1940 escort


2020.11.24 03:02 OfficialKenya test

After the Nazis conquered France in 1940, the country fell under the control of the Vichy government. This regime supported Hitler’s plan to rid the world of Jews and other “undesirables.” In Paris, it was a terrifying time. No Jew was safe from arrest and deportation. Few Parisians were willing to come to their aid, as there was too much risk involved. Despite the deadly campaign, many Jewish children living in Paris at the time survived. Some of those children found refuge in the Grand Mosque of Paris, where heroic Muslims saved Jews from the Nazis. The Grand Mosque of Paris is a fortress-like structure the size of a city block. It was built in 1926 as an expression of France’s thanks to the many North African Muslims who fought with the French during World War I. In 1940, it provided an ideal hiding place and escape route for Jews on the run. The rescue involved an extensive network of men and women of all religions and political persuasions. Rescuers took the children from detention centers or homes. They got them false This selection is an example of an informational text, a type of writing in which an author provides facts and details about a topic in order to increase readers’ knowledge of the subject. Papers found them temporary shelter in safe houses and raised funds to pay for their care. Rescuers kept records of the children’s real names and fake names, as well as their hiding places. They escorted the children to these locations in small groups. Many who participated were themselves arrested and deported. The Grand Mosque was the perfect cover. Not just a place of worship, it was a community center; visitors could walk through its doors without attracting a lot of attention. Under these conditions, it was possible for a Jew to pass as a Muslim. Directly beneath the mosque’s grounds lay the sewer system of Paris: a complicated web of underground passages that now served as a hiding place and escape route. It also reached the Seine. From there, barges were used to smuggle human cargo to ports in the South of France and then to Algeria or Spain. Many believe that the “soul” of the rescue effort was the mosque’s rector, Si Kaddour Benghabrit. Benghabrit wrote out false birth certificates for Jewish children, claiming they were Muslim. He is thought to have set up an alarm system warning fugitives to run into the women’s section of the prayer room, where men were normally not allowed. Other Muslims also took a stand against the Nazi oppressors by refusing to reveal the whereabouts of fugitives. Some helped Jews avoid detection by coaching them to speak and act like Arabs. Albert Assouline, a North African Jew who found refuge at the Paris mosque wrote that in life and death situations, there are always people who can be counted on to do the right thing. There may not be a better way to describe the heroic actions of Paris’s Muslim community during a horrific time in world history.
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2020.11.16 13:12 Tsquare43 [624 x 403]A German destroyer escorting the heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper off Norway, April 1940.

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2020.11.16 13:11 Tsquare43 [624 x 403]A German destroyer escorting the heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper off Norway, April 1940.

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2020.11.14 15:11 OddPhenomena A6M1 Type 0

A6M1 Type 0

Nearly anyone versed in aviation history will have heard of the A6M Zero, a legendary fighter aircraft, ruling over the skies unmatched for the early part of World War II. The A6M1 Type 0 is the prototype version of the A6M, before production began and would switch to the A6M2 model. The most immediate way to tell if the difference between the two is the propeller, the A6M1 has two blades, while other models have 3.
In game, this could be at 3.0 battle rating, given its engine is less powerful than the A6M2, and would, with the addition of the late war versions, allow War Thunder to have every built Zero variant, with this being the one that started the series. The A6M1 could be a tech tree vehicle, or a premium. History of this aircraft will show how the Zero evolved from previous designs. The history part may be a bit long, feel free to skip it, but in short it will for all intents and purposes be a slower A6M2 Model 11 due to its weaker engine. If any information is incorrect, feel free to leave corrections.

In the late 1920s, Nakajima built the A2N biplane as a private venture for the Imperial Japanese Navy. Being loosely based on the Boeing Model 69 and 100, it was ready for testing by 1929, and would replace the Mitsubishi 1MF as well as Nakajima's A1N fighters.
This would then lead to the A5M, an aircraft built to a specification put forth by the Navy, requiring it to have a maximum speed of 350 km/h at 3,000 m and able to climb to 5,000 m in 6.5 minutes. An aircraft engineer by the name of Jiro Horikoshi was tasked to develop this aircraft. He previously had made the prototype 1MF10 fighter, but this never went into production. The new fighter, designated Ka-14 initially, made use of a gull wing, and far exceeded the speed requirement, with a maximum speed of 450 km/h.
A second prototype was built, removing the gull shaped wings, with other changes to increase maneuverability and minimize drag, which would then be ordered into production as the A5M. It would see service in 1937 in the war against China, and proved itself superior to Nationalist P-26s and Curtiss Hawks. It was only when the I-16 started being used in combat that the A5M began to struggle.
However, even back in 1937 when it entered service, it was realized that the A5M design would need to be improved on. Not only would it soon be inferior to American and European designs, but it also still had fixed landing gear which created drag, and a pair of 7.7mm machine guns were not seen as sufficient enough for future combat. It also needed much greater range for escort duties over China. Updated requirements were put forth in October 1937 for the "12-shi Carrier-based Fighter". The aircraft was to have the following.
  • The ability to reach 500 km/h at 4,000 m
  • The ability to climb to 3,000 m in 3 minutes
  • Endurance of two hours at normal power, or six to eight hours at economical cruising speed with drop tanks
  • Armament consisting of two 20mm cannons, two 7.7mm machine guns, and two 60 kg bombs
  • Complete radio set to be fitted to all models, along with a radio direction finder
  • Maneuverability comparable to that of the A5M
  • Wingspan of 12m or less for use on carriers
In January, after some evaluation, Nakajima considered these requirements unachievable, and dropped out of the competition. However, Jiro Horikoshi thought otherwise. To him, they were achievable, but the aircraft would need to be as light as could be possible, sacrificing protection and self sealing fuel tanks for mobility. Horikoshi still had his design team from when he had developed the A5M. As one source states:
Yoshitoshi Sone and Teruo Tojo performed the calculations, Sone and Yoshio Yoshikawa did the structural work, Denichiro Inoue and Shotaro Tanaka designed the powerplant installation, Yoshimi Hatakenaka handled armament and ancillary equipment, and Sadahiko Kato and Takeyoshi Mori were responsible for landing gear and related equipment. The Mitsubishi MK2 Zuisei 13 of 875hp was selected, and advanced techniques utilizing extra-super duralumin to ensure lightness, simplicity and utility were employed.
Jiro Horikoshi (center) and his team
Construction of the prototype began in 1938, and would be completed by the end of that year, with it being declared ready for testing on the 16th of March, 1939, at Mitsubishi's Nagoya factory. It was towed by ox-cart for testing at Kagamigahara airfield. Test pilot Katsuzo Shima was to pilot the aircraft, and at 5:30 PM on April 1st, 1939, Shima took off after some brief tests, in a successful test flight.
A6M1 being towed by ox-cart
Another prototype was made afterwards. It was found that, besides its speed, it met the requirements put forth. This was due to the Mitsubishi Zuisei engine of 875 hp. In September, it was approved for production and service with the Navy as the A6M1 Type 0 Carrier-borne Fighter. The Zero, its nickname, is taken from the last digit of the Imperial Year it would be entering service, 2600, or 1940. To solve the issues with speed, it was recommended before production began to replace the engine with the Nakajima Sakae model 12 engine of 940 hp. This would result in 15 pre-production aircraft being sent to Hankow in China, where it quickly proved its superiority against Chinese I-15bis aircraft led by Major Yim-Qun. The Japanese claimed 27 aircraft shot down without a loss among 13 Zeroes, but Major Louie Yim-qun had managed to get his I-15 riddled with 48 bullet holes back to base.
Regardless though, the new A6M fighter had just seen its first taste of combat, while also inflicting one of the Chinese Air Force's worst losses in the war so far. With this, the Zero was born.
A6M2 on Akagi

Specifications (Thank you to aizenns!)
  • Engine: Zuisei model 13
  • Takeoff: 780 HP
  • Standard: 875 HP at 3,600 m
  • Propeller: 2-wing constant speed metal propeller
  • Fuel loads: 518 l
  • Width: 12.00 m
  • Length: 8.79 m
  • Height: 3.49 m
  • Wing area: 22.438 m2
  • Own weight: 1,652 kg
  • Loads: 691 kg
  • Full-load weight: 2,343 kg
  • Wing loads: 104 kg/m2
  • Weight to power ratio: 2.68 kg/HP
  • Max speed: 275 kt (509.3 km/h) at 3,600 m
  • Landing speed: 60 kt
  • Climb rate: 5,000 m at 7 min 15 sec
  • Nose:
  1. 2x Type 92 7.7mm machine guns, 1,360 rounds
  • Wings:
  1. 2x Type 99 Mark 1 20 mm cannons, 120 rounds
  • Wing pylons
  1. 2x No.3 Common Bomb Model 2
  2. 2x Type 99 No.6 Common Bomb Model 1

Pictures of the replica
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2020.11.10 18:11 phazer08 NYT Opinion Piece on Doris Miller

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A Black Hero in the Jim Crow Navy

