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Weapons, Wars, Preparation and Security from a recovering gun nut turned bad writer

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    The 65th Infantry Regiment has a long and unsung history. Founded originally in 1901 as the “Porto Rico Provisional Regiment of Infantry,” based at Camp Las Casas, the unit engaged a German support ship trying to violate the territory’s neutrality in 1915 then in WWI was sent as an emergency reinforcement for the Panama Canal […]

    laststandonzombieislandBorinqueneers: the only all-Hispanic unit in U. S. Army history Soldiers of the 65th, North of the Han River, Korea, June 1951. (U. S. Army photoPainting depiction of the U.S. 65th Infantry Regiment's bayonet charge against a Chinese division during the Korean War by Dominic D'andrealaststandonzombieislandBorinqueneers: the only all-Hispanic unit in U. S. Army history Soldiers of the 65th, North of the Han River, Korea, June 1951. (U. S. Army photoPainting depiction of the U.S. 65th Infantry Regiment's bayonet charge against a Chinese division during the Korean War by Dominic D'andrea

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  • 06/28/14--09:01: 100 Years ago today
  • Graffiti of Gavrilo Princip in Belgrade, Serbia. Text in Serbian reads: “Our ghosts will wander through Vienna, stroll around the palaces and scare the masters“     Scary to think that two pistol shots from a Browning .380ACP would cause 38 million casualties and sweep three empires into the dustbin of history.  

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    Behold! The 276-foot, 1100-ton British S-class destroyer HMS Stronghold. Built by Scott’s, laid down March 1918, launched 6 May 1919, and completed 2 July 1919, she was used as a test-bed for an interesting bit of kit in the 1920s. Here she is fitted with the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) Larynx. This designation was for […]

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    1st Lieutenant, 7th Cavalry Regiment This figure wears a typical uniform for US officers during the border fighting. The M1911 “olive drab” Montana-peaked hat has officers’ black and gold cords with two acorn tassels. His wool pullover campaign shirt in a similar shade has four dark brown buttons on the placket, and bears his rank […]

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  • 07/12/14--05:00: The bloated Barling
  • Here we see the flying monotonicity known as the Barling Bomber, which flew from 1923-27. Offically designated as the Witteman-Lewis XNBL-1 (Night Bombardment – Long Distance) this prototype war engine of the sky had six Liberty engines, three wings and a 10-wheel landing gear. Although this beast carried 7 machineguns (a feat not bested until […]

    laststandonzombieislandThe experimental American Witteman-Lewis XNBL-1 Barling Bomber in flight, c. 1923laststandonzombieislandThe experimental American Witteman-Lewis XNBL-1 Barling Bomber in flight, c. 1923

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    Built in 1913, 10-stories below New York’s Grand Central Terminal, lies perhaps the most strategically important room in the United States for during the World Wars. The video is a pretty neat way to spend 4-minutes

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  • 07/19/14--05:00: The art of Ernst Udet
  • Ernst Udet (1896 – 1941), second most successful fighter pilot of the first World War with 62 confirmed victories, was requested by Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen for the Jasta 11 in March 1918, he received the Pour le Mérite in April 1918 and took over the command of Jasta 4 after Richthofen was killed in […]

    laststandonzombieislandErnstUdet-coloured-photoernst-udetRumpler C.I. bomber of the Imperial German Flying Corps 1915placeHannover C.L.III.a. of the Imperial German Flying Corps 1918Junkers J.I. of the Imperial German Flying CorpsO.A.W.R.VI. bomber of the Imperial German Flying Corps 1918 (Zeppelin Staaken R.VI. built by the OAW East German Albatros Plant)Albatros D.V. of the Imperial German Flying Corps 1918Albatros B.II. of the Imperial German Flying Corps 1916Lohner C.I. Bomber of the Austro-Hungarian Flying CorpslaststandonzombieislandErnstUdet-coloured-photoernst-udetRumpler C.I. bomber of the Imperial German Flying Corps 1915placeHannover C.L.III.a. of the Imperial German Flying Corps 1918Junkers J.I. of the Imperial German Flying CorpsO.A.W.R.VI. bomber of the Imperial German Flying Corps 1918 (Zeppelin Staaken R.VI. built by the OAW East German Albatros Plant)Albatros D.V. of the Imperial German Flying Corps 1918Albatros B.II. of the Imperial German Flying Corps 1916Lohner C.I. Bomber of the Austro-Hungarian Flying Corps

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    Letter to an Unknown Soldier is creating a digital memorial for WWI by asking people to submit letters to the unknown soldier at Paddington Station. Deadline is August 4. Why? In a year jammed-full of WW1 commemoration our PROJECT invites everyone to step back from the public ceremonies and take a few private moments to […]

    laststandonzombieislandLetter to an unknown soldier, Paddington station.laststandonzombieislandLetter to an unknown soldier, Paddington station.

