Military during Thanksgiving // Pacific Paratrooper #AceHistoryDesk says 🇱🇷Happy Thanksgiving GP 🇺🇸

The Thanksgiving Day card GP Cox received from the National WWII Museum in New Orleans

I WISH TO EXPRESS MY THANKS TO EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU !!! AND MAY WE ALL THANK THOSE VETERANS WHO FIGHT FOR US !!!

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Thanksgiving during WWII…

They’re celebrating Thanksgiving on this very day,

My thoughts are at home, though I’m far away;

I can see everyone, eating dinner deluxe,

Whether it be chicken, turkey or even duck;

The fellows over here won’t whimper or moan,

They’ll look to the next one and hope to be home.

Truly and honestly, from way down deep,

They want you to be happy and enjoy your feast.

These holidays are remembered by one and all,

Those happy days we can always recall.

The ones in the future, will be happier, I know

When we all come back from defeating the foe.

_______Poem by an Anonymous WWII Veteran

Thanksgiving

For those of you living where there is no official Thanksgiving Day on this date – look around – family, friends, Freedom and life itself – all enough to give thanks for each day !

FROM: PACIFIC PARATROOPER – May you all have a happy and healthy Holiday Season !!

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Farewell Salutes –

Donald Archer – Omaha, NE; US Army Air Corps, WWII, B-25 navigator

John Boone – Summerville, SC; US Army, WWII, ETO, light mortar, Co. I/319/80th Division

Juan Borjon Jr. – Morenci, AZ; US Army, Spc., 11th Airborne Division

WWII Memorial poem at Arlington Cemetery

Don Dyne – Kelseyville, CA; US Navy, WWII, PTO / Korea, radio tech.

Adolph J. Loebach – Peru, IL; US Navy, WWII, USS Oklahoma, KIA, (Pearl Harbor)

Donald McElwain – Holyoke, MA; US Navy, WWII, PTO, Ensign, LST

Frank Merritt – Broxton, GA; US Army, WWII, PTO

Charles G. Ruble – Parker City, IN; US Army Air Corps, WWII, ETO, TSgt., 441st Troop Carrier Group, KIA (Germany)

Elmo Sepulvado – Zwolle, LA; US Army, WWII, ETO

Gerald N. Wilson – Camden, MI; US Army, Korea, Cpl., 1st Calvary Division, KIA

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Source: // Pacific Paratrooper

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FEATURED REPORT: (EGYPT) Sky News: Ministry of Antiquities reveals recently discovered animal mummies, saying they contain lion cubs among other animals found in pyramids #AceHistoryDesk reports

#AceHistoryReport – Nov.24: A selection of animal mummies have been displayed for the first time after they were discovered at a famous pyramid site in Egypt; The collection, believed to date back to Egypt’s Late Period (664BC to 332BC), includes lion cubs, several crocodiles, birds and cats.

They were displayed at a makeshift exhibition at the Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara, south of Cairo, near where they were found by local archaeologists: The Step Pyramid was one of at least 11 pyramids in the Saqqara plateau and the area’s tombs date as far back as the 1st Dynasty (2920BC to 2770BC).

The mummified animals were found by local archaeologists, according to Dr Mostafa Wazeri, secretary-general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities: He highlighted the discovery of the mummified lions as the “most lovely surprise”……………Mummified cats are quite a common find but lions, which were sacred at the time, are rare. It was not until 2004 that the first lion skeleton was found in Saqqara.

Among the other items found were wooden and bronze cat statues and a rare stone scarab described as the largest in the world: Scarabs are a type of beetle but they were popular as amulets and impression seals in Ancient Egypt.

Antiquities Minister Khaled el Anany said: “We are finding here hundreds of objects: “All of them are very interesting from the Egyptological point of view to know better this area.”

#AceHistoryDesk reports …………….Published: Nov.24: 2019:

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FEATURED REPORT: (LONDON) Middle East Monitor: The British Museum opened Britain’s first major exhib ition on Troy in 140 years this week, a stunning show of 300 objects and artworks, and a fresh 21st century take on Homer’s story of the Trojan wars (Exhibition Open Until March 2020) #AceHistoryDesk reports

#AceHistoryReport – Nov.24: Troy: Myth and Reality, open until March, brings alive an epic tale three millennia old, with its violent heroes, and brutally mistreated women, of a mythical clash of East and West that has enthralled every generation and general since.

