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  1. Dad was on a troop ship heading to Hawaii when they got word of the surrender.  Somebody on the bridge got so excited they turned on all the ship's floodlights.  Until somebody on the bridge realized they were making a perfect target for any Japanese sub that didn't get the memo, or didn't care.  He said it was one of the scariest few minutes of the war in which he wasn't actually getting shot at. Except for whoever turned on the lights, nobody wanted to get torpedoed AFTER the war was over. Don't know if this really happened, but Dad liked to tell the story.  

  2. On 8/30/2020 at 9:25 AM, General Apathy said:


    Hi Johan, we enjoyed sharing the evening and a meal with both of you . :lol: Jane said that next time you're here you must visit her farm for a meal.   


    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, August 30  2020.



    Nice that you were able to connect up and share a meal.  And inside a restaurant at that.  No inside dining here since early March.  This is a Mom and Pop place near home that I've adopted to help get through this mess.  Run by the nicest folks, who were one of the first here to come up with a clever reopening plan after being shut down for a month.  Order at the blocked off entry, eat at the outdoor tables.  The fried chicken sandwich is awesome and so big I can't eat it all at one sitting.  Half for lunch. Half for dinner.    



  3. On 8/29/2020 at 10:54 PM, General Apathy said:


    Remaining image of WWII London . . . . . . . . . 


    A few weeks ago a London friend sent me a couple of images to post here of bullet and shrapnel strikes still visible on the Ritz hotel in London, he also sent me images of wall shrapnel strikes from a WWI Zeppelin raid on London, I shall have to go back in my files and look for the Zeppelin strike images. 


    Todays post shows remaining WWII signs for shelters and  the location of water for fire control. 


    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, August 30  2020.









  4. On 8/30/2020 at 5:17 AM, Dogsbody said:

    Ah yes, we really love our bicycles......we even put them on our stamps (we rarely use anymore........)



    And especially for Mikie 😉




    I will be back for some serious comments later on. I've only had time for the malarky above.





    I like the stamp.  Does the glue taste like Gouda if you lick it?  

  5. On 8/31/2020 at 8:07 AM, Johan Willaert said:

    Came across this photo on a Facebook page and thought it was rather nice...

    Taken in early WW2 showing an early slatgrill Jeep, M1917A1 helmets and denim uniforms...

    GIs of the 40th Division training at Camp San Luis Obispo


    Neat photo.  I sometimes forget that they had colors back then.  


  6. 3 hours ago, amberg1853 said:

    I make a killing selling homing pigeons on Ebay.  Sold the same one 22 times!  Maybe you should send me the patch as an award....just kidding.  Very nice and I never knew these existed.  Learn something new everyday. 

    Oh that was a terrible joke. I love it! 

  7. 8 hours ago, General Apathy said:


    Todays UK radio . . . . . . . . . . . 


    The output on BBC radio 2 today is totally ' DIRE ', so for the last four hours whilst working on my computer I have been playing the back catalog of Led Zeppelin tunes through Youtube, just reached ' Kashmir ' and still blown away with it even after so many years . . . . . . . . . .  :love:


    Emailed my daughter earlier with one of our favourite songs with the message ' love you, always ' 


    Bob, Carak, Carmen and Stryder the dog, at the Bron-y-aur farm near Machynlleth, North Wales, the dog was such a calm creature.


    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, August 28  2020.



    Just about my favorite band. Amazing that you know them. Echoing Kat , your autobiography would be incredible. Who should play you in the movie? 

  8. 32 minutes ago, General Apathy said:


    More of the memory shoebox was opened up this week . . . . . . . . . . .


    Earlier this week a friend was passing nearby an old country pub close to the WWII American airbase at Molesworth, he stopped to grab a shot of the pub ( poor overcast rainy day ).  


    The same pub back in 1944 with American servicemen from the airbase.


    A reconstruction of the wartime shot featuring friends and myself taken in 1990.


    On the day that we visited in 1990 the landlord and his wife were very kind and helpful in our setting up of the scene, we carried a table outdoors, and dressed the table as seen in the wartime shot, an ash tray ( note both ashtrays have the same writing on the side ) a vase of flowers, a circular serving tray etc. The Landlady went and changed her dress to a darker one similar in shade to the wartime Landlady, the Landlord served us our beers.  


    Note on the wartime shot that to the side of the Landlady's head there is an electric bell-push, in 1990 the same bell-push was still there but painted  completely over, wish we had taken two folding deck-chairs to complete the scene. 


    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, August 28  2020.








    That is just awesome!  One of your best Then, Then and Nows ever, due to your personal touch


  9. 6 hours ago, General Apathy said:


    Then and now of a different sort . . . . . . . . . 


    Tuesday I called into the museum at Deadman's Corner, Manu the co-owner showed me around the museum to see the latest arrivals. More and more uniforms and equipment have been donated from the children or families of wartime Normandy servicemen, all very interesting.


    Normally my Then & Now shots show the same buildings or locations 75 years apart, these two photos show a restaurant building that was prominent in wartime photos of Carentan and demolished at wars end for road-widening, and the copy of the same building constructed within the Deadman's corner museum.  


