Christmas Truce – 100 years ago in – WWI

It is nearly Christmas 2014. In war there usually isn’t a holiday, but 100 years ago in 1914 during WWI, Christmas Eve was celebrated between the British and the Germans. After the celebration, the battle continued. Watch this short video, and realize that although this is recorded as having happened only once, and may not happen again; it did happen once. Merry Christmas.

Thoughts on December 6th, and 7th.

Before 10:00 a.m. on the morning of December 6th of this year 2014, I called a cowboy friend of mine who lives in Texas and wished him a happy birthday. He was born on Dec. 6th 1941, a day before Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. So that this good man is not overwhelmed with a flood of phone calls, I’ll not mention his name. I do know that “Cowboy” is a highly decorated Vietnam veteran. That’s a conflict I had a part in – a very small part to be sure. But this is about the willingness to shed the blood, to experience the pain – for a greater purpose.

This thought reminded me of a quote that reads: “Only two forces have ever offered to die for you. 1. Jesus Christ, 2. The American G.I. One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.” British Prime Minister Tony Blair was credited with saying that in a speech, but according to Snopes.com, he didn’t say that. It came from an unknown internet forwarder who penned it. Nonetheless, I appreciated what seemed to me that morning of December 6th to indicate somewhat of a parallel. This is not a religious blog per se’ but my thoughts of the time are explained in the paragraphs to follow.

At 6:00 p.m. of the same day December 6th 2014 I attended a dedication ceremony of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness at the Leslie Hale teaching ministry in Tarpon Springs, Florida. More on that in a minute or so. It was the eve of Pearl Harbor Day. Read more »

December 7th 1941.

On December the 7th, 1941, at 7:55 in the morning, the 1st of two waves of Japanese aircraft hit the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor in and on the then U.S. territory of Hawaii. Airbases at Hickam, Wheeler, Kaneohe, the Navy Yard, and Ford Island were targeted. The aircraft to total at least 350 in number were launched from 6 aircraft carriers located just over 200 miles north of Pearl Harbor. They were part of three Japanese carrier divisions which included the 6 aircraft carriers plus 2 battleships, 2 heavy cruisers, 1 light cruiser, 9 destroyers, and 7 tankers. In addition, 3 submarines supported the carrier divisions and the 350 or more Japanese aircraft (one report says there were 353 aircraft) that took their place in the raid. In the attack force were dive bombers, torpedo, or horizontal bombers, and fighters. The United States suffered 21 vessels sunk or damaged in the attack; and casualties to the numbers of 2,403 dead and 1,178 wounded.

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Pain and Purpose in the Pacific


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Pain and Purpose in the Pacific: True Reports of War
Pain and Purpose in the Pacific offers a unique glimpse of Marines, Air Corps, Soldiers, and Sailors to include Coast Guard at war and the family and friends they leave behind. Bright bridges a historical look at World War II with vignettes of the realities of war, giving the reader a clear-eyed view of what it means to live and die in service of your country.

In Pain and Purpose in the Pacific: True Reports of War (published by Trafford Publishing), author Richard Carl Bright tells the stories of his uncle Carl Johnson, an American Marine who spent 30 months in the Pacific during WWII. As the United States Marine Corps fought costly campaigns in the Pacific, Carl saw bitter combat on the islands of Saipan, Tinian and Okinawa.

In this moving work, Bright, who lived for seven years on Saipan, puts a human face on the tragedies of war, ushering readers into the darkest pits of destruction (the pain) and into the brightest views of hope and redemption (the purpose). Bright traces his Uncle Carl’s travels during World War II, from his homeland in Minnesota to the battle-torn islands of the Pacific, all the way to Japan. Bright, a veteran of Vietnam, colors his prose with his personal experiences and observations by traveling to many of the Pacific locations, including Iwo Jima, the Marianas Islands, Peleliu and the Philippines. He also personally interviewed Carl’s Platoon Sergeant, Arthur Wells, who fought at Carl’s side. Read more »

The Heart Of World War II

10541038World War II continues to capture the imagination like no other conflict in history. A large part of this may well be because it is the most recent traditional war – as popularly imagined. While any number of large-scale conflicts have arisen since then, none have been “traditional” as World War II has been. Most wars are between generally unequal powers. After all, no one bothers fighting unless they think they can win – or are forced to.

However, in World War II, though it started out as the usual big-power-attacks-small-power conflict, big powers – the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union – soon joined in and the conflict expanded worldwide almost overnight. Thus World War II was the kind of war we all know and even “love” – a “set-piece” conflict with a real good versus evil theme.

For most wars are over trifling matters; a hill here, a river there. World War II was literally a cultural war, where not only territory was at stake but the very nature of civilization itself, the form it would take for the next several decades or, even, as envisioned by Adolf Hitler, centuries. WWII’s case involved the most amount of nations which had 2 military operating alliances, the Allies and the Axis, which began at the beginning of September 1939 with an unseen invasion by Poland. Read more »

Revealing the Secret Turning Point of World War II

WAR & CONFLICT BOOK ERA: WORLD WAR I/THE FRONTDuring World War II, the human race came agonizingly close to the edge of the abyss. Through the courage, sacrifice and perseverance of men and women of a special generation, the war was changed from what it was surely set to be – a victory for the dark forces of the Nazis – into a triumph that stands today as one of the greatest achievements in the history of mankind. What were the factors that made this great victory possible? Was it the bravery of these men and women? Was it the leadership of great men as Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill?, or was there more to it? Were there other unknown forces at work that may have been more responsible for this victory than any other?  Forces that most do not know of, and that may have played the most important role in defeating evil and swinging the fortunes of fate onto the side of good.

What may these forces be? … First, let us understand how the war was won. Read more »