Dorie Miller saved lives at Pearl Harbor. He’s finally getting his due.
By Brent Staples
Mr. Staples is a member of the editorial board.
The Black press was at the peak of its influence as the country geared up for World War II — while segregating even the plasma in the wartime blood bank by race. Fire-breathing newspapers like The Baltimore Afro-American, The Chicago Defender and The Pittsburgh Courier were religiously passed from home to home and read aloud in Black barbershops. Even the marginally literate understood that Black men who had volunteered to fight and die for the country were being persecuted on military bases and housed in Jim Crow barracks.
Franklin Roosevelt argued that full integration of the military would harm the defense effort. The Courier’s acid-tongued editors had no tolerance for this defense of the status quo. In the fall of 1940, the Pittsburgh paper troubled the president’s sleep by publishing an incendiary letter of complaint from 15 sailors serving aboard the U.S.S. Philadelphia. The sailors may have been lured into the Navy with the false promise that they could pursue the same careers as white recruits. Instead, they were assigned to duty as messmen, making beds, shining shoes and serving meals to white officers.
The Navy secretary, William Franklin Knox, openly justified this arrangement on the eve of the war. Speaking to a gathering at the White House, he told a delegation of civil rights leaders that he could not “enlist Negroes above the rank of messman” because it was impossible to segregate men by race within the intimate confines of a ship. With no way to wall off Black sailors, the argument went, the Navy’s only choice was to confine them to a servant class.
The Philadelphia 15 letter conveyed the anguish of Black seaman who had met this fate — some after leaving college to join up. “Our main reason for writing,” the letter began, “is to let all our colored mothers and fathers know how their sons are treated after taking an oath pledging allegiance and loyalty to their flag and country.’’ The letter spoke of messmen being kicked around and unfairly jailed. The passage that was heard around the world in 1940 — and that is still quoted today — warned Black parents to steer their ambitious sons far clear of the Navy, lest they become “seagoing bellhops, chambermaids and dishwashers.”
The Navy jailed the letter writers and discharged them dishonorably, triggering a tidal wave of protest.
The Navy touched on this largely forgotten history in January when it named its newest aircraft carrier for the Texas sharecropper’s son who vexed segregationists by becoming one of the first heroes of the war.
Mess Attendant Doris Miller, known as Dorie, was collecting laundry aboard the battleship U.S.S. West Virginia when the Japanese attacked the American fleet at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. He vaulted to the bridge, where he aided the ship’s mortally wounded captain. He fired on Japanese planes with an antiaircraft gun that, as a servant, he had not been trained to use, and pulled men who would otherwise have died from the burning, oil-coated waters of the harbor. He was one of the last sailors to leave the foundering ship.
Legislation that would have granted the Black messman the Medal of Honor died in Congress. Despite a distinguished service record that would have transformed a white serviceman’s career, Dorie Miller was serving as a cook when he died two years later in the Pacific. He had a premonition of death not long before a Japanese submarine torpedoed and sank his ship, the U.S.S. Liscome Bay.
The U.S.S. Doris Miller — scheduled for delivery in 2032 — is an unmistakable emblem of racial progress. It attaches the Black messman’s name to a class of supercarriers that already honors Presidents Gerald Ford and John Kennedy. It has the dual distinction of being the first carrier named for an enlisted sailor and the first named for an African-American. That the ship celebrates a descendant of enslaved Americans is especially resonant at a time when the country is poised to rename military bases that currently honor the very Confederate officers who fought the Civil War with the goal of preserving slavery.
To commemorate Dorie Miller’s story truthfully, America will need to strip away the rose-colored mythology that obscures it. A nostalgia that the cultural historian Robert K. Chester describes as “retroactive multiculturalism” has transformed the messman’s story from a truthful tale of racial exclusion into a false allegory of triumph over a brand of institutional racism that long outlived him. In truth, Mr. Chester writes, “Segregation remained widespread well into the Korean War, diminishing then chiefly because of manpower shortages.”
Nevertheless, the messman is often cited as evidence that World War II — also known as the “good war” — precipitated a national epiphany on the need for racial equality. One of the best-known purveyors of this myth was Ronald Reagan. One of his favorite 1970s campaign narratives included a thrilling anecdote in which a Black sailor confined to “kitchen duties” ended “great segregation” by firing a machine gun at the enemy.
The Navy’s chief of operations, Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, was telling a different story at the start of the ’70s: He described the institution under his care as “the lily-white racist Navy.” Faced with shipboard conflicts and a recalcitrant management class, Admiral Zumwalt set about trying to root out racism. Amid this turmoil, the Navy gave Dorie Miller’s name to a destroyer escort that was decommissioned less than 20 years later and eventually scrapped.
The segregation-era military equated heroism with whiteness. The messman would probably not have been decorated at all had not the Black press and the civil rights community hammered down the door of the White House.
The Courier was dogging the military’s every step by the time Pearl Harbor was attacked. The paper’s editors pounced when early reports of the Japanese raid made brief mention of an unnamed Black messman who had performed heroically. A former Courier war correspondent, Frank Bolden, said decades later that the Navy initially claimed not to know the messman’s name.
A few months later, The Courier named the mess attendant, describing him as a Texas sharecropper’s son. The paper instigated a campaign in which readers wrote to the president, demanding that he be sent to the Naval Academy for training.
Navy Secretary Knox tried to settle the matter with a terse letter of commendation. Under pressure from The Courier — and a nudge from Attorney General Francis Biddle — Roosevelt belatedly pushed the Navy to award Dorie Miller the Navy Cross.
The campaign to win him the Medal of Honor foundered, partly because Mr. Knox steadfastly opposed it. In recent decades, those who have studied the case have often contrasted Dorie Miller’s valorous actions at Pearl Harbor with the deeds of the 15 white men who received Medals of Honor for their conduct on that day.
As recently as two years ago, the historians Thomas W. Cutrer and T. Michael Parrish made the case that “Doris Miller’s exploits aboard West Virginia were at least of equal distinction” to those of the white Navy men. Among those honored posthumously was Mervyn Sharp Bennion, the dying captain whom the messman aided as the ship was sinking. Bennion was incapacitated during the attack and was awarded the Medal of Honor because he “strongly protested” being removed from his post.
As Mr. Cutrer and Mr. Parrish write: “every flag or commanding officer who died at Pearl Harbor received the Medal of Honor for doing essentially what he was expected to or, in most cases it seems, for being unable to do very much.” Dorie Miller, by contrast, acted well outside his role as shipboard servant, consistent with the Medal of Honor definition of conduct “above and beyond the call of duty.”
The decision to name the new supercarrier for Miller reflects the Navy’s desire to break with its egregiously racist past. In pursuing this goal, however, the leadership needs to steer clear of the fable that casts the Black mess attendant’s story as one of victory over segregation. The whole, unpleasant truth is that segregation circumscribed the lives of Black servicemembers throughout the so-called good war.
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2020.11.08 23:36 djbandit Assassin’s Creed game featuring Lydia Frye, set in World War 2

Before you read, a couple of notes:

Lydia’s role is to ensure the success of Allied efforts to break the German Enigma code, turn German spies into double-agents, and eliminate the Abstergo threat.


The story will centre around three interconnected pillars - with the playstyle in italics:

Key points:


Where are the Templars/Abstergo you ask?
They are present, but initially not obvious. To start it seems we are simply helping to locate and turn German spies - note that during our early missions as an Assassin these spies must NOT die - they are needed alive so we can use them to feed misinformation to Germany. So there would be kidnappings, knocking people out, maybe even rescuing these people from dangerous situations.
What we learn over time is that Abstergo operatives are feeding real information from the British government to the agents to then relay to Germany to help Germany win the war. They are also feeding into appeasement and the desire to make peace with Germany - sowing discord amongst the government, parliament and people. Abstergo operatives in high places within the British government and security services need to be identified, located, and eliminated

Gameplay thoughts:
You could have the three storylines running in parallel allowing the player some freedom in the order they choose to do them.

My heart wants to open with an elderly Evie Frye meeting with Lydia, perhaps returning from India to the UK (this is where my lack of knowledge of the lore shows), paying her respects to her deceased father and brother. I of course appreciate that this stretches disbelief as Evie would be VERY elderly by this point, but I just love to see the connectedness of the existing stories to the new story, and I’d love to see the Evie Frye circle completed.
Evie meets her niece and they share a few war stories of their life.

Some Mission/Sequence ideas:
  1. Investigation, exploration and assassination mission: prevent an industrial sabotage against the Merlin engine production line - imagine infiltrating a vast factory similar to the large factories and train stations in Syndicate
  2. Target escort and protection mission: travel to Cambridge University and protect Alan Turing from Abstergo assassins - I’d love a meta conversation between Alan and Lydia where he describes his Turing machine to her, she grasps its significance and they muse how a future “computer” might be used for entertainment.
  3. Investigation, puzzle and assassination mission: A memory sequence in Bletchley Park. Lydia uncovers the inside person working against the group. Turing and Lydia meet again. They muse on the unjust society they live in - Turing hiding his true sexuality, and Lydia always judged for her gender. I like the idea of Lydia suggesting that all messages sent via Enigma have the same phrase (Heil Hitler) so why not use that as the key to start decrypting? It’s a little ahistorical, but not too much of stretch - watch The Imitation Game to follow me on this point.
  4. Several stealth tracking missions: through London’s busy streets and in the London Underground - packed with people sheltering from German bombers - would be a stealth mission - you must not startle the people and start a riot - people would be trampled and crushed.
  5. A parkour-focused mission: A neighbourhood of London that has suffered from heavy bombing with rubble and half-destroyed buildings would provide some unique parkour opportunities - I like the idea of some buildings collapsing while being climbed on - the player must react at the right time to grab ledges or other locations to stop themselves from falling.
  6. A car chase scene - yes it would be a bit “American 1930s gangster” - but it would be fun to play.
  7. Intercept a German spy parachuting in from German aircraft in the fields outside London.
  8. Investigation, puzzle and assassination mission: There would be several sequences which would uncover the identity of Abstergo operartives within the UK government and security services.
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2020.10.27 11:31 FlightControl02 Lockheed P-38H Lightning

Lockheed P-38H Lightning
N66534, Lockheed P-38H-1-LO “Lightning” Serial #42-66534. Genuine Combat Veteran assigned to the Historic 475th FG “SATAN’S ANGELS” Price: $629,000.Announcing an exclusive offering of the rarest of the rare American WWII Fighters. A substantially complete example of the famed Lockheed P-38 Lightning with an extensive parts inventory. Assembled over several years, this package is an investment-grade asset with substantial equity opportunity and is now available. The 475 F.G. "Satan’s Angels" History is beyond legend. They were the fastest scoring Fighter Group in WWII. Two of the USA’s highest-scoring aces flew in this group. Charles Lindbergh flew many P-38 combat sorties with “Satan Angel’s in that period. OPERATIONAL HISTORY: This P-38 Lightning was built at Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, California in 1943. After acceptance by the USAAC, it was transported by cargo ship to the South Pacific Theatre, where it was assigned to the 475th FG, 431st FS. On January 18, 1944, while on a fighter sweep over New Guinea, the pilot flying 66543, Lt JR Weldon, was attacked by either a Japanese Zero or Oscar fighter aircraft while flying wingman to Major Meryl Smith. Neither he nor his aircraft was ever spotted again after this mission. In the 1990s, Weldon’s P-38 aircraft was discovered lying undisturbed on the Wewak Plain, New Guinea where Weldon had executed a textbook perfect, wheels-up landing 48 years before. Evidence suggests that the left engine was shot out or had failed while Weldon attempted to exit the dogfight. Sadly, no trace of Lt Weldon was ever found. It is suspected Weldon fired a flare pistol into the cockpit (Standard Operating Practice) to destroy the sensitive equipment and radios, and then left his fighter on foot. Lt. Weldon was listed as MIA and subsequently listed as KIA. His location is unknown to this day. It is presumed he perished due to exposure to the elements or while in enemy captivity. Research continues into the pilots who flew 42-66534. There is a high probability that various aces and Charles Lindbergh flew this fighter on various missions before its disappearance. RECOVERY. Lengthy negotiations were entered with local villagers and PNG National Museum staff to reach a legal transfer of ownership and export agreement. After reaching an agreement the fighter was disassembled and hell-lifted in several sling loads from its landing site to a waiting truck transport more than an hour's flight away. From there it was transported to Australia, where it was acquired by its current owner and imported into the United States. Presently the fighter and parts package is in storage. Contact us for a detailed Prospectus: including Pictures and Inventory:
The pilot in a new American fighter, the P-38 Lightning, peeled down from the skies over Iceland on August 14, 1942. True to its name, the P-38 was akin to a force of nature: fast, unforeseen, and immensely powerful.
The Aircraft Sale target was a German Focke-Wulf Fw-200 Condor patrol bomber. Its crew had never encountered anything quite like it before.
With its distinctive design, the P-38 was sleek but its twin tails gave the Lightning a radical new look. The pilot, pumping 409 rounds per minute from its nose-mounted machine guns, dispatched the Condor in seconds, marking the first successful American engagement of a German aircraft during World War II.
Within six months, as the P-38 showed its versatility in North Africa, alone hysterical German pilot surrendered to soldiers at an Allied camp near Tunisia, pointing up to the sky and repeating one phrase—“der Gableschwanz Teufel”—over and over.
Once the phrase was translated, U.S. officials realized the focus of the pilot’s madness. The P-38 had been given a new nickname: the “fork-tailed devil.”

The Ultimate Weapon

First conceived in 1937 by Lockheed chief engineer Hall L.Hibbard and his then assistant, Clarence “Kelly” Johnson, the twin-boomed P-38 was the most innovative plane of its day, combining speed with unheard-of advances: two supercharged engines and a potent mix of four 50-caliber machine guns and 20-mm cannon.
Upon its official introduction in 1940, the P-38 was capable of climbing to 3,300 feet in a single minute and reaching 400 mph, 100 mph faster than any other fighter in the world. It also doubled as an intimidating long-range threat, capable of carrying a larger payload than early B-17s and boasting a range of 1,150 miles.
Its versatility and ruggedness were legendary. It could sink a ship. Strafed enemy on the ground. Crippled tanks. Destroyed entrenched pillboxes and shot down numerous fighters and bombers in all theaters of war.
When a long-range battle-tested airplane was needed for the Allies’ first round-trip mission to Berlin, a modified P-38 was chosen. And in 1943, when code breakers learned of a key inspection flight in the Pacific by Japanese Admiral Istook Yamamoto, the architect of the attack on U.S. installations in Hawaii, sixteen P-38 pilots were dispatched to fly a five-leg, nearly 1,000 mile-long mission.
It proved to be a turning point in the war. After intercepting the admiral and his escort of Zero fighters, Japanese naval morale was crushed, and Allied morale soared. The intercept helped set the stage for an Allied victory in the Pacific.
Sources and Additional Reading
· Boyne, Walter. Beyond the Horizons: The Lockheed Story. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 1999.
· Pace, Steve. Lockheed P-38 Lightning. Minneapolis, MN: Motor books International Publishers and Wholesalers, 1996.
· Spanaway, John.P-38 Lightning Aces of the ETO/MTO. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing, 1998.
· Gray, William P. “P-38” Life magazine, 16 August 1943.
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2020.10.18 23:43 JCFalkenberglll October 1940, On board the escorting destroyer HMS Vanity on an east coast convoy. Views of the Convoy going north up the East coast

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2020.10.18 00:36 builder336 Apparently AI Dungeon can make halfway decent SCPs now.

