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    I don't know much of my family's military history.

    One of my uncles was sent, then a young officer, to Algeria to command a small unit of Algerian harkis.

    One of my cousins is the XO of a Triomphant-class nuclear missile submarine.

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    My great-grandfather(mother's side) was killed during the battle of Crete. He was a volunteer in the Cretan guard and was shot by German soldiers in Maleme airport.
    My other great-grandfather was reported missing in the Greek-turkish war in 1922. He was 19 then. Luckily he was captured and held prisoner for one year until he was released.
    My uncle in law (I don't know if this is the correct word) is Greek-Cypriot and was injured during the Turkish invasion. He still can't walk well.

    That is in short my family's military history.

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    My grandmother brother served on U-boots during WWII. He never returned from war and i don't know anything else about him. His cousin served in wermaht and also died. My grandgrand father was arrested after WWII by russians and we never hear about him agin, our familly is the only one on my street that wasn't expeled after war because my grand grand fahter barricaded dors. In my father village there was old man who fought at Stalingrad. He told him once how russian assault looks like. "They were running at us and we shoot till our MGs overheat and jammed. And they keep marching. They started shooting back at close range. We build fortifications from dead russian bodies because there were soo many dead that it was impossible to shot from trenches." In same vilage there was skirmish bewen german tank(ppl say it was tiger) and three T34. One T34 was destroyed other two pulled back. When wreckage was removed it sill had round in his main gun. Later germans burned and sunked tank and apc in nearby swamp.

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    the u-boat service had like 90% casulty rates. Not many came back

    It's sad, for they were damned brave men.

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    Very true Wiking, very brave men.


    Asheren, those are some stories! I'd love to come get the T34 out of the swamp if it's still there.


    Percell

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hydroquip
    ...She had 9 sons, most serving in the Cameronian Highlanders (I think), in WW1, but I know at least one served elsewhere in the Royal Artillery. All 9 joined up to fight. 8 were killed...
    The men was volunteering from some villages in masses during aug/sep -14 and they served in the same regiment, company and platoon.
    In one assault whole villages was completely wiped out of men.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Wilhelm
    Quote Originally Posted by Hydroquip
    ...She had 9 sons, most serving in the Cameronian Highlanders (I think), in WW1, but I know at least one served elsewhere in the Royal Artillery. All 9 joined up to fight. 8 were killed...
    The men was volunteering from some villages in masses during aug/sep -14 and they served in the same regiment, company and platoon.
    In one assault whole villages was completely wiped out of men.
    it must have been shyte being unfit for service and living like the sole surviving teenager\young adult in a village like that.

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    That wasn't T34 they sunk german tank. Last remains of T34 was removed sometime after war. And yes they are still propably there because no one dare to go to this swamp.

    I also know few "fun" military stories.

    When my father was in millitary they had excercises with ABC troops. After exercises two guys got their butts burned because "elephants" screw the job and left some "stuff" on bench.

    Other one is from my friend who is currently in military. During the exercises round got struck in mortar. The guy tried to push the round down the barrel hiting it with second round. Fortunatly he was stopped before he pushed his luck too far.

    Last one is from my summer trip with few friends we traveled on foot thru forest near Legnica city. We always use foresters maps because they allow to make shortcuts. Unfortunatly military areas and such are not marked on it, especialy when you have only xeroed part from it. My friend heard call of nature and go to get some privacy. Few second later we saw him kicking something and yelling. " Hey guys there is a dud round here." I never was lying on the ground so fast. He was kicking old HE tank round. We found few more around. It was a bit strange but you expect such things whe you travel thru area that for many years was one big training ground. Later we saw strange sight like from the move. Two american style barracks and flag pole. The gras was quite high but it was cut almost at straight line. Few second later three soliders came to us asking. "Are you don't know this is a military area?" We were deep in to military training grounds without even knowing it. The reason was quite simple. They build the bridge above road so military vehicles when passing don't interrupt civilian traffic. They also post signs but they done it on the road. When we were crossing the bidge we wasn't able to see what was written on them.

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    Be glad you didn't wander into a live-fire exercise

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    It wasn't possible because we entered part where storage, kitchen and soo was.

    Hmm i remember one from time when i was a scout its not quite military but there was some soliders in it. We were at summer camp had three soliders (Cook and two drafted) from nearby military unit to help us. I was assigned to guard duty. You know its dark and every one is sleeping. It can be pretty scary especialy when you are 12 years old. Then i heared some noises nearby. I turned on the flash light and saw huge doberman watching at me. God i never was soo scared in whole my life. Dog must be bit suprised because it runed away. But i hear some other apparently human noises nearby. I woke up commander and he ordered me to woke up soliders. They took tent poles and disappeared in the night. I was alone agin with that dog running somewhere near. I took my knife, flash light an waited. Few mintues later there was a sudden noise and someone yelled. "Dober get him!" Followed by sound of hurt dog. Some ppl were running in the darkness then i heard something that keep me smiling every time i was assigned to guard duties during summer camps. "argh argh dont hurt me... Shut up the children are sleeping! argh argh..." It repeated till they drag him to hut that was our HQ during that camp. What happend: Few young rednecks from nearby village decided to pay us a visit. They damaged one tent and stole some candy bars from our warehouse tent. Their dog was runnig lose around. When they moved towards my camp to wreak some more havoc they were suprised by two soliders. Dog tried to bite one of them and was hit with tent pole. Then guys decided to run. Soliders catched one and let others run. Guys must be quite suprised when they menage to get to their car. Tires were flat because cook find it before them. They had a long trip home just to meet the police, car belonged to one of the guys father and he was propably not very happy.

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    by the way asheren, you shouldn't happen to know omega7?





    no offence mate......you'll get the joke sooner or later.

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    hehe you mean my "spanglish" i know its terrible but...Omega7 nah its not that bad i think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asheren
    hehe you mean my "spanglish" i know its terrible but...Omega7 nah its not that bad i think.
    you are right. we can understand you

    But you've got to complement Omega's didication. He sure as hell isn't giving up.

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    You could say this is military story...

    my father, was the right age to be conscripted and go to Afghanistan when he was in USSR. My mother luckily managed to get him to go to the MVD-VV (internal army) instead of regular army.

    The interesting part...the local division where he lived, where he would go if he was conscripted, went to Afghanistan.

    so very lucky that he managed to get away from that war...that war scarred too many people.

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    earliest military history I know about in my family is about 200 years ago, when my grand grand grand father killed one Turkish Aga, and sparked rebellion which he led. Rebels won several small battles, and eventually Turkish army stopped coming to their mountain. He in particular was killed on Christamas of 1804 or 1806, dnno when exactly. Tursk attacked while he ate dinner with his family and that was it. I had two grand fathers in WWII, and one grand, grand father. In Bosnian civil war my dad and mew both joined Army of Republic of Srpska in the early 1992 and stayed in till 96. He was a radio operator, and I was in infantry.

    That is it.

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