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Geoff Winnington-Ball

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About Geoff Winnington-Ball

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    OC MLU, aka 'Jif'
  • Birthday 01/28/1953

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    http://www.mapleleafup.org

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    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Interests
    The men of the World War II Commonwealth Armies

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  1. Sounds like an excellent idea, especially for our Yurrupeen friends! I've pinned this topic and will keep monitoring same. Let's see where this goes!
  2. Try the Mount Gay rum... closest thing I can figger to WW2 SRD rum, and actually quite good, especially in tea (read Blackburn for reference)...
  3. I don't have direct access to the war diaries of the Strathconas so can't comment directly, but I also don't believe the Achilles' were ever used in action, and I don't know what happened to them (transferred to the ROKs perhaps?). The M4A3E8 Shermans were drawn from new USMC stocks, repainted as necessary (or desirable) and given 25 Brigade and Strathcona markings. In some cases the US census numbers were painted out, in others they were left on. At the conclusion of the war the tanks were given back to the US, presumably for disposal (again, perhaps to the ROKs?).
  4. I never knew this man but I've known those who have, and he was a fine gentleman. May he Rest In Peace. BTW, for those of you unfamiliar with him, check out Lovat's piper in The Longest Day. He was every bit that man.
  5. Tomas, you need one of these for work... http://www.wimp.com/cannonfiring/
  6. (1) Your inability to remember anything coherently is a sign of creeping old age. Welcome to the club! (2) Aside from tiers of sandbags or lengths of hardwood lumber, no. There are simply too many vulnerable points on a Sherman chassis to really waste the time trying to up-armour them.
  7. BTW, just out of curiosity, what exactly does the F-35 offer that the F-22 didn't? From what little I know, the F-22 was farther along in development, so why cancel that project and throw money into a newer, unproven one?
  8. I know the Danes had them, not sure about the Portuguese although I wouldn't be surprised.
  9. I can't see them EVER getting closer than about 15,000 ft off the hard deck, so no real worries. For the low-level stuff we'll still depend on the Yanks...
  10. We got rather good at that after so many years of defence cuts, so there.
  11. IMPORTANT We are down to a month to go from certain deadlines with regard to the I&I, and not much has happened. We only have 14 rooms reserved and six takers for the SSBN [several more pending]. We fear this will go as most I&I with a final flurry of decisions and arrivals, and so forth. Problem is, there are some lead times imposed on several events that will not flex with last minute arrivals. Our local team has firmed up the schedule for Ft Lewis and McChord visit of 10 September, with all sites having agreed to host us, but some of the hours still to be confirmed. As for now,
  12. IMPORTANT We are down to a month to go from certain deadlines with regard to the I&I, and not much has happened. We only have 14 rooms reserved and six takers for the SSBN [several more pending]. We fear this will go as most I&I with a final flurry of decisions and arrivals, and so forth. Problem is, there are some lead times imposed on several events that will not flex with last minute arrivals. Our local team has firmed up the schedule for Ft Lewis and McChord visit of 10 September, with all sites having agreed to host us, but some of the hours still to be confirmed. As for now,
  13. IMPORTANT We are down to a month to go from certain deadlines with regard to the I&I, and not much has happened. We only have 14 rooms reserved and six takers for the SSBN [several more pending]. We fear this will go as most I&I with a final flurry of decisions and arrivals, and so forth. Problem is, there are some lead times imposed on several events that will not flex with last minute arrivals. Our local team has firmed up the schedule for Ft Lewis and McChord visit of 10 September, with all sites having agreed to host us, but some of the hours still to be confirmed. As for now,
  14. IMPORTANT We are down to a month to go from certain deadlines with regard to the I&I, and not much has happened. We only have 14 rooms reserved and six takers for the SSBN [several more pending]. We fear this will go as most I&I with a final flurry of decisions and arrivals, and so forth. Problem is, there are some lead times imposed on several events that will not flex with last minute arrivals. Our local team has firmed up the schedule for Ft Lewis and McChord visit of 10 September, with all sites having agreed to host us, but some of the hours still to be confirmed. As for now,
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