Hollywood uses ‘American Sniper’ to destroy history & create myth

The moral depravity into which the US is sinking is shown by the movie American Sniper glorifying the exploits of a racist killer receiving six Oscar nominations, whereas ‘Selma’ depicting Martin Luther King’s struggle against racism has received none.

Kyle writes, “I hate the damn savages. I couldn’t give a flying f**k about the Iraqis.”

Army dispersions/sizes at start of TWOW

One of my long-standing projects is to pin down exact numbers of soldiers in the various armies of Westeros & Essos. (I even have a 6-month old ASOIAF Military #s at start of TWOW project on google if interested in checking out). One thing I might be working on next week is building a map showing where everyone is in Westeros. I want to share some preliminary ideas and see where I might be off, and where I might be right. Here’s what I got, going south from the Wall:

The Wall

  • NIght’s Watch: 400 men split between Castle Black, Eastwatch, Shadowtower & Hardhome
  • Wildlings: 5000-6000 at Hardhome, Castle Black, various forts aong the Wall

North

  • Stannis: 4500 at Crofters’ Village
  • Roose Bolton 5500 Winterfell/on way to Crofters’ Village
  • Wyman: 2500(?) hiding up White Knife
  • Skagos: ???
  • Ironborn: 200(?) at Torrhen’s Square
  • Howland Reed: 150-200 guerrillas at Neck

Vale

  • Littlefinger: 300 of Nestor Royce’s men
  • Lords Declarant: 20,000 (disbanded at moment)

Riverlands

  • Stafford Lannister: 1500 at Riverrun
  • Forley Prester: 400 marching west to Casterly Rock
  • Edwyn Frey: 2000 Freys marching north to Twins
  • Emmon Frey: 200 garrison at Riverrun
  • Darry: 400 Freys/Lannisters(?)
  • Brotherhood Without Banners: 1200 guerrillas (Total SWAG)
  • Brackens: 500 surrounding Raventree Hall
  • Blackwoods: 100(?) garrison
  • Holy Hundred: 86 Stormlanders at Harrenhal
  • Mallisters: ???
  • River Lords likely loyal to Starks (Vance, Piper, etc): ??? but at Riverrun

Iron Islands

  • Damphair followers: Maybe 300?

Westerlands

  • Tywin’s funeral retinue: 350 (though they might not have reached Casterly Rock yet)
  • Castle garrisons: ???

Reach

  • Hightowers/Tyrells fighting Ironborn: 8000
  • Euron’s ravagers: 3000(???)
  • Redwyne Fleet: 300 heavy ships

Dorne

  • 10,000 at Prince’s Pass
  • 10,000 in Boneway

Stormlands

  • 9000 Golden Company at Rainwood, Storm’s End, Massey’s Hook, Griffin’s Roost
  • Gilbert Farring: 200 at Storm’s End
  • Mathis Rowen: 500 besieging Storm’s End
  • Tyrell army: 25,000 marching to Griffin’s Roost (?)

Crownlands

  • Randyll Tarly: 30,000 Tyrell soldiers outside of KL
  • Golden Cloaks: 6000
  • 1000 Lannister survivors on Dragonstone

What am I missing?

The Wereth 11 - Murder in the Ardennes
In the early hours of Dec. 16, 1944, Adolf Hitler’s army launched a massive surprise attack on Allied lines across the frozen, forested landscape of Belgium. Caught off-guard, the Americans fell back into defensive positions. For a few desperate days before Christmas, the outcome of the war in Europe hung in the balance.

Desperate battles to stem the German advance were fought at St.-Vith, Elsenborn Ridge, Houffalize and Bastogne. As the Germans drove deeper into the Ardennes in an attempt to secure vital bridgeheads, the Allied line took on the appearance of a large bulge, giving rise to the battle’s name: Battle of the Bulge.

The brutality rivaled that of the Eastern Front; no quarter was given. Incidents like the Malmedy Massacre became well-known. On the afternoon of December 17, 1944, over 80 GIs who had been taken prisoner were gunned down by men of the 1st SS Panzer Division. Some escaped to spread the story, which led to a steely resolve on the part of American troops.

But later that night another massacre occurred that received little attention during or after the war.

Shortly after the outbreak of Hitler’s Ardennes Offensive, members of the all-black 333rd Artillery Battalion were just eleven miles behind the front lines. With the rapid advance of the Germans, the 333rd was ordered to withdraw further west but two batteries, Charlie and Service Battery, were ordered to stay behind to give covering fire to the 106th Infantry Division.

