So I noticed some really undeserved hate being directed at the TF2 community, and I’ve noticed that we’re getting smaller in size and that a lot of major contributors to this fandom are leaving or moving on to other things, so I thought I might as well try to give everyone a little reminder.
The Italian front of World War I was one of the most unique battlegrounds in history. When it comes to World War I, most people envision muddy trenches, the Italian Front of WWI was mostly fought in the Alps. Thus, entire armies were fighting on steep cliffs and frozen glaciers, often thousands of feet above sea level. It was not uncommon for both the Italians and Austro-Hungarians/Germans to carve large and intricate ice fortresses within Alpine glaciers, complete with machine guns, artillery ports, miles and miles of tunnels and rooms.
One of the largest ice fortresses was a complex created by the Austrian Army and designed by Austrian engineer Leo Handl. Called “The City of Ice”, the fortress consisted of a complex of buildings and fortifications which were carved directly out of the ice of Marmolada glacier on Mount Marmolada in the northwestern corner of Italy. The complex featured 5 miles of tunnels, enough barracks to house 1,500 troops, a number of artillery and machine gun ports, trenches, a cafeteria, a chapel, an armory and a saloon. The Italians had a similar size ice fortress called cittá del ghiaccio.
The Italian Front of World War I was an especially brutal war, where just as many men died due to storms, exposure, and avalanches as did bullets and bombs. In one fateful night in 1917, massive storm caused several avalanches, killing up to ten thousand men. Today, melting Alpine glaciers are revealing the detritus and frozen corpses of World War I.
So Vader has a castle. In it, he has a room, the password to which is something along the lines of, “I am Anakin. Let me in.” And the only thing he kept in that room? Obi-Wan’s lightsaber
I mean this is a kids’ book and from before the prequels but holy shit, where to even begin unpacking Vader’s thought processes here? Most of the time the narrative is Anakin is dead and I killed him, but HERE where he remembers Obi-Wan…
B-17G Flying Fortress ‘Miss Donna Mae II’ hit by a 1000 lb bomb from a bomber above during a bomb run over Berlin, 19 May 1944. The left stabilizer was torn off and the plane was left in an uncontrollable spin. All 11 crewmen were killed.
February 14, 1945, started with the RAF bombing of Dresden continued the U.S. air force.
From 12:17 until 12:30 311 bomber Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress dropped 782 tons of bombs, having as purpose railway parks. B-17 was accompanied by 72 fighter North American P-51 Mustang. After the bombing, a group of 37 fighters P-51 started to attack the roads leading out of the city, which were filled with refugees.