May 2015 – Message #2

The month of May should be, as planned, the month of the reactivation of the 4 parts of the European Center of Military History. This new Portal (this page you are on) is now fully active and allow you to register to be a part of the Center, comment posts, and even (this is a brand new feature) to register as a guest writer and get your own text published. I you are into another part of the history project, militaria, collectors, modeling, history, events organizers, feel free to use this free feature to advertise for your shop or your activities. Don’t worry about your text I will moderate it and make the publication perfect to fits with the general layout of the site.

I will now upgrade the archives downloads part of EUCMH to make sure everything is running perfectly; I will then upgrade the old things and militaria sale and exchange/trade to achieve also the same level as the other sites. The last thing will be the ENTIRE reconstruction of the 7 years old site – – this will be a hell of a work but the site has been corrupted with a bad wordpress plugin and I hope I’ll keep me at this work because I have to say that I am getting bored about all this stuff.

EUCMH Sortie France 17-18 May 2015 (38-CM SK L/45 Langer Max)

France, May 18 2015, The Warphémont Woods (vicinity of Duzey – +/- 20 km away from the town of Verdun), we visited the remains of the German Duzey Emplacement Naval Gun adapted to be used as a Railroad Gun for regular large caliber Field Artillery Gun during World War One.


This huge Gun : 38 cm (380-MM) SK L/45 Max, also called Langer Max (literally Long Max) was a German naval gun which was adapted for land service when it became clear that the ships for which it was intended would be delayed and that it would be very useful as long-range, heavy siege and coast-defense gun on the Western Front.


As you can see on the photos, this Gun is a Model M-1906 (Naval) and became the Railroad M-1908 Field Artillery Model.


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Fort de Breendonk, German Atrocities in Belgium (WW-2)


Official File – Brig Gen R. MCCLure, Chief PWD SHAEF (Main) (For Mr. C. D. Jackson)
From : Brigadier A. C. Neville, BGS (P&W), Main HQ, 21st Army Group
Report on Atrocities committed by the Germans against the Civilian Population in Belgium


This report was originally published in December 1944 by Headquarters 21st Army Group under the tittle of “Report on German Atrocities”. It has now been decided to publish that part of the original report which deal with atrocities committed by the Germans against the civilian population in Belgium. Since the original report was published certain additional information regarding German atrocities against the civilian population has become available and has been included in this edition.

The following abbreviations occur in the report :

SS – Schutz Staffel (Originally mean bodyguards, now signifies Nazi Party troops)
SD – Sicherheitsdienst (German Security Service)
SP – Sicherheitspolizei (German Security Police)
GFP – Geheime Feldpolizei (German Field Police)
VNV – Vlaamish Nationaal Verbond (Belgian (Vlaamishe) pro-German movement)
MNB – Mouvement National Belge (Belgian Resistance Movement)

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Speech SS-Sturmbannführer Léon Degrelle, 5 Mars 1944 (French)

Légion-WallonieAux Armes pour l’Europe

Texte du discours prononcé à Paris
le 5 Mars 1944
par Léon Degrelle
Chevalier de la Croix de Fer
Commandant de la Brigade d’Assaut
SS Légion Wallone

(Note de Gunter) Je n’ai pas pour but de faire l’apologie d’une chose ou d’une autre, mais les documents que je présente ici font partie de l’Histoire de la Belgique, que cela plaise ou non à ceux qui lirons les textes. Je suis donc impartial. Je publie les textes dans leur intégralité et je me fous dans de larges mesures du politiquement correct. D’autant plus que ces deux mots : politique et correct sont des termes qui ne peuvent désormais plus êtres utilisés ensembles.

Le 5 Mars 1944, revenant de la Bataille de Tscherkassy où sa brillante conduite lui a valu de recevoir des mains du Führer la Croix de Chevalier de la Croix de Fer, le SS-Sturmbannführer Léon Degrelle a pris la parole à Paris devant un immense auditoire réuni au Palais de Chaillot. Cette manifestation avait été organisée par les membres de la Légion des Volontaires Français contre le bolchevisme et la Milice française. Il est inutile, sans doute, de tracer ici le portrait de Léon Degrelle dont l’extraordinaire activité politique déployée en Belgique, avant et depuis la guerre, est bien connue de tous. Quand on songe qu’à 28 ans cet homme a remué tout un pays par son élan, son courage et sa foi, on n’est pas étonné de le voir aujourd’hui à la tête de ceux de ses compatriotes qui ont compris la nécessité de joindre leurs efforts à l’armée qui forme le barrage de l’Europe contre le bolchevisme.

