Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, June 6, 2021, or: D-Plus 77 Years….

Greetings and salutations, Dear Reader. It’s almost midday in New Hometown, Florida on Sunday, June 6, 2021. It is going to be a hot day on this, the 77th anniversary of D-Day. Currently, the temperature is 86˚F (35˚C) under cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the southeast at 11 MPH (17 KM/H) and humidityContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, June 6, 2021, or: D-Plus 77 Years….”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, June 4, 2021, or: Remembrance of D-Day

Greetings, Dear Reader! It’s late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Friday, June 4, 2021. It’s a sultry and somewhat gloomy-looking morning; the current temperature is 80˚F (27˚C) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 57% and the wind blowing from the southeast at 6 MPH (10 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 79˚F (26˚C). Today’sContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, June 4, 2021, or: Remembrance of D-Day”

Book Review: ‘Silent Victory: The U.S. Submarine War Against Japan’

One of the deadliest weapons in the Navy’s arsenal for the past 80 years has been the submarine. Stealthy and lethal, today’s Los Angeles, Seawolf and Virginia class nuclear attack subs lurk beneath the waves like the ancient sea monsters feared by sailors in the days before Columbus. With their wire-guided Mk. 48 ADCAP torpedoesContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Silent Victory: The U.S. Submarine War Against Japan’”

Last Musing for Sunday, October 25, 2020: Of Maps, WWII, and a Quick Sunday Evening Stroll

Hello again, Dear Reader. It’s late afternoon/early evening (5:00 PM Eastern) here in New Hometown, Florida, and it is still quite summery outside. Presently, the temperature is 84˚F (29˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 65% and an easterly breeze of 6 MPH (9 KM/H), the heat index is 89˚F (32˚C). The sun setsContinue reading “Last Musing for Sunday, October 25, 2020: Of Maps, WWII, and a Quick Sunday Evening Stroll”

Book Review: ‘Snow and Steel: The Battle of the Bulge, 1944-45’

Snow and Steel: Hitler’s Last Gamble in the West Examined On November 28, 2014, the Oxford University Press published Snow and Steel: The Battle of the Bulge, 1944-45, an in-depth book about Operation Autumn Mist (Herbstnebel, which can also be translated from German as “Autumn Fog”), the last counter-offensive launched by Nazi Germany on theContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Snow and Steel: The Battle of the Bulge, 1944-45’”

Book Review: ‘Sand and Steel: The D-Day Invasion and the Liberation of France’

A Plethora of D-Day Books I have an obsession with D-Day. Don’t ask me why. I couldn’t begin to give you a rational answer. As a first-generation American citizen born to two immigrants from Colombia, I don’t have any personal connection to the Second World War. Yes, Colombia joined the Allies (then called the UnitedContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Sand and Steel: The D-Day Invasion and the Liberation of France’”

Movie Review: ‘Midway’ (2019)

Midway (2019) Directed by: Roland Emmerich Written by: Wes Tooke Starring: Ed Skrein, Tadanobu Asano, Luke Evans, Etsushi Toyokawa, Aaron Eckhart, Jun Kunimura, Nick Jonas, Peter Shinkoda, Mandy Moore, Hiro Kanawaga, Woody Harrelson, Patrick Wilson, Dennis Quaid From Smight to Emmerich In the summer of 1976, as the United States prepared to celebrate its Bicentennial, Universal Pictures released Midway,Continue reading “Movie Review: ‘Midway’ (2019)”

Summer Sunday Daze: On My Reading List for July

Hi, Constant Reader. It’s Sunday, July 12, and as I start this post noon is not that far away on this hot summer day. Right now the temperature outside is 92˚F (33˚C), and with humidity at 66% and a 3 MPH southwesterly breeze factored in, the heat index (or “feels like”) temperature is 108˚F (42˚C)Continue reading “Summer Sunday Daze: On My Reading List for July”

Home Media Comparison: ‘A Bridge Too Far’ DVD vs. Blu-ray

A Bridge Too Far on Home Media When producer Joseph E. Levine’s $25 million adaptation of Cornelius Ryan’s non-fiction book A Bridge Too Far landed in theaters on June 15, 1977, home media as we know it today was in its infancy. Videocassette recorders existed, of course, but they were still mostly used by theContinue reading “Home Media Comparison: ‘A Bridge Too Far’ DVD vs. Blu-ray”

Movie Review: ‘A Bridge Too Far’

  Lt. Gen. Horrocks: [briefing his XXX Corps officers on Operation Market Garden] Gentlemen, this is a story that you shall tell your grandchildren, and mightily bored they’ll be. [the officers laugh] The plan is called “Operation Market Garden”. “Market” is the airborne element, and “Garden”, the ground forces. That’s us. [points to a map behind him of Holland, showingContinue reading “Movie Review: ‘A Bridge Too Far’”