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Then & now photo's 1980's and 2012 ..................

 

well back when I was younger in the 1980's myself and friends did a four day static display at a country festival in the UK. We shipped in thirty ton of sand and covered the ground and then built a scene of the beach on some remote pacific atoll. Over the next four days the scene evolved from a marine landing with everyone in spotty camo, rifles and packs, then we built a USN communications bunker with sand bags, then the scene settled into supplies coming ashore by DUKW's and moving inland. On the fourth day and for the last evening the USN bunker became Ken's bar with an Hawaiian atmosphere, beer, women, and dancing were allowed as the MP's had moved inland. :rolleyes::lol:

 

Note the sign hanging behind our Hawaiian shirted dancer and move onto 2012 and the same sign now adorns my new barbeque shack, others signs and artefact's may be added as and when they are found in storage. ;)

 

ken

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, 4 June 2012

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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Looking good Ken. Look forward to giving it the once over tomorrow! (PS. don't you know it's an offence to wear a loud shirt in a built-up area?! :lol: )

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

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" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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I like the dancer better. Does she still look as good as the sign after all these years ;)

 

Robert, she looked nothing like the sign in the first place. :huh:

 

And as a gentleman I couldn't possibly answer about her appearance now. -_-

 

ken

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, 4 June 2012

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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yep everything is in full swing here, many new plaques and figurines being unveiled this week, I will be attending one on the 8th dedicated to the U.S. army nurses that served over here

 

Ken,

 

It is so great to hear from you again! You have been missed!

 

If it is not too much trouble, I would LOVE to see what is dedicated to the nurses who served over there!

 

Take care and have fun! ..... Kat

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Then & now photo's 1980's and 2012 ..................

 

well back when I was younger in the 1980's myself and friends did a four day static display at a country festival in the UK. We shipped in thirty ton of sand and covered the ground and then built a scene of the beach on some remote pacific atoll. Over the next four days the scene evolved from a marine landing with everyone in spotty camo, rifles and packs, then we built a USN communications bunker with sand bags, then the scene settled into supplies coming ashore by DUKW's and moving inland. On the fourth day and for the last evening the USN bunker became Ken's bar with an Hawaiian atmosphere, beer, women, and dancing were allowed as the MP's had moved inland. :rolleyes::lol:

 

Note the sign hanging behind our Hawaiian shirted dancer and move onto 2012 and the same sign now adorns my new barbeque shack, others signs and artefact's may be added as and when they are found in storage. ;)

 

ken

Ken, The dancing girl in your old photo looks like Erika, am i right or am i right!. Have a good week, I`m sure you all will. Regards , Lee.

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, 4 June 2012

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Give my greetings and Best to Mr&Mrs S when they arrive> Robert

 

Robert, will do, over and out. :thumbsup:

 

ken

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, 4 June 2012

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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Ken,

 

It is so great to hear from you again! You have been missed!

 

If it is not too much trouble, I would LOVE to see what is dedicated to the nurses who served over there!

 

Take care and have fun! ..... Kat

 

Hi Kat, will do, the Sabrejet's and myself have been invited to the ceremony at the unveiling of the nurse's plaque, Lee who is organising this is also a forum member and I would suppose he will post photo's when he returns home.

 

By the way the plaque was commissioned and made in the USA a fitting monument I would have thought

 

ken

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, 4 June 2012

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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Ken, The dancing girl in your old photo looks like Erika, am i right or am i right!. Have a good week, I`m sure you all will. Regards , Lee.

 

Lee, you win the coconut for sure, that's Erika.

 

ken

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, 4 June 2012

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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Pure class !

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Hi Owen, thanks for the positive comment much appreciated. :lol: :thumbsup:

 

ken

 

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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I attended a militaria show Friday 1st June at St Marie du Mont and the above photographs show dug up lifebelts and rubberised gasmask bags for sale at the show.

 

Sorry I can't add more shots this evening I need to be preparing for my visitors tomorrow morning. :blink::lol:

 

ken

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, 4 June 2012

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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I hope you're having a fine time, Ken.

Be sure to post lots of photos when you have the time, I am curious about the new monuments and all.

Sorry I can't be there this year, I hope I'll get a chance to visit the area (soon).

Take good care.

 

Erwin

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Hello Ken, good to see you are alive and well. Hope you and your buddies have a great time this week. Take lots of photos please.

 

Hi Craig, well I may be alive but I had so much going on here I had no real time to engage in taking photographs and I really do need to buy a new camera my current one has developed some faults with it's applications and not worth trying to get it fixed which would cost more than a new model. :blink:

 

Had a good time with the Sabrejets during their visit, along with meeting up with other firends and even a few fellow forum members.

 

The sabrejet's kindly restocked my pantry with a wide selection of foods made in the UK as they felt that I might be missing some of the UK brands living here in France. :thumbsup: ;)

 

ken

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, 12 June 2012

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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Hi Craig, well I may be alive but I had so much going on here I had no real time to engage in taking photographs and I really do need to buy a new camera my current one has developed some faults with it's applications and not worth trying to get it fixed which would cost more than a new model. :blink:

 

Had a good time with the Sabrejets during their visit, along with meeting up with other firends and even a few fellow forum members.

 

The sabrejet's kindly restocked my pantry with a wide selection of foods made in the UK as they felt that I might be missing some of the UK brands living here in France. :thumbsup: ;)

 

ken

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, 12 June 2012

 

 

Craig...I needn't have bothered as he's very well-stocked with British Army rations!! :lol:

 

(Seriously though...he's a A+++ host!) :thumbsup:

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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I hope you're having a fine time, Ken.

Be sure to post lots of photos when you have the time, I am curious about the new monuments and all.

Sorry I can't be there this year, I hope I'll get a chance to visit the area (soon).

Take good care.

 

Erwin

 

Hi Erwin, well I am sure you will have already seen the many shot's that Ian ( Sabrejet ) has added to the forum since his return from visiting here, I think he pretty much filled two SD memory cards and brought two cameras with him this visit as he had a camera malfunction on his last visit two years ago and borrowed mine whilst out looking at sights and monuments.

 

ken

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, 12 June 2012

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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An advert that just arrived in my inbox from another friend.

 

ken

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, 12 June 2012

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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An advert that just arrived in my inbox from another friend.

 

ken

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, 12 June 2012

 

Ken,

 

That's a wonderful ad! Have you looked through the on-line WWI edition of Stars and Stripes? You will see some very nice ads for uniforms and equpment from shops in England and France.

 

 

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Lee, you win the coconut for sure, that's Erika.

 

ken

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, 4 June 2012

 

So who's Erica? Eleniak? :w00t:

 

 

BTW I was standing in Ken's BBQ shack and immediately recognised the sign from previous pictures and posts...

 

There's another one in Ken's toilet...!

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Ken's bathroom? Does he have an extra one for the ladies, like the one pictured here? :think:

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No Pat...but there's a T-handled entrenching tool outside the back door....just in case! ;)

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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No Pat...but there's a T-handled entrenching tool outside the back door....just in case! ;)

 

I can only imagine what Ken's house must look like! There must be some type of militaria ALL over the house!

 

....Kat

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