SCP-8800 - War Girls
Object Class: Safe Euclid (Reclassification to Safe Pending 05 Approval)
Special Containment Procedure: SCP-8800 is to be kept in a All instances of SCPs 8800-1 through 8800-4 are to be kept in standard humanoid storage containment units, commonplace among staff members of Site-12. Each instance upon recovery and containment is to be disarmed, with any and all weapons and/or equipment stored within Site-12's auxiliary storage area.
Description: SCP-8800 is a six-sided cube approximately 6.5in. in width, 6.5in. in depth, and 6.5in. in height, made from an unknown charcoal-black substance with a similar hardness and chemical makeup to granite. Along the faces of SCP-8800 that face a cardinal direction, four (4) sets of runes, each of which contain elements pertaining to several currently contained SCPs of a decidedly arcane origin.
When wielded, SCP-8800 enables a person the power to create a "living weapon" out of military equipment and vehicles. When an object such as a firearm is transformed by SCP-8800, it will change and become personified in a humanoid form. In all instances of SCP-8800, this personification has been of a human (or near-human) female with features consistent with females from Japanese animation, or anime for short. All instances of SCP-8800-1 through SCP-8800-4 wear uniforms consistent to the country which built the object, and the time period it was made. All instances have been observed to be extremely proficient in combat, with certain instances possessing unique abilities based on their previous form. Each instance also has a unique personality, and a vast majority of SCP-8800 instances have been friendly and compliant with research staff.
Note: Instances of SCP-8800 are classified into the following four subgroups:
SCP-8800-1 (Tanks and other Ground Vehicles)
SCP-8800-2 (Firearms)
SCP-8800-3 (Aircraft)
SCP-8800-4 (Ships)
Incident 8800-1-1.
Note: The following incident report is from the first-draft transcript of SCP-8800, prior to the discovery of SCP-8800 itself, and shortly before the discover of the other three instances that it (SCP-8800) has the ability to create. All points within the following incident report where the mentioned SCP-8800-1 instance (M4A3E2 Sherman 'Jumbo') s SCP-designation is made have been changed so as to be more accurate to the current situation at hand.
SCP-8800 (hereafter referred to as SCP-8800-1-01) appears as a young Caucasian female of English American descent, measuring at approximately 5ft. 5in. tall, with fair complexion, dark brown eyes and elbow-length dark brown hair. In terms of identification, SCP-8800 identifies itself as M4A3E2 Sherman 'Jumbo', after the World War 2 American tank of the same designation.
First Discovered half-buried in a rural stretch of farmland by locals in the Centre Val de Loire province of France, SCP-8800-1 (alongside her equipment) were recovered and taken to the small French village of [REDACTED] to be treated by local doctors.
During treatment of SCP-8800-1 by local medical professionals however, it was revealed that the SCP's inner-workings were not biological in nature, but rather mechanical in nature.
Following reports of a supposed "Machine Girl" flowing through local social media outlets, The Foundation mobilized Mobile Task force Nu-80 (Glitch In The System) to intercept and modify all forms of information dedicated to the instance of SCP-8800-1, utilizing a misinformation campaign to label it as the results of over-zealous fans of a niche anime series playing a practical joke. Shortly thereafter, Foundation forces occupied the village of [REDACTED] and administered Class-B Amnesics to all inhabitants, before shortly thereafter evacuating all civilians within a four (4) mile radius under the premise of local farmers uncovering caches of experimental chemical weapons from The First World War.
Addendum 8800-1: On ██/██/20██, Dr. R█████, an employee of the Foundation who had been working on SCP-882 for several years, discovered a series of notes in his personal journal detailing the creation of SCP-8800 (See Record Log 8800-33-0 through 8800-33-22 for further information).
Addendum 8800-2: Further investigations into the notes uncovered within Dr. R█████'s personal journal (of which he claimed was a family heirloom) revealed that SCP-8800 was in fact a byproduct of The Pentagram's attempted field test of a "Project Long Haul": A scientific endeavor of arcane and occult origins which was an attempt at making so-called "living weapons" from armaments and vehicles that could be found in the field.
Note: Dr. R█████'s notes also stated that the project, started in late 1935, was terminated shortly after the beginning of the Korean War due to its failure to produce any "permanently usable results".
Addendum 8800-3: With recent developments on ██/██/20██, it would seem as if the long-since-decommissioned Project Long Haul was not a complete failure, as sightings of multiple instances of supposed "Machine Girls" bearing similarities to SCP-8800-1-01 have been reported all across western Europe, eastern Europe, northern Africa, The Middle East, The British Isles, eastern Asia, and various islands in and across the Pacific ocean.
These instances include instances of SCP-8800 that appear based around/personifications of firearms, ships, planes, and tanks from the second world war.
As of ██/██/20██, The Foundation, in conjuncture with The United Nation's Global Occult Coalition has made efforts to locate and apprehend those responsible for creating these new instances of SCP-8800, hereafter referred to as SCP-8800-1 (Tanks), SCP-8800-2 (Firearms), SCP-8800-3 (Planes), and SCP-8800-4 (Ships). In addition, any and all instances of SCP-8800 are to be apprehended and taken into foundation custody wherein they are to be housed within Site-12's recently constructed humanoid containment area, making up the site's east wing.
Addendum 8800-4: Due to the current situation involving the emergence of new instances of SCP-8800, it is recommended that all active Foundation personnel not assigned to SCP-8800 keep their distance from any and all instances of SCP-8800-1-through-8800-4 until more can be secured by currently deployed MTF Teams for containment and study.
Incident Log: SCP 8800-1-03-1
Item used: SCP-8800, One (1) fully restored Panzer IV Ausf.H
Transformation Time: Approximately Five (5) Minutes, thirty-point-two (30.2) seconds
Test Results:
Physical traits: Bearing an appearance similar to that of a girl from the “Mecha-musume” genre of anime (in that she has both human and robotic traits), Entity SCP-8800-1-03-1 has waist-length blonde hair and crème colored skin, matching pigmentation of those of Germanic descent. Facial features, though faintly cherubic, appear akin to those of a mid-pubescent human female of indeterminant age, though theorized to be fourteen years, if not possibly older. In addition, she is approximately 5ft. 2in. in height. Approximate size of breasts is 36 D. Her eyes are large and round, much like that of a stereotypical anime character. In coloration, they are crimson.
Note: Upon further examination, the eyes appear to have a slight shimmer to them. Cause is unknown.
Clothing: She is wearing a concrete-grey dress with red trimming and black accents, with black knee-high socks and black shoes. Over-top of the dress, she is wearing a Wehrmacht tank commander's coat and cap with a 1940s-era headset. In addition to the dress, the coat and cap, you also note the fact that she is wearing greaves, vambraces, pauldrons, and a literal armored skirt overtop her dress that are all made from Panzer IV armor.
Armaments: Found next to her unconscious form is a weapon that looks like a cross between a Panzerbüchse 39 Anti-Tank Rifle, and a miniaturized Panzer IV Ausf.H turret, complete with a mini 75 mm Kw.K. 40 L/48 main gun.
Interview Log, Immediately Following Test:
SCP-8800-1: (In German) ...Ah, wha-..?... where... where am I..? who are you...?
Dr. Patterson: (In German) I'm Dr. Patterson, and you're in a safe place now.
SCP-8800-1: (In German) A safe place? Where am I? What do you mean "safe place"? W-what's going on?!
The instance of SCP-8800-2, upon noting the American Flag pin on Dr. Patterson's lab-coat, begins showing signs of distress.
SCP-8800-1: (In German) No, no, no! Why am I here! Please! Please American! Please don't hurt me! Please don't hurt me! I didn't do anything wrong!
Dr. Patterson begins moving towards the SCP-8800-1 Instance, hands raised in a placating gesture.
Dr. Patterson: (In German) please... just calm down... you're safe now. Nothing bad is going to happen to you.
Dr. Patterson continues moving towards the instance of SCP-8800-1, however said instance raises her weapon, now showing signs of both agitation and distress.
SCP-8800-1: (In German) G-Get Back!
SCP-8800-1 chambers a round into her weapon, and Dr. Patterson takes two steps back.
Dr. Patterson: W-whoa! whoa!
In an instant, local security personnel raise their weapons towards SCP-8800-1 instance.
Guard 1: Lower the weapon, now!
Guard 2: Try not to make this difficult girlie!
SCP-8800-1 instance points her weapon towards the security personnel.
Dr. Patterson raises his hand towards the guards, having them lower their weapons, but keep them at the ready. approximately seven seconds later, Dr. Patterson once again slowly begins approaching the instance of SCP-8800-1. In response, the instance immediately points her weapon back towards Dr. Patterson.
SCP-8800-1: (In German) I said get back, y-you American pig-dog!
Dr. Patterson continues to advance towards the instance of SCP-8800-1, who's agitation increases. however, said-instance is clearly observed taking a tentative step back.
SCP-8800-1: (In German) Didn't you hear me before?! I said get back!
Dr. Patterson continues to advance towards the instance of SCP-8800-1, unperturbed by her raised weapon.
Dr. Patterson pushes aside the instance's raised weapon and proceeds to pull her into a tight, affectionate hug. The instance of SCP-8800-1 appears to show surprise for approximately two (2) seconds, and struggles for approximately one (1) second, before finally falling silent. Approximately ten (10) seconds later, the entity begins showing signs of distress, at which point, her grip on her weapon slackens, and she drops its to the floor. Approximately four (4) seconds later, she begins crying.
Dr. Patterson: (In German) (In a soothing tone) Calm down, okay? We're here to help you. That's what we're meant to do. Just relax and let us take care of you.
After several moments of hugging, the instance of SCP-8800-2 continues sobbing.
SCP-8800-1: (In German) (sob) C-commander... I...(sniffle)... I-i'm sorry!... I'm so sorry! (continued sobbing)
Dr. Patterson: (In German) (In a soothing tone) Look, I know how you feel... I've lost those who are precious to me as well... please... just calm down, okay?... It's alright... you're safe now...
At this point, the instance of SCP-8800-2 ceases all communication and simply continues sobbing.
Dr. Patterson proceeds to help the instance out of the testing chamber and with the aid of security personnel, escorts her to one of the designated humanoid storage containment units.
Dr. Patterson: (In German) Thank you for your time, SCP-8800-1. Now, if you ever need any assistance from us, just ask. And remember, we're here for you.

Addendum: Following this test, documentation was brought up on the Panzer IV Ausf.H that was used in the test. Prior to it's restoration, it was found in the middle of the western German wilderness, having suffered a crippling shot to its left-side tracks, and a shot to its command cupola that killed all inside save for the driver.
It appears that instances of SCP-8800-1 remember their life as tanks. Requesting that the recently created instance of SCP-8800-1 be penned in for depression counseling, and, if my theory is correct, possible PTSD counseling. - Dr. Patterson, Site 12.
Granted on both accounts. - 05 Council.
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2020.10.12 22:08 Darksilverbuttons My sex dream is leaving me confused.

I had a dream last night that I was in the 1940s and I went to a sailor meeting.
I was like an escort in my dream and I trained the men to enjoy sex? I was their first anal encounter and I did lucky draws at who got to do what to me.
I was publicly humiliated and had gang bangs.
However I am confused as it turned me on but the thing is I am in a 8 year relationship and have no interest in introducing anyone into our relationship or sexual life.
Why did I dream this??
I am 23F and my boyfriend is the only person I have ever slept with.
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2020.10.12 21:55 Darksilverbuttons My sex dream is leaving me confused.

