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    The Suez action had many ramifications. Chiefly perhaps, was the lasting rift caused by the USA administration's quite hostile reaction to the Anglo-French action. The support that one might have expected from an ally was certainly not forthcoming. It certainly reverberated internationally and was just one reason why Britain was not sucked into the Vietnam conflict some five years later despite US requests. Now there was a conflict that was "ünprovoked and unnecessary".
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    I fully agree with you Joris . The first drop was made by the pathfinders arround midnight . Followed by the chaotic droppings of the 82nd and 101st Airborne . Then the Airforce started the bombing at the beaches , badly much to far inland to create safety for the landing troops . In the few hours before the landings many thngs have to be done ! It was a chaos for the paratroopers but also for the German defenders
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    I read a interview with Bill and he was asked how he felt about pipeing them in on D Day and he replied 'I would have rathered had a f**g rifle' (warning maybe anecdotal)
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    Thank you for this. There is the of course the story of Bill Milin (a Canadian) who piped Lord Lovat ashore at D Day. He wore a Cameron Kilt which is in Dawlish Museum along with his pipes.(HIs book Piper Bill is a good read if you can get it). If y9ou look carefully, behind the Telegraph pole there is another character in a Kilt with a sten gun. don't recognise the Tartan (Ogilvie is wearing the Gordon's Tartan). I'll the the picture into the Museum and we might be able to recognise it. I can't think of a military tartan with a lithe check like that one, but I know people who can even recognise medal ribbons in Black and White. Some of the Lovat Scouts became part of the 11th Camerons after the war, and there is a room dedicated to the Lovat Scouts in the Highlanders Museum. Apart from a short time as a TA officer in the Scouts, Lord Lovat was actually commissioned into the Scots Guards.
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    Not a huge fan of either three really. If pushed to choose probably the P-47. Favourite of all US planes in the war would probably be the Dakota and the Corsair. P-40 is a nice looking plane too.
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    My latest video is about the Battle for Arnhem, specifically the reconnaissance squadrons mission to capture the bridge at Arnhem "by Thunderclap surprise" with their jeeps. Contrary to popular myths, their jeeps did arrive and they started on their mission confident that they would be at the bridge within an hour. Unfortunately, they started late which gave the Germans time to establish a roadblock which ended the mission less than 2 miles from where they started. In this video, we follow the men from the landing zone to the railway underpass near Wolfheze, the location of the ambush. Then we will look at the Germans; why were the Germans able to put up a roadblock so close to the landing zones so quickly? Why were they there? It is my longest video to date and one I put in a lot of time and effort to research, write, film and edit, I hope you will enjoy it! If you like my videos, please subscribe today! https://www.youtube.com/c/TheBattlefieldExplorer?sub_confirmation=1
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    Please note that this map was made to illustrate the escort fighters for the 8th Air Force bombers thus the Mosquito (for instance) isn't on it.
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    Indeed. Why the yanks allowed them to keep face by keeping their god emperor is beyond me. They should have forced a total unconditional surrender like the allies did by carpet bombing german cities. The japs killed thousands at pearl harbour a total unprovoked attack on the USA itself justification enough for total surrender upon american victory let alone the millions of chinese killed and raped.
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    The Nazis lost WW2 because Hitler, (a bloody incompetent corporal), insisted on detailing the specifics of campaigns. While the plans laid down by Wehrmacht's general staff won them France Hitler insisted on letting the British expeditionary force escape when he let Göring take the lead in bombing them. Not only did they botch the plans Luftwaffe had for reducing British defenses when they reordered to bomb cities as petty revenge, but they insisted on a two front war with operation Barbarrossa, nay, a three front war when they went to the aid of Mussolini before Barbarossa. Then there were the grandiose schemes. Building giant guns and giant tanks. While at the same time Hitler stopped the production of assault rifles and jeg fighters. Last but not least, spending logistical resources on cruel and cowardly genocide against civilians. I repeat: Hitler lost the war all by himself.
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    Dear Pieter, As a symbol (And a fine fighter aircraft), the Spitfire was THE airplane of the "Battle of Britain". It was, however, the less glamorous Hawker Hurricane that accounted for 60% of the German aircraft shot down during the engagement.
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    When I have time I will post some pictures of the camps . Al my trips through Europe my father joined me he was a amateur photographer not really interested in the second world war but loved to take pictures of al that he thought was interesting. Sadly hè died 4 months ago but the pictures are stil on his laptop and it' s a little bit difficult to find the right ones because there are 35 thousand pictures on it.
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    Thanks Chris.... and no problem I have contacted another researcher in the area - Elizabeth Peters - and she has taken over the case for me. She appears to have now found the man I am looking for, and we are now trying to locate his address in the UK. I do appreciate you answering my post though - many thanks Chris.
