My great grandfather was forcibly taken from Tunisia to Europe to fight for the French army during WW1, north Africans and Sub Saharian Africans were put in the first rows to act as a human shield, but "thankfully" he got so ill at some point he couldn't fight anymore and got sent back home.
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Both grandfathers served in WWI. My maternal grandfather was in the cavalry. Prior to going overseas to France, he was in Pershing's expedition against Pancho Villa. My paternal grandfather was in the RAF during WWI. He flew a Sopwith Camel, and I owe my very existence to the strong torque generated by its rotary engine.
I had several uncles in WWII. On my mother's side, she had three brothers in the service. One in the U. S. Army. He met General Patton. He was in the Torch landings in North Africa, the invasion of Sicily, the Normandy landings, and the Bulge. Another was in the U. S. Navy, mostly doing convoy escort in the Atlantic. The other was in the U. S. Army Air Force as a flight engineer on a B-17 bomber. He flew missions over occupied France and later over Germany.
On my father's side, my grandfather reentered service in the Royal Army during WWII. I believe he was a radio operator. My uncle was in the Royal Marines. He served in the drum and bugle corps and joined when he was 14. He saw service in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic on the Murmansk convoys. He rotated to man service and served in India and Burma. He was aboard a carrier (I want to say the Ark Royal) off Okinawa when the Japanese surrender was announced. At that moment he was under attack. The Japanese aircraft continued to attack even AFTER the surrender was announced. Unfortunately, the AA guns splashed them all as they tried to smash into his ship. He was part of the occupying force in Japan.0
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My maternal grandfather was one of the Navajo "code talkers" in the U. S. 4th Marine Division during WWII.
If you haven't heard of this, definitely google it.
Basically, the Navajo tribe (along with the Hopi and Apache tribes, in other military branches) took their language -- which was like a completely unbreakable code -- and used it as the basis for a totally secure code-communication behind enemy lines at Iwo Jima and other strategic battles throughout the war.
They made the military/tactical terminology by just throwing together words from their own language in new and creative ways. The Axis countries were completely unable to make ANY progress in breaking the "code".
He was actually one of the 29 Marines who developed the first version of the Navajo code-talk language.
Have you heard of the "code talkers"?1
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