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1 hour ago, cutiger83 said:

Mikie,

 

I figured as much but some people tend to forget that soldiers from Europe served all over during WWII.

 

My grandfather served in the CBI. That is definitely a forgotten theatre. 

...Kat

 

The British Far East forces named themselves the Forgotten Army as many in Great Britain considered the War over with VE Day; many did not get to come home for some time after VJ Day and when they did get home felt like the world had moved on.

I had the honour of being a volunteer at a reunion of Far East troops in the 1980s and it was a great experience, very humbling to see all the years fall away from these old fellows when they got together and reminisced about their time together. My Great Uncle Ronnie was a Chindit.

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On 6/15/2022 at 1:00 AM, General Apathy said:

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There were plenty around at the militaria fairs in June . . . . . . all sizes. The farmers like them, lasted eighty years now without the cost of replacing them. 

 

When my sister visited several years ago I left for the village dump in my pick-up with hedge trimmings and came back with three of these stakes, my sister said she thought the idea was to throw stuff away at the dump not collect it, I said besides the historical implications of them they sell around 80 euros each at militaria stores . . . . . . . why pass up freebies.  !!!!

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,  June 15  2022.

 

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I would like to find one myself, 'in the wild' so I'm sure of the provenance :)

 

A friend has an identical stake in his collection that he found in the dunes here. It's the only one I ever saw here but while it's the same it's just not the same... 😉

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1 hour ago, earlymb said:

 

I would like to find one myself, 'in the wild' so I'm sure of the provenance :)

 

A friend has an identical stake in his collection that he found in the dunes here. It's the only one I ever saw here but while it's the same it's just not the same... 😉

I sort of understood what you meant there. 

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14 hours ago, earlymb said:

 

I would like to find one myself, 'in the wild' so I'm sure of the provenance :)

 

A friend has an identical stake in his collection that he found in the dunes here. It's the only one I ever saw here but while it's the same it's just not the same... 😉

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hi earlymb,

 

recently found out that a local friend that moved house 6 / 8 months ago had twelve of them hidden away in his barn that he had collected over the last twelve years, never displayed them or showed them to anyone, just gave them away to a tour guide the week they moved. 🍋 🍋

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,  June 16  2022.

 

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On 6/9/2022 at 2:21 AM, General Apathy said:

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Hi Rusty,

 

the body is old and in barn-find condition but the youth and spirit is still within there . . . . . . . . . . .

 

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Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,  June 09  2022.

 

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Hi Ken, you still know how to rock a GPW!

Take care, regards RC

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18 hours ago, General Apathy said:

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hi earlymb,

 

recently found out that a local friend that moved house 6 / 8 months ago had twelve of them hidden away in his barn that he had collected over the last twelve years, never displayed them or showed them to anyone, just gave them away to a tour guide the week they moved. 🍋 🍋

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,  June 16  2022.

 

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So they are still around in the wild. As usual you just have to be at the right place at the right time lol

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8 hours ago, RustyCanteen said:

 

Hi Ken, you still know how to rock a GPW!

Take care, regards RC

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Hi Rusty,

 

Sometimes when someone has a problem with their vehicle a comical quip is not the answer they are looking for . . . . . 

 

As we were lining up for the vehicle parade through Carentan ( reportedly 164 vehicles ) a friend arrived just in time and came across to report a couple of issues he was having with his Jeep on the way there, ' Couldn't get top gear ' and bad starting.

 

Well my quick fire reply was ' Top-Gear is no longer on the BBC its on the Sky Channel now ' . . . . . . . . everyone laughed but another friend said ' not the right reply when someone is looking for some sympathy '

 

Anyway we sorted the starting problem immediately a loose wire from the coil to the distributor, the lack of Top-Gear would be a gear-box out and rebuild job another day. 

 

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Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,  June 17  2022.

 

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On 6/16/2022 at 2:00 AM, earlymb said:

 

I would like to find one myself, 'in the wild' so I'm sure of the provenance :)

 

A friend has an identical stake in his collection that he found in the dunes here. It's the only one I ever saw here but while it's the same it's just not the same... 😉

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hahahaaa earlymb,

 

you want to find one yourself out ' in the wild '  . . . . . . . . . you're looking for that ' been there, found in Normandy look ' well here's two that certainly were ' there ', with that found in Normandy look '  . . . . . . . . . 🙀

 

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Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,  June 17  2022.

 

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Flowers are blooming in Normandy . . . . . 

 

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Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,  June 17  2022.

 

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Well if you can't laugh at yourself you shouldn't laugh at anyone else . . . . . .

 

last night we went to a fantastic barbecue at our friends house, they are big music fans and Led Zeppelin lovers, so I took with me the fringed leather jacket I wore back in the early 70's when I was friends with Bob Plant and Led Zeppelin, sadly the jacket has done that age old thing of shrinking while hanging in the clothes closet for fifty years, 32 inch chest and 27 inch waist. 

 

There were twelve of us there and the hosts had put together a music quiz, snatches of music and songs from 60' to 90's,

with the ensemble party guessing the names and years.  