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    Here at LSOZI, we are going to take off every Wednesday for a look at the old steam/diesel navies of the 1859-1946 time period and will profile a different ship each week. These ships have a life, a tale all of their own, which sometimes takes them to the strangest places. - Christopher Eger Warship […]

    laststandonzombieislandcorbetazaragozaZaragoza generalgen zaragoza maxican cruisercorbetaescuelazaragozaAngel Ortiz Monasterio, the AdmiralWith her improved rigZaragozaCorbeta Escuela ZaragozaBuque_Escuela_Zaragoza....The cadetZaragoza in haze gray by 1914. She had seen a hard 25-years, crossing the Atlantic  four times, the world once, and fighting rebels of all kinds for more than fifteen years.laststandonzombieislandcorbetazaragozaZaragoza generalgen zaragoza maxican cruisercorbetaescuelazaragozaAngel Ortiz Monasterio, the AdmiralWith her improved rigZaragozaCorbeta Escuela ZaragozaBuque_Escuela_Zaragoza....The cadetZaragoza in haze gray by 1914. She had seen a hard 25-years, crossing the Atlantic four times, the world once, and fighting rebels of all kinds for more than fifteen years.

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    Here at LSOZI, we are going to take off every Wednesday for a look at the old steam/diesel navies of the 1859-1946 time period and will profile a different ship each week. These ships have a life, a tale all of their own, which sometimes takes them to the strangest places. - Christopher Eger Warship […]

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    Here at LSOZI, we are going to take out every Wednesday for a look at the old steam/diesel navies of the 1859-1946 time period and will profile a different ship each week. - Christopher Eger Warship Wednesday August 20 The Impressive Italian 17-inch Heroes Here we see the giant and remarkable for the time  Italia-class […]

    laststandonzombieislandbattleship italiaimmense 17-inch armament of the Italian Lepanto.Notice how deep the hull is. You have to put 10,000 troops somewhere!ITA italia1052Lepanto-facta-nauticaitalia op067 2slaststandonzombieislandbattleship italiaimmense 17-inch armament of the Italian Lepanto.Notice how deep the hull is. You have to put 10,000 troops somewhere!ITA italia1052Lepanto-facta-nauticaitalia op067 2s

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    The German army had an almost perverse love of railroads. During the lead-up to WWI, it was said that the German General Staff spent every waking moment working out the shortest route to move mobilized troops across the excellent Imperial rail network and into France, or Russia, or Denmark or wherever as needed. By shaving […]

    laststandonzombieislandGerman Schienenwolf railroad track destroyer in action, Itri Italy 1944A railroad plough (also known as a Schienenwolf (‘rail wolf’) or Schwellenpflug (‘sleepers plough)laststandonzombieislandGerman Schienenwolf railroad track destroyer in action, Itri Italy 1944A railroad plough (also known as a Schienenwolf (‘rail wolf’) or Schwellenpflug (‘sleepers plough)

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    Ian, my homie over at Forgotten Weapons, a man who probably has forgotten more about obscure guns than anyone has ever known, does it up with a Model 1902 Krupp-made 50mm Mountain Gun made for the Kingdom of Siam. Well worth under five minutes of your time. (If not, the money shot is at about […]

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    If you have ever picked up a bolt-action rifle made in the past century or so, odds are, at least a few of its features owe a hat tip to a gun that dates back to an age when men were men and mustaches were waxed. That’s right, we are talking about the Mauser M71, […]

    laststandonzombieislandGerman soldiers 1913 prussian reservist on left has a M71 mauser riflelaststandonzombieislandGerman soldiers 1913 prussian reservist on left has a M71 mauser rifle

