Tuesday, December 25, 2012

"All men are brothers, like the seas throughout the world; So why do winds and waves clash so fiercely everywhere?" --Emperor Hirohito

Remembering Corporal Leonard Hayworth 


“Corporal Leonard Hayworth … shows his utter frustration as he has crawled back from his position only to learn that the ammo is gone. Coda: At the last moment, supplies arrived and the men were able to hold their position.”
See more photos here on LIFE.com.
“Corporal Leonard Hayworth … shows his utter frustration as he has crawled back from his position only to learn that the ammo is gone. At the last moment, supplies arrived and the men were able to hold their position.”.Weeks after taking his now-famous picture  of a weeping Corp. Leonard Hayworth, David Douglas Duncan handed Hayworth a copy of the September 18, 1950, issue of LIFE magazine. There, taking up almost all of page 41, was that very photograph of Hayworth himself, crying.“Hayworth looked at that huge picture of himself, in the biggest photo magazine in the world,” Duncan says. “He didn’t say anything. He just smiled. He looked like Errol Flynn, about six-foot-three, a tall, handsome Marine. And no one’s saying anything, none of his buddies are saying a word, looking at this picture of him with tears running down his cheeks, and after a while an old sergeant behind him says, ‘We all cry sometimes.’ 

The next day, on September 25th — the three-month anniversary of the start of the Korean War — a North Korean sniper shot Corporal Leonard Hayworth dead.

David Douglas Duncan

Life Magazine --  Marine Capt. Francis"Ike" Fenton ponders his fate and the fate of his men after being told that his company is nearly out of ammunition ,Korea, 1950.

After a Nation loses a war-----

Many women preferred to kill themselves than to face the mass rape

"There is no glory in war. It is man at his most bestial"(http://incredibleimages4u.blogspot.in/2010/04/battle-for-berlin.html)

-The Allies Tortured German POW When WW2 Ended

Thursday, October 11, 2012


Colonel General Hans-Jurgen von Arnim, 1889-1962

Gen Von Arnim , Monte Cassino and the

Indian connection


The Fourth Indian Division(4 Inf Div) had the honour of capturing General von Arnim in Tunisia, bringing an end to the North African campaign. Its major battles in North Africa were Benghazi, Tobruk, Wadi Akarit, Enfidaville and Tunis.The division moved in January 1944 to Italy (joined by the newly re-constituted 11 Brigade), where it took part in the Italian Campaign. It took a major role (sustaining very heavy casualties) in the second Battle of Monte Cassino .In November 1944 the division was shipped to Greece to help stabilise the country after the Axis withdrawal. Holworthy was succeeded by Major-General Charles Boucher in January 1945 who commanded the division until the end of hostilities.

                 During World War II the Fourth Indian Division captured 150,000 prisoners and suffered 25,000 casualties, more than the strength of a whole division. It won over 1,000 Honours and Awards which included 4 Victoria Crosses and 3 George Crosses
Field Marshal Lord Wavell wrote:

"The fame of this Division will surely go down as one
 of the greatest fighting formations in military history,
 to be spoken of with such as The Tenth Legion, The
 Light Division of the Peninsular War and Napoleon's
Old Guard"
The Caravan of General Von Arnim, German Army, who surrendered to the 4th Indian Division (a.k.a. Fighting Fourth) in Tunisia, Africa. A prize war trophy,  even today , with the Division.
General Von Arnim
        India   A PRIZED WAR TROPHY WITH 4 DIVIndian4DivBadge.JPG
Sikh mountain gunners

 cleaning Italian guns captured by the 5th Indian


The 4.2" mortar crews of the 5/5th Marathas, the machine gun battalion of the 8th Indian Division, in action in Italy.
s manned the Vickers machine guns and heavy mortars that supported infantry divisions


No Surrender: My Thirty-Year War-

Hiroo Onoda (小野田 寛郎 Onoda Hiroo, born March 19, 1922) is a former Imperial Japanese Army intelligence officer who fought in World War II and did not surrender in 1945. In 1974 his former commander traveled from Japan to personally issue orders relieving him from duty. Onoda had spent almost 30 years holding out in the Philippines. He held the rank ofSecond Lieutenant in the Imperial Japanese Army.the Japanese government located Onoda's commanding officer, Major Yoshimi Taniguchi, who had since become a bookseller. He flew to Lubang where on March 9, 1974, he finally met with Onoda and fulfilled the promise made in 1944, "Whatever happens, we'll come back for you," by issuing him the following orders.

  1. In accordance with the Imperial command, the Fourteenth Area Army has ceased all combat activity.
  2. In accordance with military Headquarters Command No. A-2003, the Special Squadron of Staff's Headquarters is relieved of all military duties.
  3. Units and individuals under the command of Special Squadron are to cease military activities and operations immediately and place themselves under the command of the nearest superior officer. When no officer can be found, they are to communicate with the American or Philippine forces and follow their directives.

Onoda was thus properly relieved from

 duty, and did not surrender. He

turned over his sword, his Arisaka 

Type 99 rifle (in working order), 500 

rounds of ammunition and several 

hand grenades, as well as the dagger 

his mother had given him in 1944 for

 protection. Only private Teruo 

Nakamura, arrested on 18 December

 1974, held out for longer
.Hiroo Onoda in 2001

Click here:
Japanese Surrender http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=vcnH_kF1zXc&feature=player_embedded
This is an actual film made of the surrender ceremony of the Japanese to McArthur in Tokyo Bay in September 1945.


