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A book was written about the "Bedford Boys" that recounts the the 116th Infantry's experience in being the first ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day.
There is a monument in Bedford, Virginia that is a must see if one is in the area. It is reported they took 95% casualties within 15 minutes after hitting the beach with almost every single family in Bedford losing someone that one day.
Four companies from the 116th comprised the first wave: Companies A, E, F, and G, with Company A actually being the first American unit to land in occupied France.
As the LCAs drew closer to the beach, German artillery and mortar fire grew increasingly heavier, and several boats were hit and sunk before making it to the beach. As the boats ground to a halt and dropped their ramps, the men of the 116th were exposed to withering machine gun fire, and they were helpless as they waded ashore. Within fifteen minutes all of the officers and most of the NCOs of Company A were killed or wounded with one exception, and the rest of the company suffered over 60% casualties.
The rest of the regiment faired little better as the Germans swept Omaha Beach with artillery and small arms fire. As reinforcements from the 29th Infantry Division were landed, the Germans could no longer hold back the tide of GIs, and the 116th with its sister 115th Infantry Regiment, and the 2nd and 5th Ranger Battalions, was able to fight its way to the bluffs above the beach. The victory was at a high cost, for the regiment suffered 341 casualties (most of them from Co. A).
Last edited by SASless; 8th Aug 2012 at 21:42.
Reason: Spelling erros caused by a blind eye....
From what I've read - the real Stealth Hawk does have a faceted fuselage, because it was developed around the time that the F117 was introduced into service - and as an earlier poster observed, computers at the time lacked the power to model continuously curved surfaces, such as found on the B2. Actually knew a gentleman from the US who in a previous life worked as a civilian contractor maintaining military wokkas. One night after a few drinks, he claimed to have maintained said aircraft - and he quietly described them as "...looking quite like an F117." BTW - the comments on that movie blog with the other photos give a true insight into the level of drop-kickery found amongst the average SPAM.
Look closely at the image and I think there are some signs of Photoshopping. I'm not even sure that structure exists in the flesh.
It has definitely been edited in Photoshop CS3, as it says so in the EXIF data. The date also matches that printed on the photo, but that means nothing as the date/time on the camera it was taken with could have been set to anything.
I can't comment on the degree of editing though - it may have been just to blur the face.
Last edited by fromTheShadows; 9th Aug 2012 at 09:32.
Just a couple of blurs. Error level analysis shows everything was in the picture when it was taken, compression fingerprinting shows the S8100 and Photoshop CS3 (both match the EXIF info) and Photoshop save quality 12, which you can't get from the EXIF info.
Last edited by Bushfiva; 9th Aug 2012 at 10:09.
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All this saliva dripping over a single photograph of a purported Stealth Black Hawk.....and you British Military guys don't have the first ordinary Blackhawk in your inventory and are having to make do with geriatric Puma's still.