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Photos of the Week – May 2015 (Pacific)

December 7, 1941 : A small boat rescues a USS West Virginia crew member from the water after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (US Army)

December 7, 1941 : A small boat rescues a USS West Virginia crew member from the water after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (US Army)

December 7, 1941 : This picture, taken by a Japanese photographer, shows how American ships are clustered together before the surprise Japanese aerial attack on Pear Harbor, Hawaii, on Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 1941. Minutes later the full impact of the assault was felt and Pearl Harbor became a flaming target. (US Army)

December 7, 1941 : This picture, taken by a Japanese photographer, shows how American ships are clustered together before the surprise Japanese aerial attack on Pear Harbor, Hawaii, on Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 1941. Minutes later the full impact of the assault was felt and Pearl Harbor became a flaming target. (US Army)

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May 4 2015 (I’m 60) Leaving today for Normandy

3cb3746Well ! 0400 ! Leaving Belgium for a trip to Normandy with my daugthers ! How does it sounds ? The next step if Angoville-au-Plain after 702 Kms from wich 500+ in the land of the happy drivers … France. Let’s hope we will survive Normandy again. The last time I was there – 1994 – things were still (+/-) normal. All the peoples there were doing this trip to remember and to acknowledge the heroic actions and often ultimate sacrifice done by these American kids send over for our liberation. Unfortunately this has turned into a money circus in the 90’s and I didn’t want to come back again. I’ve tried to fight against my two blonde girls but I didn’t win. That’s why I am on my way to Normandy to guide them all over the Cotentin Peninsula. I’ll give you some news of the trip if I find a Internet connection.

Normandy here we are !


First part of the trip is to get out of Belgium without destroying our car. Some may wonders but the major part of the road in Belgium where in a better shape after the Battle of the Bulge in February 1945 than they are today (Socialist Republic). And there is no lie about this one. So, let’s get out the country (225 Km) then we will see. We left Francorchamps and our target is to go by Fabienne and Maurice, at the Ferme de la Guidonnerie, Maison d’Hôtes, 50480-F Angoville-au-Plain.

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The Civilian Bomb Disposing Earl – Kerin Freeman

Some women are really amazing. I mean really amazing. What would you say if I tell you that I know one who has done a book about Bomb Disposal, Defusing Airplane bombs and this kind of stuff ? And I am not talking about defusing old rusty bombs excavated today (2015). No ! No way, I am talking about bombs which were dropped, which didn’t explode and which remains laying on the ground when the German airplanes were gone. Bombs made to kill, some being voluntary equipped with delay firing devies, some ticking or even smoking. These beasts were quietly laying on the ground like waiting to be moved by someone to go off. And these devices killed a lot of these Bomb Disposal’s heroes.

The Civilian Bomb Disposing Earl: Jack Howard and Bomb Disposal in WW2I just got a reading copy from Kerin’s book today in the mail from Pen & Sword Books Ltd in the UK. The first thin I have to say is that the name of this Publishing House says it all. Quality of the work is perfect and there is nothing else to say because that an habit at P&S. I have always said that if I should once publish a book in English I will not use my own label – Foxmaster Publishing – but would choice P&S for it (if they accept of course).
Already available on Amazone, The Civilian Bomb Disposing Earl: Jack Howard and Bomb Disposal in WW2 is the kind of book I don’t read but eat because those are real thriller. Having worked into World War Two ammunitions for over two decades, and having also lost a couple of friends who were blown up at home, I know the exact feeling of the peoples who hadn’t the chance to say “no way” and dig the thing deeper in the ground. These men had simply to do the job and either deactivate or destroy them on the spot. Unfortunately, and most of the cases, didn’t allow Bomb Disposal personal to detonate 250 Lbs or 500 Lbs explosive or incendiary devices in the London down town or in the front of Buckingham Palace. These men had to play enter into action knowing this terrible deal : 50/50 way out !

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Maria Prokopenko, memories about Valentina Levikova

Roza-Shanina-(19)-Soviet-Sniper-59-confirmed-killsDuring World War Two, the Soviet Partisans were members of a Resistance Movement which fought a guerrilla war against the Axis troops occupation of their countries. The movement was coordinated and controlled by the Soviet Government and modeled on that of the Red Army. The primary objective of the guerrilla warfare waged by the Soviet partisan units was the disruption of the Eastern Front’s German rear, especially road and rail communications. There were also regular military formations, also called partisans, that were used to conduct long-range reconnaissance patrol missions behind enemy lines from bases within Soviet-held territory. The program Partisan at War was outlined in the Soviet People’s Commissaries Council and the Communist Party directives issued on July 29 1941. Partisan detachments and diversionist groups were to be formed in the German-occupied territories, road and telecommunications disrupted, German personnel killed, and valuable resources destroyed. Joseph Stalin, in his radio speech on August 3 1941, iterated these commands and directives to the people. Adolf Hitler, when referring to that speech on August 16 pointed out that the declared partisan war in the German rear had its advantages, providing the excuse for destroying “anything that opposes to the Germans”. The first partisan detachments, consisting of Red Army personnel and local inhabitants, and commanded by Red Army officers or local Communist Party activists, were formed in the first days of the war, including the Starasyel’ski detachment of Maj Dorodnykh in the Zhabinka District on June 23 1941, followed by the Pinsk detachment of Vasily Korzh on June 26 1941. The first awards of the Hero of the Soviet Union order occurred on August 6 1941 to a member of the Pavlovskiy Detachment and the Bumazhkov Detachment.

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WW-1 Propaganda USA Posters

During World War I, the impact of the poster as a means of communication was greater than at any other time during history. The ability of posters to inspire, inform, and persuade combined with vibrant design trends in many of the participating countries to produce thousands of interesting visual works. The European Center of Military History makes available online posters created between 1914 and 1920. Most relate directly to the First World War. The majority of the posters were printed in the United States. Posters from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands and Russia are included as well. The posters range in style from anonymous broadsides (predominantly text) to graphically vibrant works by well-known designers. EUCMH acquired these posters through gift, purchase, and exchange or transfer from other collectors, and continues to add to the collection.

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