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  1. Thanks for the clarification regarding these items: My primary focus was the helmet; I was not aware that the current generation of helmets were not reissued. And this helmet seemed to be of fairly recent manufacture: 05. ( You say that you think this is an old model.) Is this practice the same of other ballistic protective gear? (A sincere question. I really don't know.) I do know that civilian kevlar used by law enforcement is often destroyed & replaced after a certain period of time as natural exposrre to dirt, grime & persperation diminishs the items protective nature. My "aqauintance" with the shop in his trunk was found out by the reserve tech in his unit and the incident was passed on to the unit commander who handled it at "administrtively:" basically a slap on the wrist. The unit commander it turned out had a bigger problem at the moment as many reserve personnel with govt. issued credit cards were running up tabs on things entirely unrelated to deployments, not paying their tabs, and leaving Uncle Sam with the default. At the time, such practices were not isolated incidents. I'm sorry to have come off as preachy.
  2. The Air Force Special Opertions Command consists of several specialized functions including CCT or Combat Crew Training , the TACP is the Tactical Air Control Party, PJs are the Para-rescue / "jumpers", and the SOWT are the Special Operations Weather Technicians. Never mind the Army of One: In the modern military it takes a well organized village to really raise hell.
  3. Cool collection indeed. But just before I came to the site here, I had been on the phone with an aid to my US Senator. And earlier this morning I actually spoke with my congressman. Both are preparing to return to Washington to participate in the debate and vote on our current & proposed national budget. It is a difficult issue. Where is the waste and what (who) do we cut?I'm not trying to bring politics into the discussion but we DO have a fiscal problem in this fine nation of ours. And I know that this point is a relative drip in the bucket, but as I looked at the images I couldn't help wondering how much that tactical balistic helmet and other gear that looks essentially unused cost the Air force and thus the US govenrmant and thus the tax payers. And I couldn't help but wonder how many other friends, little brothers, kids, are loading up. (Tradition, right?) Jeez, I recall a buddy in the Army reserves passing out camo coats and pilots gloves from the trunk of his car. It's just a thought. Sorry to be a downer. Happy New Year......
  4. I woke up from a dream this morning, having been replaying these soundtracks in my mind: The theme from Last of the Mohicans: from Empire of the Sun: And this from “The Mission” with Robert Dinero & Jeremy Irons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG9l2Ik67Gw But one of the best overall original scores ever was done for Lawrence of Arabia.
  5. "Soldiers of the Queen" (literally) at the end of Breaker Morant. Sung by Edward Woodward who played Morant in the movie. http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Breaker+morant+%22soldiers+of+the+queen%22&mid=59587E016A03DE99BE5959587E016A03DE99BE59&view=detail&FORM=VIRE1
  6. "Soldiers of the Queen" at the end of the Austrailian movie Breaker Morant (sung by Edwin Woodward who played the role of Morant) http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Breaker+morant+%22soldiers+of+the+queen%22&mid=59587E016A03DE99BE5959587E016A03DE99BE59&view=detail&FORM=VIRE1
  7. Well, Does anyone have this one: THE US MARINES ON IWO JIMA "By Five Official Marine Combat Writers" published by "the Infantry Journal" in 1945 (Capt. Raymond Henri, 1st Lt. Jim Lucas, Tech Sgt W/ Keyes Beech, Tech Sgt. David Dempsy, Tech Sgt Alvin M. Josephy Jr.) Very fresh accounts including the initial misidentification of the men who raised the flag in Rosenthals picture. Paperback. and includes photographs!
  8. The National WWI Museum '"Liberty Memorial" in Kansas City, Missouri is currently hosting through March of 1913, a special exhibit titled "World War I All-Stars: Sports & the Inter-Allied Games" The focus is on the games that were held in Paris in June of 1919 between teems from the allied nations. It is a very impressive display. http://www.theworldwar.org/s/110/new/index...1&pgid=1233 (Heck, it is a very impressive museum. Well worth a trip to KC. I go probably twice a year as the collection is so extensive they rotate some exhibits.) Gary Bachman
  9. January 2012 H.R. 938 - the Frank Buckles World War l Memorial Act. This legislation would help to designate Kansas City's World War l Memorial as the National World War l Memorial. The dedication of this monument in Kansas city was the ONLY occassion when the leading generals of all the allied armies met together. This is a remarkable and monumental museum. This bill is currently in debate. It's only significant opposition is a push to establish an existing monument in Washington DC, one built to honor the 200 or soldiers from DC who died in the war as THE national WWI monument. Simply because it's in Washington... Please let your representatives and senators know your feelings about this. Gary Bachman (Frank Buckles was the last surviving American eteran of WWI. He died last February.)
