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Rome was declared open. News correspondent Alan Whicker raced into Rome with his team, in a Jeep.

Meanwhile Gen Mark Clark ignored orders to put a German Corps to the sword, and allowed them to escape. Instead, he and his entourage raced for Rome and glory.

Only to meet Whicker on his way out.

Alan Whicker on Clark: "After breaking out of Anzio, Alexander's plan was for the Fifth Army to drive east to cut Kesselring's escape route to the north and trap much of his Tenth and Fourteenth Armies. The operation started well, but then suddenly, when leading troops were only six kilometers from closing their trap at Frosinone, the Fifth Army was re-directed and sent north towards Rome. The trap was left open. General Mark Clark was so eager that the world should see pictures showing him as the liberator of Rome, that he allowed the armies of a delighted Kesselring to escape.

"He had ignored the orders of Field Marshal Alexander in a decision as militarily stupid as it was insubordinate. This, vain-glorious blunder, the worst of the entire war, lost us a stunning victory, lengthened the war by many months and earned Mark Clark the contempt of other American and British generals. They saw an operation that could have won the war in Italy, thrown away at the cost of many Allied lives, because of the obsession and vanity of one man.

"If General Mark Clark had been in the German Army, Hitler would have had him shot."

Whicker's War Part Two "The Survivor", Insight Television, 2004.


Whicker should have been given the sobriquet 'the Liberator', as he developed quite a penchant for it.

'Having photographed the American General Mark Clark’s entry into Rome, Whicker became fed up with waiting for the Allied advance, and set off for Milan, where he arrived without seeing a German until a crowd of partisans rushed to tell him that they had surrounded the SS headquarters. Striding past the silent black-uniformed guard posts, he entered to be greeted by a general, who clicked his heels, saluted and handed over his revolver, saying in English: “My men are at your disposal.” Soon Whicker was given a trunk containing the SS’s treasury, which he placed in his car ready for handing over to the Americans.

'For several hours he reassured both the nervous SS inside the building and the raging crowd outside that reinforcements were on the way. When an American tank regiment finally arrived, he realised that he had been the only person who had not believed his story.'


 
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Today, 76 years ago Gp Capt. Stagg gave Eisenhower some bad news.


1000's of men all geared up for battle are stood down, only to go through it all again 24 hours later!

The decision to postpone was a difficult one, as any delay made it increasingly difficult to keep the operation a secret. If the weather did not improve, D-Day would have to be delayed until the tides were again the Allies’ favour. This would not happen for another two weeks. But over the course of 4-5 June, Stagg predicted a temporary break in the weather. Based on this information, Eisenhower ordered that the invasion proceed on 6 June.
 

Bodenplatte

War Hero
Rome was declared open. News correspondent Alan Whicker raced into Rome with his team, in a Jeep.

Meanwhile Gen Mark Clark ignored orders to put a German Corps to the sword, and allowed them to escape. Instead, he and his entourage raced for Rome and glory.

Only to meet Whicker on his way out.
1 minute 20 secs. Italian music lovers try to silence bagpipers.
 
As A-Y got muddled on another thread between the '15 and the '45, I'm pretty sure this one will have passed him by today.

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The only pitched fight of the 1719 Jacobite Rebellion, the Battle of Glenshiel was fought on 10 June 1719. The rebels, who were aided by a Spanish Regiment, took up a formidable defensive position guarding a narrow mountain pass but were nevertheless attacked, dislodged and defeated effectively ending the rebellion.


 
Today, 76 years ago Gp Capt. Stagg gave Eisenhower some bad news.


1000's of men all geared up for battle are stood down, only to go through it all again 24 hours later!

The decision to postpone was a difficult one, as any delay made it increasingly difficult to keep the operation a secret. If the weather did not improve, D-Day would have to be delayed until the tides were again the Allies’ favour. This would not happen for another two weeks. But over the course of 4-5 June, Stagg predicted a temporary break in the weather. Based on this information, Eisenhower ordered that the invasion proceed on 6 June.

The Met man's proud icon - unlike Michael (What Hurricane) Fish.
 
June 10th

1871
A landing force of 110 U.S. Marines came ashore on Korea’s Kangwha Island, a fortress island guarding the approaches to Seoul. The Korean Punitive Expedition was launched from an American fleet, which anchored in the Han River after the isolationist Korean government rejected U.S. diplomatic demands for an explanation of the fate of an American ship and her crew believed killed by the Koreans. In two days of fighting, the Marines and sailors captured the defensive forts on the Island, leaving 243 Koreans dead.

