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Chris Harrison

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  1. Want to identify WWI medal

    obviously a maltese cross design, no ribbon as far as I can see. so I suspect a temperance badge/medal
  2. Guerilla, Resistence , spies

    Stephen, FIRST don't even think that Hollywood films are the truth, second yes of course they did
  3. LRDG

    Great ! but a word to the wise, don't believe Hollywood, do your own research, read read read and if you're still not sure ask to quote a song I quite like 'But I never saw John Wayne on the sands of Iwo Jima' ( ie he wasn't there and neither was the film crew or writers)
  4. LRDG

    I'm open to correction here and probably haven't explained myself too well, most jewish people in Britain didn't see the need to emigrate, they weren't persecuted, they had good lives, so going to fight (again) for a place to live and breath wasn't a dream The British troops in Palestine only really wanted to go home, the last thing they wanted was to be involved in that debacle. The influx of the Jewish people to Palestine was from mainland europe, from the camps and the horror. I'm sure there were ex soldiers amongst them. search Jewish Brigade on google for a few more ideas
  5. Sidi Rezegh cemetery, approx 1942. taken by my father
  6. What are you currently reading?

    you have to have the 'right' sense of humour....
  7. WW2 French allies or Nazi Collaborators?

    Oh there were a lot of ex germans soldiers in there, Until the legion introduced a policy of no more than a certain % later ... Didn't really do them any good in any of their colonial wars after that! daft buggers forgot their tactics in suppressing failed dramatically
  8. LRDG

    I was tempted to give you a one line answer but I'll do it this way and try to explain it Being Jewish in the UK is not seen as a race just a religion, so lots of Jewish men fought in WW2, They fought everywhere, in every army, division, brigade, battalion, platoon. {Along with the atheists christians moslems sikhs buddists etc) I'm sure that a few UK Jewish soldiers went on to fight for their beliefs in Palestine but on a literal mathematical conclusion that the SF at that time were so small at the time ..... I can only think of one name that sounded vaguely Jewish, I very much doubt it
  9. WW2 French allies or Nazi Collaborators?

    well to be honest, they hadn't been on top on their game in that sphere for a while, although give them their due, they learned to use German stuff by the time they where fighting in Vietnam
  10. WW2 French allies or Nazi Collaborators?

    Oh Ron.....please tell me you're not winding me up about that Oak Tree The british excuse for re-arming the japanese was they were worried about recriminations from the 'natives' spilling over to the Europeans, that's about as realistic as protecting them from the creature in the black lagoon
  11. War Cry in Colour – By Mark McConville and Michael D. Carroll

    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)
  12. LRDG

    Palestine was a British protectorate, it was British soldiers trying their best there to keep each side apart while being attacked by both. The SAS and LRDG were made up of British and Commonwealth soldiers, so you are basically asking if they were fighting each other or what?
  13. WW2 French allies or Nazi Collaborators?

    There are some very good points made here, Ron I've not watched the video, it comes up as unavailable (BTW you're not the oldest member) I'd like to add 'my tupppennce France's armed forces were actually larger that Germany's in 1940, but were lead very poorly, when they failed the leaders blamed 'perfidious albion' for deserting them (at Dunkirk) despite the fact that Churchill sacrificed a whole division that was under French command (51st HD) DeGaulle, of course , became the figure head of the 'Free French' ie the French troops took off the beaches at Dunkirk. No mention that a third of those troops choose to go back home to avoid fighting (not to resume the fight! they just didn't want to be in Britain ) DeGaulle was never really trusted by Churchill and the Allies and was only informed very late on that the invasion was/is happening ( I would like some confirmation on this) I don't think anyone would deny that the Free French forces and the small resistance movement fought bravely. It is also a fact that the resistance in France and especially the Marquis was very small until the Germans introduced forced labour. It should also be said that guerrilla movements in flat lands or urban environments are doomed DeGaulle had a huge problem when he returned, the country was tearing it's self apart with recriminations about collaboration. Petain was sentenced to death ( commuted to life imprisonment) He worked had to get the country to forgive and forget, unfortunately this included going back to France's former colonies and trying to resume control (did I type control? I meant money) and that didn't work out so well in North Africa or IndoChina
  14. Tracing an old Marine

    Unfortunately you are stepping out of the military history sphere into Genealogy, I would suggest Rootschat.com good luck
  15. What are you currently reading?

    got embers of war, will let you know