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  1. . Todays wartime gift . . . . . . I was gifted this WWII German fuel barrel today that had been made into a BBQ fire, although not marked Wehrmacht it is pre-war dated with 1937 on the bottom end. It requires a good wire brushing and then I will probably spray it with matt black heat resistant paint. Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, July 10 2020. .
  2. . Ste Mere Eglise . . . . . . . Hi Johan, Kat & Mikie, thanks for your comments on the 1960's photo of Ste Mere Eglise, I like how some twenty years after the war it emphasises how small the town was during the war. Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, July 08 2020. .
  3. . Hi Owen, yes Joe Lyndhurst's museum was an early example of a private military museum in the UK I believe starting back in the 1960's, I only ever visited once in the 1990's when it was on it's wane as Joe became older. Joe's son was Nicholas Lyndhurst famous for playing Rodney ( Dave ) in the comedy television series ' Only Fools & Horses ', seen here on the left in this photograph. Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, July 08 2020. .
  4. . Aerial image Ste Mere Eglise 1960 . . . . . . . . Aerial shot from the internet taken in 1960, the museum in the top right corner hadn't been started as yet, neither was the now regular feature of the paratrooper dummy hanging from the church. Very few cars to be seen a couple in the square and a couple over on the left of the photo, the American cemetery in the town was to the left of the football field until it was removed to Omaha Beach area in 1947. Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, July 07 2020. .
  5. . Hi Early MB, thanks for the googled photo, I passed this spot last July, on the way through I spotted that there had been a tubular frame put up supporting a large wartime shot of the viaduct. On my return I intended to stop and capture shots of the viaduct, the photo and a photo of them both together however before I returned the framed image had been removed. Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, July 06 2020. .
  6. . Collectors dream find . . . . . . . . . just acquired this image this morning, very interesting shot which appears to have been photographed at a US homeland base, nice stack of boots, notice the ones positioned at the side of the chairs . . . . . . . . . Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, July 06 2020. .
  7. . Hi Mikie, has Barb wired you back yet . . . . . . . . . . . . I think you staked too much on her helping you, she might get defensive and just string you along from post to post . . . . . . . Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, July 06 2020. .
  8. . Hi Rene, some nice pieces from the Stars & Stripes paper, outdated models of Jeeps were sold off to the public all through WWII. About twenty years ago in the USA my friend Ernest Childers ( MoH ) took me to a facility that sold off military articles, only ex-service personnel could purchase from this place, the item that caught my eye at the time was a solid rubber Armalite drill rifle, would have been difficult to get back on a plane with it ?????? Reading the article shown above with the writer complaining that he found people trying to tell others what to do rang a bell with me. Over the last ten years and accelerating more recently is the phenomenon of people in the entertainment industry preaching their pet subject to the audiences and insisting that the audience should fall in line with those thoughts. If I have paid to see a singer sing, I want songs, or for a sports person to play sport and I don't wish to be dictated to . . . . . . . . Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, July 05 2020. .
  9. . Hi Rene, I would have staked money on either you or Mikie coming up with a pun . . . . . . . lets see if Mikie gets wired enough to come up with one if he gets himself to the plate . . . . . . . Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, July 05 2020. .
  10. . German barbed wire stakes . . . . . . . many people think of American M1 helmets as all the same, again that all Jeeps are the same unaware of all the small difference of style and materials incorporated into each one. Initially looking at German barbed wire stakes they all look identical certainly the poles standing above ground level, however the plates at the base of the stakes below ground have differences, so far I have three different styles. In no particular order here are the three styles. #3, third up, several inches of the lower end of the stake are cut passed through slots in the plate folded underneath and riveted through the plate. However this stake also has two shaped support brackets bolted on the top side of the plate. Once in the ground with a foot or two of compacted soil on the plate then the stakes are virtually unremovable without digging out. In fact soil was sufficient to hold them steady without the need for concrete, many of this stakes can be seen bent over or almost flattened by heavy vehicles or tanks having passed over them and still not wrenched out the ground. Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, July 05 2020. . .
  11. German barbed wire stakes . . . . . . . many people think of American M1 helmets as all the same, again that all Jeeps are the same unaware of all the small difference of style and materials incorporated into each one. Initially looking at German barbed wire stakes they all look identical certainly the poles standing above ground level, however the plates at the base of the stakes below ground have differences, so far I have three different styles. In no particular order here are the three styles. #2, second up several inches of the lower end of the stake are cut passed through slots in the plate folded underneath and riveted through the plate. Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, July 05 2020. . .
