In Memoriam: USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413)

USS Samuel B Roberts: World’s Deepest Shipwreck Discovered

 

The USS Samuel B Roberts (DE-413) went down during the Battle Off Samar in the Philippine Sea in October 1944.

It lies in 6,895m (22,621 ft) of water.

That’s Four Miles under the Pacific!

If you want to read an AMAZING account of the Sammy B’s Final Battle and how Destroyers and Destroyer Escorts like her took the fight to the Japanese Navy in WW2, check out The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailor’s by James D. Hornfischer.

Know Your WW2 History: Operation Barbarossa

The Nazi-Soviet War was the Largest Land Battle Ever Fought

 

Excellent read on Operation Barbarossa with some really nice pictures.

 

For all my fellow Military Historians out there, here is a short list on the subject:

 

World War II Documentaries Worth A Damn: Lancaster – Above and Beyond

Lancaster – Above and Beyond

 

The Avro Lancaster was a British Heavy Bomber used extensively during WW2 to take the war into Germany.

This documentary dives deep into both the history of the aircraft itself and the amazing crews that flew them into battle.

The Dambuster Operation of 1943, aka Squadron X led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, is discussed in exacting detail.

The saddest part of this Doc is how Churchill and the British Government turned their back on RAF Bomber Command and the Lancaster Bomber Crews after the War and the only memorial that exist to RAF Bomber Command today was self-financed by the Bomber Crews themselves.

The interviews with the surviving pilots and crewmembers, most of them all well into their 90’s is a TREASURE in itself.

Don’t miss this one, it’s a good one.

Know Your Weapons: The Astra 600 – Old School Cool

The Astra 600 – Old School Cool

 

In my 20 or so years collecting I only came across an Astra  600 once, and I passed on it because the guy was way too proud of it and would not budge on the price, primarily because of the German markings.

I regret that now. This model has serious history!

 

 

Know Your WW2 History: Axis vs AA Guns

AXIS VS. AA GUNS: HISTORY OF AMERICAN ANTI-AIRCRAFT WEAPONS

 

Even from the first moments of America’s sudden involvement in World War II, U.S. anti-aircraft (AA) gunners were in the thick of the fight. John W. Finn, US Navy Chief Aviation Ordnanceman, won the Medal of Honor during the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.

As Japanese planes attacked his post at Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay, he fought back from an exposed .50 caliber machine gun stand. He hammered away at the strafing and bombing Japanese aircraft.