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Did'nt spot those  trousers in boots and would never had guessed American Paratroopers, a long long way from home and further to go still - brave lads

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GI's wore spats over their boots and over their pant bottoms, Para's on earning their jump wings had to tuck their pants into their boots, a "badge" of what they were.

ALL of those fellers were volunteers, many, I'd hazard a guess, 35%-40% never returned, and probably buried in the US war cemeteries in various European countries.

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These photos are the 508th regiment who were stationed at Wolly Park.shanley-30c.jpgsomething i didn't know until recently..the arches in the Council House were filled in with blocks from 1940 until 1945.These guys went on to fight in Operation Market Garden and later Nijmegen..with The Sherwood Rangers.

Info from the late Colin.

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From the smiling faces, it looks like they were made very welcome by the City

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My late Mum had some great stories...about those days..a very sad one..on Derby Rd .near Hooleys .

A deuce and a half hit a small child..and killed her..the U.S driver was in bits.Also folk in Lenton and Radford had German POW's in for tea of a Sunday evening!

They were allowed to walk to town...but could not avail of Public Transport.

One evening on Wheeler Gate a couple of German POW's with large pink circles on their greatcoats..got a clattering of a Mams handbag..she ..from Bloomsgrove St..had recieved a telegram the day before of her Sons demise.

Couldn't imagine a couple of Nottm squaddies being afforded the luxury of strolling around a German city and munching on pumpernickel...or did they??

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I don't think the feller on the left was a paratrooper, two on the right are, even the junior officers up to majors wore the hat the two on the right are wearing, I wonder if the guy on the left was in the army airforce??

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Major Dick Winters wrote a fairly good history of his company, E company, very modest man, and according to the men he commanded, a brave man who led from the front, highly respected. Sadly he passed away a couple of years back.

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Ayeup..have a look at the thread 508 at Tent City i posted. There were lots of additional photos on this USA veterans site..and the folks were nice to talk to. I refrained from names because sadly most perished.Maybe they were a mixed lot?.i know they performed a Concert at the Council House and The Albert Hall..and frequented a cafe in West Bridgford..that spoilt them with very scarce doughnuts.

Edit: Dicks closing line to his Grandson..gets me everytime.

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I read Band of Brothers, which was made into the TV mini series, fair few photos in that, and Dick Winters book too.

On Youtube you will find many videos by the survivors of "Easy" company, who relate their personal experiences, once again, all gone now. There's also a few reunions of that company, sadly the last couple were done by the sons and daughters of those brave men, in honour of their late Fathers.

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Oh yes!!

Even my Daughter is an Easy Co. fan..Bill, shifty, Leibgott, Bull etc..

Funny thing John..lots who trained at Currahee..became high school Teachers 

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Just found this photo of me being thrown into the fountains in Slab Square in c1982. I seem to recall that the fountains were not working and that the water was filthy!

 

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Same thing happened every Saturday nite from what I can recall despite the best efforts of the police.

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