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  1. On 9/14/2020 at 6:52 PM, rusl4 said:

    I will, I’m looking for someone to translate it now, it has sketches and diagram type drawings so I’m thinking it might be more military than personal 

    The diagram on the open pages looks like some kind of schematic?  Maybe he chose to bring that home because it has something to do with a Japanese version of his own specialty?  Just a guess.  Please let us know if you find more info.  



  2. 1 hour ago, Dogsbody said:

    On the recycling topic I can add one that's very dear to me. After the war when there wasn't much stuff around, people had to make do with what they could get their hands on. Here's a picture of a liberated and well used German canteen cup. It belongend to my grandfather who , after the war, used it for his shaving routine. It used to contain a shaving brush, soap and a razor. The contents have long since gone, unfortunately but you can still smell the shaving soap.


    To most folks that would be an old bit of junk.  But with that story it becomes priceless!  


  3. 19 hours ago, USCapturephotos said:

    The last for tonight and my most recent pick up....this image was found along with 34 other images under a bed in a house clean out. Many of the images were 6th corps related and some were from the 82nd PV. I wish I knew which regiment these two soldiers served, but both are wearing cloth 6th corps badges that appear to be red, denoting 1st Division. I've always loved Civil War images involving food and utensils. I used to have several killer tintypes with a similar theme but sold them maybe 7 or 8 years ago.

    Thanks for looking!



    The really remarkable thing about this image is that the soldier on the right is smiling. I may have, but can't recall seeing a Civil War soldier with a happy look on his face in one of these portraits before.  

  4. 2 hours ago, General Apathy said:


    Hi Robert, they all said they had a great weekend . . . . . . Jim firing up his BMW R70, bottom left corner shows the edge of his Kettenkrad tracked bike . . . . . . . . 


    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 23  2020.







    No THAT looks like a really cool way to spend a weekend!  

  5. 7 minutes ago, General Apathy said:


    Hi Mikie,  great to recycle rather than waste . . . . . . . regarding re-use of your old kitchen drawer, about ten years ago I posted shots of a 1920's Champagne crate I recycled to cover the house electric switches, here it is again. 


    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 23  2020.







    That's great!  It may have been what I was thinking of.  There was half-remembered reused something you did that was rattling around in my tiny brain.  

  6. 21 hours ago, General Apathy said:


    Todays recycling project . . . . . . .


    Grabbed this sturdy container from the recycling dump today, chopped the top off, drilled holes in both sides, made some wooden battens for inside to support the rope handles.


    Great for multitude of purposes, carry tools out to the garden, picnic carrier fits exactly in the space between the Jeep seats, also suitable for cold drinks and fill with ice to keep chilled,  garden log carrier, water bucket, and many other uses’s  . . . . . . . . . . . . another weeding the garden, going to grab another couple when I next visit the recycling dump. B)


    Hope other readers find this a useful idea . . . . . . maybe post your uses's  . . . . . . . :lol:


    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 21  2020.








    Handy carryall. And you are doing your part to save the environment!  I vaguely recall you posting some other clever bits of refuse reuse a while back, but can't remember what they were. I have a hard time throwing stuff away.  Never know when something will come in handy.  Here are a couple of mine...an old fireplace tool holder for my US Civil War swords.  And when I needed something to cover the control panel for my sprinkler system, I modified an old kitchen drawer.  

    Sword Stand.jpg

    Sprinkler Control Cover.jpg

  7. These posters were on the wall at my Red Cross office.  I saw them while making a blood donation yesterday.  One is WW1 era and the other is WW2. Due to the floor plan I wasn't able to get close to take better pictures.  I'm pretty sure they are not originals.  Still nice to see them, though. 

    WW1 RC poster.jpg

    WW2  RC poster.jpg

  8. On 9/14/2020 at 2:58 AM, General Apathy said:

    Normandy finds . . . . . . . 


    A few days ago a friend in the village dug a hole to set a new gate post into, he found this bottom half of a US meat-can as he dug the hole, sadly the handle was missing appeared to have been wrenched off before the meat-can was discarded. 


    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 14  2020.




    I never get tired of seeing what gets dug up over there. 

  9. On 9/16/2020 at 10:28 AM, kammo-man said:

    It’s funny but on most films the same kind of thing is always photographed.
    Here’s me at the bottom with the rest of the dummies awaiting to get dressed into a set during Squad.

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    Looks like you joined the Corpse Corps. 