1945On Okinawa, fighting continues on the Oroku Peninsula, where the forces of the US 6th Marine Division have reduced the Japanese pocket to about 2000 square yards. Heavy Japanese losses are recorded in nighttime counterattacks. Meanwhile, on the south of the island, the US 1st Marine Division suffers heavy losses in the successful capture of a hill west of the town of Yuza. The US 24th Corps forces, to the left, launches a major offensive against the last Japanese defensive line, the Yaeju-Dake Line. Japanese resistance is evidently weakening.

1945 – On Luzon, Japanese forces halt the advance of the US 37th Division near Orioung Pass.

1953 – During the siege of Outpost Harry, the 15th Infantry Regiment and the 5th Regimental Combat Team, both of the 3rd Infantry Division, repelled an assault by the Chinese 74th Division. The Chinese suffered an estimated 4,200 casualties.
 
12th June 1940 surrender of the 51st Highland Division at St. Valery-en-Caux.

To the Old Boys

Là a’ bhlàir ‘s math na càirdean

 
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Cutaway

LE
Kit Reviewer
There was a horrendous noise and a flash of lights. There was chaos, with flesh and blood dripping from the walls. I remember seeing a half a head and smelling burnt flesh.
This graphic description of the aftermath of the 1985 bombing of Magoo's Bar on Durban's beachfront, which left three people dead and dozens injured, was heard by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Wednesday 08 MAY 96


On this day (June 14) 34 years ago, the ANC bomb attack on civilians at Magoo’s Bar on Durban's Marine Parade, claimed the lives of three young women and wounded many dozens more when MK (Umkhonto we Sizwe - the "armed wing" of the ANC,) cadre Robert McBride planted a powerful car bomb outside Magoo's.

Apart from the three women ‒ Angelique Pattenden, Julie van der Linde and Marchelle Gerand ‒ who died in the bombing, seventy-three people were wounded in the explosion outside the popular Durban beachfront bar.

Earlier that month, McBride prepared more than 100 pounds of explosives, attaching a Soviet SPM limpet mine with a 15-minute timer as his trigger, and swaddling this propulsive charge with bags metal scraps for fragmentation. He put it in the spare wheel well of a Cortina, it wasn't the first time the ANC had used car bombs, nor was it to be the last.

As he'd constructed the bomb without having selected a target, it's clear he had no paramilitary strategy behind it, merely the death and maiming of civilians.

It was later claimed the two busy bars, Magoos and the nearby Why Not, were targeted, "because they were believed to be frequented by Defence Force personnel."
This is complete fantasy because it is, and was, common knowledge which bars in Durban the Recces frequented.

Had McBride attempted to make a reconnaissance of these establishments he would have rapidly been spotted.
None of the victims were members of the security forces.

McBride and a companion were convicted of the bombing, and McBride was sentenced to execution three times for his part in the attack.
A pardon negotiated by Nelson Mandela saved McBride from death row.

In 1999 McBride was released and granted amnesty for the Magoo’s Bar terror attack by the TRC due largely to the fact that the ANC claimed it had ordered McBride to attack the pubs, contrary to its previous denials that it had been involved in the bombing.

McBride, one of the most infamous murderers in the so-called "military" underground of the ANC, was made a diplomat in the new SA government.

He was recalled for "sexual indiscretions" after it came out he sexually abused white female staffers at the Malaysian embassy where he worked.

His reward for sexual assault was to be appointed as Police Commissioner for the second largest Urban Metropolitan police force in South Africa...
A position from which he was suspended for four years due to perjury, intimidation of witnesses and attempting to pervert the course of justice over a drunk driving charge.

Yet another fine example of our thoroughly corrupt government.

The Constitutional Court recently ruled that 'Bomber' McBride may be called a murderer because of the cold-blooded multiple murders which he committed although he had received amnesty for the incident.
But he still stands by the bombing, saying that if he was in the same situation, he would do it again.
Because he knows he would get away with it.

So, on this sad anniversary, our thoughts are with the next of kin of those victims who died and the seventy-three innocent victims who were injured in the deadly blast that night 34 years ago.
 
This graphic description of the aftermath of the 1985 bombing of Magoo's Bar on Durban's beachfront, which left three people dead and dozens injured, was heard by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Wednesday 08 MAY 96


On this day (June 14) 34 years ago, the ANC bomb attack on civilians at Magoo’s Bar on Durban's Marine Parade, claimed the lives of three young women and wounded many dozens more when MK (Umkhonto we Sizwe - the "armed wing" of the ANC,) cadre Robert McBride planted a powerful car bomb outside Magoo's.

