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Old 09-02-2011, 12:05 PM   #1
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This is my first ride report so feel free to bust balls. There is the bike loaded and start of trip.
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Old 09-02-2011, 12:23 PM   #2
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Old 09-02-2011, 12:39 PM   #3
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Old 09-02-2011, 12:50 PM   #4
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Tent camping area at the fair grounds

When I arrived it was 106 there. It was like riding with an 80 mph hair dryer in your face. Tent camping was going to suck. At midnight the shower line was 200 deep.

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Old 09-02-2011, 05:37 PM   #5
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wwll display at the ralley

The German army, US Army,Poland army and the Russian Army where all there.


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Old 09-02-2011, 05:41 PM   #6
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On the table is a hand crank belt loader for an 8mm machine gun. They let me load a belt. When I asked where they got it they lol and said Ebay. What the hell

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Old 09-02-2011, 05:44 PM   #8
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Old 09-02-2011, 05:47 PM   #9
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:34 PM   #10
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The Polish display is very incomplete- no horses! Never the less an excellent snapshot of ww2 era equipment. I'd loved to have been there myself, but a bloody long ride from here!
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The Polish display is very incomplete- no horses! Never the less an excellent snapshot of ww2 era equipment. I'd loved to have been there myself, but a bloody long ride from here!
When Germany invaded the Soviet Union they had 500,000 horses pulling artillery, supplies, etc. Half died the first winter. This is from John Keegan, the preeminent historian of the European theater. People think WW2 was all mechanized. Not so. The films we see of the invading forces were propaganda. If you can find a copy or Solidat, written by an officer who was with Rommel in Africa, France and Russia it provides an interesting look at daily life from training through warfare and from prison to civilian life. One fascinating segment of the book was when in a prisoner of war camp in rural Soviet Union, the prisoners would be taken out to work, often cutting trees for lumber. Some of them would take scrapes of wood to make toys with to sell to the guards. Once he and another wandered over a hill into a remote valley where they traded for some fresh eggs. The old couple they met (they were fluent in Russian by then) asked them how was the Czar, was he in good health.
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Mounted warfare is an interest of mine (i collect australian light horse equip.), go to youtube and scout around for polish cavalry, some fantastic horsemanship from the 20th century.
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Was going to go but just did not want to hit that heat. Glad it did not turn out to be the Isacc mess for the rally.
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