101st Airborne re-enactors take a cruise a working LCVP.
If you're ever in Carentan, France and if it's out for it's little educational rides, do visit Challenge LCVP's PA20-4. Its a full restored World War II Higgins Boat, like the 1,100 that landed troops on D-Day on the nearby coast. (Carentan itself was liberated by the 101st Airborne) She was found as a wreck in an English river and combined with another broken Higgins Boat, it was rebuilt and restored to it's wartime appearance. One of the boat's histories is unknown, but the other is known to have landed Allied troops in North Africa. She was given the designation PA 30-4 in honor of a Higgins Boat that served on D-Day and landed troops on Omaha Beach.
The tour itself is just a little 30 minute trip up and down the canal, but as you do so, one of the volunteers tells the story of the Hggins Boats in French. I don't know French but it was great just riding on it, feeling the rumble of its engine and imagining what this what have felt like coming in under fire. It's mostly made of marine plywood except for that big bow ramp in the front. It sounds bad, but it beats the alternative of troops dropping off the sides and into the water.
Never in the history of the world has any soldier sacrificed more for the freedom and liberty of total strangers than the American soldier. And, our soldiers don't just give freedom abroad, they preserve it for us here at home.
For it has been said so truthfully that it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the freedom to protest.
It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who gives that protester the freedom to abuse and burn that flag.
Oddziały niemieckie miały przewagę zarówno w broni, wyposażeniu i liczebności oddziałów. Ponadto Niemcy dysponowali ciężkim sprzętem. Panowie w mundurach po oficjalnej części imprezy chętnie brali pasażerów i obwozili ich demonstrując techniczne osiągi maszyny.
2 sierpnia 2008 o godzinie 17:00 na polu PGR Bródno przy ulicy Św. Wincentego miała miejsce inscenizacja historyczna “Targówek 1944”. Tematem widowiska była próba ataku oddziału powstańców na baterie dział przeciwlotniczych. Wbrew pozorom działania powstańcze nie toczyły się jedynie po lewej stronie Wisły. Więcej szczegółów o samej imprezie i biorących w niej grup rekonstrukcyjnych znajdziecie pod adresem: [link]
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Photo of an M65 nuclear artillery cannon and the atomic detonation of a shell fired by it
just moments before.
The M65 was developed in 1949 and was based on the design of the German K5 railroad gun that saw service during World War II (the similarities can be clearly seen). The gun weighted over 83 tonnes (50 in the firing position), was 83 feet (25,5 m) long and had a calibre of 280mm (11.02 inches) making it the largest mobile artillery piece ever constructed and used by the US army. It could fire it's projectile up to a range of 20 miles (32 km).It had a unique transportation system. Suspended between two truck tractors with 375 hp engines each, it could be transported at road speeds up to 35 miles per hour (56 hm/h). The gun recieved the nickname of "Atomic Annie" because it was the only cannon ever made, capable of firing
tactical nuclear warheads.
20 such cannons were eventualy made at a price of 800000$ each. Throughout the 50's they had been deployed in Europe and the Far East but had proven to be obsolete the moment they got there. The guns were quite volatile and powerful for their size, but their enormous weight limited the mobility to the strongest paved roads and hard, packed surfaces,furthermore they constantly had to be guarded by whole platoons of infantry and were an easy target of a
potential Soviet attack. All of the guns were deactivated in the 60's.
This is a photo of the "Grable" test fired on May 25th 1953 on the NTS during operation Upshot-Knothole. "Atomic Anie" fired a Mark 9 nuclear warhead fitted in a 280mm artilery
shell. The projectile was 54.4 in. (138 cm) long and weighed 803 lb. (364 kg). It had a yield of 15 kilotons. Having been set on a timer, the shell exploded 20 seconds after firing, at a distance of over 6 miles (10km) away, at an altitude of 524 ft. (160 m) above ground. It was the first and only time in history that a nuclear weapon has been fired out of a cannon.
The film footage of this test became an iconic image of popculture, and is still widely used. You can find it in many places, try You Tube if you're interested.
Photo is public domain, obtained thanks to courtesy of the Sonicbomb.com site.