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Museum of Arrogant Hubris

Tuesday, January 24th, 2023

Australia’s Contact magazine maintains a virtual collection of banned unit symbols called the Museum of Arrogant Hubris.

Visit the museum at www.contactairlandandsea.com/museum-of-arrogant-hubris

Art of the Gun Fleece Blankets

Sunday, January 8th, 2023

When I found out my friend Andrea’s fleece blankets were being zucc’d from Facebook because they feature her drawings of guns (Egad!), I felt that I needed to let you know about them.

Art of the Gun’s Etsy store features a variety of her work, including prints and now queen sized fleece blankets like this one, emblazoned with the Winkler Axe and Tan Glock 19X image.

Check out the Etsy shop.

Tattoos of the GWOT Vol II

Monday, January 2nd, 2023

Orders have opened for the second volume of “Tattoos of the GWOT”, a continuation of the visual showcase of some of the best tattooists specializing in military ink.

Limited to 700 copies, once they are gone, they are gone. They are had serialized and the final product will mimic the standard GSA green notebook.

store.fortherecordbook.net/products/vol-ii-1

SCUBAPRO Sunday – Battle of the Bulge small Truce

Sunday, December 25th, 2022

On December 24th, 1944, The Battle of the Bulge had started 8 days before with a massive push by the Germans to split the Allies in half and stop the use of the Belgium port of Antwerp. Many soldiers on both sides had become lost from their units and were looking for a place to stay. Three American Soldiers were lost around the area where the shack was. They saw the light from the small hunting cabin and the smoke from the chimney. They saw their chance to warm up. They knocked on the door and asked if they could come in. The German lady had a small chicken cooking for themselves but invited the Americans in to warm up and for the Christmas meal.  

One of the American Soldiers was wounded, and the lady tried to make him comfortable. There was a language barrier for a time till one of the soldiers found out the lady could speak French as well as German. So, everything was going well, and the Americans were feeling right at home.

Then suddenly there was a knock at the door. The American’s went for their guns. The lady went to the door and answered it. There were four German soldiers who were also lost from their unit, and they asked the lady for shelter. The lady answered them with this, “Yes, you can come in for Christmas dinner, but I have other guests.” One German soldier remarked, “Americana.” She said, “yes, and that this was Christmas, and there would be no killing on this night.” She also told the Germans that they would have to lay down their weapons while they came in. She instructed the Americans to do the same.

There they were all in the room together, soldiers who a little while ago were bent on killing each other. Now, they were in a small room together with no weapons. Everyone could feel the tension in the air. It was very quiet for about ten minutes. Then one American soldier offered the Germans a cigarette. They obliged. One of the Germans who had medical training asked about the wounded American. He then began to help the wounded American and made him as comfortable as he could be.

By the time the meal was ready, the atmosphere was more relaxed. Two of the Germans were only sixteen, their corporal was 23. As Elisabeth said grace, Fritz noticed tears in the soldiers’ eyes, both German and American.

The truce lasted through the night and into the morning. Looking at the Americans’ map, the corporal told them the best way to get back to their lines and provided them with a compass. They asked if they should instead go to Monschau, the corporal shook his head and said it was now in German hands. Elisabeth returned all their weapons, and the enemies shook hands and left in opposite directions. Soon they were all out of sight, and the truce was over.

thechaplainkit.com/2017/12/24/truce-in-the-forest-the-story-of-a-world-war-ii-truce-between-german-american-soldiers-during-the-battle-of-the-bulge

If you are in the Christmas spirit and want to watch a movie about the Battle of the Bugle, I would recommend Battleground. It was written by someone who was in the Battle of the Bugle. It is an all-time classic.

Sorry, I couldn’t find the whole movie. This is the preview.

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 25th, 2022

peace on earth and good will towards men

Silent Night

Saturday, December 24th, 2022

It’s Christmas Eve across the globe and I wish peace on earth and good will toward men.

As in years past, I’d like to present a copy of the Christmas card that “Bright Light” author Stephen Perry sent from Nha Trang to his family the week before Christmas 1967. It definitely takes my thoughts to the thousands of men and women defending the great land and her allies who won’t be home this Christmas. America’s thoughts and prayers are with them.

“NUTS!” A Truly American Christmas Story

Thursday, December 22nd, 2022

December 22 1944 – Encircled by German forces at the Battle of the Bulge, the 101st Airborne Division, under acting commander Brigadier General McAuliffe received a message from German General Heinrich Freiherr von Lüttwitz delivered under flag of truce.

To the U.S.A. Commander of the encircled town of Bastogne.

The fortune of war is changing. This time the U.S.A. forces in and near Bastogne have been encircled by strong German armored units. More German armored units have crossed the river Our near Ortheuville, have taken Marche and reached St. Hubert by passing through Hompre-Sibret-Tillet. Libramont is in German hands.

There is only one possibility to save the encircled U.S.A. troops from total annihilation: that is the honorable surrender of the encircled town. In order to think it over a term of two hours will be granted beginning with the presentation of this note.

If this proposal should be rejected one German Artillery Corps and six heavy A. A. Battalions are ready to annihilate the U.S.A. troops in and near Bastogne. The order for firing will be given immediately after this two hours term.

All the serious civilian losses caused by this artillery fire would not correspond with the well-known American humanity.

His response was perfect.

To the German Commander.
NUTS!
The American Commander

Believe it or not, the story gets even better. Upon hearing the reply, the German envoy was confused, not understanding the context.

An American Colonel quickly set the German straight, “If you don’t understand what ‘Nuts’ means, in plain English it is the same as ‘Go to hell.’ And I will tell you something else – if you continue to attack we will kill every goddam German that tries to break into this city.”

Mack Bolan Convention

Friday, December 2nd, 2022

In 1985, Mack Bolan creator Don Pendleton held the first and only convention for his iconic crime fighter in San Francisco. Hosted by publisher Gold Eagle Books, over 1,000 fans attended to convention.

The tale of the event is told at www.donpendleton.com/mack-bolan-convention.