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D Day

Post by Mick Jones shoulder » Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:31 am

Here again, remember the men and women that made it possible for all of us to be free👍🏿

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Post by HarryofOz » Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:46 am

Thank you
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Post by Ratscoot » Sat Jun 06, 2020 7:50 am

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Post by Gandalf » Sat Jun 06, 2020 8:06 am

Such a shame that the 76th anniversary should be overshadowed by the pandemic and the US riots.
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Post by 1964white » Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:39 am

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Post by gessa » Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:30 am

My wife's grandad, was one of the heroes of Gold Beach.
He told us some wonderful and also awful stories.
Lived to 96, absolutely top class fella.
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Post by Mick Jones shoulder » Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:01 am

Couple of uncles went on D Day a tank driver and a para. One was never the same after, alcoholic. The old boy was in the Indian ocean at the time.

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Post by gessa » Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:06 am

Mick Jones shoulder wrote:
Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:01 am
Couple of uncles went on D Day a tank driver and a para. One was never the same after, alcoholic. The old boy was in the Indian ocean at the time.
Wife's grandad was a loader in the tanks.

My old man was a pow in Changi.
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Post by WestgateRun » Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:47 am

We owe a big debt to the Canadian troops.
They took a lot of casualties and their contribution is often overlooked.

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Post by Mick Jones shoulder » Sat Jun 06, 2020 12:50 pm

WestgateRun wrote:
Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:47 am
We owe a big debt to the Canadian troops.
They took a lot of casualties and their contribution is often overlooked.
All of them bud, massive debt of gratitude 👍🏿

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Post by Azkalwhite » Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:15 pm

gessa wrote:
Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:06 am
Wife's grandad was a loader in the tanks.

My old man was a pow in Changi.
Not sure whether you are aware of Changi Museum Ges, but a really interesting and personal insight into a the plight of a number of POW's, (mainly Brits and Aussies), during their incarceration including letters, photos etc. If you ever get a chance to visit SG, certainly well worth a visit.

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Post by hector » Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:18 pm

Living in Changi are my first memories of this life
I'm often accused of acting like I don't care






It's not an act!!



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Post by hector » Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:19 pm

I had no relatives in the D day landings...
1 grandfather was in Spain with the international brigade.

The other waster was a spiv who avoided all fighting.....
I'm often accused of acting like I don't care






It's not an act!!



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Post by faaip » Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:24 pm

hector wrote:
Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:19 pm
I had no relatives in the D day landings...
1 grandfather was in Spain with the international brigade.

The other waster was a spiv who avoided all fighting.....
My grandad mothers side was ARP, not sure why he wasn't in the services but he got turned down for some reason. That was in Sarf London though, he was also, strangely a master confectioner and baker by trade..

My dad's dad was in India as they had been since the mid 19th century, so no idea how the war affected them.

Both my partners parents were reserved occupations, her mums dad was a master joiner and carpenter, when not repairing airfields etc (He'd move and live on site anywhere from the midlands to Kent and Norfolk). Her dad's dad was a senior boiler man at a power station and already in his late forties when war broke out, his son served the last 2 months of the war in Italy in relative comfort I'm told

So we have no war stories in our family at all
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Re: D Day

Post by Azkalwhite » Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:28 pm

hector wrote:
Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:18 pm
Living in Changi are my first memories of this life
I presume residing on the East coast, rather than in the prison Hector...

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Post by gessa » Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:38 pm

Azkalwhite wrote:
Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:15 pm
Not sure whether you are aware of Changi Museum Ges, but a really interesting and personal insight into a the plight of a number of POW's, (mainly Brits and Aussies), during their incarceration including letters, photos etc. If you ever get a chance to visit SG, certainly well worth a visit.
One of my brothers went a few years ago Az, his sister in laws husband works out there. He's actually just lent my lad a book he bought back, he's doing a topic on it as part of his history homework.
We have a stone laid for my dad at the National Arboretum, outside the FEPOW memorial building.
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Post by John in Louisiana » Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:49 pm

I had a good friend Roy* (who has since passed on) who was one of the Band of Brothers - E Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment - that dropped into France the night before D Day , fought their way through the Ardennes, and finally occupied Hitler's Eagle's Nest.

Don't know if any of you saw the miniseries Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg made about it, but Roy was in the hospital once and Wild Bill Guarnere** came to Las Vegas to pay him a visit. It was my honor to give Bill a ride to the hospital.

I called Bill at the Riviera Hotel and asked where he would like me to pick him up. "I'll be in the casino," he said.

"The Riviera casino is pretty big, sir, could you be a little more..."

"Just pick me up in the g**damn casino."

"Yes, sir."

I got to the Riviera and was wandering around and, as I passed the entrance to a men's rest room, I heard a stream of obscenities coming from inside. So I walked in and, there at the sink washing his hands, was Wild Bill himself.

"You must be Wild Bill Guarnere," I said.

"Yeah?" said Bill. "And who the f*** are you?"

Roy and Bill and Babe Heffron later saw to it that I was made an honorary member of Easy Company, the Band of Brothers. The single greatest honor of my life. All they did was save the world.

* Roy was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.

** Wild Bill Guarnere is the character the other guys referred to as "gonorrhea." He later lost a leg at the Battle of the Bulge.

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Post by gessa » Sat Jun 06, 2020 5:02 pm

During my diving days, we once did a weeks live aboard, diving the areas off the Normandy coast, diving on wrecks, tanks, lorries, Jeeps , landing craft etc.
On one dive my buddy found a perfectly intact plate with a ship's name on it but we had to leave it, as you weren't allowed to bring any finds up, which is understandable but was shame, that it would possibly get smashed in a storm.
Unfortunately though now a lot of looting as gone on and lots of things have been bought up.
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