A fascinating look at sunken ships of World War 2

I’m John Eilermann, and I’m an avid history buff. One period I find especially fascinating for so many reasons in World War II.

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For this blog, I’ll be putting the spotlight on an underappreciated area of research on World War II – the shipwrecks. Here are a number of sunken ships from the war that are popular with divers everywhere.

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The Thistlegorm

The Thistlegorm can be found in the Red Sea. This armed British merchant ship sunk in the Red Sea in 1941. Today, it is home to a number of colorful marine life such as stonefish, scorpion fish, moray eel, batfish, and lion fish. The ship itself contains a number of artifacts, from motorcycles to airplane parts to trucks.

The USAT Liberty

Off the coast of Bali, Indonesia, divers can find the wreck of the USAT Liberty. This cargo ship was hit and ultimately sunk by torpedoes from Japanese submarines. Just like the other shipwrecks, the Liberty has over time become home to marine animal and plant life.

The U-85

This German U-boat can be found off North Carolina, in what is commonly known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic.” Not too many people know that German submarines reached this far during the War. Among the boats on this list, this is the one I, John Eilermann, find most intriguing simply because of the daring history behind it.

Hey guys, John Eilermann here. I’m fascinated by the many aspects of World War II. I also love soccer and look forward to every World Cup. More on the stuff I love can be found here.


Which book challenge can you still try in 2019?

It’s safe to say that every book lover wants to read more in a given year. Most book or reading challenges, however, seem intimidating and are thought to set loftier goals than what you can commit with your time and effort. There’s that argument, too, that reading should be enjoyable, so any form of routine or imposition kills that pleasant vibe. John Eilermann, a comparative literature student from St. Louis, Missouri, offers a quick list of book challenges you can still try this year.

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Monthly book challenge
The name gives it away: read one book a month, and make it a judgment call. You can play by your own rules or research themes, such as judging a book by its cover, or picking a read for the cover’s colors, tagline, or design.

Book of new beginnings challenge
You can interpret this your own way and even take it literally, choosing a book about uncharted territories, a coming-of-age story, or the first book in a given series. It’s your call, added John Eilermann.

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52 book challenge
This is perhaps the most prescriptive and difficult of the three in this list, where you can attempt to read one book per week. Of course, after adjusting for time of the year it will likely come down to around 30 or so books for you for the rest of 2019. The commitment is huge but the gains are also enormous, particularly for the fervent book reader who dreams of getting lost in a good read every time.

John Eilermann from St. Louis, Missouri is a student of comparative literature. Growing up, he fell in love with literature beginning with works of Roald Dahl, C.S. Lewis, and other authors of their time. Learn more about literature on this page.


How to enlist for the US army

Every day, the citizens of the United States of America enjoy freedom at the utmost extent. This is why it should be the duty of every citizen to uphold the country’s sovereignty in their own ways. For some citizens, this means enlisting in the US army to help protect the country and its citizens from foreign adversaries. According to history buff John Eilermann, the country has had several widespread attempts at recruiting men and women into the United States Army over the last few decades. While the army is not as aggressive as it was in previous decades in terms of recruiting new blood, there are still those who are interested in joining the ranks. Here is how you can enlist for the US army.

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Enlisting for the US army requires a set of strict criteria before a recruit is even considered. The primary criteria needed for anyone to enlist is that they should first be a citizen of the United States of America, or a resident alien. Other requirements include falling under the age bracket of 17 and 34, with 17 year olds requiring parental consent. A high school diploma is also required for the enlistment, as well as the condition that the cadet should not have more than two dependents.

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Applicants should also be able to pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test, as well as pass the Military Entrance Processing Station medical exam. The ASVAB measures the recruit’s knowledge in aspects of arithmetic, comprehension, general science, auto shop, mechanical comprehension, and coding speed to name a few. And the MEPS is necessary to ensure that the applicant is of a healthy stature. According to John Eilermann, applicants have different reasons for enlisting. Besides the opportunity to defend your country, the army also provides benefits such as healthcare, life insurance, tax advantage, and tuition assistance.

John Eilermann lives in Chicago and is mostly fixated on baseball and soccer. He is also deeply interested in World War II facts and memorabilia. Know more about Mr. Eilermann by visiting this page.