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South Africa’s oldest paratrooper

Bloemfontein- The oldest still-serving member of South Africa’s elite paratroops, Major Hans Human, has been a paratrooper all his life, whether as a National Serviceman or a member of the Reserve Force. He’s been jumping out of aeroplanes for more than 47 years. Read more:

Latvian SS Veterans deserve respect – President

Latvian President Andris Berzins said on Tuesday the nation should bow to its Waffen-SS veterans, many of whom died for their fatherland, the LNT TV channel reported.

Lest We Forget

RED POPPIES Up to 10 million soldiers were killed in the First World War. It’s not known how many civilians died as well, but the estimate is 1.4 million. In 1919 the traumatised survivors of the fighting began to find their way home. Everyone who fought in Belgium and northern France had noticed the extraordinary…
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No Tanks or Guns for History lessons

For the past 19 years, students at an Ottawa high school have hoisted 10-pound military rifles to feel what it may be like to lug one around in the muddy trenches. They’ve met veterans and heard their stories, learning how their families were affected and what it was like to fight so far from home.…
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WWII Para Veteran Col John Waddy

We write to let you know of Col John Waddy who was a para in WWII and continued to serve his country for a total of 35 years. During ‘Operation Market Garden’ John jumped in on day 2 18th September 1944 at ‘Ginkel Heide’ and from his this he has had commissioned a print showing…
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Boer War Medal Names

Dewald Nel has created an online database of all the Anglo-Boer War medal applicants as well as their entitlements. So far about half of these have been captured, and we wish him well in this task. Click here to view more.

Major Jack Watson, MC

RHQ PARA regrets to inform you of the death of Maj Jack Watson MC who was called to Higher Service on 12 April 2011 , aged 94 years. Details of his service can be seen on ParaData at Major Jack Watson was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire on 14 Jan 1917. With the onset of…
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Der Erste Zug Living History Organization

Der Erste Zug Living History Organization is dedicated to portraying the common German landser of WWII as accurately as research and materials will allow as well as to better educate ourselves and the public at large about this part of history that is often overlooked or misinterpreted. As a group, we are committed to historical…
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Link of Interest – Helmets

This week’s Link of Interest details the differences between the various German Helmets. The website details the development of the helmet, the units who wore them, as well as details on the various colour schemes.

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