Saturday, Jan 14, 2012
Owen Thornton and Bob Chatt Star in the Premier of Combat Cash
Discovery Channel has produced such a unique and refreshing new reality series in COMBAT CASH. On January 11th, I had the opportunity to attend the premier party and view two back-to-back episodes, which were a roaring success with the crowd. Nearly immediately after it aired, Bob and Owen were met with emails from fans and collectors alike wanting to know and see more about this great, history-based reality show.
The first episode was about Bob and Owen’s quest to locate a rare and unique World War II Japanese Hago Tank for a tank collector. Later, they purchase Sadaam Hussein progranda banner which was retrieved from Operation Iraqi Freedom. In addition, Owen’s passion for paratrooping collectibles led them to a seller of a rare BSA 1942 foldout paratrooper bicycle. However, this was not the easiest purchase of the show. Owen was forced to prove his love for the paratroopers by jumping out of an airplane.
Viewers learned about about the amphibious “DUCK” vehicles which were used in D-Day to take soldiers from ship to shore in the second episode. Bob and Owen participate in an annual D-Day live re-enactment in Ohio which included these DUCKs, planes, and thousands of enthusiasts bounding the shores of Lake Erie. We also got an insight into a rare collection of WWII guns as Bob and Owen get to fire away in attempts to create actual sound recordings of these guns being shot for the sound effects of a video game.
Of all the subjects I took in school, history was the one which I struggled the most with. All of the dates and facts were hard for me to memorize. In COMBAT CASH, I am given a reminder of what our veterans experienced in our war-time history. What is surprising to me is the number of military and historical enthusiasts not only throughout our country, but also throughout the world. With my never-ending love for good reality shows, this show is a rare one which I can not only get good laughs from, but also learn from. If history isn’t your cup of tea… I would still highly recommend this show to friends, “hubbies”, and anybody who loves The History Channel.
Kudos to The Discovery Channel for discovering such an interesting aspect of American culture and bringing us into the world of militaria collecting.
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