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Our grandfathers and fathers and relatives in military service!

Article about: by Spitace41 Looks like he was in the Home Guard? Indeed and must be before he joined the navy. Great pic and a great family history you have (Col) James.

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    6.7.1944 he was with a truck colonn in an open field in Vitele. Soviet bombers/dive bombers caught them unprepared and started dropping bombs on the colonn. Armas was standing some distance away from his truck when a bomb exploded near his truck, blowing it into air. The blastwave knocked him down and lifted his leg in the air and schrapnel hit it. He was sent to field hospital and his son told my father, that the schrapnel was poisoned. He was sent to recover to a field hospital in Lappeenranta. He was sent to home from there in 5.10.1944. He was awarded Medal of Freedom 1st class.


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    In the last picture is merry fellas, Lenin and Stalin.
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    That's when his war ended. He kept his leg and built a house in 1946. I still live in that house. He lived well into the seventies.

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    Trench art he made in 1943.
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    Trench art: Moose!
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    Trench art: Lamp!

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    Trench art: Lamp!
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    Certificate

    Medal of Freedom 1st class

    House he built

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    Sorry for spamming the thread..
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    Quote by Jerry B View Post
    I thought it looked like the RWF who had 21 battalions of home guard affiliated to them and it looks like he was in the 3rd FlinT battalion. A great pic.
    many thanks jerry for identifying the battalion

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    I would like to show two more photographs of my grandfather: one from 1914
    (front row at left sitting) and another one from 1915 (first row standing, fourth
    person from right) . Further a postcard (Feldpostkarte) from my grandmother to my
    grandfather, a few months before he was killed and a card with flag symbols from his
    brother Heinrich to my grandmother, who then was a widow. His brother also was a
    soldier.
    The colored plate is a with pencil written letter from my grandfather to my grandmother
    when he was barracked at Offenburg in March 1915.

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    In a few years the stuff is 100 years old. Thanks to my mother who kept this material
    from her father as a dear treasure. My mother was not even four years old when her
    father died in WWI. I must have many more (love) letters and postcards, but as far as
    I know no more photographs.
    "Wir sollen auch unser Leben für die Brüder lassen" (1.Joh.3.16):
    zum Gedächtnis Wilhelm Schenk. Er starb fürs Vaterland am 13. Juni 1916

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    training.rugeley..jpgjust thought I would add a couple of pics of my grandfather and father during their training in the uk. first pic grandfather is front row,first on left, taken at rugeley camp on Cannock chase c.august 1916. ww2 pic shows dad sitting on right , at Sheffield, early 1942john.Attachment 543409sheffield.jpg

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    My uncle Edward Bradshaw - Coxswain US Navy ComTrans Div. 47. He delivered 5th Marine members to Red Beach 2 at Iwo Jima. You can see a page from his original attack orders. NH

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