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The men of the Das Reich Division on the long march towards Moscow during Operation Barbarossa in 1941. The vast distances in the Soviet Union took their tools on men and machines alike, while supply problems multiplied with every mile. Roads were very few and often little more than unpaved dirt tracks.

The Japanese battleship Nagato [16" guns] was one of the major prizes found at the Yokosuka Naval Base when the Navy and Marines took over on August 30, 1945. She had been damaged in the great battle off the Philippines last October and had also received bomb hits since. The Japanese were rebuilding her but were making very slow progress. As is the Japanese way, she seems to be a combination of fantasy and workable efficiency. Although we may readily say that her features are “certainly not the way we would do it,” we cannot afford to indict as impotent so great a potential as the Nagato. Her guts and nerves are torn loose from her skeleton, although her heart still beats darkly. She lies dormant to a mooring, facing the west wind from Mt. Fuji some 60-70 miles away. Her immediate guard is the USS South Dakota, flagship of Adm. Halsey’s Third Fleet.”

“Post Mortem at Yokosuka: Damaged Bridge of Nagato, Former Japanese Battleship.

Painting, Watercolor on Scratch Board; by Standish Backus; 1945; Framed Dimensions 31H X 39W.”

(NHHC: 88-186-AC)

「何が?トラブルはありますか?キャプテン正義は救助に!」(“What’s this? Trouble? Captain Justice to the rescue!”)
お誕生日おめでとう (Happy birthday to) Tôru Ôhira (born September 24th, 1929), he is the Japanese voice actor for Pete in the Kingdom Hearts series and he turns 87 today! #BDayKH

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