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by riptidenj
Wed Jul 15, 2015 2:57 pm
Forum: Swiss, French, Belgian & Dutch Weapons
Topic: 14 Juillet
Replies: 2
Views: 3377

14 Juillet

Une glorieuse 14 Juillet ou Jour de la Bastille a vous!
by riptidenj
Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:07 pm
Forum: Swiss, French, Belgian & Dutch Weapons
Topic: 14 Juillet
Replies: 0
Views: 1901

14 Juillet

When you raise your glass this year, think of les Pantalons Rouge marching off to defend la Patrie 100 years ago.
by riptidenj
Sun Jul 14, 2013 7:49 pm
Forum: Swiss, French, Belgian & Dutch Weapons
Topic: A mes copains..
Replies: 2
Views: 2721

A mes copains..

un glorieuse Quatorze Juilette-Jour de la Bastille!
by riptidenj
Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:20 pm
Forum: Swiss, French, Belgian & Dutch Weapons
Topic: 14 juillet
Replies: 2
Views: 2794

14 juillet

Une glorieuse 14 ou Jour de la Bastille mes amis!
by riptidenj
Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:55 pm
Forum: Veterans Remember
Topic: Beret is out for normal use. No more fashion statement
Replies: 29
Views: 7736

Re: Beret is out for normal use. No more fashion statement

The whole "Berets for Everybody-One Army" nonsense was established 10 years ago by the then Chief of Staff of the Army Eric Shinseki to deal with very serious morale problems cause by Clinton. Among other things, Shinseki was alarmed that the retention rate for junior officers had plunged,...
by riptidenj
Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:46 pm
Forum: Swiss, French, Belgian & Dutch Weapons
Topic: 14 Juillet
Replies: 1
Views: 2112

14 Juillet

To all you real Frenchmen, Francophiles, collectors and reenactors une glorieuse 14 Juillet ou Jour de la Bastille.
by riptidenj
Fri Jan 07, 2011 12:03 am
Forum: Shooting the Breeze
Topic: I don't mind commemeration but
Replies: 13
Views: 2012

Re: I don't mind commemeration but

The rifle looks like an M1903 to me-complete with front sight hood.
by riptidenj
Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:48 pm
Forum: Swiss, French, Belgian & Dutch Weapons
Topic: Bastille Day 2010
Replies: 1
Views: 2005

Bastille Day 2010

To all Sons of France by birth or by adoption, to all you Francophiles and collectors of French Arms and militaria
Une Glorieuse 14 Juillet ou Jour de la Bastille. 1789-2010 221 ans.
by riptidenj
Wed Jun 16, 2010 5:34 pm
Forum: Veterans Remember
Topic: Wearing non-entitled medals
Replies: 19
Views: 3426

Re: Wearing non-entitled medals

As Anthony Herbert said in his excellent book Soldier , "There's nothing like a chest full of ribbons and the old war record when the promotion board meets.." and one reason why Vietnam was the bloody fiasco it turned out to be was because, as one USArmy general put it "Too many briga...
by riptidenj
Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:39 pm
Forum: Veterans Remember
Topic: June 18, 1940
Replies: 0
Views: 725

June 18, 1940

"What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and...
by riptidenj
Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:32 pm
Forum: Veterans Remember
Topic: Arlington National Cemetery
Replies: 1
Views: 820

Re: Arlington National Cemetery

Too many government employees see their jobs as merely a way to pass the time until they are eligible for retirement. What are they going to do to these people-bend their dog tags?
by riptidenj
Thu Jun 10, 2010 6:06 pm
Forum: Veterans Remember
Topic: Wearing non-entitled medals
Replies: 19
Views: 3426

Re: Wearing non-entitled medals

The US military has gone overboard on medals since Vietnam ended and that greatly cheapens them IMHO. On another board I visit one Vietnam veteran said any medals from that conflict awarded to anyone above the rank of 1st Lieutenant are suspect, so many generals in that conflict received the Disting...
by riptidenj
Sun Jun 06, 2010 8:44 pm
Forum: Veterans Remember
Topic: 66 Years Ago Today
Replies: 2
Views: 967

Re: 66 Years Ago Today

Les sanglots longs de violons de l'automne
Blessent mon coeur d'une langueur monotone
by riptidenj
Wed Jun 02, 2010 2:42 pm
Forum: Veterans Remember
Topic: A Final Memorial Day thought
Replies: 3
Views: 1317

A Final Memorial Day thought

Which also applies to Remembrance Day (?)-UK, Anzac Day, and whatever are the appropriate days in Canada, France and other members countries. Take a few minutes to think about those whose fates have never been determined, whose final resting places have yet to be located, and whose families never ha...
by riptidenj
Mon May 31, 2010 4:57 pm
Forum: Veterans Remember
Topic: It's Memorial Day in the US
Replies: 4
Views: 1352

Re: It's Memorial Day in the US

I don't think we love war so much as for a variety of reasons we haven't been able to avoid it. Also we have never been bled white by a war as have the French and British in WWI and the Russians in WWII. We had the Civil War but one of the ironies of that was that while one section of the country wa...
by riptidenj
Thu May 27, 2010 8:45 pm
Forum: Veterans Remember
Topic: 70th Anniversary of the Dunkirk rescue: Operation Dynamo
Replies: 4
Views: 1598

Re: 70th Anniversary of the Dunkirk rescue: Operation Dynamo

My mother and grandmother knew Charles Lightoller, Second Officer-and senior surviving officer-of theTitanic.
In 1940 at the age of 66 he took his boat, The Sundowner and crossed the Channel with a crew of 3-his eldest son and an 18 year old Sea Scout. They brought 130 men back.
by riptidenj
Thu May 27, 2010 12:08 am
Forum: Veterans Remember
Topic: Wearing non-entitled medals
Replies: 19
Views: 3426

