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2nd Inf. Div. training in Wales, pre D-DAY.


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#26 Sabrejet

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:29 AM

Barry Docks Embarkation Camp

Barry, Hayes Lane WWII US Army Camp (camp capacity 1,584 personnel) (T5790)

Barry Golf Course (V6) WWII Tented Winter Camp (camp capacity 1,302 personnel) (T5795). D-Day Marshalling Area Camp V6

Barry (G-40) WWII Supply Technical Training & Mobilisation Centre, also D-Day US Army Medical Depot G-40. 61st QM Battalion; 64th QM Battalion

Barry, New Camp WWII US Army Camp (camp capacity 1,248 personnel) (T5790)

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:33 AM

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Normandy is due south. Embarking vessels would sail west along the Bristol Channel then around the tip of the Cornish Penninsula and thereafter east into the English Channel.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 11:47 AM

HQ...St Donat's Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan. Today, it's home to Atlantic College, a private international school.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 12:50 PM

American troops with members of the local Home Guard in the grounds of St. Donat's castle.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 01:33 PM

Note the very dark shade of the officer's trousers compared with those of the other GIs. I presume they are OD #51 ("chocolate") ?

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 01:48 PM

The shirt is the same shade. It has to be 51. I don't think they had anything else that dark. I've got a tailor made set that the Ike Jacket, shirt and trousers are all shade 51.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 05:26 PM

Ian,
You do a better display of American soldiers....then American soldiers! :thumbsup: :lol:

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 05:41 PM

Awesome setup Ian! I could be wrong but I though the 2nd ID landed at Omaha?

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:26 PM

The 2nd Infantry Division embarked from NY en route to the UK in October ’43. Whilst in the UK they spent some months training in Wales in preparation for D-Day. In fact, elements of the division were based just a few miles from where I live today. So, I decided to put together a display representing a hypothetical 2nd ID infantryman as he might have appeared at that time by way of a tribute to all those young men who eventually landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day +1. All of the items seen here are original WW2 USGI. The basic uniform comprises of an OD wool shirt and pants with rough-out boots and leggings. The OD field jacket (with original patch etc) is a first pattern “Parsons jacket”. The helmet is a fixed-bail with British netting. Finally, the M1 rifle is a WW2 production Winchester. Everything is in mint, or near mint condition.


Hi Ian, nice grouping of equipment that you have put together for this display and good closeups of the details, pleased to see Craig pinned it rewarding your effort..

here's a link to some combat footage of the 2nd Div in France.



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Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:41 PM

Awesome setup Ian! I could be wrong but I though the 2nd ID landed at Omaha?


Doh! :pinch: You are correct....my error. Sorry, and thanks for the correction! :thumbsup:

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:47 PM

Hi Ian, nice grouping of equipment that you have put together for this display and good closeups of the details, pleased to see Craig pinned it rewarding your effort..

here's a link to some combat footage of the 2nd Div in France.



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Thanks Ken...great link. Perhaps the members might be interested to know that in your previous life as the militaria dealer Norman D. Landing you supplied a number of the items on show there from your always excellent and often minty stock (via Beltring) though I'm sure you won't remember them all as it was some years ago now! Where has the time gone?! :w00t:

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 02:10 AM

Well done Ian, realy amazing documentation...I like it , thanks to share. :thumbsup:

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 04:17 AM

Well done Ian, realy amazing documentation...I like it , thanks to share. :thumbsup:



Thank you Giovanni!

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 05:38 AM

realy a verry nice display , thanks for sharing :thumbsup:

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 05:41 AM

realy a verry nice display , thanks for sharing :thumbsup:



Merci Koen! Nous avons beaucoup d'histoire militaire dans le Pays de Galles! :thumbsup:

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 05:58 AM

http://www.theworlda...o/ww2barry.html

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An aerial shot of a US camp at Sully, near Barry, in WW2.

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 03:58 AM

Hadn't seen this before.. Excellent display Ian! Thanks for sharing.. Good work and great collection! :thumbsup:

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 04:21 AM

Thank you Ken! :thumbsup:

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 07:43 AM

Excellent display Ian.Any chance of a shot of the gas mask? :thumbsup:

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 10:15 AM

Really nice display and super condition, :thumbsup: Ray

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 03:53 AM

Thanks all!

@ Hitman-one: Here's the gas mask. '42 dated, unissued. The contents of the bag are still packed, just as they left the factory. It's a diaphragm mask which enabled voice communication by the wearer.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 03:54 AM

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 03:54 AM

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 03:55 AM

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 03:56 AM

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