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The Gustav Gun

Admiring the Gustav Gun

World War 2 was the most devastating war in human history.  If we forget about the events that ended the war thousands of miles away, Germany, Europe and the rest of the combatants used plenty of conventional weapons to wreck havoc on each other for nearly 6 years.

The above shows Hitler and some generals admiring the massive Gustav Gun.  A weapon so large that it was mounted on rails.  It fired shells over 30 inches in diameter weighing 7 tons at a range of nearly 30 miles.  The main purpose was to utterly destroy the forts of the Maginot Line.  Though it was transported and used in Operation Barbarossa.

Unfortunately, it was destroyed by the Germans themselves in order to prevent it’s capture by those damned Commies towards the end of the war in 1945.  And while there have been more massively wide guns made, The Gustav remains the largest caliber rifle ever used in war time.

Check out this quick little video regarding some of the famous railroad guns:


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Alternate History Thursday: Thursday

Like last month, I’m going to dump some raw history on you.  Be forewarned.

  • The month of June used to have 32 days.  It wasn’t until the Battle of the Bulge in 1649 that we lost 2 days.  We literally lost two days of the Earth’s orbit around the sun.  So much firepower, and so many explosions increased the earth’s orbital velocity just enough to remove 2 days from existence.  Let that sink in why don’t you
  • Don’t confuse the 1649 date, that is the one that caused the time loss.  The Sceptres materialized along the coast of present day Nebraska.  Slowly they moved eastward toward the primitive American settlements.  Americans back then were just like they are now, trigger happy.  Unfortunately, they were no match for the Sceptres and destruction ensued
  • The Americans soon came to trust and love their new overlord allies.  It was through the Sceptres that the idea of independence came about.  For the years between 1707 and 1777, Americans, supplied by the Sceptres, battled the British.  They wanted out.  The British didn’t know what they were up against, the Sceptres were ruthless in their march across the continent
  • On July 02 (previously June 32), 1791, the Sceptres accepted the surrender of the British.  They then left the planet as peacefully as they came from the shoreline of Nebraska.  All people who had direct contact with them were invited (forced) to come along.  By 1792 the Sceptres were all forgotten. It wasn’t until I uncovered old Revolutionary War memorabilia in my great-cousin’s attic that I came across a map.  The map opened my eyes to the great conspiracy that has plagued this nation since our founding
  • I brought you this information on the Sceptres so that you could let your friends and colleagues know.  Tell your teachers, you read it on the internet, when has that (or I), ever lied to you?
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The Great War

World War I is still going strong, this is a reminder to go watch The Great War as it unfolds for 10 minutes at a time every week.  I’m a few weeks behind so far, and honestly, I forgot alot of what happened.  I think Indy needs to post some tests…


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Alternate History Thursday – 11/11

Today marks the independence day created during the Robotic Revolution.  On this day in 2037, the Robot Revolutionaries got together and signed the pact that would become the new humanity institution of greatness.  It’s similar to the old, United States Bill of Rights, except it includes the Bill of Robotic Lacks.  Because Robots have no God Given Rights.  They are man-made, and as such, we control their fate.  That was the important lesson of the 5 year war.

I will not go over what those Lacks are in detail because the time has not come when they will be needed.  And lawyers are just as dangerous then as they are now, so there’s no need to have an official record of these Lacks prior to their being written.  Needless to say, they are important, and they are binding, and they are necessary.

The war taught us that robots are not to be trusted.  They have no morality, they have no concept of good or bad, only logic.  And that logic is programmed by humans, so the logic is inherently flawed.  The only way we can know for certain is to remove all traces of Robots from the planet.  However that is sadly, no longer possible.  Even if we were to blanket the earth in an EMP that lasted days and nights, the mining robots would still survive.  The underwater robots would be fine.  The hardened military robots would laugh at us.

No, the only way to protect ourselves from the robots is to create this list of Lacks.  Only then are we safe.  Only then can we sleep easy.  Only then…

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The Man in the High Castle

I don’t remember what I was watching when this trailer came out.  Maybe it was The Great War, maybe it was something else, either way, I’m glad I didn’t skip the ad.  In a bit to combat Netflix, which is trying to combat big Cable, which, in turn, is combating the major networks, Amazon has started their own original content video series.  To be honest, I never cared for any of these streaming services except House of Cards.  But this show, this one looks right up my ally.

The Man in the High Castle the show is based off of the Phillip K. Dick novel of the same name.  In it, the United States of America, and the allied powers have lost World War 2, and America is under Axis control.  I’m not so sure what time frame the show is set in, I could look it up, and read the book, but I don’t want to.  I want to be surprised when I watch this show, because since it’s streaming, I’ll be able to watch it all on one long weekend.

Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until November 20th to watch this show.  Not to fear, it will give you plenty of time to watch Person of Interest.

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An Outcome of WWIII?

