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Hanski
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Re: WW2 monuments

Post by Hanski » 06 Nov 2010 10:11

This plaque for submariners in the Museo Navale of the Italian Navy in La Spezia portrays the analogy between a submarine crew and the biblical story of Jonah: “Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights”.

The inscription of the plaque refers to Jonah’s prayer:

In my distress I called to the Lord,
and he answered me.
From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,
and you listened to my cry.
You hurled me into the depths,
into the very heart of the seas,
and the currents swirled about me;
all your waves and breakers
swept over me.
I said, ‘I have been banished
from your sight;
yet I will look again
toward your holy temple.’
The engulfing waters threatened me,
the deep surrounded me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.
To the roots of the mountains I sank down;
the earth beneath barred me in forever.
But you, Lord my God,
brought my life up from the pit.
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Re: WW2 monuments

Post by igor_verh » 29 Jul 2011 18:27

Nevsky bridgehead penny (Nevsky snout, Nevskij Pjatachok, Невский пятачок) – under this name forever entered the history of a small base, which is held by Soviet troops during World War II on the left bank of the Neva River opposite the village of Dubrovka. This place is called "Nevsky snout" because of its relatively small size of 2 km along the Neva River and 800 meters from the coastline. According to historians, a day on this earth dropped 52,000 bombs and missiles. Only separated by 30-40 meters from the turn of the defenders of Neva enemy positions. None of the attempts to break the blockade of this line was not successful.
This place is one of the bloodiest battles in modern history: in this coastal area of the Neva in 1941-1943 troops of the Leningrad front of about 400 days, trying to break the siege of Leningrad. On the night of 19 on September 20, 1941, Soviet troops were able to cross the Neva River and Neva foothold in the Dubrovka. Attempts to further advance the connection with the forces of the Volkhov Front failed. Battles on the Nevsky patch continued until April 29, 1942, when Soviet troops left him. September 26, 1942 Neva troops of Task Force recaptured the bridgehead. On Nevsky patch were most severe battles: single hour did not stop fighting. According to various sources, the Red Army's losses in killed and wounded during the operation to penetrate the enemy defenses in the area of the Nevsky Piglet were from 65 to 400 thousand people. Official figures about casualties among our soldiers and officers in this sector was first published in the newspaper "Pravda" in the 60s of last century, calling the figure of 200 thousand. In 2001, the Committee of the Leningrad veterans said that data, by their calculations, only the irreversible losses of 50 thousand people. German losses in this area is estimated at 35-40 thousand soldiers and officers.
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Re: WW2 monuments

Post by Geoff Walden » 18 Feb 2014 10:40

Left-Wingers Deface German War Memorials in the Nürnberg Area

http://www.nordbayern.de/region/erlange ... -1.3465143

Most of these war memorials are actually for WW1 dead.

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Spomeniks - Yugoslavias bizarre war monuments

Post by Helmut0815 » 11 Mar 2014 19:44

Winged eyes, gigantic flowers and concrete UFOs: Were yugoslav partisans got killed in action during WWII huge monuments where erected in the seventies by order of the head of state Tito. Today the crazy sculptures crumble. An artist documented the monuments - and their slow decay.
winged_eye.jpg
Photo series (22 photos) in german news magazine Der Spiegel: http://einestages.spiegel.de/external/S ... /l0/F.html

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Re: WW2 monuments

Post by YC Chen » 11 May 2015 15:40

Well... I have to say that at least some of them looks quite good for me. At least their forms are extremely ceative by the standard of 1970s, much better than the war monuments in my country which all look (almost) the same.

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EXERCISE TIGER

Post by aghart » 09 May 2018 17:07

In the Village of Torcross in Devon, UK, A Sherman Tank stands as a monument to the US Servicemen who died on Exercise Tiger, prior to D day. The tank was actually part of Exercise Tiger and was recovered after decades on the seabed. It was covered in Preservative following it's recovery. There is a small memorial service there every April,
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Re: WW2 monuments

Post by aghart » 28 May 2018 23:00

The US monument in Weymouth England was the scene today of the annual commeration of the US Forces who sailed from the town to Normandy in 1944.
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