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Discussion in 'History Forum' started by LadyEagle, Apr 9, 2006.
Comments? I've been watching the series on DVD.
Watched the series on HBO. Never missed an episode. It is not just another shoot em up, we won the war movie.
I have Ambrose's work on the Band!! Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne. The book takes you from the French beach to Germany!! Green soldiers from the US became "veteran" after 30 minutes at the front!!!
I've rented the DVD's----would love to buy them for myself---for the most part--the video series "line up" with the book!!
What is interesting to me is the 101st Airborne is out of Fort Campbell, KY close to here & this explained the history of their origin. It is also interesting to see the interviews with those few that are still alive today. Excellent so far.
In my jewelry box, I have a military service pin with the word BASTOGNE on it. It is sterling silver and quite intricate details, although badly tarnished. On the very top is what looks like a crown. Underneath the word BASTOGNE (which looks to be a shield of some sort), it is red on the left and light blue on the right. In the center is a lady holding a scepter. I've been on the Internet and can't find a picture of a military pin that looks like this. My father gave it to me about 35-40 years ago, but it was not one of his own service medals, and I don't who gave it to him or where he got it from. Am wondering if this was awarded to all who survived Bastogne or any info anyone knows about this particular pin. Thanks.
I always knew Bastogne was a battle in WW2 but did not really know anything about it until I watched it on BOB.
Bastogne will always live in infamy.
Could this be a civilian medal?
You really have few details. Do you have a picture?
Is it a medal? A service pin? Do you know what unit your father was in? Do you know when he was there?
I had an uncle who was part of the 101st! He and my aunt never had children---his service medals uniquely "disappeared"---I do have some old photos of the advancement into Germany and of Goering's bombed out home---some other pics and his discharge papers
Hang on to what you got, LE!!!
Sergeant Blackbird will tell you---DO NOT--and he repeats---DO NOT give those medals away to anyone---but even consider putting them in a fireproof box or a safe deposit box.
Bastogne came under seige by the "Krauts" around after Christmas of '44---the Krauts threw everything they had at the 99th---panzers, 88's, panzerfausts(tank killers)---the 99th held firm with bazooka and M-1 rifle fire. The 101st was given over to command of General George Patton who drove the Screaming Eagles to rescue Col. McAllife and his men!!
Bastogne was held by relentless American troops with the following mentality
A German Panzer rammed its long gun piece into a particular house where a group of Americans were "holding out"
"Americans!! You kumzee out-ee vith zoo hands up!!"
"No way, Mac!! You kumzee in-ee with YOUR hands up!!"
It is not anything my father earned in WW2.
I don't know if it is a medal or a service pin. I've scoured the Internet to try to find a picture all to no avail. I can't even find a picture of any service medal or anything of a similar shape. It definitely is a pin of some type, it has a straight pin on the back that slips into a round thingy. There are no ribbons attached to it.
Blackbird, don't worry, I'm hanging onto it. It's such a mystery, though. It sounds like you have some neat treasures, too, from WW2.
Very interesting. Whether it is a civilian pin made by a group of supporters or team members or an official military pin, it is obviously very precious.
Can you take a pix of it and post it? I would love to see it.
Can we agree on this one, LE?
I have a Japanese rifle my dad brought back. A German knife and ring taken from a dead German soldier (they did that back then) by my uncle. A huge German flag with some oil stains. Looks like it was ripped from a building and a German officer's sabre, very pretty with pearl handle and something (doesn't appear to be a name) in German that I can't translate engraved on the beautiful curved blade. It hangs from two the belt with two short leather straps. Appears to be a dress sabre as it is not sharp. The scabard may be made of tin or possibly even silver. It has the look of sterling silver.
Plus, I have a lot of old old technical manuals, such as WWII bomb manuals which are now obsolete. The technology back then amazes me. Much of what we do today was based on technology advances by both the Germans and Americans. Anyway, back onto the subject.
Saw the original HBO series and was so moved by it that I got it on DVD and also bought the book
I could try to scan it. Can you tell me how to post the pic of the scan on here? If you can, I'll try to do it. Thanks.
I post at rleeermey.com (although not in a long time). Go over there and ask and you should have all the information you want in no time. Those guys really know their stuff.
You can see it from time to time on the History Channel. Their first company commander was a nut case.
I saw it on DVD, both my wife and I loved it. I am WW2 buff so it really appealed to me.
Most people that can survive combat are nut cases.
I thought it was excellent. I especially liked Episode 6, "Bastogne," where much of the action is seen through the medic's eyes.
I am currently reading Major Winters' autobiographical account of his military career.
It is absolutely top drawer!
Okay, I was able to scan my Bastogne pin and went to Angelfire to create a free page to post the picture, but it won't work because there is an angelfire blocker on images. If you paste the URL directly in your browser, though, it will work so you can see the pin. If you're interested, send me a PM and I'll send you the link. Thanks in advance.
rsr, I especially liked Episode 6, too.