Book review – Code Name MULBERRY

Code Name Mulberry By Guy Hartcup I I’m a big fan of anything to do with the landing in Normandy back in 1944, and have read countless books about it. In particular the building and use of the Mulberry harbors has always tickled my imagination. My all-time favorite book about…

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Visiting Model Expo in Verona

I had read about this model fair months before and planned on visiting, if only to understand the size of the scale model market in Italy. Since scale modeling is not exactly Nina’s hobby, I figured to stay an extra day so we could also see Verona. That was a…

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My old aeroclub

Founds this nice little video on the internet today, about the Aeroclub de Méribel. I was member for a few years and flew the BOPK with an instructor, learning taildragging, mountain flying and ski-flying! We had a small apartment across the valley and saw the Jodels fly overhead every day…

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A little Italian Ride Tale

Now, I am not going to repeat each and every post from my EuropeRides site here, but just to get things moving forward again, I will this time…… read on…. Folks…… I checked my activity and it appears that my last Ride Tale was the one of Independence Pass, a…

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Slow re-entry

Many many years ago I bought a plastic model kit of the Westland Lysander, back when I was working on getting one designed for our Flight Simulator range of aircraft models. I planned on making a diorama with it, based on one of the incidents that took place during the…

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Book Review on Waffen SS

Armoured Warfare and the Waffen-SS 1944-1945 (Paperback) By Anthony Tucker-Jones Another excellent book in the Images of War series. These books are about photographs first and foremost, showing often lesser known photos of WW2. This particular book is about the Waffen SS armor divisions, from 1944 till the end of…

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Winged Pegasus and the Rangers

by Martin W. Bowman This book covers the attacks by paratroops and airborne forces during the initial phase of Operation Overlord, or the D-Day Landings. ‘Air War’ may be a tad misleading, because most of the eye-witness reports included in the book are about the preparation and subsequent fighting on…

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Almost afraid to get back

Get back to where? Get back into the hobby of scale modeling. I always ‘planned’ to pick up my beloved plastic kit building again once I had a bit more time. I promised that to myself …. oh….. some 45 years ago ! Or more even.  Yup, time flies when…

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The Sinews of War

By Major A D Bolland This is a surprising booklet ! Only 98 pages thin, but what an extraordinary account. It is the divisional ‘report’ of the logistics for the 53rd Welsh Division, on their quest to reach and defeat Germany  back in 1944-45. They landed in Normandy and wound…

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The Christmas tree at Gubbio

Gubbio boasts to have the biggest Christmas tree in the WORLD ! Well, duh….. it is a tree made out of 500 lights, posted on the hill behind the old town. Still, it is a very nice sight when descending from the hill opposite Gubbio. We saw it last year…

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Book review Objective Saint-Lô

Objective Saint-Lô By Georges Bernage George Bernage has produced an excellent book with his Objective St-Lô. The book does not provide a fixed story-line as such, but is rather a collection of eye witness accounts of the heavy fighting that took place in this part of France after the Omaha…

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Initial skirmishes

Here’s my first post on the actual initialization of my cockpit project. SO many things to prepare, to plan, to think about, to research…….. I wish I had more time ! 🙂 I started with laying out all the bits and pieces I collected over the years. Some bought, some…

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My Home Cockpit Project

This, my dear friends, has been on my bucket list for, oh, at least 30 years. Flight Simulation has been the ONE steady thing in my life ever since 1976 when I saw the very first non-mainframe computer….. and a crude flight simulator program on it. I have since owned…

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Retirement is here

Yup, you read that right…….. I turned 65, so I retired. Well….. or so I believe. But I seem to be the only one. Mind you, I’d LOVE to now ONLY do all the things I love doing….. but it turns out that it is not possible. For various reasons.…

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Reading about Dragoon

No, not the soldiers on horses but rather the ‘other’ landing that occurred in France, 2 months after D-Day ! Operation Dragoon was the concerted effort of the allies to land on the French Riviera coast and form a second front in France. So far a very interesting read, in…

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D-Day Airfields – Book Review

Airfields of the D-Day Invasion Air Force (Paperback) 2nd Tactical Air Force in South-East England in WWII By Peter Jacobs A book for researchers, tourists and history buffs alike ! For most people when we say ‘D-Day’, the pictures of the French beaches, smoke, men running through waves, landing craft…

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New WW2 Book review

One of the things I do regularly these days (what with no TV and more time to read in bed and elsewhere) is review books. Yes, for Pen & Sword Publishing from the UK, but also books from other publishers. Lot of fun, and I try to pick books that…

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An Italian mobile phone number

Alright, it took me a year of contemplating, several weeks of googling, and these past two days hours and hours of internet ‘work’ PLUS not one but TWO visits to Marsciano (the nearest town)….. but I now have CHEAP Italian phone number WITH 2 GBb of Internet…… only 10 Euros…

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New WW2 book review – Greece

When looking through the list of new titles I received a while ago from Pen & Sword, this book and its short description caught my eye. For one, I am not intimately familiar with that part of the second world war…. what went on in the Middle East and the…

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Ik ben een cultuurbarbaar

Ik heb geen geduld (meer) voor muziek, ben 3 keer in mijn leven naar het Concertgebouw geweest, krimp in elkaar bij opera, vind Picasso een knoeier en kan niet dansen. Sterker nog, ik werd toen ik een jaar of 14 was na 15 lessen van dansles verwijderd. Volgens mijn danspartner…

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