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p99guy
01-01-2006, 10:06 PM
Ok for all of us history buffs, we can use this thread to paste intresting photos
that we have taken at WW2 battlefield areas, National Cemetarys, and of intrest.
Over the next few days I will upload pics from some of the places I have visited.

The town of Foy, Belgium where the 506PIR of the 101st fought during the bulge
http://img407.imageshack.us/img407/9679/foysign1qe.th.jpg (http://img407.imageshack.us/my.php?image=foysign1qe.jpg)

This is what part of their lines look like today
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And what they could see of Foy from that position

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The U.S. cemetary in Luxemberg City,Luxemberg where many of the Battle of the Bulge casulties are buried. Gen George S. Patton is ranking officer there.

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The front gates to the cemetary
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p99guy
01-02-2006, 09:16 AM
This is the German cemetary ,located a half mile from Foy. There are over 5000 fallen here
from the fighting around Bastogne, There was an American cemetary next to it, but all were reintered elsewhere after the war(many going to Luxemberg City)
Note there are (3) soldiers buried in each grave. Locale sentiment remains high in this area
(where there are still bullet pock marks in most of the rock buildings and houses in Foy/Recogne) We had profanity yelled at us in french and universal had jestures made at us by farmers passing by as we got out to visit this cemetary.(to their credit, when I turned around and yelled back in Texan."we are americans you ***holes!" they did shut up, and looked quite sheepish lol .



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p99guy
01-02-2006, 09:21 AM
In Bastogne, close to the church that was portreyed in Band Of Brothers, there is a small museum that has many relics from the area battle...and items dug up from the battle(they keep finding things even today)



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Hombre
01-06-2006, 11:47 PM
p99guy,
You appear to be a man of many talents. I totally respect this post, particularly since I am a History major myself. As a Military Intelligence professional, I studied for a degree in History back when the choices were Poli Sci or History. These days, it seems that you need to have a Computer Science degree!

Keep those photos coming. I have never had to opportunity to visit to many WW2 battle sites. I was in Kaiserslautern, Germany, for about two weeks once and visited a clock tower from which Hitler used to make speeches often. Now, there are worn spots from where so many people have put their hands in order to replicate how Hitler would have stood over the window sill in the tower.

p99guy
01-07-2006, 12:57 AM
I have stood on that very tower up on the hill overlooking Kaiserslautern, had to park and come up a little path, where you park there is a trashcan with stickers from military units from all over that have visited there.... anyway he gave a speech to the hitler youth there..the platau where the buildings are out in front of the tower,was the site of a hitler youth camp....somewhere I have pics of it.
Did you ever go in/out the front gate at Ramstien?...on the road out of the base there is a railroad bridge....notice all the bullet pockmarks still in it?

lol What can I say...im a student of human conflict past and present.

In the main town Square in Bastogne, "McAuliffe Square" after the 101st airborne
general who answered the German demand for the surrender of Bastogne with the reply "Nuts" is a Sherman tank knocked out in the battle(near Hubermon)

note the AT shell hole in the side.
http://img489.imageshack.us/img489/5835/mvc017f2cx.th.jpg (http://img489.imageshack.us/my.php?image=mvc017f2cx.jpg)

and a glancing hit to the rear
http://img309.imageshack.us/img309/3051/mvc018f5vz.th.jpg (http://img309.imageshack.us/my.php?image=mvc018f5vz.jpg)

some of the interior ...taken by sticking the camera lens though the shell hole in the side.

http://img329.imageshack.us/img329/4606/mvc019f5vt.th.jpg (http://img329.imageshack.us/my.php?image=mvc019f5vt.jpg)

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p99guy
01-07-2006, 02:22 AM
Every year in december and the day that the battle of the bulge started..They have a perimeter walk around a different sector of the Bastogne defensive line. It is very well attended by current U.S. military, as well as Belgium, and Germany..and veterans from the battle. The U.S. Army presents colors in the square, and a ceremony takes place. Then the walk begins. All the while restored WW2 vehicles and reinactors are running around creating a mood.

..Practicing the day before...
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visitor center in Bastogne
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the gathering crowd for the perimeter walk
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well attended?
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reinactors walk amoung ,through and around attendee's

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and set up field fortifications/displays of equipment
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My wife and USAF Non-com stepson
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p99guy
01-07-2006, 02:23 AM
http://img447.imageshack.us/img447/5003/2003122510217pa.th.jpg (http://img447.imageshack.us/my.php?image=2003122510217pa.jpg)
Bastogne at night decorated for xmas
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This is a pic I made of a reinactor walking down the street alongside a modern car
the blurring is intentional...I call it "Ghost"
http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/2371/2003122510719ei.th.jpg (http://img301.imageshack.us/my.php?image=2003122510719ei.jpg)

I have traveled to Bastogne twice.

