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I would think I'd rather use the above mentioned sea sick bags especially provided for such an occasion
Remember the line from "The Longest Day"? "The toilets are backed up, the fire buckets are full, the helmets are full..." Something like that.
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Remember the line from "The Longest Day"? "The toilets are backed up, the fire buckets are full, the helmets are full..." Something like that.
Good point!
These men would have been out at sea for some time already: waiting, assembling, crossing the Channel...
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Good point!
These men would have been out at sea for some time already: waiting, assembling, crossing the Channel...
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The problem with taking the bag off the weapon in the landing craft is that it defeats the purpose of the bag. Do you really think those landing craft really made it onto dry land? Unlikely.
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Water proof bags for the weapons.

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Well, did not see much sign of anything like that amongst the POMS (English ) that we were carrying. Sea sick bags , Oh yes, and did they need them!! Because of engine problems and a stupid Cox'n we landed on the wrong beach, but our passengers did not give a damn all they wanted was a firm stationary footage under them and off they ran as soon as the ramp had dropped and up the beach and two matelot's that we had picked up out of the water, a sinking ( LCA ) who were not very pleased to go into the beach a second time also did the same, why I don't know because the beach was being mortared and machine gunned at the time. lcm 1
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Well, did not see much sign of anything like that amongst the POMS (English ) that we were carrying. Sea sick bags , Oh yes, and did they need them!! Because of engine problems and a stupid Cox'n we landed on the wrong beach, but our passengers did not give a damn all they wanted was a firm stationary footage under them and off they ran as soon as the ramp had dropped and up the beach and two matelot's that we had picked up out of the water, a sinking ( LCA ) who were not very pleased to go into the beach a second time also did the same, why I don't know because the beach was being mortared and machine gunned at the time. lcm 1
Did anyone get special training to combat seasickness? How about you guys with the landing crafts
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The problem with taking the bag off the weapon in the landing craft is that it defeats the purpose of the bag. Do you really think those landing craft really made it onto dry land? Unlikely.
Hi !101, well it might seem unlikely to you but of course they reached the beaches, that was what they were designed to do. They may look a bit ancient to you but they did not mollycoddle the troops so much in those days and it was a comparatively short run into the beach from the Transports. lcm1
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The problem with taking the bag off the weapon in the landing craft is that it defeats the purpose of the bag. Do you really think those landing craft really made it onto dry land? Unlikely.
Had it occurred to you that being careful they would have held a reasonable amount of sick? lcm1
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I use to be a member of the 29th's Association, many of those guys from this area of Maryland and Virginia. All the guys I spoke to that went in on Omaha were up to their chest in water. One guy I spoke to went in over his head, he was a little short and the first guy off the ramp. When he finally broke the surface he noticed that everyone in the landing craft was dead or wounded. None went in dry at Omaha Beach.

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I use to be a member of the 29th's Association, many of those guys from this area of Maryland and Virginia. All the guys I spoke to that went in on Omaha were up to their chest in water. One guy I spoke to went in over his head, he was a little short and the first guy off the ramp. When he finally broke the surface he noticed that everyone in the landing craft was dead or wounded. None went in dry at Omaha Beach.
Well 101, I do quite believe that, for it was a well known fact, which I believe did not get too much publicity, that on that particular beach, because of the reception that the approaching landing craft were getting from the Germans that many of the L/Craft crews were extremely reluctant to go right into the Beach and were dropping their ramps far too soon whilst there was water still under the craft where as there should have been sand. I speak as a landing craft crew member on Sword Beach whilst it was still quite 'Wild and Woolly' our job, irrespective of the enemy fire was, do not drop the ramp until you felt sand under the keel. And that is what we did amidst mortar and machine gun fire. Not boasting just telling you why many of them got wet and many drowned, the crews of the landing craft did not do their jobs!! lcm1
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Well we certainly didn't but at the same time I never saw a seasick crewman. I never was and if you were inclined to be so, those flat bottomed bastards would encourage it!! lcm1
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One of the funnier stories I heard by a local girl was that her father could still feel the sand from Omaha in his pockets until the end of the war.

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Well 101, I do quite believe that, for it was a well known fact, which I believe did not get too much publicity, that on that particular beach, because of the reception that the approaching landing craft were getting from the Germans that many of the L/Craft crews were extremely reluctant to go right into the Beach and were dropping their ramps far too soon whilst there was water still under the craft where as there should have been sand. I speak as a landing craft crew member on Sword Beach whilst it was still quite 'Wild and Woolly' our job, irrespective of the enemy fire was, do not drop the ramp until you felt sand under the keel. And that is what we did amidst mortar and machine gun fire. Not boasting just telling you why many of them got wet and many drowned, the crews of the landing craft did not do their jobs!! lcm1
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Get out and get used to it.
Gets expensive to run battalions around in landing crafts against stormy beaches. And how many trips do you think a person who is prone to motion sickness becomes inoculated.
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