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For Canhawk on D-Day....
Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:20 am
  • James Doohan, stormed Juno Beach in the Normandy landings.

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Re: For Canhawk on D-Day....
Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:48 am
  • Hell yeah! Scottie's Ma Boy! I had heard he was at Juno, but didn't realise he was such a bad ass! That's cool Stuz, thanks.
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Re: For Canhawk on D-Day....
Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:20 am
  • Here in the states, we tend to glorify our heroes at the expense of others, even allies. IIRC, the Canucks were the only guys who actually met their objectives on DDay. ;)

    It was a massive campaign with many contributors from around the globe.

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Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:15 pm
  • Sorry man. Lysdexia's a bicth.
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Re: For Canhawk on D-Day....
Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:24 pm
  • A shame my ex-wife was born on D-Day... Not that she was born on D-Day, just that she was born ;)

    Had no idea that there was an entire site devoted to WWII in color. Loved the documentary on History.
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:32 pm
  • Scotty was one of many that gave their all on that D-Day so long ago.

    Hell we might be speaking German today without them.

    Salute to those that freed Europe at that time. To bad that wasn't the war that ended all wars. Seemed we were gaining something then unlike today when wars seem to pop up every week.

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Re: For Canhawk on D-Day....
Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:31 pm
  • The Radish wrote:Scotty was one of many that gave their all on that D-Day so long ago.

    Hell we might be speaking German today without them.

    Salute to those that freed Europe at that time. To bad that wasn't the war that ended all wars. Seemed we were gaining something then unlike today when wars seem to pop up every week.

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    Amen to that. Grandpa CANHawk was there clearing the path for the landing parties in a mine sweeper. he didn't talk about it much... I couldn't imagine what that would have been like. THose guys would have been the first ones shot at. <shudder>

    Unfortunately Les, it wasn't the war to end all wars; it was the war that made us really fricken good at making new wars.
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Re: For Canhawk on D-Day....
Thu Jun 06, 2013 4:35 pm
  • Had an uncle that served on a Navy minesweeper prior to D-Day. He said it wasn't really bad duty. Well except for the Germans shooting 5" at you for target practice. lol

    Never been under shore battery fire but I'd wager it sucks.

    That's how I got interested in Frog men and Buds. Read about them going in wearing a swimsuit, planting charges on the steel gizmos the Germans put up to stop landing craft. And of course that group morphed into Navy Seals.

    I'd have never made it, hell they had to almost throw me off a 12 meter platform in bootcamp and that was in broad daylight. I always thought that "Shallow Water Sailors" stayed in water you could walk back to shore in,,,bastards. lol

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Re: For Canhawk on D-Day....
Thu Jun 06, 2013 5:53 pm
  • My father-in-law was a Navy Lt in UDT (Underwater Demolition Team, or 'frogmen') in WWII, in the Pacific. I couldn't get him to tell me any stories before he passed. I've heard stories from others, along with some stories from a British WWII commando who lived near me when I was younger and my sister cleaned his house for pay... And, my good buddy who was a spook sniper in 'Nam. They were all either really quiet, or really alcoholic. And I don't blame them a bit.
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Re: For Canhawk on D-Day....
Thu Jun 06, 2013 6:29 pm
  • One of my best friends, more like family is 22 year Coast Guard Chief ran Spook Boats in the Delta in Vietnam. Unless drunk as the Lord and even then rarely will talk about it a bit.

    One of those times he admitted putting teams lead by Jesse Ventura and Richard Marchinko ashore and then went back and got them and said Marchinko is the toughest guy he ever met. Funny because I think this buddy of mine is the toughest guy I ever met by a bus length.

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Re: For Canhawk on D-Day....
Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:55 am
  • My father-in-law wasn't at D-Day but he was at Monte-Casino. He hardly spoke about that battle or the war but from time to time he'd tell the odd story.
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Re: For Canhawk on D-Day....
Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:34 pm
  • LyndseyG wrote:My father-in-law wasn't at D-Day but he was at Monte-Casino. He hardly spoke about that battle or the war but from time to time he'd tell the odd story.


    As I recall my WWII history Monte-Casino was a real ball buster for all involved on both sides and the Allies only carried the day by destroying much of the civilian infastructure to get at the German Army who dearly loved to hide out in your neighbors houses to ambush the oncoming Armys.

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Re: For Canhawk on D-Day....
Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:22 pm
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Re: For Canhawk on D-Day....
Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:46 pm
  • The Radish wrote:
    LyndseyG wrote:My father-in-law wasn't at D-Day but he was at Monte-Casino. He hardly spoke about that battle or the war but from time to time he'd tell the odd story.


    As I recall my WWII history Monte-Casino was a real ball buster for all involved on both sides and the Allies only carried the day by destroying much of the civilian infastructure to get at the German Army who dearly loved to hide out in your neighbors houses to ambush the oncoming Armys.

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    Brett says, according to David, the Germans got the civilians out of the monastery before the bombing, David managed to dig a foxhole which was very difficult because of the terrain, everyone ducked as the bombing took place and when the dust had settled the monastery was just... Gone.
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Re: For Canhawk on D-Day....
Wed Jun 19, 2013 5:53 pm
  • I've seen pictures before and after the monastery bombing, you had to see it to believe it. But the Germans were using the high ground of the place to lob shells into the allied positions.

    It was a very controversial decision at the time but sadly was probably necessary. Any time any army uses civilian population and buildings for cover is unconsionable.

    As I recall they had to use B-26s for the bombing because that was the only plane fast enough that could get into that valley and hit the place with any accuracy. According to records they bombed the Monestary to oblivion without hitting allied troops all around it. By the way have you all seen pictures of the place? It was about 2-3 blocks long and at least 1 wide.

    The Allies really caught hell world wide in the media for doing it but the Allied armys especially the British were getting killed by the hundreds if not thousands from the artillary there. Not sure about the figures, maybe Lyndsay knows more about that?

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Re: For Canhawk on D-Day....
Wed Jun 19, 2013 6:57 pm
  • I don't believe there was any artillery in the monastery. There may have been spotters. IIRC, the Germans claimed that the monastery was not occupied before the bombing, also that the debris after the bombing made for better cover for their troops anyway.

    I'm not sure the real truth has ever been fullly figured out, other than that was a helluva fight. Took four major assaults by the allies to take it.

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