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Most Travelled Warriors of the Last 100 Years? - 8/10/2007 12:51:29 AM   
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I don't know if the actual figure for miles travelled is available, but I'd reckon that the troops of the British Empire and the US Marines are pretty close.

I bring this up as I was reading part of Gen. Holland M. "Howling Mad" Smith's memoirs, and he rightfully points out that the scale of the USMC deployments in WWII, as related to the logistical feats accomplished, were astounding. Each amphibious operation was staged from bases thousands of miles away from the objective.

The irony is that Gen. Smith didn't get along with the Navy very well. The old argument between the US Navy and the USMC goes something like, "The Marines may have fought the battles on land but bygod the Navy got you there safely by sea."

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RE: Most Travelled Warriors of the Last 100 Years? - 8/10/2007 12:58:22 AM   
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and at times, left them there

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RE: Most Travelled Warriors of the Last 100 Years? - 8/10/2007 1:16:21 AM   
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and at times, left them there


I was tempted to say that. Think 1st "Marooned" Division at Guadalcanal.

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RE: Most Travelled Warriors of the Last 100 Years? - 8/10/2007 8:59:29 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: KG Erwin


quote:

ORIGINAL: Hard Sarge

and at times, left them there


I was tempted to say that. Think 1st "Marooned" Division at Guadalcanal.




Oh good grief! I'm gonna have to bow to this statement!

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RE: Most Travelled Warriors of the Last 100 Years? - 8/10/2007 10:54:02 AM   
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My guess would be the Auzzies deployed in Europe in WW1 or (dare I mention it) the British task force to the Falklands.


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RE: Most Travelled Warriors of the Last 100 Years? - 8/10/2007 11:36:03 AM   
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I'd say Australia, only beating the Kiwis because of our involvement in a few more wars like Vietnam (not sure if New Zealand was in the Malay Emergency or is in Afghanistan and Iraq).

It is obvious from the records that the blokes who signed up for the First World War in 1914 were mostly in it for the "adventure". A bit too bloody much adventure as it turned out.

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RE: Most Travelled Warriors of the Last 100 Years? - 8/10/2007 4:58:49 PM   
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OK, but I was thinking in terms of overall miles travelled in the various conflicts of the 20th century. I'm not sure if that could be even be quantified.

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RE: Most Travelled Warriors of the Last 100 Years? - 8/10/2007 6:22:18 PM   
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The US Army was on every continent in the 20th century except South America (if you're not including military advisors) and Antarctica. Probably a lot of miles travelled there.

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RE: Most Travelled Warriors of the Last 100 Years? - 8/10/2007 10:42:57 PM   
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The US Army was on every continent in the 20th century except South America (if you're not including military advisors) and Antarctica. Probably a lot of miles travelled there.


As far as that goes, the US Marines were in Central America and the Caribbean in the 20s-early 30s, so maybe they're ahead of the Army on this one. Oh, yeah, the Marines did serve in the European Theater in WWII, if you wanna count the garrison force on Iceland and the few Marines who served with the OSS in the Balkans (see my earlier thread on actor Sterling Hayden, who was one of those covert agents -- his story would make a great movie in of itself).


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RE: Most Travelled Warriors of the Last 100 Years? - 8/10/2007 11:49:27 PM   
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I suppose it would depend on whether the warriors' travels were directly related to wars and such. 

I would have said either the RN or USN, several of their ships racked up a lot of miles during their service, even more if you count peacetime cruises and waving the flag between the wars.


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