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If you needed an idea of the amount of flak the Germans put up against the paratroopers and gliders on D-Day, here’s Captain Thomas Francis Mantell Jr DFC C-47.

`Vulture’s Delight' was a C-47 Glider tug assigned to the 96th Troop Carrier Squadron, despite the heavy damage and only having one engine,

Mantell completed his mission and returned safely.


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If you needed an idea of the amount of flak the Germans put up against the paratroopers and gliders on D-Day, here’s Captain Thomas Francis Mantell Jr DFC C-47.

`Vulture’s Delight' was a C-47 Glider tug assigned to the 96th Troop Carrier Squadron, despite the heavy damage and only having one engine,

Mantell completed his mission and returned safely.


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Huge Balls👍
 
A restaurant in Madrid, Spain in 1965 and we see three young men enjoying a meal.

On the left is Charles Bronson who is filming the movie, Battle of The Bulge. The dusty plains and arid territory of the shoot filled in for the wooded areas of the actual battle scenes which helped lead to the critical mauling of the movie.

To the right is Clint Eastwood, who seemed to be caught unaware, filming, For a Few Dollars More. The irony was that director Sergio Leone had earlier offered Bronson the part of the Man With No Name, who turned it down and then Clint accepted it.

The character in the middle its worthy of note too. Steve Rowland, A nephew of Louis B Mayer he was an actor who appeared in numerous shows of the time, Bonanza, Wanted dead or Alive, Life and Times of Wyatt Earp and more. He had a small role in Battle of the Bulge. He was also a talented singer and while in Spain had a successful career enjoying several chart hits.

He later went to England where he discovered Peter Frampton. He produced all the hits for Dave Dee, Beaky, Mick and Tich - check out The Legend of Zanadu, one of the best of that period. He had a hit with his own group The Family Dogg.

He produced P.J. Proby, Pretty Things, Jerry Lee Lewis, for which Jerry was awarded a Gold Disc. He later discovered The Thompson Twins, The Cure, managed Japan and and Boney M.

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Robert McGee, scalped at the age of 14 in 1864.

McGee was working as a teamster with H.C. Barret to transport a caravan of flour to Fort Union in New Mexico Territory.

Whilst on the road, somewhere around Kansas, the wagon train was set on by a band of Brule Sioux Native Americans, resulting in the majority of the teamsters being tortured and killed.

McGee was shot in the back, had two arrows put through him as well as 64 square inches removed from his scalp - all whilst he was still awake. His survival was miraculous.

This photo was taken in 1890.


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Robert McGee, scalped at the age of 14 in 1864.

McGee was working as a teamster with H.C. Barret to transport a caravan of flour to Fort Union in New Mexico Territory.

Whilst on the road, somewhere around Kansas, the wagon train was set on by a band of Brule Sioux Native Americans, resulting in the majority of the teamsters being tortured and killed.

McGee was shot in the back, had two arrows put through him as well as 64 square inches removed from his scalp - all whilst he was still awake. His survival was miraculous.

This photo was taken in 1890.


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He was also nearly completely bald aged at only 30.....
 
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