These images were shared with me; I put together this montages and would like to share it with you.
I have created a few logos for the #Stop22ADay campaign that I want to have made into t-shirts. I posted them on Google plus and had my followers vote for their favorite I thought I’d share them with you all here.
We lose 22 veterans a day to suicide, (that’s one every hour and 10 minutes) an epidemic that must be addressed. There’s not much I can do, but what I can, I will. It’s only going to get worse if this issue isn’t brought forward. We need to make some noise on behalf of our warriors. Join me in spreading the word. Thank you. Anna
Daily Chronicle of the Battle for Normandy
June 7th dawns with the allies securely in control of all five beachheads; even if the initial objectives have not yet been achieved. To the west of Utah and Omaha beaches, the American 82nd and 101st airborne divisions have established at least nominal control of large sections of land between Utah beach and the Merderet – Douve river. These units, having been parachuted in on June 6 in the dead of night, have suffered heavy casualties and are severely dislocated. By the morning of June 7th these units are operating at an average of a third of their original strength. Despite this, by evening, the paratroopers are able to fully link up with the 4th U.S Infantry Division; having landed on Utah Beach at dawn, of the previous day (without major problems).
At Omaha Beach, the situation of the 1st and 29th American divisions, having landed at dawn of the previous day, is more critical. By June 7th, these divisions control only a small amount of territory; as such, the risk of being pushed off the beaches from German counter attack remains high. To the east, at Sword, Juno and Gold, the British and Canadians, while their landings were also difficult, are having an easier time of things. The Canadians remain in control of Anisy and Cainet, having fought off a major counter attack by the 21st Pz Division the day before. By end of day, the 6th Airborne Division have managed to take bridges on the Orne river and have linked up with elements of the British 3rd Infantry Division at Sword Beach.
On the German side, things are in chaos; they have been taken completely by surprise. The storm, which reigned the day before in the English Channel, lulled the German high command into a false sense of security. To make matters worse, the superiority of Allied air power hinders German attempts at organized defense. With the exception of the 21st Panzer Division, all German panzer divisions are still enroute to the front, having been severely delayed the previous day due to problems with the German command structure. Of historical note, the only reason why the 21st was able to act so quickly was due to the personal intervention of Rommel; who personally phoned up all the battalion commanders of the 21st and implored them to disregard Hitler’s orders and act regardless. On June 7, Rommel is driving towards Normandy to take the things in hand.
The Germans launch a counter-offensive towards the north of Caen, which they believe to be of vital strategic importance, and towards Port-en-Bessin, north of Bayeux, where the American and British troops are trying to link up their beachheads. The 716th German Infantry division and the 21st Panzer division are chosen to counter-attack the Allied forces. Allied air forces, catch sight of the movements of these divisions and destroy great numbers of tanks and vehicles. By night fall, the Germans abandon their planned offensive. Meanwhile, paratroopers in the area of the village of Ranville, of the 6th Airborne division, located east of the landing beaches, desperately hold on to their positions against determined German opposition. Their efforts are aided in part, thanks to the recently landed anti-tank guns, and the assistance of the British 3rd Infantry division. Together, these forces push back the units of the 21st Panzer division, forcing them to withdraw to defensive lines in and around Caen.
Meanwhile, hundreds of American and British gliders land in Normandy. Some of these gliders, land behind enemy lines, forcing a number of German units to retreat.
The Normandy landings, codenamed Operation Neptune, were the landing operations on 6 June 1944 (termed D-Day) of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. The largest seaborne invasion in history, the operation began the invasion of German-occupied western Europe, led to the restoration of the French Republic, and contributed to an Allied victory in the war. Read more
A Show of Force.
U.S. Army paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade have their boots on the ground in Eastern Europe. They will be performing “Military exercises” with Poland in efforts to curb Russia’s president Vladimir Putin from further advancement into the Ukraine. In honor of them I thought I would share some images of our Soldiers from the 173rd doing what they do best: Jumping out of perfectly good airplanes!
So, here’s to our jumpers; be safe Soldiers, America supports you.
It’s the proverbial “thousand-yard stare” that was associated with shell shock in WWI. Today we know it as the beast of PTSD.
“Wars damage the civilian society as much as they damage the enemy. Soldiers never get over it.”
― Paul Fussell
The city of Oak Ridge located in eastern Tennessee was established in
1942 as the production site for the Manhattan Project, the American,
British and Canadian operation to develop the atomic bomb. At
its height, over 75,000 people lived there, but most of them had
no idea that they were producing uranium until the bombs dropped
on Hiroshima in 1945. In a fascinating look into this ‘secret’ town,
learn about the residents’ daily life and the sacrifices they made of
the atomic bomb. Read more
Iraq: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot – 2003 to 2008
Ashley Gilbertson is a photographer with the VII photo agency, and a principal at Shell Shock Pictures. Gilbertson’s photographs from Iraq where he worked from 2002 until 2008, gained him recognition from the Overseas Press Club who awarded Gilbertson the prestigious Robert Capa Gold Medal. His first book, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, was released in 2007.
If you think about it, The Civil War is the only war in US History where the veterans gather together to celebrate the anniversaries…with the “enemy.” There’s quite a bit of difference between the enemy of 1861 and the allusive enemy we face today so this scenario will likely never take place.
With that being said, to keep with the theme of the Day, (anniversary of beginning of Civil War) I’m sharing more photos of the veterans and their families celebrating on days just like today. Enjoy! Go to gallery
Today marks the beginning of the bloodiest war the US has ever seen.The Civil war lasted four long years, and when all was said and done, the North claimed victory over the South leaving a total of over 600,000 fallen Americans Soldiers.
Above: A Marine catches his breath after a firefight with the Taliban.
“Disco Night Sept 11,” an upcoming photography book from Peter van Agtmael, documents how the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have affected U.S. citizens and soldiers.
Simon Menner’s ongoing series Camouflage shows landscapes with German snipers hidden somewhere in the frame. The project is like a deadly Where’s Waldo exercise. For Menner, the challenge of finding the snipers isn’t the important part; the photos comment on the way things like fear, terror, and surveillance are constantly part of our lives in the modern world.
“I’m playing with this notion that you always have to be afraid of something that is not visible,” says Menner, who lives in Berlin. Continue to gallery
UPDATE: 30 March 2014–I added the images I was able to find last night. See what Lincoln had in his pockets the night J.W. Booth fatally shot the 16th President of the United States.
Soldiers Best Friend
Here’s the gallery of images I received via email of US Soldiers and their 4-legged battle buddies. (I had attempted to post these last week but the images failed to upload.)
These are some great pictures! Enjoy.