Apart from the three women ‒ Angelique Pattenden, Julie van der Linde and Marchelle Gerand ‒ who died in the bombing, seventy-three people were wounded in the explosion outside the popular Durban beachfront bar.

Earlier that month, McBride prepared more than 100 pounds of explosives, attaching a Soviet SPM limpet mine with a 15-minute timer as his trigger, and swaddling this propulsive charge with bags metal scraps for fragmentation. He put it in the spare wheel well of a Cortina, it wasn't the first time the ANC had used car bombs, nor was it to be the last.

As he'd constructed the bomb without having selected a target, it's clear he had no paramilitary strategy behind it, merely the death and maiming of civilians.

It was later claimed the two busy bars, Magoos and the nearby Why Not, were targeted, "because they were believed to be frequented by Defence Force personnel."
This is complete fantasy because it is, and was, common knowledge which bars in Durban the Recces frequented.

Had McBride attempted to make a reconnaissance of these establishments he would have rapidly been spotted.
None of the victims were members of the security forces.

McBride and a companion were convicted of the bombing, and McBride was sentenced to execution three times for his part in the attack.
A pardon negotiated by Nelson Mandela saved McBride from death row.

In 1999 McBride was released and granted amnesty for the Magoo’s Bar terror attack by the TRC due largely to the fact that the ANC claimed it had ordered McBride to attack the pubs, contrary to its previous denials that it had been involved in the bombing.

McBride, one of the most infamous murderers in the so-called "military" underground of the ANC, was made a diplomat in the new SA government.

He was recalled for "sexual indiscretions" after it came out he sexually abused white female staffers at the Malaysian embassy where he worked.

His reward for sexual assault was to be appointed as Police Commissioner for the second largest Urban Metropolitan police force in South Africa...
A position from which he was suspended for four years due to perjury, intimidation of witnesses and attempting to pervert the course of justice over a drunk driving charge.

Yet another fine example of our thoroughly corrupt government.

The Constitutional Court recently ruled that 'Bomber' McBride may be called a murderer because of the cold-blooded multiple murders which he committed although he had received amnesty for the incident.
But he still stands by the bombing, saying that if he was in the same situation, he would do it again.
Because he knows he would get away with it.

So, on this sad anniversary, our thoughts are with the next of kin of those victims who died and the seventy-three innocent victims who were injured in the deadly blast that night 34 years ago.

Excellent - given for the quality and information given on this cnut.
 

Gout Man

LE
Book Reviewer
On this day in history, 29th May 1940, Corporal Thomas Sole of the 4th Bn Royal Berkshire Regiment was killed whilst waiting for evacuation from the beaches of Dunkirk.

In civilian life Cpl Sole was employed in the commercial department of Allied Newspapers. He was photographed on his last day of civil employment, saying goodbye to his Mum in Shoreditch, London and later during his basic training at Arborfield Barracks where he met War Minister, Leslie Hore-Belisha.

He is buried at Zuidchote Churcyard in Belguim.

Photos courtesy of NewsUK Archives & TracesOfWar.

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Very poignant and quite moving.
 
OTD in history the Korean War started.

Picture shows Lance Corporal Mick Griffin, 1st Battalion The Royal Norfolk Regiment, now
Royal Anglian Regiment on the Browning .50

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Cutaway

LE
Kit Reviewer
Alan Whicker on Clark: "After breaking out of Anzio, Alexander's plan was for the Fifth Army to drive east to cut Kesselring's escape route to the north and trap much of his Tenth and Fourteenth Armies. The operation started well, but then suddenly, when leading troops were only six kilometers from closing their trap at Frosinone, the Fifth Army was re-directed and sent north towards Rome. The trap was left open. General Mark Clark was so eager that the world should see pictures showing him as the liberator of Rome, that he allowed the armies of a delighted Kesselring to escape.

"He had ignored the orders of Field Marshal Alexander in a decision as militarily stupid as it was insubordinate. This, vain-glorious blunder, the worst of the entire war, lost us a stunning victory, lengthened the war by many months and earned Mark Clark the contempt of other American and British generals. They saw an operation that could have won the war in Italy, thrown away at the cost of many Allied lives, because of the obsession and vanity of one man.

"If General Mark Clark had been in the German Army, Hitler would have had him shot."

