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    17 Jan 20 Garand Picture of the Day



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    Weird picture. The first rifle seems to belong to the black guy, but the hand is white... Strange and funny effect
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    None of them look happy about life. They actually look really P.O.ed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ovidio View Post
    The first rifle seems to belong to the black guy, but the hand is white
    I don't think so because if that was true he would be holding the rifle with his left hand. I believe that the rifle is being held by the man to the left of the man you indicated and held with his right hand as I would expect.

    When one see images of the "nut-case" piloted Kamikaze aircraft attempting to crash their aircraft into American and Allied ships towards the end of WW2, it's easy to understand why some sailors may have been tired, fed up and wanted to go home.
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    Looks like the mandatory 'abandon ship' safety brief....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve762 View Post
    Navy men on the left thinking: How come we get life belts and the Army guys (far right) get life vests?
    Perhaps US sailors had to be able to swim, to join the navy, and the US army didn't?

    I once knew a chap, no longer with us, who joined the Royal Navy just after WW2 and one of the requirements for joining was that he had to be able to swim in order to join the navy. He told me about an incident/accident that happened when he was working with another sailor who had joined the Royal Navy during WW2. Apparently the rule about being able to swim to join the Royal Navy wasn't always enforced or was relaxed during WW2 as the sailor he was working with couldn't swim. The 2 sailors were doing some sort of work on the hulls of ships that had been mothballed and something went wrong and the small boat that they were working from sank, leaving both sailors in the water. Sadly the sailor who joined the Royal Navy during WW2 drowned because he couldn't swim, but had survived WW2, and the sailor who joined after WW2 lived because he could only join the navy if he could swim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying10uk View Post
    Perhaps US sailors had to be able to swim,
    Not so...we had basic drown proofing as part of our training when I went through and a man had to be able to manage two lengths of the pool after that. But actual swimming, no. Also you speak of testimony reference WW2 guys not having to swim...this is a WW2 pic.
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    The testimony that I was referring to involved an incident that happened just after WW2, involving 2 Royal Navy sailors, one who joined during WW2 and one who joined just afterwards. The point that I was trying to make was that during wartime normal requirements, in this case the requirement of being able to swim, were not always enforced.

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    The guy 3rd from the left could get in a lot of trouble for wearing his lid incorrectly.
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    Sailor on extreme left should get a rocket over the fitment of his life belt pretty sloppy it's K.P potatoes for you my dear boy...........

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