 

My daughter last wore it around seventeen years ago when we went to a tribute concert by Dread Zeppelin, we had a great evening and spoke with members of the band during an interval.

 

So if your not capable of laughing at yourself give me a call and I will laugh at you, and no costs involved . . . . .

 

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Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,  June 17  2022.

 

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2 hours ago, General Apathy said:

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Well if you can't laugh at yourself you shouldn't laugh at anyone else . . . . . .

 

last night we went to a fantastic barbecue at our friends house, they are big music fans and Led Zeppelin lovers, so I took with me the fringed leather jacket I wore back in the early 70's when I was friends with Bob Plant and Led Zeppelin, sadly the jacket has done that age old thing of shrinking while hanging in the clothes closet for fifty years, 32 inch chest and 27 inch waist. 

 

There were twelve of us there and the hosts had put together a music quiz, snatches of music and songs from 60' to 90's,

with the ensemble party guessing the names and years.  

 

My daughter last wore it around seventeen years ago when we went to a tribute concert by Dread Zeppelin, we had a great evening and spoke with members of the band during an interval.

 

So if your not capable of laughing at yourself give me a call and I will laugh at you, and no costs involved . . . . .

 

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Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,  June 17  2022.

 

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You look a bit Dazed and Confused..........

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4 hours ago, General Apathy said:

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Flowers are blooming in Normandy . . . . . 

 

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Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,  June 17  2022.

 

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Beautiful! 

 

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4 hours ago, General Apathy said:

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Well if you can't laugh at yourself you shouldn't laugh at anyone else . . . . . .

 

last night we went to a fantastic barbecue at our friends house, they are big music fans and Led Zeppelin lovers, so I took with me the fringed leather jacket I wore back in the early 70's when I was friends with Bob Plant and Led Zeppelin, sadly the jacket has done that age old thing of shrinking while hanging in the clothes closet for fifty years, 32 inch chest and 27 inch waist. 

 

There were twelve of us there and the hosts had put together a music quiz, snatches of music and songs from 60' to 90's,

with the ensemble party guessing the names and years.  

 

My daughter last wore it around seventeen years ago when we went to a tribute concert by Dread Zeppelin, we had a great evening and spoke with members of the band during an interval.

 

So if your not capable of laughing at yourself give me a call and I will laugh at you, and no costs involved . . . . .

 

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Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,  June 17  2022.

 

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Great way of thinking.  If I wasn't laughing so much at myself, I'd be crying instead.

 

Mikie

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4 hours ago, General Apathy said:

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Well if you can't laugh at yourself you shouldn't laugh at anyone else . . . . . .

 

last night we went to a fantastic barbecue at our friends house, they are big music fans and Led Zeppelin lovers, so I took with me the fringed leather jacket I wore back in the early 70's when I was friends with Bob Plant and Led Zeppelin, sadly the jacket has done that age old thing of shrinking while hanging in the clothes closet for fifty years, 32 inch chest and 27 inch waist. 

 

There were twelve of us there and the hosts had put together a music quiz, snatches of music and songs from 60' to 90's,

with the ensemble party guessing the names and years.  

 

My daughter last wore it around seventeen years ago when we went to a tribute concert by Dread Zeppelin, we had a great evening and spoke with members of the band during an interval.

 

So if your not capable of laughing at yourself give me a call and I will laugh at you, and no costs involved . . . . .

 

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Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,  June 17  2022.

 

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This photo looks like Ken is about draw pistols on someone (queue up the sound track from “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly).

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23 hours ago, General Apathy said:

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hahahaaa earlymb,

 

you want to find one yourself out ' in the wild '  . . . . . . . . . you're looking for that ' been there, found in Normandy look ' well here's two that certainly were ' there ', with that found in Normandy look '  . . . . . . . . . 🙀

 

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Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,  June 17  2022.

 

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Exactly... although if you would tell me this is your new art-project I would believe you too 🤣

 

Like I said I saw plenty of them around, but all still in use which is good as it means there will be a supply when they will eventually be replaced.

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On 6/14/2022 at 10:48 PM, General Apathy said:

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Hi Kat,

 

I would say that some UK & European collectors collected European & Pacific items back in the days when it was all a lot cheaper, some UK & European collectors specialised in only Pacific and Marine collections.  

 

Maybe it's a pity that there's not a similar thread to this one by some Pacific based forum member, probably more difficult to do as it's less populated, and many separate islands and harder to recreate ' Then & Now ' images.

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,  June 14  2022.

 

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Hi Kat

I have been inspired by Ken for a long time. Whilst the ETO is an important and popular theatre for us here in the UK, there are some of us who are passionate about keeping the PTO history alive. I am one of those. I collect all things USMC and have since published some of my collection on my own website to commemorate the US Marines. I love to research the names of the uniforms I have, and in doing so, keep their memory alive. www.usmcunis.com. 

It is relatively easy for us to visit Europe to commemorate the liberation routes. However, the Pacific is very difficult and expensive. I have been invited on some Pacific battlefield visits, but these are prohibitive on cost and time. Maybe one day!

