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If you could be in a battle during WW2 - 7/3/2010 10:09:27 PM   
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If you were a time-travelling war correspondent, and could be in a battle during WW2 (and were protected by a shield to avoid getting killed), where would you like to be? Let's give 3 battles to cover.

My picks:
- Pearl Harbor, at shore
- Bismarck's raid, embarked on Bismarck
- Leyte Gulf, embarked at Yamato
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RE: If you could be in a battle during WW2 - 7/3/2010 10:15:40 PM   
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RE: If you could be in a battle during WW2 - 7/3/2010 10:22:40 PM   
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If you were a time-travelling war correspondent, and could be in a battle during WW2 (and were protected by a shield to avoid getting killed), where would you like to be? Let's give 3 battles to cover.

My picks:
- Pearl Harbor, at shore
- Bismarck's raid, embarked on Bismarck
- Leyte Gulf, embarked at Yamato

Warspite1

I'll give that assignment a miss thanks - I don't think it matters where you are - one lot of poor b****** being blown apart in say the Western Desert is not dissimilar to another lot being blown apart in Italy or Northern Europe or the Jungles of Malaya or Burma etc - the scenary changes but they are just varying versions of hell.

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RE: If you could be in a battle during WW2 - 7/3/2010 10:27:39 PM   
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Crete 1941. German
Tobruk 1941. Australian
Kursk 1943. German
Pegasus Bridge on D-Day. British
Point du Hoc on D-Day. American
Bastogne 1944. American
Fall of Berlin. Russian

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RE: If you could be in a battle during WW2 - 7/3/2010 10:45:09 PM   
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My picks:

- Coral Sea, USNavy (aboard USS Yorktown).
- Savo Island, IJN (aboard any Mikawa´s Cruiser)
- Matapan Cape, RN (aboard HMS BARHAM)
- Bismark Hunt, aboard HMS ARK ROYAL.
- Chase of ATLANTIS, aboard HMS DEVONSHIRE (OF COURSE !)+
- Pedestal Convoy to relieve Malta, August Battle aboard HMS Indomitable.
- Sea of Phillipines Battle, aboard any ESSEX class Carrier.
- Leyte Gulf, aboard any USN Sprague´s Destroyers ( USS Hoel, USS Heermann and USS Johnston).

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ramón

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RE: If you could be in a battle during WW2 - 7/4/2010 12:21:14 AM   
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1. Anything with Arleigh Burke in the Slot
2. Bastogne with the 101st.
3. USS Johnston off Samar

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RE: If you could be in a battle during WW2 - 7/4/2010 7:27:30 AM   
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Been there, done that. But,

1) With the 505th over St. Mere Eglise
2) Tarawa
3) Cisterna

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RE: If you could be in a battle during WW2 - 7/4/2010 1:15:40 PM   
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Being a photojournalist myself. Having Scotty beam me back and Forth between American and Japanese flagships at the battle of Midway would be cool.

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RE: If you could be in a battle during WW2 - 7/4/2010 2:04:49 PM   
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1. El Alamein - British

2. Stalingrad - Russian

3. Guadalcanal - American

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RE: If you could be in a battle during WW2 - 7/4/2010 3:13:42 PM   
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Nimitz staff during Midway
Eisonhowers staff during Normandy
Churchhill during the Battle of Britain

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RE: If you could be in a battle during WW2 - 7/4/2010 3:31:15 PM   
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RE: If you could be in a battle during WW2 - 7/4/2010 5:45:33 PM   
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I think I would rather in the HQ watching the battle develop. With that said, I would like to sit in on the planning for Anzio to find out what the hell they were thinking. Also the planning of the invasion of Palau.

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RE: If you could be in a battle during WW2 - 7/4/2010 6:13:02 PM   
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I think I would rather in the HQ watching the battle develop. With that said, I would like to sit in on the planning for Anzio to find out what the hell they were thinking. Also the planning of the invasion of Palau.


Pretty sure someone was drinking when those battles were being planned, look at Operation Market Garden - the concept was a great idea, but so far fetched I personally believe it was nothing more then Montie trying to win the war for himself.

/Wish I had some of that good stuff they drank back then, now a day only see kids drink Palbot or whatever that blue ribbon water is.


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RE: If you could be in a battle during WW2 - 7/4/2010 9:49:14 PM   
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No thanks.

I couldn't have expressed it more adequate!

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RE: If you could be in a battle during WW2 - 7/5/2010 1:43:48 PM   
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No thanks.

I couldn't have expressed it more adequate!


No love for war correspondents.. :-(

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RE: If you could be in a battle during WW2 - 7/5/2010 3:03:24 PM   
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Stalingrad in Oct 41 would be horrifying.

