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Thanks for the link - very interesting indeed.

Typical tabloid-style writing, though; they show an ordnance man, an artillery man, etc. and make it sound like these fellows were all in the assault waves on July 1. Not that there was any truly safe place in the battle zone, but there is a certain perspective - it was more dangerous to be an infantryman, statistically speaking, in Northwest Europe in 1944 than it was in the trenches of the First World War. And for the ordnance or artillery, much "safer" yet again.
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I never knew furries went all the way back to WW1.
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I never knew furries went all the way back to WW1.


I can hear it now: "Fall back! Furries in the Trenches! Furries in the Trenches!"
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Michael Dorosh wrote:
Thanks for the link - very interesting indeed.

Typical tabloid-style writing, though; they show an ordnance man, an artillery man, etc. and make it sound like these fellows were all in the assault waves on July 1. Not that there was any truly safe place in the battle zone, but there is a certain perspective - it was more dangerous to be an infantryman, statistically speaking, in Northwest Europe in 1944 than it was in the trenches of the First World War. And for the ordnance or artillery, much "safer" yet again.


Statistics can do funny things. Although the trenches over the course of all of WWI, quiet periods and peaceful fronts included, may have been safer than one of the nastier battlefields of WWII, I'd still take NW Europe in the Second World War over the Somme in the summer of 1916.
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aiabx wrote:
Michael Dorosh wrote:
Thanks for the link - very interesting indeed.

Typical tabloid-style writing, though; they show an ordnance man, an artillery man, etc. and make it sound like these fellows were all in the assault waves on July 1. Not that there was any truly safe place in the battle zone, but there is a certain perspective - it was more dangerous to be an infantryman, statistically speaking, in Northwest Europe in 1944 than it was in the trenches of the First World War. And for the ordnance or artillery, much "safer" yet again.


Statistics can do funny things. Although the trenches over the course of all of WWI, quiet periods and peaceful fronts included, may have been safer than one of the nastier battlefields of WWII, I'd still take NW Europe in the Second World War over the Somme in the summer of 1916.


Nastier than what? I am led to believe that it was all "nasty".
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Michael Dorosh wrote:
aiabx wrote:
Michael Dorosh wrote:
Thanks for the link - very interesting indeed.

Typical tabloid-style writing, though; they show an ordnance man, an artillery man, etc. and make it sound like these fellows were all in the assault waves on July 1. Not that there was any truly safe place in the battle zone, but there is a certain perspective - it was more dangerous to be an infantryman, statistically speaking, in Northwest Europe in 1944 than it was in the trenches of the First World War. And for the ordnance or artillery, much "safer" yet again.


Statistics can do funny things. Although the trenches over the course of all of WWI, quiet periods and peaceful fronts included, may have been safer than one of the nastier battlefields of WWII, I'd still take NW Europe in the Second World War over the Somme in the summer of 1916.


Nastier than what? I am led to believe that it was all "nasty".


There are degrees of nastiness in battles. The post-Normandy-pre-liberation-of-Paris fighting, was harder fought and more destructive than the second half of the liberation of France, or the invasion of Southern France. But I still don't believe it could match the Somme, where you had 60,000 casualties on one side in a day.
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I still don't believe it could match the Somme, where you had 60,000 casualties on one side in a day.

Though not all were KIA, that # is the approximate equal to all U.S. deaths in Viet Nam*.

*a fact a friend pointed out to a girl raving about the enormous loss of life in VN -- upon hearing this, she looked up with that 100-yard stare, got up, and walked out.
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... The identities of most of the people in the photos apparently remain unknown.
I don't know about the people but the sheepskin might have been the source of the flu, the Spanish sheep flu. whistle
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Thanks for posting this. Can anyone make out the cap badge on number 7 ?


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Thanks Peter for posting ...



gamer72 wrote:
... Can anyone make out the cap badge on number 7?


I can say (or better, ...see) nothing about img 7, but the badge on img 8 is a cap badge pre 1918, Army Ordnance Corps.

Sorry,

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Truly a priceless find. Peter thank you very much for sharing this with us all.
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My great Uncle died during the Somme but not on the first day. Very interesting to see these photo's, thanks for posting it up.
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