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Article about: Hello and thank you for taking a look at my thread. I am a new member of the War relics forum in need of help. I am wanting to write to WWII veterans in an attempt to gain and preserve there

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    This booklet was the result after a meeting of my mates from our force in October
    1989, serving in the former Dutch colony New-Guinea, specifically the years 1960-1962.

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    We spoke about facts and someone said: "we should put it onto paper,
    otherwise all has been forgotten
    !" And so it was done (after some years the
    work was started by me). The booklet was presented during a meeting
    May 24, 1997. Now the "history" is kept safe for the future!

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    the ones that were killed during actions, back in the Netherlands

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    detained Indonesion paratrooper

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    the map with the expected Indonesian invasion, planned for mid-August
    1962. We were out-numbered about 1 to 6.

    Did I have a chance as an observer? Who knows.........

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    Me in my marines lighter-green dungaree at the coast in about May 1962.
    Our armament was quite insufficient. I did not like the leggings, so I did wear
    the puttees!!

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    "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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    This booklet was the result after a meeting of my mates from our force in October
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    We spoke about facts and someone said: "we should put it onto paper,
    otherwise all has been forgotten
    !" And so it was done (after some years the
    work was started by me). The booklet was presented during a meeting
    May 24, 1997. Now the "history" is kept safe for the future!

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    the ones that were killed during actions, back in the Netherlands

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    detained Indonesion paratrooper

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    the map with the expected Indonesian invasion, planned for mid-August
    1962. We were out-numbered about 1 to 6.

    Did I have a chance as an observer? Who knows.........

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    Me in my marines lighter-green dungaree at the coast in about May 1962.
    Our armament was quite insufficient.
    Very interesting, and this is something we are working on within my re-enactmentgroup! It's not easy to find detailed information about uniforms and equipment around this period although there are some good photos to study, and original equipment is surprisingly hard to find. We had a few guys dressed in New-Guinea ca. 1961, '62 impression at a local veteran's day in Tilburg last year.

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    Very interesting, and this is something we are working on within my re-enactmentgroup! It's not easy to find detailed information about uniforms and equipment around this period although there are some good photos to study, and original equipment is surprisingly hard to find. We had a few guys dressed in New-Guinea ca. 1961, '62 impression at a local veteran's day in Tilburg last year.
    Hello,

    yes, it is difficult to find the old uniforms and such. Most what I see is not okay,
    but is just a look-a-like. Often not even the arm-shield we wore, is the correct form,
    as shown below, which is correct:

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    Normally we did wear naval uniforms, adapted with army shoulder-boards and such.
    I was not a marine, but did wear their uniform. Interesting is that the left pocket
    was inside out sewn on (typical for landmacht). We were not allowed to wear the
    marines-motto. The uniforms I had are given to a private-museum in the USA, about
    35 years ago.
    Just a hat, as what we worn, I have found again. Quite difficult as hundreds were burned
    in New-Guinea with tears in my eyes!

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    "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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    I think we should go back to the topic from MattN95, who started this thread.
    But that happens when one starts about vets!
    "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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    The trouble is, people only seem to realize that Histories are being lost forever when it's too late. The same thing happened when people started noticing that WWI vets were almost gone, and then they all started running around collecting their stories wherever they could, but in most cases, it was too late by then. The vets were either gone physically or gone mentally. It was no different with the Civil War vets or even the Revolutionary Vets. By the time people are interested in their stories, they're already gone...
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    Hello to all and thank you for the replies. Yes, I also agree that I am late to the party. Sadly I hadn't started this adventure when I was younger(21 now). But I will continue searching and learning! Thank you again to all for the replies and answers it's very much appreciated! I guess if anything if any of you gentlemen know of any short stories or reads to point me towards or share. I'd love to hear your guys experiences with your friends and family who were veterans of the Second World War!

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    UPDATE: I had a fellow forum member PM a few addresses of German veterans. I began shooting letters off and I did get a few replies with signed photographs. I still have a few to mail out and I am hoping I will have the same results! Please if you have any info giving me a lead to contact any German vets PM me! Thank you.
    Last edited by MattN95; 10-01-2016 at 12:04 AM.

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