Whicker's War Part Two "The Survivor", Insight Television, 2004.


Whicker should have been given the sobriquet 'the Liberator', as he developed quite a penchant for it.

'Having photographed the American General Mark Clark’s entry into Rome, Whicker became fed up with waiting for the Allied advance, and set off for Milan, where he arrived without seeing a German until a crowd of partisans rushed to tell him that they had surrounded the SS headquarters. Striding past the silent black-uniformed guard posts, he entered to be greeted by a general, who clicked his heels, saluted and handed over his revolver, saying in English: “My men are at your disposal.” Soon Whicker was given a trunk containing the SS’s treasury, which he placed in his car ready for handing over to the Americans.

'For several hours he reassured both the nervous SS inside the building and the raging crowd outside that reinforcements were on the way. When an American tank regiment finally arrived, he realised that he had been the only person who had not believed his story.'


all I can say to that, funny as it is, had Clark ever been court marshalled for insubordination the findings would have been to issue him with the Mess Webley before pronouncing sentence, exhibit one Gentlemen- Whickers photo's would have been damning.
 
all I can say to that, funny as it is, had Clark ever been court marshalled for insubordination the findings would have been to issue him with the Mess Webley before pronouncing sentence, exhibit one Gentlemen- Whickers photo's would have been damning.

Couldn't have a stinking Limey journo undermining a US general officer though!
 
This graphic description of the aftermath of the 1985 bombing of Magoo's Bar on Durban's beachfront, which left three people dead and dozens injured, was heard by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Wednesday 08 MAY 96


On this day (June 14) 34 years ago, the ANC bomb attack on civilians at Magoo’s Bar on Durban's Marine Parade, claimed the lives of three young women and wounded many dozens more when MK (Umkhonto we Sizwe - the "armed wing" of the ANC,) cadre Robert McBride planted a powerful car bomb outside Magoo's.

Apart from the three women ‒ Angelique Pattenden, Julie van der Linde and Marchelle Gerand ‒ who died in the bombing, seventy-three people were wounded in the explosion outside the popular Durban beachfront bar.

Earlier that month, McBride prepared more than 100 pounds of explosives, attaching a Soviet SPM limpet mine with a 15-minute timer as his trigger, and swaddling this propulsive charge with bags metal scraps for fragmentation. He put it in the spare wheel well of a Cortina, it wasn't the first time the ANC had used car bombs, nor was it to be the last.

As he'd constructed the bomb without having selected a target, it's clear he had no paramilitary strategy behind it, merely the death and maiming of civilians.

It was later claimed the two busy bars, Magoos and the nearby Why Not, were targeted, "because they were believed to be frequented by Defence Force personnel."
This is complete fantasy because it is, and was, common knowledge which bars in Durban the Recces frequented.

Had McBride attempted to make a reconnaissance of these establishments he would have rapidly been spotted.
None of the victims were members of the security forces.

McBride and a companion were convicted of the bombing, and McBride was sentenced to execution three times for his part in the attack.
A pardon negotiated by Nelson Mandela saved McBride from death row.

In 1999 McBride was released and granted amnesty for the Magoo’s Bar terror attack by the TRC due largely to the fact that the ANC claimed it had ordered McBride to attack the pubs, contrary to its previous denials that it had been involved in the bombing.

McBride, one of the most infamous murderers in the so-called "military" underground of the ANC, was made a diplomat in the new SA government.

He was recalled for "sexual indiscretions" after it came out he sexually abused white female staffers at the Malaysian embassy where he worked.

His reward for sexual assault was to be appointed as Police Commissioner for the second largest Urban Metropolitan police force in South Africa...
A position from which he was suspended for four years due to perjury, intimidation of witnesses and attempting to pervert the course of justice over a drunk driving charge.

Yet another fine example of our thoroughly corrupt government.

The Constitutional Court recently ruled that 'Bomber' McBride may be called a murderer because of the cold-blooded multiple murders which he committed although he had received amnesty for the incident.
But he still stands by the bombing, saying that if he was in the same situation, he would do it again.
Because he knows he would get away with it.

So, on this sad anniversary, our thoughts are with the next of kin of those victims who died and the seventy-three innocent victims who were injured in the deadly blast that night 34 years ago.

What a piece of work. According to Wikipedia " McBride was held up by IRA/Sinn Féin leader Martin McGuinness as an example of a former combatant who moved up into a leadership role following the political changes in South Africa."

 

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