Weekly Updates

 

Week Ending   25-Aug-2012

 

Upcoming Events

The club's September Movie (Sep 19th, 6PM to 9PM, Seabreeze Rec Center) will be Das Boot (Part II):  The Battle of The Atlantic, the longest continuous engagement of the war, would ultimately determine the success or failure of the Allies in Europe.  By 1942, the tide was turning in favor of the Allies.  Allied losses were still large, but improved ships, methods and technology and the US entrance into the war was beginning to show and German U-Boats have begun to take heavy losses. "Das Boot" (The Boat), one of the best movies about WWII and the best submarine film ever, is the story of one such U-Boat crew, with the film examining how these submariners maintained their professionalism as soldiers, attempted to accomplish impossible missions, while all the time attempting to understand and obey the ideology of the government under which they served.

The club's September meeting (September 26th, 3PM to 5PM, Colony Cottage Rec Center) will continue our biography series with a session focused on George C. Marshall, the organizing genius behind the US military effort during WWII.  For many days during September (through September 26th) a Daily Item will provide something on Marshall

 

Local Museums

There are a number of interesting military oriented museums and memorials not far from The Villages.  Click here for a general listing.  We will review one each week or so.

Nothing new this week

 

Other News

Villages Honor Flight has started planning for its Oct 2012 flight.  Guardians (who escort WWII vets during the day) are still needed for the October flight.  If you are interested, visit the web site, www.villageshonorflight.org and review what guardians do. 

If you belong to a club or other organization that would be interested in having someone from Honor Flight visit and present information on Honor Flight, contact Villages Honor Flight at (352) 432-1382 or InfoLine@villageshonorflight.org

 

Cocoa Beach Air Show, Sept 22 and 23, Cocoa Beach: The theme is "year of extreme flight," a notion celebrated by performers such as the Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo Team and the Bell-Boeing B-22 Osprey above Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach.   (cocoabeachairshow.com)

Wings and Waves Air Show, Oct.13 and 14, Daytona Beach: Embry-Riddle Aeronau­tical University sponsors this show, which features performances by the Air Force Thunderbirds, the Canadian Snowbirds and other aerobatic attractions over the World's Most Famous Beach. (wingsandwaves.com)

Sea & Sky Spectacular, Oct.19-21, Jack­sonville Beach: The Navy's Blue Angels will be the featured attraction at this show in the skies above the beach between First Avenue North and Sixth Avenue North in Jacksonville Beach. (makeascenedowritown.com/ events)

Naval Air Station Pensacola Open House, Nov. 2 and 3, Pensacola: A home­coming show by the Blue Angels is the high­light of this show in the cradle of Naval aviation. The air station's museum is not to be missed. (naspairshow.com)

Wings Over Homestead, Nov. 3 and 4, Homestead: The Air Force Thunderbirds and the Army's Golden Knights parachute team star at Homestead Air Reserve Base in South Florida. (wingsoverhomestead.com)

Stuart Air Show, Nov.10 and 11, Stuart: The Navy Leap Frogs parachute team is among the acts at Witham Field in Stuart. (stuartairshow.com)

Nov 17 - Nov 18 2012 Fort Meyers, FL, Fort Myers’ Original Gun, Knife, Civil War & Militaria Show. Araba Shrine Temple, Corner of Cleavand Ave. (Rt. 41) and 2010 Hanson St., Sat 9-5, Sun 9-3 FMAAC, P.O. Box 6518, Ft. Myers, FL 33932; Patrick Regis, 954.294.2526 www.fmaac.tripod.com

Feb 8 - Feb 10 2013 Belleview, FL, The Southern Outpost Military Vehicle Winter Rally and Swap Meet. The Market of Marion 12888 SE US Hwy 441 Located 10 miles south of Ocala, FL Dave Thomas, 352-288-0604; Dick Deren, 727-515-7365; Charles Craven, 352-245-2208; Charles Hildebrant, 352-748-3447

 

Recent Additions to the Web Site

In keeping with the intent of this email, only items added to the web site in the last week will be discussed.  Something is added every day, so it is worth your while to visit the site every few days and click on What’s New and then on Overall

 

 
Date  Web Page(s) Topic Area Item Description
25-Aug-2012

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WWII / Weapons Britain's Death Ray
25-Aug-2012

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This Day in WWII 1945:  The first casualty of the Cold War
24-Aug-2012

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WWII / Europe Time Life Pictures: Stalingrad in 1947
24-Aug-2012

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This Day in WWII 1942:  Brave volunteers save the day in the Battle of the East Solomon Islands
23-Aug-2012

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WWII / Other War Jokes:  Humour in Hitler's Germany
23-Aug-2012

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This Day in WWII 1939:  The Hitler-Stalin Pact
22-Aug-2012

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WWII / Churchill Churchill:  Churchill The Artist
22-Aug-2012

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This Day in WWII 1944:  Romania captured by the Soviet Union
21-Aug-2012

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WWII / Churchill Churchill:  Churchill's Plans for High Ranking Nazis
21-Aug-2012

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This Day in WWII 1944:  The seeds of the United Nations are planted
20-Aug-2012

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WWII / Churchill Churchill:  Did Churchill Order His Own Plane to be Sabotaged?
20-Aug-2012

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This Day in WWII 1944:  Brits launch Operation Wallace and aid French Resistance
19-Aug-2012

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WWII / Churchill Churchill:  Did Churchill Revise WWII?
19-Aug-2012

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This Day in WWII 1934:  Adolf Hitler becomes president of Germany