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Where would YOU serve in WW2?

Discussion in 'What If - Other' started by Kai-Petri, Oct 13, 2002.

  1. KJ Jr

    KJ Jr Well-Known Member Patron  

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    The thrill and danger of being a belly or nose gunner on a B-17.
     
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    Venuatu :)
     
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    I would love to be in the Luftwaffe. I can just imagine myself riding a Messerschmitt Me 262 and being the baddest dog around. :ac_me262: :evil2:
     
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    The german jet planes were unreliable and dangerous as hell, even the Me 262. Only U-Boats were more dangerous and less comfortable.
    As a german soldier, you could expect the best life while occupying France, Denmark, Norway etc. You could buy everything and lead a peaceful life as a "Herrenmensch". And there were hardly any Partisans compared to Russia, Greece or Yugoslawia...

    A german auxiliary cruiser would may have been a nice place, you travel around the world and most of them weren't sunk or scuttled by the crew, and then PoW in a british camp. Could be worse,
     
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    I think this was more of a personal preference than an actual, historical reason for a choice. Think many are choosing the excitement and danger aspect.
     
  6. Terry D

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    Bartender in the officer's club at Fort Hamilton, New York City.
     
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    I was thinking about that one the other day! I didn't think anyone would get it. How sweet would that be?
     
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    Very. Booze and broads in the big town, baby.
     
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    coastwatcher, Pacific.... if, not that, SubPac.......the Subs had good food, but it did get a little hot sometimes
     
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    Id be a paratrooper or an 0311 in the USMC
     
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    i woud like to be one of the 30 Dutch soldiers who defended the bridges of Maastricht against the whole German 4th Panzer Division.
     
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    I would like to be a clerk in our consulate in Marseilles, expending almost legal spanish passports to refugees... I don't like mud.
     
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    I like the idea of serving aboard the USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37), as she led a charmed life in WW2, never being damaged in battle, and the position I'm interested in is manning a Bofors 40mm.
     
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    Unlike her sisters - three sunk, three badly damaged in the Guadalcanal campaign - she spent most of the war in the Atlantic, only going to the Pacific after the invasions of France. My grandfather who lived in Brooklyn made a model of her which I have, I imagine she was in and out of New York quite a bit.
     
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    (1)Indeed, in the Atlantic German surface forces were pretty much contained by that point following the loss of the Bismarck, so the main threat came from German aircraft and U-boats, though Tuscaloosa did get to see surface combat against the Vichy French fleet off Casablanca, which was a fairly one-sided battle in our favor.
    (2)Does Tuscaloosa have some sentimental value to you, since you have a model of her made by your grandfather?
     
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    Well I'm a sucker for the airborne so I would join the Paratroopers. It's the concept that attracts me the most.
    But if I wouldn't get through their extreme training I would join the Rangers.

    If I were a German, same story.
    I'm not really into tanks, too claustrophobic, I don't like navy ships that can sink, or flying a plane that can crash at any second.
    I rather jump from the plane and walk on foot.

    Preferable rank would be Sgt.
     
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    Well, the model and several others he made have sentimental value. I wouldn't say that I'm any more or less interested in Tuscaloosa than other ships. Ships in general have a sentimental appeal to me, almost like old friends. Hopefully none of my old friends are reading this!
     
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    Okay, I was just curious. :cheers:
     
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    How about being a guard for Italian POWs in New York and sharing in all the delicious food their American relatives in NYC brought them? :)

    Camp Shanks was in my home town. This link has a picture of Italian POWs enjoying a picnic with their American families.

    http://www.hvmag.com/Hudson-Valley-Magazine/September-2010/Remembering-Camp-Shanks/
     
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    Where would you serve?
     

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