  10. I remember watching Tribes in my dorm room as a college freshman in 1970. I thought it was cool back then. I wonder how it has stood the test of time. I remember another interesting move from that time period "the Sergeant" with Rod Steiger. http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res...FB4678383679EDE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSg93iamz8M
  11. When I was in 7th grade (&13 y/o) I wrote a story about WWII fliers. Watching this move, I found myself suspecting the screen writers has stolen my script. Seriously the dialogue sucked. This was a video comic on the scale of Sgt. Rock, Sgt. Furry, Jeb Stuart, and Capt. Storm. I was quite disappointed. Particularly with the timelines (the first bombing of Berlin?) and over the top successes. (What was it? Four 262 destoyed in that fight?). And who knew that planes with just machine guns could wreck such havoc on an enemy air base or combat ship? I get that this was just an action flick. But the heroics of the Tuskeegee Airmen are worthy of being told truthfully. And "pretty boy?" OMG What a laugh. See, the problem is that African Americans have gotten such a poor showing in the media, that some unsuspecting folks will chalk this "finally told" version down as truth. The men of the 332nd deserved better than this. Heck, in SO many ways they were better than this! Jeez, even the early debate about whether or not to attack the train was totally cornball: repeat after me, "rules of engagment." ( Now the popcorn: that was darn good!)
  12. All of these are movies I've only seen one time on TV. All were a long time ago - like when I was a teen. ( I'm 58 now) The Young Lions with Marlon Brando & Montgomery Clift ( the book was much better) A time to Love and a Time to Die from the book by Erich Maria Remarque (who wrote "all Quiet on the Western Front") Read the book in junior high: The love scenes were really mushy. Just like the bodies emerging from the snow in the spring thaw... (I only saw part of the movie on late night TV one time: mostly it was the mushy love scenes darn it) In the mid to late 60s I saw a movie titled "Armored Command" It was German, dubed into English. 30 years later I saw the 1956 version of "Stalingrad" (Dogs Do you want to live for ever?) It was pretty much the same movie, but there are specific scenes that I remember from "Armored command" that were not in Stalingrad. Like a kublewagen with massive snowtire chains and flaps that allowed it to drive across the snow... And the piano player actually losing his fingers... ( Hey! I was 13 or 14, we're taliking cool shinola here!) Piece of Cake a British mini-series about British Spitfire pilots at the start of WWII (the "Phoney War" period, the retreat from France, and only the beginning of the Battle of Britain.) I saw this one on "masterpiece Theater" about 10 years ago. I missed the final episode dang it! "Home Front" A TV series from the early 90s about a perfectly wonderful small industrial town in Ohio at the end of WWII. The women have been working in the factorys and the men are coming home and taking back the jobs. And not everything is right. (In SO many ways.) Kind of a "the Best Years of Our Lives" remade as soap opera with a really big cast and a whole lot of social issues: I really liked it a lot. And then it was gone. (featured a really young Kyle Chandler who is now in "Friday Night Lights")
  13. Lawrence of Arabia. 1962. Saw it at the grand opening of the the new multi-cinema theater complex at the Ward Parkway Center. ( One of the first multi theater complexes in the US.) it knocked my socks off. Still one of the greatest movies I've ever seen. Even the sound track was superb: I wore out the old "hi fidelity" - 331/3 album I had. But I can still hear it. Gary B
  14. I watched it in 1965 at the Plaza Theater. I was 13. I even bought the special edition picture book that was sold in the theater. (I bought it before I saw the movie.) I thought the Germans were cool. I particularly liked the grizzled old NCO. And the command "trailer:" that was pretty neat. But I also recognized that this was a fantasy movie with no semblance to reality. Was that the Ardenes or the arid Spanish countryside? I remember wondering, Where are the trees? And aren't those German tanks really Pattons or Sheridans? And the scene, rolling the gasoline drums down the road! gimme a break. As a 13 year old I was mesmerized by the action, but acutely aware even then (with only library books and old "Life" magazines as reference points) that this was entirely a work of fantasy... on my list, it is one of the weakest war movies I've spent money on. even as a kid. GEB
  15. GEB


    Gallant Men, yep that's it. THANKS, I was 10 years old when that show ran, and that is the last I'd heard of it. Somewhere along the line I reimagined the title as "Brave Men." which was the title of one of the books written by Ernie Pyle. (and covering the Italian campaign) I'd forgotten that the show featured a war correspondent in Italy. I wonder now of the possible influence in that show of the work of Pyle. (Maybe if it'd survived into a 2nd or 3rd season the cast might have moved to the Pacific....) Gary
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