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Bicycle corps
« on: July 22, 2022, 09:02:47 PM »
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Re: Bicycle corps
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2022, 08:24:27 AM »
....watch Invasion Day April 1940. The invasion of Denmark by Germany in the beginnings of WW2. The  show focuses on the Danes relying on bicycles as their mode of unit transportation.
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Re: Bicycle corps
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2022, 09:21:16 AM »
The Norwegian Army also swapped some of its horses for bicycles between World Wars I and II.
Being the Army they naturally couldn't call them simply "bicycle soldiers", so they were bestowed with the title "Hjul-rytter" (literally "wheel-rider")...!

I've read the original instruction manual, and on the subject of losing your balance while cycling in formation it says: "If losing your balance, strive to fall into the ditch on the right hand side of the road, so that you don't obstruct oncoming traffic or your fellow soldiers.  Also alert your fellow soldiers by loudly shouting three times: "I'm falling!, I'm falling!, I'm falling!"   ::)
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Re: Bicycle corps
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2022, 10:13:46 PM »
Frederic Remington illustration of cycle infantry …

(This is from an 1895 article in Harper's Weekly, so it is not the magazine article mentioned in the video.)
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Re: Bicycle corps
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2022, 05:04:20 AM »
We have a 1942 Wehrmacht Truppenfahrrad  "Troop Bicycle" in the Museum

The M42 Truppenfahrrad was a military bicycle issued to the Wehrmacht during World War II. Special equipment for Wehrmacht use was the steering bar, the saddle, the toolbox and the porter at the back. The headlamp had to work with dynamo and/or battery. On the steering bar were two holders mounted which were holding the half-shelter tent or the drivers trench coat. 

The German Army had numerous units equipped with bicycles. It was used to deliver mail and maintain connections between a general and his troops, among other reasons. The bicycle was also used as a tactical weapon carrying panzerfausts on both sides of the bike. The mid-section could be fitted to hold a M42 machine gun.
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Re: Bicycle corps
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2023, 11:16:59 AM »
Your post caught my attention – watching Invasion Day in April 1940 sounds like a unique way to explore history. It's interesting how something as simple as bicycles played a role in transportation during such a significant time. Speaking of bikes, I've actually started biking more myself, replacing my car for short trips. It's been a refreshing change and a great way to stay active. By the way, have you heard about cyclist insurance? It's a handy thing to have for added peace of mind on the road. Enjoy watching Invasion Day, and happy pedaling!

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Re: Bicycle corps
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2023, 12:53:37 PM »
How about the 25th's ride across America in 1896. One of my favorite photos shows Buffalo Soldiers posed with their bicycles on the terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs outside of Gardner Montana inside Yellowstone National Park. 
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Re: Bicycle corps
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2023, 01:42:47 PM »
To further illustrate the love affair with the bicycle during this era, in "A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court" by Mark Twain, 1889,- at the end of the novel he had the Arthurian knights mounted on bicycles as transportation.
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Re: Bicycle corps
« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2023, 12:30:18 PM »
Hard pressed for memory; didn't Danny Kay generate a revolver in the blacksmith shop????
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Re: Bicycle corps
« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2023, 01:44:50 PM »
I thought it was Bing Crosby.  Did Danny Kaye do a version of the movie too?
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Re: Bicycle corps
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2023, 03:04:40 PM »
Get it. Got it. Good. Maybe it had to do with being a redhead???
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