WW2

USS Cobia

USS Cobia

The USS Cobia is a WW2 Gato Class submarine on permanent display in Manitowoc, Wisconsin at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. The Cobia was actually built in Connecticut but is exactly the same as the 28 submarines built in Manitowoc during WW2. The building of 28 submarines in a fresh water, inland port is something of […]

Writing to the Interests of the State

Writing to the Interests of the State

Shortly after Adolf Hitler took power in Germany in 1933 his Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, a vicious anti-Semite, assembled 300 Berlin journalists to instruct them on the Nazi’s new National Press Law. From that point on the journalists would have to be a licensed member of Goebbels’ newly formed Reichsverband der Deutschen Presse (press […]

Before He was “Old Blood and Guts”

Before He was “Old Blood and Guts”

I seem to recall a Bill Mauldin cartoon featuring the iconic GIs Willie and Joe making comments as General George Patton passes by. Willie says, “there goes old blood and guts” and Joe says, “yeah, our blood and his guts.” George Patton is certainly a legend but there was a time when he was relatively […]

War Toys_1

Below are three pics of some of my summer finds at rummage sales or antique stores. Although I’ve been a military miniature collector (and painter) for most of my life I never branched out into collectible war toys that were manufactured for most of the last century but are increasingly rare today. The models below […]

Vintage War Comics

Vintage War Comics

I’m not really a comic collector but when I see one from my youth and it’s not above $5.00 at a rummage sale or second-hand shop I’ll consider purchasing. Such was the case with these three pictured below. Two were published by Marvel Comics Group in the early 70s but they represent the type of thing […]

Major Kermit Roosevelt_One of Teddy’s Military Sons

Major Kermit Roosevelt_One of Teddy’s Military Sons

I received a bonus when I purchased an old copy of Foreign Service Magazine dated July, 1943. The feature article detailed the role of the U.S. Coast Guard during World War Two and I wrote about that at this link, Global Warfare with the U.S. Coast Guard, 1943. In paging through the rest of the magazine […]

Global Warfare with the US Coast Guard 1943

Global Warfare with the US Coast Guard 1943

Growing up in the sixties it seemed I was surrounded by World War 2 veterans. Pogo lived down the street from us. His dad was a veteran of the US Navy. My dad was an Army veteran and served post-war (45-46) as a Military Policeman in Cologne and Geissen, Germany. My my uncle was an army veteran who […]

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