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flamethrowerguy
06-17-2009, 05:30 PM
...to the Ardennes Mountains/Belgium.

Most impressive...time and time again. The Tiger II at La Gleize:
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Cool diorama at the Poteau museum:
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Battered US tank turret:
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German 100mm artillery piece of Czech origin:
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Memorial for the US victims (actually the victims of the upfront vehicle of the column) of 14th Cavalry Group. ("The ambush at Poteau", December 18, 1944)
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More to come...

navyson
06-17-2009, 05:46 PM
Very Nice FTG!

I wonder what type of weapon and ammunition would pockmark the Sherman turret like that? Sorry, I'm not up on these type of things, but would like to know.

Churchill
06-17-2009, 08:59 PM
For the turret I would venture the 20mm flak gun, but I'm probably wrong, so its anyone's guess.

Nice pics FTG!!!

flamethrowerguy
06-18-2009, 03:19 AM
Thanks guys.
Concerning the Sherman turret I was a bit wrong. Actually it wasn't a US tank but a British Firefly which was destroyed in the war and used for target practice by the Belgian Army after the war - hence the perforation.

flamethrowerguy
06-22-2009, 01:49 PM
Need spare track limb for Panther? Only 200 Euro (~280 US $):
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Remains of US position at a creek's embankment:
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M3 (M5?) half-track:
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The "Poteau Ambush site"...

...then...:
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...and now:
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Procyon
06-22-2009, 10:58 PM
thanks for sharing. I was in berlin for a week, which allowed me to visit a few things.

flamethrowerguy
06-23-2009, 03:20 AM
thanks for sharing. I was in berlin for a week, which allowed me to visit a few things.

There's definitely a lot of stuff to see in Berlin. Last time I've been there was in 1988 though, means the highlights in the eastern part of the town (and in the immediate border area on both sides of course) were concealed to us.

Douglas Jr.
07-15-2009, 09:19 AM
Great pictures!
Thanks for sharing.
Douglas

flamethrowerguy
07-15-2009, 11:55 AM
Not really a photo from a trip but anyway...

For quite some time I kept wondering about the story behind a row of four graves on our village's cemetery. All of them 9-10 year old boys, all killed on the same day in July 1943.
Just yesterday I met an old farmer who was able to enlighten me that in a field these poor boys found themselves a new toy to play with that day back in 1943, it was a dud from the last air raid.

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carlobee
07-21-2009, 01:11 AM
these guys are truly heroes. they sacrificed their lives for the good of the many people. thanks for sharing these photos! they are inspiring. http://storeyourpicture.com/images/signature_imageHost.jpg

robbielynne
07-31-2009, 11:29 PM
Thank you for sharing these Flamethrower...

flamethrowerguy
08-15-2009, 11:09 AM
From German military cemetery at Lommel/Belgium, the largest one in western countries (38560 casualties of WW2, 542 of WW1):

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One of the ~6000 unknown soldiers' graves:

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flamethrowerguy
08-15-2009, 11:11 AM
Part 2:

Inside the crypt:
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View from the roof of the crypt:

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The crypt seen from the cemetery's entrance:

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Schuultz
08-16-2009, 08:43 PM
Am I mistaken, or is there a Polish flag next to a German one inside the crypt? Why would there be a Polish one, if it's located in Belgium? Or is it an Austrian one? (It might be, if the second red bar is only folded over...)

Egorka
08-17-2009, 02:06 AM
Am I mistaken, or is there a Polish flag next to a German one inside the crypt? Why would there be a Polish one, if it's located in Belgium? Or is it an Austrian one? (It might be, if the second red bar is only folded over...)
Of course.... :)

It is Austrian flag (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Austria).

flamethrowerguy
08-17-2009, 04:34 AM
Austrian, yes, the only word on the bow I can read after enlarging the photo is "Österreichischer".

