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    Russian exhibit honors Joe Beyrle

    I read the book also.. A GREAT story that was also enjoyed by my Friend Max, who's grandfather fought with the Red Army during WWII.
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    Memoribilia and Collectibles

    Today an interesting item on ebay... Glenn Miller's (alleged) WWII AAF Dress uniform & cap, all for a mere $15,000! If you want to check it out yourself it is ebay item # 170449205509.
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    Miep Gies dies - Jan 11, 2010

    The people of Holland made a remarkable effort to save Dutch Jews during WWII that few (if any) countries can match. I have posted one of several documentaries that are available about this subject for anyone who might be interested. I obtained this one through a Christian book/dvd Seller.
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    Nothing But Praise - Aldo Bagnulo

    It's nice to be recognized for your contribution isn't it?
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    In case you can't read the caption at the bottom, it says: "Fast-working Army Engineers Lay down a Pontoon Bridge for Guns, Troops, Trucks, and Tanks." This is a lithograph featured in National Geographic. Not Shown: Incoming German Artillery, MG and small-arms fire that often accompanied tasks like this one!
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    Memoribilia and Collectibles

    Would like to share with you the humble beginnings of my Pacific display. This is my one and only mannequin, who has changed his affiliations and even his loyalties too many times to count! This was the only mannequin I could afford, so please pardon the way his uniform hangs...He really has only a head, a torso, and white PVC piping for legs to utilize. I fashioned a right arm for him out of a strip of foam tubing and I will "tidy him up" as time and materials permit in the future. The helmet & helmet cover (and gloves) are not original WWII USMC, but everything from the neck down is, including his USMC ammo belt and roughouts (boots). A friend of mine in Australia is sending me a KABAR knife (commonly referred to as a "Ball Cutter") & sheath as a belated Christmas gift. I'll be adding more to my display a piece at a time ps- The grenade is inert, and also post-WWII I believe.
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    The Pacific

    I have a friend in Australia (where the series was filmed) that has been telling me this series should be premiering sometime soon but didn't know exactly when, so this is great news. I don't have HBO either, so I will have to wait for it on DVD also, but that shouldn't be too far down the road. Watch the popularity (and price) of USMC items soar on ebay after this, just like 101rst Airborne items did after Band of Brothers.
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    GOING,,, GOING,,,?

    Thank You for posting this poem Chuck. The part about Politicians is especially 'sad but true,' and it's being exposed more often than in times past, although these dishonorable indiscretions are not a new thing in the world of Politics. Getting back to the real message of this poem, I am always saddened by the death of any soldier, as one death affects ever so many family members and friends. In "WWII in HD" the narrator states that "16 million Americans served in WWII...Out of that 16 million only 10% are alive today.' I won't even pretend to know how deeply each soldier's death is felt by our Vets on this board. I will tell you that for me, the thought of the time ahead when all of them have passed away, and there are no more WWII Veterans left in America will make me feel like the world I grew up in has ended. I don't even like to think about it...and I know that M1 feels the same way. That's why studying WWII, which started as a hobby for me has become a mission to make sure their sacrifice will never be forgotten. God Bless You. Most sincerely,
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    Memoribilia and Collectibles

    Recently I had an opportunity to purchase an authentic "cricket" signaling device like the ones our paratroopers used on D-Day. This is just one of several styles of these children's toys that was used and it is in near mint condition. It could be 1944 or later (1950's) because I had one like it when I was 6 or 7 years old in the mid 50's, but it's authenticity was verified by the soldier pictured as being exactly like the one he carried from D-Day to Market Garden. If it looks familiar to any of our ETO Vets here please let me know. Thanks!
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    Sun Nov 15, 09 - WWII program - History Channel

