Travels of a War Bride
INTRODUCTION There were approximately 48,000 British women who fell in love with and married service men from around the world during and after World War II. All of them have their own deeply personal stories. Some were both happy and some tragic. None of those 48,000 stories could have been more deeply personal than the story of my own parents which, fortunately in my case, turned out very happy.
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I Dropped Out of Marine Bootcamp
I have a confession to make. I joined the Marines and went into Bootcamp right after high school. If that surprises you, then what do you think when I tell you that I dropped out?
The sounds of summer are coalescing around me. They have always felt the same to me. Hot and oppressive, full of shouting and sorrow, fear.
1917: The Frontline Review
World War One is a period of time that doesn't receive a lot of attention in the movie industry. Maybe it is because the powers that be got involved for less-than-noble reasons, so it wouldn't seem right to try and make a film on the matter. But for the hundreds of thousands of everyman soldiers that thought and died in battle, this was just them following orders, even if they didn't always agree with them.
They Will Not Be Home for Supper
My torn coat flaps in the vicious breeze as I walk slowly back home, my four year old brother running and skipping ahead, oblivious to our suffering. Pain shoots through my empty belly as I jolt and shake with each jagged step. My skin feels burnt, despite the cold, as I stride to what I humbly call my home. Disappointment reddens my face every time I walk the broken garden path to my front door. The door is dull and weathered, the lock all but broken. My sunken eyes blur as I notice the torn curtains and empty closets. I check for letters then hurry inside to start dinner for my little brother. My father is in the army. He will not be back for supper. I pour water into an iron pot and open the pantry door. I stare at the same thing I stare at every day. Nothing. I stifle a sob, not wanting the carefree nature of my brother to be corrupted by my hopelessness. My mother is dead. She was shot protecting the daughter of two complete strangers. The fruits of a country too long at war. She will not be home for supper.
D-Day Siblings Reunited 75 Years Later
On 6th June, 1944, allied forces undertook what became the biggest seaborne invasion in history. In what was known at the time as "Operation Neptune," 160,000 American, British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and other allied soldiers stormed a 50 mile stretch of heavily-fortified coastline in Normandy, in Nazi-occupied France, landing in amphibious craft and immediately coming under heavy fire. The operation has been re-imagined in countless movies, TV shows and video games—perhaps most famously in Steven Spielberg's 1998 film Saving Private Ryan.
Ex Military Vets - True Stories
I have been working with ex military vets who have kindly shared their horrific war stories with me. As Soldiers... We soldier on. This was a repeated phrase used by many of our heroes. I have been connecting with soldiers and turning their stories into monologues working with a company called Iconic enterprise. With the stories, I have written them into performance pieces for our event to bring awareness to these outstanding people. I have shared three of my monologues below to help bring awareness of the pain and suffering our soldiers are put through, many suffering from PTSD.
Kicking Pennies in the Rain
The Corps probably has—it probably had long before I’d gotten there, too—I don’t know what punishments the cadets inflict upon themselves today, but in 2002 the approved method of masochism were area tours, colloquially referred to as “walking hours.” An Area Tour was the most common punishment for both minor and major infractions; the severity of punishment rose in accordance with the egregiousness of the crime. The punishment was to spend time, reflecting on your misdeeds, walking back and forth across the center of the campus. You hefted your rifle upon your shoulder, walked about one hundred paces, switched shoulders, faced about, and repeated the exercise for as many hours as your sins warranted. Being late to class garnered you five hours or so, or missing formation ten, or something like that (it seemed arbitrary to me at the time).
Divided By Duty
In a military relationship, service always comes first; what is it like to share your spouse, partner or significant other with the armed forces?
The A-List, Enlisted
Famous figures in the forces; all about the household names that spent time in uniform.
Back on the Homefront
The adjustment from active duty to civilian life is rife with joy, emotion and challenges alike. Ponder the true nature of post-army homecomings and the reality of transitioning from soldier to veteran.
