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Old 04-12-2021, 08:12 AM
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I served with some Royal Marines who would certainly take umbrage at that sort of talk.

Big friendly bushy mustachioed lads. Good hands at drinking and fighting both, and never to be trifled with. I had nothing but utmost respect for them.

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Old 04-13-2021, 04:24 PM
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I need to read up on my history i had state school education and we where taught nothing about American history

We had hippy history teachers it was about the Chinese cultural revolution and what it was like to be a peasant in medieval England.

It was so dull I managed to erase all that knowledge from my mind.

If only they had a gunsmithing course at school
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Old 04-13-2021, 07:15 PM
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Old 04-15-2021, 11:13 AM
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I need to read up on my history i had state school education and we where taught nothing about American history

We had hippy history teachers it was about the Chinese cultural revolution and what it was like to be a peasant in medieval England.

It was so dull I managed to erase all that knowledge from my mind.

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You went to school in California?
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Old 04-15-2021, 03:30 PM
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I need to read up on my history i had state school education and we where taught nothing about American history

We had hippy history teachers it was about the Chinese cultural revolution and what it was like to be a peasant in medieval England.

It was so dull I managed to erase all that knowledge from my mind.

If only they had a gunsmithing course at school
The only US history I learned at school was in an English class, when we had a US-ish exchange teacher for a year who assigned an American book set in the mid-1800's. None of us had a clue about that era in the States and he finished up having to explain everything....
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:34 PM
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I only learned about the iron clad warships and the first submarine
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Old 04-22-2021, 08:02 AM
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And why would any of us on this side of the pond expect you to have been taught any American history?

We were the "rabble-rousers" in 1776, the "terrorists" of the times, and were attempting (successfully) to break free of King George's rule. After 1783, we became your future-by-proxy, only because your history (prior to 1783) is also our history.

The only valid reason the United Kingdom's education system should be troubling themselves to teach American history is in a higher education setting for something to do with trade or foreign relations.

I know.....sounds cold and detached, but is factual. Facts are like that.

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It may be easier for the non-combatants to teach 'world history' in a detached/objective way than the principals in the engagement. It has been said that history is written by the victor, what does the not-victor (with respect for our Brit friends in this case) get as the account, a footnote? As a youngster in school the question,"What do the British do on the 4th of July" was thought provoking. Even today, long after, I am thankful for teachers who tried to 'expand my horizons'.
The animosities of Our collective past aside, the study of the rest of 'American' history and expansion is fascinating and a worthy study, and for me so has been the history of anywhere that Ive been exposed to.
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.... As a youngster in school the question,"What do the British do on the 4th of July" was thought provoking.....
Well .... over here in Tennessee I lower the flag to half-mast and declare a day of mourning for the loss of our largest County ...

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Well for most Brits the 4th of July is just another day, we are aware that its a very important thing for you guys, but it goes largely unnoticed. they may have a caption on the news or something

It is a shame that you broke away

Purely because you could have competed in the commonwealth games. full-bore rifle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKXTFH9ppHo

Actually scratch that no you'd just win everything.
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Hey, it allowed us to fend off the stupid metric system..

(.. and they still use miles for roads, and weigh their persons in "stones".. )
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Yes its true we have a measurement schism

Miles, yards, centimetres and meters.

Clothes are still in inches as are Bicycles

Roads are still in miles thanks to the Romans!


Some shooting ranges are in yards and meters so I tend to use whichever line is closest, some scope are in cm as well and I cant cope with that it hurts my brain.

Also we say "Two two" and "Three five seven" although the way you guys say it, it does sound far more cool!
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Also we say "Two two" and "Three five seven" although the way you guys say it, it does sound far more cool!
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(Full disclosure, I am from the UK, grew up in Africa, and have lived in the US for a quarter of a century. I'm ambi-unit! )
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(Full disclosure, I am from the UK, grew up in Africa, and have lived in the US for a quarter of a century. I'm ambi-unit! )
Hmmm... Similar - born in the US, moved to UK at 5, then back "here" at 29. Now 66. Since Mrs Sails is UK-ish we both still have our accents.
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