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Today (06.06.17) marks the 73rd anniversary of Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy.
On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which, “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler’s crack troops.

D-Day, Gold Beach: at centre and right, two members of No.3 (Misc) Tp, L/Cpls ‘Envers’ (Hans Engel) and ‘Moody’ (Kurt Meyer), debrief civilians at St Aubin-sur-Mer; at left is Capt Wilmot, intelligence officer of No.48 (RM) Cdo, to which they were attached. ‘Moody’ was killed on 13 June during the defence of the Orne bridgehead, and ‘Envers’ was wounded on 19 August. Note that both wear the skeleton version of the brown canvas assault jerkin; the ball sticking out of 'Envers’’ right chest pouch is the end of one of the London Underground spring-loaded handgrips which they carried as coshes.
(IWM B 5223)

Photo & caption featured in Osprey Elite • 142 No.10 (Inter-Allied) Commando 1942-45 Britain’s Secret Commando by Nick van der Bijl BEM

’D-Day + 2’
Troops of the US 5th Engineer Special Brigade, wade through the surf to the northern coast of France, at Fox Green Sector of Omaha Beach.
They were part of the over-increasing number of men bolstering the forces which made the initial landings on the beachhead.
8th of June 1944.

(Colourisation and Research by Paul Reynolds.)

People who sob about Prowl not sending in a rescue team for Fort Max on Garrus 9 need to get a fucking grip because

- Overlord was there
- O V E R L O R D
- you dont send troops in like fodder for a strategically insignificant place when youre at war wtf
- the expectation that all Autobots were dead was valid and practical

rover-kelevra  asked:

Kiss #10 please :)

‘You nearly died’ kiss:

The acrid smell of burnet flesh swirled through the air; the steady, deadly rhythm of Baze’s repeater canon created the heartbeat of the battle. Through the smoke and the chaos of the rebels around him, Cassian couldn’t see Jyn. She could be safe, back behind the hasty barricade constructed by retreating Alliance forces or she could be one of the scattered bodies too far away for Cassian to identify: dead, or slowly and achingly reaching towards death, with no one there in their final moments.

Cassian glanced over his shoulder, back and forth between the retreat and the path he’d already run across the beach. He ignored the calls of his comrades trying to summon him – Melshi and Pao and the Guardians who he’d pulled into this. But Jyn led him to Scarif and he refused to leave this planet without her hand securely in his, so he ran back towards the advancing Imperial troops. 

He’d made it perhaps ten meters when He caught sight of her. A lump of worry  in his throat began to melt – she was still standing, still fighting, still firing shots with deadly accuracy into the line of troopers – until only moments after he’d spotted her, the red shot of a blaster bolt collided into the middle of her chest. She jerked and fell to her knees, her grip on the blaster going lax. A scream ripped from Cassian’s throat and his legs surged forward, only for a strong pull on his shoulder to hold him back. 

“Cassian!” Jyn hissed, her hand running through his hair. The noises of the battlefield faded as Cassian focused on the details around him: the darkness of his assigned quarters, Jyn’s gentle breaths filling the air rather than screams of agony and pain. “Whatever it was, it was only a dream.”

“You nearly died,” he told her, burrowing his head into her neck. “We were on the beach and you were too far away–”

“I’m right here,” Jyn breathed into his ear, moving her hands down his hair and over his back. “I’m right here and I’m safe.”

“You are,” Cassian said as he moved to stare into her eyes. His fingers traced the line of her jaw as he leaned forward, pressing feather light kisses to her cheeks, her forehead, the tip of her nose. “I’m going to make sure you stay that way.”

With that, he leaned in to her lips, holding her close to seal his promise. 

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World War Two 1939-1945Te gusta esta página · 25 de abril de 2014 · British Army War Dog ‘Bing’, the parachuting dog who leapt from a Dakota plane on D-Day and led troops to victory, and with British Army sniper Jack Walton. During the D-Day landings, ‘Bing’ would keep watch while his men slept. After the war, he returned to his owner in Essex – and his peacetime name of ‘Brian’ – before dying of natural causes in 1955, aged 13. In 1947, he was awarded the PDSA Dicken Medal, the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross.

