Destination D-Day

Discussion in 'General' started by allanair, May 17, 2004.

  1. allanair

    allanair Discharged

    Has any one been watching the bbc1 programe about the civillian volunteers,being put through there paces by the regular army,in the conscription training programme for the run up to D-Day 60 years ago,watched by D-Day vetrans, I watch it with interest,but wonder what if another war starts where would we be. Would be pleased to here any other views. :unsure:




    Regards Allan Wisener..
     
  2. salientpoints

    salientpoints Senior Member

    I think it's great but then us in here would ;)

    As to what the attitude would be today if the same thing happened, well I think you can never recreate something as emotional as war and fighting for your country.

    Perhaps the cold, wet, ironing and shouting wouldn't matter in a real situation to those porr soft-lads.

    I appreciate 'father teds' viewpoint in the last episode - in real life you would not have been able to say 'no its too cold' and decide not to swim across a freezing lake...unfortunately that seems to have already broken the camaraderie between the group - those that will and those that won't.

    I shall continue to watch with growing interest.

    Ryan
     
  3. angie999

    angie999 Very Senior Member

    It's interesting enough in its way, but I bet they wouldn't wimp out so much if they were training for a real war, or even if they were hoping to earn a living in today's regular forces.

    I thought it was fairly pathetic last week when some of them backed out of getting wet and cold.
     
  4. Ian S

    Ian S Member

    I actually missed it :(

    I seen it in the papers etc though and it looked and sounded good :)
     
  5. Ali Hollington

    Ali Hollington Senior Member

    I haven't been watching this program, but how many of you would be happy to swim a cold river either without your clothes on (to keep them dry) or clothed (knowing that you'll be wearing cold soaking clothes for some time) with no prospect of nipping off to a nice changing room in which to warm up afterwards?
    Ali

    PS I know they volunteered etc, the question is would you?
     
  6. Ian S

    Ian S Member

    Well iam joing the Forces in the next 2 years so i would :)
     
  7. Ali Hollington

    Ali Hollington Senior Member

    Good for you! Do you know what trade/regt you plan to join?
    Ali
     
  8. Wise1

    Wise1 There We Are Then

    I was in the RAOC within Ordnance or RLC as its known now that it merged with Signals
     
  9. Ian S

    Ian S Member

    Iam actually planning on going to uni then on into Sandhurst to hopefully come out as an officer then into the Air corps.

    I have many shows and places to go and also doing the duke of edin adward :)

    wish me luck lol
     
  10. MalcolmII

    MalcolmII Senior Member

    Originally posted by Ali Hollington@May 18 2004, 04:02 AM
    I haven't been watching this program, but how many of you would be happy to swim a cold river either without your clothes on (to keep them dry) or clothed (knowing that you'll be wearing cold soaking clothes for some time) with no prospect of nipping off to a nice changing room in which to warm up afterwards?
    Ali

    PS I know they volunteered etc, the question is would you?
    I wouldn't now, but I did when I was younger and yes, it was bloody cold!! o_O
    Aye
    MalcolmII
     
  11. angie999

    angie999 Very Senior Member

    Well I wouldn't now (too old), but some of you may remember the oft quoted military expression:

    If you can't take a joke, you shouldn't have joined!

    They volunteered for a hard time on TV, so surely they had some pride to maintain in front of us millions.
     
  12. allanair

    allanair Discharged

    I noted the one who was doing all the talking for the group who refused to do the cold water swim wants to become a member of parliament,could he be the replacement for,Jeff Hoon, I wonder. :P
     
  13. Ali Hollington

    Ali Hollington Senior Member

    Well I wouldn't now (too old), but some of you may remember the oft quoted military expression:

    If you can't take a joke, you shouldn't have joined!

    Here's another which still sends a shiver down my spine;

    Pay's to be a winner. go back and ......

    Ali
     
  14. RASigs

    RASigs Member

    As my Drill Sergeant said when I went through Basic Training just after I finished school.

    It's Character building Son!!

    Ahhhh ... I'm just glad I'm out of playing in the cold and mud and living with no sleep
     
  15. salientpoints

    salientpoints Senior Member

    Good series, excellent advert for our armed forces, shame in typical tv fashion no one checked over some of the historical points - almost last scene in last episode the producer chose to show the American National Cemetery at St Laurent (Omaha).

    Considering the whole focus was on UK forces and with UK vets this was poor.

    Ryan
     

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  16. Dieppe

    Dieppe Senior Member

    Originally posted by salientpoints@Jun 3 2004, 07:29 PM
    Considering the whole focus was on UK forces and with UK vets this was poor.
    Ryan - You should know by now that the media never gets it right.

    About 4 years ago I wrote to the Daily Mail after they had an article about the Battle of Arnhem. The picture they showed, claiming to be members of the Paras, were actually US paras.
    I was quite chuffed when they printed my letter pointing out their error ^_^
     

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