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I wish to incite all Christians to rise up and take back the United States of America with all of God's manifold blessings. We want the free allowance of the Bible and prayers allowed again in schools, halls of justice, and all governing bodies. We don't seek a theocracy until Jesus returns to earth because all men are weak and power corrupts the very best of them.
We want to be a kinder and gentler people without slavery or condescension to any.

The world seems to be in a time of discontent among the populace. Christians should not fear. God is Love, shown best through Jesus Christ. God is still in control. All Glory to our Creator and to our God!

A favorite quote from my good friend, Jack Plymale, which I appreciate:

"Wars are planned by old men,in council rooms apart. They plan for greater armament, they map the battle chart, but: where sightless eyes stare out, beyond life's vanished joys, I've noticed,somehow, all the dead and mamed are hardly more than boys(Grantland Rice per our mutual friend, Sarah Rapp)."

Thanks Jack!

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Great Escape Tunnels Found ... Thx Judi C!

Our current youth have no idea the courage it took to preserve the freedoms they experience and enjoy today.
I hope we never experience anything like that again, as our youth is not mentally prepared for horrors such as this story presents.


Untouched for almost seven decades, the tunnel used in the Great Escape has finally been unearthed.
The 111-yard passage nicknamed 'Harry' by Allied prisoners was sealed by the Germans after the audacious break-out from the POW camp Stalag  Luft III in western Poland .
 Despite huge interest in the subject, encouraged by the film starring Steve McQueen, the tunnel has remained undisturbed over the decades because it was behind the Iron Curtain  and the Soviet authorities had no interest in its  significance.
But at last British archaeologists have excavated it, and discovered it’s remarkable secrets.
Many of the bed boards which had been joined together to stop it collapsing were still in position and the ventilation shaft, ingeniously crafted from used powdered milk containers known as  Klim Tins, remained in working order.
 Scattered throughout the tunnel, which is 30ft below ground, were bits of old metal buckets, hammers and crowbars which were used to hollow out the route.
A total of 600 prisoners worked on three tunnels at the same time.
They were nicknamed Tom, Dick and Harry and were just 2 ft square for most of their length.
 It was on the night of March 24 and 25, 1944, that 76 Allied airmen escaped through Harry. Barely a third of the 200 prisoners - many in fake German uniforms and civilian outfits and carrying false identity papers - who were meant to slip away - actually managed to leave before the alarm was raised when escapee number  77 was spotted. 
A tunnel reconstruction shows the trolley system that was used.
 Only three made it back to Britain . Another 50 were executed by
firing squad on the orders of Adolf Hitler, who was furious after
learning of  the breach of security. In all, 90 boards from bunk beds, 62 tables, 34 chairs and 76 benches, as well as thousands of items  including knives, spoons, forks, towels and blankets, were squirrelled  away by the Allied prisoners to aid the escape plan under the noses of  their captors.
 Although the Hollywood movie suggested otherwise,  NO Ameri cans were involved in the operation.  Most were British, and  the others were from Canada, Poland, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. All  the tunnellers were Canadian personnel with backgrounds in mining.
 The site of the tunnel, recently  excavated by British archaeologists.
The latest dig, over three weeks in August, located the entrance to Harry, which was originally concealed under a stove in Hut 104. the team also found another tunnel, called George, whose exact position had never been charted. It was never used as the 2,000 prisoners were forced to march to other camps as the Red  Army approached in January 1945.
Watching the excavation was Gordie King, 91, an RAF radio operator, who was 140th in line to use Harry and therefore missed out.
'This brings back such bitter-sweet memories,' he said as he wiped away tears. 'I'm amazed by what they've found.' 
Thank a teacher if you are reading this.
 Thank a veteran if you are reading it in English.

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