oh dude you're handsome as hell tbh?? you're so cute. this is illegal
canadaph

omg you think that????? Thank you so much!

Jeans and a shirt?
Anonymous

This is actually really fun for me to see because I’m a J-fashion nerd who looked like this today.

chevalierviolet:

On the evening of June 5th 1944, over 22,000 American, British, and Canadian paratroopers would lift off from dozens of airfields all over England in C-47 Dakota (flying boxcar) transport aircraft, or towed in Horsa Gliders.

Their destination: Normandy, France.

For two long years, the Allied High Command had been planning Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy. In the late evening of June 5th, 1944, the first phase of this epic undertaking to rid of the world of nazi tyranny would begin in the form of the world’s largest airborne invasion. 

http://forums.canadiancontent.net/canadian-culture/47539-hour-go.html

chevalierviolet:

The Canadian Army formed two parachute units during the war: 1st and 2nd Canadian Parachute Battalions. Initial parties were trained in either the British (Ringway) or US (Fort Benning) parachute schools, pending the setting up of Canada’s own establishment at Camp Shilo. 

1st Canadian Parachute Battalion arrived in England on June 1943 where it immediately  became part of the British 6th Airborne Division. The first paratroops from the 1st Battalion jumped into Normandy at 00.20 hours on June 6, 1944. The battalion remained in Normandy, fighting in a ground role, until August 6 when it returned to the UK. 

The battalion arrived in Belgium, this time by ship, on December 23, 1944 and marched forward to fight in the Ardennes until February 1945 when it again returned to England.

The battalion’s first operational drop was in Operation Varsity (Rhine crossing) where it was involved in very heavy fighting. Eventually successful, the battalion then advanced on foot and reached Wismar on the Baltic coast on May 2, 1945, where it met Soviet forces advancing from the east, the only Canadians to meet the Russians face-to-face.

- Fighting Men of World War II

Okay so most of you here doesn’t know much about me, like maybe that I’m a boy and often forgets to queue stuff so I’m curious about one thing:

How do you think that I dress out irl?

chevalierviolet:

Click the pic for the entire strip.

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The Liberation of Paris (also known as the Battle for Paris) took place during World War II from 19 August 1944 until the surrender of the occupying German garrison on 25 August. It could be regarded by some as the last battle in the Battle for Normandy, though that really ended with the crushing of the Wehrmacht forces between the U.S. Army under Lt. General George S. Patton, Jr., and the British Army under Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery in the Falaise gap in western France around the same time. The Liberation of Paris could be regarded as the transitional conclusion of the Allied invasion breakout in Operation Overlord into a broad-fronted general offensive, though this is a minority opinion.

The capital region of France had been governed by Nazi Germany since the signing of the Second Compiègne Armistice in June 1940, when the German Army occupied northern and westmost France, and when the puppet regime of Vichy France was established in the town of Vichy in central France.

The Liberation of Paris started with an uprising by the French Resistance against the German garrison. On 24 August, the French Forces of the Interior (Forces françaises de l’intérieur, FFI) received reinforcements from the Free French Army of Liberation and from the U.S. Third Army under General Patton.

This battle marked the liberation of Paris and the exile of the Vichy government to Sigmaringen in Germany. However, there was still much heavy fighting to be done before France was liberated, including the Operation Anvil Dragoon amphibious landings in southmost France in September (near Marseilles), along the German-held seaports of western France (such as at Brest and Dunkirk), in Alsace Lorraine in eastmost France, and in northeastern France, such as along the Rhine River. The Wehrmacht fought doggedly in these areas for the rest of 1944.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberation_of_Paris

chevalierviolet:

The Hundred Years’ War was a series of conflicts waged from 1337 to 1453 between the Kings of England and the King of France and their various allies for control of the French throne, which had become vacant upon the extinction of the senior Capetian line of French kings. The House of Valois controlled France in the wake of the House of Capet; a Capetian cadet branch, the Valois claimed the throne under Salic Law. This was contested by the King of England, the Angevin family that had ruled England since 1154, who claimed the throne of France through the marriage of Edward II of England and Isabella of France.

The war owes its historical significance to a number of factors. Although primarily a dynastic conflict, the war gave impetus to ideas of both French and English nationalism. Militarily, it saw the introduction of new weapons and tactics which eroded the older system of feudal armies dominated by heavy cavalry in Western Europe. The first standing armies in Western Europe since the time of the Western Roman Empire were introduced for the war, thus changing the role of the peasantry. For all this, as well as for its long duration, it is often viewed as one of the most significant conflicts in the history of medieval warfare. In France, civil wars, deadly epidemics, famines and marauding mercenary armies turned to banditry reduced the population by about one-half.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hundred_Years’_War

chevalierviolet:

Simo Häyhä (December 17, 1905 – April 1, 2002), nicknamed “White Death” by the Red Army, was a Finnish sniper. Using a modified Mosin–Nagant in the Winter War, he has the highest recorded number of confirmed sniper kills–505–in any major war.