I had a dream last night that I was in the 1940s and I went to a sailor meeting.
I was like an escort in my dream and I trained the men to enjoy sex? I was their first anal encounter and I did lucky draws at who got to do what to me.
I was publicly humiliated and had gang bangs.
However I am confused as it turned me on but the thing is I am in a 8 year relationship and have no interest in introducing anyone into our relationship or sexual life.
Why did I dream this??
I am 23F and my boyfriend is the only person I have ever slept with.
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2020.10.12 04:35 Taxi_Dancer Here, There Be Mosters

Here, There Be Monsters (1/2)
In the late 1940’s only a few years after World War Two ended, the United States Army Air Forces embarked on a project that was as audacious as it was ridiculously dangerous. The project was known as “Crusader,” an experiment to test the feasibility of America’s giant long range bombers to be powered by nuclear propulsion. By the early 1950’s, with the Cold War with Soviet Russia reaching a boiling point, the newly designated United States Air Force was ready to test the capability of having a nuclear powered bomber fleet in the air 24 hours a day, seven days a week with the capability to strike the Soviet Union within seconds of receiving the call that the world was coming to an end.
Joining with the Atomic Energy Commission, the Air Force outfitted a specially modified Convair NB-36 bomber with an actual nuclear reactor. At the time, the NB-36 was one of the largest bombers ever designed and dwarfed America’s largest World War Two bomber, the B29 Superfortress. The NB-36 bomber completed nearly 90 hours of flight testing over the continental United States with the nuclear reactor operating high over the skies of New Mexico and Texas. The operations were considered so risky that a second B50 Superfortress (modified from the original World War Two B29 Superfortress) followed behind the NB-36 with a specially trained crew to handle radiological hazmat fallout should the NB-36 crash. By 1957, with initial flight testing completed, the NB-36 bomber, whose serial number was S/N 51-5712, was officially listed in the Air Force records as being scrapped, though continued research on the project continued until its cancellation in 1961.
That is where the official US government records end, but where the account of following events begins. In 1958 under the thickest veil of secrecy, an NB-36 bomber with the number 51-5712 completely erased from its tail, landed on the island of Okinawa about 900 miles southwest of Japan to continue further flight and weapon delivery testing. Presumably, very few records remain of this phase of testing, as these were conducted at a level exceeding Top Secret, and any records which may survive to this day are still a closely guarded national secret. Still, by what secondary and tertiary accounts that do exist of that phase of testing, of which it can be safely assumed that half are inaccurate or completely false, the testing was considered a success by all measures, the nuclear powered NB-36 having made successful secret test flights from the Philippine Sea to as far south as Australia and the northern tip of New Zealand and back. Rumors even circulated of a strange American bomber being seen over Chinese and North Korean air space at the time. Sometime in early 1959, the NB-36 having completed that phase of testing, the bomber and its crew prepared for their flight back to the mainland United States. It was to be the longest flight for the nuclear powered bomber, taking it from Okinawa over to the North Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Alaska south of Cook Inlet and Anchorage then south across the entire United States mainland until it reached Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. This was to be done entirely on nuclear propulsion and with absolutely no refueling stops. The accompanying B50 Superfortress would be with the NB-36 over most of the Pacific leg until it was relieved by a second B50 flying out of Anchorage.
Accounts of what happened next, if indeed such accounts actually existed, are extremely scarce and border on wild speculation. Given what little accurate information is available, what can be reasonably surmised is this: About three hours into the flight, the accompanying B50 Superfortress experienced some type of mechanical engine failure and was forced to return to Japan. However, for some unknown reason, the now unaccompanied NB-36 was ordered to continue on its mission to the rendezvous point with the second B50 over the Gulf of Alaska. Who, exactly, gave this order is up for speculation, but the fact remained. The NB-36 would be alone for the next five hours until it linked up with their B50 escort.
Sometime during that five hour window, the NB-36 bomber disappeared.
No record of the US military search and recovery efforts exist, but it can be safely assumed that it was as extensive as it was secretive. The only indication that such a mission ever took place came from old Soviet naval reports which were released in the early 1990’s during the period of Glasnost when the Soviet Union collapsed. The report came from a Soviet submarine which, at the time, was quietly stalking US naval surface vessels operating in the area. According to the report, several dozen US and Canadian naval warships were operating in a 1,500 square mile area of the Pacific Ocean in the waters west of British Columbia. According to the submarine captain, they seemed to be searching for something.
For their part, both the United States and the Canadian government dismissed any such inquiries into this matter as simply a regularly scheduled joint naval exercise between two close NATO allied nations. Still, the rumors persisted that angry messages were sent to the United States and the US Department of Defense from Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker and the Canadian Ambassador to the United States Arnold Heeney shortly after the search efforts ended. Apparently, they were extremely upset that the United States had somehow secretly and unnecessarily endangered the Canadian mainland in some way, and relations turned noticeably sour between the two neighboring countries for several months from 1959 to 1960.
In 1961, newly elected American President John F. Kennedy officially scrapped the entire nuclear powered bomber program and the fifteen year experiment became just another billion dollar footnote in the annals of failed military experiments. The development of successful in-flight refueling for bombers and intercontinental ballistic missiles had made the nuclear powered bomber project obsolete. The NB-36 Crusader project was swept under the rug and was very quickly forgotten.
That should have been the end of the story, except for one seemingly unconnected event which occurred in 1968 in the waters of the Pacific Ocean. In March of that year, approximately 1,560 nautical miles north of the Hawaiian island of Oahu, the Soviet submarine K-129 was mysteriously lost with all 98 crewmembers on board. An extensive air sea search by the Soviet navy found nothing of the stricken submarine and rumors abounded as to what caused it to sink, from a hydrogen explosion in the batteries to a leaking missile door causing one of her onboard missiles to explode to even claiming that a United States naval submarine, the USS Swordfish, had intentionally rammed it and caused the Russian vessel to sink. The Soviets stuck with the last theory that the United States was somehow responsible for the sinking and tensions again rose between the two superpowers, though the US Navy claimed that no such ramming had occurred.
These tensions came to a head when only a couple of months later in May of 1968, a US Navy Skipjack class submarine, the USS Scorpion was mysteriously lost in the Atlantic Ocean taking 99 American sailors with her. Several Soviet naval war vessels were operating in the area of the Scorpion’s disappearance and speculation was that the Scorpion was attacked by the Soviets in retaliation for the sinking of the Soviet K-129 submarine in March. This time, however, it was the Soviets who claimed to have had no involvement with the sinking. Regardless of who or what sank the USS Scorpion, tensions were at an all time high between the Soviets and the United States as the United States was already deeply embroiled against a stubborn and determined Communist enemy in Vietnam, while the Communist Soviets were quickly spreading their influence over eastern Europe and threatening the western European democracies. The safety switches on the nuclear weapons stockpiles of both sides had been shut off and the threat of a nuclear conflagration was never more than a second away.
Fortunately, a nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union never occurred during what is now considered the Cold War era, but other, seemingly completely disconnected occurrences began happening in the oceans across the entire globe. Fishermen, sailors, and those who made their trades by living off the ocean began reporting seeing strange anomalies in the water, things which were huge, unknown, and very much alive. Reports of sightings of giant sea creatures, reportedly resembling monstrous sea serpents or sea dragons in the Pacific Ocean, spiked by over 600% in the 1970’s including a famous picture which made world news headlines of what was described as the carcass of a prehistoric plesiosaur dredged up from the ocean by the Japanese trawler Zuiyo Maru off the coast of New Zealand. While many in the scientific community speculated that it was the remains of an unusually large basking shark, (the carcass was thrown overboard by the crew after the captain took pictures of it) there was never any solid proof to either prove or disprove that it was either a known species of shark or if it was, in fact, a recently deceased prehistoric dinosaur.
These many hundreds of reports and sightings were never really taken seriously by the enlightened popular scientific community and were largely relegated to tabloid newspapers or brief “What was that?” news reports on local television news. The popular narrative of the time was that anyone who believed those reports, or attempted to do any serious investigations into what were, in effect, ancient nautical horror stories told by drunken sailors, was not to be taken seriously. Such things were only an amusing distraction to the drudgery of daily life and nothing more.
This almost worldwide belief that there was no such thing as leviathan sized creatures lurking in the depths of the Pacific Ocean continued decades later, even when in 1997, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recorded an odd low-frequency, high amplitude underwater sound in the south Pacific Ocean. Called simply “The Bloop”, the sound was recorded at a point 50 degrees S and 100 degrees W off the southern tip of South America and was picked up and heard by multiple sensors at a range exceeding 3,000 miles away. Though some in the scientific community initially stated that The Bloop came from an, as yet, unidentified marine animal of exceedingly massive proportions, it took until 2012, over a decade and a half later, for scientists to dismiss The Bloop sound as simply glacial ice moving. They came to this conclusion despite the fact that glacial ice has been moving for thousands of years and no prior recording of this magnitude had ever been recorded and that the sound signature was a rapid variation in frequency which can only be produced by marine animals. It was also near this area when crewmen aboard Japanese research vessels began reporting sightings of monstrous aquatic creatures, completely white in color, human-like in shape and over 90-100 feet in length swimming off the waters of the Arctic not far from where The Bloop sound was recorded at the tip of South America.
One other fact which had been left out or simply forgotten from all of the news broadcasts was that the population of all species of marine whales in that part of the Pacific Ocean had fallen dramatically for over two decades, in spite of the fact that human whale harvesting had dwindled dramatically over the same time period. Other odd occurrences involving whales included the increased number of whale beachings along the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Environmentalists and activists attributed these mass suicides of whales upon the beaches surrounding the Pacific to sonar activity by US naval submarines or climate change caused by US military operations. Not one scientist or biologist ever brought up the theory that something predatory might have chased the whales to the shore, so eager was the desire to place blame on the United States military. In fact, the fear that US military operations was causing global warming and forcing whales to beach themselves was so great that in 2010, Democratic Congressional Representative Hank Johnson of Georgia lectured the United States House Armed Services Committee and the American Commander of the US Pacific Fleet, Admiral Robert Willard, that continued US military operations such as a planned training operation to have Marines land on the beaches of Guam would cause so much global warming, whale beaching, and overpopulation “…that the whole island of Guam will tip over and capsize…”
But whales weren’t the only large creatures to suffer from mysterious deaths. Another incident occurred in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Australia a few years later. Scientists had tagged a 9 foot long female great white shark and was tracking it when, suddenly, the tag indicated that the temperature had abruptly increased to 78 degrees and that the device ad experienced a rapid plunge in depth to around 580 meters in a matter of seconds. The stunned scientists could only speculate as to the cause of such a bizarre event and for days tried to come up with a logical explanation of what could do this to a great white shark. The only conclusion which the scientists could determine was that the nine foot long apex predator had been swallowed by something even bigger which then immediately dived deeper into the depths of the ocean.
To the world at large, all of these events, from the loss of the nuclear powered NB-36 bomber back in 1959, to the loss of the Soviet submarine a decade later, to the increased sightings of weird, anomalous things in the Pacific Ocean, and to the deceased whale population and increased whale beachings over the last thirty years, were nothing more than peculiar, disjointed, and totally unconnected incidents. The world was rapidly becoming an overly complex place to live, with strife, civil war, economic and environmental turmoil, social unrest, drought, famine, disease, power hungry politicians, and an endless array of other calamities that attacked the average everyday citizen of the planet earth. They had no time to be concerned about mythical sea monsters or horrific Lovecraftian monstrosities from the depths… until the day that the wreckage of the NB-36 was discovered washed ashore on a desolate island of the Pacific Ocean.
Ironically, the wreckage of the long forgotten NB-36 nuclear powered bomber was hiding in plain sight for an undetermined number of years as its mostly intact left wing and parts of the fuselage had washed ashore on a tiny, uninhabited island hundreds of miles south of Alaska. With modern surveillance such as Google Earth and satellite mapping technology, it may have even been viewed hundreds of times by unsuspecting people who had little idea of the significance of their find, perhaps mistaking the wrecked warplane as just one of the thousands which had been lost in the Pacific during World War Two. As there was no record of a nuclear powered bomber being lost in the north Pacific, there was no reason to suspect that the wreckage was anything more than a tragic loss from a tragic war.
Regardless, the wreckage remained undisturbed for decades until a documentary news crew from the BBC hired an underwater research vessel to search for long lost ships and planes which had perished during the horrific and deadly naval battles which had taken place between the United States and Imperial Japan’s naval forces. They had just concluded filming and were sailing back to San Diego when, almost as an afterthought, the director of the documentary decided to make a detour to investigate the old wreckage which had washed ashore on that deserted island. After radioing their intentions to Pearl Harbor, the research vessel made for the island. It was not known if the vessel had ever reached its objective. Two days after their last check in with Pearl Harbor, all communications with the ship had been lost.
An extensive search of the area by the British Royal Navy, the Canadian Navy, and the US Coast Guard commenced though nothing was found of the missing research vessel except various bits of floating debris and two empty life preservers which presumably had come from the ship. It was when the British Royal Navy decided to search the island where the British researchers were headed that the United States State Department did an incredibly odd thing. The United States declared three hundred mile exclusion zone around the little one and a half square mile island, forbidding any except authorized US naval warships to enter the restricted zone.
It was almost sixty years to the day that the NB-36 went missing that United States finally found pieces of that nuclear powered bomber and that, unfortunately, is the part of the story where I come in. My name is Captain Samuel Gabriel, United States Marine Corps. I am the commander of a very highly trained and highly specialized unit of CBRNE (sea-burn) Marines. CBRNE stands for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high yield explosives. Our job as military emergency responders is to recognize and mitigate attacks from such weapons which could create mass casualties and mass disruption to society from, for example, a nuclear, chemical, or biological attack. Stationed in Hawaii, we were the nearest unit of this type to the mysterious little island that was located some 1,000 nautical miles due northwest of Oahu. Admittedly, calling on a CBRNE unit to search for a missing research vessel was highly unusual, but, as the old saying goes, “Ours is not to question why. Ours is but to do or die.”
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2020.10.08 13:55 ww2database 8 Oct 1940: British Mediterranean Fleet departed Alexandria, Egypt to escort a supply convoy to Malta.