Re: Wearing non-entitled medals

I note how many people-like the one from Connecticutt-don't realize how well documented awards are in the US military. There was the disgraceful case in 1996 of the then Chief of Naval Operations Jeremy Boorda committing suicide when he was exposed as a fraud and a poseur, wearing Vs for Valor he wa...
by riptidenj
Tue May 11, 2010 11:17 pm
Forum: Shooting the Breeze
Topic: A NEW BEGINNING
Replies: 3
Views: 1154

Re: A NEW BEGINNING

Edward R. Murrow said of Churchill:
"He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle to steady his fellow countrymen and hearten those Europeans upon whom the long dark night of tyranny had descended."
by riptidenj
Mon May 10, 2010 11:20 pm
Forum: Veterans Remember
Topic: The Dutch will not forget
Replies: 8
Views: 2096

Re: The Dutch will not forget

The Dutch fought as well they could considering they had basically a 1914 vintage army and AFAIK hadn't fought a
land war since about 1815.
by riptidenj
Wed Apr 28, 2010 11:53 pm
Forum: Veterans Remember
Topic: The evil that was
Replies: 13
Views: 2679

Re: The evil that was

I like to read about Vietnam, not so much to relive as to understand. I maintain that much of the Vietnam bungle was the result of having political leaders who weren't as smart as they thought they were . One thing that I have learned form my readings on Vietnam was that our relationship with the So...
by riptidenj
Sun Apr 25, 2010 10:05 pm
Forum: Veterans Remember
Topic: Anzac Day
Replies: 4
Views: 1231

Re: Anzac Day

I first learned of Anzac Day in 1963 in the 8th Grade here in New Jersey, we had an Australian speak to us about in Assembly.
by riptidenj
Sun Apr 25, 2010 10:03 pm
Forum: Veterans Remember
Topic: The evil that was
Replies: 13
Views: 2679

Re: The evil that was

The official view of Calley was he acted on his own, that he was a best a mediocre officer. In his rather lame and unelightening memoirs Westmoreland says he has "compassion" for calley, writing that the responsibilities of being an officer were too much for him, but then he repeats the Pa...
by riptidenj
Sat Apr 24, 2010 3:33 pm
Forum: Veterans Remember
Topic: The evil that was
Replies: 13
Views: 2679

Re: The evil that was

I was in the Army when the My Lai story broke after 18 months of succesful coverup. William Calley was the ONLY officer convicted , the company commander, Ernest Medina, the brigade commander, Oran K. Henderson, were both acquitted, charges against all the other officers involved were dismissed. My ...
by riptidenj
Thu Apr 22, 2010 3:09 pm
Forum: Shooting the Breeze
Topic: MoD to compensate female soldier for discrimination
Replies: 10
Views: 1968

Re: MoD to compensate female soldier for discrimination

In years gone by the US military-and I suspect the UK's as well-got a lot of the "three hots and a cot" crowd, this was especially true of the US Army after the Draft ended in 1973. The attitude of the higher ups was that as long they had warm bodies filling the billets, that was fine with...
by riptidenj
Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:21 pm
Forum: C&R Handguns
Topic: Lord Louis Mountbatten’s Side Arms......
Replies: 4
Views: 3775

Re: Lord Louis Mountbatten’s Side Arms......

Yes, it's been over 30 years since he was sent to his Maker. The Colt M1908 in .380 ACP was the issued sidearms to general officers in the US Army in WWII, I wonder if the one shown was a presentation piece?
by riptidenj
Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:15 pm
Forum: Shooting the Breeze
Topic: MoD to compensate female soldier for discrimination
Replies: 10
Views: 1968

Re: MoD to compensate female soldier for discrimination

In today's "Not Your Father's" U.S. military, a "Family Care Plan" is what you must file to show who will care for your children if you are sent overseas to a "hardship"-no dependents allowed-assignment. In the case of the woman cook she said her mother was supposed to ...
by riptidenj
Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:46 pm
Forum: Shooting the Breeze
Topic: MoD to compensate female soldier for discrimination
Replies: 10
Views: 1968

Re: MoD to compensate female soldier for discrimination

The US Army recently discharged a single mother- a cook-when she refused to report for overseas deployment, she claimed her family care plan had fallen through. A few years ago the Army discharged a woman soldier in the 101st Airborne. Her husband was already in Afghnistan, she refused to file a Fam...
by riptidenj
Tue Apr 06, 2010 10:53 pm
Forum: Other Firearms that We Have an Interest In
Topic: 1911...wait,whut?
Replies: 8
Views: 3181

Re: 1911...wait,whut?

I wouldn't go so far as to describe a Colt Commander with a four letter word but I agree it's a poor choice for a first handgun. Don't care for aluminum frames myself, years ago when I was in the National Guard an NCO had a Colt Commander, I had a Combat Commander with the steel frame, it seems ever...
by riptidenj
Fri Feb 05, 2010 12:43 am
Forum: Photography and other Hobbies
Topic: Any of you guys Railfans ???
Replies: 17
Views: 3095

Re: Any of you guys Railfans ???

One thing I liked about being stationed in Germany 1970-1971 was the Bundesbahn, it seemed you could getlamot anywhere. "Geht's besser mit der Bahn."
by riptidenj
Fri Feb 05, 2010 12:39 am
Forum: Milsurp After Hours
Topic: What's happening to me?
Replies: 3
Views: 1311

Re: What's happening to me?

Join the Club, it's been months for me as well. A combination of helping friends renovate their houses, another lady friend, helping a couple of families cope with the loss of a loved one. Life gets complicated.

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