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    787th Field Artillery Battalion

    On page 184 is the SS Exchequer, the ship the battalion crossed the Atlantic as per Mr Kirkpatrick:


    https://history.army.mil/documents/W...Troopships.pdf
    Posted June 6th, 2018 at 05:33 AM by Triceratops Triceratops is offline
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    King Nikola I of Montenegro

    Thank you for the information about King Nikola. I am currently helping my father write a book about his time growing up in Crna Gora many years ago. Even though he was not alive during the reign of the King, his father and grandfather told him stories about the monarchy. We have a small chapter on King Nikola in the book and I found there were informational inconsistencies regarding his life on other websites such as Wikipedia. However, your research seems much more accurate and concise.
    Posted June 5th, 2018 at 12:44 PM by Crmnica Crmnica is offline
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    787th Field Artillery Battalion

    Richard F Howard, one of the "Monuments Men";
    https://www.monumentsmenfoundation.o...ward-richard-f.


    In 1944 his unit, the 787th Field Artillery Battalion, was sent overseas and stationed in Congleton, England. His battalion advanced through Weymouth, England to La Havre, France and then through Rouen to Muenchen-Gladbach, Germany. By early 1945, they had advanced to the Elbe River, just forty-five miles outside of Berlin.

    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...-foster-howard
    Posted June 5th, 2018 at 03:08 AM by Triceratops Triceratops is offline
    Updated June 5th, 2018 at 05:23 AM by Triceratops
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    787th Field Artillery Battalion

    Interview with John F Kirkpatrick who was in "C" Battery:

    https://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/st...2001001.45586/


    haven't watched it all, but seems very informative.
    Posted June 5th, 2018 at 02:44 AM by Triceratops Triceratops is offline
    Updated June 5th, 2018 at 05:22 AM by Triceratops
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    King's Mountain Controversy - James Williams #6

    You've written a thoughtful blog about this controversy. My ancestor's memoirs served the purpose he intended - to expose the actions of James Williams. Without his writing, Col. Williams' actions would not have been studied.
    Posted June 1st, 2018 at 10:27 AM by Registrar Registrar is offline
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    787th Field Artillery Battalion

    Hyperwar account of the Siegfried Line Campaign.

    As usual the emphasis is on the Infantry and Armour, but it gives a good idea of the conditions, weather, terrain etc;

    HyperWar: The Siegfried Line Campaign
    Posted May 31st, 2018 at 06:41 AM by Triceratops Triceratops is offline
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    787th Field Artillery Battalion

    Found a bit of information.

    The 787th FAB was part of the US XIII Corps, Ninth Army, and as such fought in the ETO from the Netherlands to the River Elbe.

    https://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmXoypizjW3WknF...d_States).html


    pdf of war correspondents' articles on the 13th Corps. Unfortunately the 787th only gets the briefest of mentions at the end.

    http://www.tankdestroyer.net/index.p...cles&Itemid=27

    Click the image to open in full size.


    The 787th's unit history is in the Eisenhower Library in Abilene, box 480.

    I do not know how these records are accessed.
    https://www.eisenhower.archives.gov/...ords_Index.pdf




    You might be better asking the mods to transfer this to War & Military. Better chance of responses.
    Posted May 31st, 2018 at 06:05 AM by Triceratops Triceratops is offline
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    Military casualties in WW2

    No. All these losses posted here are operational military losses. Operational military losses are soldiers killed, wounded and missing while deployed in action. It is not a list of "deaths caused by the war".
    Posted May 29th, 2018 at 12:57 PM by Guaporense Guaporense is offline
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    Hannibal's Invastion Force: By the Numbers

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    Originally Posted by UlpiusTraianus View Comment
    Interesting, but I would say that Gabriel's arguments are quite inapplicable.

    "Gabriel has calculated the length of Hannibal's column would have been more than 100 miles long based on American logistical calculations that an infantry brigade comprising 6310 men and 1021 animals occupied a road space of 4.8 miles, (Gabriel, p.103) – a column of Hannibal's length could not make the reported 80 stades (9 miles) a day that Polybius implies was Hannibal's rate of movement (Polyb. 3.50)"

    I would say that it is more sane to think to data from the past. We can do a more useful comparison with a roman data:
    when the roman army was surprised during the battle of Teutoburg, there were around 20K roman soldier marching, with a legth of: 3.5 km.
    So, even if we want to think to 90K soldiers, and we hypothesize that there is only one column, we are around to 15 km, not 100 miles. 100 miles for around 100K soldiers is a nonsense for that period.

    Also, there the question "Why he did not tried the seapath?". The Teutons have tried that path versus Marius. And Marius has destroyed them. Hannibal was smarter than the Teutons.

    I would say that there is no mention of the battles versus the celts, that drastically decreased the Carthaginians. In particular, Hannibal needed to fight versus Volcae and Allobroges.

    Finally, for the food, in that period armies sent departments for provisioning. With a good diplomacy, they could have from local population, otherwise they could have plunder.
    I agree he could be on shaky ground on comparing the length of his line to an American army many centuries later.

    I doubt the Celts caused so many casualties, and we are not told about any garrisons left behind on the route besides the 10,000 with Hanno, and Gabriel makes a good point about it being unable to guard so much territory ... I will check my books, but somewhere around twenty thousand are lost through northern Spain, which would have been harder fighting than sixteen years in Italy in a matter of about two months, and not very plausible. Other than Hanno, we hear of no Carthaginian forces operating so far past the Ebro. We can add the 10,000 disillusioned Celtiberians Hannibal sent home, but that still leaves 20,000 unaccounted for after his fighting in north-eastern Spain.


