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1 hour ago, doyler said:

 

 

Ken.

 

Happy to add something of interest. There are other pictures in the series and show a side to the war not often seen. These men did a difficult job to say the least and had to have had memories that never faded. Was speaking with a very good friend the other day and he shared a stroy or two of his father who was a WW2 combat engineer who was at the Bulge. Were were talking about the cold here and I mentioned I dont see how the soldiers were able to survive in such conditions and much like the homeless we have here that cannot find shelters. He said his father didnt mind the snow as it covered the dead and you wouldnt have to see then in the morning.

Your posts here and elsewhere are always of interest. But that's probably because I know so little compared to many of you around here. 

 

As for soldiers living and fighting through all kinds of weather, I was thinking the same thing looking at Bulge photos a couple of weeks ago.

 

Mikie

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3 hours ago, BryanJ said:

The story of those little girls, dressed for the ceremony, and the rest, really struck home with me.  She’s about the age of my granddaughter.  I hope the lessons of WWII, appeasement, loss, etc., are not forgotten, ever.

Years ago I was reading about the U.S. Civil War siege of Atlanta. The very first Union shell fired at the city killed a little girl crossing a street with her parents. The parents right next to her were not hurt. That shook me badly since my daughter was just a baby at the time. 

I fear we have learned nothing from any of it. 

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16 hours ago, General Apathy said:

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Hi Kat,

 

Sorry I should have made it more clear this was one of the flower girls in the square, here's another shot of more of the young girls, and a couple more images from the square.  Note in the final photo the direction plaque on the wall was paid for by the Citroen car company their double chevron logo can be seen under the arrow, and Citroen at the very bottom of the plaque.

 

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Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, January 11  2022.

 

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On a lighter note: whenever I see people make the reversed V sign I can't help but smile.  I'm sure they weren't aware what it meant but I think British troops may often have

wondered.

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But then again....they were in good company.

 

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25 minutes ago, Dogsbody said:

 

On a lighter note: whenever I see people make the reversed V sign I can't help but smile.  I'm sure they weren't aware what it meant but I think British troops may often have

wondered.

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But then again....they were in good company.

 

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Is it twice as offensive as a one-finger salute in the US?  

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35 minutes ago, mikie said:

Is it twice as offensive as a one-finger salute in the US?  

 

There is an element of defiance in it's use; I've always thought Churchill used it correctly, especially in the ealry years of the War. The V-sign was properly applied at Arnhem by a captured Para too:

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Also, a belated Happy New year to you all, I was away.

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On 1/9/2022 at 11:15 PM, Burning Hazard said:

Hi Lewis and Simon,

 

Have any of you visited Henri-Chapelle in Belgium? There is one interesting WWII location there that quite surprised me.

 

Pat

No visit to the battlefield is complete without visiting the cemeteries. 

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Johan Willaert

A while ago a friend collector gave me this WW2 campaign map showing the 2nd Armored Division’s war route from 1942 through 1945. The Hell on Wheels Division fought in North Africa and Sicily before landing in Normandy on June 9th and went on to liberate large parts of Belgium in September 1944.

I have a couple ID’d 2AD items in my collection, so this map enhances my Hell on Wheels corner..

 

Framed it today and it is now mounted on the War Building wall…

 

 

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3 hours ago, Johan Willaert said:

A while ago a friend collector gave me this WW2 campaign map showing the 2nd Armored Division’s war route from 1942 through 1945. The Hell on Wheels Division fought in North Africa and Sicily before landing in Normandy on June 9th and went on to liberate large parts of Belgium in September 1944.

I have a couple ID’d 2AD items in my collection, so this map enhances my Hell on Wheels corner..

 

Framed it today and it is now mounted on the War Building wall…

 

 

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Very nice! I would love to see more of that "wall"! Looks like you have some great pictures.

 

...Kat

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22 hours ago, Johan Willaert said:

A while ago a friend collector gave me this WW2 campaign map showing the 2nd Armored Division’s war route from 1942 through 1945. The Hell on Wheels Division fought in North Africa and Sicily before landing in Normandy on June 9th and went on to liberate large parts of Belgium in September 1944.

