65 Years Ago—November 17, 1944: US submarine Spadefish sinks Japanese carrier Shinyo in the Yellow Sea.
65 Years Ago—Nov. 16, 1944: US First and Ninth Armies launch new offensive in the battle for the Huertgen Forest in Germany.
65 Years Ago—Nov. 15, 1944: Royal Navy announces that British submarines have sunk 69 Japanese vessels in five days.
65 Years Ago—November 13, 1944: In France, US Seventh and French First Armies launch offensive on German Siegfried Line.
65 Years Ago—Nov. 12, 1944: British Lancaster bombers sink German battleship Tirpitz in Tromsoe Fjord, Norway, using Tallboy bombs; 902 killed.
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the First World War came to an end. The Armistice was signed for the War to End All Wars, but peace was built on a shoddy foundation, and war returned, nastier than ever. The end of the Second World War brought the United Nations and the promise of rational negotiation and eternal peace. Instead the nuclear era brought the tense decades of the Cold War, flaring up in brutal regional wars in Korea, Vietnam, and throughout Africa and Central and South America. The collapse of the Soviet Union and the fall of the Berlin Wall brought optimism for a peaceful, democratic world. This was shattered by the terrorist tactics of a new enemy without borders to attack or a government to negotiate with. A cowardly enemy that cheers when children blow up children or when unarmed soldiers are murdered on their home base.
The human heart yearns for peace but is drawn to war. We can argue about it and talk about how it shouldn’t be this way, but it is.
That’s why our armed services are vital. Our veterans have repelled the forces of Fascism, Totalitarianism, and Communism, and for this we owe them our eternal gratitude. Our active servicemen and servicewomen are currently fighting the forces of Islamic Terrorism, and for this we owe them our active support and appreciation.
On Veteran’s Day, we thank the members of our armed services, past and present, for protecting our lives, our homes, and our freedom. May God bless you in your efforts.
65 Years Ago—November 11, 1944: Movie premiere of Thirty Seconds over Tokyo with Spencer Tracy.
70 Years Ago—Nov. 10, 1939: “The Venlo Incident”—Germans kidnap two British agents in Dutch town of Venlo to accuse them of the assassination attempt on Hitler.
65 Years Ago—Nov. 10, 1944: Japanese take US air bases at Kweilin and Liuchow in their drive through southern China.
70 Years Ago—Nov. 9, 1939: Adolf Hitler survives assassination attempt at the anniversary of the Beer Hall Putsch in Munich.
65 Years Ago—Nov. 9, 1944: In France, US Third Army launches offensive over Moselle River toward Metz.
65 Years Ago—Nov. 8, 1944: Canadians secure Scheldt Estuary to protect port of Antwerp, Belgium. British launch offensive in western Burma toward Akyab.