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Old 23 Aug 17, 03:54
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It has been a while since I was seasick myself but I have the recollection it is somewhat contageous.
Feeling a bit pale and bileous already but manage to control it
the moment you see (and smell!) someone puke, it is enough to give in and become nauseous yourself. And once you have started vomiting, you really arenít able to do anything else.
Even once youíre finished, e.g. by reaching dry, solid land, you're not restored immediately but remain physiologically spent for a while, definitely unable to conduct a fight.

I can imagine how this works within a highly nervous infantry unit on the queasy swell of a small landing craft
Possibly whole platoons arrived at the beach incapacitated by seasickness already
but I cannot recall literature covering this unheroic aspect.
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And LSTs were ships compared to LCMs and LCAs just imagine!?! even the blokes that worked them and in many cases loved them had no hesitation in calling them 'Flat bottomed Bastards! lcm1
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Hi OP, yes I remember going to breakfast on the carrier ship and you could have practically anything you wanted, some of it pretty greasy ( don't remember what I had) and as we were part of the first waves in, the skipper of the carrier ship had ordered a small bottle of rum, like a small hip flask to any man that wanted it. Most of us took it even the non drinkers. Many of the men we were taking in were so sea sick they could not drink rum and gave them to us. lcm1
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Indeed, but my point was that anyone who got seasick on the troopship was going to be nearly incapacitated on a small landing craft. Best to place them where they have at least one direction where they can get sick without hitting someone else.
Seasickness isn't always permanent. I'm betting the troops who got over it were thinking they could handle it in the small boats.
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Despite everything, I think I loved them, because I look back at that period of time in the Marines as the happiest. I think that it must have been that feeling of freedom away from senior authority. After all our Cox'n was the senior and he was only a Lance Corporal and you know what a caning they used to get from the men. lcm1
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Isn't conditioning a cure for the tendency to get seasick? Of so, why did the brains not subject the beaching infantry to rounds of conditioning? Nothing to hide as it was no secret to the Germans that the invasion was coming.
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Isn't conditioning a cure for the tendency to get seasick? Of so, why did the brains not subject the beaching infantry to rounds of conditioning? Nothing to hide as it was no secret to the Germans that the invasion was coming.
Seasoning five divisions of troops, just for the first day, would have taken at least one trip out into the Channel, and given the Luftwaffe and schnellboots (sp) a target worthy of serious attacks, I think.
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Weren't there units who spent days embarked at sea on several occasions just waiting for the go-ahead, considering tide and final orders ?
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Weren't there units who spent days embarked at sea on several occasions just waiting for the go-ahead, considering tide and final orders ?
Most were tied up at the piers. I don't recall any that were at sea waiting for the go-signal.
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Most were tied up at the piers. I don't recall any that were at sea waiting for the go-signal.
As I remember, the only time that 'Units' were at sea in a similar situation was those that were coming from Northern England and had set out earlier under the impression that the landings were going to take place on the original date, June the 5th Most found a haven on Route for a few hours. lcm1
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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.
British 3rd Division spent several years practicing in Scotland, even during the winter.
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British 3rd Division spent several years practicing in Scotland, even during the winter.

The bulk of the US troops hadn't even been in uniform that long.
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British 3rd Division spent several years practicing in Scotland, even during the winter.
The soils a bit lumpy in Scotland for landing craft. lcm1
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The soils a bit lumpy in Scotland for landing craft. lcm1
But the drink is better there.
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