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    Quote Originally Posted by IanS View Post
    Jim, thanks for the helpful suggestion.

    Enfield303t, it would be great if you could make the trip, I thought the run to Barriere would have been more than 3 hours! I'm going to talk to dad to make sure he is up for the visit. I'll PM you as soon as possible with the outcome.

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    Ian if the visit is a go please let me know by pm when you will be there and other details of where you dad lives asap. Want to keep the day open and by doing that now things will work out better.

    Wow it will be a thrill to meet your dad, a real honour.
    Why use a 50 pound bomb when a 500 pound bomb will do?

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    I hope you get this off the ground may pay to have a tape recorder there, but I would certainly vett the questions you may trigger a long supressed bad moment not all vet's offer up their experiences especially those of a Sniper where they can see the whites of their eyes so to speak. (I really do hope it works and well done supporting forumers of Ian's endeavour)

    I am no orphan when it comes to the lack of responses from a parent that went to WWII my dad only spoke just to my B/inlaw once about his 4 years over seas and that was I guess because my B/inlaw went to Vietnam on a holiday to try and meet Uncle Ho

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    UPDATE

    I've spoken with my dad and he is very much looking forward to the meeting which will be in early May. Many thanks to enfield303t for his help in making this reunion possible. We hope to post photos here and if the video turns out OK, that as well.

    Many thanks to Milsurps members for all their contributions.

    Ian.

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    Had a great conversation with Ian a couple of hours ago and was where he lives in the UKicon in 2003/05.

    My son and I are the lucky ones in our opinion, a chance to spend some time with a former WWII sniper and to be honest there just can't be many left.

    Ian and I picked the date, will take both of my T's one is a 43 and the other 45 and both BSA.
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    Why use a 50 pound bomb when a 500 pound bomb will do?

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    We'll be waiting for the picture expose'...
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    Well the visit happened and I must say what a wonderful experience.

    Met Ian and his sons Jon and Jim as well as Ian's father Sniper Sgt. Alexander "Sandy" Scott and what an amazing man especially as he is 93 years old.

    Sandy handled the T as if he graduated from training yesterday and worked the action as smooth as silk. Cass my son said it was the most amazing day he has ever experienced. Seems Sandy really connected with Cass and they literally spent several hours talking about Sandy's days with the 52nd. ( Lowland) Infantry Division. Sandy is as sharp as a tack and remembered names, places and dates as if it happened yesterday.

    I honestly can't express what a wonderful experience it was, something both of us will remember for the rest of our lives.

    Ian invited us to go for lunch and we all went and again Sandy related his years of service and when Cass would look up things on the internet about the 52nd. Sandy would explain in great detail what he did during that particular event. Sounds like Sandy like soldiers in all armies past got into his fair share of trouble while away from the front lines including selling the officers fish that he obtained without using a rod and reel. By the way did I mention he was a small arms and explosives instructor?

    Picture 1 is a profile shot of Sandy.
    Picture 2 front photo of Sandy.
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    Hats off enfield303t for making this happen. Priceless!
    Thanks for sharing the experiance with the rest of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HOOKED ON HISTORY View Post
    Hats off enfield303t for making this happen. Priceless!
    Thanks for sharing the experiance with the rest of us.
    I expect Ian will put up a video he took when he gets back to the UKicon.
    Why use a 50 pound bomb when a 500 pound bomb will do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by enfield303t View Post
    I expect Ian will put up a video he took when he gets back to the UKicon.
    They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I think to those of us who here appreciate the sacrifices of Sgt. Alexander "Sandy" Scott and those like him the value of these photos are incalculable.
    Look forward to the video.

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