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2nd Inf. Div. training in Wales, pre D-DAY.

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Barry Docks Embarkation Camp

 

Barry, Hayes Lane WWII US Army Camp (camp capacity 1,584 personnel) (T5790)

 

Barry Golf Course (V6) WWII Tented Winter Camp (camp capacity 1,302 personnel) (T5795). D-Day Marshalling Area Camp V6

 

Barry (G-40) WWII Supply Technical Training & Mobilisation Centre, also D-Day US Army Medical Depot G-40. 61st QM Battalion; 64th QM Battalion

 

Barry, New Camp WWII US Army Camp (camp capacity 1,248 personnel) (T5790)


"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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Normandy is due south. Embarking vessels would sail west along the Bristol Channel then around the tip of the Cornish Penninsula and thereafter east into the English Channel.


"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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HQ...St Donat's Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan. Today, it's home to Atlantic College, a private international school.

 

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"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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American troops with members of the local Home Guard in the grounds of St. Donat's castle.

 

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"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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Note the very dark shade of the officer's trousers compared with those of the other GIs. I presume they are OD #51 ("chocolate") ?


"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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The 2nd Infantry Division embarked from NY en route to the UK in October ’43. Whilst in the UK they spent some months training in Wales in preparation for D-Day. In fact, elements of the division were based just a few miles from where I live today. So, I decided to put together a display representing a hypothetical 2nd ID infantryman as he might have appeared at that time by way of a tribute to all those young men who eventually landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day +1. All of the items seen here are original WW2 USGI. The basic uniform comprises of an OD wool shirt and pants with rough-out boots and leggings. The OD field jacket (with original patch etc) is a first pattern “Parsons jacket”. The helmet is a fixed-bail with British netting. Finally, the M1 rifle is a WW2 production Winchester. Everything is in mint, or near mint condition.

 

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Hi Ian, nice grouping of equipment that you have put together for this display and good closeups of the details, pleased to see Craig pinned it rewarding your effort..

 

here's a link to some combat footage of the 2nd Div in France.

 

 

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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Awesome setup Ian! I could be wrong but I though the 2nd ID landed at Omaha?

 

Doh! :pinch: You are correct....my error. Sorry, and thanks for the correction! :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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Hi Ian, nice grouping of equipment that you have put together for this display and good closeups of the details, pleased to see Craig pinned it rewarding your effort..

 

here's a link to some combat footage of the 2nd Div in France.

 

 

ken

 

Thanks Ken...great link. Perhaps the members might be interested to know that in your previous life as the militaria dealer Norman D. Landing you supplied a number of the items on show there from your always excellent and often minty stock (via Beltring) though I'm sure you won't remember them all as it was some years ago now! Where has the time gone?! :w00t:


"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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Well done Ian, realy amazing documentation...I like it , thanks to share. :thumbsup:

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Well done Ian, realy amazing documentation...I like it , thanks to share. :thumbsup:

 

 

Thank you Giovanni!


"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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realy a verry nice display , thanks for sharing :thumbsup:

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realy a verry nice display , thanks for sharing :thumbsup:

 

 

Merci Koen! Nous avons beaucoup d'histoire militaire dans le Pays de Galles! :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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http://www.theworldatwar.info/ww2barry.html

 

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An aerial shot of a US camp at Sully, near Barry, in WW2.


"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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Hadn't seen this before.. Excellent display Ian! Thanks for sharing.. Good work and great collection! :thumbsup:


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"The battle belonged that morning to the thin wet line of khaki that dragged itself ashore on the channel coast of France." - General Omar Bradley.

 

 

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Thank you Ken! :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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Really nice display and super condition, :thumbsup: Ray


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Thanks all!

 

@ Hitman-one: Here's the gas mask. '42 dated, unissued. The contents of the bag are still packed, just as they left the factory. It's a diaphragm mask which enabled voice communication by the wearer.

 

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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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