NJIPMS 2013

Musée de L'Armée Invalides - Paris

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The Invalides is a museum complex located inside the city of Paris. Housed next to Napolean's tomb, the facility is still a functioning museum for injured soliders. Inside is the a few museum dominated by the Army Museum. The WW1 - WW2 museum is quite good, but the real jewel is for the Napoleanic wars. If  you are into that period, this is a must see, I only took a few pictures of those exhibits as they are all behind glass and diffcult to captures. But there are literally, hundreds of uniforms and arms. A must see - almost all signage is in French.

http://www.invalides.org/

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US Airborne Museum - St. Mere Eglise, Normandie, France

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Located in the famous town of St. Mere Eglise. You know the one, where the US paratroopers landed during a fire and 2 men hung from the church tower for hours. The town is definitely a bit touristy, but is still a must see.

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Musée Mémorial de la Bataille de Normandie

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Musée Mémorial de la Bataille de Normandie is located in the town of Bayeux, in Normandie, France. One of the many tribute museums related to D-Day in the area. Worth a visit, especially if you are staying in town as the central point of your Normandie visit. The British war cementary is right near by, a easy 5 minute walk. Unforunately, they don't have a website, so here's the contact information:

Musée Mémorial de la Bataille de Normandie
Boulevard Fabian Ware
14400 Bayeux
Tel: 02 31 51 46 90.
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
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Krupp Protz Kfz. 70 6x4 Truck - Tamiya

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Tamiya 1/48 range built up with Black Dog's accessory kit, which includes snow chain tires, canvas top, and a wonderful assortment of 'stuff' to put in the back.

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NJIPMS 2012

Tex Hill - AVG goes into Action (part 4)

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After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Thailand surrendered. Chennault feared that the AVG position in Toungoo was too precarious so he ordered the 3rd Squadron to Mingaladon in Rangoon to support the British, while the 1st and 2nd Squadron was to pull back to Kunming, China.

Home of the AVG in Kunming, China (USAF)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tex Hill - With the AVG in Burma (part 3)

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While Tex was with Ed Rector and Bert Christman in Norfolk Virginia, they bumped into their squadron commander and were introduced to a Navy Commander Irvine. Irvine was a recruiter for Claire Chennault, secretly authorized to gather US military pilots and ground crews for the American Volunteer Group. After a discussion about the current state of affairs in China and the Japanese strangle hold on the entire Chinese coast, Irvine indicated that an overland route between Burma and China was the only lifeline left to the Chinese. Irvine explained that he was authorized by President Roosevelt to recruit pilots to help the Chinese. All three men indicated they were interested and Irvine said he would be back in touch.

Tex Hill at Kyedaw Airfield, Toungoo In 1941, notice that the shark motif has not been painted on the P-40s yet. (Flying Tigers Association)

 

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