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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Chris Harrison

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  1. got that one on the list mate, not sure I could handle the pentagon papers but I'll have a shuftee I have been reading a lot of personal recounts of the war the laos, most of them the SF forces guys, but the one that strikes meis ' Meeting Steve Canyon'
  2. I know mate I'm still reading and trying to understand I can see different generations going through vietnam as well, I must admit I was looking for references to my friend who was an mp and probably got into lrrp , i saw his 'get out of jail ' cards but the whole political thing still intrigues me
  3. I've visited TX a lot with vets, I have to stand back because I wasn't there and often have to hold my tongue, it's really good to listen to someone who was been there and looks into why
  4. and American pilots armed the Viet Minh even further by missing their drop zones at Dien Bien Phu *stirring the pot*
  5. absolutely! cross out Dien Bien Phu, insert Khe Sahn , I'll be looking for Hell in a very small place soon as I finish (on the last chapters now) but I'm open for recommendations
  6. Good god that has opened my eyes to what was going on, I'm honestly shocked , I'm about 3/4 through but am amazed at the goings on in the American political brains before they sent their boys out there to die in a war thy couldn't win thanks Bufflo
  7. CAR 15 M203 Grenade Launcher Various Winchester Shotguns SF even used silenced Sten Guns
  8. obviously a maltese cross design, no ribbon as far as I can see. so I suspect a temperance badge/medal
  9. Stephen, FIRST don't even think that Hollywood films are the truth, second yes of course they did
  10. 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)
  11. 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
  12. Sidi Rezegh cemetery, approx 1942. taken by my father
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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)
  18. 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?
  19. 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
  20. Unfortunately you are stepping out of the military history sphere into Genealogy, I would suggest Rootschat.com good luck
  21. Currently re-reading (does that count?) Street without Joy, Bernard Fall, highly recommenced BTW Company Commander is an excellent book
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