invasion of sicily


Chips the War Doggie,

During World War II there was a great need for US Military service dogs, and to recruit more dogs a program was created where civilians could donate their pets for the cause. One such doggo was a German Shepherd/Collie?Siberian Husky mix named Chips. Chips took onto his military training quickly and he became a guard dog with the 3rd Infantry Division. He even guard President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill during the Casablanca conference in 1943. However, it was in battle where Chips would show his bravery.

Chips took part in the invasion of Sicily on July/August of 1943. In one incident his platoon was pinned down by a hidden machine gun bunker. Chips broke loose from his handler and literally stormed the bunker, jumping through the firing slit and viciously biting the four Italian soldiers within. The soldiers ran out of the pillbox in terror and surrendered to the Americans. Chips was wounded in the action, and as a result was awarded the Purple Heart. In another incident Chips alerted his unit to an enemy ambush. During the ambush, he carried a phone line attached to his collar back to the rear so that his men could call for reinforcements. 

Chips would continue to serve on the Italian front, later took part in the Allied invasion of Southern France in August of 1944, and the subsequent invasion of Germany. He was discharged in December of 1945 and returned to his family.. Throughout his service, he performed many more brave acts, and never failed to alert his fellow soldiers to dangers such as incoming artillery, enemy aircraft, and enemy ambushes.  For his feats and bravery in the face of combat, he was award the Silver Star and the Distinguished Service Cross. Quite impressive for a humble doggo.

Chip’s fame spread across the United States which unfortunately led to a problem.  The Commander of the Order of the Purple Heart complained to both President Roosevelt and the War Department stating that by awarding medals to a mere dog they were demeaning the men who had also been decorated. As a result Chip’s medals were revoked and US policy was changed so that dogs were recognized as equipment, not combatants. 


Fischia il vento 

I am naming this after the powerful song of the Italian Resistance. This depicts Romano exchanging information with a beaten and worn down France (Representing the French Resistance). I like the head cannon that Romano went behind his brother and helped the allies right before the invasion of Sicily in 1943. I also like to think that he played a hand in his people’s liberation of Naples that same year.

There are some obvious references to George deValier’s Bésame Mucho and Auf Wiedersehen, Sweetheart.

Romano- “I didn’t know you were still alive. You shouldn’t be wearing that band on your arm. You were always so flashy and obvious.”

France- “I wear it with pride. It is the symbol of my people. Besides, what more can they take from me? You are doing the right thing, you know?”

Romano- “Of course I know that, you bastard! I am done with my people suffering. Just.. Never tell Veneziano I played a role in this.”

Did Jerome Squalor lose VFD’s trained lions?

O, Jerome Squalor, what hasn’t been written about you?

Probably a lot. Professional doormats and wet blankets make for poor literary protagonists.

Now, Jerome seems to belong to Lemony’s cohort of friends and colleagues. It’s the generation commonly believed to be children/teenagers throughout “All The Wrong Questions” then adults in “A Series of Unfortunate Events”. However, he’s a bit of an oddball. Jerome indeed developed a close friendship with volunteers such as Jacques Snicket and the Baudelaire parents, and yet never became part of VFD until much later in life.

Have we ever considered why? It’s strange that his friends would keep their involvement in the organization a secret from him for so long. We see in “All The Wrong Questions” that Lemony wasn’t exactly shy of revealing a ton of VFD lore to the people he deemed worthy, once he had taken time to know them properly. Jerome, for some reason, was kept in the dark for YEARS.

This Sleuth believes his unique treatment was the consequence of an unfortunate event. We will modestly refer to it as “the snowy hook-up from hell”.

Find out more about this theory after the cut.

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Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery in London during the latter years of World War 2. In his youth, he saw a good deal of action during the First World War. He was shot through the right lung by a sniper, and took part in the Battle of Arras and the Battle of Passchendaele - which saw combined British causalities of over 400,000. Having moved through the ranks by World War 2, ‘Monty’ commanded the British Eighth Army to victory in the North African deserts of Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, before moving on to the invasions of Sicily and Italy.  He was in command of all Allied ground forces during Operation Overlord, orchestrating the successful invasion of mainland Europe. He died 24 March 1976, aged 88. His legacy has come to divide opinion, for some tainted by the failure of Operation Market Garden.