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2020.10.08 13:10 ww2database 8 Oct 1940: British Mediterranean Fleet departed Alexandria, Egypt to escort a supply convoy to Malta.

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2020.10.02 00:46 Borrowed7time Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1 shot down on 30 Sept 1940 during a bomber escort over London. The aircraft crashed in Windsor Great Park and in October was put on display to the public outside Windsor Castle, to raise funds for the Borough’s Spitfire fund. [831x1200]

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1 shot down on 30 Sept 1940 during a bomber escort over London. The aircraft crashed in Windsor Great Park and in October was put on display to the public outside Windsor Castle, to raise funds for the Borough’s Spitfire fund. [831x1200] submitted by Borrowed7time to WWIIplanes [link] [comments]

2020.09.28 10:42 YukaIzumi [Dreamwaker Butterfly] Ship History and "Real-Life" fitting

[Dreamwaker Butterfly] Ship History and

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The most recent addition to Azur Lane comes in the form of 7 new Imperial Japanese Navy vessels. One CV, 2 CVL, 1 BB, 1 CA, 1DD, and 1 AOE. All ships, except Kii, were constructed and sailed in the war effort. This event centers around IJN Shinano and some other ships that supported the construction or escort of the Yamato class.
DISCLAIMER: The fittings provided below are not meant to be a replacement for any "meta" fitting of these ships. I cannot guarantee the effectiveness of the fittings, but do recommend them for adding a bit of variety to how you play the game or if you find the game to not be challenging. They take historical context first and fictitious second, and try to come to close approximations when things are either not available in game or when the ship was not actually built. For un-built ships their skills and stats are used as an influence for how the game developers may have planned a fit.


One of the few photos of Shinano
Shinano was a conversion from the Yamato class for a large aircraft carrier. Laid down in 1940, her production was halted in 1941 as the validity of battleships was questioned after the sinking of the HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse by Japanese aviation. Her production resumed in 1942 following the Battle of Midway, but as an aircraft carrier instead of a battleship. She would be meant to make up for the loss of the other Japanese Carriers in the aforementioned battle.
Shinano was designed to refuel and arm her aircraft on deck as opposed to in a hangar, had a flight deck capable of resisting 1000lb bombs. Her hangar space was extremely limited due to the leftover constructions from when Shinano was expected to emerge as a battleship.
Her air group consisted of 18 Mitsubishi A7M Reppu, 18 Aichi B7A Ryuusei, and 6 Nakajima C6N Saiun.
The fighters and torpedo bombers are listed on her entry, but lacks a dive bomber. I've given her the D4Y Suisei to reflect the later-war dive bombers she "would" have likely been equipped with. For her auxiliary, I've equipped a homing beacon and the golden armor plate, as she is a Yamato class.
  • Fighter Slot : Mitsubishi A7M Reppu
  • Dive Bomber Slot : D4Y Suisei
  • Torpedo Slot : Aichi B7A Ryuusei
  • Aux : Homing Beacon, VH Armor Plate.
Send plates


Chitose before her refit. It's a very cool looking ship, I think.
Chitose and Chiyoda are converted Seaplane tenders. Laid down in 1934 and 1936, lauched in 1936 and 1937 respectively, these sisters started their lives as tenders to the Kawanishi E7K and Nakajima E8N floatplanes. They would service, refuel, and transport these different planes. Naval aviation was picking up in the IJN and these ships allowed greater use of these planes for scouting purposes. Additionally, the Washington Naval treaty did not limit seaplane tenders like it did carriers.
After the Battle of Midway, the sisters were refit at Yokosuka Naval Arsenal in early 1943, finishing in late 1943 as light aircraft carriers. Both were sunk at the Battle of Cape Engaño in 1944.
The new plane in this event belongs to thee sisters. It is the Kawanishi N1K3-A Shiden Kai 2, a modified version of the N1K seaplane fighter. Her torpedo bomber slot was given the B6N Tenzan, as the aircraft carried was not explicitly listed. It's a fair judgement to say this middle-of-the-road torpedo bomber of the IJN air unit fits. Her armament, even after conversion, consisted of 8x12.7cm AA guns. A fire extinguisher and catapult occupy her aux slot.
Note: This fit works on both Chitose and Chiyoda as they were virtually identical.
  • Fighter Slot : Kawanishi N1K3-A Shiden Kai 2
  • Torpedo Slot : Nakajima B6N Tenzan
  • AA Gun : 12.7cm Type 98 AA Gun
  • Aux : Fire extinguisher, Catapult
The skin was cute.


The Kii class were planned in the late 1910s, early 1920s. These were to be fast battleships/battlecruisers in the spiritual succession of the Amagi class.
The Kii class were to be marginally slower than the Amagi class while having far heavier armor.
In the listed configuration, Kii was to be fitted with 5x2 41cm guns, 16x1 14cm guns, 4x1 12cm AA guns, and 8x610mm torpedo tubes.
However, I believe the developers have taken inspiration for Kii's stat block and her skill from somewhere else. "While this ship is alive, increases Sakura Empire Main fleet ship's AA by 15%". This is one of the only AA boosts that an IJN Main fleet battleship offers. She sports an unusually high AA stat for a Japanese battleship (refits to BBV notwithstanding), and a 100% efficiency AA slot, another unusual pick for IJN Battleships.
From this, I believe that Manjuu has taken an inspiration from the game World of Warships and developed Kii's kit and skills from the Kii in that game, as I don't believe 367 AA stat is fitting of something with 4 single mount AA guns and nothing else.
As such, Kii will be given an AA fit similar to the version in that game.
Note: Suruga is also of the Kii class. This fit may apply to her as well.
  • Main Gun : Twin 410cm 3rd Year
  • Secondary Gun : Twin 100mm Type 98
  • AA Gun : Twin 40mm Vickers ("HI" Shiki Type 91)
  • Aux : Type 94 High Angle Fire Director, Type 1 Armor Piercing Shell
Did you know this aux gives +55 AA and +10 Accuracy?

IJN Kumano

Kumano before her refit to twin 203mm guns
Fourth member of the Mogami class and second member of the Suzuya subclass, Kumano was laid down in 1943 in the Kobe-Kawasaki Yard. Completed three years later, she launched as part of the 1931 Fleet Replenishment Program. Her original armament consisted of 5x3 15.5cm dual-purpose guns, 4x2 12.7cm guns, 4x1 40mm AA guns, and 4x3 610mm torpedo tubes.
During gunnery trials, it was realized they had overdone their armament and were damaging the hull during gunnery trials. To remedy this, hull bulges were fitted to all members of the Mogami class. After Japan withdrew from the Second London Naval Treaty, they strove to modernize the entire fleet. Part of this program, starting in 1936, all members of the Mogami class were brought in for reconstruction. The triple 15.5cm turrets were removed and shipped off for the Yamato class, being replaced with twin 20.3cm main guns. Torpedo bulges were also added at this time. The change to 20.3cm guns reclassified these ships as Heavy Cruisers. Kumano was sunk during the Philippine campaign in 1944.
Depending on how you select your armament, Kumano could go one of two ways with the main battery. Due to her art and CA tag, I've gone with the refitted fit.
Note: These fittings are very similar across all Mogami class cruisers. Mogami before retrofit will use 15.5cm guns. Mikuma uses 15.5cm guns. Suzuya and Kumano will use 20.3cm as well as post-retrofit Mogami.
  • Main Gun : Twin 20.3cm 3rd Year
  • Torpedo Tubes : Triple 610mm Torpedo Tubes
  • AA Gun : 12.7cm Type 98 AA Gun
  • Aux : Anti-Torpedo Bulge, Steering Gears (alt. Hydraulic Rammer)
I like you, I just like CLs more.

IJN Kashino

Really does feel like that though
Specially built munitions ship from the IJN in 1940. Kashino was explicitly constructed to transport the massive 46cm guns of the Yamato from Kure Naval Arsenal to the locations where the Yamato class were being built. Kashino spent her life traveling the waters near Japan moving supplies.
Her armament is... lacking. 2x1 12cm guns, 2x2 13.2mm AA Machine guns. We're going to give her just a little help. She's going to get her main gun, a boosted AA gun, and the "Yamato Gun" special equip.
  • Main Gun : Single 12cm 3rd Year
  • AA Gun : Twin 40mm Vickers ("HI" Shiki Type 91)
  • Special Slot : 40cm Type 94 Naval Gun Parts
  • Aux : Repair Toolkit, Improved Boiler
They removed your skin on CN after 3 days.

