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    To The Few

    Post by woofiedog on Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:25 pm

    To the few that gave and sacrificed for the many of us now living. Neutral










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    Post by frinik on Thu Nov 12, 2015 5:21 am

    I am remembering my paternal grandfather - whom I never knew - who volunteered to served in the Kaiserlisches Heer ( German Imperial army ) at the age of 18 in 1917.Fought against the Russians and the Bolsheviks for almost 2 years until 1919 (1918-19 as a Freikorps volunteer in Latvia). Died prematurely in 1948. A proud Prussian who faithfully served his Emperor and Germany. Rest in peace Opa!
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    Post by woofiedog on Thu Nov 12, 2015 8:04 pm

    If you could only sit down for a day and be able to ask him questions and have him tell you what he learned from life in his own words. I bet you would write a book. Wink

    My mother had two brother's that served during WWII, one a pilot that flew B-29's and one that served on a carrier in the US Navy.

    On my father's side of 10 aunts and uncles. 5 brother's served during WWII, with 3 seeing action over seas.

    And here is when Barny as we called him, came back stateside in 1948.

    My father is second from the left sitting and Brany's wife and child are sitting right of my father. The other 3 in uniform are my father's brothers who served in WWII. One uncle who was in the US Navy is not in this particular photo. My grandmother is seated in the middle with my aunts right of her.








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    Re: To The Few

    Post by frinik on Fri Nov 13, 2015 5:48 am

    They are almost all gone now. All brothers-in-arms below the earth that saw them fighting and killing each other. No more enmity and bitterness just that special brotherhood that unites men who have fought and put their lives on the line.

    Here's 2 videos to honour them all from all sides:

    Brothers in Arms by Dire Strait a classic, very moving:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9oakm9-vjo

    And Kenneth Branagh's stirring Saint Crispian's Day Battle Speech:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-yZNMWFqvM

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