Let’s never forget the sacrifice so many made to make the world a better place.
December 7th, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
The world changed that day. Mostly for the better but everyone now-a-days is up in arms about what could have and should have been. Today is not the day to talk about could haves, it’s a day to remember the loss of life and the way our nation, and the world’s life changed forever. The Attack on Pearl Harbor changed things, but it set about a series of events that led to today. And today you an I are reading this blog, and watching other world events happening in front of our eyes. Had things been different who knows what would have happened, but today is a day of Infamy.
Today marks the 80th year since the bloodiest war in the history of man. Early in the day, Hitler’s Nazi Germany invaded Poland setting off the spark of events that spiraled into World War II. It’s bee sugar coated, it’s been glorified, it’s been everything under the sun, but at the end of the day, it was a war. A terrible war with atrocities all over the place. Terrible things happened, and terrible scars are still healing all over the world.
Thankfully we’ve lived in relative peace for the last 80 years, let us hope that it remains that way for further generations to come.
The decisive end to World War 2 came about 74 years ago today with the Atomic bombing of the port city of Nagasaki. The Empire of Japan having not really believed what happened a few days prior at Hiroshima did not head the warning the US was giving and as such, something terrible happened.
Thankfully those weapons of mass destruction have never been used against other people again. Hopefully the peace will continue for many more decades to come.
The passage of time move slowly yet surly forward. It cannot be stopped, rewound, or ignored. Sometimes it seems like it’s paused when we go to sleep, but it moves on with or without our knowledge and most of all, without our blessing. In the grand scheme of things, 75 years is not a long time. For many millions of people it’s a lifetime. For many thousands of people, 75 years ago was a turning point in their lives. Today we remember the sacrifice they made to ensure freedom throughout the world.
Take some time out of your busy day to remember what happened 75 years ago. Be thankful that you weren’t required to go through hell and back then, and be thankful that you don’t have to now.
Back to history. Back to memories. Back to where it all started.
If it weren’t for the brave men who stormed those beaches 74 years ago, the world as we know it would not exist. I’ve detailed it before in alternate history thursday posts. I will not explain it here. Instead this post will serve as a reminder to us all. Don’t count out the bravest, ever.
There is no Alternate History this year, just straight up remembrance. 76 years ago the world changed (for the better I would say). It was a major event, and even now people are second guessing the circumstances that eventually led up to it. But I have this much to say. Don’t judge the past on the knowledge and morals of the present. That should be remembered by everyone. A great tragedy happened early that Sunday morning. A great many lives were lost, and a great many more had their destinies forever changed. Read up on it, remember it.
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:
It’s the marking of the turning point of world history. The United States of America showed the world that the power of the atom was within their hands, and with one plane, and one bomb, the devastated the town of Hiroshima.
This ultimatum unfortunately was not enough, and another bomb was necessary to end the war with Japan.