Egorka
08-18-2009, 03:29 PM
A little something from me.
July 2009 at Forsvarsmuseet på Bornholm (http://home19.inet.tele.dk/fpb/), Denmark. Forsvarsmuseet = defence museum.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2437/3833481837_ae8ac3563b.jpg

Light tank - M/24 Chaffee .
The propellers are from an allied bomber (British?) crash landed on Bornholm after bobming raid in Germany.

Panzerknacker
08-18-2009, 05:59 PM
Some photos of my tours...


Very good pictures, is impressive the size of the german sematary.

VonWeyer
08-26-2009, 05:30 AM
Great pictures...it always gives one a better understanding and perspective when you see it for real.

Omar Bradley
08-30-2009, 06:07 AM
You can read all the battle and casualty accounts you want but nothing brings home a truer sense of the waste of war than the cemeteries. That picture from the roof of the crypt is proof of that. War really sucks.

flamethrowerguy
09-20-2009, 12:36 PM
Some now & then (October 1944) photos from the small town I live:

German infantry reinforcements going to the front
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Homestead damaged during the fightings:
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More to follow - if I'm able to manage the identification of the locations which is not too easy with some photos.

rudeerude
09-20-2009, 10:40 PM
Then and now..
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VonWeyer
09-21-2009, 01:42 AM
Thanx...that gives a different perspective.

flamethrowerguy
09-21-2009, 05:27 AM
Nicely done, rudeerude.

Chevan
09-21-2009, 07:27 AM
Then and now..
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It's look just great.
Now the first ww2 photo can be easy colorised coz i suppose the texture style and color of buildings and road hardly had changed since the war.

rudeerude
09-21-2009, 09:03 PM
FTG ,I would like to post these in the photo section.Can you help me out with more info,and location.Thanks..

flamethrowerguy
09-22-2009, 04:32 AM
FTG ,I would like to post these in the photo section.Can you help me out with more info,and location.Thanks..

I sent you a PM.

navyson
09-23-2009, 06:27 PM
Some now & then (October 1944) photos from the small town I live.
Very nice! Keep it up! Does the main square look the same, or is it modernized by now. A lot of the small towns around our area have really nice town squares that are still "rustic".

navyson
09-23-2009, 06:29 PM
Then and now..


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That turned out wonderfully rudeerude! Thanks for the post!

rudeerude
09-23-2009, 06:41 PM
Thanks guys for the kind comments.

VonWeyer
09-24-2009, 04:45 AM
Rudeerude, if you could do more of these pictures that would be great.

flamethrowerguy
09-24-2009, 05:17 AM
Very nice! Keep it up! Does the main square look the same, or is it modernized by now. A lot of the small towns around our area have really nice town squares that are still "rustic".

These were actually regular streets back in the 40's.:)
Fortunately they modernized it, these cobblestone roads kill your shock absorbers...

Nickdfresh
09-24-2009, 09:36 AM
They didn't have shock absorbers in the 1930's-40's. :D

herman2
09-24-2009, 10:51 AM
They didn't have shock absorbers in the 1930's-40's. :D

No, they did....Imy neighbour use to own a 1932 Packard Sedan and it was built with Hydraulic shock absorbers.;)

flamethrowerguy
09-26-2009, 05:05 AM
The main road of Kesternich, a village in the Eifel mountains, at the edge of Hurtgenforest: two abandoned German 'Hetzer' tank destroyers and passing G.I.'s (most probably of 2nd battalion/311th US infantry of 78th Infantry Division), early February 1945.

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Nickdfresh
09-26-2009, 05:53 AM
They should have left the Jagdpanzers. They make such nice lawn ornaments...

navyson
09-26-2009, 07:15 PM
An amazing remodel job on the house on the right.

rudeerude
09-29-2009, 06:57 PM
Looks like workable"Then and Now" to do...

rudeerude
10-09-2009, 07:23 PM
Well this one was a tough one to do,enjoy..
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VonWeyer
10-11-2009, 01:06 AM
Excellent work rudeerude.

navyson
10-11-2009, 06:40 AM
Yes, that turned out very nice, appreciate the hard work rudeerude!



