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    -1/35 scale plastic modeling - mainly German WWII. You can't deny they had the coolest gear! Although they weren't as cool when used against you.
    -World War II (since I was in grade school)

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  1. I saw this today in Stars and Stripes. It is a new memorial to the 249th Engineer Battalion for erecting a pontoon bridge of the Rhine for Gen Patton's 3rd Army to cross. It was dedicated with great fanfare. I'm glad to see that.
  2. Never heard of fake bridges! Makes sense, though.
  3. Geez! This is an old topic! Nice to see again!
  4. Very awesome pictures. Like M1, I don't see a lot of "new" WWII pictures. It's sort of amazing, but with some many pictures, you usually see only the same pictures in all books, websites and TV shows. Always good to see new ones - and good new ones at that.
  5. Rest in peace, sir!
  6. I think I read this in MHQ when it first came out. Tragic campaign. Just awful for all involved.
  7. Interesting story!! It's true, his experience is just too far beyond our experience to understand fully. I'm just finished listening to Band of Brothers and am in the middle of Beyond Band of Brothers by Maj Richard Winters right now and their experiences are just beyond belief sometimes.
  8. Yes, rest in peace, sir!
  9. Same.
  10. From the "The Corps of Engineers: The War Against Germany" Page 236: With Fifth Army's advance, Peninsular Base Section acquired additional ports, but they were usually damaged severely. Rome fell on 4 June, Civitavecchia three days later, Piombino on 25 June, and Leghorn on 19 July. At Civitavecchia, the first seaport north of Anzio potentially useful to the Allies, the 540th Engineer Combat Regiment forged through the heavy wreckage to open DUKW and landing craft hardstands. On 11 June the first cargo craft, an LCT, unloaded; next day an LST nosed into a berth, and ferry craft began to unload Liberty ships. Cargo was soon coming ashore at the rate of 3,000 tons a day. Later the 1051st Port Construction and Repair Group provided Liberty berths by building ramps across sunken ships as at Naples. cross sunken ships as at Naples. Even while improvements were under way at Civitavecchia, a new entry for Fifth Army supplies opened 100 miles farther north at Piombino, a small port on a peninsula opposite the island of Elba. Elements of both the 39th and 540th Engineer Combat Regiments reopened the port, which, like Civitavecchia, had suffered heavy bomb damage. The main pier lay under a mass of twisted steel from demolished gantry cranes and other wreckage, while destroyed buildings and railroad equipment cluttered the area. But the engineers did not find the profusion of mines and booby traps the retreating Germans usually left behind, and they were able to remove 5,000 tons of scrap steel and pig iron from the main piers during the first two days. Pier ribbing and flooring repair required considerable underwater work. After three days facilities for LCTs to dock head on were available and one alongside berth was ready to receive a coaster; within the next few days hardstands for LCTs, LSTs, and DUKWs were available; and at the end of the third week the engineers built a pier over a sunken ship to provide berths for two Liberty ships. Piombino joined Civitavecchia as a main artery of supply for Fifth Army during July and August 1944. And on Page 443: The 1st Battalion of Col. George W. Marvin's 540th Engineer Combat Regiment, leading the beach group, charged ashore on Green with two battalions of the 141st Infantry. Two engineer companies quickly organized the beaches, cleared mines, and set up dumps for the following assault waves. Company B crossed the Agay River with the 2d Battalion, 141st Infantry, and met infantry units coming from Camel Blue to take Yellow from behind in order to start supply operations there. There's a lot more, of course.
  11. I subscribe to the Government Publishing Office (GPO) emails to get info on the books that they are featuring - every now and then they are WWII ones. Today's email was about engineer books since it is - apparently - Engineer Week. Who knew? Apparently, it coincides with the week of George Washington's birthday. This year it is February 19-25. The email I got sent me to "Government Book Talk" for Engineer Week. As for the GPO, they are the place you can buy your brand new versions of the US Army's Green Books about WWII. For Christmas, I bought the Okinawa green book (with a picture on the cover and no longer green), some posters and a few small publications. Very cool. Anyway, it's pretty easy to navigate around the book store site. The search is ok but you will get a lot of results that don't have anything to do with your search parameters. Here is a search for "Engineers World War II" world war ii Great place for government published books that are hard to get elsewhere. Looking for the Green Books on PDF. . . and for free?
  12. The upgrades sound cool! Seems to be working so far!
  13. Good deal!!
  14. Hey Marion! Glad to things area going well with the forum resuscitation! I pray that the upgrade goes well (for the sake of your sanity!) I just want to throw out there that we forum regulars appreciate this labor of love of yours. So do a whole bunch of other people who don't even know who eventually will start looking into their father/grandfather/great-grandfather's service and find your wonderful sites.
  15. Well, at least that showed me that it had posted.