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#1 8 years ago

So Rememberance, or Veterans Day, for you Americans, is tomorrow. I'm sure everyone will be having assemblies at your schools. So what does it all mean? Well seeing how it's on November 11th, its celebrating the end of WW1. But overtime it has simply been about mourning the loss of life in WW1 and WW2, and other wars too. I'm sure this is a very important day for many of us, it is for me, because I have many ancestors who served in both World Wars. So I was just curious about what your ancestors did in the WW1 and WW2. My great uncles were in the the 1st Canadian Corps and fought in Scicily and Italy, one I lost at Ortona, and 1 at the Hitler Line which was right behind the Gustav Line. In WW1 my Great Grandfather fought in the 105th PEI Highlanders Battalion, and was at Vimy Ridge, along with every other Canadian in the Army(All 4 Canadian Divisions took part in the battle). I have Union Jack in my room that my Grandpa gave to me, he said that my Great Grandfather had raised it over Vimy Ridge when his platoon had cleared their section. Another Great Grandfather was in the Danish Army, of course it surrendered a few hours after being attacked. My grandmother told me that the Germans would always come to her farm and buy butter(Danish butter is the best in the world, just ask the Germans). I guess the officers of the 116th Panzer Division enjoyed her mother's butter. :lol: So what did your ancestors do?




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#2 8 years ago

I have a few relatives who fought in both World Wars. My grandfather also fought in the Korean war, he told me how the Navy would blow up the NK train tracks in the night and watch them rebuild in the day, then repeat the process for a long time. There are other stories I was told, but I'd rather not say some of them.




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#3 8 years ago
Destroyer25;5066469So Rememberance, or Veterans Day, for you Americans, is tomorrow. I'm sure everyone will be having assemblies at your schools. So what does it all mean? Well seeing how it's on November 11th, its celebrating the end of WW1. But overtime it has simply been about mourning the loss of life in WW1 and WW2, and other wars too. I'm sure this is a very important day for many of us, it is for me, because I have many ancestors who served in both World Wars. So I was just curious about what your ancestors did in the WW1 and WW2. My great uncles were in the the 1st Canadian Corps and fought in Scicily and Italy, one I lost at Ortona, and 1 at the Hitler Line which was right behind the Gustav Line. In WW1 my Great Grandfather fought in the 105th PEI Highlanders Battalion, and was at Vimy Ridge, along with every other Canadian in the Army(All 4 Canadian Divisions took part in the battle). I have Union Jack in my room that my Grandpa gave to me, he said that my Great Grandfather had raised it over Vimy Ridge when his platoon had cleared their section. Another Great Grandfather was in the Danish Army, of course it surrendered a few hours after being attacked. My grandmother told me that the Germans would always come to her farm and buy butter(Danish butter is the best in the world, just ask the Germans). I guess the officers of the 116th Panzer Division enjoyed her mother's butter. :lol: So what did your ancestors do?

My father's father built submarines at Lake Washington. My mother's mother's father fought the Japanese. Those are the only ones I have any real information on, don't know if any of my relatives fought in WWI, seeing as I'm pretty sure all of them had come to the USA by that point. My mother's father was an Army Reserve medic during Korea, didn't go to Asia, though.




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#4 8 years ago

Sorry if this isn't about WWI or 2, but I have an uncle who fought in Vietnam. He was a Sergeant in the 1st Air Cavalry, and his leg got burned by a phosphorous grenade.


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#5 8 years ago

Schofield;5066488I have a few relatives who fought in both World Wars. My grandfather also fought in the Korean war, he told me how the Navy would blow up the NK train tracks in the night and watch them rebuild in the day, then repeat the process for a long time. There are other stories I was told, but I'd rather not say some of them.[/QUOTE] Whatever your confortable with, I believe I also have relatives who fought in Korea. The Canadians saved Seoul during a key a battle, if your into Korea you should check out Episode 4 of 20th Century Battlefields, its a godlike series in general. Covers the most important battles of the 20th century. Amiens, Midway, Stalingrad, Korea(Inchon River), Vietnam(Tet Offensive), Yom Kippur War, Falklands War(Not that important in world history, its a British show though, so obviously they do Falklands), and Desert Storm.

[QUOTE=computernerd;5066490]Sorry if this isn't about WWI or 2, but I have an uncle who fought in Vietnam. He was a Sergeant in the 1st Air Cavalry, and his leg got burned by a phosphorous grenade.

Any war is fine, and phosphorous grenades are nasty. Like napalm, burns your skin to nothing. :(




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#6 8 years ago

Nothing much that I know of really.

WW2:

Huffardo;4453512My both grandfathers were fortunately too young to actually fight in WW2, but the older one was in a training camp preparing for the unavoidable, had the Continuation War gone on for just a little bit longer he would have been sent in too. One of the fathers of my grandparents was long dead, one a priest (can't remember where he was positioned though, he might have been a field priest then for all I know) and two I've never been told what they did during the war since all of them died before I was born, but both survived. The only close relative that I know fought and died in the war was my grandfathers only brother who fell on the Karelian Isthmus, IIRC as infantry, to my shame I don't even know if that was in the Winter or Continuation War, but that's really not the sort of thing I want to bring up with my 83-year-old grandfather, talking about the soup made of water and horse fat they were served during training is about as close to the war as he spontaneously goes.

WW1: I only know of one relative that participated in the Great War, my great-great-grandfather, he was first a colonel in the Imperial Russian Army and later when Russia had withdrawn from the war and the Finnish Civil War started he was a colonel on the White side (i.e. the guys who won the war and proceeded to kill a lot of people), where he according to wikipedia for a while was the right-hand man of their commander C.G.E. Mannerheim and was later transferred to the chief of the Reserve Officer School. He survived the wars and his time as Minister of War, but shot himself after only two days as the supreme commander of the White Guards.




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#7 8 years ago

If he died in Karelia chances are it was during the winter war, or he could have died during the counterattack of 1944. Also the whites didn't win, the reds did. Hence Soviet Union...




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#8 8 years ago

well...my Grandfather fought in the war, for 4 days......

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#9 8 years ago

Destroyer25;5066510If he died in Karelia chances are it was during the winter war, or he could have died during the counterattack of 1944.[/QUOTE] Actually I should have been more specific, it was on the Karelian Isthmus, but the counterattack wasn't exactly the only time during the Continuation War when people were killed.

[QUOTE=Destroyer25;5066510]Also the whites didn't win, the reds did. Hence Soviet Union...

:rofl:

Finnish Civil War. Trust me, Finland was not a part of the USSR. :lol:




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#10 8 years ago

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