They should have left the Jagdpanzers. They make such nice lawn ornaments......

Yeah, they would have made good lawn ornaments. Kind of reminds me of the tanks that sit outside of VFW Posts (Veterans of Foreign Wars for those not in the know). At least the one near my house.

rudeerude
10-11-2009, 07:51 PM
Thanks guys for the positive comments :D

flamethrowerguy
11-14-2009, 03:53 AM
From my last Bastogne trip:

The impressive Mardasson Memorial
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StG 44 with canvas magazine pouch
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Schweres MG42 with ammo and accessories
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Nice display of NSU Kettenkrad of Panzerlehrdivision:
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Nickdfresh
11-14-2009, 06:54 AM
That last one is in a bad way. He's only half the man he used to be. :)

flamethrowerguy
11-14-2009, 07:43 AM
That last one is in a bad way. He's only half the man he used to be. :)

Another example for the German's desperate situation concerning personnel during the Battle of the Bulge.

Nickdfresh
11-14-2009, 03:18 PM
Another example for the German's desperate situation concerning personnel during the Battle of the Bulge.

On the other hand though, the photo does illustrate Germany's huge technological advantage in advanced prosthetics...;)

rudeerude
01-07-2010, 05:54 PM
Well I will probably never see the many memorial sites,museums dedicated to WWII in France,Belgium and etc.I have a little something from California,USA.First is a static B17G displayed as "Preston's Pride" of the 379th BG.It was gift from the USAF to American Veterans post No.56 in 1958.It is a memorial to the men and women of Tulare,Ca who served their country in WWII.I pass by this bomber every time go visit my family.Its right off highway 99.I took this picture from the highway.
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rudeerude
01-07-2010, 06:22 PM
Second one.I took these picture's visiting my family for Christmas 09.This WWII memorial is in Union City,Calif,my original hometown.As a kid this Memorial was just 2 blocks from my house at its first location.It was moved to its current location in the early 90's.
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Ramon K. Pagan,commissioned a granite cenotaph paid for by contributions from the parents of the men and women who served from 1941-45. Fund raising began in 1945 and the monument was dedicated on Nov 10, 1946. Rather than record an honor roll of only those who died, Pagan had the foresight to set in stone the names of all who served. A star appears beside the names of those who did not return.The monument cost 2,000 dollars.
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Decoto was a district still in the 40's ,not yet a city.
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As of Memorial Day 2009,the 239 names on the monument, 19 veterans survive.Star for KIA
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Rising Sun*
01-08-2010, 05:51 AM
The names on the monument seem to be predominantly Latino.

Would they be likely to be descendants of the early Spanish in California or more recent pre-WWII arrivals from Mexico?

Schuultz
01-08-2010, 10:08 AM
Both, probably.

Alternatively, it shows you who they would send first :D

flamethrowerguy
01-08-2010, 04:16 PM
I'm sure to remember that rudeerude once mentioned his ancestors were from Mexico as well.

rudeerude
01-08-2010, 07:54 PM
Thats really hard to say RS.As for as I know Decoto has always had a Latino community.There could many scenarios,first generation,second generation Mexican-Americans,the sons of migrant workers.Another scenario,Mexican citizens that fought for the US could become US citizens after the war.I believe this is still practiced? An example,on my fathers side my grandfather is the only person in my family born in Mexico.My grandmother was born in East L.A..On my mothers side my grandparents are Tejanos,born in Texas.You have to remember we(Mexicans) have always been here the border was what moved.

Uyraell
01-19-2010, 06:32 AM
A little something from me.
July 2009 at Forsvarsmuseet på Bornholm (http://home19.inet.tele.dk/fpb/), Denmark. Forsvarsmuseet = defence museum.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2437/3833481837_ae8ac3563b.jpg

Light tank - M/24 Chaffee .
The propellers are from an allied bomber (British?) crash landed on Bornholm after bombing raid in Germany.