    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, August 27  2020.







    Reminds me of The Venetian Casino in Vegas.  Being outside while inside.  It can get a bit disorienting wandering around there for a while.  But then Vegas does that to a person.  




  10. 22 hours ago, world war I nerd said:

    Uncle Sam giving "Kaiser Bill" a taste of the Second Liberty Loan.



    Sorry, this is't a postcard, but I like to contribute here when I can. Which is sadly not very often.  This Liberty Loan medallion has been on my key chain for years and years.  from what I've been able to find out, these medallions were issued for the 5th Liberty Loan in 1919 and are made from German cannon  captured by American troops at Château-Thierry.



    Liberty Loan Medal.jpg

  11. 1 hour ago, General Apathy said:


    More WWII manuals . . . . . . . 


    Hi Johan,  thanks for adding more detail to the Jeep manual posts, and your generous comment ' great manuals ' 


    It was always one of my ambitions to own one of these ugly looking trucks a Ford GTB model 4 x 4,  very uncommon here in Europe,  in anticipation that I might one day own one I bought this fantastic set of three unused manuals relating to the GTB, someone had bolted the three manuals together as a set. 


    well I never managed to get one, sometimes other stuff gets in the way, as it did . . . . . . . . . . . . . we make plans, God laughs 


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









    That's a new vehicle for me to see. Sorry you never ended up with one of these trucks. But thank you for preserving all these manuals and contributing them to my never ending edumacation.


  12. 6 hours ago, General Apathy said:


    Hi Rene,  thanks for the image of Patton, he appears to have the four-buckle cloth top version of the overboots, and as you say his cavalry boots extending above these. 


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




    With all that mud and water all over the place, seems like Ike should tuck his pants into a set of those boots.  

  13. 6 hours ago, General Apathy said:


    Intriguing Jeep question . . . . . . . . . .


    shown attached is one of my Jeep reference manuals, this manual features the Willys slat grille version, what intrigues me is that the manual is dated Dec 1st 1941 and it is already marked 3rd change of build. The other part that intrigues me is that the Jeep may possibly have been sold off into the civilian market as the name written on the front is ' M.C. Roff, September 16 1943, New Jersey ' perhaps already being considered an obsolete model.


    The manual appears to be in near perfect condition certainly so on the inside pages, maybe Mr Roff had little problem with his Jeep, and I wonder what happened to this particular Jeep.


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





    That has to be a tough manual to find.  Just a thought, but maybe the Change no. 3 refers to changes in the manual?  


  14. 5 hours ago, manayunkman said:

    Great shot of the admiral.


    Love his helmet but why does someone need to see him 25 mi away?


    20 minutes ago, General Apathy said:


    Hi Pieter.  sorry I was just making fun of the size of the stars, that it would be possible to see them from twenty-five miles away . . . . .


    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, August 17  2020.




    20 minutes ago, General Apathy said:


    Hi Pieter.  sorry I was just making fun of the size of the stars, that it would be possible to see them from twenty-five miles away . . . . .


    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, August 17  2020.



    Big stars, bug...ummm...heart?

  15. 48 minutes ago, kammo-man said:

    Ripping yarns is the best work he did !!
    It’s simply one of the best shows ever

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    I've only seen one or two of them.  I'll need to check it out.



  16. 4 hours ago, General Apathy said:


    Hi Owen,  here's another shot of Jim as you would have seen him around the set on his combo during ' Fury ' shoot . . .  


    The SAS Jeep I have sent on to a friend a retired SAS officer and he has sent it up the line to the relevant museum researchers for further research.


    oh and in reference back to our ' Ripping Yarns ' comments a few points back Jim did stunts on a television episode of  ' Ripping Yarns ' in 1977. Also note that he did stunt doubles in 1979 for both Christopher Plummer and Harrison Ford on the film ' Hanover Street ', I have the clapper board for Hanover Street on a shelf at my house. 


    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, August 17  2020.





    That's an impressive resume! Wow!  He worked on Blake's 7!  By current standards, a pretty cheesy show, but I love it.  Not sure if in spite of or because of the cheese.  Avon and Vila are one of the coolest duos in Scifi.   


  17. 4 hours ago, General Apathy said:


    For Sale, front seam, stainless edge, swivel bail . . . . . . . . . . .


    Would you consider buying this given the three large stencilled stars on the front . . . . . . . . :huh:


    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, August 16  2020.



    Strange constellation there. Probably not a good idea to wear that too close to the front lines. Any legitimate helmet to a 3-star general would be out of my budget, so I wouldn't consider buying it. Any info on the helmet? 


  18. Everything is gone. The last bunch was picked up yesterday.  In the past I've grabbed odd bits of furniture, tools, etc. But nothing at all this time. And never anything military so far. 


    As for the cars, nah, I drive a 12 year old Prius with 120000+ miles on it. Hard to upgrade that. 


    Thanks for all the great find stories. You can bet I'll keep looking! 



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