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TransitBiker 06-05-14 08:39 PM

D-day on two wheels: the bicycle commandos.
 
70 years ago tomorrow hundreds of elite allied commandos took to the sea and air with one added weapon: a bicycle.

The idea was that the bicycles would allow the commandos to quickly move inland and secure key points such as rail and road bridges and soften up the countryside for the main forces to follow.

http://www.dday-overlord.com/img/dda...icyclettes.jpg

http://tubulocity.com/wp-content/upl...rg-450x565.jpg

http://buyvintage1.files.wordpress.c...g_position.jpg

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/attach...e_03_of_20.jpg

http://www.chesterns.ca/uploaded_ima...ute-726443.jpg


http://postmediaprovince.files.wordp.../bicycle1l.jpg

http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/dam/ass...al-gallery.jpg

I dunno about any of you, but i love this idea. Unfortunately they landed in the wrong spots due to several issues that arose one they departed the main staging point on the channel and had only limited success because of this.

Some of the paratroopers had folding bikes that were at the time classified top secret as they could be taken apart and used for various things such as constructing shelter or making weapons.

- Andy

Artkansas 06-06-14 04:43 PM

I won't complain about traffic again. :thumb:

But I think that this pic wasn't at D-Day. Looks like the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps, riding across America in 1897.

http://postmediaprovince.files.wordp.../bicycle1l.jpg

ahsposo 06-06-14 04:48 PM

That's pretty cool! Thanks for sharing.


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