Rendezvous with Death Book Review

Appreciate the Review Jeff.

Always enjoyed reading obscure History like this. 👍

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Rendezvous with Death: The Americans Who Joined the Foreign Legion in 1914 to Fight for France and for Civilization

by David Hanna

Hardcover in dustjacket, 332 pages

Published by Regnery History June 2016

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1621573966

ISBN-13: 978-1621573968

Dimensions: 6.0 x 1.1 x 9.0 inches

The French Foreign Legion is one of the more storied of the world’s military formations.  In the Legion a man can make a fresh start regardless of his past – in exchange for the promise of military service to France a new identity is created.  The Legion is famous for attracting men looking for a fresh start for themselves or to forget past mistakes.  The men in this book did not join the Legion for the typical reasons.

Rendezvous with Death is the story of a group of Americans living in Paris at the beginning of the Great War in 1914.  Idealism is what…

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SOE / SIS Cooperation

Originally posted on The Special Operations Executive in Burma 1941-1945: Much has often made of the fractious relationship between the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS,) and the Special Operations Executive (SOE). The words used to sum up the problem between the two organisations is often something along the lines of SIS needed peace and quiet to…

via SOE / SIS Cooperation — Pacific Paratrooper

Know Your History: The Invisible Hand of Conquest – How Smallpox Defeated Armies, Toppled Empires & Changed History

Getting a Big Picture understanding of how contagions have shaped our history can put things in perspective.


“Its presence shaped the fate of North America fully as much as any bullets, blades or bayonets.” By John Danielski THE CORONA VIRUS is not the first contagion to threaten the stability of civilization. Throughout history, disease has often functioned… Read more → The post The Invisible Hand of Conquest – How Smallpox Defeated Armies,…

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The Bad-Ass Files: Air Force Crew Receives Medals for “Legendary Airmanship”

Air Force crew receives medals for ‘legendary airmanship’ in 9-hour firefight against ISIS stronghold in Afghanistan


Talk about raining down hellfire and brimstone on the goat raping hadji’s. 👍😄

Would love to see that gun-cam footage someday!

Way to Go Big Blue!

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

The Last Living Paratrooper from MacArthur’s return …..

Amazing Story. Thanks GP!

Pacific Paratrooper

Gen. Douglas MacArthur (l.) and Richard “Dick” Adams (r.)

Richard Adams describes General MacArthur as “quite a guy.”

In commemoration of the 75th year of World War II in the Philippines, one of its heroes returned. Richard “Dick” Adams visited Corregidor once again, but this time, he did not parachute out of a C-47 plane to land on the towering trees of the Rock. The 98-year-old understandably opted to ride a ferry.

He was recently, poignantly, at the MacArthur Suite of the Manila Hotel, in a room dedicated to Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who led the American and Filipino troops in liberating the country from Japanese occupation. MacArthur actually stayed in that suite for six years, as Manila Hotel’s honorary general manager.

It was a time of fear across the country as Japanese forces ravaged Manila and the countryside. People clung to MacArthur’s words, “I shall return,” which he said after he was…

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Columbia Hostage Rescue: A Vignette On Personnel Recovery

Sent in by a reader, this is the full version of the clip referenced in the Jungle Crash post. Its an important watch for a number of reasons, but chief among them is the critical role of personnel recovery: Students in class have heard me emphasize in every course the importance of personnel recovery- as…

via Columbia Hostage Rescue: A Vignette On Personnel Recovery — American Partisan

Uncommon Valor: The Making of the Marine Corps Memorial

75 years ago, from February 19th to March 26th, 1945, the Battle of Iwo Jima raged in the Pacific Ocean. For 35 days, American and Japanese forces fought for control of the strategically important island. That battle produced one of the most iconic images of war, a photograph taken four days into the battle by…

via Uncommon Valor: The Making of the Marine Corps Memorial — The Unwritten Record