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Old 11 May 2013, 06:32   #41
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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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There's a couple of Mulberry sections outside Port-en-Bessin, I've dived them a couple of times, still got the AA guns in place, piles of ammunition scattered around, more congers than I've ever seen, spectacular dive. They stand about 25m off the seabed in places, it's like diving a block of flats.
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They don't ( often ) do wrecks today like they used to.......

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Old 07 November 2013, 12:30   #43
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Pah, Who needs a 4X4 ?

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Obviously a fake as you need a 4x4, winch, big wheels, AT tyres, snorkel, rows of lights and V8 engine to do that sort of stuff.
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Wonder how many pages the "Risk Assessment" ran to on this one ?

" If you want the job done right, give it to a woman.


Hard to believe that stunts such as these used to be accomplished frequently. Does anyone recall the air-to-air refueling of one biplane to another using a long hose? Those people had to be either fearless or just “plane crazy”.

This woman has more guts than a sausage factory. Take a look at this film. Fabulous footage, although grainy due to time and bad equipment in those days compared to today, but what nerve this woman had.

Gladys Ingles was a member of a barnstorming troupe called the 13 Black Cats in the 1920s. Ingles was a wing walker; in this film, she shows her fearlessness in classic barnstorming fashion to save an airplane that has lost one of its main wheels.

Ingles is shown with a replacement wheel being strapped to her back and then off she goes as "Up She Goes," a duet from the era, provides the soundtrack. In the film, Ingles transfers herself from the rescue plane to the one missing the main landing gear wheel.

She then expertly works herself down to the undercarriage only a few feet from a spinning prop. It's certainly a feat many mechanics wouldn't even try on the ground with the engine running.

She died at age 82.click on below............
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" If you want the job done right, give it to a woman.


Hard to believe that stunts such as these used to be accomplished frequently. Does anyone recall the air-to-air refueling of one biplane to another using a long hose? Those people had to be either fearless or just “plane crazy”.

This woman has more guts than a sausage factory. Take a look at this film. Fabulous footage, although grainy due to time and bad equipment in those days compared to today, but what nerve this woman had.

Gladys Ingles was a member of a barnstorming troupe called the 13 Black Cats in the 1920s. Ingles was a wing walker; in this film, she shows her fearlessness in classic barnstorming fashion to save an airplane that has lost one of its main wheels.

Ingles is shown with a replacement wheel being strapped to her back and then off she goes as "Up She Goes," a duet from the era, provides the soundtrack. In the film, Ingles transfers herself from the rescue plane to the one missing the main landing gear wheel.

She then expertly works herself down to the undercarriage only a few feet from a spinning prop. It's certainly a feat many mechanics wouldn't even try on the ground with the engine running.

She died at age 82.click on below............
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Now that just shows what nerves of steel actually means, that was an astonishing film clip of that time, Good find
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somehow i cant see the wife doing that!
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The Severn Tunnel

Quite a long video ( 20 minutes ) and the first five minutes are a bit dry , but if you like them big old Cornish Steam Engines and some very early diving without air lines , then worth a watch .

As a young lad I can remember travelling by steam train through the tunnel about the time this documentary was made ( 1959 ) NOT the 1870s when the tunnel was started . I wondered why passengers began to close all the windows before we arrived at the tunnel ? I soon found out as the strong smell of smoke filled the carriages and started my young eyes to stream with tears........


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