IJN Suzutsuki

Suzutsuki, third member of the Akizuki class and subclass, was laid down in 1941 and completed in 1942. This class of destroyers were equipped with 8 10cm guns in 4 twin mounts. These twin mounts were rapid-firing dual-purpose main battery mounts and, in theory, would bolster the anti-aircraft of Japanese destroyers (1).
Suzutsuki spent the majority of her career escorting ships back and forth from different locations. In January 1944, she was struck by torpedoes from the USS Sturgeon, blowing off her bow and stern. However, she survived this ordeal and was repaired. In October of 1944, she was torpedoed by USS Besugo, losing part of her bow (again). She docked in Kure for repairs.
The last notable event in her life was the escorting of Yamato during operation Ten-Go. Here, her task force failed to protect Yamato, losing her to the onslaught of enemy aircraft. Suzutsuki was stuck by bombs on her fore and lost her bow (AGAIN).
"Returned stern-first to Sasebo."
1 : The efficiency of the anti-aircraft armament can be debated. During operation Ten-Go, Suzutsuki, along with 7 other destroyers, a light cruiser, and Yamato, only shot down 10 of the 386 attacking aircraft.
She will get the twin 10cm main gun, boosting AA and sporting a high rate of fire, a quadruple 610mm torpedo tube, a twin 10cm high angle AA gun (reflecting her main battery AA capability), a type 94 fire director (again, AA), and a repair toolkit (as she seemed to cheat death 3 times).
Note: Her fitting will be the same as every other Akizuki class in game.
  • Main Gun : Twin 10cm Type 98
  • Torpedo Tubes : Quadruple 610mm Torpedo Tubes
  • AA Gun : Twin 10cm High Angle Type 98
  • Aux : Type 94 High Angle Fire Director, Repair Toolkit
She's missing her bow in this as well


That's all I have. Good luck farming the event and I hope you roll who you want to get. I'll probably really only use the CVL, Kii, and Suzutsuki, but I know some people like the real big milkers out there.
I'm excited for upcoming siren mode and am planning out my fleets for each faction. I'm sharing them in the discord channel and hopefully it works out. I'll post one of these earlier in next event, it's just been a busy few weeks.
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2020.09.26 23:31 nisaaru States secret Dr. Phil. Kurt Willimczik

The guy worked for Goebbels in the background and then worked for the SSD/KGB/Stasi complex afterwards in propaganda where he developed subversion technics and "silencing" of anybody they wanted.
It shows what kind of persons do these jobs and that there was no real difference for the controllers. Nazi or UdSSDDR didn't matter to them. The same applies to the USA, imho. I made a quick and dirty google translation from the german blog comment written by his son. If you can read german I suggest going there as it also comes with pictures. The entry is to the end of the webpage.
Nobody really wants to hear from old Nazis and communists anymore, but this is a very bizarre case that has been kept a secret until today. Everyone knows the names "Goebbels" and "Carl Eduard von Schnitzler", 2 of the most notorious propagandists in Germany. But one name has been kept a secret to this day because it provided its amazing skills to both the Nazis and the Communists. In addition to Hitler, Göring, Goebbels, Himmler, Speer etc., but nobody knows the name of the man in the picture who walks between Speer and Hitler.
Get to know him at last - more than 70 years after the end of the war.
It was to remain a secret forever: The then press spokesman for the Propaganda Ministry and later SED - party secretary and designer of the Cold War in the "GDR", Dr. Kurt Willimczik in his white SS uniform in 1939 in the Munich Feldherrenhalle.
Dr. Kurt Phil. Willimczik (9/29/1907 - 11/26/1995) was next to Dr. Goebbels one of the most important propagandists for Hitler. He worked u. a. for the Reich Ministry of Propaganda in the Department of Modern German Literature History and as President of the Theater Chamber he had a very important position in the war effort.
Dr. Kurt Willimczik in the fifties as SED party secretary in Blankenfelde During the war he had also headed a propaganda squadron with a murder assignment. He described himself as a freelance writer, philosopher or literary scholar, Germanist. (Let the reader's imagination run wild here.)
What this man had done was kept secret until well after the fall of the “Third Reich” and the “GDR”. Now, when doing research on Goebbels, people come across the name “Dr. Kurt Phil. Willimczik “, which had never been on the Internet before and just post it. You dont know what you are doing!
This name disappears very quickly from this website.
National Socialist German Workers' Party Reich Youth Leadership, Kurt Willimczik, Otto Zander - Publisher: Limpert, 1938
Then he reappears elsewhere. An internet avalanche arises, which even the many still active members of the SSD can no longer stop. What kind of person was he? His highest goal in life was to inflict the greatest possible damage on other people with hidden, subtle methods, which he described in a letter to his wife at the time. “I feel good when others are badly off.” He himself called it the “law of the greatest meanness” and was his best executor. He took his son as a laboratory rat and tested how far a person could be tortured with this method (it was not until much later that it was called "decomposition"). For his son he was a vicious monster who ruined his life; for Nazis and communists he was an indispensable expert in the fight of evil against good.
But let's let him speak for himself and take a look at his work of which he was particularly proud: E.T.A. Hoffmann: the three realms of his world of shapes
He speaks about the "Third Reich" in a somewhat veiled form, but with full devotion.
"In his building the great view of national history can be recognized, which leads from the myth of primeval times to the theater to higher reality and thus to the recovery of the myth and the golden age." (Page 336).
He describes his great German plans for the education of the human race, the establishment of a theater as a moral institution, or as the plans for a third empire and age were otherwise called.
In the chapter on the “principle of evil” he describes the fundamentals of every terrorist state: the principle of the greatest meanness.
With “Faustian majesty” he speaks about “the struggle against people” (59).
It would be the primer for every budding terrorist if it weren't so complicated to write. He hides his diabolical thoughts behind garlands of beautiful and sometimes difficult to understand words. The devil is always a genius of language.
"He believes that he has been consecrated to battle and to rule over the spiritual principle of life, which nature itself placed in us and therefore cannot punish" (60)
“The highest sense of the theater is the animation of the everyday struggle and the leadership of the people.” (337) The people should gain “strength and purity”.
The theater serves for the self-presentation of the people. "Its special form is that of the festival and game (read war), which the whole people, working together, commits as a large crowd of lay people."
Hitler thought the same way, appointed him president of the theater chamber and sent him to the spiritual front as one of his greatest propagandistic guns (Hitler loved big guns).
The moral justification for killing had to be instilled into the soldiers on the Eastern Front over and over again. In this respect, Dr. Kurt Phil. Willimczik is just as important as Speer, who provided the ammunition for the war - and that is why Hitler takes him between himself and Speer, as can be seen in the picture.
In the West Prussian Yearbook, Volume 58, it can be read: “Goebbels once again commissioned Drs for the war-important promotion of German culture in the East. Kurt Willimczik. "
From the annual report of the NS-Gemeinschaft KdF of November 27, 1941: "Where the German soldier stands today, thanks to our close cooperation with the Wehrmacht High Command, the NS. Community Gemeinschaft Strength through Joy’ is with him. In the far north, where our care work is welcomed twice as joyfully and gratefully during the polar night, under the scorching African sun, in the east that is opening up every day, in France, Belgium, Denmark, in Holland, Serbia, in Greece or on Crete Everywhere today the German soldier experiences this ninth birthday of 'Kraft durch Freude' with us as part of festive events.
The area that we have to look after today expanded as our armies advanced victoriously, and corresponds to eight times the size of the greater German area. We have overcome the impassable roads that the former Poland had, Norway's mountains, snow and cold, and we are also able to cope with the considerably greater difficulties that we face in Russia. Evening after evening, the homeland speaks to the German soldier under the sign of the sun wheel. ... If you take into account all of the difficulties described, then you can only fully appreciate the performance that results from the KdF troop support at the beginning of the armed forces. From September to December 1939, 12,400 events, in which 7 million soldiers took part, were held. In 1940 137 8o2 events recorded 51 530 000 visitors. In 1941 the number of events rose to 187 198 and the number of visitors to 67 789 569. Since the beginning of the war, 337 400 events with 126 319 569 visitors took place outside the borders of the Greater German Reich for our soldiers. ... The KdF.-game plan itself shows an extremely versatile face. "
To make his work in the conquered areas a little clearer, here is a verbatim reproduction of his letter from Greece to his mother on her birthday:
"1.10. 1943
Dear mother
…… .Today I showed educational films in front of workers who go to the Reich. Although in a communist area, everything went smoothly.
A few days ago we hung up two black marketeers who had sold oil too dearly. I was back in the streets with my loudspeaker van. The commune even applauded us and asked for 2 to be hung again the next day. That style will probably continue like this. -
Congratulations again and best regards!
Hail Hitler!
Your Kurt "
“Workers who go to the Reich” naturally meant forced laborers. The good Kurt prepared these for their journey too ...
He managed, armed only with a loudspeaker van, that the Greeks shouted for "more" than two of their compatriots were hung up. (Let everyone draw their own conclusions from this.)
As the head of a propaganda squadron, he not only gave the soldiers a victory-conscious cultural escort from a large loudspeaker truck, but also accompanied the doomed to death acoustically up to the gallows. He announced to the prisoners who went to the Thousand Year Reich as forced laborers how happy they were that they were now allowed to go to the Greater German Reich, where they would be looked after like their own children. “Culture must be” was his motto. The music for it was hand-picked - e.g. B. from Wagner's opera “Götterdämmerung”, which he put on the more often the closer the downfall came. (If we were to expect the end of the world tomorrow, he would be the right man to play the right music.) As eloquent as a snake, he always found the right musical background, even for evil
Rand Comment: The same man who was afraid of the communists in the east wrote this one too - not when he attacked Greece, but about a physicist named Professor Havemann, who was just under house arrest in the east: “... he's talking about it a general freedom. That means nothing other than paving the way for the revanchists' urge to go east. ”(Neues Deutschland, March 13, 1964)
He practically said to the soldiers: “In your great historical battles you have to play your roles as if on a stage - until the Führer drops the curtain.
Goebbels said at the end. "We go into the final battle like a church service."
While the time for Goebbels, Hitler, Himmler etc. came to an end after the fall of the Third Reich, the Nazi propagandist Dr. Kurt Phil. Willimczik a new sun - blood red.
The Americans first moved into Erfurt at the end of the war. That is why his wife fled with her small children from Rangsdorf near Berlin to Erfurt, where at some point her husband also appeared from somewhere. He forbade his wife to tell the authorities anything about his Nazi past. She followed his request and was therefore immediately dismissed from teaching as a student councilor.
In July 1945, in accordance with the treaty, but unexpectedly for the people, the Russians entered Erfurt. They had a list of wanted war criminals and Kurt W. was arrested. Instead of writing on them and talking about tin, he immediately punched tin for typewriters in prison. It was the only time in his life that he did anything useful.
But it didn't last long. The Russians were urgently looking for traitors to track down all other hidden Nazis. Traitors became the pillars of the state, to which Stalin then gave absolute power as the SSD. They were allowed to suspect, investigate and condemn anyone as an "enemy of the state" - all in one - and secretly.
In addition, the communists urgently needed German experts in propaganda. Where should you get new specialists from so quickly? So Dr. Kurt Willimczik "denazified" overnight, which meant that his Nazi past became a state secret from now on that nobody was allowed to talk about under the death penalty. This was not published - you just had to know. (It is not known whether he was also "de-socialized" after the fall of the Wall.)
When he was released from prison he was suddenly no longer a Nazi and immediately began his steep socialist career in 1945 as a “comrade from the very beginning” by betraying his own people and giving them to the knife. The KGB (or a special department of the Red Army) used it to lure more Nazis into his apartment and arrest them or shoot them right away, which his mother and son had to experience in Erfurt. She should commit herself to absolute silence about this event and the Nazi past of her husband. She refused to sign and automatically became a dangerous public enemy. She has just been punished for hiding his Nazi past; now she would be punished for not doing it. This is called “socialist education”. “Not comrades with me” she said, did not sign this confidentiality agreement and instead divorced her husband (November 22, 1948) and moved to Blankenfelde, which was no longer of any use to her, however ...
The freshly baked Nazi communist Kurt W. took his son to the conspiratorial meetings in Erfurt in order to make them appear a bit more "familiar" and used him as a watchdog to watch out for the motorcycle he used for his "work" from the Russians Had been provided.
Goebbels killed all of his children. Kurt W. missed this opportunity, although he did everything after his boss. So he just wanted to let his son starve to death, which wouldn't be noticed right after the war ended. The Russians watched and
but controlled the whole scene. It so happened that a Red Army officer prevented a high-ranking Nazi from murdering his son - one of the little miracles that happened at such a time. He had his son driven to a hospital in Erfurt. It was one of the many green-boarded ambulances that had taken the wounded from the battlefields.
On December 18, 1949, Stalin ordered the creation of the SSD, a German part of the KGB. (not to be confused with "MfS" or "Stasi")
With this, the responsibility for maintaining the state secret was transferred from Kurt Willimczik from the KGB to the SSD. The object of desire had changed hands. The SSD wanted to be better than the KGB and worked according to the slogan “only the dead don't talk”.
After Dr. Kurt Willimczik had received an ultimatum, "his divorced wife Irmgard Kirsten (April 22, 1906 - July 20, 1950) died". (This choice of words is necessary because the SSD / STASI never “murders”, as he himself claims.) She was one of the first victims to protect the state secret “Dr. Kurt Phil. Willimczik ”. She was secretly taken to a certain hospital in Altglienicke, where she was "treated" to death free of charge. (The doctors in Königs Wusterhausen had refused).
The communists had achieved what Hitler had never succeeded in getting the medical profession to carry out the many murders. Doctors had to join the SED, where, like any soldier, they had to obey orders. The Nazi communist Kurt W. explained it like this: “Whoever pays for what happens!” The communists paid for medical care and therefore determined what happened to the sick person, even if he was not sick at all.
From 1950, immediately after the obstacle had been removed, the Nazi communist Kurt W. himself was allowed to prepare for the Cold War in the Ministry of Culture in East Berlin. However, the Ministry in East Berlin was no longer called the Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, but simply the Ministry of Culture (culture was propaganda). The best minds from the Reich Ministry for Propaganda now constructed the Cold War for the Communists - their former arch enemies. It worked because the methods were the same. However, it is not known whether the same typewriters were used, especially since the angry workers during the popular uprising on June 17, 1953 threw the typewriters of this hated ministry out of the window.
("We'll take over what's good," said Captain Wagner from the SSD in Potsdam, where the SSD had set up a university and where he delivered his doctoral thesis on the fight against scientists ...)
As the party secretary of Blankenfelde, Kurt W. drew the anger of the population, which was good for him, because his goal in life was to destroy other people's lives. He believed in the law of the "greatest meanness" and was his best vicarious agent. So he belonged to a very specific kind of people. With this knowledge, one can understand not only the misdeeds in World War II, but also the entire post-war catastrophe called "socialism". The characters of a Nazi and a Communist are identical.
He liked to start his speeches with the words: "Friends!" ...
For him there were only “friends” and “enemies” - nothing in between.
If at the end of his speech you felt as strong as a hero from old German legends and the next day set out to slay your enemies, then he had won his propaganda battle again. (Who was just the "enemy" was added in the small print.)
He has also made a great contribution to the upbringing and fighting of his son. After boarding school at the SSD, 2 years in the army and dozens of unpaid work assignments, he (and the comrades of the SSD who stood behind him like a man) sent his son to the information hole in Dresden to study physics at the "Technical University" to train as a spy to be completed. (The latter was of course kept secret from him. The SSD had made the TH-Dresden into a TU (that was the gift) and has since abused it as a training facility for spies. And this is how it worked: Entrance exams for physics were canceled and hundreds of unsuspecting people Students, while only 5 foresters were trained every few years - exactly as many were needed.
The disgruntled professors reacted accordingly. They increased the difficulty of the exams to such an extent that over 50% of the students were kicked out. This is exactly what was intended. It was the high school of human seduction. Some saved themselves in other courses of study, others were left with nothing - no training - no work - no money (there had never been any unemployment benefits in the "GDR"). Such a "half physicist" suddenly offered two well-dressed men a very lucrative job; one with enough money and even with paid trips abroad to the west ...
It all happened in secret. As a shining example with experience, Klaus Fuchs directed these secret events from the background.
There is not a single picture of these "physics students", either before, during or when the diplomas were awarded. (If someone has photos, they should use them.)
Nobody noticed what - really? There was an unusually high death rate among professors. This might be a lead. The best physics professor, who was specially brought to Dresden as a draft horse, was suddenly dismissed and died in an insane asylum ... Everything has not been clarified to this day. So his son should not become a physicist but a spy. His father called it, however, "Scout" and explained it to him that way. The spies smuggled in as painters at Siemens got hold of all the papers, but only brought the circuit diagrams of the lighting system and stuff like that with them. In order to assess what you have in front of you, you need people with half a degree in physics. His son was now behind him in 1964 and was now trapped. No matter how he decided - it will destroy his life. To be seen as a communist spy would be worse for his son than death. When his son reacted to this opening, Kurt W. first turned red - then turned blue and gasped for air. Then Dr Kurt W. - as always when he gets into too much distress - shit his pants. For his protection, however, he had posted comrades in front of the door of his villa in Berlin Pankow. (Many high-ranking comrades settled in this district.) After he returned from the bathroom, he continued: He only came to the West as a “scout”. There was no point in fleeing, as one could ensure that he would be treated as a "spy" in the West - whether he was or not. (This is what happened later and the victim knew it too, but there was nothing to prevent it. The SSD was in control of the state.
The investigation into alleged secret service agent activity, file number 7 BJs 255/81, was opened by the federal prosecutor who had come to power through the murder of the right man and who admitted on his deathbed that he had worked for the SSD. Certain reasons that would comply with the law have not been given to this day. It's called decomposition.)
After graduating, his son wanted to improve his ridiculous physicist salary through inventions. Judge Wilde from Königs Wusterhausen first gave him a warning, then he gave him 18 months in jail and at the same time his father received an honorary pension for his services in the fight against his son.
No company was allowed to adopt his son's inventions - strangely enough, in East and West alike; Unless the SSD appointed another - presentable "inventor" with the right awareness and marketed what Hptm. Wagner had found in a thick notebook of the physicist - and confiscated. At the same time, the SSD invented the method of "decomposition" against the real inventor, which is still used very successfully today.
Hptm. Dr. Wagner ordered: “The inventor Willimczik does not exist!” (His doctoral thesis
deals with the fight against scientists.) An army of SSD’s people follow their orders, which can be easily followed on the Internet ...
To top it off, the Nazi communist Dr. Phil. Kurt Willimczik (whom Hptm. Wagner referred to as “coat wearer”) in the “GDR” on topics such as “Inventing made easy”.
Just as the Nazis had propagandistically worked on miracle weapons before their demise, “inventor schools” were finally set up in the “GDR” to ensure that everyone first develops the right socialist awareness before they are allowed to “invent”.
"The initiator and translator was the outsider Dr. Phil. Kurt Willimczik, Germanist, active in the information institute of an industrial branch. "(Is the SSD called an" industrial branch "? It would be big enough.)
Typical for the experts from the Reich Propaganda Ministry were articles in “New Germany” of March 13, 1964, such as the “Communication on Prof. Havemann”. What kind of state is it where an old Nazi publicly punishes a famous physicist for thinking out loud about freedom? Nazis set the tone in socialism. They were in abundance, and everyone was silent about their past, because otherwise the people might have learned that a new Nazi state was emerging in the "GDR". On December 18, Stalin also ordered the preservation of such state secrets. In 1949 an organized gang of murderers - the State Security Service or SSD. (Not to be confused with "MfS" or "Stasi") Their motto was: "Only the dead don't talk."
Since the end of the war they roamed the country murderously, but now in search of “enemies of the state”, because all useful Nazis came into the civil service. Therefore, the red bloodhounds were now allowed to hunt everyone else. Anyone could be an “enemy of the state”. because they themselves determined who one was, investigated against him and also judged him themselves. That could happen very quickly sometimes, right on the wall of your own home. This frightened the neighbors and triggered the first great wave of refugees to the West. In the GDR there was no longer a housing problem, because many houses were suddenly empty.
The leaders of the SED recognized the problem and reassured the population by putting a "controlling" ministry over the SSD created by Stalin - the MfS. So it happened that SSD’ers sat next to the new comrades from the MfS, who were supposed to control them. In practice, that meant that a murder should never be recognizable as such. The comrades became artists in the murders. So it came about that to this day none of her many murders have been solved. The conglomerate of SSD’s and MfS’ers was later given the self-proclaimed nickname “Stasi”, and the Stasi murders were not announced.
Some think: So a Nazi more or less - so what?
Why did the KGB and SSD go to such great lengths to keep this name secret? Why were so many people "disappeared" or murdered who recognized him as an old Nazi and reported it to the GDR authorities?
No colleague, no neighbor survived this man.
Dr. Phil. Kurt Willimczik is not only the personification of evil, but also personified proof of the fact that the communists' propaganda was made directly by experts from the Reich Ministry of Propaganda, i.e. by red Nazis, whose only life task was that of everyone else To ruin life.
With this the last remnant of the ideological bulwark of socialism collapses.
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2020.09.24 09:56 TheAverage_American Is this a Good USA Multiplayer Fleet Composition?

