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Hello from France

Sun Sep 20, 2009 13:08

Hello to all.
My name is Gérard. I'm native of France and been born in Normandy, in 15 km of beach of the landing ( Omaha).
I collect the material of US WWII and British for 35 years, with a specialization on the material of Medical Department. I have a rather important collection on this subject and I wish to share it with you.
Medic

My collection....
http://www.39-45.org/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=20864

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Re: Hello from France

Sun Sep 20, 2009 23:19

Welcome. You have a very nice collection, thanks for sharing. Mike

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Re: Hello from France

Mon Sep 21, 2009 05:37

Medic44 - first I would like to say welcome to the forum and I hope you find it as helpful as I have. Feel free to share any questions, comments or information with the other members here. Second, thanks for sharing your collection. You have a lot of interesting items, some of which I would like to have :)
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Re: Hello from France

Mon Sep 21, 2009 18:19

sgtpeter wrote:Medic44 - first I would like to say welcome to the forum and I hope you find it as helpful as I have. Feel free to share any questions, comments or information with the other members here. Second, thanks for sharing your collection. You have a lot of interesting items, some of which I would like to have :)


Hello and thank you for your reception.
I am going to try to put up a good show on your forum.
Friendly.
Medic

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Re: Hello from France

Tue Sep 22, 2009 16:59

Hi Gérard,
Bienvenue au Forum MRC ! Bravo pour ta collection, elle comprend sans aucun doute de très belles pièces .
I browsed through your link (i.e. forum) and couldn't help having a feeling of "déjà vu" - indeed your presentation of medical items looks very familiar, as if inspired by our MRC webpages . Moreover, some paragraphs follow an identical pattern of presentation, explanation, illustration, data, up to some pertinent remarks ... the only true difference being that everything is written in French !
No doubt you've found at least 'some' inspiration in our website (or maybe the older 'WWII Combat Medic' website which I already ran with Dave S, quite a few years ago) . There seem to be indeed some strange 'coincidences' in it all , although there's not a single statement referring to a possible 'outside' source . Of course, French (or French-speaking) collectors would'nt be tempted to visit our website because of the language barrier .
I have the following general statement : I'm rather open-minded, but we've had our problems with unscrupulous people taking over, copying, commercialising, texts and/or pictures received from Veterans, posting them on their own website or pretending the info is theirs, and even selling some of our reproductions on eBay, and are therefore very careful - our work represents a lot of time spent on research, correspondence, review, and editing, and we therefore consider ourselves to be the 'moral' proprietors of whatever is posted on the MRC webpages .
Should anyone be interested to borrow, use, or take over, any of its contents, I would strongly suggest to ask first !
No hard feelings .
Regards ,
Alain S. Batens (MRC Administrator) :wink:
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Re: Hello from France

Wed Sep 23, 2009 19:07

Alain wrote:Hi Gérard,
Bienvenue au Forum MRC ! Bravo pour ta collection, elle comprend sans aucun doute de très belles pièces .
I browsed through your link (i.e. forum) and couldn't help having a feeling of "déjà vu" - indeed your presentation of medical items looks very familiar, as if inspired by our MRC webpages . Moreover, some paragraphs follow an identical pattern of presentation, explanation, illustration, data, up to some pertinent remarks ... the only true difference being that everything is written in French !
No doubt you've found at least 'some' inspiration in our website (or maybe the older 'WWII Combat Medic' website which I already ran with Dave S, quite a few years ago) . There seem to be indeed some strange 'coincidences' in it all , although there's not a single statement referring to a possible 'outside' source . Of course, French (or French-speaking) collectors would'nt be tempted to visit our website because of the language barrier .
I have the following general statement : I'm rather open-minded, but we've had our problems with unscrupulous people taking over, copying, commercialising, texts and/or pictures received from Veterans, posting them on their own website or pretending the info is theirs, and even selling some of our reproductions on eBay, and are therefore very careful - our work represents a lot of time spent on research, correspondence, review, and editing, and we therefore consider ourselves to be the 'moral' proprietors of whatever is posted on the MRC webpages .
Should anyone be interested to borrow, use, or take over, any of its contents, I would strongly suggest to ask first !
No hard feelings .
Regards ,
Alain S. Batens (MRC Administrator) :wink:


Hello.
First of all, bravo for the work which you made on the site.
You are a reference for the collectors of the Medical Depatment.
I do not want to make for you of shade, and a big part(party) of the information of my page result from your site, various works (Technical Manual, manual Field, Medical of soldier Handbook, Medical Manuel).
My page has no financial purpose, or to make you shade. Only a way to emphasize my collection and to go up that this collection and a collection in by whole.
I hope not to have you offended, to have taken you as a reference for my file, if it is the case, please excuse me for it.
Friendly.
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Re: Hello from France

Wed Sep 23, 2009 21:32

OK, this is only a linguistic comment.

"Gerard" from France, I think, is using in the previous post "shade" directly translated from a French expression, "faire ombrage ". So a word-for-word translation into English would involve "shade". But the meaning of the expression as he uses it, has nothing to do with the English sense of "shade".

He means, I think, "I didn't mean to insult or upset you by what I did". Or, possibly one of the following: I didn't mean to overreach, take what wasn't mine, challenge you, cast a shadow on your ownership of the words.

Again, am not commenting on the circumstances, or anything that was done--but just mentioning a possible meaning for the French expression Gerard translated word-for-word, but not meaning-for-meaning.

Because his use of shade in the idiomatic sense in the previous message, isn't comprehensible in English.

My guess,
Lois

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Re: Hello from France

Thu Sep 24, 2009 08:00

Dear Lois,
Thank you for trying to explain some of the intricate use of French expressions. I am aware 'Gérard' is not very familiar with the English language, but I perfectly understood what he is trying to explain. I will certainly reply to his message on this Forum.

Allow me to say, that I was tempted to reply in French, but as this is an English-Language website, I preferred to do it in English (after all he addressed the Forum in English too). I have no problem with French, I was involved in international business for 30 years and speak and write 5 languages.

Thanks for taking the time and offering to help.
Kind regards,
Alain :)
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Re: Hello from France

Thu Sep 24, 2009 09:15

Hi Gérard,
Thanks for your comments.
My partner, Ben Major and I are not here to be 'glorified' for our work and the contents of our MRC website. We just want 'respect' for our work, that's all!
As previously stated, there are some specific illustrations, data, remarks which were certainly not based on FMs, TMs, or other medical-related literature, but which represent items pertaining to our private collections, and mere 'copies' of our presentation work.
You haven't really offended us, but it would have been so easy to ask for our permission to use some of our website contents (for your Forum presentations) as some other people do. You could at least have included a link to the MRC website, or credited us as a partial source of your inputs (you can still do this, it's not too late).
Rest assured that I will continue to monitor Forums, Magazines, and Publications ...
Regards,
Alain S. Batens :!:
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