    Later, we are given the figures at the Rhone, and Hannibal has lost 12,000 foot and 1000 horse, but we are not told by the ancient sources how or why. Garrisons are unlikely... perhaps the better explanation, and is only speculation (along with the idea of garrisons), is that they deserted.
    Posted May 28th, 2018 at 05:42 AM by markdienekes markdienekes is online now
    Updated May 28th, 2018 at 06:41 AM by markdienekes
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    Hannibal's Invastion Force: By the Numbers

    59,000 men? No, I wouldn't say it was impossible.
    Posted May 28th, 2018 at 05:04 AM by markdienekes markdienekes is online now
    Updated May 28th, 2018 at 05:22 AM by markdienekes
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    Weapon Spotlight #1

    Nice and concise. For the record I am mostly a gun normie.

    "Would you like to know more?"
    Posted May 27th, 2018 at 09:22 AM by Lord Oda Nobunaga Lord Oda Nobunaga is online now
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    Journey to the West

    .
    I'm now in the most excellent city of Pärnu , sampling the good from Mr Le Cocq ,
    no more forest ,mosquitoes and the song of birds
    it's the Baltic shore now ' everyone is commenting on the sweet warm weather .
    Estonia is above all a country build of wood , houses , fuel , and forestry are everywhere present ,
    stone and bricks are for the old urban centers, it's possible to discern the various periods of building , old czarist times , independence , Soviet and EU .
    Posted May 26th, 2018 at 01:47 AM by sparky sparky is offline
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    Pinochet's regime

    Nice article. I wonder, how is he viewed by Chileans nowadays?
    Posted May 23rd, 2018 at 05:43 PM by Decembrist Decembrist is offline
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    Hannibal's Invastion Force: By the Numbers

    Actually Polybius (III.33-35) doesn't say the 102,000 men ever were gathered in one army or marched in a single column. He says Hannibal took that number across the Ebro, and campaigned for some time. That he suffered losses, dismissed many Spanish troops to their homes, left 11,000 under Hanno between the Ebro and the Pyrenees, and started for Italy with 59,000. Do you think this impracticable logistically?

    I'd concur that a single army approaching 100,000 is difficult to maneuver and hard to feed without water transportation (viz the Roman army at Cannae), but Hannibal had the sea and the Ebro and need not have operated with the whole force concentrated.

    Livy, Appian et al used Polybius as their source, and Polybius used the inscription left by Hannibal on the Lacinian promontory, which he saw personally.
    Posted May 23rd, 2018 at 01:58 PM by Dentatus Dentatus is online now
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    Hannibal's Invastion Force: By the Numbers

    Interesting, but I would say that Gabriel's arguments are quite inapplicable.

    "Gabriel has calculated the length of Hannibal's column would have been more than 100 miles long based on American logistical calculations that an infantry brigade comprising 6310 men and 1021 animals occupied a road space of 4.8 miles, (Gabriel, p.103) – a column of Hannibal's length could not make the reported 80 stades (9 miles) a day that Polybius implies was Hannibal's rate of movement (Polyb. 3.50)"

    I would say that it is more sane to think to data from the past. We can do a more useful comparison with a roman data:
    when the roman army was surprised during the battle of Teutoburg, there were around 20K roman soldier marching, with a legth of: 3.5 km.
    So, even if we want to think to 90K soldiers, and we hypothesize that there is only one column, we are around to 15 km, not 100 miles. 100 miles for around 100K soldiers is a nonsense for that period.

    Also, there the question "Why he did not tried the seapath?". The Teutons have tried that path versus Marius. And Marius has destroyed them. Hannibal was smarter than the Teutons.

    I would say that there is no mention of the battles versus the celts, that drastically decreased the Carthaginians. In particular, Hannibal needed to fight versus Volcae and Allobroges.

    Finally, for the food, in that period armies sent departments for provisioning. With a good diplomacy, they could have from local population, otherwise they could have plunder.
    Posted May 23rd, 2018 at 10:21 AM by UlpiusTraianus UlpiusTraianus is offline
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    Journey to the West

    .
    Trees to the left ,trees to the right
    No cars or people, just some abandoned shacks.
    The forest is gorgeous with the odd boulder standing since the great ice age ,
    I'm told some come from mother rocks in Finland.
    It seems the bronze age passed lightly so far from the trading routes
    The iron age was the thing
    Estonian claim ethnic links with Latvian but linguistic brotherhood with the Finns
    I'm not sure , it rather do seems like Greek to me .
    Posted May 21st, 2018 at 04:35 PM by sparky sparky is offline
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    The Greco-Macedonian Cleopatra VII Philopator

    Excellent work, Oda. You're doing Zeus's work here.
    Posted May 20th, 2018 at 11:01 AM by RomaVictrix RomaVictrix is online now
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    Deconstructing the Herakles Mythology

    This one is a bit more unorthodox compared to some of the things which I have written.

    It is essentially an analysis of the stories, a foray into Greek religion and society as well as discerning the influence of history and philosophy upon the realms of Greek myth.
    Posted May 20th, 2018 at 12:19 AM by Lord Oda Nobunaga Lord Oda Nobunaga is online now
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    Could Frederick the Great have become Emperor?

    I have also gone back to fix and clean this one up. Enjoy!
    Posted May 19th, 2018 at 10:53 PM by Lord Oda Nobunaga Lord Oda Nobunaga is online now
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