Thanks, Baketech. No, I haven't been there. It'll be a nice ride from me for a winter's Sunday sometime. I've been to several of the WW1 and WW2 cemeteries in France and they are humbling places when you are faced by the reality of the numbers of young men killed.Baketech said:
I have some family in Cambridge, so I have enjoyed the opportunity to pay respect at the American Cemetery, as well as the memorial at Duxford......oldfogey said:Thanks, Baketech. No, I haven't been there. It'll be a nice ride from me for a winter's Sunday sometime. I've been to several of the WW1 and WW2 cemeteries in France and they are humbling places when you are faced by the reality of the numbers of young men killed.
That was a good read - thanks, fogey!oldfogey said:From a UK perspective the day after Remembrance day, this is worth reading:
Link to news article about Spc. PerezAny lingering doubts...
Robert Clayton Dean (Texas USA) Military affairs
...about my manhood have just been reinforced. And how:
Perez, 21, lost his leg to a roadside bomb in Iraq more than a year ago, but despite the phantom pains that haunt him, he says he is determined to prove to the Army that he is no less of a man - and no less of a soldier.
"I'm not ready to get out yet," he says. "I'm not going to let this little injury stop me from what I want to do."
Perez is one of at least four amputees from the 82nd Airborne Division to re-enlist. With a new carbon-fiber prosthetic leg, Perez intends to show a medical board he can run an eight-minute mile, jump out of airplanes and pass all the other paratrooper tests that will allow him to go with his regiment to Afghanistan next year
When he arrived at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., for his rehabilitation, Perez asked a pair of generals who visited his bedside if it was possible for him to stay in the Army.
"They told me, 'It's all up to you, how much you want it'," he says. "If I could do everything like a regular soldier, I could stay in."
He wasted little time getting started. At one point, a visitor found him doing push-ups in bed. He trained himself to walk normally with his new leg, and then run with it.
Perez has to rise at least an hour earlier than his fellow soldiers to allow swelling from the previous day's training to subside enough for his stump to fit into the prosthetic.
I am glad he is on my side.
The one at Duxford was pretty moving. All of those dead aircrewmen....Baketech said:I have some family in Cambridge, so I have enjoyed the opportunity to pay respect at the American Cemetery, as well as the memorial at Duxford......
That place is amazing....truly a "living" museum. Saw a lot of flyers on my last trip including a Spit, 51D, and of all things...a Bleriot.... :thumb:oldfogey said:I've visited Duxford, as you say a great memorial for US flyers. It's also a fabulous aircraft museum for those of us who enjoy seeing live the great mechanical progress of the last century. When last there I saw a mustang, a spitfire, a B52 and a Lancaster flying together. It gives another dimension to that memorial.
This is widely considered to be the "skinny" as to why we did not press on in Iraq during the 1st Gulf War. Outran our own supply lines...situation was precarious....APTZ said:Comment about the M1 "Good vehicle provided you've got an armoured fuel tanker following you about".
We have a range nearby that does such testing....I can hear these shells almost 20 miles away. The pieces of pierced plate look like modern art....crazy plastic flow...APTZ said:At the firing range at Lulworth Cove, the exhibits of armour penetrating shells and the damage they do were pretty eye opening too. 12" of armour, HEAT shell put a hole straight through it.