The stories of mythical Troy are laid layer on layer, just like the excavated ruins of Hisarlik, in Turkey

The show is anchored by the treasures that Heinrich Schliemann, a self-promoting German businessman adventurer turned archaeologist, spirited out of Turkey in the late 19th century, to the fury of Ottoman rulers of the time, and finally deposited in Berlin’s museums.

It includes the first showing in London since 1870 of Schliemann’s finds, though it’s the artistic renderings of Homer’s eternal tale, from 500 BCE to 2019, that first draw the visitor in.

The women of the Trojan war

Exhibits range from magnificent 5th century BCE Greek vases showing the raging Greek hero Achilles slaughtering Amazon woman warriors and virtually everything else in his path, to extraordinarily accomplished Roman paintings, via coins and carvings, and critically Trojan pottery, to Brad Pitt’s ill-fated turn in the 2004 film Troy, trashed on its release as a “cartoonish joke”.

There is moving footage of Syrian women refugees performing a version of Euripides’ classical tragedy The Trojan Women, in a production that was a sell-out success in Britain in 2016 and when it was performed again this year (though the Syrian artist Reem Alsayyah, who made the show Queens of Syria, has condemned the exhibition’s backing by the BP oil company).

Three out of four curators who worked on the exhibition and its remarkably insightful catalogue are women. After lavishly exploring how vengeful, mostly naked male warriors, particularly Achilles with his vulnerable heel, hacked and hewed each other across the Trojan plain, before destroying the city in a grisly bloodbath, the exhibition’s closing section is devoted to the women of the Trojan war.

Helen, a pawn in a divine quarrel; Cassandra, and her discarded warnings, proved entirely true. Queen Clytemnestra, who “acts fearlessly” in murdering her returning husband the Mycenaean King Agamemnon in his bath, after he sacrifices their daughter Iphigenia to improve the shipping forecast.

The truth about Troy

Archaeologists and ancient historians still question whether Troy, a great Anatolian city, was destroyed by the Greeks, or even if Homer was a single person. But Turkey’s Professor Rüstem Aslan, the archaeologist who has studied the site for 30 years and headed Turkey’s Troy excavation since 2013, has no doubt.

“Of course,” Rüstem told Middle East Eye, when asked if the Trojan wars actually took place, probably in the late Bronze age around 1250 BCE, on the coast of north-west Turkey. “I cannot say everything which you can read in the [Homer’s] Iliad and Odyssey is a historical event, but I believe there was a war between Trojan allies, and a Trojan army, and the Mycenaeans, not only one Trojan war but several huge conflicts.”

Tantalising references from the Hittite empire in Anatolia to a major conflict, archaeological remains including evidence of destruction at the right period, and Homer’s own writing, all add up, he said. “I believe there was a Trojan war.”

Whatever the truth of what happened at Troy, the show makes wonderfully clear why Homer’s Illiad has fascinated political and military leaders from Alexander the Great in the 4th Century BCE, to Mehmet the Conqueror in the 15th Century, to Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Attaturk in the 1920s.

From the elopement, or abduction, of Paris and Helen, the face that launched a thousand ships, to a wooden horse that still warns of Greeks bearing gifts, the story of Troy and its passionate characters of both Gods and humans has been told and retold in every century.

The British Museum director Hartwig Fischer notes in the exhibition’s catalogue how when Sultan Mehmed II captured Constantinople for the Ottoman Turks in 1453, he was said to have finally exacted revenge for the ancient Greek sack of Troy. “Sympathies clearly lay with the Trojans in that period,” he writes.

The stories of mythical Troy are laid layer on layer, just like the excavated ruins of Hisarlik, in Turkey, show some nine Troys piled one on the other through history. But the evidence is there of an early encounter between East and West, the exhibition curators say, from trading ties to military rivalry, at the very least a struggle for regional power in the Aegean between Mycenae in Greece and Troy in western Anatolia.