This week I’m playing america in a multiplayer game and the Japan has a very good reputation and has beaten americas before. My strategy will be to do New deal focuses like normal but then I will rush the ‘carrier primacy focus’ after the two oceans navy act. While I’m waiting I’ll use my dockyards to build the screens and once the naval treaties go off I’ll build my heavy cruisers. If I rush it I can get Carrier IVs in late 40, and I plan on immediately stopping all naval production (I’ll have enough screens by then) and putting 50 dockyards on carriers (2 battle groups of 5). I will have 10 Carrier IVs by August-September of 1942. I’m using 5 carriers because I’ll go base strike
Strike Force 1:
5 36 Carriers
3 Battleships (default)
3 36 heavy cruisers
25 light cruisers (10 fitted specifically for anti air)
30 destroyers (mostly escorts with depth charges but some with anti air)
This fleet is fairly expendable. Wouldn’t lose sleep if I lost it. The other two are big targets.
Strike Force 2 and 3
5 1944 Carriers with 125 planes each (25 fighter 2s 100 naval bomber 3s)
6 1940 heavy cruisers with outstanding piercing
15 1940 Anti Air Light Cruisers
15 1936 All Around Light Cruisers
25 Escort Destroyers (mostly 36)
I’ll note that I will invest a bit into subs but sub 3s are banned. If you came across battlegroup 2 and 3 is there any dumb way you could beat it? Keep in mind they’ll be fighting in 42-43. After I do my initial burst of carrier production I’ll keep building 2-3 at a time in case of loses. I’m a bit of a noob with navy but I’m learning fast. If anyone has any advice I’d love to hear it.
Edit: I should add that I did Newport News as a designer and I’m investing in heavy fighters and naval bombers.
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2020.09.23 06:35 Lord_Asker [R&D] (Retro) Confedetration Class Corvettes

1940 While the idea of a multi-purpose ship ideal for the close waters of our Nation originated in the 1930s, only now with the expansion of our navy can this be realised. With designs coming out of local shipyards we can now begin production of a cheep ship that's capable of being easily produced in our smaller shipyards, capable of ASW and minesweeping duties along with escorts to free up larger destroyers. The design has this been dubbed as the Confedetration Class Corvettes.
Thanks to their simple designs costs are low and thus 60 have been ordered for the Navy for various duties from ASW, Minesweeping, Escort dutie and harbour defence.
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2020.09.18 04:40 sgt_hard_times U.S. Marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit escort Yugoslav detainees to the Kosovo–Serbia border before they are released to Yugoslav authorities; two High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) are in the background. Operation Joint Guardian, July 1999. [3010 x 1940]

U.S. Marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit escort Yugoslav detainees to the Kosovo–Serbia border before they are released to Yugoslav authorities; two High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) are in the background. Operation Joint Guardian, July 1999. [3010 x 1940] submitted by sgt_hard_times to MilitaryPorn [link] [comments]

2020.09.05 18:07 _Joexer With the Introduction of the P-51C in War Thunder; A Brief History of the Tuskegee Airmen and an Introduction to the TAHC

