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'Citizen Soldier' 2016
« on: December 16, 2016, 03:17:45 AM »
Hi,

Just returned home after waging war against the West African barnacles..............they won as usual!!  :o  Anyway whilst away I stumbled across a what could be described I think as a feature film/documentary called 'Citizen Soldier', well worth a watch if you haven't already.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4911408/

It follows a group of soldiers in the Oklahoma Army National Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, known since World War II as the "Thunderbirds."  I wonder just out of interest what they were called before WWII as their Divisional flash prior to that was a Swastika.



Anyway, I know I'm a bit behind the times on this one but as mentioned well worth a watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-d-BcfRGl7c

Brgds,
Tug
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Re: 'Citizen Soldier' 2016
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2016, 12:47:38 PM »
Welcome home Tug !! Hope didn't sustain any injuries while away ??  :)

That is an interesting thought about the SSI  !! I wonder what they were called ??
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Re: 'Citizen Soldier' 2016
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2016, 12:11:06 AM »
Welcome home Tug !! Hope didn't sustain any injuries while away ??  :)

That is an interesting thought about the SSI  !! I wonder what they were called ??

For the first 15 years of its existence, members of the 45th Infantry Division proudly wore on their left shoulders an ancient American Indian symbol of good luck, most commonly referred to as the swastika. The insignia served as recognition of the great number of Native Americans proudly serving in the 45th Infantry Division. The yellow swastika on a square background of red symbolized the Spanish Heritage of the 4 Southwestern states that made up the membership of the 45th—Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona.  A similar symbol was adopted by the Nazi party in the late 1920’s, and as the N.S.D.A.P. rose to power in 1933 the symbol became so closely associated with German National socialism that it had to be abandoned as the insignia of the 45th Infantry Division.

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Re: 'Citizen Soldier' 2016
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2016, 04:50:36 AM »
That's answered the question !!

Many thanks for that " M1ashooter"
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Re: 'Citizen Soldier' 2016
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2016, 05:54:58 PM »
There is a great museum dedicated to the 45th in Oklahoma City.

http://45thdivisionmuseum.com/

 

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