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Joe Rich

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  1. I just finished reading The Naval War against Hitler, by Donald Macintyre. On page 445, Vice-Admiral Ruge, a distinguished German writer on naval affairs said: Between August 1944 and April 1945, the 250 plus ships on the Arctic run carried over 1,000,000 tons of war material. The weapons, equipment, and vehicles allowed the Russians to equip 60 motorized divisions which gave them not only a numerical but a material superiority at focal points of the battles. Thus the Anglo-American sea power also exerted a decisive influence on the land operations in Eastern Europe. That pretty well sums that up.
  2. Shannon, I know this is not much help, but it does not appear to be a US uniform. But the picture makes me think that it might be early or mid 20th century. Can you give me about a rough date, and the general place this picture was taken at? I am in the middle of putting together my family tree also. So I know how hard finding pieces can be. Try the Family Search site by the Latter Day Saints. They have a great database and its free.
  3. Ron, now that I've retired with more time on my hands, I've started reading up on the details of recent wars. As of now, I am on the Battle of the Atlantic. The British military traditions make the British a military force not to be underestimated. I am looking forward to reading about the UK's actions in Vietnam. There was a British major that walked us over the Korean battlefield. I think he was from the embassy in Soul. The US had many units stand proudly in other battles of that war. We also had some very embarrassing cases where whole divisions broke and ran.
  4. Ron, you are 100% right. The saying in the US is the rich man goes to college and the poor man goes to work. In those years, the poor and the politically unconnected got drafted. As far back as the War Between the States, the "draft" system had problems. I once went to an 18 month US Army school I was not qualified for. There were several draftees there that lived in the area. They were drafted for two years, spent 18 months training and 2 months on leave. That left two months for them to serve on active duty. I find it hard to say this was not planned out. They got a great technical education. I went to an infantry unit on the Korean DMZ. I once wrote an article about a UK regiment that fought a pitched battle just south of the Im Jim river in the winter. Like you said, they were way undermanned when they were attacked by the Chinese Army. That was not uncommon. But they did a great job before the bullets ran out, and the British artillery ruined their gun tubes. The US's combat troop to support troops have always been lopped sided. In Vietnam, it was about 11% combat to 89% support troops. This is about what I remember. We had basses there bigger than a lot of our cities here in the US. Today, I don't even want to think about it.
  5. Ron, here again, I can only speak from my experiences. We had a radioman walk outside his platoon defensive position late at night. On the way back in, the guy on watch was asleep. He woke up and assumed it he was North Vietmenese. He shot the poor guy on automatic. He was hit 10 times by the M-16A1. The radioman was still in the hospital in DaNang a few weeks later when I was there. The bullets did not kill him. They bounced around inside his body. I have often wondered how many times he had wished that it had killed him. I volunteered to carry the M-60 after that. If you have to shoot someone, you don't want him still coming at you.
  6. R on, I hate to admit this, but you are going to have to forgive me for my American attitude that all the world is American. Of course you are right. Conscripts in the way you used it should be taken for c9honscripts from all over the world. I made an assumption based on my American experience that the average US citizen considered draftees as scrapping the bottom of the barrel. In my case, I tend to defend our draftees. I have run across a few conscripts overseas that would confirm your statement. Some should have been led around on a leash.
  7. I picked the rifle up and examined it on several occasions. It was made by Mattel. I also heard the rumor, and when I taught ROTC, an ex-Marine gave me a hat that stated made by Mattel. You either believe it or you don't. I have no need to make this crap up.
  8. (And remember, it WAS being issued to conscripts!) , Ron, the draftees, US, I served with were just as good as the RAs, regular army. In many cases, they were smarter and better educated. We never had any problem with the M-14s that you described. Believe me, if someone could screw it up, a private in basic will manage to do it. I did get my butt beat after I sent the long spring thingee all the way across the barracks and bounced off someone's locker.
  9. Ig Al,. It was also by me. Great weapon, it can really clear out brush. My next rifle will be .308
  10. General Douglas McArthur has always fascinated me. But why was he given the Medal of Honor from the United States for losing the Phillippines in WW 2? Was he brilliant, or is he the reason the term falling up the chain of command started in the first place?
  11. Lindsay, "What is claimed by Cambodian Government is that these "Chemical bombs" are causing serious burns and death. I know of no such bomb used by the US since WW1. " One of the other articles attached to this one states that it is CS-2. It states that CS-2 is a stronger version of CS. The powder can cause minor burns on the skin when the powder mixes with sweet. It turns into a weak acid. It is nothing you want to breathe a lot of.
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    Pawan, when the Germans first used chemical weapons in WW 1, it was thought it was a good war weapon. Well, guess what? Since WW 1, the world learned better. That includes the US. The only use of nukes was at the very end of WW 2. That was a very special case that is discussed on another page. Since WW 2 the only time WMDs have been used is by rogue states. Let that sink in.