Nightrunner
01-07-2006, 05:57 AM
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Bastogne at night decorated for xmas
http://img467.imageshack.us/img467/2614/2003122506415en.th.jpg (http://img467.imageshack.us/my.php?image=2003122506415en.jpg)
This is a pic I made of a reinactor walking down the street alongside a modern car
the blurring is intentional...I call it "Ghost"
http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/2371/2003122510719ei.th.jpg (http://img301.imageshack.us/my.php?image=2003122510719ei.jpg)

I have traveled to Bastogne twice.



P99guy,

I love your pics!! I too am a student of wars, past and present. Battelfields make me very melancholy.


When my kids get a little older,old enough to remember, I have every intention of taking them places like Bastogne,Pearl Harbor,Gettysburg etc.etc.

They have already been to Fredricksburg. My little girl told me that tunnel and hill we were walking through and up to, made her feel "weird"

Me too.


Did you feel the chill of that place when you went??


Best Regards,,

Hombre
01-07-2006, 12:14 PM
p99guy - I know that bridge by Ramstein. I think there is a little traffic cirlce right by it, or relatively close anyway. (of course, there are traffic circles all over that place). I remember someone showing me the bridge riddled with bullet holes.

Nightrunner - I was stationed in Hawaii for 3 years. I loved every bit of it, not the least of which was Pearl Harbor. There are places other than Pearl Harbor, though. Go up to Diamond Head or Kole Kole Pass and you can get a good feel for how the inhabitants could have really seen the Japanese aircraft on approach and how the aircraft would have straffed in toward their targets.

panzermk2
01-07-2006, 01:13 PM
you have me beet already in the pictures dept.. I was over there for a year and a half you already have more pics as me.
In my defense I must add I was 18, in the army, first time I ever had any money
and GERMAN girls....ooooooooooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhh

p99guy
01-07-2006, 01:50 PM
I fully understand, and at 18 there are different priorites. Did anybody make it over to the Base at Baumholder? they have a great armor museum there...just happen to have photos
of my visit there.....and Berchtesgaden, The Imperial war museum in London, Aberdeen proving grounds in maryland, The british Commando memorial in Spean Bridge, Scotland
Some pics of Berlin Germany ect....I have even played paintball in Germany, in the Kaiser slautern rec area lol

Here I am with local Constable Jim Frasier in Spean Bridge Scotland(where WW2 commandos trained) I have just gave him a dept patch
http://img437.imageshack.us/img437/4382/mvc005s1xs.th.jpg (http://img437.imageshack.us/my.php?image=mvc005s1xs.jpg)

A WW1 memmorial at nearby Fort william
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the commando memorial
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Fernie Castle(600 years old) in Fife, by Cupar Scotland was where my wife and I
were married....yes I do own a Kilt. Our piper fought in Malaysia with a Ghurka regt.
http://img342.imageshack.us/img342/4897/mr250263ia.th.jpg (http://img342.imageshack.us/my.php?image=mr250263ia.jpg)

p99guy
01-07-2006, 02:37 PM
The Battle field of Colluden Moor, where Bonnie Prince Charlie lost the bid for a free and Independent Scotland...and turned into a slauter of the clans involved in the Jacobite
rebellion.
This Is standing on the British lines, looking in the directions of the Jacobite Army positions
http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/5282/mvc019s0vx.th.jpg (http://img213.imageshack.us/my.php?image=mvc019s0vx.jpg)

What you see before you is hallowed ground...a memorial to the fallen clansmen, and in the grass around it is several mass graves holding several thousand...if they could be identified they were buried with their clan...if not a common mass grave awaited them
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Hombre
01-07-2006, 09:58 PM
These are absolutely outstanding photos!!

You know, when you pick up an M-1 Garand, or an old Mauser, a Luger or a Sten (if you ever have the opportunity), and you pay attention to the wieght of the equipment, the mechanics and engineering of the firearm, and the metalurgy - the technology - the rigors that it must have taken a soldier to keep his equipment in tip-top shape for battle . . . boy, I'll tell ya', you develop a profound respect for what those guys went through. You develop a respect for the skills that they had to maintain, especially the marksmanship talents, in order to stay alive and fight effectively.

THAT, my friends, is what separates the men from the boys.

Athen
01-07-2006, 10:12 PM
Very nice pics.

p99guy
01-07-2006, 10:25 PM
I do have shooting and in some cases owning experiance with M3 greaseguns,M1A1 & M1928 Thompsons, STEN MKII & MKIII, Mauser K98K,MP40,MG42, Enfields No1MKIII* & No4MK1,M1903A3, M1 rifles, M1 carbines, M1918A2 BAR,M1941 Johnson,.50M2HB, K31's, Moisens.....Never have fired a M1919 .30 Browning though.

I do love the historic arms and the story of each.

Hombre
01-07-2006, 10:34 PM
These photos are awesome. The thread is a great one; I hope everyone appreciates it. I just had to rate it.