Pawprints in the snow
So here I am, laying down in a travel bed at 0300, still in my uniform from the day, still pondering over evets that happened the previous days. This is a regular occurrence, it happened last night, it's happened for the last three depressing, gruelling months. I start work tomorrow morning at 0630, I'm basically running on fumes, the thoughts in my head? I'm missing home, I miss the little things, being able to walk to the shop, being able to go to the toilet without a rifle strapped around my back weighing me down, i miss not being able to sleep without the sound of gun fire and explosions in the near distance, tearing through the room like an earthquake.
What is MEPS like?
So you want to know what it's like going through MEPS? Maybe you're planning on enlisting, or maybe you're reenlisting. Maybe you're at MEPS now, bored out of your mind, so you decided to do some reading. It doesn't make much of a difference to them. MEPS stands for Military Entrance Processing Station. MEPS is a long and tedious process that everyone enlisting in any branch of the military has to go through. If I had to describe it in three words, I would say "lots of paperwork." I'll be going through each step of the two day process that each enlistee experiences on their way to fighting for freedom.
Dead Letter Office
Upstairs in the old house, Emily had just met ghost. “I’ve been talking to a man,” she announced casually as she cradled her cup of bedtime cocoa. Her father looked up from his paper at the little girl, snuggly in her flannel pajamas - skin rosy from her bath. She sat with her teddy bear on the couch, her legs tucked up under her. He knew she wasn’t one for make-believe friends or having imaginary conversations.
Indian Army Day 2021- Why do we celebrate Indian Army Day?
The Indian Army started from the militaries of the East India Company, which in the long run turned into the British Indian Army, and the armed forces of the regal states, which were converged into the public armed force after Independence.
Being with Someone in the Military
Sometimes you love someone so much that no matter what happens in life you just keep putting up with things you shouldn’t because you don’t want to give up on them. You put up with the distance between you. You cry at night because you are unsure of what will happen in your relationship, you don’t know if the next fight will end your relationship because the distance is just too much. You love the person you are with so much that you don’t look at anyone else and you surely don’t talk to anyone else, even if your partner just keeps doing it over and over again and then denying it, even after promising you they will tell you the truth, after promising you that they have stopped talking to them. After promising you that they deleted all the dating apps off of their phone. They no longer text you as much as they did before, and they don’t call you like they used to. You’re more like a friend to them now, than you are their partner, yet you still stay loyal to them because you love them with all your heart, and you would do anything in the entire world to keep them in your life. You would move across the world just to be with them, you would end friendships for them, move far away from your family, pack your stuff in the matter of days, and move just to be with them because you love and care about them. You would do anything for them, you would die for them, you would lie for them, and you sure as hell would kill for
The Price of Freedom
Do we ever contemplate our freedom? Owning your own home, keeping a job, or nurturing a family, are some of the everyday blessings that many of us live in. Born in our 21st-century western world, we live in the fruits paid by generations before us. Freedom is never free. Real freedom always comes with a cost. There is a price to be paid. In 2019, the Free World came to a pause to remember and commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France. The events of June 6th, 1944 are arguably one of the most influential moments in modern history. Many people from various nations in the free world fought against the Nazi War Machine. They fought to liberate the world from tyranny, from evil, and from destruction. They gave up their lives to protect the many freedoms that you and I live and express today.
Handmade Military Icon Pens
Today WhataPen Handmade Creations brings you the New Military Icon Pen. I created the Military Icon pens after I received quite a few request from some of my customers that are soldiers. Their issue was the little pen pocket on the BDUs are very small and it seems only bic pens can really fit well. I am a ARMY veteran so I totally understood the issue at hand. I remember having to deal with that on a daily basis and sometimes depending on what pen you put in the little pen pocket you had a hard time getting it out if it didn't have a clip of some sort to hold it out.
It’s been 50 years since I shipped off to Vietnam. And yet, there is still an anger that sits deep in the recesses of my psyche. I do my best to keep it there, with mixed success.
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