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    Hi Guys, My name is Harry Jones, and I am from New Zealand. My father was Thomas Jones, and he served in the Royal Marines during WW2. (PLY/X2717) I have his Naval records now, and he appears to have also joined up with 47 Commando for the last 6 months of WW2. I have yet to find any information on his time with the 47 Commando, but I'm working on this now. The reason I have joined your forum, is because my father was discharged from the Marines in 1946, and set up a boarding house in Deal in Kent - called the 'Green Beret'. (Now re-named the Green Berry due to the Irish terrorist threats) He was not there for long, but he managed to father a boy by the name of Vincent. The Navy-net.co.uk forums suggested I contact a war researcher who resides in Kent, so that I could track down this 'Vincent' (possible last name 'Howard'.) He would be my half brother, and we should meet. So my question is - can you help me, or can you put me onto someone else in the area of Kent who could trace Vincent for me.?? I am happy to supply any evidence from his war records. And I am happy to pay for any extended research. Thank you for listening chaps Harry Jones
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    I like the M1 Abrams, T-35, and the M18 Hellcat.
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    Absolutely serious. I must have seen the footage of the execution around the time that "Le Chagrin" was released.... so long back that I can't recall exactly where - but given the time, it was almost certainly on the BBC.(There having been only two TV channels back then in the UK!) I seldom remember a name, forget a face, or forget a firearm, and remember being surprised at the execution being carried out with sub machine guns of British manufacture. I.m unable to find references to the execution, but the "National Oak Tree" seems to be located in Allouville-Bellefosse...
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    This book is of my collection it's from 1945 with a list in it with all the dutch military victims from the invasion of the germans .in the book are names that I see every day because in my village there are streets named after them . o
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    As many many other well respected experts have pointed out - a military necessity. The Japanese had shown that they would fight to the last civilian (as they did at Okinawa) and they would take many Allied folks with them. An invasion of Japan would have caused uncounted numbers of Japanese civilian deaths, perhaps enough to threaten the existence of Japanese culture. And it would have killed many hundreds of thousands of Allied troops and sailors. Many Japanese cities had already been burned to the ground and they refused to surrender. With the threat of "one city - one bomber" and the known fleet of bombers we had, a bomb like the atomic bomb was the fact that caused Hirohito to over rule the military and order a surrender.
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    My vote goes to the Sten. It changed the way armies looked at firearms - they were no longer like watches, to be looked after and repaired. If a Sten stops working, you throw it away, and indent for a new one. As disposable as a plastic razor. With the massive losses of equipment at Dunkirk, the UK needed replacements FAST, and the Sten came out of the trap like a champion greyhound - from idea to working prototype in just weeks. It was heavily influenced by the iconic Mp40 (Misnamed by many after Hugo Schmiesser) but WITHOUT the MP40's "unique selling point" - the mainspring of an MP40 is packaged up as a telescopic tube; when you disassemble the gun under field conditions, what falls out looks not like a spring, but more like a bicycle pump. Helps keep out the crud. Advanced Primer Ignition was not a new idea with the Sten, but is a clever idea to have incorporated. When you pull the trigger, and the sten's bolt moves forward, picking up a round along the way, it fires that round BEFORE the bolt has fully closed. The "bang" comes when the bolt is still moving forward - and that "bang" includes recoil, starting to push the bolt BACK before it fully closes. This impacts on the rate of fire: forces it down to a controllable level. It was retained in the Sterling (sucessor to the Sten, and the hardware I was encouraged to lug around with me rather a few years later.) In 1940, the Sten filled a dangerous gap in the country's armament, but didn't just "do the job"; it did it well enough to remain in production (as the Sterling) and be exported worldwide for several decades. It was produced with a built-in Maxim silencer - which worked very well - it was air dropped in huge numbers to resistance fighters all over the world. Many of the Stens dropped on Warsaw fell into German hands, and at the end of the war were pressed into German service (as were straight copies, made in Germany called the "Potsdam aparatus".) Stens were produced in sheds and garages all over occupied Europe by the resistance - it's just THAT simple a design. When the ENEMY is copying your gear... you know it's good.
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    It came down to a lot of iffy decisions made by Hitler but this is easy to say with hindsight.
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    The Thompson was very expensive to produce, hence the M1 and the M1A1 versions that were introduced during the war, but even those were replaced by the M3 Grease gun.
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    Declaring war on the U.S. after Pearl Harbour. Would have been great pressure on Roosevelt to stay out of Europe otherwise, but Hitler played right into Roosevelt and Churchill's hands.
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    It didn't matter what your MOS or job was; if you were in-country, you suffer from some form of PTSD, it just may not show. When I came home from my first tour in 1966 nobody wanted to talk to me about Vietnam. I finally decided to go back. Now, I still have it on my mind. I can only sleep a couple of hours a night and am always getting up to "check the perimeter", and when I do close my eyes, I am right back in-country. People deal with it in different ways. I have learned to live with it.