Posted 11 October 2008 - 08:42 PM
Since coming to the US one year ago at the end of this month ive become interested in WW2 as i was friends with a guy who served in early landings prior to D dAY.
To make matters clear he was much older than myself and lived on the next farm over , kinda friends by default..real nice guy tho.
Ive been shown many artifacts from that time and the interest began.
Sadly he passed away over the summer and im left with the interest but no conversations or pleasant evenings under the maple tree drinking beer looking through old pictures from that time.
Hopefully i'll find that here in a way.Regards to all servicemen past and present.
Oh..for the record although im Scottish i served with the US Navy 77 - 82 aboard various warships.
Posted 11 October 2008 - 09:25 PM
you will find this forum a very interesting place .. cheers krieg
... und mear.......
Posted 11 October 2008 - 09:52 PM
Posted 11 October 2008 - 10:19 PM
I got to see a lot of places i'd never have seen otherwise and thats something thats never left me.
Posted 12 October 2008 - 07:02 AM
Posted 12 October 2008 - 03:53 PM
From childhood i can recall neighbors who were prisoners of war of the Japanese and i had a teacher who was imprisoned in a concentration camp and had the accent and tattoo to prove it,its sobering to read what they actually went through as opposed to hollywood versions.
I dont pretend to think the Germans were the only ones or even the first to use concentration camps but it is interesting to see history written by the Victors and research the truth.
Ive a feeling i will come across the truth here , thank you.
Posted 12 October 2008 - 04:38 PM
“The first lesson is that you can't lose a war if you have command of the air, and you can't win a war if you haven't.” - General Jimmy Doolittle
Posted 13 October 2008 - 05:49 PM
When i was in Scotland i lived a stones throw from the Maryhill Barracks , its where Hess was jailed after his flight from Germany.
I read first hand accounts and by all accounts he was quite the gentleman , one of many mysteries.Id like to know why he really was there and if he was there to broker peace , why jail him ?
Was it really Hess in Spandau? Not being one for conspiracy theorys i didnt go along with european ideas there but it does seem strange he was killed when those ideas were doing the rounds..or so it seemed.
Thanks for the welcome Stateside Texon , it took me 25 years after my service but time flies and all that , you can imagine the changes ive noticed in everyday things , quite surreal sometimes.
Pennsylvania is treating me very well and i visited every single state on the eastern seaboard all the way to Miami to clear my head..bit of a road trip.Sunbathing on Miami South beach in febuary after 25 frosty years in Auld Scotia..just doesnt get any better : )
Posted 13 October 2008 - 08:08 PM
Where about in PA are you?
It is the function of the Navy to carry the war to the enemy so that it will not be fought on U.S. soil. Admiral Chester W. Nimitz
Posted 15 October 2008 - 04:33 PM
It used to be a one horse town but the horse got bored and left long ago.
A lot of farmland in this area and protected areas , covered bridges etc ..used to be Indian land , the lenape people.Its famous for hiding the liberty bell in the pub here during the revolution and of course the civil war marched right through here.
Loads of history right outside the door.Its about 45 minutes by road outside of Phillie.
I quite like Pa , nobody minds my accent and in fact the place was settled by Scots and Germans in the old days so i kinda feel at home when i read the street names and we have lochs in places rather than lakes , a sure sign a Scot named it.
Lots of German descendents and i find them very friendly and welcoming,they share a great tradition with the Scots of beer drinking so they can't be all bad
Edited by James777, 15 October 2008 - 04:35 PM.
Which name do i prefer?...
Posted 15 October 2008 - 04:34 PM
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