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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Laidlericon View Post
    The problem was that UNfix bayonets was done without looking down
    Never take your eyes off the enemy...
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    Jim,
    Never met the man personally, but have walked in his shadow, but never knew it!!

    He was a true legend of young Britishicon commanders in WW2, who was gifted the Bruneval Raid, of which he made a great success, and probably took us to a better understanding of radar by stealing the new technology right from under the Germans noses.

    When you way up the cross winds and size of the DZ to do a drop near the cliffs at Bruneval, and rally his men, it all came together for him on the night, and he suceeded in his task, as he did getting to the Bridge at Arnhem 3 years later.
    A real shame swifter movements by other units didn't materialise on their respective paths to Arnhem, it would have shortened the war incredibly. With all things Military it is always a great element of luck, right place at the right time, that gets you through IMHO!!!

    'Tonight my men and I have been through hell and back again, but the look on your faces when we let you out of the hall - we'd do it all again tomorrow.' Major Chris Keeble's words to Goose Green villagers on 29th May 1982 - 2 PARA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gil Boyd View Post
    A real shame swifter movements by other units didn't materialize
    Exactly, and remember what he told the Germans..."We don't have the room to take you all prisoner...Sorry!"
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    Is anyone able to positively identify the large guns each side of the parade ground, please? I wondered about Germanicon 88mm but after comparing them to photographs of 88mm in a book I don't think that they are.

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    Must be Brit anti aircraft guns as it befitted "their" role as Royal Artillery in WW2 defending the island. As Peter said earlier they were Royal until 1971 when the crown was dropped by mistake from their cap badge. They wish they still had us I'm sure on reflection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gil Boyd View Post
    Must be Brit anti aircraft guns
    That would make them 90mm then...
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    That would probably be about right looking at their posture.
    'Tonight my men and I have been through hell and back again, but the look on your faces when we let you out of the hall - we'd do it all again tomorrow.' Major Chris Keeble's words to Goose Green villagers on 29th May 1982 - 2 PARA

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    I don't think that they are the old 3.7" AA guns. I did look at them and think that they're soviet. Could be wrong of course never having been with the gungy gunners

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    Sovieticon 76mm then?
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    Nope..... I say heavy soviet artillery. The Malta Artillery were a Heavy Field Regiment when based in Soltau, NW Germanyicon as I recall. I think that they're field guns as opposed to AAA

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