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Old 19 April 2013, 06:38   #31
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Old 19 April 2013, 09:41   #32
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I find the biggest difference between now and then is that if you managed to hurt yourself back then you were a numpty and had the p*ss taken out of you .

If you hurt yourself nowadays, it absolutely has to be someone else's fault .

sad really....

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no, the building trade is still very much like that! unless youre bleeding or dead then you get no sympathy - youre just a tit and its all your fault!
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Old 19 April 2013, 11:12   #33
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Also have a look at Operation Pluto - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I read about Operation Pluto when I was at Shanklin (IOW).
I remember seeing a part of Pluto sticking out of the sea at Black Gang Chine on a school trip one year; the next year's trip was to Normandy and we saw the other end!
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Old 19 April 2013, 12:27   #34
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Also have a look at Operation Pluto - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I read about Operation Pluto when I was at Shanklin (IOW).

A lot of the original pipes can still be seen at low water

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A lot of the original pipes can still be seen at low water

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If you Go into Portland Harbour you can see a Couple of HUGE Concrete Sections of the ''Mulburry'' Harbour.These were Towed across the Channell and sunk to Provide the Harbour,and Moorings for the D-Day Landings,pretty impressive even today!
Winston Churchill had ALOT of input with Both the Harbour solution, and 'PLUTO'...It is said he came up with the Basic concepts of Both after sleeping on the Ploblem overnight!!..Now that was ALSO When men were Men!
Not to metion Proud to be British!...And not affraid to say so!
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If you Go into Portland Harbour you can see a Couple of HUGE Concrete Sections of the ''Mulburry'' Harbour.
There's a section just offshore west of Bognor Regis. Its well marked but not far under the surface at high tide.
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There's a section just offshore west of Bognor Regis. Its well marked but not far under the surface at high tide.
Is there still the one that broke just inside the harbour at hayling?

If it is one to look at when we do the alternate sib round the island
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If you really want to feel proud, go and visit Arromanche on the north west coast of France.
For those that are not aware, Arromanche is where the allied forces built the artificial harbour using the aformentioned mulberry's. It truely is amazing .

The museum on the beach front has a fantastic mock-up model of what it was like in the day with fantastic views over the beach and the remaining mulberry's. I highly recomend a visit.

There is also a list of the engineering contractors who worked on building the harbour, many of which are still trading today.

In fact, i would love to take some these mindless teenage idiots that seem to plague our towns these days over to the landing beaches. I'd show them just what sacrifices had to be made so they have the freedom to hang around on streetcorners collecting ASBO's and spraying graffiti everywhere...

If you google my village, you'll see that we have one of the biggest WW2 German cemetary's in France. The remains of 12000+ soldiers are kept there. Its all very discrete but tastefully done.

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Think there's the remains of a Mulberry harbour section under the cliffs Between Filey & Bempton in Yorkshire
From what I was told it was being towed from its builders in Scotland down south when it broke loose from its tug ending up under the sheer cliffs
Nothing left now but a tangle of crumbled concrete & reinforcing bar .
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