During the Winter War (1939–1940), between Finland and the Soviet Union, he began his duty as a sniper and fought for the Finnish Army against the Red Army in the 6th Company of JR 34 on the Kollaa River. In temperatures between −40 and −20 degrees Celsius, dressed completely in white camouflage, Häyhä was credited with 505 confirmed kills of Soviet soldiers. A daily account of the kills at Kollaa was conducted for the Finnish snipers. Remarkably, all of Häyhä’s kills were accomplished in fewer than 100 days – in other words, an average of 5 kills per day – at a time of year with very short hours of daylight.

Häyhä used a Finnish militia variant of the Russian-made Mosin-Nagant rifle, the White Guard M/28 “Pystykorva” (literally Spitz, due to the sight’s resemblance), because it suited his small frame (5 ft 3 in/1.60 m). He preferred to use iron sights rather than telescopic sights to present a smaller target (the sniper must raise his head higher when using a telescopic sight), for reliability (a telescopic sight’s glass can fog up easily in cold weather) and for aid in concealment (sunlight glare in telescopic sight lenses can reveal a sniper’s position).

The Soviets tried several ploys to get rid of him, including counter-snipers and artillery strikes. On March 6, 1940, Häyhä was shot in the lower left jaw by a Russian soldier during combat. The bullet tumbled upon impact and exited his head. He was picked up by fellow soldiers who said “half his head was missing”, but he was not dead: he regained consciousness on March 13, the day peace was declared. Shortly after the war, Häyhä was promoted from Alikersantti (Corporal) to Vänrikki (Second Lieutenant) by Field Marshal Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim. No one else has gained rank so quickly in Finland’s military history.

It took several years for Häyhä to recuperate from his wound. The bullet had crushed his jaw and blown off his left cheek. Nonetheless, he made a full recovery and became a successful moose hunter and dog breeder after World War II, and hunted with Finnish president Urho Kekkonen.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simo_H%C3%A4yh%C3%A4

chevalierviolet:

Vichy France, Vichy Regime, Vichy Government, or simply Vichy are common terms used to describe the government of France which collaborated with the Axis powers from July 1940 to August 1944, during the Second World War. It officially called itself the French State (État Français) and was headed by Marshal Philippe Pétain, who proclaimed the government following the 1940 allied defeat against Axis Powers.

The Vichy regime maintained some legal authority in the northern zone of France (the Zone occupée), which was occupied by the German Wehrmacht, but was most powerful in the unoccupied southern “free zone”, where its administrative centre of Vichy was located. 

In November 1942 the southern zone was also occupied and fully subjected to German rule.

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The Milice française (French Militia), generally called simply Milice, was a paramilitary force created on January 30, 1943 by the Vichy Regime, with German aid, to help fight the French Resistance. The Milice’s formal leader was Prime Minister Pierre Laval, though its chief of operations, and operating leader, was Secretary General Joseph Darnand. It participated in summary executions and assassinations, and helped round up Jews and résistants in France for deportation. It was the successor to Joseph Darnand’s Service d’ordre légionnaire (SOL) militia.

The Milice frequently resorted to torture to extract information or confessions from those whom they rounded up. They were often considered more dangerous to the French Resistance than the Gestapo and SS because they were Frenchmen who spoke the language fluently, had a much more extensive knowledge of the towns and land, and knew people and informers.

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The Maquis (French pronunciation: [maˈki]) were the predominantly rural guerrilla bands of the French Resistance. Initially they were composed of men who had escaped into the mountains to avoid conscription into Vichy France’s Service du travail obligatoire (STO) to provide forced labour for Germany. In an effort to escape capture and deportation to Germany, what had started as loose groups of individuals became increasingly organized; initially fighting only to remain free, these bands eventually became active resistance groups.

Originally the word came from the kind of terrain in which the armed resistance groups hid, the type of high ground in southeastern France covered with scrub growth.Although strictly meaning thicket, maquis could be roughly translated as “the bush”.

Members of those bands were called maquisards. The term became an honorific that meant “armed resistance fighter”. The Maquis have come to symbolize the French Resistance. They helped British agents in sabotage, spying, and misinformation.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vichy_France
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milice
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maquis_(World_War_II)

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