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petes03

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Makes you wonder what tobaccos they had in their pipes. Great post, thanks Kash!

 

rockymtnsmoker

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Great pix! Wonder if we could have gotten the various government representatives together over a few bowls if the whole mess could have been avoided. Sure as hell the grunts on the ground for both sides would rather have been smoking at home on the front porch.

 

captainsousie

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Those are some amazing pictures. That they are gathered in one place is even better. Thanks for posting.

 

pipeherman

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I love the images of the RAF, they are definitely doing it in style.


Finnish Resistance during the winter war


German Soldier talking to a Norwegian Officer


German Infantryman on the Russian front


3rd SS Division Totenkopf snipers Russian Front


7th Armoured Division "Desert Rats" Officer


Two British soldiers smoking a pipe after what they have seen somewhere in Italy (Concentration Camp).


Gebirgsjäger enjoying pipes in the Mountains.


More Gebirgsjäger enjoying pipes (apologies for this ones size)

 

misterlowercase

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Nice thread Kashmir, I like how you used Oppenheimer as the final pic there.
A few to add...


RAF pilot Douglas Bader, his story is very much worth looking up.




New Zealand Army sergeant


Finnish Army General Kurt Martti Wallenius


Japanese soldier, unknown info?


In 2008, a complete Sturmgeschütz IV was discovered under the bed of Rgilevka River near Grzegorzewo in west part of Poland. It sunk in the river on 19 or 20th January 1945 while crossing it over the ice. It's in almost perfect condition assuming all those years down there. The turret was taken away almost 2 years before the actual body was taken out.
While exploring the contents of vehicle, elements of a body of a mechanic/panzerman were found. Human remains were cared for as well as appropriate legal service was called. Large quantities of personal and weapon gear were also found inside.



 

tbradsim1

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Thank you all who submitted pictures it's a mind stimulator at how we are all human. Thanks Kas.

 

petes03

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I love this thread! I love looking at pics of "The Greatest Generation" and their pipes!

 

kashmir

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Yes, thanks gents, for contributing. Outstanding photos, and background captions, as well. This period of history has long held my attention. Pipes and tobacco provided the simple pleasures of home for the men in the field, lending whatever measure of solace to those forced to face the unthinkable.

 

mso489

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I had no idea General George (Patton) was a pipe smoker -- be darned. So many of these guys were

living right on the edge. They needed any cheer they could corner. My dad was a minesweeper skipper

during World War II, chain smoking a pipe, always Granger as his tobacco. To maintain the family "dynasty,"

I signed on for a minesweeper, as a lowly radioman not an officer, during the Vietnam War. Wooden ships,

and men of steel, and all that. A few cigars for me at the time, no pipes; in retrospect, it would have been

fun to pull out a briar when "the smoking lamp was lit."

 

mso489

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Notice the billiard is the hands-down favorite in the photos, mostly straight billiards. A straight

billiard was always my dad's thing. He didn't rotate. He'd smoke them daily, all day, until the

pipe split, and then start a new one. They lasted a surprisingly long time, usually more than a

year. He did quit cold turkey in his sixties, and lived to be 89 licensed to drive without glasses;

I took him to his final driver's license eye exam, when I was in-town from out-of-state. He was

up and around and alert until about a month before he died.

 

rmason

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Great photos Kashmir, especially the the one of Oppenheimer, that man is one of my biggest influences in life.

~Ron

 

martiniman

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MSO489 - Patton was an avid pipe smoker but mainly briars, the large cobb was a gimmick for the photographers and crowd so they could capture the pipe.
Thanks to all for the great pictures, keep them coming,

Cheers,