Thought for the day

"I offered my opponents a deal: "if they stop telling lies about me, I will stop telling the truth about them"." -- Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952

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Polish MEP Radoslaw Sikorski, who attended the Bilderberg meeting in DC earlier this year together with his arch-neocon wife Anne Applebaum, openly "thanked" the US for the destruction of the Nord Stream pipelines in a post Tuesday on Twitter.

"Thank you, USA," Sikorski said on Twitter, sharing a photograph of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline leaking massive amounts of gas into the ocean off the coast of Denmark's Bornholm island.

Posted on: Sep 27 20:25

A German World War II prisoner is released by the Soviet Union and reunited with his 12-year-old daughter, who has not seen him since childhood. The child has not seen her father since she was one year old.

The incident, where this famous photograph was taken, was part of an event known as "Die Heimkehr der Jahntosend" (The Return of the 10,000), as they were the last German prisoners of war to be released by the Soviet Union. . of World War II.

On a visit to Moscow in the fall of 1955, Konrad Adenauer secured the release of the last approximately 10,000 German POWs from Soviet prisons. In return, the Federal Republic agreed to establish diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union.

Posted on: Sep 27 15:57

At the end of the war, millions were killed and millions were left homeless, the European economy collapsed, and much of European industrial infrastructure was destroyed.

The Soviet Union was also badly affected. The borders were redrawn and homecoming, expulsion and burial was underway. But large-scale reconstruction efforts had just begun.

Despite their wartime alliance, tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States and Great Britain allies during World War II, the United States and the USSR became competitors on the world stage and engaged in the Cold War, so-called because it never appeared. did not occur, declared heated war between the two powers, but was instead characterized by espionage, political sabotage and proxy wars.

 

Posted on: Sep 27 15:54

Lieutenant Hiro Onoda is most famous of the so-called Japanese holdouts, a collection of Imperial Army strugglers who hid in the South Pacific for many years after World War II ended.

An intelligence officer, Onoda had been on Lubang since 1944, a few months before the Americans invaded and recaptured the Philippines. Final instructions received from his immediate superior ordered him to retreat into the interior of the island - which was small and in truth of least importance - and harass the Allied occupying forces until the Imperial Japanese Army. Doesn't come back eventually.

Posted on: Sep 27 15:50

Joe Biden's "promise" that "there will be no longer a Nord Stream 2" pipeline if Russia invades Ukraine is attracting new attention in the wake of the suspected sabotage of both Nord Stream 2 and Nord Stream 1.

Posted on: Sep 27 15:44

During the 1870s, Baron Raimund von Stilfried-Ratniks (1839–1911) was the principal foreign photographer in Yokohama, a primary Japanese port for trade and tourism. The aristocratic Stilfried was born in Komoto, Austro-Hungary, and, like his father, began a military career.

While studying at the Imperial Marine Academy in Trieste and then the Imperial Military Engineering School in Tulln, Austria, he began painting.

Posted on: Sep 27 15:41

The Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupted on 13 November 1985. Pyroclastic flows emanating from the crater melted the mountain's icecap, forming lahars (volcanic mud and debris flows), which fell into the river valleys below.

A wave with three pulses did the most damage. Traveling at 6 meters (20 ft) per second, the first pulse engulfed most of the city of Armero, killing 20,000 people; Two pulses later weakened the buildings. Another wave killed 1,800 people in nearby Chinchina. A total of 23,000 people died and 13 villages were destroyed in addition to Armero.

Posted on: Sep 27 15:29

Love him or hate him, Edwin Rommel screams class in every photo. Rommel was a brave enemy. He did not order his men to kill the soldiers. He was not ready to oppress the Jewish population.

In fact, he is said to have broken an order from Hitler that ordered him to execute prisoners and then announced to those around him that the order was unclear.

Posted on: Sep 27 15:23

Adolf Hitler placed Field Marshal Rommel in charge of defending the French Atlantic Wall and Europe from an Allied cross-Channel invasion in 1944.

Rommel arrived, saw the situation, and immediately ordered a tremendous upgrade of the fortifications on all English Channel beaches.

By the time it was late, Rommel's program to remove the coastline barrier between high and low tide so alarmed the Allied planners that they changed the timing of the landing from high to low tide, allowing an initial landing. Vulnerabilities increased significantly - especially on the coast of Omaha.

Posted on: Sep 27 15:20

This photograph was taken on June 9, 1944, three days after the Normandy coastline was established, and shows the enormous scale of the operation to transport men and material for the liberation of Europe.

Descending ships are taking advantage of the low tide to keep cargo ashore on Omaha Beach. Among the identifiable vessels present are LST-532 (in the center of the scene); USS LST-262 (3rd LST from right); USS LST-310 (2nd LST from right); USS LST-533 (partially visible to the right); and USS LST-524. LST-262 was one of 10 Coast Guard-manned LSTs that took part in the invasion of Normandy.

Posted on: Sep 27 15:16

Soldiers from the African colonies of France who hold a position at the Boucle du Doubs, near Besançon, France, in the winter of 1944. These soldiers are part of the Senegalese liberated French troops. They are armed with a British Brain and an American 1903 Springfield.

The helmets are American, emblazoned with the anchor emblem of the French colonial forces. The Free French used a wide range of Allied equipment.

France had several colonies in Africa at the time of World War II. Before the war, France recruited Africans to serve in the African colonies and the French army.

Posted on: Sep 27 15:12

On 24 July 1967, during a state visit to Expo '67, French President and 20th century hero General Charles de Gaulle announced a sentence from the balcony of Montreal's City Hall that would change Canadian history: "Vive le Quebec Libre". Translating to "Long Live Free Quebec", it is considered by many to be a semi-formal endorsement of Charles de Gaulle's concept of Quebec sovereignty.

 

However, a head of state, de Gaulle, did not arrive in the Canadian capital, Ottawa, as would be the traditional protocol. Instead, she took time off to board the French Navy's Mediterranean flagship, the cruiser Colbert, to reach Quebec City, the capital city of the province of Quebec.

Posted on: Sep 27 15:10