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    Scenario: You are conscripted to a force partaking in the actions of WWII.

    Which force, and in which theatre, would you opt for, given the choice, and why?


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    Obviously the one with the highest probability of survival, though I don't know exactly which that would be
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drake View Post
    Obviously the one with the highest probability of survival, though I don't know exactly which that would be
    Sounds reasonable - keep searching!


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    G.W. Bush style, the Mexican front!

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    Quote Originally Posted by overlord644 View Post
    G.W. Bush style, the Mexican front!
    Interesting.

    Why Mexico?


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    Quote Originally Posted by 32Bravo View Post
    Interesting.

    Why Mexico?
    That was a Texas National Guard joke. However, it should be noted that the TANG fought with distinction in the Italian theater (36thID)...

    As for me, I guess I'd want to see Europe from the air, but since I have poor vision, I'd probably been stuck in the poor bloody infantry...

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    Thank you for that, Nick. Perhaps in-jokes ought to be explained in brackets or something?

    Europe from the air?

    Personally, having experienced a fair bit of jungle (which was truly remarkable) and a little desert, I think I'd opt for the Western Desert with the LRDG or something of that ilk.


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    i dont know anything about his particular unit, but im pretty sure G. Bush spent Vietnam flying over the mexican border

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    Quote Originally Posted by overlord644 View Post
    i dont know anything about his particular unit, but im pretty sure G. Bush spent Vietnam flying over the mexican border
    Aaahhh - now all is made clear!

    Now, can you chaps please keep it down a little? I'm trying to get some sleep!


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    Quote Originally Posted by 32Bravo View Post
    Scenario: You are conscripted to a force partaking in the actions of WWII.

    Which force, and in which theatre, would you opt for, given the choice, and why?
    The operating theatre, for the self-inflicted injury I'm going to have to avoid going anywhere I might really get hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rising Sun* View Post
    The operating theatre, for the self-inflicted injury I'm going to have to avoid going anywhere I might really get hurt.
    That's interesting, I thought you'd have opted for the 'Old Vic'.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 32Bravo View Post
    That's interesting, I thought you'd have opted for the 'Old Vic'.
    Nah, in my town we have the Comedy and Princess theatres. I reckon if I went for the latter I might wiggle and waggle my woggle out of war.

    More seriously, unless I could be a fighter pilot I woudn't be in the air force. Being a crew member without independent control, and worst of all a navigator or radio operator who might not have even a weapon, doesn't appeal.

    Same with the navy.

    The problem with both the air force and the navy is that when things go wrong the ground is a long way away.

    So I've always preferred the army. You get hit, you're not likely to get killed falling a few feet or drowned trying to reach land.

    If I'd been conscripted for the army here in WWII there weren't a lot of choices. Papua New Guinea initially, because conscription was only for the Australian Military Forces (militia) which couldn't serve outside Australian territory until that was changed towards the end of the war.

    The 2nd (i.e WWII) Australian Imperial Force (AIF) was all volunteers and served in the Middle East before coming back to fight in Papua New Guinea and the islands.

    The 1942-44 campaigns in Papua New Guinea and other islands were fought by both the militia and the AIF, side by side and often in integrated units.

    If I was being honest about where I'd want to fight, I'd say it would be Papua New Guinea in 1942-43. It was an absolutely shithouse area to fight, and a shithouse enemy to fight, but it's where the fighting that mattered for Australia, and the land fighting that mattered for America along with the huge effort on Guadalcanal around the same time, took place. It's what started to roll the Japs back on land.

    I don't pick it because it was glamorous etc, because it wasn't, but because anyone who served there, even in the many units that ran, still participated in a bloody good effort.

    And if I got to pick what I could do, I'd be a machine or Bren gunner, because you could kill more of the bastards than the average rifleman. Failing that, a sniper, for the same reason.

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    Undrstood.

    The Western Desert is were it began to turn around for Britiain. Also, I like the feel of the desert.

    Who knows, I might even be influenced by stories from a couple of my uncles that served there in some obscure long range patrolling unit.

    The idea of working indepedently behind the lines has always had its appeal, it adds a buzz when crossing the demarkation line.

    The LRDG were pretty much self-contained as a unit and made a fantastic contribution to the campaign.


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    If I had to be in combat, definitely ETO. I'd prefer to be armoured, say Hobart's 79th or Patton's Third army.
    Ideally though, given the way I think things through and analyze, I'd have been better employed in developing and testing armour. Which would mean things like, for eg, testing the M27 tank, or combat testing the M26 or A41 Centurion.
    The idea of being in an infantry war is not particularly appealing, nor is naval or air warfare, as mere crew.

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    9th Amroured Bde, Western Desert 1941, golden (although deadly) age for British armour. Having met some of the vets from my regiment it would have been an honour to have served with them there.
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