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WWII history and tactics

Griz882

Well-Known Member
pilot
Pretty cool film on WW2-era manned ISR aircraft:
The excellent nature of WWII training is evident in things like this. In early 1944 it was decided that 17 VCS and Battleship Observation (VO) pilots (who fly Kingfishers and Seagulls) aboard the cruisers Quincy (CA 71) Tuscaloosa (CA 37) and Augusta (CA 31) and the battleships Nevada (BB 36) Arkansas (BB 33) and Texas (BB 35) were checked out in RAF Spitfire Mk Vb’s. The squadron, VOS-7 flew over 200 missions and netted a good number of DFCs.
 

Randy Daytona

Cold War Relic
pilot
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Great article from The Economist reflecting on the 75th anniversary of D-Day. (Originally published in 2010)

Bill Millin
Bill Millin, piper at the D-Day landings, died on August 17th (2010), aged 88

https://www.economist.com/obituary/2010/08/26/bill-millin


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The War Office in London now forbade pipers to play in battle, but Mr Millin and Lord Lovat, as Scots, plotted rebellion. In this “greatest invasion in history”, Lovat wanted pipes to lead the way.

The first tune piped was Hielan Laddie.

 

nittany03

FUBIJAR
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Great article from The Economist reflecting on the 75th anniversary of D-Day. (Originally published in 2010)

Bill Millin
Bill Millin, piper at the D-Day landings, died on August 17th (2010), aged 88

https://www.economist.com/obituary/2010/08/26/bill-millin

The War Office in London now forbade pipers to play in battle, but Mr Millin and Lord Lovat, as Scots, plotted rebellion. In this “greatest invasion in history”, Lovat wanted pipes to lead the way.

The first tune piped was Hielan Laddie.

Mentioned by President Reagan in his speech in 1984 . . . where have speeches like this gone?
 

wink

VS NFO. Blue and Gold Officer
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Great article from The Economist reflecting on the 75th anniversary of D-Day. (Originally published in 2010)

Bill Millin
Bill Millin, piper at the D-Day landings, died on August 17th (2010), aged 88

https://www.economist.com/obituary/2010/08/26/bill-millin


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The War Office in London now forbade pipers to play in battle, but Mr Millin and Lord Lovat, as Scots, plotted rebellion. In this “greatest invasion in history”, Lovat wanted pipes to lead the way.

The first tune piped was Hielan Laddie.

Well played pipes can tear at your heart and soul. My kids played lacrosse. One player's older brother played battle tunes at the end of half time just before the players took the field. First time he was over a hill out of sight. No one expected it. He got so many positive comments he continued to play at half time.but stood on top of the hill, a lone piper. It was unique to see that sort of thing in a youth sport.
 
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