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Enewetak Castle Nectar video discussion[edit]

Lew Sheen (talk) 01:02, 8 March 2014 (UTC)

Gunbird - Thanks for your recent wise words for me - I sincerely appreciate them. Please visit the Enewetak Atoll page for an in-depth response.

I tried drilling down on this one to get to an answer, but it is more difficult than I thought. What assurance do we have that the image we are looking at is the nuclear test explosion that it is labeled? Should be straight forward, but these were all classified for some time and it seems the identifiers had become somewhat muddled by the time of the image release. I'd like to get it identified correctly. The intermediate sources from whence the images were loaded up onto wikipedia are sometimes conflicted. It would be best to find the original image from the national archives. That should provide us with the expositive identification.Gunbirddriver (talk) 02:01, 9 March 2014 (UTC)

On another note, I see you are a military aviation history buff. You may be interested to know that my father, Lewis B. "Mike" Sheen was a pilot in the ETO during WWII - flying the infamous B-26 Martin Marauder from England and then forward bases in western France from shortly after D-Day. His aircraft - tail no. 41-31647 - was called the 'Secksma Sheen' and flew many missions before being totalled in a landing accident late in the war. You can find much info on this aircraft on the web, if you'd like I can do some research and send you some links.

Hey, thanks for pointing that out. I looked over the images and read a story or two. 'Secksma Sheen'. My own father flew primarily as a tail gunner in a B-29 off Tinian in the Pacific. I've got a photo of Dad and his crew, and a few stories of adventures in far away places. Perhaps my Dad's strongest memory was the long voyage home. He would have much preferred flying in their plane back, but the wisdom of the Army Airforce was to bring my Dad back stateside in the veritable slow boat from China, stacked six high in shallow bunks so tight he could not roll over. Though he had means, he would never take a cruise. Said after that he never wanted to travel by sea again. Take care. Gunbirddriver (talk) 02:01, 9 March 2014 (UTC)

Glad Tidings and all that ...[edit]

Bolas navideñas.jpg FWiW Bzuk (talk) 00:43, 24 December 2013 (UTC)

Thank you, and Merry Christmas to you, Bzuk! Gunbirddriver (talk) 23:21, 24 December 2013 (UTC)

Battle of the Bulge & War Dept Film Bulletin 184[edit]

Hello -

Can you recommend both a good book about the Battle of the Bulge that tells some personal stories of the men involved on the American side, but also contextualizes it in the greater scope of the war (and overviews the campaign); and also a good documentary of any length (prefer 20min or longer) in English on the Ardennes Offensive?

You might find this video of interest, by the way - but be prepared, it does not pull-punches.

War Dept Film Bulletin 184: Psychiatric Procedures In The Combat Area (1944)

Disturbing WWII PTSD film. Graphic.

Description from National Archives: "Reel 1 stresses the emotional strain of combat, showing battle scenes. Psychoneurotics await evacuation; a psychiatrist interviews a soldier; and men exercise at a rehabilitation center. Reel 2, combat fatigue cases are reconditioned by battle training. A psychiatrist interviews a Corporal suffering from reactive depression. A chronic anxiety case is interviewed and then sent to a clearing station. Men await further psychiatric interviews. Reel 3, the corporal is re-interviewed; he shows improvement and is encouraged. Men engage in sports and listen to records at the center. Reel 4, an injection trances a hysterical amnesia patient. A doctor recreates the battle situation that caused the amnesia. The patient answers incoherently but begins to remember the repressed events. Reel 5, on awaking, the patient is led to repeat his recollections. Another hysteria patient tries to talk but cannot. A disturbed pseudopsychotic, imagining himself on the battlefield, grovels on the floor to protect himself from shells. Recovered patients assemble at a neural-psychiatric clearing station."

National Archives Identifier: 24564

Thank you for your time. HZ4w0uYd{©hat} 07:13, 26 February 2014 (UTC)

Hi there! I have not made much of a study of the Battle of the Bulge, and so I am afraid I cannot help you. Editor Sturmvogel 66 (talk) is an excellent editor with broad experience. He might be a good resource on this one. Either that or look at the relevant article's history and find who the major contributors are. You can find them at the top of the article history page under the link for "Contributors". One of those editors would probably be able to point you to a good source. W.B. Wilson or Binksternet might be good bets. Best of luck! Gunbirddriver (talk) 00:10, 27 February 2014 (UTC)

7th Panzer division[edit]

Christwelfwww (talk) 29 March 2014 Hi, looks like we are both editing 7pd page, very happy for your support, German unit pages are often a bit niche. I agree with moving materiel out of the intro, I got allot of the French fighting from the Rommel page. I would like to change this statement Through 1944 and 1945 the division was decimated in a series of defensive battles across the eastern front To say the division was decimated I think simplifies too much its condition during this time. In fact the division was rated combat worth I, the top rating in the summer of 44 and again in the winter. I have therefore changed decimated to continuously engaged.

Okay. I appreciate you giving me a heads up. One source I was looking at spoke of how the division's strength kept dropping through 1944, until it was little more than three battalions in combat effectives. This is consistent with Hitler's desire to keep adding new units to give the appearance of greater strength for political purposes and to "deceive" the Soviets, which did not work and is commented upon by Hermann Balck and Heinz Guderian. Thus line units, instead of getting their needed replacements to maintain their combat effectiveness, kept getting weaker and weaker, while the replacements were thrown into combat without the benefit of experienced troops around them, such as what happened with the 25th Panzer Division. Anyway, those were all good additions you made, I just thought the lede should be brief relative to the article so I tried to shift that material you added down. We're getting closer. Gunbirddriver (talk) 01:39, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for your positive comments, its been a pleasure to edit a page in a co operation, so much more momentum!
My descriptions are based on research, but I think sometimes my prose can be a bit clunky, so happy for revisions.
The mk IV image near Viazma has a tactical marking from anther unit, as we have lots of images I think that one should live on its own unit page. Do you agree?
Thanks Christwelfwww (talk) 04 April 2014