Will you raise a glass tonight, 5th June, at 23:16 hours...

#61
I've been married to Madame for a long time and know by now which battles I can win and which ones I can't.

I'll do a deal with you - you argue the toss with Madame Mnairb and I'll crack open a can of Lidl extra strong (black can, only available in France) and sit back and watch the fun.
No thanks, I'll pass on that one; but enjoy your bière anyway! I'm sure there are others on the forum who'd enjoy the idea of wind-milling with Madame, particularly if you can provide pictures.
 
#63
I was lucky enough to meet "Tich" who was a member of the Coup De Main at a book signing of Major Howards Diarys by his daughter at Bletchley Park.

I had a few pints with them and bought a book signed by them and Penny which I then auctioned off for charity.

I wish I had bought 2 books now but I had spent all my spare cash on buying Tich beer.

The one thing I remember most was the piss taking they did out of each other, it was like seeing how I would be with my muckers if I'm ever fortunate to get to that age.

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#64
Regarding things airborne or airmobile, I wonder sometimes at the testicular fortitude of 19 year old draftees being choppered into hot LZs in the Vietnam
War. They must have had a not too dissimilar experience to glider borne troops of yore. Better blokes than me, that's for sure.
Better still, think of the pilots of said choppers, they were in front of the troops and in a lot of cases were not much older.
ETA
These young pilots were in a lot of cases draftees themselves but with sufficient education and with the correct medical clearance to be tested as helicopter pilot trainees.
They also had a very strong desire not to be walking about on the ground and engaging in firefights (and who could blame them)
 
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#66
Regarding things airborne or airmobile, I wonder sometimes at the testicular fortitude of 19 year old draftees being choppered into hot LZs in the Vietnam
War. They must have had a not too dissimilar experience to glider borne troops of yore. Better blokes than me, that's for sure.
Indeed, and 19 year olds today seek 'safe spaces' from debate on University campuses
 
#67
Watched Yesterday channel (19 on Freeview) for most of yesterday well untill 2100 hrs. Started from the build up,Operation Overlord and the Day after D Day. Have to admit I was in admiration of those then 18/19/20+ year olds. Sad to see the 90+ year olds today remembering 'Mates' and breaking down at their Headstones. We today certainly have no right to moan.
RIP AT THE FRV ALL
 
#68
@greyfergie Have you had any contact with Brian (Swordsman) lately?
 
#77
I raised a glass @Bravo_Bravo but couldn’t get to Maj Howard’s grave this year- I was told that it was well-attended.
On the subject of this nitpicking whinge:-
I'll certainly raise a glass, but I think both the Russians and the 8th Army may have something to say about your final sentence!
I’d whinge back and question whether the Russians were ever interested in liberating Europe!
 
#78
I raised a glass @Bravo_Bravo but couldn’t get to Maj Howard’s grave this year- I was told that it was well-attended.
On the subject of this nitpicking whinge:-

I’d whinge back and question whether the Russians were ever interested in liberating Europe!
And you're obviously not an 8th Army affiliate then. It was not a whinge, but an observation on the complete lack of accuracy in BB's post. There was rather more to WWII than the NW Europe theatre.

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#79
And you're obviously not an 8th Army affiliate then. It was not a whinge, but an observation on the complete lack of accuracy in BB's post. There was rather more to WWII than the NW Europe theatre.
My bold. Slightly hysterical mate. Like it or not D-Day was the main effort for us and the beginning of the end for Adolf and his mates.
And the thread was to celebrate the deeds of a handful of blokes- who happened to belong to one of our antecedent regiments- who kicked the whole thing off.
If you want to lecture on history, start your own bloody thread.
 
#80
It would be good if someone can follow this up
I sent a message to him on Facebook a couple of weeks back.

He's registered blind now and in a wheelchair. The reply said he was getting all the support and more that he and Sheila needed.
 

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