On This Day: July 13
  • 1863: Civil War draft protesters in New York burn buildings and lynch black people who they blame for the war.
  • 1876: Auguste Durand born in the Tarn, France. He was an antimilitarist, militant anarchist and Marseilles revolutionary syndicalist.
  • 1892: Martial law declared in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho with troops coming to “restore order” after the dynamiting at a mine.
  • 1913: Individualist anarchist Maurice Pernette born in Paris.
  • 1917: A 3-day General Strike erupts in São Paulo following the killing of the anarchist shoemaker, Antonio Martinez, three days prior.
  • 1920: Trial in Milan of the anarchists Guido Villa, Aldo Perego, Elena Melli and Maria Zibardi ends.
  • 1934: The Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union was launched in Arkansas.
  • 1942: Feminist anarchist Juana Belén Gutiérrez de Mendoza dies in Mexico City. She was a typographer, journalist and poet
  • 1949: Anarchist Clifford Harper born in Chiswick, North London. He is an illustrator and author famous for his work Anarchy, a Graphic Guide.
  • 1952: Marie Equi dies in Portland, OR. She was a medical doctor who regularly provided birth control information and abortions at a time when both were illegal.
  • 1995: Newspaper workers struck against The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press. Hundreds of workers were locked out in the strike.
  • 1999: Protesting staff of Berkeley community radio station KPFA kicked off air by station owners Pacifica.
  • 2004: Anarchist Toma Toma Ŝik dies in Hungary, overrun by a tractor during a nightly walk home through the fields to his newly-bought old farm where he was trying to establish an egalitarian agricultural commune of organic, humanist and vegan “new peasants”. He was a Hungarian-Israeli peace activist, libertarian socialist, vegan, world citizen, a pioneer of the Israeli-Palestinian search for peace and a survivor of the Holocaust.
  • 2011: Canadian magazine Adbusters makes the initial proposal for a peaceful demonstration to occupy Wall Street.

I hate how it feels like the world constantly has it out for trans people, like just today, trump decides to ban trans people from being in the military. These conservatives don’t “care about the people who serve in the military” like they constantly claim, because then they’d care about transgender troops too. 

I’m tempted just to say “whatever” because I hate the military, but it’s really disgusting that trans people can’t be free of the government’s wrath even if they’re out destroying countries per their whims. 

Bastogne, Sousa and the Howling Commandos

The producers and Hayley Atwell have both introduced some doubt in the post-season interviews on whether or not Daniel Sousa definitely is the husband mentioned in Peggy’s documentary on Steve.

While they are calling the shots, and, no, it is not guaranteed that they stay together, based on history and what we know from the show and the Captain America movies, the Siege of Bastogne is the most fitting battle for Steve to have rescued Peggy’s (future) husband from.

Credit: sheriffchiselchin

Who is Peggy’s husband?

Here’s what we know:

“That was a difficult winter. A blizzard had trapped half our battalion behind the German line. Steve…Captain Rogers, he fought his way through a HYDRA blockade that had pinned our allies down for months. He saved over a thousand men, including the man who would…who would become my husband as it turned out.”

So we know that:

  • The battle was in winter (Could be stretched to include late, blustery autumn. Dec- March)
  • The battle was preceded by a snowstorm
  • The battle followed months of essential gridlock between Allied and Axis forces.
  • The troops Peggy’s husband was with were caught behind enemy lines- AKA encircled.
  • SSR-associated forces were involved in large enough numbers to constitute a half a battalion (between 200 and 400 troops). At least several hundred other men were also rescued by Steve at the same time.
  • We can assume that the battle was near HYDRA troops or a HYDRA bottleneck

We also know Peggy’s husband couldn’t have been anyone Steve rescued during his first raid on Hydra facilities to rescue Bucky and the 107th. This is for two reasons.

  • It was most likely not winter. (Look at the trees! They’re all green, and the weather is warm enough for light jackets.)
  • The mission only rescued 163 men, according to the Smithsonian in Captain America: The Winter Soldier – well under the 1,000 rescued in the mission that saved Peggy’s husband.

Why couldn’t Peggy’s husband been rescued the winter of 1943-1944? He could have been – but it’s not that likely. Western Allied troops were engaging Axis powers during that winter, but the battles were in Italy. While German troops were certainly present, and the Italian campaign up the Italian Peninsula was caught in a stalemate; there was no specific block that had the Allies “pinned down.” What is more probable is that it was on the French side of the Western Front: after D-Day.

While we don’t have any information yet for how Steve rescued the future Mr. Carter, we do have enough intel to answer the question: Which battle was it?

