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GTS455 History thread (Mostly WWII)

I will start off by saying, that i am posting this thread purely as a chronicle of my research and visits to various historical sites in Europe. I do not want this to become political or any of that nonsense. So let's keep it clean and respectful.

I grew up watching movies like "the Great Escape", "Bataan", "Battle of Britain", "Memphis Belle" etc. You name it, i've probably watched it at least 50 times as a kid and could quote probably the whole thing. The obsession started when i was 2 (no joke) and still continues on to this day. I read, ate, slept, and watched movies on nothing but this stuff growing up. Being over here and being able to see this stuff and follow in the footsteps of some great men is amazing and i think about it every single day.


Now, onto the good stuff.

ERICH HARTMANN
352 Aerial Victories
After doing a little digging, i found out Erich Hartmann, The top scoring fighter pilot of all time was born and raised a few Km from my house and he retired and passed away with his wife about 2 villages away. So i went to his Burial site today to pay my respects and to check it out.




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5-Luftwaffe-pilots-JG52-Erich-Hartmann-on-reaching-350-aerial-victories by gts455, on Flickr

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whats the next installment of these!
very fascinating stuff!
amazing how he went from flying ME-109's to starfighters,phantoms etc..
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i'll keep it going just for you Simon. Stopped because i didnt think there was any interest.

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Nice write up. Keep this rolling on the WWII items....maybe we could ask our Pacific theater friends for their information/pictures if any of it is close by.



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Nice write up. Keep this rolling on the WWII items....maybe we could ask our Pacific theater friends for their information/pictures if any of it is close by.
Not much here in Japan
And all their equipment etc was junk anyway,and the whole place was decimated by B-29's and P-51s back in the day..

They still worship the bloody Yamato though and cling onto that as "Japanese superiority" (which was sunk by a few helldivers for christs sake)

But the Hiroshima peace museum is unreal.Very surreal displays (manikins of children with their faces melted and skin hanging off them for one,with recordings of moanings and screaming in the background)

one exhibit are the (long and twisted) fingernails of a 5 year old boy...he was so thirsty that he sucked the puss from the ends of his fingers to try to quench that to until he died a few days later from radiation.

many many shocking stories and photos there...
Strange contrast here-one the one hand museums and places such as Hiroshima,and decent intelligent people
On the other hand racist arrogant nationalists who believe Japan is a divine country and other races are below them (very creepy,and many people are like this)
can be a very lonely country to live for a foreigner..

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i'll keep it going just for you Simon. Stopped because i didnt think there was any interest.
Oh there is interest... I am a big history nutt on ww1 and 2.
My great grandfather was shot down in a B17 in the second war.
My great uncle was KIA also.
I follow many docs on it when I can but no time for T.V really as life keeps me busy.
When I was younger I was big into the ww1 and 2 flight sims... Red Baron, Aces over the Pacific, Aces over Europe... and many others.
I really enjoy learning about all the history.
Please keep it going gts.
I may even add a few things if you would not mind.
I love aircraft as my father was a aviation tech/inspector for 30+ years.
So your first installment on Hartmann was quite interesting for me.


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Very interesting stuff, please keep them coming.
I don't have much to contribute just off the top of my head. But I'm kinda being inspired to take the bike to some of the US civil war battle sites here in the Southeast.

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Not much here in Japan
And all their equipment etc was junk anyway,and the whole place was decimated by B-29's and P-51s back in the day..

They still worship the bloody Yamato though and cling onto that as "Japanese superiority" (which was sunk by a few helldivers for christs sake)

But the Hiroshima peace museum is unreal.Very surreal displays (manikins of children with their faces melted and skin hanging off them for one,with recordings of moanings and screaming in the background)

one exhibit are the (long and twisted) fingernails of a 5 year old boy...he was so thirsty that he sucked the puss from the ends of his fingers to try to quench that to until he died a few days later from radiation.

many many shocking stories and photos there...
Strange contrast here-one the one hand museums and places such as Hiroshima,and decent intelligent people
On the other hand racist arrogant nationalists who believe Japan is a divine country and other races are below them (very creepy,and many people are like this)
can be a very lonely country to live for a foreigner..
As nice as the folks from Japan are, they are one if the most racist people I know....


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