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    Here at LSOZI, we are going to take off every Wednesday for a look at the old steam/diesel navies of the 1859-1946 time period and will profile a different ship each week. These ships have a life, a tale all of their own, which sometimes takes them to the strangest places. - Christopher Eger Warship […]

    laststandonzombieislandclick to bigupOne large 10-inch gun fore and another aft gave these ships some punch. ARA San MartinBelgrao making steam with a bone in her mouth. These chunky cruisers could make 20-knots, which was fast for 1894 when they were designedARA Pueyrredon. Note deck awnings in use. El ARA PueyrredónnSan Martin warping into harborara_belgrano_chococardARA Pueyrredon in Dublin in 1951. At this point this pre-SpanAm War vet was pushing her sixth decade at sea. ex-Pueyrredon being towed, 1954The Argentine Sun of May (Spanish: Sol de Mayo) national emblem on the bowcrest of ARA PueyrredonPlanta-GiuseppeGaribaldilaststandonzombieislandclick to bigupOne large 10-inch gun fore and another aft gave these ships some punch. ARA San MartinBelgrao making steam with a bone in her mouth. These chunky cruisers could make 20-knots, which was fast for 1894 when they were designedARA Pueyrredon. Note deck awnings in use. El ARA PueyrredónnSan Martin warping into harborara_belgrano_chococardARA Pueyrredon in Dublin in 1951. At this point this pre-SpanAm War vet was pushing her sixth decade at sea. ex-Pueyrredon being towed, 1954The Argentine Sun of May (Spanish: Sol de Mayo) national emblem on the bowcrest of ARA PueyrredonPlanta-GiuseppeGaribaldi

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    When the Tsar of Holy Russia was kicked from the throne by his own act of abdication in March 1917, he set in motion a chain of events that led to a short-lived democratic government swept away by the later Red October revolution. This, in turn, sparked an almost immediate civil war and famine that […]

    laststandonzombieislandTsarist Imperial Navy Admiral Alexander Vasilyevich Kolchak, who led the White Russian volunteer army in Siberia against the Bolshevik Reds. Things didnt work out too well for The Admiral, who before the war was a noted polar explorer. When turned over to the Reds by his own troops, he was interrogated, led to a hole in the ice of the frozen Agara River, and told he was to be executed. The Admiral asked the commander of the firing squad, laststandonzombieislandTsarist Imperial Navy Admiral Alexander Vasilyevich Kolchak, who led the White Russian volunteer army in Siberia against the Bolshevik Reds. Things didnt work out too well for The Admiral, who before the war was a noted polar explorer. When turned over to the Reds by his own troops, he was interrogated, led to a hole in the ice of the frozen Agara River, and told he was to be executed. The Admiral asked the commander of the firing squad, "Would you be so good as to get a message sent to my wife in Paris to say that I bless my son?" as his last words, then was shot and stuffed through the ice as depicted in this painting by FA Moskvitin. Lieutenant General PN Pyotr Wrangel (bottom row, second from left), next to Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky) and other Russian émigrés in Yugoslavia 1927. Although this group had left Russia more than seven years prior to this picture, they still have immaculate uniforms. Soviet agents would soon poison Wrangel within a year of this image.KutepovCossack Maj. Gen Vyacheslav Naumenko (tall) and Lt. Gen Andrei Shkuro (short) seen insepecting Hitler's cossacks during World War II. These elderly White generals did not lead troops during the war, but helped with support, morale and recruiting among captured Soviet army personnel. Naumenko survived the war, escaping to the U.S. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=82187251 while Shkuro was turned over by the British to the Soviets and hung in 1947. LampeHarzhevskySmyslovskiy as a cadetdeniken funeral

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    Here at LSOZI, we are going to take off every Wednesday for a look at the old steam/diesel navies of the 1859-1946 time period and will profile a different ship each week. These ships have a life, a tale all of their own, which sometimes takes them to the strangest places. - Christopher Eger Warship […]

    laststandonzombieislandAE2-PaintingAE-2-1914_055_0HMAS AE2 passing through Suez CanalH11559On route to take part in the Dardanelles campaign, the AE2 is making her own way into Aden after being towed across the Indian Ocean by the transport HMAS Berrima (background). Australian War archive P02029.0272202AE2panelUntitlednla.pic-vn4771109-vClick to embiggenlaststandonzombieislandAE2-PaintingAE-2-1914_055_0HMAS AE2 passing through Suez CanalH11559On route to take part in the Dardanelles campaign, the AE2 is making her own way into Aden after being towed across the Indian Ocean by the transport HMAS Berrima (background). Australian War archive P02029.0272202AE2panelUntitlednla.pic-vn4771109-vClick to embiggen

