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Posted By: Deejay
Subject: he!!o from France
Date Posted: June 10 2018 at 1:39am
he!!o to all!

My name is Didier, which, to a British or American ear, would sound something like "Deejay", hence the username I have chosen. I am 52 (well, almost 53!) and live in the north-east of France, just a few kilometres away from the German border.

It took me some time, but I eventually got hold of a gorgeous (to my point of view!) SMLE N° 2 Mk IV* in .22 LR calibre - I am all the happier with it as this .22 LR Lee-Enfield rifle had been my wish list for a while. My hope is to be able to know more about its history with the help of knowledgeable forum members.

Posted By: SW28fan
Date Posted: June 10 2018 at 8:12pm
Welcome To our Merry band
Aside from my Enfields of various flavors I have a MAS 36 and a Lebel 1886/93

Have a Nice Day
If already having a nice day please disregard

Posted By: Deejay
Date Posted: June 10 2018 at 9:11pm
... which shows that, apart from being a connoisseur, you're also a man of taste ! Thank you for welcoming me, SW28fan !

Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: June 10 2018 at 10:07pm
welcome from here as well , glad you chose to join us , 

my mothers side of the family came from the alsace laren area of the boarder between france and germany , they claimed to be german - but ive always wondered of that frenchman ....i know its always been a highly contested area between the two countries and i suspect it was in german hands when they immigrated here , they both spoke german [not the same according to my grandmother] its a piece of my heritage i was deprived of thanks to WWII sentiments in the baby boomer era , i have always felt i lost a great deal of my past because of that , 

Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: June 11 2018 at 3:43am
Well A SQ.. a lot of people lost a lot more because of that, as well.

Loose wimmen tightened here

Posted By: Zed
Date Posted: June 11 2018 at 4:30am
Welcome from Paris! It's nice to see another member from France turn up. We are few!

It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice!

Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: June 11 2018 at 6:38am
Welcome aboard!
I lived in Aisne (Picardy) for a few years a while back.

Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)

Posted By: paddyofurniture
Date Posted: June 11 2018 at 6:51am

Always looking for military manuals, Dodge M37 items,books on Berlin Germany, old atlases ( before 1946) , military maps of Scotland. English and Canadian gun parts.

Posted By: Honkytonk
Date Posted: June 11 2018 at 9:14am
Welcome from Canada!

Posted By: Deejay
Date Posted: June 11 2018 at 10:00am
Thanks to every one of you!

- A square 10 : I do live in the so-called "German-speaking" area of Lorraine, although "German" is not quite the word : the German dialects we speak in Lorraine and Alsace are either Frankish (roughly Lorraine and the northern part of Alsace) or Alemannic (most of Alsace). Nobody, to the best of my knowledge, would call himself or herself "German" in this part of France. True, "Elsass-Lothringen" was annexed twice into Germany : from 1870-1918 and from 1940-1945, and the young men of these annexed territories were drafted into the German army ; some of them (mostly Alsatians) even joined the Waffen SS, but those who tried to resist were ruthlessly chased by the Nazi police and eventually sent to Nazi death camps (three of my wife's great uncles were sent to Dachau and Buchenwald - two of them were communists and one of them was a "draft dodger").

- Zed : he!!o from Moselle ! I was in Paris last week and will be there for two more weeks at the beginning of July - maybe we'll meet there some day? Wink

- Shamu : the Aisne département is on my way from where I live to Paris. One of my great-grandfathers died there in 1918, before the end of WW1.

Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: June 11 2018 at 12:00pm
Small world.
I was in Vervins, 11 km from the Belgian border on the old N2.
I also lived inn Paris (7eme) close to where Zed is in the week!
Now I'm in Maryland, USA!

Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)

Posted By: Deejay
Date Posted: June 11 2018 at 12:44pm
When in Paris, I live in the 10th arrondissement, right next to canal Saint-Martin.

Posted By: Canuck
Date Posted: June 11 2018 at 12:55pm
Welcome from the west coast of Canada! My maternal family was from Poitier and Moissac.

Castles made of sand slip into the sea.....eventually

Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: June 11 2018 at 1:17pm
The funny thing is I learned "schoolboy French" in England & ended up living with a family who owned a road kerbstone business in Vervins. I learned my "real" conversational French from the people working there. It had a very different "feel" from British schoolboy French!
Now I learn that I don't really speak french at all, but Picard!
I thought it was a regional accent, like my native "Bristolian English", which isn't really English at all either!

Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)

Posted By: Deejay
Date Posted: June 11 2018 at 1:47pm
My father, who was a Norman and 20 years old in 1944, used to say that the Normans who welcomed the French-speaking Canadian soldiers of le Régiment de la Chaudière were able to make themselves understood by using their native Norman-French dialect, which might be a bit of an exaggeration but is proof to the fact that the Normans of 1944 thought French-Canadians spoke some kind of Norman dialect.
On a more humorous note, I've been told quite recently about a woman of Polish origin who had persuaded herself that the local Frankish dialect WAS the official French language because it was the only tongue she had ever heard spoken around her in this region of France - but that must have been back in the late 1960s !

Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: June 12 2018 at 5:32am
One of the comrades @ my old Legi9on branch served in the Chaudière..Unfortunatley, Georges was in a bad way last time I was there. In & out of hospital.

Loose wimmen tightened here

Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: June 12 2018 at 10:41pm
im of the that era came of age in the late 60s , not such a bad thing other than being old now ...but i still wake every morning expecting to shave an 18 year old face , a little disapointing once i get to the mirror but not thought to use the razor reclessly in my disapointment so far , 

i love reading these threads as they give me so much to remember and wish to go back for , i would have enjoyed visiting the old country back then and learning about my heritage from contemporaries when i might have actually applied it in my life , now i may have to save and do that to see what i missed , hopefully i live that long ......

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