The propeller on the ground looks like that of a Blenheim IV. Which means it could equally be from a Beaufort, which was the torpedo-carrier version of a Blenheim in any case. For Bornholm, this makes sense, as there were RAF Coastal Command anti-shipping attacks laid-on at Bornholm, late in the war, and during which several casualties are recorded. The serial number of either engine, propeller, or propeller constant speed mechanism will identify the exact aircraft, eventually.

My thoughts tend to place the engine and prop as remains of a Bristol Beaufort.

Kind Regards, Uyraell.

Uyraell
01-22-2010, 06:22 AM
Very good pics, FTG, most interesting, and my Thanks for sharing them. :)

Kindest Regards, Uyraell.

flamethrowerguy
01-22-2010, 06:28 AM
Very good pics, FTG, most interesting, and my Thanks for sharing them. :)

Kindest Regards, Uyraell.

Thanks, mate, it's about time that the snow melts and I can start over again!

flamethrowerguy
07-05-2010, 05:36 PM
Some guy in my parents' neighborhood built himself this kind of shrine-thing in his frontyard which my father showed me lately:



I was seriously thinking about pinching that rusty Wehrmacht helmet "in cloak and dagger manner" but then my old man told me that the legitimate owner is a retired member of a bomb disposal unit. So I chose to restrain from my villainous plans since there's a certain possibility that this guy somehow attached the helmet to that bombs detonator...:lol:

tankgeezer
07-05-2010, 06:31 PM
Is something ticking?

flamethrowerguy
07-10-2010, 06:39 AM
Is something ticking?

Gotta check it out next time I'll be there.;)

Rising Sun*
07-10-2010, 06:54 AM
Some guy in my parents' neighborhood built himself this kind of shrine-thing in his frontyard which my father showed me lately:

There has to be an interesting story behind it.

Any idea what it is?

flamethrowerguy
07-12-2010, 05:39 AM
There has to be an interesting story behind it.

Any idea what it is?

No idea really but I sure will have to get in touch with that guy. He's supposed to have some goodies back in his barn anyway I heard...

Rising Sun*
07-12-2010, 08:42 AM
. He's supposed to have some goodies back in his barn anyway I heard...

Juist make sure the fuses have been removed from those goodies before you go near them.

Schuultz
07-12-2010, 10:19 AM
Juist make sure the fuses have been removed from those goodies before you go near them.

You really gotta suck all the fun out of it, don't you?

Rising Sun*
07-13-2010, 07:33 AM
You really gotta suck all the fun out of it, don't you?

Bein' a mod ain't fun, you know.

We have occupational health and safety obligations to each other 'cos we're, like, you know, totally important 'n stuff.

Apart from that, I'd let FTG blow himself up any day. ;) :D

flamethrowerguy
07-15-2010, 05:35 PM
You really gotta suck all the fun out of it, don't you?

You too, Brutus?

Schuultz
07-20-2010, 10:35 PM
Stabby-di-stab-stab.

Anyway, as a make-up, I'll promise I'll post some pictures from my trip to the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa tomorrow or so. Deal?

flamethrowerguy
08-02-2010, 03:24 PM
I cycled about 20 miles today trying to find a photo's original location. When I finally succeeded (thanks to two elderly gentlemen who were actually contemporary witnesses) I had to notice the location changed pretty much throughout the decades. Anyway...

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Photos taken at the village of Immendorf near Geilenkirchen/Germany (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geilenkirchen)
, WW2 image from November 1944.

rudeerude
08-08-2010, 08:37 PM
I cycled about 20 miles today trying to find a photo's original location. When I finally succeeded (thanks to two elderly gentlemen who were actually contemporary witnesses) I had to notice the location changed pretty much throughout the decades. Anyway...

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Photos taken at the village of Immendorf near Geilenkirchen/Germany (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geilenkirchen)
, WW2 image from November 1944.

I am going to steal your pictures FTG and do a now & then picture if you don't mind :D

flamethrowerguy
08-09-2010, 02:16 PM
I am going to steal your pictures FTG and do a now & then picture if you don't mind :D

I was hoping you'd do so.;)