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RE: If you could be in a battle during WW2 - 7/5/2010 4:39:40 PM   
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Omaha Beach; sort of... Robert Capa took a bunch of photos of the 1st ID that were ruined during developing. Another report said a bunch of Signal Corps film was dropped in the sea as it was being carried back to a transport. I wish there was a way to retrieve those lost pieces of history. Unfortunately, they are lost forever, leaving a gap in the photographic record of those hours of valor.

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RE: If you could be in a battle during WW2 - 7/5/2010 7:24:17 PM   
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Stalingrad in Oct 41 would be horrifying.

Warspite1

October 1942 would be worse

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RE: If you could be in a battle during WW2 - 7/5/2010 8:21:13 PM   
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Stalingrad in Oct 41 would be horrifying.

Warspite1

October 1942 would be worse


Oh yeah!!! My grandpa just "luckily got away" from it! Well, depends on how you translate "luckily"... Shortly before 6th Army became isolated and enclosed, he drove his truck on a Russian mine. That meant two years(!)of hospitals and medical recover, only to become drafted again shortly before the total break down, and being sent to Austria, where he finally fell into Russians hands. And bad luck continued. First the Workuta mass graves and then the asbestos mines near Swerdlowsk ("Yekaterinburg"). He belonged to the last group of POW's who had been brought home by chancellor Adenauer in 1955. Family couldn't believe how he managed to survive all that, with splinters still remaining in his body...... He lived until 1984!
So with that story in my mind, I feel absolutely no desire to take part in something like a WW2 battle. If someone is really keen on such dire experiences........

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RE: If you could be in a battle during WW2 - 7/5/2010 8:29:26 PM   
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quote:

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If you were a time-travelling war correspondent, and could be in a battle during WW2 (and were protected by a shield to avoid getting killed), where would you like to be? Let's give 3 battles to cover.

My picks:
- Pearl Harbor, at shore
- Bismarck's raid, embarked on Bismarck
- Leyte Gulf, embarked at Yamato



I'd rather be at the dentist getting my teeth pulled than anywhere near witnessing a WW2 battle. Too much blood and gore for me. I have a hard enough time watching someone else get their blood drawn.

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RE: If you could be in a battle during WW2 - 7/5/2010 9:45:55 PM   
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1. Stalingrad-German
2. With Gunther Prien on U47 at Scapa Flow when he sank the Royal Oak
3. With C Company the Canadian Scottish Regiment landing on Juno Beach until the Normandy Campaign ended.

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RE: If you could be in a battle during WW2 - 7/6/2010 1:06:19 AM   
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Stalingrad in Oct 41 would be horrifying.

Warspite1

October 1942 would be worse


Aye got the date wrong.

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RE: If you could be in a battle during WW2 - 7/6/2010 12:20:01 PM   
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If you were a time-travelling war correspondent ...


I'd rather be at the dentist getting my teeth pulled than anywhere near witnessing a WW2 battle. Too much blood and gore for me. I have a hard enough time watching someone else get their blood drawn.


Odd that I was such a correspondent -- for the Fort Hood Sentinel and Conn Guardian -- who hates going to the dentist -- every 4 months! -- and is abt to get his blood drawn this am.



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RE: If you could be in a battle during WW2 - 7/6/2010 5:40:50 PM   
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I'd rather be playing AE. there's no blood and guts involved when I (inevitably) screw up and get my digital soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen killed.

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RE: If you could be in a battle during WW2 - 7/6/2010 5:50:35 PM   
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If you were a time-travelling war correspondent, and could be in a battle during WW2 (and were protected by a shield to avoid getting killed), where would you like to be? Let's give 3 battles to cover.

My picks:
- Pearl Harbor, at shore
- Bismarck's raid, embarked on Bismarck
- Leyte Gulf, embarked at Yamato



I don't need to time travel. I just survived the Battle of Fall City during the night of July 4th. Ducking from bush to bush, i slowly made my way to the porch admidst a slew of starshells glitter and M80 explosions. The smoke hanging over the battlefield (re: my lawn) was thick and helped mask my movements. Egged on by GF huddling by the window with combat helmut on and too scared pooches (and one freaked out kitty)......i reached reletive safety whereby we huddled in our foxhole while the "fireworks" continued through the night.



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RE: If you could be in a battle during WW2 - 7/6/2010 6:42:36 PM   
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Omaha Beach; sort of... Robert Capa took a bunch of photos of the 1st ID that were ruined during developing. Another report said a bunch of Signal Corps film was dropped in the sea as it was being carried back to a transport. I wish there was a way to retrieve those lost pieces of history. Unfortunately, they are lost forever, leaving a gap in the photographic record of those hours of valor.



Don't forget the 2 RCT's of the 29th Inf Div that were there as well, in the very first wave..

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RE: If you could be in a battle during WW2 - 7/7/2010 4:25:41 AM   
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I've been in battles. Trust me, they all suck. Death, pain, destruction. There is no such thing as a 'cool' battle. They are all horrible things. If I never see a dead body again I will be a happy guy.

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