Frank, Father-in-law was in the REME to do his National Service. He really enjoyed his time there, and would have been a lifer, had he not had a vocation - to Teach. I never knew him as a teacher, but he would regularly talk about some of the things he had to do - there's one famous story of having to go and pick some tanks up from the station at Minden in Germany, he got a load of lads together, not enough for one observer and one driver, so the front and rear tanks had observer and driver, the rest had to play follow-the-leader. They spent the rest of the week on cleaning up duty, replacing all of the gardens and walls they'd wrecked getting the tanks back.
My Mum was a very young girl during the war, and her stories of being terrified by the doodlebugs got me hooked on history - truly, all things are connected, what we do now will have repercussions down the years that we cannot imagine. I also like mechanical things, and unusual things (probably why I married my husband - he teaches engineering to apprentices). I'd love to have a DUKW (didn't fancy a SEEP), I knew about the tyre pressures thing. Looks like the RAOC weren't as observant as their names suggest! So I have a family connection to the REME through OH, and Mum's brothers were all old enough to have to do National Service (Uncles Alan and Ken in the RAF got me interested in Aeroplanes), Uncle Colin was the youngest and he was in the Army (don't know which bit), and Uncle Dougie, who was the eldest, and I never got to meet, was in the Navy, again, don't know which bit. My Grandad (Mum's Dad) got invalided out of the Army as he was Diabetic.
Think there's a lot to be said for doing National Service, but there's not the money or inclination do do it nowadays. And you'd have to have GIRLS doing it too!!
It's lovely to come on here and have a natter, and I've got to 'meet' some great folk - Frank, you remind me of my Father in Law, gone, but missed every day, Verdun, you remind me of my Uncle Alan, a very naughty Joker with a huge heart, and Gardening Grandma, who will defend others that might otherwise be walked all over. So you're all like extended family, who sometimes bicker and fall out, but make up and help each other out when needed. There are others, too, each with their own qualities that makes this forum a great place to spend some time.