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On 10/1/2020 at 11:14 PM, Escht said:

Hi Ken

Going back a little bit to items being found a new use,.......

This picture was taken back in 2007 when I was invited to a private visit to the Wiltz museum in the Ardennes. These garden shears had only just been found on a local property.

Kevin

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That is just sheer cool!  

Mikie

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1 hour ago, General Apathy said:

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Hi Kevin,  good to have you CUT into this thread again . . . . .  :lol:

 

Nice hedge trimmers, pity that both handles weren't replaced.

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, October 07  2020.

 

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That's gardeners for you, why waste a good stick grenade handle if just one will do the job.

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Breaking news . . . . . . .  Body of German soldier found in Caen.

 

A newspaper report from the France-West newspaper, not quite a perfect translation but most detail is there. 

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, October 09  2020.

 

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A bit off topic but here's a small tribute to one of the greatest guitar players who passed away recently, combined with some stunning visuals.

Ed van Halen was especially known for his two-hand tapping techniques but what I really like about his playing is the way he used artificial harmonics (those squeling noises for want of better words).

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH7j185hotE 

 

( if the link doesn't work you can copy/past it into your browser)

 

Rene

 

 

 

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14 minutes ago, Dogsbody said:

A bit off topic but here's a small tribute to one of the greatest guitar players who passed away recently, combined with some stunning visuals.

Ed van Halen was especially known for his two-hand tapping techniques but what I really like about his playing is the way he used artificial harmonics (those squeling noises for want of better words).

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH7j185hotE

 

( if the link doesn't work you can copy/past it into your browser)

 

Rene

 

 

 

Here's one that  works

 

 

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On 10/7/2020 at 12:30 PM, General Apathy said:

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Property in our collections . . . . . . . . .

 

OK we are all aware that vast amounts of uniform and equipment were auctioned off post WWII and sold legally through surplus stores. However have you ever given any thought to all the small items found in returning soldiers footlockers and duffle bags, a lot of these items were inadvertently saved for history through petty larceny upon discharge . . . . . . . :lol: :lol:

 

Over the years I have heard many stories from British veterans returning home at the end of WWII, the ships carrying the troops home where stopped several miles from shore and an announcement made to the effect. All personnel on board have ten minutes to retrieve and throw overboard any contraband items or souvenirs especially weapons as searches would be made upon landing and charges laid against the soldiers found with such items.  However upon disembarking the men were not searched and assembled and loaded straight onto transport back to camps and bases. 

 

Here's one footlocker Item I just remembered in one of my display cabinets that might have been ' rescued B) ' from a field or office desk, an inkwell ' Property, Airforce, U.S.Army ' made by ' Esterbrook, Drip-Less, Fountain Well, No 407.  '

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, October 07  2020.

 

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Nice ink well, guess you had to go with the flow back then which made it difficult to stay in line.........

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4 hours ago, General Apathy said:

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Breaking news . . . . . . .  Body of German soldier found in Caen.

 

A newspaper report from the France-West newspaper, not quite a perfect translation but most detail is there. 

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, October 09  2020.

 

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Makes you wonder how many more will still be there in their undiscovered resting places.

 

Rene

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5 hours ago, General Apathy said:

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Breaking news . . . . . . .  Body of German soldier found in Caen.

 

A newspaper report from the France-West newspaper, not quite a perfect translation but most detail is there. 

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, October 09  2020.

 

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Hopefully, he will be identified and it can give his family some peace.

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Jeeping news 1945 . . . . . . .

 

Can we use a modern phrase ' Fake News ' the article states that fewer than a dozen Jeeps were in private hands throughout the country today.  I believe that there were more as Jeep manufacturers sold off any or all pre-standardised models during the war.  Such as the Willys MA as it had a column change gear system and gearbox which didn't match up to the latest MB model with a floor shift gear lever direct into the top of the box. Also at wars end there was no real need to ship any more Jeeps abroad as the article suggests as there were probably an amount of 500,000 Jeeps overseas out of a total production of over 650,000.  There were so many Jeeps in the military inventory as surplus at the wars end that there are well known cases of many being buried, or deep-sixed  in the ocean. Jeeps and all other vehicles were collected together all over Europe, the Pacific and the UK to be dealt with, as it was uneconomical to ship them all back to the states.  

 

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

 

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In they came..................

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And out they went...........

 

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Common denominator, apart from the Germans, is one of the oldest petrol/gas stations of the Netherlands that has been kept in situ although it hasn't been in function as a filling station since the late fifties. It has seen many functions, one of which was an authentic Indonesian restaurant serving delicious food. Today it is part of the museum that's directly behind it.

 

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And here it is in function (judging by the cars this shot is from the fifties)

 

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A youtube clip I found by accident today...

 

Footage from the 1989 Antwerp Liberation Parade.

I’m on the rear deck of the Sherman Tank (wearing Brit helmet and glasses)  making sure the veteran Major Dunlop, who was a tank commander back in  September 1944 in Antwerp, doesnt fall off....