On Dec 17th the 333rd were overrun with most killed or captured. The remnants of the unit were ordered to Bastogne and incorporated into its sister unit the 969th Field Artillery Battalion. Both units provided fire support for the 101st Airborne Division in the Siege of Bastogne, subsequently being awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.

Eleven soldiers, however, from the 333rd were separated from the unit shortly after they were overrun by the Germans. These men wound up in the little Belgian hamlet of Wereth, just 25 kilometers southwest of Malmedy, Belgium, site of another much more well-known WWII atrocity.

At about 3 pm on Dec 16, 1944, the 11 men approached the first house in the nine-house hamlet of Wereth, owned by Mathius Langer. A friend of the Langer’s was also present.

The men were cold, hungry, and exhausted after walking cross-country through the deep snow. They had two rifles between them. The Langer family welcomed them and gave them food. But this small part of Belgium did not necessarily welcome Americans as “Liberators.” This area had been part of Germany before the First World War and many of its citizens still saw themselves as Germans and not Belgians.

Word leaked out from a Nazi sympathizer in the area that the men had been sheltered and were hiding in the Langer home. When the SS troops approached the house about 4PM that day, the eleven Americans surrendered quickly, without resistance. The Americans were made to sit on the road, in the cold, until dark. The Germans then marched them down the road and gunfire was heard in the night.

In the morning, villagers saw the bodies of the men in a ditch at the corner of a cow pasture. Because they were afraid that the Germans might return, they did not touch the dead soldiers. The snow covered the bodies and they remained entombed in the snow until January when villagers directed members of the 99th Division’s I&R platoon to the site.

In the official US Army report it was revealed that the men had been brutalized, with broken legs, bayonet wounds to the head, and fingers cut off. It was apparent that one man was killed as he tried to bandage a comrade’s wounds.

In 2001, three Belgium citizens embarked on the task of creating a fitting memorial to these men and additionally to honor all Black GI’s of World War II. With the help of Norman Lichtenfeld, whose father fought and was captured in the Battle of the Bulge, a grassroots publicity and fund-raising endeavor was begun. The land was purchased and a fitting memorial was created. There are now road signs indicating the location of the memorial, and the Belgium Tourist Bureau lists it in the 60th Anniversary “Battle of the Bulge” brochures. The dedication of the memorial was held in 2004 in an impressive military ceremony.

It is believed that this is the only memorial to Black G.I.s and their units of World War II in Europe. Norman’s goal is to make the Wereth 11 and all Black G.I.s “visible” to all Americans and to history. They, like so many others, paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Please visit his site where you can learn more about this dark and virtually unknown chapter from WWII. http://www.wereth.org/en/home

Shoichi Yokoi, the Japanese soldier who didn’t know WW II was over

"[Exactly 43 years ago], a Japanese soldier was found in the jungles of Guam, having survived there for nearly three decades after the end of World War II. He was given a hero’s welcome on his return to Japan - but never quite felt at home in modern society.

For most of the 28 years that Shoichi Yokoi, a lance corporal in the Japanese Army of world War II, was hiding in the jungles of Guam, he firmly believed his former comrades would one day return for him. And even when he was eventually discovered by local hunters on the Pacific island, on 24 January 1972, the 57-year-old former soldier still clung to the notion that his life was in danger.

"He really panicked," says Omi Hatashin, Yokoi’s nephew. Startled by the sight of other humans after so many years on his own, Yokoi tried to grab one of the hunter’s rifles, but weakened by years of poor diet, he was no match for the local men.

"He feared they would take him as a prisoner of war - that would have been the greatest shame for a Japanese soldier and for his family back home," Hatashin says.

bbc.co.uk

Chris Kyle, Military and Society

This world has become so pathetic that people are demonizing our national heroes and military personnel. Yes this is about Chris Kyle. I don’t understand how or why someone is born with this thing that festers in their brain, making them feel like their only importance to society is to find something offensive or wrong with every fucking thing that goes on, on a daily basis. I guess I was born with a respecting bone in my body for anyone that enters hostile territory by order to defend my country. Maybe give respect and praise and recognition to someone is against the law now. This world is truly fucked up beyond repair. I will always stand behind(or beside) and support our men and women in uniform.