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During ww1 had a great-grandfather serve with eddie rickenbacker in 94th aero, have much of their during and after war correspondence with each other as well as photos.
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And another grandfather, while being trained to serve in the artillery, served in frontline infantry both Winter war and Continuation war. After last major battles of Continuation war he was reasssigned to work as a weaponsmith (older man already).
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- Location: dublin ireland
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My Father landed in Normandy on D+1, fought all across France and N Germany, again he never told me anything..... He then was a guard of Italian POW's when He met my Mother, and ,yes,it is true he never had any bullets in his rifle while guarding them, many of them worked on the local farms ( completely unguarded ) and married local girls.
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My grandad was shot in North Africa, he was passed fit and sent back to his unit. When he arrived back he could'nt cope so he did a runner, he was caught in egypt , courtmartialled and sent back home. D-Day arrived and anyone available was needed, released from the glass-house he was sent straight back in. He disappeared for 4 years until the military police caught him in cario in 1949. Back to manchester and another 5 years in jail. He's alive and well in melbourne, oz. My grandma never really spoke about the war that much, she was a typical manc and it was only in her last few years that i understood her, i remeber walking with her back from the 'dogs' in bellevue and an old lady walked bye, "ha" she said i remeber, she was harking back to the war days, she told me heaps about manchester during the war, there was a big pond down mount road where the abortioned kids from the american soldiers were dumped, it wasa shame when she died in 1982, she was from a time when people really were tough.On my dads side of the family, grandad was a friend of Churchill, my dad used to sit on the back of his black labrador and get rides around the garden.
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Has anyone any relatives who served in the Raf units based at Biggin Hill in Kent?
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My great-grandfather was a Nazi. While his son (my grandfather) was in the USN against the Japanese. My grandfather had 3 ships shot out from underneath him; @ one point he had to keep 12 men alive. 6 died, he managed to salvage 6 lives. They were adrift for a month or so I believe, not sure. He received 2 Purple Hearts and a Silver Star...don't have much info on my great-grandfather; nobody in my family talks about him much.
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My mother was born in Hamburg, Germany. They were bombed out in July 1943, and evacuated to Soltau, Germany.
Her father, my grandfather, was drafted in to the German Army in April 1942. Spent his entire service on the Russian front with Army Group South. ( 153rd Field Training Division ). Captured by the Russians in Hungary in March 1945. Two years in Siberian pow camp. Released in 1947. Grandparents, mother, and uncle immigrated to Washington State, USA in 1950.
His brother ( great uncle ) drafted German Army. Spent entire time in Norway.
Grandfather's cousin ( third cousin ) SS panzer "Das Reich"
Grandmother's three brothers ( great uncles ) One drafted German Army. Russian front. MIA Battle for the Seelowe Heights. Presumed KIA.
Second one, Luftwaffe, Russian front, captured by the Russians in Russia,
Third one, World War I German Army vet. Volksturm.
Grandmother's nephew ( second cousin ) Luftwaffe. France and Russia. Surrendered to Americans May 1945.
And that's about it for our family.
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- Location: London, England
Grandfather (or step-grandfather?) was a machine gunner in the British Army during the Great War. He lost an arm. I think the ancient pair of binoculars I have in my loft belonged to him. My dad served in the Transport Corps but thankfully missed WW2. He did his national service in the Far East after the war and brought home tons of photos and some Japanese occupation currency.
I don't know what my maternal grandfather did during the Great War. However, my mum used to have a studio photo of him in WW1 era uniform. I don't recall the badge, but he is wearing a leather ammo bandolier, so I presume he was in a mounted unit.
My grandmother drove a horse-drawn milk cart in London while the menfolk were off fighting the Germans and Turks. She had a bad foot for the rest of her life after the horse trampled her one day.
My aunt served in an anti-aircraft battery in WW2.
My uncle saw action in the Low Countries with the Scots Guards in 1944/45. He was wounded during a clash with a Waffen SS unit, but survived and brought home a Webley revolver. He went on to develop a life-long fascination with the Third Reich. Much to my annoyance, he handed in the Webley during a gun amnesty in the 1980s.
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My Father in Law fought in the SAS and was at D Day and the Bulge.
My wife had a Great Uncle killed at Verdun (French Army) and another at 3rd Ypres (British).
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My dad's dad built Churchill tanks and after the war in 1946 met Afrika Korps survivors in Palestine.
My mum's dad served in South Africa and saw no combat.
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