  12. . German barbed wire stakes . . . . . . . many people think of American M1 helmets as all the same, again that all Jeeps are the same unaware of all the small difference of style and materials incorporated into each one. Initially looking at German barbed wire stakes they all look identical certainly the poles standing above ground level, however the plates at the base of the stakes below ground have differences, so far I have three different styles. In no particular order here are the three styles. #1 first up, the this stake is riveted to the topside of the plate with the use of three ' L ' shape brackets, with only the rivet heads visible on the underside off the plate. Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, July 05 2020. . .
  13. . Hi Graham, many thanks for taking the time to make the posts showing the different towns Then & Now . . . . . . very enjoyable. Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, July 05 2020. ( today would have been my fathers birthday ) .
  14. . You and me and a dog named blue . . . . . . . how I would like to own this truck, it's a Dutch registered 1940's Dodge currently advertised for sale on Milweb, with past experience of trying to get non French cars registered here then it's too risky buying such a vehicle and then not being able to get French registration. Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, July 02 2020. .
  15. . Friends Jeeping day . . . . . . . yesterday was Jeeping friend Douglas's birthday, so a few other Jeeping friends got together with Douglas and took a ride out along country roads and tracks north of London, lovely shot of the sky above them . . . . . . Sadly not possible for me to have joined them. Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, July 02 2020. .
  16. . Still having a tidy up . . . . . . . . Thanks, Johan, Rene, Mikie, Kat, Owen, Piet for all your recent posts and keeping the flow going . . . . . . . . . Been tidying various things, house, garden, boxes, shelves, life . . . . . . pulled out this January 1944 Technical Manual as an example of the breadth of manuals that the US Army produced during WWII. Most people would consider it frivolous due to it's subject but the quartermaster repair and supply units would probably have made use of it. Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, July 02 2020. .
  17. . Hi Mike, sad to hear that you feel you might never make it here to Normandy, nothing to stop you getting a Jeep though, I found you Jeeps for sale in California, sadly you will be not just a day late and a dollar short, you're 74 years late and several hundred dollars short . . . . . . . . Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, July 02 2020. .
  18. . Hi Mikie, Nothing military about this, but it reminded me of Claude Monet's 1900 painting ' Pathway of Flowers '. thank you for the very interesting photo within a photo. Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, June 21 2020. .
  19. . Hi Rene, thanks for adding your regular Then and Now shots of Holland . . . . . . . . . I need to be doing some more when I can. Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, June 27 2020. .
  20. . Hi Johan, thanks for adding all the cycles and Jeep photos keeping the military feeling going . . . . . I suspect that your jeep is itching to be riding around Normandy again once your rebuild is finished. Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, June 27 2020. .
  21. . Hi Rene, you were on a roll there . . . . . . Question for you Q: Why does Johan take his bicycle to bed with him? A: Because he doesn't want to walk in his sleep. Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, June 21 2020. .
  22. . French village finds messages from WWI-era US soldiers . . . . . . . . . https://www.france24.com/en/20180311-france-village-charmoy-wwi-war-us-soldiers-history Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, June 21 2020. .
  23. . Hi Kat, thanks, I have always tried to be a sponge soaking up information and detail. Here's another Then & Now for you. Spent an hour in Ste Mere this morning checking houses to match with the 1946 image of the first anniversary parade. I couldn’t get to the same position as in the 1946 image due to a motorway bridge now straddling this road in that position. Sadly this house has had slates added to the side wall within the last two years. If you look to the left of the American flag it’s possible to see the small roof window and also the decorative stonework down the corner of the wall and around the windows. Below the wall painting the roof slope of the attached garage is visible.. Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, June 21 2020. . .
  24. . Hi Johan, thanks for pedalling your cycle website here on the thread once again . . . . . . . . . . . . come on Mikie & Rene see if you can come up with an equal pun or even a better one, give it a push you might even be able to keep this one free-wheeling . . . . . . . . Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, June 19 2020. .
  25. . Hi Rene, this Art Deco balustrade is situated at the Victory Memorial Parkway WWI Monument - Minneapolis, Minnesota. The whole of the monument is very decorative and worth seeing should anyone make a visit. Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, June 20 2020. .
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