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Thompson [5th App]
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PostSubject: Military History   Tue Jan 05 2016, 00:39

Given our respective interest in online military gaming, where does everyone fall in regards to the topics of military history they love the most?

For me, personally, I've always loved conflicts in Antiquity, the Napoleonic Era and the Second World War - curious to see where everyone else falls!

I am new to the 5th and I am happy to be here as well as looking forward to meeting you all and taking the field after training

Pvt. Drew Thompson
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Humphreys [5th RB]
First Lieutenant, O-2.




PostSubject: Re: Military History   Tue Jan 05 2016, 20:47

Ever since a very young age I've always been fascinated on the topic of World War II. My main interest lie in the European Theatre of Operations with the American and British Army. the Pacific Theatre has never intrigued me whatsoever.


My grandfather, Dan Spence served in the Merchant Navy with his brother Andrew Spence aboard the cargo ship SS Anthea as an Able Seaman in the boiler room. On 8th December 1940, crossing from Canada to the United Kingdom she was steaming in very thick fog when the Dutch tanker SS Maasdam collided into her at full speed, 11 knots amidships. SS Anthea began taking on water immediately and sank within minutes. A crewman aboard the SS Maasdam managed to deploy a life raft into the sea. My grandfather and another crewman managed to climb into the life raft. As soon as they were aboard they began searching for the rest of the crew in the sea, one by one the crew resurfaced. The last to resurface was Andrew, unable to swim he was grabbed from the collar of his shirt and lifted into the life raft. They were then taken aboard the SS Maasdam and a near by Merchant ship towed the SS Massdam to Canada.

On 27th June 1941 the SS Maasdam was torpedoed by U-564 and sank with the loss of two lives. At the time there were 48 crew and 32 passengers.

My grandfather then joined the Royal Navy and was deployed to the River Nile, Egypt on a minesweeping ship. Unfortunately that's all the information I have about him. He survived the war, but I was too young to have any real conversations with him.


When I get back to Scotland I will photograph and scan his images, medals and Tour of Duty and upload them to the site.

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Humphreys [5th RB]
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PostSubject: Re: Military History   Fri Jan 22 2016, 13:04



Yang Kyoungjong was a Korean soldier who fought during World War II in the Imperial Japanese Army, the Soviet Red Army, and later the German Wehrmacht. His story was revealed in an article of ‘Weekly Korea’ on Dec. 6th, 2002, which became a big topic in the Korean society at the time.

Yang Kyoungjong was born in Shin Euijoo, Northwestern Korea on March 3, 1920. He was conscripted to the Kwantung army in 1938 and captured by the Soviets in Nomonhan and captured again by Germans in Ukraine in the summer of 1943, probably during the battle of Kharkov, and captured finally by Americans at Utah beach, Normandy on June 6, 1944.

He was freed from a POW camp in Britain in May 1945 and moved to and settled in America in 1947. He lived near the Northwestern Univ. in Illinois until he died on April 7, 1992. He lived as an ordinary US citizen without telling his unbelievable life story even to his two sons and one daughter.


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Mead [5th RB]
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PostSubject: Re: Military History   Sat Jan 23 2016, 00:27

I personally find WW2 to be the most interesting.

Thompson if you like Napoleonic Wars you should check out the DLC for Mount and Blade Warband. Huge battles.
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Payne [5th RB]
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PostSubject: Re: Military History   Sat Jan 23 2016, 02:12

I'm real big into the WWII history too.  There's just something about the times that really interests me.  I studied American military history up to 1900 during my undergrad.  I took some really great classes.  Did a lot of research and writing on the War of 1812.  WWII is my favorite though.  Btw, Sir, that POW was a very interesting read..

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Esek [5th RB]
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PostSubject: Re: Military History   Tue Mar 22 2016, 14:14

What a move!!!


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PostSubject: Re: Military History   Tue Mar 22 2016, 14:15

Spot on!


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