World War II

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  1. mikedrini

    mikedrini Active Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Sorry guys, I saw it a week or so ago, can someone repost the bomber photo of the "then and now"? It was a photo of men from the 60s and more recently in the same caption
     
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    stubs300 Senior Member

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    Huummmmmm, NO!
     
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    3175375 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    I believe that it was posted in the deleted’America’ thread in the general discussion area.
    Lots of good things were removed due to the bantering that occurred in that thread.
     
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  4. mikedrini

    mikedrini Active Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Disappointing...
     
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    Fratzog Old Man with a Hat

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    I don't know if it is possible but perhaps reach out to the mods and maybe they can retrieve the pic for you.
     
  6. mikedrini

    mikedrini Active Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Found that bitch...love these boys...

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    Polara_500 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Loved that shot, which plane/group was it? And when was the revisit shot taken?
     
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    mikedrini Active Member FCBO Gold Member

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    No idea, but it's a great shot and we owe those men a drink
     
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    Polara_500 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Oh man, we owe them a helluva lot more than that, but a drink is likely the best they'd accept.
     
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  10. 1978 NYB

    1978 NYB Warfighter FCBO Gold Member

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    I was the person that posted that WWII picture of the brave Paratroopers.....

    Some of you know me and know that I have spent my entire adult life in the Army. Active duty from 1976-1996 and worked as a Military Contractor at the Army Test Center after my active duty until my 2nd retirement in 2017. I'm 65 now.

    I was assigned to 1st Bn 36th Field Artillery Regiment at Augsburg Germany from 1984 to 1992 minus my service in the Gulf War in 1990/1991. I did get reassigned back to my unit in Augsburg after the Gulf War. Anyways....our Battalion Commander and others were actively engaged with the WWII veterans of 1st Bn 36th Fid Artillery that actually served in WWII. These Warriors were in their late 70's and 80's then. So we put together a number of fundraising events and bake sales to bring 6 of these survivors back to Augsburg Germany for a 40 year reunion in 1985. It was a very nice week and so cool to talk to these guys about Artillery, WWII, and technology then and now and how easy we have it 40 years later. Lol.

    So.....the only place we can fire our 8 inch howitzers in Germany is Grafenwohr which is on the former Iron Curtain. It was an ancient German Army training camp that we commandeered after WWII. We still use it today as a major U.S. Army training base in Germany today. We took these WWII vets to Grafenwohr to demonstrate firing our 8 inch howitzers and how technology changed since their day and our day. They conversed a little and then bluntly told us that Artillery is Artillery and that not much has changed except electronics and communications. They said they could still put steel on target. Our Battalion Commander let them crew a couple of rounds down range as long as our Gun Chief verified the site picture in the Collimeter and certified the round was going to land in the impact area. Do you know that these guys were in the 60's and early 70's and they were just as fast as my 19 and 20 years olds putting steel on target. That was an exceptional and humbling day. They taught us way more than they realized on that day!!!! That was putting a 205 lb bullet inside of a trash can at a range of 15 miles. Plus 77 lbs of white bag gunpowder, a 5 lb fuse, and a primer the size of 12 guage shotgun shell. I will never forget that day!!!

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    mikedrini Active Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Thank you for posting that, it rapidly became one of my favorite photos.
     
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    1978 NYB Warfighter FCBO Gold Member

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    The M110A2 8 inch Howitzer is also nuclear capable and would make Hiroshima and Nagasaki look like a firecracker. During the height of the Cold War.....President Reagan told Gorbachev and the world that the U.S. would use tactical nuclear weapons in Europe. President Reagan was specifically talking about M110A2 Howitzer's.
     
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    Nice!!! I was on the 155’s. We were nuke too. They always said we couldn’t fire it far enough away to not nuke ourselves.

    C’est la guerre...

    I can still set 14 inch pounds by hand.
     
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    1978 NYB Warfighter FCBO Gold Member

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    Salute to your service Redleg!!!!
     
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