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  1. Of course there were troops from all parts of Great Britain present in France. It's a single country and although regiments have recruiting areas they are not solely comprised of recruits from that particular area. There's also no such thing as 'British Ireland' it's called Northern Ireland or Ulster. As for British black troops. Again, of course some served in the UK and unlike the US, there was no official policy of discrimination (unofficially is another matter). Google it, you'll find plenty of info. And if you want to find out about a truly remarkable Black British officer from WWI then google Walter Tull
  2. Yep, still in sunny Tromsø..
  3. If you guys want to see photos of Norway's mass of coastal battery installations check out the verious threads grouped by county (fylke) at kystfort
  4. With regard to WWII cavalry. In 1940 the Germans still had their 1 Kavallerie division, on horseback, sabres and all. That division was only mechanized in 1941. Although the German cavalry arm started to fade mid-war, it made a resurgence from 1943 onwards when it was found they were very useful in difficult terrain, on the flanks and in rear areas on anti-partisan ops. Also due to the worsening fuel situation. The last full on cavalry charge of any size occured in August 1942, on the eastern front and was carried out, not by the Germans, or the Russians, but by Italian cavalry.
  5. Either they'll have to trade with other museums or pay the market value.
  6. I collect award documents, soldbucher, Wehrpasser and photos from German units stationed in North Norway and Finland. I currently have about 300 award documents, about 50 SB\WP and a few thousand photos. This is the kind if stuff i collect. I also go digging and have a house half full of rust
  7. The sten was a POS but it was cheap and easy to produce. I used it's post war successor the Sterling and it was also a POS not to mention dangerous.
  8. Binoculars, compasses, stretchers, jungle machetes to name a few.. The Browning hi-power is still in use and i'd bet some of those are WWII vintage. apparently there's still a lot of WWII vintage stuff packed away as war reserve items. A good mate of mine who spent time as an RQMS a couple of years back, got a handle of stocks of WWII vintage commando fighting knifes being held in stores. As a commando he tried to order a few through the chance. The point is, if it's good kit why get rid of it?
  9. Yes, to deny the Germans Iron ore from Narvik and pre-empt any attempt from them to do the same. But the Norwegians didn't invite or were asked. The allies were going to do it and the Norwegians could like it or lump it. That, in anybody's book is an invasion of a sovereign state. By your reckoning, the Germans didn't invade Norway either
  10. And cricket! We couldn't have knocked jerry for six or bowled them out with out it.
  11. Another good call. Bletchley Park really was the Allies ace up the sleeve. Being able to read most of your enemies encrypted communications, within a short time and without them being aware of it was invaluable.
  12. Interesting list. Liberty ship is a good call. Like the Sherman and the T-34, decent enough equipment that could and was produced in telling numbers. That was in comparison to the Germans who could develop excellent equipment but never anywhere near the numbers required. Pointless having a world beater tank that has a 10-1 kill ratio when the enemy has 11 to your 1.
  13. In no particular order Spitfire Lancaster Sherman T-34 Atomic bomb
  14. Britain and Norway in the Second World War by Patrick Salmon which itself is an academic work and cites archive CAB 66/6 from the national archives with regard to R4. Further records of plan R4 can be found if you search for 'R4' and the date 1940. Nothing like going for primary sources ;-)
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