grandfather's military stuff

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grandfather's military stuff

Post by Slumpy » Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:46 pm

My grandfather fought in WW2 and Korea, I have a couple things I think you guys might find interesting:

My grandfather read this to his troops before the D-Day Landings.

The text reads:

21 Army Group Personal Message from the C-In-C to be read out to all troops

1. The time has come to deal the enemy a terrific blow in Western Europe.

The Blow will be struck by the combined sea, land and air forces of the Allies - together constituting one great allied team, under the supreme command of General Eisenhower.

2. On the eve of this great adventure I send my best wishes to every soldier in the allied team.

To us is given the honour of striking a blow for freedom which will live in history; and in the better days that lie ahead men will speak with pride of our doings. We have a great and righteous cause. Let us pray that "the lord mighty in battle" will go forth with our armies, and his special providence will aid us in the struggle.

3. I want every soldier to know that I have complete confidence in the successful outcome of the operations we are now about to begin. With stout hearts, and with enthusiasm for the contest, let us go forward to victory.

4. And, as we enter the battle, let us recall the words of a famous soldier, spoken many years ago

"He either fears his fate too much, or his deserts are small, who dare not put it to the touch, to win or lose it all"

5. Good luck and good hunting on the mainland of Europe.

B. L. Montgomery General C-in-C 21 Army Group

His service medals. He retired as a Major.

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Re: grandfather's military stuff

Post by Costigan » Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:47 pm

That is some neat stuff, I know you're proud of your grandpa.
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Re: grandfather's military stuff

Post by Snakes » Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:38 am

Wow, that's pretty awesome. Thank you for sharing.

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Re: grandfather's military stuff

Post by Lupara » Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:59 am

I wish I had a grandfather like that. The stories he could tell. Great stuff.

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