The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )
1st July 1916
Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader
House Carles at the Battle of Hastings
I want to know why he was such a fantastic pilot and what the ME262 was really like to fly.
Probably Barnes Wallis, even though he wasnt involved in the fighting part of the war a few pints and conversations with him about blowing things up would be pretty good
Probably Herman Goering. In a Schloss somewhere in the Schwarzwald after a days hunting you'll be guaranteed good food, good wine, good beer and quality cigars.
Looking for LDO marked EK2s and items relating to U-406.....
For me it would have to be Winnie, a chilled bottle of his favourite champagne, Pol Roger to start with, followed by his after breakfast favourite, Johnny Walker red label and soda.
I wouldn't ask him any specific questions, just allow him to give forth whilst we both smoked a Romeo y Julieta in deckchairs under a huge Cedar of Lebanon at Chartwell...perhaps he'd talk of his battles against the Reich and the Japanese, or his time in the Sudan or on the veldt and his escape from the Boers, or of his love of bricklaying, English garden wall bond or Flemish, doesn't really matter, it would all be so.....well, you know.
I would leave knowing the words that his daughter Mary wrote to him on his death bed.... 'I owe you what every Englishman, woman and child owes you - liberty itself.'
And that would just sum it all up.
Corny?...Maybe, but the best piss up any right minded Englishman could wish, ever!
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'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'
In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.
That, would be a conversation...don't you think? I'm sure that she could tell a few tales...
Failing that, Blondi!
Wing Commander Brendan, 'Paddy', Finucane, DSO, DFC, second highest scoring RAF ace of the war even though he died aged 21 in 1942. He was from Dublin where I'm from. By all accounts he enjoyed a beer and was a gregarious individual. If he lived he probably would have become the top scoring RAF pilot of the war.
On another tack, I would like to meet my paternal Grandfather who left his family behind and disappeared. He was a merchant seaman and may have gone down with his ship during the war but nobody knows. I would like to find out what happened to him.
Sgt. Robert McKusick , US Army 3rd Armoured Division. --- Bob drove a Sherman
and was part of the battle of the bulge.
He was the boss of my first full time job after I graduated highschool.
I worked for him 5 years. He was one of the best employers I have ever
had and he taught me a lot. He passed away in 1982. I would love to
be able to go back and buy him a beer and say THANK YOU.
When I was 14 years old, we parents had a gentleman over for dinner
one night. He name was Muller. I don't remember his first name. He spoke
with a very heavy German accent and I asked him if he had been in the war.
Come to find out he was a U boat captain who had his boat sunk and spent
part of the war in a Scottish POW camp.. Being 14, I didn't think to ask very
detailed questions and i wasn't smart enough to right down what he did talk
about---opportunities missed .
Live to ride -- Ride to live
I was addicted to the "Hokey-Pokey" but I've turned