“Troy the ill-omened, joint grave of Europe and Asia,” are the words of the Roman poet, Catullus, on the wall of the exhibition’s first room. “Troy, of men and all manliness most bitter ash.”

The treasures of Troy

Schliemann, armed with others’ research, decided that Hisarlik was Troy and staged his excavation there, ploughing through several layers of remains to find, most famously, a silver and gold hoard he called “Priam’s Treasures”, with the fabled “Jewels of Helen” including a gold headdress.

He smuggled them out of Turkey by steamship, dressed his young wife in the jewels, and offered them to the British Museum for an extortionate price, before giving them to Berlin’s museums.

At the end of World War Two, the Russians seized the most precious items, which first reappeared in the Pushkin Museum in 1993. The British Museum is showing important pottery and other Schliemann finds loaned from Germany but the glittering gold treasures on display are German imitations; the originals have not left Russia.

The furious Ottomans jailed Schliemann’s Anatolia assistant following the discovery. But British Museum’s keeper of Greece and Rome, J Lesley Fitton, says he curried favour in later excavations, paying compensation so that Turkish authorities even gave him another permit to dig at Troy.

“Clearly as far as they were concerned the matter was closed, and he paid his dues and his debt.”

Schliemann got many of his facts wrong, declaring a set of ruins to be Homer’s Troy that were a thousand years off.

He worked in California’s gold fields, but after his treasures were examined in Russia, claims he faked them were disproved, says Fitton.

“There was huge suspicion, but I don’t believe a word of it myself,” she said. “The accusations in his lifetime as well as subsequently have been quite sharp and bitter. People have particularly focused on Priam’s treasure, that he either accumulated it from different spots of the site, or he had goldsmiths in the back streets of Istanbul making it.

“When experts were able to see the treasure with their own eyes [in Russia] it appeared that it was incredibly coherent as a group,” Fitton said. “Incredibly close in every respect to exactly what you’d expect of jewellery and vessels around 1250 BC.

“This is my take on it. He was clearly a difficult man, but not ‘a psychopathic liar’,” she said.

Of Schliemann, Turkey’s Professor Aslan, who did not work on the British Museum’s Troy exhibition, shrewdly observes: “There is not only one Schliemann, everyone has their own Schliemann, like everyone has their own Troy.” While he destroyed and smuggled, he established Hisarlik as Troy.

‘Lost heritage’

The London exhibition comes less than a year after Turkey opened a major new Troy museum, a $10m modernist cube near Hisarlik in Anatolia, where Schliemann first excavated in 1871 on a site where some nine layers of differently dated Trojan ruins are layered on top of each other. That museum includes a section on “lost heritage”, objects that Turkey officially wants back.

‘The Homeric epic is very important for Turkish culture and Turkish people’

– Professor Rüstem Aslan

The Troy museum’s displays include a long-term loan of “Troy gold” jewellery from the University of Pennsylvania, which bought them in 1966.

“According to me, of course, all the finds should come back to Troy,” Aslan said, though whether it’s possible is a political issue. “I don’t know if I can see it, but it’s the dream that all the finds and treasure should be exhibited one day under the roof of the Troy museum.”

Next year, he will pursue another dream. With about 50 people working on current Troy excavations, he hopes new evidence may reveal the location of Troy’s burial grounds. “Former excavation directors before me, they tried to find the Bronze age cemetery, but all of them couldn’t find it,” he said.

The Trojan Wars came to stand for the first time the Greeks had successfully united to face a common enemy from the East, the British Museum catalogue notes. Alexander the Great supposedly slept with Homer under his pillow, it is claimed, as he led his campaigns into Persia and the East. In turn, the Greek-speaking Mehmet II had three copies of the Illiad in his famous library, Aslan noted.

The exhibition relates how British officers arriving at Gallipoli in World War One, armed with their classical education, wrote poetry evoking Achilles in the trenches.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, after defeating the British in the Dardanelles and the Greeks in Anatolia, like Mehmet, is said to have spoken of revenge.

Both Turks and Europeans were fascinated by the idea they descended from the Trojans, after the mythical Trojan survivor Aeneas supposedly founded Rome, following the path of a modern refugee.

Even the last 20 years have proved how “the Homeric epic is very important for Turkish culture and Turkish people,” said Aslan, as well as “the cultural collective memory of humankind”.

