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    When I landed the war was over

    Found this over on the J3 site. Good read when you get a chance.

    http://www.americanheritage.com/cont...d-war-was-over


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    Thanks for that.

    You're right. It's a good read.

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    Thanks glen, enjoyed it.

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    Very Nice. Thanks for the link. Dave

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    Very nice read, and interesting to me on multiple levels. It's a great story to start with, and I've always wondered what it was like to be a liaison driver . Add in the fact that my L-21A showed up at Ft Sill a few years later, I showed up there for a time quite a while after that, and my dad was in the long siege of Monte Casino, and this connected with me quite nicely. Thanks for the link!

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    Heck of a good read. Too bad we don't fight wars like that anymore. Just imagine the sight, the sound of it, if we sent endless waves of hundreds and hundreds of bombers, wave after wave, into combat zones like they did back then, these wars we fight nowadays would be overwith in 30 days or less. Being a Piper Cub pilot during that war must have been a heck of an experience.

    Thanks for the read. Couldn't break my eyes away from it once I started reading it.

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    Problem of endless waves of bombers or all the big stuff is that Nam, Iraq and Afghanistan proved the limits of military power. Fighting insurgencies is another matter entirely.

    If you have any doubts, ask Tom Jones's father. The US had 16,000 casualties trying to break through the Mignano Gap in Italy, and six miles north the bombing obliteration of Montecassino made the battle worse for the Allies, not better.

    Either way, against warriors in rags with AK47s or the most professional army of WW2, at some point it's boots on the ground and outcomes were often on the side of who wanted it more. In Italy, the Germans held the high ground on both sides of the Valley, and the US-Canada Devil's Brigade cracked the Gap December 25 of 1943.

    My father bombed Germany. My wife is currently finishing 10 large paintings of the Liri Valley campaign that opened the way to Rome. I'm writing on the campaign. It was strange to be on country roads of triumphal arches for Caesar's legions and see our CF18s returning to their Italian base from the NATO air war against Libya, which Canada was commanding.
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    Great article - thanks for posting it Glen.
    "You are the Gray Rider who would not make peace with the Blue Coats, you may go in Peace." - Ten Bears

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