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[O7] Kousatsu 2,269
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There's more to history than meets the eye, these are the unsung heroes that made D-Day possible. "Churchill's Pirates" was there nickname.

 

 

Smithsonian Channel always has something interesting! Check it out, learn more about history while being entertained.

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[WOLF9] Hiro804 31
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Great! Thanks for bringing this to the forums for us.   It's cool they still have one so we can see it.

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I agree the Smithsonian channel is very interesting. They have some decent shows. Thanks for the video. :)

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[WOLF5] AJTP89 202
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Yup, no way we were taking capital ships and transports into unswept waters. Those guys had an unenviable job. Reading about them sweeping under fire, it's quite impressive. And of course they occasionally found mines the hard way...

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Thanks for sharing. Very interesting! That looks like the port of Dunkirk they shot part of the footage on the water. The other important factor to the success of D-Day were the 101st Airborne paratroopers who went in behind enemy lines to flank the Germans from behind and push back to the coast to help with the invasion.

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[TSG4B] ObiwankzKenobi 114
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36 minutes ago, Super_Splash_Bro said:

101st Airborne paratroopers

they paid a heavy price doing so. Full respect to all war heroes!

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[RELSH] Lert 17,036
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22 hours ago, AJTP89 said:

And of course they occasionally found mines the hard way...

It's the most reliable way though.

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[WOLF5] AJTP89 202
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29 minutes ago, Lert said:

It's the most reliable way though.

Yes, but kind of defeats the purpose of finding them.

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[PVE] Kizarvexis 441
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22 minutes ago, AJTP89 said:

Yes, but kind of defeats the purpose of finding them.

 

It's just the most inefficient way of finding mines.

 

The DUKH amphibious truck was really important, as well as the DC-3 and the two Mulberrys.

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The Germans used minesweepers to good effect in the channel dash that celebrates it's 76th anniversary yesterday through tomorrow (Feb 11th-13th '42). "Breakout" is a documentary style book that covers the dash. There were a couple mines that were hit during the dash but they were in areas the Germans didn't sweep so as to not give up the secrecy of the dash.

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[NGA-A] PubturtleSr 0
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The Smithsonian channel is great. But never forget the time natgeo rendered bismark with her turrets upside down. 

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[POP] nuttybiscuit 719
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6 hours ago, AJTP89 said:

Yes, but kind of defeats the purpose of finding them.

On many occasions during WW2, the British used smaller "expendable" vessels, including some destroyers, 'Tribal class for example) to deliberately set off mines, by colliding with them, even if it meant the loss of the vessel.

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I’m lucky enough to have a US admirable class minesweeper.

the last one of its kind to be in its wartime configuration (for the most part, much of the mine hunting equipment was removed from the aft deck)

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