Hi, Warthunder,
I am no stranger to this Subreddit community but today I wanted to Post something a little different. I am a member of an organization known as the Tuskegee Airmen Heritage Chapter, which is a non profit operating under Tuskegee Airmen Inc. Now that the Legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen is represented (and beautifully so) in game, I would like to present a brief History of the Tuskegee Airmen with Pictures(WIP).
I asked permission from moderation to make this post
The "Tuskegee Experiment" (Which Resulted in the men now referred to as Tuskegee Airmen) was an important milestone for the United States as a whole, thus it is American History. As this piece of American History is now in game I find it important to represent it accurately.
(Image Gallery)
In 1938, Franklin D. Roosevelt announced an expansion to the Civilian Pilot Training Program in the United States. At the time, racial segregation was the rule, and many of those in command in the armed forces doubted the ability of an African American to fly an aircraft, much less a warplane, because it was commonly accepted (at the time) that the Combat Aptitude of African Americans was inferior to that of white combatants. Civil Rights Groups (such as the NAACP) and Black Community Newspapers began lobbying Roosevelt for Black Pilots to be included in such programs. In September of 1940, Roosevelt announced that the Army Air Corps would begin training Black Airmen. But The struggles only began there for most of the Tuskegee Airmen. It was announced that the Army Air Corps Training Airfield would be in Tuskegee, Alabama.
The Airmen themselves came from all over, many having obtained a College Degree and having volunteered for the Program. In addition to almost 1000 Pilots, the Tuskegee Experiment also trained 14,000 support staff, including navigators, bombardiers, instructors, aircraft mechanics, control tower operators and more. The trainees were subject to discrimination both inside the armed forces and externally. In April 1941 Eleanor Roosevelt visited the airfield and went on a flight with one of the Airmen, resulting in increased publicity.
The Tuskegee-Trained 99th Pursuit Squadron was deployed to Allied Occupied North Africa in April 1942, In North Africa and then in Sicily, The Airmen were assigned second hand P-40 aircraft often in disrepair. When the Fighter Group's commander complained about the groups performance, General Officer Benjamin O. Davis Jr had to answer to a War Department committee. However, instead of being Shipped home or disbanded, they were transferred to Italy, where they served alongside their white counterparts of the 79th Fighter Group. In early 1944, pilots from the 99th shot down 12 German fighters in two days.
In February 1944, the 100th, 301st and 302nd fighter squadrons arrived in Italy, which together with the 99th, made up the new predominantly Black 332nd Fighter Group. After this transfer, the pilots of the 332nd began flying P-51 Mustangs to escort the heavy bombers of the 15th Air Force during raids deep into Axis territory. The red markings that distinguished the Tuskegee Airmen included red bands on the noses of P-51s as well as a red rudder; the P-51B and D Mustangs flew with similar color schemes, with red propeller spinners, yellow wing bands and all-red tail surfaces. earning them the lasting nickname “Red Tails.” This "universal" is the Default Skin in-game of the "Razorback" Mustang
Myth-busting, Combat Record and Honors
A popular myth circulated that not one bomber the "Red-Tails" escorted was shot down, while that was proven false, it is notable that 27 were shot down under cover of the Tuskegee Airmen in their entire record which is much better than the P-51 Escort Average in the 15th Air Force of 46 losses.
By the time the 332nd flew its last combat mission on April 26, 1945, two weeks before the German surrender, the Tuskegee Airmen had flown more than 15,000 sorties during their 2 years in combat.
They destroyed 112 Axis planes including 3 Me-262s in the air and damaging or destroying 237 on the ground, as well as nearly 1,000 rail cars and transport vehicles, 40 Boats and barges and a German destroyer. In all, 66 Tuskegee-trained aviators were killed in action during World War II and 32 were captured as POWs after being shot down.
Honors included Three Distinguished Unit Citations, At least one Silver Star, 96 Distinguished Flying Crosses,14 Bronze Stars,744 Air Medal, 8 Purple Hearts and a Collective Congressional Gold Medal.
Many of the Tuskegee Airmen went on to continue serving in the United States Armed Forces, including 4 Generals, some of their careers went on to include flying Jet Fighters such as the F-84 Thunderjet, F-86 Sabre and F-89 Scorpion, Some of those went on to become the first "Top Gun" Competition (yes, that Top Gun) winners for Piston Aircraft- in P-47's in 1949.
About The Organization
The Chapter I am a part of is the Tuskegee Airmen Heritage Chapter of Greater Sacramento. While Northern California in name we have Members from all over the US and welcome all to be a part, If you are interested in membership, Scholarships or Seeing where we will be next please Message me or follow our Facebook page.
We are a non-discriminatory, non-profit corporation whose purpose is to educate the public about the Tuskegee Airmen by providing facts, statistics, and personal historical perspectives on their true history and legacy through public outreach including: History Presentations, our Youth Legacy Program, and Scholarships. We frequently visit Airshows, Air races, and Military Events. Membership is open to anyone willing to support the organization’s objectives to motivate and inspire all young people to study and obtain marketable skills in the fields of aerospace and technology, observe nondiscriminatory practices in all aspects of life, and to provide an accurate portrayal of the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen. We also have Tuskegee Airmen commemorative merchandise available for purchase, All proceeds of which go directly towards Scholarships, which are available to all those under 25 attending College or Technical Programs. Additionally we have a Youth Legacy Program, where those Eligible for our Scholarships are given extremely Unique opportunities both in aviation and historical.
Personal Note:
I owe a lot of my experiences to the TAHC, I have had many incredible opportunities that I am incredibly grateful for including but not limited to:
Meeting many WW2 vets who have shared their stories with me , as well as several Tuskegee Airmen, I have met a W.A.S.P. (Women Air Service Pilot) who flew and ferried more types than most of her male counterparts, I have met many more at airshows who are inspired by the story of the Tuskegee Airmen from all walks of life. Or people who haven't heard of them but I got to know and tell their story. I've met Tail Gunners of B-17s and Squeezed myself up through the underbelly entry point of a B-25 (that flew 35 Successful missions in the Pacific), i got to do the pre-flight walkaround on a P-51D in Red tail Colors and host it at my school. I would like others to have these opportunities as well.
Additional Note:
If you know of an Original Tuskegee Airman (Anyone who served in the program)(Documented or not) or anyone who can speak to their achievements, Absolutely Get in contact, We are trying to Document everyone who was a part of the program or had a personal experience with the Tuskegee Airmen regardless of how.
The Tuskegee Airmen were certainly men worthy of praise in real life and representation in War Thunder, I am extremely Grateful to their place earned here and I empathize with their struggle of "fighting their country to fight for their country" as well as their unceremonious homecoming. I sincerely hope you enjoyed this and maybe you learned something. The Gallery will be updated as I have time. I look forward to a fruitful discussion and constructive feedback!
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2020.08.29 23:24 djbandit Assassin’s Creed WW2 set in Germany can’t be made - here’s an idea that could be

Over the past month or two there have been quite a few posts sharing ideas and hopes for an Assassin’s Creed World War 2 game. To be blunt, I don’t think these can be made; here’s one that could be.
The AC: WW2 (or my alternate game title: Assassins! In an Adventure with Nazis!) you want can’t be made. That’s a bold opening to a reddit post. Why? There’s no technical or story reason the game can’t be made - it’s a marketing and customer perception issue. If you set a game in an open world in 1930s-1940s Germany what are you going to see everywhere? Swastikas. Flags, banners, arm bands, little flags on cars. No game can be made with swastikas plastered all over the box art - and you can’t have Hitler as an NPC. I’m willing to guess this game couldn’t be sold in Germany, and would be highly offensive in a number of countries. So Germany, either as a big open world, or a city-based (Berlin, Munich etc) small-scale story, is out. Ubisoft has enough negative publicity at the moment without adding Nazi-themed fuel to the fire.
You could do occupied France (or any other occupied country, or multiple countries), and have our Assassin working with the French resistance, Dutch resistance, Norwegian resistance etc, but I don’t think there’s enough scope for a connected story that will lead to a big climax - sure you can kill some German soldiers, and blow up some railway bridges, but Assassins are not supposed to just kill en masse. I don’t think there are enough significant historical figures to make the game interesting. Maybe you could assist the French resistance with assassinating Vichy French leader Petain? But that is most definitely ahistorical. Maybe our Assassin kills Reynhard Heidrich in Prague, but only the nerdiest of historians will probably have heard of him. Assassin’s Creed works best when it weaves well-known historical figures into the narrative (Caterina Sforza, Leonardo da Vinci, Frederick Abberline, Cleopatra, Perikles etc etc) and I don’t think there are enough high profile assassination targets for our protagonist - I think this setting lacks the pull that an AC game needs. You’re also going to have the issue of “are there swastikas everywhere?”. So I think the occupied nations are out.
What about making our Assassin a member of the Special Operations Executive (SOE)? This could be cool - Assassin’s Creed meets the SAS/James Bond (or Jane Bond?). The SOE were the people dropped into occupied Europe to assist resistance movements, gather intelligence, conduct sabotage and so on. There would be scope for a lot of individually interesting missions, but is this what our Assassins would do? I don't think so. And while I’d love to play as the Assassin leading the attack on Norway’s heavy water plant, or maybe sailing into St Nazaire on HMS Campletown to knock out the dockyard gates, again, these would be individually cool vignettes, but would be hard to string together into a connected story. Also, this is Assassin’s Creed, not Call of Duty. I think Assassin’s Creed: Warzone is out.
So, with several locations eliminated, here’s my pitch for an Assassin’s Creed game set in World War 2 that could work.
The story will centre around three interconnected pillars - with the playstyle in italics:
Our role is to eliminate the Abstergo threat, keep the German spies alive, and ensure the success of Allied efforts to break the German Enigma code.
Key points:
Where are the Templars/Abstergo you ask? They are present, but initially not obvious. To start it seems we are simply helping to locate and turn German spies - note that during our early missions as an Assassin these spies must NOT die - they are needed alive so we can use them to feed misinformation to Germany. So there would be kidnappings, knocking people out, maybe even rescuing these people from dangerous situations.
What we learn over time is that Abstergo operatives are feeding real information from the British government to the agents to then relay to Germany to help Germany win the war. They are also feeding into appeasement and the desire to make peace with Germany - sowing discord amongst the government, parliament and government. Abstergo operatives in high places within the British government and security services need to be identified, located, and eliminated
My heart wants to open with an elderly Evie Frye returning from India to the UK, paying her respects to her deceased father and brother. She inters Henry’s ashes in the Frye family crypt in Crawley. I of course appreciate that this stretches disbelief as Evie would be VERY elderly by this point, but I just love to see the connectedness of the existing stories to the new story, and I’d love to see the Evie Frye circle completed.
Evie meets her niece and they share a few war stories of their life.
Some Mission/Sequence ideas:
  1. Investigation, exploration and assassination mission: prevent an industrial sabotage against the Merlin engine production line.
  2. Target escort and protection mission: travel to Cambridge University and protect Alan Turing from Abstergo assassins - I’d love a meta conversation between Alan and Lydia where he describes his Turing machine to her, she grasps its significance and they muse how a future “computer” might be used for entertainment.
  3. Investigation, puzzle and assassination mission: A memory sequence in Bletchley Park. Lydia uncovers the inside person working against the group. Turing and Lydia meet again. They muse on the unjust society they live in - Turing hiding his true sexuality, and Lydia always judged for her gender. I like the idea of Lydia suggesting that all messages sent via Enigma have the same phrase (Heil Hitler) so why not use that as the key to start decrypting? It’s a little ahistorical, but not too much of stretch - watch The Imitation Game to follow me on this point.
  4. Several stealth tracking missions: through London’s busy streets and in the London Underground - packed with people sheltering from German bombers - would be a stealth mission - you must not startle the people and start a riot - people would be trampled and crushed.
  5. A parkour-focused mission: A neighbourhood of London that has suffered from heavy bombing with rubble and half-destroyed buildings would provide some unique parkour opportunities - I like the idea of some buildings collapsing while being climbed on - the player must react at the right time to grab ledges or other locations to stop themselves from falling.
  6. A car chase scene - yes it would be a bit “American 1930s gangster” - but it would be fun to play.
  7. Intercept a German spy parachuting in from German aircraft in the fields outside London.
  8. Investigation, puzzle and assassination mission: There would be several sequences which would uncover the identity of Abstergo operartives within the UK government and security services.
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