A (Very Abridged) Background on Bastogne:

After D-Day, Allied troops moved quickly through France, making it nearly to the Eastern border of France by September. While troops made slow and steady gains in Italy and towards in the south of France, from October, November and into December, lines remained more or less locked in place along the Northern edge of the Western front through France, Luxembourg and Belgium.

To beat back the Allies and reclaim vital Axis holdings - the Germans initiated the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes region, encompassing parts of Northern France, Belgium and Luxembourg.

On December 16, the day the Germans started the Battle of the Bulge, a historic snowstorm broke out in the Ardennes. The blizzard and heavy cloud cover not only stopped all Allied air support but also slowed down ground transport for both Axis and Allied forces.

At Bastogne, a town in Belgium along the border with Luxembourg. Due to aggressive German attacks and a lack of support due to the weather and other factors, the Germans completely surrounded Bastogne by December 21- the first official day of winter. The Allied troops fighting in the besieged city were completely encircled – trapped behind enemy lines.

Above: German troops surround Allied holdout at Bastogne. From Wikipedia

Germans telegraphed US Command to ask for a surrender, lest the Allied men and civilians still in the town face complete annihilation. The commander for the US of A responded, quote:  “NUTS!” 

Originally posted by fuckyeahamurica

Parts of Patton’s own division, the Third Army – AKA “Hell on Wheels”– were called in to help push the Germans back and free the Allied troops caught in Bastogne. They succeeded.

(It would also not surprise me if, in addition to “Hell on Wheels”, Patton’s group also cooperated with SSR troops.)

By December 27, men injured during the siege were able to be evacuated to the rear to receive the treatment they needed. By the time the siege ended, over 3,000 men were killed, missing or wounded. Over 1,000 men were injured from the 101st Airborne Division alone.

Other interesting tidbits:

~At Bastogne was the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion (attached to 101st), a combat unit composed entirely of African American men. While racism was a common element within the military during the war, but for many men, the dire conditions at Bastogne broke down some of the normal prejudices they held so that they could survive.

~The 101st Airborne Division also featured a reconnaissance platoon.

~While there were other battles where the Allies were encircled by the Germans, none were in the winter and also coincided with a snowstorm.

The Howling Commandos and the fight against Hydra:

As established in Captain America: The First Avenger, the Howling Commandos were formed to take out HYDRA weapons factories along with other HYDRA targets. Many of these locations are featured in the maps shown at the SSR base in London from which the Commandos operate.

There’s no good map in CA:TFA that definitely shows a HYDRA weapons factory or base precisely in Bastogne itself. However, Steve says there is a HYDRA weapons factory “30-40 miles west of the Maginot Line,” and in the two shots of the map seen at Schmidt’s base they seem to be south of Luxembourg- somewhere around Verdun, Nancy or Metz.  (Bastogne is about 30-40 miles to the EAST of the Maginot Line and slightly north of where the markers seem to be.)

HOWEVER there is some Hydra point of interest marked on the map near the borders of Luxembourg, Belgium and Germany – close to Bastogne and WELL within the territory controlled by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge. That pin is one of the only ones remaining as the Commandos move towards one of their final missions together. (More on that in a minute)

Furthermore, most of the other known HYDRA bases shown in the movie are stated to be in Poland, Germany or towards the Eastern front. At all of these locations, any nearby battles would be fought be the USSR. Marrying a Soviet-born soldier would be a MAJOR mark against any intelligence officer - particularly one that is foreign-born herself and seeking to establish a new secret technology and intelligence organization during the Cold War.

There are only a handful of Hydra factories in Western Europe that pepper the maps of Schmidt and the SSR. The only other bases that are confirmed to exist along the Western front are a factory in Italy, and a factory and several flagged bases in *cough*neutral*cough* Switzerland.

The base in Italy was most likely the one where Bucky, the Howling Commandos and the rest of 107th Infantry Regiment were held hostage: The Allies first landed in Europe in Sept. 1943, and secured much of the peninsula by the end of October. Steve was transformed in late June of 1943, and when he got to Europe for the USO tour, leaves were still on the trees. However, there was snow on the ground for the Howling Commandos’ second mission against HYDRA (assuming the montage showed the missions in chronological order). Given this, Steve must have infiltrated the first HYDRA base in the early fall – and Italy is the most likely target. (CA:tFA and CA:TWS also stated that Steve rescued Bucky while stationed outside of Azzano, Italy.)

On the other end of the timeline is the last base targeted: Schmidt’s final hideout. This is stated by Col. Phillips to be in the Alps, which would could include the sites flaged in either the German or Swiss territory above.