  13. Lindsay, I think we need to define "chemical bombs". A chemical weapon (CW) is a specialized munition that uses chemicals formulated to inflict death or harm on humans. These are your blood, nerve and blister agents. Tear gas, CS, is used for policing and riot control. In most cases, CS is not lethal. I say this because that is how it is classified. US troops are exposed to a weak form of this in "tear gas chambers" in their first weeks of training. When I was stationed in the Panama Canal, we used tear gas in its powdered form for riot control training. We were briefed that it could be flammable, and toxic in the right concentrations. This was seen in the FBI's standoff Waco Texas a few years ago. This being said, the US did use tear gas in Vietnam. I have never seen, read or heard of chemical weapons being used in Southeast Asia. I shot tear gas out of an M-203, 40mm grenade launcher at military targets. I have heard and seen pictures of the Marines using tear gas in the battle of Hue in 1968. It makes a great smoke screen and for people who have not been exposed to it, it causes your eyes and nose to drain. It also gives them a great desire to be somewhere else. But it does not kill them. For it to turn up in Cambodia does not surprise me. If we had it, generally, I think we gave it to our allies.
  14. Thanks for your post. Too bad we can't take people who deny the Holocaust happen a free trip to these campus.
  15. Thanks for posting those pictures. Like you, the F 86 is one of my favorites. The models I have seen have a rounder canopy. So I am wondering what model we are looking at. I am glad that it saw service into the 1970s.
  16. Singe, Hitler's army life can clearly be seen in how he treated his generals later. Remember that the front line troops of WW1 felt betrayed by their leadership. When you consider this, you can understand why he treated his generals the way he did. Stalin on the other hand did not let anyone threatened his grip on power. So he had a bad habit of killing people. Purging his generals in the 1930s came back on him when Hitler invaded Russia
  17. What bothers me is the human tendency to second guess decsions made many years ago by people faced with very hard problems that we can't relate to. If the British thought they needed a cover reason to bomb civilians back then it's a fact of history. We can't do anything about it now.
  18. I like simple solutions. First ban all "journalist", then jam everything that you don't control.
  19. Phillip, you will get no argument from me about McArthur. I think the general of the era that summed him up the most was General Eisenhower when he said that he studied dramatics under McArthur for four years.
  20. Shaheen; If you take time to understand why things happen the way they did, you would understand why WW 2 equipment showed up in the Korean conflict. At the end of WW 2, the US wanted to forget all war and do what the US does best, enjoy peace. They gave very little thought to defense. So when the North Koreans attacked the South, the only equipment and weapons the UN had was US's surplus WW2 stuff. Not that this was bad equipment. It was just that there was plenty of. I remember the two times I landed at Kimpo Airport in Korea, in 1971 and 1980. Both times there was an American half-track with a four barrel .50 cal machine gun in the middle of the runways.
  21. McArthur suggested that, on arrival, they "just weren't trying hard enough". I have no doubt the asshole Dugout Doug said that. He is far from my favorite US general of the era. I have no doubt that we rubbed the Australians wrong. McArthur sure would not have made matters better. I have read about the Australians fight the Japanese in New Guinea. They have nothing at all the be ashamed of. It was a hard fought and both sides did the best they could. I have done combat patrols in jungle mountains. There is nothing easy about it, and we had helicopters for support. When I get a little more experience on this site, I just might start something on McArthur. There are two camps over here. He walked on water, or he was a low life creature that should have been left in the Philippines.
  22. Ron, I am surprised to hear that someone in England sees the issue the same way some of us in the US do. By today's standards, slavery should be wiped from the face of the earth. But we still find it around the globe. That to me is one of today's biggest scandals. Getting back on topic, I find it impossible for the average German to have not known about what was going on in the camps. Just the scale of it would have had to be seen. Where I was stationed in Germany, there were a few camps in the area. One was a rock quarry. The locals had to have known what was going on. Besides, soldiers can't keep their mouths shut. So the average soldier would have been talking about it. But then the real question is What could they do about what was going on in the camps? I don't like the liberalism I see in my country, besides complain, what more can I do? Hitler's Germany you could not even complain without ending up in one of the camps.
  23. Hans, I am going to have to jump in this conversation. Germans thought Russians were a sub-human race. So they thought it would be OK murder them. The Russians returned the favor when their time came. The Poles had an issue with Germans. So that explains that. Now, "Native Americans", first contrary to modern day thinking, there is no such thing. Those people came to America either over a land bridge from Asia, or on boats from the Pacific or Atlantic. It was common practice for Indian tribes to conquer, murder, enslave and steal land from other tribes. That is how in fact the tribes grew in power. To them, rape, torture, and slavery was just the way to do business. Why people think the settlers from Europe was worse, I still can not figure out. The settlers were just more advanced, organized, and plentiful. That is the only difference.
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