GET A LOAD OF THIS! UNQUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT




 
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June 28th, 2007  
Del Boy
 

Topic: GET A LOAD OF THIS! UNQUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT


Truth is stranger than fiction!

This Sunday brings the anniversary of 1 july 91 years ago at the Somme, when Captain Wifred Nevill of the 55th Brigade sent 4 platoons of The East Surreys over the top, each with a soccer ball, to compete in dribbling the balls up to the German front line through the machine gun fire. The first platoon there to win.

Each ball was marked 'The Great European Cup-Tie Final - East Surreys versus the Bavarians.'

Captain Nevill was mown down.


Ref : Somme - The Heroism and Horror of War by Martin Gilbert.


COMMAND THE FUTURE, CONQUER THE PAST.
June 28th, 2007  
istealfreefood
 
 
That is so strange. thanks for sharing Del Boy! really weird.
January 31st, 2011  
Jasta Elf
 
July 1, 1916; the bloodiest day in British military history--nearly 60000 casualties including 20000 dead. Crazily heroic but not too bright. Most of the combatants were to weighed down with equipment to do very much running however. So much machinegun fodder for the resilient, waiting germans.
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