    Well worth the price, M-1! I think the best documentaries are the ones that are made using the Veteran's own words like this one does. In the last episode, which tells which of the 12 have passed away I got a lump in my throat and wished that my Dad would have survived into his 80's instead of dying at age 69, but then I thought about all the ones that lost their lives at age 25 or younger who never had the opportunity to raise a family and that put things in perspective. The fact that you have dedicated so much of your life to the memory of your father makes me proud to be your friend as well as a member of the VI Corps family.
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    Sun Nov 15, 09 - WWII program - History Channel

    I received mine in the mail about a week ago. I'm watching it tonight again (w/o "HD"). Really an outstanding documentary covering both the ETO and Pacific campaigns.
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    Buchenwald Liberation

    While channel surfing on New Year's Eve I stumbled onto a terrific WWII Veteran's testimony of his experiences in WWII as a machinegunner in Patton's 3rd Army, which included being among the soldiers who liberated Buchanwald KZ in 1945. His name is Leo Hymas. He was speaking to a group of Central Washington University students who are majoring in business, and the title of his presentation was "Making Ethical Decisions." He spoke very little about business, but very much about making the right choices in life. Many times he pointed upward towards the sky as he spoke of "answering to a Higher Authority then man." One such example he gave involved being ordered by a Lt. to take an M1 carbine and kill a small group of German soldiers who had just surrendered. Leo refused. After Germany surrendered Leo found himself on a ship heading for Japan, who had not. I found quite a bit more about him by just Google searching the name Leo Hymas.
  13. My heart goes out to you.. There is never a time when a loss is not difficult, but I know what it means to lose a loved one at this time of year, when there is so often pressure to "be happy." May God give you strength and comfort during this time. Sincerely, Jim Nelson
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    Malmedy Massacre

    I have read several books about The Battle of the Bulge and I remember reading one account about a US Army CO who had taken part in it. Can't remember his unit and won't mention any names lest I get it wrong, but what stuck out in my mind was reading how this officer bought into Pieper's version of the Malmedy massacre being "an unfortunate accident" and actually befriended him (Pieper) after the war. Astonishing to me...How did those SS soldiers "accidently" machine gun eighty-some GI's who were bound hand and foot? It's no surprise why this massacre led to a "No SS Prisoners taken" sentiment by many Allied troops once the word got around about Malmedy.
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    What are you listening to right now?

    Hello Vee and Everyone, I didn't want to open up an entirely new topic so I'm bummin' space off Vee's topic about music. My question about music is 'What is your favorite Christmas CD, LP, or whatever? Do you enjoy more traditional Christmas music (as I do), or do you prefer the newer, more modern offerings? My all-time favorite Christmas album/artist has to be the late-great Nat King Cole's The Christmas Song. I get all lumpy throated as soon as I hear "Chestnuts roasting on a open fire...". I also enjoy some of the more contemporary instrumental CDs by artists such as Manhatten Steamroller, etc. her is my top five favorite Christmas songs: (1.) The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole (2.) I'll be home for Christmas - Elvis Presley (3.) Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies - from 'The Nutcracker by Peter I can't spell his Russian last name (4.) White Christmas - Bing Crosby (who else??!!) (5.) Have a Holly-Jolly Christmas - Burl Ives
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    Pearl Harbor Day !

    Here on the West coast it's still December 7th as I write this. I always watch the History channel programs about Pearl Harbor on this day, even though I have other documentaries about it. I guess watching a program like this on TV makes you feel connected to others in America who are watching it on The Day. Richard Fiske, who is featured in the program not only witnessed the sneak attack on Dec. 7, 1941, but also took part in several Pacific invasions as a US Marine, including Iwo Jima. I do not buy into the conspiracy theory about FDR having prior knowledge of the attack and allowing it to happen...No Way!
  17. I know there are a few of us here that love to collect DVDS about WWII, and now is a GREAT time to add to your own collection or to buy them as Christmas gifts. The History Channel store is offering some big discounts now, but you can do much better by going through Amazon.com IMHO. I was able to get a 5-DVD set (brand new) of "The Color of War" this week for only $17.98! That's less than half the normal price for this set! There are other 'must have' sets on sale now including 'The World At War' and Band of Brothers, just to name two personal favorites of mine. Just wanted to pass this along for anyone who might be interested...I'm not on a commision
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    Great Time to buy WWII Documentaries!

