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    Quote Originally Posted by Shanty View Post
    Sure. McClellan was often called the American Napoleon.
    Off topic as it's not related to WWII, but who was called by some, mainly himself, The Napoleon of the West?

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    Quelle Surprise?

    It was actually the Avro Lancaster which was modified to carry a 22,000 lb bomb load (the Grand Slam or Tallboy) - the B-29 could carry a 20,000 lb bomb load.
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    The B-36 first flew in 1946, and became operational in 1949.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post
    Off topic as it's not related to WWII, but who was called by some, mainly himself, The Napoleon of the West?
    Well, I think its more along the lines of 'self styled' Napoleon of the West, perhaps? I believe you're referring to Santa Anna.....though 'Napoleon of the West' makes me hedge here....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Publius2 View Post
    Well, I think its more along the lines of 'self styled' Napoleon of the West, perhaps? I believe you're referring to Santa Anna.....though 'Napoleon of the West' makes me hedge here....
    Yep, correct.
    Well, I DID say "mainly himself."
    To be fair to Santa Anna as late as early 1836 Texas had not yet won it's independence and the Mexican American War was still 10 years away so much of what we refer to as "the west" did belong to Mexico.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    The B-36 first flew in 1946, and became operational in 1949.
    Wasn't it nicknamed "The Aluminum Overcast?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Publius2 View Post
    Well, I think its more along the lines of 'self styled' Napoleon of the West, perhaps? I believe you're referring to Santa Anna.....though 'Napoleon of the West' makes me hedge here....
    Always liked Santa Anna's brother from a different father....Santa Claus. (sorry)
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    Just figured you guys would apreciate this picture:



    To be precise, its my picture of a picture. There are active duty WWII personnel in the picture, who are home for one reason or another, ie. perhaps they are on leave or were stationed stateside.

    There are people today of course who remember the people in those pictures and I think the picture is a pretty awesome snapshot of the historical continuum. There's Civil War, Spanish American War, WWI and WWII. At that time the Civil War generation was fading away and Ryerson was only one of four remaining NJ veterans that they were aware of at the time. At the time of the Civil War, the town he lived in was actually part of the town that I'm from, by the time they took this picture, it had splintered off. Rumor has it that he passed on at the age of 102. Note the 'GAR' hat, the 'Grand Army of the Republic' hat -- the forerunner to the more modern VFW, a veteran's organization that in its heyday was very politically powerful. The GAR actually closed down rather than morphing into a "Sons of" organization.....

    Rumor also has it that he was a stubborn old man, that he had some gripe with the church closest to his residence and that instead of making amends, or allowing water to pass under the bridge, he walked to the next church. Prior to taking this picture, riding my bicycle, I got a flat tire and didn't consider a shorter distance genuinely walkable, much less walkable on a weekly basis.
    Last edited by NewPublius; 18th July 2014 at 11:01 AM.
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    time lapse map of ww2..

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    Best board game, ever:

    World in Flames - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    You need four or five gamers and a 3 day weekend dedicated to playing 16 hours a day, but what a rush, to refight the entire war.

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