Discussion in 'General' started by Peter Clare, Jan 21, 2007.
Denholm Elliot was i believe a P.O.W
Captain Richard Todd parachuted into Normandy with 6th Airborne Division in the early hours of D-Day as part of the operation to secure the area around the Caen Canal bridge and the Orne River bridge (now known as Pegasus Bridge and Horsa Bridge). The bridges had earlier been captured by the famous glider-borne Ox and Bucks Light Infantry force led by Major John Howard. In 1962, Todd played Major Howard in the film The Longest Day.
James Doohan (scotty from star trek) was in Canadian army wounded on D-day, afterwards flew light planes spotting artillery
CORPORAL MEL BROOKS
Posted on February 15, 2018 by dirkdeklein under Battle of the Bulge, History, Humour, World War 2
“I was a Combat Engineer. Isn’t that ridiculous? The two things I hate most in the world are combat and engineering.” — Mel Brooks
By far one of the funniest people on earth,Mel Brooks, born Melvin Kaminsky in Brooklyn in 1926.
I won’t go into his life as Comedian,Director.Actor,Producer and Singer because I’d be here forever. In this blog my focus is on his role in WWII.
Mel Brooks was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1926 as Melvin Kaminsky to Jewish parents from Germany and Ukraine. Brooks lost his father when he was two years old, and in retrospect, reflects on that event as the genesis for his farcical comedy style: “I’m sure a lot of my comedy is based on anger and hostility. Growing up in Williamsburg, I learned to clothe it in comedy to spare myself problems – like a punch in the face.”
Before he could complete his degree in psychology from Brooklyn College, Brooks was drafted into the Army to fight during World War II. He served as a corporal in the 1104 Engineer Combat Battalion, 78th Infantry Division as a combat engineer.The 1104th had been activated in March 1943 and landed in Normandy on 11 June 1944. It advanced with the Allied forces through France, Belgium, and the Netherlands and entered German One of his tasks during the war was to defuse land mines, and he also fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
It has been reported that when the Germans played propaganda recordings over loudspeakers, Brooks responded by setting up his own sound system and played music by Al Jolson, a Jewish musician.
I would have loved to see the reaction of the Nazis as the music of Al Jolson was blaring away. I don’t know what songs Mel Brooks picked to play but it wouldn’t surprise me if it was “The Jazz Singer” a double whammy a Jewish singer singing the music Hitler hated most.
Even at war he had a sense of humour. Mel Brooks a Hero in the truest sense of the word. They just don’t make them like that anymore.
Dan Rowan, of Rowan & Martin's Laugh In (US TV) from the 60s was a P-40 pilot in the USAAF. Shot down two Japanese planes before being shot down himself and seriously wounded when he crashed in New Guinea.
Rod Serling, of The Twilight Zone and The Night Gallery (US TV) was in the 511th PIR of the 11th Airborne Division. Saw action on Leyte and Luzon. Was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. It is said that his writings were affected by his time in combat.
Clark Gable served in the USAAF as part of a motion picture unit. Flew 5 combat missions in a B-17 as a gunner/observer. Gable was Hitler's favorite actor, and had issued orders to have him brought to Berlin if shot down and captured.
Robert Montgomery served in the USN, rising to the rank of Lt. Commander on a destroyer. Before he joined the Navy, he served as a volunteer ambulance driver in the American Field Service, attached to the BEF in 1940. Was evacuated at Dunkirk.
Sterling Hayden enlisted as a private in the USMC, and was recommended to attend OCS. After graduation, he was assigned to the OSS. Saw action in Italy and the Balkans. Was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry. Became enamored with Tito's commies, and became one himself upon return to the US. Ratted on fellow Hollywood types when called to testify during the Red Scare in the 50s. Best known as the crazed USAF general who sent his B-52s to bomb the USSR in the movie Dr. Strangelove.
George C. Scott served in the USMC, and was assigned to guard duty at the Marine Corps Barracks in Washington DC where he served on the Honor Guard at Arlington Cemetery. Best known as playing General George S. Patton. Refused the Oscar he was awarded for his portrayal of Ole Blood N Guts.
James Arness served in the US Army. He wanted to join the USN as a pilot, but his poor eyesight and large frame (6'7) kept him out of the cockpit, so into the Army he went. Was severely wounded at Anzio, and was discharged from service after spending much of the rest of the war in a hospital overcoming his wounds. Was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman's Badge. Best known as Marshal Matt Dillon in the TV show Gunsmoke.
Inspector Jacques Clouseau served in the French Resistance. Was said to be a bungling absent minded idiot. Blew himself up while attempting to blow up a bridge, but somehow survived to cause more problems for everyone he worked with, both during the war and afterwards when he served in the Sûreté.
Oh yes, Peter Sellers served in the RAF. He wanted to be a pilot, but poor eyesight prevented him from flying. Spent the war doing clerical work, then as an entertainer, serving in India, Ceylon and Burma. Was said by many to be a great entertainer, and was adept at impersonating officers.
Captain, 27th Lancers
Robin Hood, plus numerous films
Trooper, A Squadron, 23rd Hussars
The Avengers, Danger Man, Dixon of Dock Green, The Prisoner, Sherlock Holmes, Z-Cars but, most famously, the German guard Priem in The Colditz Story
Just watched this on Public Broadcasting TV. That's the government funded station here in the states. Excellent.
I can't find a free version on youtube. Highly recommend it if you come across it anywhere.
Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner are in the trailer.
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