 

31 years ago..


https://youtu.be/w0QDg-Ct5W8

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On 10/10/2020 at 5:25 PM, Johan Willaert said:

I saw that Jeep article in a Facebook post a couple of days ago and had the same thoughts...

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Hi Johan,

 

Not just surplus Jeeps, Jeep trailers as well as far as the eye can see . . . . . . . . . .

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, October 12  2020.

 

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On 10/10/2020 at 6:34 PM, Dogsbody said:

In they came..................

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And out they went...........

 

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Common denominator, apart from the Germans, is one of the oldest petrol/gas stations of the Netherlands that has been kept in situ although it hasn't been in function as a filling station since the late fifties. It has seen many functions, one of which was an authentic Indonesian restaurant serving delicious food. Today it is part of the museum that's directly behind it.

 

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And here it is in function (judging by the cars this shot is from the fifties)

 

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Hi Rene,  great shots of the petrol station,  so pleased that it has been preserved and in use again today and hopefully into the future. 

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, October 12  2020.

 

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On 10/10/2020 at 8:30 PM, Johan Willaert said:

A youtube clip I found by accident today...

 

Footage from the 1989 Antwerp Liberation Parade.

I’m on the rear deck of the Sherman Tank (wearing Brit helmet and glasses)  making sure the veteran Major Dunlop, who was a tank commander back in  September 1944 in Antwerp, doesnt fall off....

 

31 years ago..


https://youtu.be/w0QDg-Ct5W8

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Hi Johan,  Tempus fugit, thirty-one years gone man and boy . . . . . . . . . . . . . a memento for the family to see. 

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, October 12  2020.

 

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On 10/10/2020 at 11:30 AM, Johan Willaert said:

A youtube clip I found by accident today...

 

Footage from the 1989 Antwerp Liberation Parade.

I’m on the rear deck of the Sherman Tank (wearing Brit helmet and glasses)  making sure the veteran Major Dunlop, who was a tank commander back in  September 1944 in Antwerp, doesnt fall off....

 

31 years ago..


https://youtu.be/w0QDg-Ct5W8

Johan, I saw you!  Cool!  We're also just a few days away from the 31st anniversary of the really BIG Loma Prieta earthquake. Not so cool. But, my wonderful wife and I are less than 2 months shy of our 31st wedding anniversary.  Where the HECK did those years GO?????

Mikie

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1 hour ago, General Apathy said:

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Hi Johan,

 

Not just surplus Jeeps, Jeep trailers as well as far as the eye can see . . . . . . . . . .

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, October 12  2020.

 

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That is what is called a whole LOT of trailers!  

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16 hours ago, mikie said:

But, my wonderful wife and I are less than 2 months shy of our 31st wedding anniversary.

 

Congrats... Last week my wife and I celebrated 32 years together as a couple.... Married nearly 25 years ago on a Vegas trip.... Indeed time flies...

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18 hours ago, General Apathy said:

Hi Johan,  Tempus fugit, thirty-one years gone man and boy . . . . . . . . . . . . . a memento for the family to see. 

 

Haha, showed it to my daughter.... She thought it was hilarious.... 😉

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On 10/10/2020 at 11:30 AM, Johan Willaert said:

A youtube clip I found by accident today...

 

Footage from the 1989 Antwerp Liberation Parade.

I’m on the rear deck of the Sherman Tank (wearing Brit helmet and glasses)  making sure the veteran Major Dunlop, who was a tank commander back in  September 1944 in Antwerp, doesnt fall off....

 

31 years ago..


https://youtu.be/w0QDg-Ct5W8

Good job keeping him on the tank without falling off yourself.  How did the Major react to being there back on a tank for the parade? 

Mikie 

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3 hours ago, Johan Willaert said:

 

Congrats... Last week my wife and I celebrated 32 years together as a couple.... Married nearly 25 years ago on a Vegas trip.... Indeed time flies...

Happy anniversary!

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10 hours ago, mikie said:

Happy anniversary!

 

Thx, today is another anniversary... Bought my Jeep on this day 37 years ago, 14th October 1983...
My first car... and still have it!!

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2 hours ago, Johan Willaert said:

 

Thx, today is another anniversary... Bought my Jeep on this day 37 years ago, 14th October 1983...
My first car... and still have it!!

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Hi Johan, happy Jeep anniversary :lol: . . . . . . . .  here's some of the ones you didn't rescue. 

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, October 14  2020.

 

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One of my pet peeves on the forum threads . . . . . . . . 

 

reading old threads on the forum I regret the loss of the photographs which were once attached to the thread on outside photo hosting sites and the image gets lost or the host closes down and everyone ends up seeing an image like this . . . . . . . . . . and the thread loses a major part of it's detail.  

 

A photo paints a thousand words  . . . . . . . . . . 

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, October 14  2020.

 

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