Menin Gate 1940

Discussion in '1940' started by soren1941, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. soren1941

    soren1941 Living in Ypres

    Hi Guys,

    I've always wondered what the experience was like for the WW2 soldiers who were at the Gate in 1940, this picture shows a soldier who has just seen his dad's name on the Gate.

    Thanks for looking!
     

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  2. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    That's a great image mate, but I would position his SMLE slightly differently. :unsure:
     
  3. soren1941

    soren1941 Living in Ypres

    Yes I thought it looked a bit penile as I was drawing it, the idea when drawn was that the 1940 Tommy being over come almost drops the rifle hence the odd angle and his other hand grabs at the monument to steady.

    I shall get the eraser out
     
  4. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    When passing through the areas old Great War battlefields many a WW2 Tommy was warned off the local women by his mates' cries of,

    "Watch out she could be your sister!"
     
  5. When passing through the areas old Great War battlefields many a WW2 Tommy was warned off the local women by his mates' cries of,

    "Watch out she could be your sister!"

    It's a lovely thoughtful composition soren ! :)

    Don't take any notice of those other boys !! :rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
  6. CROONAERT

    CROONAERT Ipsissimus

    I shall get the eraser out


    Why not just stick the butt (of the rifle!) out from behind him (as it would have done at that angle), then it would be more obvious what it is.

    A picky point - BD trousers map pockets were on the front of the leg, not the side, in 1940.

    Dave
     
  7. CROONAERT

    CROONAERT Ipsissimus

    When passing through the areas old Great War battlefields many a WW2 Tommy was warned off the local women by his mates' cries of,

    "Watch out she could be your sister!"


    I wonder how many actually were! (I know of one from my own town who met his French half-sister in france in 1944) - well, the old Guards div eye didn't wink much over there did it?:lol:

    Dave
     
  8. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Hi Soren,
    I like it.

    Couldn't resist putting this up, since the Guards were mentioned too, kind of appropriate - father and son, 30 years apart

    Guardsman HENRY GROVES ABBOTT 2721868, Irish Guards attd. H.Q. 5th Guards Armd. Bde. who died age 34 on 08 February 1945
    Son of C.Q.M.S. Charles Thomas Abbott, Royal Irish Regt. (killed in action in Belgium, 24th May, 1915) and Margaret Helen Abbott.
    Remembered with honour HEVERLEE WAR CEMETERY
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 1. G. 10.
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    Company Quartermaster Serjeant CHARLES THOMAS ABBOTT 5808, 2nd Bn., Royal Irish Regiment who died age 34 on 24 May 1915
    Son of the late H. G. Abbott; husband of Margaret Helen Abbott, of 9, The Terrace, Tramore, Co. Waterford.
    Remembered with honour YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 33.
     
  9. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique


    That's amazing; I wonder if he ever saw his Dad's name during the 'Great Swan'?
     
  10. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Reminded me of this thread...
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    "This is th' town my pappy told me about."

    Bill Mauldin
     
  11. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    His pappy was a quick worker. All those sired and just the last year of the war to do it in !
     
  12. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    From The War Illustrated, Jun 21, 1940
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  13. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    We often park our coaches where that 2-pounder is located, and I always think of that photo when I'm there.
     
  14. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    I have a nice picture of that 2-ponder taken I assume before the one posted. They appear to be placing at that location as they are removing the wheels.

    The picture is in a magazine called, 'The Second Great War.'
     
  15. JCB

    JCB Senior Member

    Any chance of posting that picture Drew? Very interested in actions around the Menin Gate at the end of May as my uncle was KIA on the 29th May 1940 on the ramparts to the left of the gate. This AT gun was with his Brigade.
     
  16. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Andy/JCB

    I seem to recall that picture being posted some time ago, possibly by your goodself Andy.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  17. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

  18. JCB

    JCB Senior Member

    Thanks Drew , that may even be him stood near truck or behind ! Have my doubts about 12th Lancers assembling AT guns.
     
  19. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Nice one, never seen that before.
     
  20. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    They appear to have sand bagged the walk way through the gate behind the gun.
     

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