Actual voice of the General. 

World War II Photo: The Japanese Surrender

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The Japanese Surrender
V-J Day
The Japanese surrender at Tokyo Bay, September 2, 1945. U.S. Federal Government photograph. Public domain.


And now -----------

Does anyone remember the Ventures and Babbitt the drummer who played "Walk Don't Run"?Do any of you remember a USAF Four Star General George Babbitt from Tacoma, WA?  General Babbitt was a drummer at one time for the Ventures.Cool eh??!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

No Sir , I do not agree--


The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell Poster "When senior officers, Politicians and the Mandrains of MoD won't see the facts, you've got to do something unorthodox...perhaps an explosion!" 
"I have been asked from all parts of the country to give my opinion about the reasons for the frightful aeronautical accidents and loss of life, equipment and treasure that has occurred during the last few days.
"This statement therefore is given out publicly by me after mature deliberation and after a sufficient time has elapsed since the terrible accident to our naval aircraft, to find out something about what happened.
"About what happened, my opinion is as follows:
"These accidents are the direct result of the incompetency, criminal negligence and almost treasonable administration of the national defense by the Navy and War Departments.
"The bodies of my former companions of the air molder under the soil in America and Asia, Europe and Africa, many, yes, a great many, sent there directly by official stupidity."

“I am here to tell the truth,” Colonel Billy Mitchell told cheering                                          American Legionnaires upon his arrival in Washington, D.C.“I am here to tell the truth” Colonel Billy Mitchell told cheering American Legionnaires upon his arrival in Washington D.C.

                                                                                                                                        The  court-martial (military trial) of William "Billy" Mitchell (1879–1936) in 1925 made headlines because of Mitchell's controversial criticism of the U.S. military.                          ---------------------------------------------------------------------------              "It is  recommended and requested that Brigadier General William Mitchell be relieved of duty as Assistant Chief of the Air Service.   He has given serious offense to the Navy Department by his public utterances and publicity.  He has enhanced his own prestige at the expense of and to the detriment of the prestige of his immediate commanding officer.  This publicity, if not carried on by him personally, is at least known to him and subject to his control''.

Truman:''I've given it a lot of thought, and I have finally concluded... decided that there were times when he . . . well, I'm afraid when he wasn't right in the head. And there never was anyone around to him to keep in line. He didn't have anyone on his staff who wasn't an ass kisser....''               

          On11 April 1951, US President Harry S. Truman relieved General of the Army Douglas MacArthur of his commands for making public statements that contradicted the administration's policies. MacArthur was a popular hero of World War II who was then the commander of United Nations forces fighting in the Korean War, and his relief remains a controversial topic in the field of civil-military relations.
MacArthur led the Allied forces in the Southwest Pacific during World War II, and after the war was in charge of the Occupation of Japan. When North Koreainvaded South Korea in June 1950, starting the Korean War, he was designated commander of the United Nations forces defending South Korea. He conceived and executed the amphibious assault at Inchon on 15 September 1950, for which he was hailed as a military genius. However, when he followed up his victory with a full-scale invasion of North Korea on Truman's orders, China intervened in the war and inflicted a series of defeats, compelling him to withdraw from North Korea. By April 1951, the military situation had stabilized, but MacArthur's public statements became increasingly irritating to Truman, and he relieved MacArthur of his commands. The Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a joint inquiry into the military situation and the circumstances surrounding MacArthur's relief, and concluded that "the removal of General MacArthur was within the constitutional powers of the President but the circumstances were a shock to national pride. 

Barack Obama's sacking of GeneralMcChrystal,after concluding that his military chief in Afghanistan had badly damaged the chain of command and could no longer work effectively with the civilian leadership at a crucial moment in the war.'Barack Obama  sacked the US and Nato commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, saying he had undermined the military's accountability to civilian authority and the war itself with disparaging and contemptuous comments about senior administration officials to a magazine'


''McChrystal’s removal will seriously undermine the American surge, for which Obama and his team feel little enthusiasm in any case. This was one of those rare instances where a general was genuinely irreplaceable. The effect on American troops’ morale will be catastrophic. McChrystal wrote the script for the whole of America’s anti-Taliban strategy and its remaining, time-limited presence in Afghanistan. Combined with the increasing casualties the Taliban is inflicting on Western forces, this is a deadly blow.''

General Thimayya, the Chief of Indian army was a man of guts.On differences with Nehru the COAS had resigned-------


                                          They all differed----------

New York TimesCURZON FORCED OUT BY KITCHENER ROW; Viceroy Resigns Because General's India Plan Is Upheld. EARL OF MINTO SUCCEEDS HIM Brodrick's Refusal to Appoint Gen. Barrow to Council Precipitated Resignation.

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LONDON, Monday,

Aug. 21.

- The resignation of

 Lord Curzon of 

Kedleston as 

Viceroy of India

and the appointment of

 the Earl of Minto as

 his successor was

 announced at the

India Office last