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September 6, 1939, from Wikipedia,

"Britain suffers its first fighter pilot casualty of the Second World War at the Battle of Barking Creek as a result of friendly fire."

"South Africa declares war on Nazi Germany."

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My grandfather (who I never met) served in North Africa. I saw an old photo of him taken next to an Italian P.O.W.
He used to sing for the troops and was apparently offered the chance to become a professional opera singer, but he just wanted to go home and see his wife.

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Throwback to when an American on here thought Pearl Harbour was the start of WW2:

https://www.wrestlingforum.com/9445787-post116.html
I didnt read all of the replies but while he's wrong, he's not totally incorrect. WWII obviously had been going on for awhile but the US hadnt declared until after Pearl Harbor. Maybe that's where his confusion was.

I was a history major in college, gets you nowhere btw, I remember multiple times sitting down talking about the war with my grandfather. He was part of the Normandy Invasion. Crazy to think the stuff he went through at just 18 years old.
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I was a history major in college, gets you nowhere btw, I remember multiple times sitting down talking about the war with my grandfather. He was part of the Normandy Invasion. Crazy to think the stuff he went through at just 18 years old.
I'm older than most of you guys and girls. My dad landed in D-day. Omaha beach. He told me some stuff when he was alive. After he passed I read his letters home and diary.

I remember him telling me how he had been trained but how he *really* learned to spot mines was after his friend was blown up by one a few yards beside him..

I remember him reading his letter back home to his mother how when got up the hill on D-day he found his gas mask was shot through and he had 3 bullet holes in his jacket but none in him..

He told me how he got promoted to Sgt on the battlefield..

I remember years later I hunted with a guy that was a ranger in Vietnam. He had much respect for even the common GI's in WW2. In his words, "I was in combat for awhile, then out for awhile. Those guys in WW2. They went to war and that was what they f***** did until they f***** died, won or got wounded!!" To drive that home, in one of my Dad's letters to his mom his first few sentences are, "Please don't worry. Things are better now. We are only getting shot at a few times a week instead of every day.."
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Just visited Utah and Omaha beach as well as Pointe du Hoc. I couldn't even begin to imagine the hell our guys faced at Omaha as I stood in the warm sun on that placid tranquil beach. Everything went wrong and still our guys won that section. And it was just the beginning. Of course this is D-Day and 1944 so it's a bit in the future for this 80 year anniversary thread.

I guess a bit more relevant is I also just visited the Czech Republic (Prague = ) and I'm in Munich right now. I'll try to get to Poland but this isn't likely at this time I am sorry.

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Just visited Utah and Omaha beach as well as Pointe du Hoc. I couldn't even begin to imagine the hell our guys faced at Omaha as I stood in the warm sun on that placid tranquil beach. Everything went wrong and still our guys won that section. And it was just the beginning. Of course this is D-Day and 1944 so it's a bit in the future for this 80 year anniversary thread.

I guess a bit more relevant is I also just visited the Czech Republic (Prague = ) and I'm in Munich right now. I'll try to get to Poland but this isn't likely at this time I am sorry.
Mauthausen concentration camp is just 2-3 hours away from you're at and worth a visit. I was there last year, its a very weird feeling to stand in a place where lots of really bad shit happened. I stood in the gas chamber and never felt that level despair before or after
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Mauthausen concentration camp is just 2-3 hours away from you're at and worth a visit. I was there last year, its a very weird feeling to stand in a place where lots of really bad shit happened. I stood in the gas chamber and never felt that level despair before or after
I'm not sure I can visit the camps. Maybe one day when I get back around these parts. I'm sure I'll be back because it's great here.

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I'm older than most of you guys and girls. My dad landed in D-day. Omaha beach. He told me some stuff when he was alive. After he passed I read his letters home and diary.

I remember him telling me how he had been trained but how he *really* learned to spot mines was after his friend was blown up by one a few yards beside him..

I remember him reading his letter back home to his mother how when got up the hill on D-day he found his gas mask was shot through and he had 3 bullet holes in his jacket but none in him..

He told me how he got promoted to Sgt on the battlefield..

I remember years later I hunted with a guy that was a ranger in Vietnam. He had much respect for even the common GI's in WW2. In his words, "I was in combat for awhile, then out for awhile. Those guys in WW2. They went to war and that was what they f***** did until they f***** died, won or got wounded!!" To drive that home, in one of my Dad's letters to his mom his first few sentences are, "Please don't worry. Things are better now. We are only getting shot at a few times a week instead of every day.."
My grandad landed on gold beach on d day. Didn't see much action but was a part of the 'clean up crew'.
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Throwback to when an American on here thought Pearl Harbour was the start of WW2:

https://www.wrestlingforum.com/9445787-post116.html
haahahhaahahahahahahahahaha. Genuinely made me chuckle for a good few seconds

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September 9, 1939, from Wikipedia,

"The Battle of Hel begins, the longest-defended pocket of Polish Army resistance during the German invasion of Poland."

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