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-HH- Beebop
12-29-2006, 01:54 PM
Great pictures Waldo! Thanks for sharing.

Please tell me that's not graffiti on the truck and staff car. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif If it is it's a sad statement. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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Hanglands
12-29-2006, 03:07 PM
Fantastic stuff there, thanks for the post.

Did you take these pictures as a spectator or as a participant?

Very impressive http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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Waldo.Pepper
12-29-2006, 03:42 PM
@ Beebop;

I think that the grafitti your are identifying is supposed to simulate liberated vehicles that the FF captured from the occupiers.

@ Hanglands;

Sorry thought I was clear that I did not take them . They are/were freely available in a newsgroup - alt.binaries.military

My only role is that I thought that they would be of interest to some, so I posted them here with credit to the original poster (to the newsgroup).<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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Hanglands
12-29-2006, 03:52 PM
D'Oh. Sorry Waldo.Pepper, I didnt actually read anything, was just taken in by the photos http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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dravisar
12-30-2006, 05:50 AM
Thanks for the pics http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Theres something about pasty, out of shape spanish guys, in France, dressing up as U.S. Army infantry that makes me laugh...

But hell, anything that reminds the French that we (and the brits, poles etc) liberated them instead of the Russians...i'm all eyes and ears!

Call me cynical http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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dravisar
12-30-2006, 05:52 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/WaldoPepper/Spanish%20Civil%20war%20Reenactors/paris/JNCnRealLaNueveX1.jpg
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Vet#2 thinking: "DAMN THAT GUYS PASTY! Or maybe he just likes pastries?!"

Couldn't resist http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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Lodovik
12-30-2006, 06:28 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by -HH- Beebop:
Please tell me that's not graffiti on the truck and staff car. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif If it is it's a sad statement. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

It's graffiti, allright, but it's authentic http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif F.F.I. stands for "Force Francaises de l'Interieur" or "French Interior Forces". It's an improvised identification that resistance fighters used on scrounged vehicles after the German retreat. The V and cross symbol is one of the many French resistance symbols (V for Victory and the Cross of Lorraine, a symbol for french freedom from, dunno, the days of Joanne D'Arc).<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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Krizz1972
12-30-2006, 06:32 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by dravisar:
Thanks for the pics http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Theres something about pasty, out of shape spanish guys, in France, dressing up as U.S. Army infantry that makes me laugh...

But hell, anything that reminds the French that we (and the brits, poles etc) liberated them instead of the Russians...i'm all eyes and ears!

Call me cynical http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

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DuxCorvan
12-30-2006, 09:01 AM
Nice post. Not many ppl knows that it was a Spanish exiled Republican resistance unit the first to enter Paris when it was liberated.

If fact "Madrid" was the name of one the Spanish units, inside Leclerc's Armoured division. Hence the graffiti.

BTW, not so many guys are as tough as those "pasty" guys. They fought for NINE years in the European conflict that began in 1936 and you erroneously think started on September 1st, 1939.

http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/resistance.htm

That three-color flag is the one of Spanish Republic (1931-1939):

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Waldo.Pepper
12-30-2006, 10:58 AM
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These two older Gentlemen, are some of the Spanish Veterans who were there 60(or so) years ago who are participating in the reunion.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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BillyTheKid_22
12-30-2006, 11:10 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif Great picture!!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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joeap
12-30-2006, 11:20 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by DuxCorvan:
Nice post. Not many ppl knows that it was a Spanish exiled Republican resistance unit the first to enter Paris when it was liberated.

If fact "Madrid" was the name of one the Spanish units, inside Leclerc's Armoured division. Hence the graffiti.

BTW, not so many guys are as tough as those "pasty" guys. They fought for NINE years in the European conflict that began in 1936 and you erroneously think started on September 1st, 1939.

http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/resistance.htm

That three-color flag is the one of Spanish Republic (1931-1939):

http://static.flickr.com/61/184434962_96f31a270e_m.jpg </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

??No pasar??n! Hey Comrade? http://img108.exs.cx/img108/1172/a4nvictory.gif

DuxCorvan
12-30-2006, 01:34 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by joeap:
??No pasar??n! Hey Comrade? http://img108.exs.cx/img108/1172/a4nvictory.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

"??No pasar??n!" ("They won't pass!") http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

They passed. And stayed there for forty years. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif

ploughman
12-30-2006, 02:24 PM
Nice pics, good to see history being remembered and celebrated.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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TheGozr
12-30-2006, 03:08 PM
Well My Uncle was the first tank officer to enter Paris ... he just past away .<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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joeap
12-30-2006, 03:18 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by DuxCorvan:

"??No pasar??n!" ("They won't pass!") http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

They passed. And stayed there for forty years. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
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Oh and Gozr, sorry to hear about your uncle.

sticky1234
12-30-2006, 11:16 PM
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12-30-2006, 11:16 PM
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han freak solo
12-30-2006, 11:41 PM
coolness.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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woofiedog
12-31-2006, 12:10 AM
Excellent Photo's... Thank's for posting!

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1939 - 45 Spanish Involvement in WWII

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With the French, 1940
On the outbreak of WWII the French recruited heavily from Republican refugees of the recently ended Civil War. The choice for these men was remain in French internment camps, or join the French army. The French took between 5,000 and 8,000 Republicans into the French Foreign Legion, and 10,000 went to the Infantry. In addition 55,000 Republicans were drafted into labour battalions, and at least some of these saw combat during the Fall of France (1940); English officers saw one Spanish labour battalion attack the advancing Germans with weapons seized from a fleeing French unit. During the course of the war Republicans fought in most theatres, for example at Narvik, in the raid on Brest, with the Long Range Desert Group, Leclerc's 2nd Armoured Division, the British SAS, and the French resistance.

Guernica Battalion (Gernika Batalloa)
A battalion formed by the Basque Nationalist Party to fight for the Allies in France. It contained 200 men and was commanded by Kepa Ordoki. Ordoki and 60% of his men were veterans of the Spanish Civil War. The unit was part of the Foreign and Moroccan Mixed Regiment.

After the liberation of Paris (1944), the Guernica Battalion along with the FFI, the Spanish Nationalist Union, and a unit of Moroccan volunteers fought the last battles in France. Their task was to flush out the Germans garrisoning the south-western coast of France - some 25,000 troops. Although isolated from their homeland the Germans had no trouble with supplies - these came from Francoist Spain.

On 14 April 1945, three weeks before the end of the war, the Guernica Battalion, Spanish Nationalist Union, and the Moroccan volunteers attacked the last Germans in the Gironde, the Bordeaux wine region on the Atlantic coast. The Germans were entrenched in the Pointe-de-Grave, a point of land guarding the entrance to the mouth of the Gironde, the river that leads to Bordeaux. Fortress Gironde, as it was known, had a garrison of 4,000, significantly more than the attackers. 15 hours of combat through the budding vineyards lead to an allied success.

Liberated France offered the Croix de Guerre to the members of the Battalion, but they declined, preferring the medal go to their national flag (the ikurri??a) instead.

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