Unfortunate mishap...

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Unfortunate mishap...

Post by Rolf Steiner » Thu May 16, 2013 1:34 pm

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Re: Unfortunate mishap...

Post by Tom Houlihan » Fri May 17, 2013 6:50 am

Okay, I'll be the mean ol' retired SNCO, but what the hell were they going to do if that happened in combat?

I thought airborne training included getting yourself out of trees and other entanglements?
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Re: Unfortunate mishap...

Post by Rolf Steiner » Fri May 17, 2013 11:24 am

If they'd carried on like that in Crete, etc etc!
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Re: Unfortunate mishap...

Post by phylo_roadking » Fri May 17, 2013 5:17 pm

THEY DID!!! :!:

If you read Clark, or Beevor, or MacDonald....the FJ suffered a HUGE number of acidents on landing! They jumped relatively low, and their 'chutes were smaller than Allied types...so high landing speeds ;) They ameliroated this by the crepe rubber boot soles, the knee and elbow pads etc...but dropping onto terrain like Crete meant falling across dry stone walls, or in one case across a Cretan graveyard - MANY broken backs and bones! :shock:

But worst of all were...the many stands of BAMBOO! I was suprised just how much of this there is on Crete when I visited some years ago now...

Dozens...perhaps hundreds of FJ fell on natural pungee sticks! :shock: And the Cretans mopped up, by rifle - and the long silver-handled Cretan knife! %E
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Re: Unfortunate mishap...

Post by Rolf Steiner » Sat May 18, 2013 4:19 am

'No such thing as too many casualties', as I think the saying went...
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