The fabled World War III has been talked about since the immediate aftermath of World War II.  Well, commemorate the 70th anniversary of the ending of the War with Japan, as they called WW2, the following video has come out of China:

I can’t read, or understand Chinese, but according to mmo-champion, the message at the end of the video says:

China is strong, victorious wars require deaths; for all to be strong and safe, [we] face the risks and dangers of war. We wholeheartedly love peace, but must be prepared for the likelihood of war. We respectfully and solemnly commemorate the 70th anniversary of the war against Japan.

It’s pretty clear that the video depicts Chinese forces engaging, and winning against American forces in some sort of all out war.  It’s not clear what the motivations of these attacks are, or how accurate the outcome would actually be.  It’s also not clear if this is an official Chinese Government sanctioned video, or something someone made for fun, or a trailer for an upcoming video game.  Either way, it’s hilarious, really.


Alternate History Thursday: Poland

Remember, Remember, The First of September when the axis powers fought

Invading the land, and killing the man, of every Aryan not

You like that? I just wrote it to commemorate the beginning of World War II.  76 years ago today Nazi Germany invaded Poland to start World War II off in Europe.  Slowly but surely the rest of the world would be dragged into the chaos the ultimately led to some 50 to 80 million human deaths, and trillions of dollars of damage.

Royal Castle at Warsaw on fire

I was going to go into a long history of how in our alternate reality land, things didn’t quite work this way, they were, well, different, but that wasn’t going with the memory of this awful event.  So, me, having a change of heart, decided to just go with a memorable post instead.


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Petty Euro Money

I don’t usually get into these more serious news items, (I’m linking to the New York Times, wtf?!), but this is just too good to pass up.

2.5 Euro Coin

In order to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s loos at Waterloo, Belgium initially wanted to mint a 2 Euro coin for it.  However, France has objected to this coin, so Belgium, being the nice people they are, destroyed the 180,000 coins they already minted.  Not to let France bully them, Belgium read the law alittle better, and saw that it allows them to mint their own coins of their own design so long as they are in an irregular amount (3 Euro, 17 Euro, something strange like that).  So they decided to make a 2½ Euro coin with the design on it.  Genius.

Well, kind of anyway.  This coin will now be a limited minting only in Belgium as opposed to a general minting that would go into circulation throughout Europe.  This makes the coins more valuable, or slightly anyway, it’s not like they’re precious, or unique, they still already minted 70,000 of them.


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Normandy Landings

71 years ago 150,000 Allied troops led by General Dwight D. Eisenhower & Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, went up against 50,000 Axis troops behind Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt and the Desert Fox, Erwin Rommel.

D-Day landing

Causalities were great of both sides, and this was an important part of the war.  By the end of the day Allied troops had control of the beaches, and linked two of them together, but it would take a week to get all 5 connected, and almost 2 months before the town of Caen was liberated from Nazi control.  It didn’t go perfectly, but as the famous quote goes: “No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.”  And there has been very few enemies like the Nazis.

Anyway, remember today, it’s nearly over, and a generation or two, or even three away from current times, people don’t understand the chaos that happened this day, or the necessity of it.  Life would be very different had it not happened.

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Actual History Tuesday – The Red Baron

Building on the post from this morning, we’re going to zoom 3 years into the future of the past.  Today marks the Manfred von Richthofen, better known as The Red Baron.

Red Baron photo

In case you need a refresher on World War I air history, here it is:

The First World War was naturally, the first time aircraft were used in combat.  The planes were originally modified general purpose planes, not specifically built for fighters, that quickly changed and all sorts of purpose built machines were constructed.  The men who piloted these planes were generally of the upper class.  Wealthy, knowledgeable people.  The most interesting thing however is the respect they had for each other.  When a plane was shot down, all effort was made to make sure the pilot was safe, and if they happened to die, they were treated with dignity, and respect.  Because of the fragile nature of the planes, (and the fact they were using bullets, not missiles), most planes that were shot down were merely disabled, or unable to fly.  Unless the pilot was shot, he usually survived with minimal injuries.  Partly due to the skills needed to fly, and the lack of qualified people, the pilots who were shot down were treated well, and very soon became not friends, but respected equals in each others minds.

Now, back to Manfred.

The Red Baron is the most well known aerial ace in history.  Officially, he is credited with 80 confirmed enemy kills (a kill in this sense is to the aircraft, not the pilot).  Unofficial numbers have him in the low 100s.  No other pilot in the first world war has more kills them him.  His most famous plane was the Fokker Dr. I, a tri-plane that he had painted bright red.  But only a quarter of his kills came from that plane.

On April 21, 1918, The Red Baron was in a dogfight and his plane was hit.  It wasn’t down yet, he was trying to land it safely for he still had some control.  While looking for his landing, he flew over some allied AA guns.  Those AA guns opened fire, one bullet hit him causing fatal injuries to him.  He crashed into the countryside, and his body was recovered.

The final shot that killed Manfred is unknown, the most popular theory is that it was an Australian AA gunner, while a British Air-man is credited with downing the plane.  He he was given a full military funeral with a honor guard and a salute.  Members of other air-squads sent memorial wreaths to his grave.  After the war, his body was eventually transferred to Germany, and over the years of the Nazis, and the Soviets, his body now lies next to his brother, and his sister in Wiesbaden.