About Odd Military Events in History Page 2
|June 9th, 2004||#11|
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|June 16th, 2004||#13|
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okay...heres another little oddity from history.
WWII. its a dark night in March. Everything is quiet at pearl harbor. Suddenly, the dreary rainy night is shattered by the sound of eight explosions. A few boats in the harbor go to full alert, but nothing is seen on radar. Everyone is puzzled, but since there doesnt appear to be any more explosions, things go back to normal.
So much for the second attack on Pearl Harbor...by the Japanese Navy.
March 4/5 The second Japanese air attack on Pearl Harbor occours. Two H8K1 'Emily' flying boats refuel from submarines at French Frigate shoals north of hawaii and streak to honolulu to drop some bombs on the intended target, the 1010 dock. Both planes drop bombs but cause almost no damage. Shortly thereafter, the US Navy maintains an armed presence at the islands to prevent a reoccurence.
If we should have to fight, we should be prepared to do so from the neck up instead of from the neck down. General James H. Doolittle, USAAF
|June 18th, 2004||#17|
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What about this one:
WW2, the Germans are rushing in France. At that time France had 2 long range airplane prototypes design for cross Atlantic trips. One was painted black and from the western shores of France, was daily flown all the way North around England and South behind German lines to observe and report battle field Intel before returning. One day, before Paris fell, that airplane was fitted with a single 30 cal "Camembert fed" MG on its side door and loaded with 100s of inciendary bomblets. It flew all the way North. The Captain opened his enveloppe: objective Berlin.
They went there, fles low over Berlin and bombed it (a crew member opened the door and threw the incendiary grenades out, one at a time) before making a last MG run and returning, all the way North again, than west, than South, back to western France.
Berlin was bombed for the first time in 1940!!!
(if you want to I will give you all the references tmrw, airplane brand and type, book references...).
Vive la France
He who has nothing to fight for, is a miserable creature kept free by better men than himself.
|June 20th, 2004||#19|
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another odd military fact: todays country in the barrel is Russia!
During the late 30's and early 40s: to save on parachute silk or to save on the time...russian parachutists practiced coming out of the aircraft at relatively slow speeds and altitudes...without a parachute...by jumping into snowbanks
and you weren't there.....
on a lighter note: Da Nang AB, Viet Nam: 1968: In what had to be the worlds luckiest shot, A million gallon fuel bladder was hit with a 88mm rocket fired from busy night crew. The rocket actually hit the buried bladder in the most hardest to hit spot, one of the skinny 4 inch vent pipes...traveled down the entry 20 feet...and didn't go off. When they finally drained the bladder and recovered the rocket...they found that the crew that fired it had done everything right,,,except put the firing pin in the nose of the rocket. To prevent accidents while carrying these beautys on the trails, they would be transported without the pins. All that way from the soviet union...and no boom...!