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    Here at LSOZI, we are going to take off every Wednesday for a look at the old steam/diesel navies of the 1859-1946 time period and will profile a different ship each week. These ships have a life, a tale all of their own, which sometimes takes them to the strangest places. - Christopher Eger Warship […]

    laststandonzombieislandScharnhorst, 1907. Click to bigup. Scharnhorst and her sister were very distinctive with their four large funnels. The two cruisers each had four double turrets with stout 210mm gunsThe German Armored cruiser Gneisenau. Date unknown.gScharnhorstThe German steamer laststandonzombieislandScharnhorst, 1907. Click to bigup. Scharnhorst and her sister were very distinctive with their four large funnels. The two cruisers each had four double turrets with stout 210mm gunsThe German Armored cruiser Gneisenau. Date unknown.gScharnhorstThe German steamer "Walküre" sunk in the harbor of Papeete, Tahiti, when the German cruisers "Scharnhorst" and "Gneisenau" shelled the townSinking of the HMS Good Hope. The 14,388-ton Drake-class armoured cruiser was formidible when designed in the 1890s, but she only had two breechloading 9.2-inch Mk 10 guns that could be used in the battle. Scharnhorst and Gneisenau gave her no chance.Chart of the engagement, showing Sturdee's chase of Von Spee's fleet. Click to make much larger. From Project Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/files/18213/18213-h/18213-h.htmSinking of the Scharnhorst painted by Admiral Thomas Jacques Somerscales currently on display at the Royal Museums GreenwichBattle of the Falkland Islands, 1914 by British Artist William Lionel Wyllie, showing Scharnhorst slipping below the waves as Gneisenau battles onHMS Inflexible picking up German sailors from Gneisenau after the battleTsingtao-Beer-Labels-Tsingtao-Brewery_57506-1scharnhorst

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  • 09/27/14--05:00: For King and Country
  • Royal Artillery Memorial. Hyde Park, London, depicting a gunner shielded by a tent half from the rain, leading the first two horses of a gun caisson through a forgotten battlefield in Flanders  

    laststandonzombieislandlaststandonzombieisland"In Proud Remembrance of the Forty Nine Thousand and Seventy Six of All Ranks of the Royal Regiment Artillery Who Gave Their Lives for King and Country in the Great War 1914-1918"

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  • 10/12/14--05:00: The marital art of Ken Riley
  • Born 1919 in Waverly, Missouri, Kenneth ‘Ken’ Riley is known primary as a ‘cowboy artist.’ This is because some of his best known works were Crow Fair, Split Horn Bonnet, and Legends of the Mandan. As such he is regarded as something of the modern Frederick Remington but in canvas. This led him to become […]

    laststandonzombieislandGrasslands By Ken Riley. Image from From laststandonzombieislandGrasslands By Ken Riley. Image from From "First People" http://www.firstpeople.us/ "Offloading Supplies" By Ken Riley. Drawn and painted from what the USCG combat artist observed at Tarawa. Note the distinctive gold circles on the naval stevedore's M1 helmets. Current in the collection of the USCG Museum. "Marines Disembark at Tarawa." Sketch by USCG combat artist Ken Riley in the collection of the Mariners MuseumSketch of of Ken Riley from the collection at the Mariners Museum "Coastguardsman Under Fire at Tarawa" By USCG Combat artist Ken Riey. From the USCG MuseumKen Riley pulp for The Saturday Evening Post, 1948The Surrender of the Army of Northern Virgina April 12, 1865 by Ken Riley. Currently in the U.S. Military Academy Museum, West Point, New York Ken Riley, The visit of the Marquis de Lafayette to the U.S, New York, July 14, 1825. From the collection of the U.S. Army National Guard. Ken Riley, Buena Vista, Mexico, February 23, 1847 Showing the charge of the 1st Mississippi Rifles under then-Col. Jefferson Davis. Wearing thier characteristic red shirts and straw hats, these men were equipped with 1841 pattern musket rifles and bowie knives. They saved Zach Taylor's bacon that day and are still remembered in the lineage of the Mississipi Army National Guard http://www.mississippirifles.com/unit/about. From the collection of the U.S. Army National Guard. “Remember the River Raisin!” by Ken Riley, depicts a scene from the October 1813 Battle of the Thames, a decisive victory for the Americans in which Chief Tecumseh gave his life and Americans re-established control over the Northwest frontier. Kentucky troops were encouraged to fight this battle as revenge for an earlier massacre of Kentucky militia at the River Raisin. From the collection of the U.S. Army National Guard.D-Day, Omaha Beach Painting by Ken Riley. D-Day, Omaha Beach Painting by Ken Riley D-Day, Omaha Beach Painting by Ken Riley From the collection of the U.S. Army National Guard"The Whites of Their Eyes" Colonial militia at Bunker Hill 1775. Ken Riley. Located at the JFK Presidential Library.

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