In World War II on October 8, 2010 at 4:38 am
Sgt. Al Mountenay’s Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment from Ontario, Canada made a night raid on the ancient mountain-top fortress at Assoro, Sicily on July 21, 1943. The Canadian unit forced the Herman Goering Division, pictured here, to retreat from the stronghold after holding what was thought to be an almost impregnable position for months. Photo provided.
The ancient hill town in central Sicily is topped by the ruins of King Robert II of Normandy’s 12th Century castle. It’s been a stronghold of armies and warlords since 1000 B.C. In July 1943 the village, the castle and the hill with its 1,100-foot cliff was held by the German’s elite Herman Goering Division during the Allied Sicilian Campaign in World War II. Read the rest of this entry »
In Cold War, Korean War, Vietnam War, World War II on June 30, 2010 at 6:00 am
Lt. Col. John Dyer stands in front of a “Gooney Bird,” a C47 transport plane, at Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. These legendary transports first flew in the 1930s and saw service in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. They’re still being used in many countries around the world.
Lt. Col. John Dyer had no idea the planeload of .50-caliber machine-gun ammunition he flew to Tonsonnhute Airport in Saigon was part of a CIA plot to topple the Ngo Dinh Diem government in South Vietnam. Read the rest of this entry »