    Hello Vee! The two sets you picked are both excellent, but don't pay Amazon.com prices. If you have a DVD player capable of playing All Regions (and I believe you do) you can get best prices from the other Sellers. I paid only $17.99 for my Color of War...Amazon wants $49.00 for same set! If you would like, you may select which titles you want to buy and email me with your list. I would be happy to order them for you at best prices available and then send them to you in one parcel. Besides the two you listed: Color of War and The World at War I would like to suggest one other that is one of the very best that deals with the war in Europe. It's called: Embedded '45...shooting war in Germany.
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    Great Site !!! German Militaria

    Hi M1, I got it about a year ago, and it is in great shape. I unfortunately cannot afford to keep many of the nicer items I come across, and I buy/sell them to supplement a meager pension that I now exist on. It's actually more a hobby/fun thing for me to do than a source of income. I consign items to this Dealer in Ontario as well as to another one in Hamburg, Germany. I still sell on ebay, but not much anymore, due to ebay's ridiculous PC policies regarding 3rd Reich collectables. I am going to send you a pm about the uniform. cheers, JimBob
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    Great Site !!! German Militaria

    I have a really nice WWII (Engineer) Privates Uniform grouping from 2nd Armored Div, 17th Combat Engineers listed on this site currently. If you check the United States WWII section "uniforms and headgear." If you wish to view it there are better pictures than the one I posted here., The item number is: CO91061. Unfortunately I have no background info on the man who wore it.
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    The new .50 Cal

    Haven't seen that sound effect (Budah-Budah-Budah) in print since the last time I read an issue of "Our Fighting Forces" featuring Gunner & Sarge. In that particular comic they spelled it: Budda-Budda...and it was used in connection with a Thompson, rather than a 50 cal. When I was an 11-12 year old kid I was familiar with all the 'sounds of WWII weaponry' and incorporated them (vocally) into my own pencil-drawn comic books...which drove my poor Mom and sister crazy!
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    Sun Nov 15, 09 - WWII program - History Channel

    I'm still trying to decide on a Christmas gift for a very dear old friend of mine that I've been friends with since 3rd grade. I had been planning on giving him a subscription to WWII magazine, but now I think I might buy him this fine DVD set instead (even though it won't be delivered until January of 2010!). The last episode ended just a few minutes ago and it was really an excellent documentary in every way. I'm so glad that we have The History Channel to make World War II "come alive" to so many generations of American children and younger adults (and other nations) who have such a limited understanding of who the participants were, and why this war had to be won.
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    Sun Nov 15, 09 - WWII program - History Channel

    The story of the Samuel B. Roberts and the other heroic destroyer and destroyer escort ships who took on the Jap Task force at Leyte has always been a very emotional thing for me, no matter how often I've heard it. It was a David vs, Goliath battle, and those brave American sailors were punching out of their weight class (Go Navy!) and keep punching until the Japs turned tail, despite suffering the loss of the ship and most of the crew. If that story doesn't make you proud to be an American then nothing will. This is just one of many heroic actions of the US Navy in WWII that need to be remembered for all time.
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    Sun Nov 15, 09 - WWII program - History Channel

    Better Believe that Dogdaddy is a' watchin' if it's about WWII, M1! I've watched every episode thus far also, and I think it's a shade more interesting than the Ken Burns series was, although I liked that one too. This series really does have some very touching moments as you listen to these Veterans recounting the feelings they experienced...like the Captain who was badly wounded and fighting to hang onto his life, but kept on going until he finally met another American who turned out to be a medic named.... Jesus.
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    Are you moviegoer ?

    Is it Fly Boys?