillians became a valid target.
Up to this day, German nazis refer to this as bomb shoa ("Bombenholocaust") and events like these are what floats their poop.

From today's POV, the strategy may seem excessive yet inevitable -- no one can tell what'd happened if they hadn't done it.
I however stay with Max' words -- that in war, there is no right or wrong, there's just decisions. Even if they've cost your anchesters lifes.
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Stubborn Joos


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Check it out.

The Cumberland Pencil Factory got a special order during WW2.

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They made pencils with a compass and a map showing the way from Germany to Switzerland or safe bits of France - on a wee little scrap of silk, cos silk is tougher than paper - rolled into a little hollow compartment under the eraser. They gave the pencils out to the crews of Lancaster bombers, and sent them to POWs in Red Cross packages.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a lot of bitching.<br /><br />- The Tao of Wombat
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History Related: CombatWombat and I have been talking through PM because we'd both like to travel to each other's country for tourism someday. Anyway, we've been talking about race and people and immigration and whatnot and I ended up talking about where my family comes from and how we all ended up as white people in North America.

If anyone's interested I can find my old notes from a high school paper I had to write about my geneolgy that allowed me to find out about the genetic history of my family (eventually it becomes actual genealogy in about the year 1600).
It might take me a couple minutes to type though.
If anyone's interested though I'll take the time, no problem. Basically my family (genetically) starts around Switzerland/France and interbreeds with every French invader until one of the dudes moves to North American in 1660.
Psalm 143:12
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"Find out how they fucked decades ago".

Nailed it porn bot.
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Between them, these girls put nice big holes in just shy of 800 Nazis.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a lot of bitching.<br /><br />- The Tao of Wombat
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(08-16-2017, 04:21 PM)CombatWombat Wrote: [Image: pgrTS4FXjGW53VqUjns3IxuBP6o-gC4sj7iONyIi...b928c3e5fe]

Between them, these girls had nice big holes filled by just shy of 800 rapin' Russians.

Fixed
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