I’ve been told that my great-grandfather adored the man, whom he served under from North Africa in 1942 until Germany fell in 1945. He was, according to my grandmother and his daughter, immensely proud to have once shaken Montgomery’s hand.

anonymous asked:

So what if I want to fight some Chancellors of the Exchequer?

I am both flattered and extremely concerned that months after making this post I am still tumblr’s de facto authority on political pugilism but, hey ho-

Who you should fight: British Chancellors of the Exchequer, 1945 - 2015

Hugh Dalton: “… he was awarded the Italian decoration, the Medaglia di Bronzo al Valor Militare, in recognition of his ‘contempt for danger’…” 

Mate. No.

Stafford Cripps: It should be impossible to lose- he is bald, birdlike, teetotal, and vegetarian- but you will. Do not fight him. 

Hugh Gaitskell: Look, I’m not doing Prime Ministers and opposition leaders all over again I like to pretend I’m not that sad.

Rab Butler: Like ‘Jeb Bush’, this is a stupid nickname because ‘Rab’ stands for ‘Richard Austen Butler’ so you’re basically saying ‘Richard Austen Butler Butler’- what do you mean, how does this help you fight him? Of course you want to fight him, look at the fuckup he’s made of his own name.

Peter Thorneycroft: This guy is top-notch in my book because he called Macmillan out on being a profligate good-times little shit and just walked. Also served with the Royal Artillery. Would not fight.

Derick Heathcoat-Amory: Who

Selwyn Lloyd: What 

Reginald Maudling: Fight himmmmm (but you will die).

Roy Jenkins: That’s Captain Roy Jenkins to you, and I wouldn’t try it, sunshine.

Denis Healey: “After graduation, Healey served in the Second World War in the army initially as a gunner in the Royal Artillery but was commissioned as a second lieutenant in April 1941. Serving with the Royal Engineers, he saw action in the North African campaign, the Allied invasion of Sicily and the Italian campaign, and was the military landing officer for the British assault brigade at Anzio. He was made an MBE in 1945. Leaving the service with the rank of major after the war – he declined an offer to remain as a lieutenant colonel – Healey joined the Labour Party. Still in uniform, Healey gave a strongly left-wing speech to the Labour Party conference…”

…I mean, you can try if you like. But he will kick your ass and then think of a pithy insult to go with it, so I can’t recommend it.

Geoffrey Howe: Ever wanted to get savaged by a dead sheep? Here’s your chance. You can fight him and you can win. Unless your name is Margaret Thatcher.

Nigel Lawson: Nigella’s dad. Do you want to piss off Nigella Lawson? No? Thought not. Do not fight.

Norman Lamont: A member of something called the ‘Cambridge Mafia,’ which predictably is infinitely less hardcore than it sounds, this is nonetheless one former investment banker you really oughtn’t mess with. He puts whisky in his budget box. He takes the UK out of the ERM. He puts the ‘fuck you all up’ in ‘Conservative Chancellor’.

Kenneth Clarke: On the one hand, his nickname is ‘the Big Beast,’ and he survived over 20 years under Thatcher, Thatcher, Destroyer of Worlds. On the other, wears Hush Puppies, so who knows.

Gordon Brown: I know I said I wasn’t doing Prime Ministers but this man was literally known as the ‘big clunking fist,’ as Chancellor he is indestructible and the heaviest of political heavyweights, do not fight if you value your life.

Alistair Darling: You could fight him, but he is gentle and sweet and boring and tired and Scottish, and your victory would be hollow.

George Osborne: “…he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
And crowns for convoy put into his purse;
We would not die in that man’s company…”

“Lieutenant Colonel Lyle Bernard, Colorado, 30th Infantry Regiment., a prominent figure in the second daring amphibious landing behind enemy lines on Sicily’s north coast, discusses military strategy with Lieutenant General George S. Patton. Near Brolo., 1943”

On August 11, 1943, Lt. Col. Bernard led an amphibious assault on German forces near Brolo, Sicily.  This photo was likely taken a day or two afterwards as Patton resumed his drive for Messina.

‘A’ Troop of 41 (RM) Commando prepares to go ashore on Sicily in 1943. The second Royal Marine commando unit formed, in the fall of 1942, they would suffer devastating casualties during their involvement in the Italian campaign, necessitating their withdrawal from combat until Normandy.

(Royal Marines)