I am lucky that my sons follow my passion. My two older sons are involved with a local 3rd Armored re-enactment group, and my youngest son just loves camping with us and riding the Jeeps and Halftracks in his uniform! I just get away with putting on an original Marine combat uniform to complement my Jeep.

Some photos of: my inspiration, signed book back at a show at 'Beltring' in 1994, my sons with Ted, a British Paratrooper Arnhem veteran last year, my old mannequin display (since disbanded for more bedroom space!), and me with my youngest in uniform.

I am booked to go to Normandy in 2024 to commemorate the 80th. I hope to meet Ken, my inspiration in collecting again then...!

Cheers Graham

 

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21 hours ago, MCDUFF said:

Hi Kat

I have been inspired by Ken for a long time. Whilst the ETO is an important and popular theatre for us here in the UK, there are some of us who are passionate about keeping the PTO history alive. I am one of those. I collect all things USMC and have since published some of my collection on my own website to commemorate the US Marines. I love to research the names of the uniforms I have, and in doing so, keep their memory alive. www.usmcunis.com. 

It is relatively easy for us to visit Europe to commemorate the liberation routes. However, the Pacific is very difficult and expensive. I have been invited on some Pacific battlefield visits, but these are prohibitive on cost and time. Maybe one day!

I am lucky that my sons follow my passion. My two older sons are involved with a local 3rd Armored re-enactment group, and my youngest son just loves camping with us and riding the Jeeps and Halftracks in his uniform! I just get away with putting on an original Marine combat uniform to complement my Jeep.

Some photos of: my inspiration, signed book back at a show at 'Beltring' in 1994, my sons with Ted, a British Paratrooper Arnhem veteran last year, my old mannequin display (since disbanded for more bedroom space!), and me with my youngest in uniform.

I am booked to go to Normandy in 2024 to commemorate the 80th. I hope to meet Ken, my inspiration in collecting again then...!

Cheers Graham

 

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Hi Graham.

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Very kind,  how do I thank or respond to an accolade like that, give me a year and maybe I could think of something,  Many Thanks Graham

 

Yes lets try and meet again in 2024.

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,  June 19  2022.

 

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1 hour ago, General Apathy said:

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Hi Graham.

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Very kind,  how do I thank or respond to an accolade like that, give me a year and maybe I could think of something,  Many Thanks Graham

 

Yes lets try and meet again in 2024.

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,  June 19  2022.

 

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Not to get too gushy about it, I'll heartily agree with Graham here. Any and all praise here for Ken and NDL is well deserved as far as I'm concerned. For my part, Ken, the best response I can think of is for you to keep on doing what you always have done here.  Whatever the heck that is!

Mikie

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I went to the Southwick Revival last weekend, primarily to visit Southwick House; this was where D-Day was planned by General Eisenhower, Admiral Ramsay RN, and General Montgomery. The house is on the grounds of the Defence School of Policing and Guarding, having been a Royal Navy establishment previously, so the Map Room is not normally accessible to the public. I was fortunate enough to get a place on the organised tour and I took this picture of the D-Day planning map:20220611_132945.jpg.f2007dc2ecbd841a798ef80f409a5f1f.jpg

 

The room where General Eisenhower launched the invasion with the words "Ok, let's go", after a briefing to move the launch day from the 5th to the 6th of June by the meteorologist James Stagg, is currently the Officer's Mess bar. Interestingly, the second option for D-Day was 19/20th June which turned out to be when a severe storm hit Normandy.

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Spent this Sunday afternoon putting markings on a friend’s freshly restored 1943 Dodge WC-52 3/4 Ton truck.

It is marked for mechanics of A Company of the 126th Ordnance Maintenance Battalion attached to the 4th Armored Division.

The 4th AD landed in Normandy in July 1944 and was the unit which broke the Bastogne siege in December 1944.

Also shown is an original photo I based the markings on…

 

More on the 4th AD: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4th_Armored_Division_(United_States)

 

Ken, this belongs to one of the guys that were with us in Normandy earlier this month.

 


 

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59 minutes ago, numbersix said:

I went to the Southwick Revival last weekend, primarily to visit Southwick House; this was where D-Day was planned by General Eisenhower, Admiral Ramsay RN, and General Montgomery. The house is on the grounds of the Defence School of Policing and Guarding, having been a Royal Navy establishment previously, so the Map Room is not normally accessible to the public. I was fortunate enough to get a place on the organised tour and I took this picture of the D-Day planning map:20220611_132945.jpg.f2007dc2ecbd841a798ef80f409a5f1f.jpg

 

The room where General Eisenhower launched the invasion with the words "Ok, let's go", after a briefing to move the launch day from the 5th to the 6th of June by the meteorologist James Stagg, is currently the Officer's Mess bar. Interestingly, the second option for D-Day was 19/20th June which turned out to be when a severe storm hit Normandy.

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Hi numbersix,

 

Thank you very much for sharing details and a photograph of the map room, all the more enjoyable being taken personally by a forum member and a contributor to this thread. 

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,  June 19  2022.

 

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