I have a couple ID’d 2AD items in my collection, so this map enhances my Hell on Wheels corner..

 

Framed it today and it is now mounted on the War Building wall…

 

 

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Looks good. You'll probably know this but in case you don't: there are two 2nd AD campaign maps. One you have on your wall and the other you can see being admired by some 2nd AD members in this photo.16996261_621928227991165_597717856863637365_n.jpg.3679bd927b3053621abdb98964b4eff6.jpg

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3 hours ago, Dogsbody said:

Looks good. You'll probably know this but in case you don't: there are two 2nd AD campaign maps. One you have on your wall and the other you can see being admired by some 2nd AD members in this photo.


Yes, that is the 1944 version of the map, the one I have is the 1945 version which also shows the German campaign.

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1 hour ago, Dogsbody said:

Here no gum was needed and the mirror was used for its original intention. 😉

 

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Great picture! I see another musical case in the foreground. Any information on the picture?

 

..Kat

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On 1/10/2022 at 9:55 AM, General Apathy said:

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one of the most amazing documentary film clips to come out of WWII.

 

This half hour film shows the UK factory that made US ' American-cans ' ( Jerrycans )during WWII, a complete factory of US machinery was set up in the UK to receive flat steel and parts to stamp, fold, weld and paint to finish American petrol cans, every part of the process is shown in detail.

 

If only every other manufacturing process had been filmed like this it would have been an unparalleled documentation of WWII manufacturing, Oh how I would love to have seen the production of Jeeps filmed like this . . . . . . . . . .

 

 

 

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, January 10  2022.

 

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I loved this Ken! Total respect to the actual can, and the many operators who created them! I especially loved the final application of OD paint. Having restored some, I know how many angles there are to spray paint them all over!! The poor lady spraying the primer had no mask - lead based paint maybe? A few woodbines at break time would sort it out I am sure!!

A wonderful record of mass production. Many thanks for sharing! Cheers Graham

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2 hours ago, cutiger83 said:

Great picture! I see another musical case in the foreground. Any information on the picture?

 

..Kat

 

Trombone

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4 hours ago, Dogsbody said:

Here no gum was needed and the mirror was used for its original intention. 😉

 

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I'd fret about shaving using that mirror on a guitar while its being played. 

 

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4 hours ago, Salvage Sailor said:

 

Trombone

Sorry to confuse. I didn't mean is there any information on the instrument in the picture. I meant the entire picture. Since there are multiple instruments, was this a military band? Doesn't seem likely given the surroundings but maybe. 

 

...Kat

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11 hours ago, Dogsbody said:

Here no gum was needed and the mirror was used for its original intention. 😉

 

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Ok, all you people who regularly spot details that I'd never notice in a hundred years, is that a WWI style flat-lid mess kit on top of the stump? 

Mikie

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On 1/16/2022 at 6:00 PM, cutiger83 said:

Great picture! I see another musical case in the foreground. Any information on the picture?

 

..Kat

Hi Kat, unfortunately I don't have any info on that photo. Like you at first I was thinking about a military band getting ready for a performance but the only instruments visible are the trombone and guitar. To me there aren't any more instruments visible so who knows. 

 

To continue in a military music vein: how about this photo. Anyone hazard a guess who those men in the boxcar are? And why they are being 'serenaded'?

 

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On 1/16/2022 at 10:57 AM, Dogsbody said:

Here no gum was needed and the mirror was used for its original intention. 😉

 

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The photo looks like soldiers on maneuver in the US.

 

By the looks of all the empty crates they probably belong to a motorized unit which would help in transporting the trombone.

 

Im assuming they are taking a moment to rest and clean up 

 

 

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On 1/17/2022 at 10:44 AM, Dogsbody said:

Hi Kat, unfortunately I don't have any info on that photo. Like you at first I was thinking about a military band getting ready for a performance but the only instruments visible are the trombone and guitar. To me there aren't any more instruments visible so who knows. 

 

To continue in a military music vein: how about this photo. Anyone hazard a guess who those men in the boxcar are? And why they are being 'serenaded'?

 

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I have no idea what this is all about.  I just hope another train didn't  come along that track before they finished playing. 

Mikie

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