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March 1939 National Geographic library book

Now heres the rub, this book appears to be overdue as it was last loaned out in 1940 :lol:.  As my friend who I inherited it from was born thirty years after then, then it couldn't have been him that failed to return it.

I wonder what really happened to the person who loaned it, were they killed in an air-raid, the book recovered from a bombed house by someone else, or the person loaning the book inducted into the forces, a tale of mystery methinks . . . . . . . . Anyway I wouldn't want to be the one paying the 80 year old over-due fees . .  even at two-pence a week :o 

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

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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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OK, moving away from Jeeps and getting back to bicycles...

Shown below are two examples of Women's bikes made by Westfield-Columbia during WW2.

The black one, 1942 Model Vg296, is all Original down to the seat and tires and is typical for wartime production lacking chrome...
It was mainly used by civilan war-workers as a means of transport to get to the factory for much needed war production...
But as the second photo shows also used by US Navy WAVES....

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Second bike is a US Army Contract G519-M306 Women's Bicycle issued to the Army Nurse Corps and WAC...
It was made in 1943 and full restored by me around 2013-14... One of the most difficult models to locate and I have only about 7 or 8 on file worldwide!!!!

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My wife and daughter riding the above on the seaside near our home....

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From picture to postcard.

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The photo shows a Canadian motorcyclist, Holland 1945.

Rene

 


Never give in - never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.

 

Churchill

 

Keep buggering on.

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Honey, will you take out the trash?……………………..

 

Rene


Never give in - never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.

 

Churchill

 

Keep buggering on.

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31 minutes ago, Dogsbody said:

Honey, will you take out the trash?……………………..

 

Rene

Way cool, but not the most practical means of moving the bins. Now a dalek, maybe.


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Building war damage London . . . . . . 

As we are in virus lock-down throughout France it's been impossible to get out and take images of buildings and locations in Normandy, with grateful thanks to a friend Douglas in London I post this image.

So next time any of the forum readers stay at the London Ritz ( ok lets say walking past ) then take a look at the upper facade of the building and you will notice bullet and shrapnel damage still evident in several areas, heres one section Douglas photographed.

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, May 19 2020 

( almost half a year gone already and heading shortly to the years longest day )

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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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On 5/16/2020 at 4:07 AM, Johan Willaert said:

My wife and daughter riding the above on the seaside near our home....

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Now that is a very nice sort of Then and Now.  


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This letter is the only item I have in my collection that is even remotely connected to bicycles.  

I don't quite understand the line about jumping out of a plane on a bike.

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On 5/16/2020 at 8:56 AM, Dogsbody said:

From picture to postcard.

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The photo shows a Canadian motorcyclist, Holland 1945.

Rene

 

That's a great photo.


In Memoriam:
Lieutenant J.Kostelec 1-3 First Special Service Force MIA/PD 4 March 1944 Italy
I HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY AND IT IS DAYLIGHT
Forget about the tips..We'll get hell to pay (AC/DC)
"If you cant get out and run with the big dogs then sit on the porch and bark at the cars going by.."

Have you Hugged a Clown Today?

You Cant Get A Sun Tan On The Moon..





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On 5/10/2020 at 12:47 PM, General Apathy said:

Friends gardening yesterday . . . . . . . . . . 

Friends were tending their garden yesterday and this is the crop they dug up . . . . . . . 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, May 10 2020 

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Another Gardening find . . . . . . . . . .

 

other friends enduring several weeks of lock-down were attending the flowers in their garden and found this in the soil, thankfully empty just the casing, no fuse attached.  Funny really, they have lived in the house for twenty years and this only just gets found.

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, May 22 2020

 

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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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Fantastic!!

 

Was it live? 
 

Solid bottom?


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On ‎5‎/‎16‎/‎2020 at 1:06 PM, Johan Willaert said:

Second bike is a US Army Contract G519-M306 Women's Bicycle issued to the Army Nurse Corps and WAC...
It was made in 1943 and full restored by me around 2013-14... One of the most difficult models to locate and I have only about 7 or 8 on file worldwide!!!!

 

Well, here's your chance to own one of the few.....

https://forums.g503.com/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=316174


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11 hours ago, General Apathy said:

 

Another Gardening find . . . . . . . . . .

 

other friends enduring several weeks of lock-down were attending the flowers in their garden and found this in the soil, thankfully empty just the casing, no fuse attached.  Funny really, they have lived in the house for twenty years and this only just gets found.

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, May 22 2020

 

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Very healthy garden.  No iron suppliments needed with those vegetables!


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1 hour ago, American Graffiti said:

Did you say gardening or grenading?

 

Hard to tell 🙂

AG

Ha!  


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On 4/28/2020 at 7:38 PM, Johan Willaert said:

Ken's bicycle is a 1940s era Westfield Columbia Compax Traveller or Paratrooper....

Some info on them can be found near the bottom of this page of my website:

http://www.theliberator.be/militarybicycles.htm

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Hi Johan,  mine is a post-war Paratrooper heavyweight model . . . . . . . .

 

had to remove the shield to re-shape it back to the column tube it was mounted on. 

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, May 22 2020 ( one month to go till the longest day )

 

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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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Hey, any idea what happened to the view count on threads since the upgrade?  I don't see it anymore.  

 

Mikie  


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7 hours ago, manayunkman said:

Fantastic!!

 

Was it live? 
 

Solid bottom?

 

Hi Piet,  no it was just the casing, nothing inside  / no fuse only mud . . . . . . . 

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, May 22 2020.

 

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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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4 minutes ago, mikie said:

Very healthy garden.  No iron suppliments needed with those vegetables!

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Hi mikie,  sorry to say you got your veg and your fruits mixed up, its a pineapple . . . . . . . . . . . . . .;)

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, May 22 2020.

 

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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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1 hour ago, American Graffiti said:

Did you say gardening or grenading?

 

Hard to tell 🙂

AG

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Hi AG,  well they cleaned it, this is the casing now it shows the letters ' A. F. ', .

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, May 22  2020.

 

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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 Ken,

thanks for the update and thankfully it was inert, incredible really what's still to be found.

Glad you're there to document it all,

Cheers

AG


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11 minutes ago, mikie said:

Very healthy garden.  No iron suppliments needed with those vegetables!

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Hi Mikie,  here's a fruit's of the sea for you, the beaches have been off-limits for the last five weeks during lock-down, two days ago a local man went for a walk on the beach after they were re-opened, heres what the tide had brought ashore. 

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, May 22  2020.

 

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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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