  10. The post a bit earlier about the pub with lots of insignia on the walls reminded me of some of my favorite goodies from my other interest, the Space program.  Years ago someone offered a big collection of signed astronaut photos.  They were priced incredibly cheap because they had been tacked to a wall and were not in very good shape.  I bought 7 or 8 of them.  After I got them I realized from the inscriptions that the wall they had been tacked to was in the dining room of the legendary (among space buffs) Pe-Te's Cajun BBQ located just outside the gates of Ellington Field AFB and very close to NASA Houston mission control center.  The place was a favorite hangout for folks from both the base, and NASA.  The walls and ceiling  were filled with all kinds of cool stuff.  Pe-Te's closed down a while back and Pe-Te's son got rid of everything.  The guy I bought them from got them at a flea market or such.  If you look at the lower right corner of the Eileen Collins photo, you can see part of a red sticker that is clearly visible on her photo of the wall.  While not valuable, the history behind these photos make them special.  


    PT Wall of Pix.jpg

    PT Eileen Collins.jpg

  11. 7 hours ago, General Apathy said:


    Hi Mikie,  a few Jeeping friends in the UK had a day in paradise on Sunday sat above the white cliffs of Dover looking out across the English Channel towards France as tomorrow is the eightieth anniversary of the Battle of Britain.


    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 14  2020.






    Neat.  I'm used to just seeing pictures of the cliffs from offshore.  Thanks for the reminder that there is actually something behind and on top of them! 


  12. 10 hours ago, General Apathy said:

    A forum member tale . . . . . . . . . . 


    One day a man named Mikie decided to retire...


    He booked himself on a Caribbean cruise and proceeded


    to have the time of his life, that is, until the ship sank.



    He soon found himself on an island with no other people,


    no supplies, nothing, only bananas and coconuts.


    After about four months, he is lying on the beach 


    one day when the most gorgeous woman he has ever seen rows up to the shore.


    In disbelief, he asks, "Where did you come from? How did you get here?"

    She replies, "I rowed over from the other side of the island 


    where I landed when my fishing boat sank."


    "Amazing," he notes. "You were really lucky to have a row boat wash up with you."

    "Oh, this thing?" explains the woman.


    " I made the boat out of some raw material I found on the island. 


    The oars were whittled from gum tree branches.


    I wove the bottom from palm tree branches, 


    and the sides and stern came from an Eucalyptus tree."

    "But, where did you get the tools?"

    "Oh, that was no problem," replied the woman.


    " On the south side of the island, a very unusual stratum 


    of alluvial rock is exposed. I found that if I fired it to a 


    certain temperature in a volcanic vent I found just down island, 


    it melted into ductile iron and


    I used that to make tools and used the tools to make the hardware."

    The guy is stunned.

    "Let's row over to my place," she says "and I'll give you a tour." 


    So, after a short time of rowing, she soon docks the boat 


    at a small hand built wharf. As the man looks to shore, he nearly falls off the boat.


    Before him is a long stone walk leading to a cabin and tree house.

    While the woman ties up the rowboat with an expertly


    woven hemp rope, the man can only stare ahead, dumb struck. 


    As they walk into the house, she says casually, 


    "It's not much, but I call it home. Please sit down."

    "Would you like a drink?"
    "No! No thank you," the man blurts out, still dazed.

    "I can't take another drop of coconut juice."

    "Oh, it's not coconut juice," winks the woman.


    "I have a still. How would you like a Jack Daniels neat?"

    Trying to hide his continued amazement, the man accepts, 


    and they sit down on her couch to talk. After they exchange their 


    individual survival stories, the woman announces,


    "I'm going to slip into something more comfortable.


    Would you like to take a shower and shave? 


    There's a razor in the bathroom cabinet upstairs."


    No longer questioning anything, the man goes upstairs into the bathroom.


    There, in the cabinet is a razor made from a piece of tortoise bone. 


    Two shells honed to a hollow ground edge are fastened 


    on to its end inside a swivel mechanism.

    "This woman is amazing," he muses. "What's next?"
    When he returns, she greets him wearing nothing but a bandanna 


    around her blonde locks and some small flowers on tiny vines,

    each strategically positioned, she 


    smelled faintly of coconut oil.. 


    She then beckons for him to sit down next to her.

    "Tell me," she begins suggestively, slithering closer to him,


    "We've both been out here for many months. You must have been lonely.


    When was the last time you had a really good ride? She stares into his eyes.

    He can't believe what he's hearing. 




    "You mean..." he swallows excitedly 



    as tears begin to form in his eyes,

    “ You've built a Jeep ?" 




    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 12  2020.






    A jeep would make it a paradise!

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