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WWII Canadian Dispatch riders

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Related Discussions' started by Danno, Dec 2, 2019.

  1. Danno

    Danno

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    The man who taught me to ride a motorcycle was in the Canadian Dispatch Corps in WWII. Stumbled upon this vid of their training.

     
  2. lcrken

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    Great video! Thanks for posting it.

    Ken
     
  3. Richard Tool

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    Love it ! Now I have to have a WD 16H !
     
  4. Dommie Nator

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    Here's my uncle on his in North Africa 1943, serving with the North Staffordshire Regiment. 20191128_074841.jpg
     
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  5. worntorn

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    The Germans had a saying during WW2
    " We don't have to waste bullets on the Canadians, just give them a motorcycle and a bottle of wine"
     
  6. Bernhard

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    It is said that Erwin Rommel wrote a book on how to win with tank/ Infantry Attacks which Field Marshal Montgomery was quick to read , so he knew in advance all his tricks during the Western Desert campaign of the Second World War, as for the Canadians, well they must have done their lot.

    https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/87979.Erwin_Rommel
     
  7. Danno

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    My riding teacher joined the Canadian Army in 1939, even though he was American. He always said he didn't join up to fight Nazis, it was to get away from his wife!
     
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  8. Bernhard

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    Ahhhhh, did he marry an ugly one?
     
  9. gortnipper

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    You dont always need to get away from just the ugly ones...
     
  10. Fast Eddie

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    Exactly... it’s the noisy ones...
     
  11. gortnipper

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    I was thinking more along the lines of the bitchy...
     
  12. Fast Eddie

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    Oh yeah, especially those !
     
  13. baz

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    Or the ones that leave you with two kids to mentor
     
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  14. Craig

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    Worked with a former WWII dispatch rider for years , he was a very good man , although he didn’t think much of my Honda xl500 I rode to work on .... he told me he liked being a moving target plus being able to make his own decisions to save himself ... also mentioned he really liked the French Ladies , another Veteran I worked with that landed at Juno Beach on D-Day discribed his war time experience this way “ they took us over in a leaky boat , made us swim/wade ashore while folks were shooting at us , then after all that ,they made us walk to Italy” .... that is all he would ever say ‘bout his War ....
     
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  15. Danno

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    Don't know what she looked like when she was young, but her niece was a Playboy centerfold (Barbara Crawford, look it up) and they ended up with 6 kids, none of which were born before the war.
     

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