The only other place we see left SSRs strategy maps before the second-to-last mission is in Luxembourg/Belgium.

There is also an issue of timing. As shown on Bucky’s memorial at the Smithsonian, Bucky was presumed dead at least before January 1, 1945. While we don’t know for sure that Steve stops attacking HYDRA bases until the final confrontation with Schmidt after Bucky falls, we don’t see the Howling Commandos conduct any more direct assaults on HYDRA bases until Steve goes after Schmidt.

If Bucky’s apparent demise was their last mission together, this leaves the base near the borders of Luxembourg, Belgium and Germany as one of the most likely candidates for the Howling Commandos’ last mission. Based on the weather and historical circumstance, that mission would need to take place in late 1944.

TL;DR: Peggy’s husband was saved by Steve during a battle against the Germans during the Winter of 44-45. The battle was fought after months of stalemate and immediately after an epic snowstorm. The unit Mr. Agent Carter was with was stranded behind enemy lines.

The battle would likely need to take place near a HYDRA base Steve and the Howling Commandos sought to destroy. Bucky (and the bulk of the Howling Commandos’ major missions we’re shown in CA:TFA) is done with these sorts of missions by Dec. 31, 1944.

Western Front. Snowstorm. Surrounded. HYDRA bases. December ‘44.

Bastogne is the only battle that fits this bill.

Credit: pegqycarters

Ed: Tagging spoilers and a shoutout to @katiekeysburg and @captain–kitten for being the first I stumbled across with the Daniel-Bastogne link (i know others made it too!) and another credit to @pegqycarters and @sheriffchiselchin for the gifs (Can take down if preferred.)

        “You uh— not enjoying the party?” The door was ajar so Andy couldn’t help herself from poking her head in to see who was hiding away from the rowdy bar just outside. Every couple of months, whenever profit started to scratch the bottom of the barrel, she’d rally the troops with her older brother to host a cheapskates night. Marketing proved that if you offered people stuff for cheap, they usually ended up spending more than normal, and God knew they needed the cash big time. “I mean, hey, I get it. You’d probably rather be over at that new place on Crown, right? Big name DJs…. foreign stuff on tap. Kinda makes me wonder how we keep all the locals around.”

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LONDON — A veteran of World War II who slipped away from a nursing home in England last year to attend the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of D-Day in France has died at the age of 90.

Bernard Jordan, who became known as the “Great Escaper” after his escapade last June, died peacefully at The Pines, a care home in Hove, East Sussex, the hospital said in a statement.

His secret departure from the home to take a cross-Channel ferry to France, wearing his war medals under a gray raincoat, prompted a police search when the staff at the home reported him missing.

Mr. Jordan, who served in the #RoyalNavy, made his own way to Normandy, and his whereabouts was discovered only when a younger veteran telephoned during the night of June 5 to say that he had met Mr. Jordan, who was safe and would return when he was good and ready.

Mr. Jordan later said that he went to Normandy because “my thoughts were with my mates who had been killed. I was going to pay my respects. I was a bit off course, but I got there.” He told the nursing home staff he was going out to take a walk, and headed toward Portsmouth to attend D-Day celebrations there. But on the way, he decided instead to take the overnight ferry to Caen. Although he had no accreditation, he was allowed into the ceremonies and ended up about 100 yards from Queen Elizabeth II.

Mr. Jordan returned home a hero. A former mayor of Hove after the war, he was made an honorary alderman of Brighton and Hove and was said to have received more than 2,500 birthday cards when he turned 90.

The current mayor, Brian Fitch, said, “I will remember Bernie as a hard-working politician, as a great mayor of the city.” His escapade showed “a determination to achieve one of the things he believed in,” he added.

Amanda Scott, managing director of Gracewell Healthcare, which runs the home, said in a statement: “Bernie caught the world’s imagination last year when he made his surprise trip to France and brought a huge amount of joy to a lot of people. He will be much missed by everyone here and our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife.”

“Bernie was always insistent that what he did during the war was nothing unusual, and only what many thousands of others did for their country,” she added.

Mr. Jordan, upon his return from his adventure, said: “There were a lot of other people on the beaches of Normandy that day. This lovely attention is for them, really, not me.”
(N.Y. Times)

You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hope and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world. Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is will trained, well equipped and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely…The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory! I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory! Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.
—  General Dwight D Eisenhower, letter to troops before Execution of Operation Overload, June 1944