Browsing: March 11

A Brief History On March 11, 2009, Germany experienced the pain and horror of a mass shooting at a high school, an incident in which 16 people were killed and 9 others wounded. The weapon? A Beretta pistol similar to the kind American servicemen carry on duty, a Model 92FS in 9mm Luger caliber (9 X 19mm). Digging Deeper The shooter, 17 year old Kretschmer, had graduated from Albertville-Realschule in Winnenden, Germany only a year before the shooting. He had stolen the 9mm pistol from his parent’s bedroom at home, went to his former school and at 9:30 am started…

A Brief History On March 11, 1916, the United States Navy commissioned its first “Super-Dreadnaught” modern battleship, the USS Nevada BB-36.  Named after the State of Nevada, the USS Nevada was the first of a 2 ship class, the other ship being the USS Oklahoma BB-37. Digging Deeper By 1911 the navies of the world had progressed past the “Dreadnaught” state of battleship construction (1906) to the “Super-Dreadnaught” evolutionary stage with the advent of the British Orion class battleships.  The US immediately countered with the New York class battleship, with 14 inch main guns to match those of Japan and…

A Brief History On March 11, 2012, a single US Army sergeant did more to hurt the US war effort in Afghanistan than all the politicians and generals combined! Robert Bales Kills 17 Afghan Civilians in the Kandahar Massacre. Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we find a deeply disturbed Staff Sergeant Robert Bales based in Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. It is worth noting that soldiers at this base have a disproportionate history of cracked behavior, with several shooting police officers, waterboarding their own children and domestic violence!  The main medical facility on that base had been accused of glossing over cases…

A Brief History On March 11, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Lend-Lease Act that allowed him to let American factories become “The Arsenal of Democracy” and equip the country’s Allies with American-built war materials. Digging Deeper This could be done on an enormous scale since U.S. wartime production was unhindered by fighting within its own borders and because all raw materials could be easily obtained (unlike in Germany and Japan). Among the major weapon systems provided to the Allies, mainly the Soviet Union, was one of the most under-appreciated fighter aircraft of World War II, the Bell P-39 Airacobra.  Sleek and lethal looking, this plane certainly…