Turkey has been investing heavily in this cultural heritage – the site of Troy was declared a national park in 1996, a pioneering master plan was drawn up to protect it, and planning for the museum began in 2010. Publishers in Egypt and elsewhere are planning Arabic translations of his books, Aslan noted.

The last major European show on Troy, in Stuttgart in 2001, saw close to a million visitors and produced a surge in German travellers to Anatolia, according to Aslan. The site drew an estimated 700,000 visitors last year, with the new Troy Museum about 120,000 for 2019, perhaps 20 percent of them Turkish.

With new visitor facilities, multilingual guides and disabled access, numbers will surge, Aslan said – particularly with a likely blockbuster London show. If nothing else, a new touristic invasion may soon set sail for western Anatolia’s shores.

#AceHistoryDesk reports …………Published: Nov.24: 2019:

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(SWEDEN) FEATURED: Researchers have found Arabic Characters woven into ‘ Burial Costumes ‘ f rom ‘ Viking Boat Graves ‘ spelling out the words ‘ Allah and Ali ‘ in patte rns raising new questions over influence of Islam in Scandinavia #AceHistoryDesk reports

#AceHistoryReport – Nov.23: The discovery raises new questions about the influence of Islam in Scandinavia, writes journalist Tharik Hussain: They were kept in storage for more than 100 years, dismissed as typical examples of Viking Age funeral clothes: But a new investigation into the garments – found in 9th and 10th Century graves – has thrown up groundbreaking insights into contact between the Viking and Muslim worlds: Patterns woven with silk and silver thread have been found to spell the words “Allah” and “Ali”.

One of the excavated fragments made from fine silk and silver thread discovered at the two Swedish sites, Birka and Gamla Uppsala.

One of the excavated fragments made from fine silk and silver thread discovered at the two Swedish sites, Birka and Gamla Uppsala

The breakthrough was made by textile archaeologist Annika Larsson of Uppsala University while re-examining the remnants of burial costumes from male and female boat and chamber graves originally excavated in Birka and Gamla Uppsala in Sweden in the late 19th and mid-20th centuries: She became interested in the forgotten fragments after realising the material had come from central Asia, Persia and China: Larsson says the tiny geometric designs – no more than 1.5cm (0.6in) high – resembled nothing she had come across in Scandinavia before: “I couldn’t quite make sense of them and then I remembered where I had seen similar designs – in Spain, on Moorish textiles.”

Unlocking a puzzle:

Larsson then realised she was not looking at Viking patterns at all but ancient Arabic Kufic script: There were two words that kept recurring. One of them she identified with the help of an Iranian colleague. It was the name “Ali” – the fourth caliph of Islam: But the word next to Ali was more difficult to decipher.

SNIPPETS OF HISTORY: #OnThisDay 1917 #BalfourDeclaration CALLS for establishment in Palestine of a home for Jewish people #AceHistoryDesk reports

#OnThisDay #BalfourDeclaration “Issued in 1917, the Balfour Declaration called for the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people

https://t.co/7GBNrWthUmhttp://twitter.com/MiddleEastMnt/status/1190682589310402560 November 02, 2019 at 05:30PM

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SNIPPETS OF HISTORY: #OnThisDay 1952 U.S Exploded the ‘ first hydrogen bomb ‘ code-named ‘ Ivy Mike ‘ in the Marshall Islands @AP_Images #AceHistoryDesk reports

#AceHistoryNews – Nov.01: RT @AP_Images: #OTD in 1952, the United States exploded the first hydrogen bomb, code-named “Ivy Mike,” at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands:

Photo US Air Force via AP http://bitly.com/2NCGGYG http://twitter.com/AP/status/1190290785524240391

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Snippets of History: #OnThisDay in 1955 #AceHistoryDesk reports

RT @APEntertainment: ON THIS DAY – In 1955, #QueenElizabethII mingled with film stars including #AvaGardner & #GinaLollobrigida as #AlfredHitchcock’s #ToCatchAThief was given a royal premiere in London. #OnThisDay https://t.co/JikqJsiLhg http://twitter.com/AP/status/1189876043462717442