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

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    With the recommendation of Brig. Gen. William Crozier, Chief of Ordnance,  then-Secretary of War William H. Taft on 19 June 1903 adopted U.S. Rifle Model 1903 .30 as the standard infantry rifle of the Army. The very first production rifle, SN#1 left the assembly line at Springfield Armory in November of the same year (100 […]

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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 their own, which sometimes takes them to the strangest places. – Christopher Eger Warship Wednesday […]

    laststandonzombieislandNoted as “Received from Office of Naval Intelligence”, Naval History and Heritage Command Catalog #: NH 64265 (Click to big up 1200x881)Schutzgebiet Kiautschou Besitznahme von Kiautschou am 14. Nov. 1897 durch Kaiserl. MarineeinheitenUSS ABARENDA, right and SMS CORMORAN saluting the Naval Station. Description: Copied from Amerika Samoa by Capt. J. A. C. Gray, MC, USN, (following page 108); Catalog #: NH 117548German forces being trained in New Guinea via Australian War MemorialCompare to her appearance with three masts aboveCormoran (ship) moored opposite the Botanic Gardens in Brisbane after 1909. Note her two-mast rigp011_0_00_1The SMS Cormoran in the waters of Tsingtao, 1914. Photo from the Herbert T. Ward collection courtesy of the Micronesian Area Research Center (MARC).Hilfskreuzer S.M.S. CORORAN II im Jahre 1916 im Hafen von Apra, Guam (Fotograf unbekannt, Marineschule Mürwik)A comparison of the old Cormoran, right, and new oneA Japanese lithograph, showing the Japanese fighting German troops during the conquest of the German colony Tsingtao (today Qingdao) in China between 13 September and 7 November 1914. Via National Archives.Map of SMS Cormoran travels before reaching Guam on 14 December 1914. Courtesy of Tony “Malia” Ramirez. Guampedia FoundationThe German radio station at Yap Island. Cormoran called here while on the run and left with the crew of the scuttled SMS PlanetUSS Supply, Guam's station ship, left, with SMS Cormoran in the centercormoran-1914The re-purposed Russian steamer carried the crews not only from Cormoran but two German gunboats, a survey ship and several colonials Happy New Year!Swim call in Apra harbor19409792_137955832318SMS Geier's crew under arrest by Army regulars in Hawaii, 7 Aprl 1917. 15888574968_c250914e93_bpalau-navire-allemandpalau-sms-cormoran-1914Drawing via WikilaststandonzombieislandNoted as “Received from Office of Naval Intelligence”, Naval History and Heritage Command Catalog #: NH 64265 (Click to big up 1200x881)Schutzgebiet Kiautschou Besitznahme von Kiautschou am 14. Nov. 1897 durch Kaiserl. MarineeinheitenUSS ABARENDA, right and SMS CORMORAN saluting the Naval Station. Description: Copied from Amerika Samoa by Capt. J. A. C. Gray, MC, USN, (following page 108); Catalog #: NH 117548German forces being trained in New Guinea via Australian War MemorialCompare to her appearance with three masts aboveCormoran (ship) moored opposite the Botanic Gardens in Brisbane after 1909. Note her two-mast rigp011_0_00_1The SMS Cormoran in the waters of Tsingtao, 1914. Photo from the Herbert T. Ward collection courtesy of the Micronesian Area Research Center (MARC).Hilfskreuzer S.M.S. CORORAN II im Jahre 1916 im Hafen von Apra, Guam (Fotograf unbekannt, Marineschule Mürwik)A comparison of the old Cormoran, right, and new oneA Japanese lithograph, showing the Japanese fighting German troops during the conquest of the German colony Tsingtao (today Qingdao) in China between 13 September and 7 November 1914. Via National Archives.Map of SMS Cormoran travels before reaching Guam on 14 December 1914. Courtesy of Tony “Malia” Ramirez. Guampedia FoundationThe German radio station at Yap Island. Cormoran called here while on the run and left with the crew of the scuttled SMS PlanetUSS Supply, Guam's station ship, left, with SMS Cormoran in the centercormoran-1914The re-purposed Russian steamer carried the crews not only from Cormoran but two German gunboats, a survey ship and several colonials Happy New Year!Swim call in Apra harbor19409792_137955832318SMS Geier's crew under arrest by Army regulars in Hawaii, 7 Aprl 1917. 15888574968_c250914e93_bpalau-navire-allemandpalau-sms-cormoran-1914Drawing via Wiki

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  • 02/25/17--05:00: Making the Doughboy
  • Infantry Soldier with full equipment (proposed) was adopted as the Model 1910. The Infantry Equipment Board convened at Rock Island Arsenal, on April 28, 1909. The purpose of this board was to decide on the number, kind, and weight of articles to be carried by the Infantry Soldier. The board examined samples of infantry and […]

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    A new study released by the Small Arms Survey found that over half of all autoloading rifles ever made for military use are either AK-type or AR-10/15 type designs. The 60-page study was authored for the Geneva, Switzerland-based SAS by N.R. Jenzen-Jones, director of Armament Research Services, an international policy-neutral technical intelligence consulting group. The […]

    laststandonzombieislandAK-47 style rifles accounted for almost half of the global production of self-loading rifles over the past century according to the study. (Graphics: Small Arms Survey)laststandonzombieislandAK-47 style rifles accounted for almost half of the global production of self-loading rifles over the past century according to the study. (Graphics: Small Arms Survey)

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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 their own, which sometimes takes them to the strangest places. – Christopher Eger Warship Wednesday […]

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    Much as once a week I like to take time off to cover warships (Wednesdays), on Sundays (when I feel like working), I like to cover military art and the painters, illustrators, sculptors, photographers and the like that produced them. Combat Gallery Sunday: The Martial Art of Robert Gibb Robert Gibb was as Scottish as […]

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    Here we see, in this image from the Imperial War Museum, RFC armorers issuing Lewis guns with Lewis and Vickers ammunition to observers and pilots of No. 22 Squadron at the aerodrome at Vert Galand, 1 April 1918– some 99 years ago today. This was during the time of the German Spring Offensive that year. […]

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    Winchester designed an anti-tank rifle in 1918. It is a bolt action chambered in .50 BMG and the grip serves as the bolt handle. The gun was patented by Edwin Pugsley and was an American take on the German T-Gewehr anti-tank rifle of the day. Ian with Forgotten Weapons has the dish best served old […]

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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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    In early April 1946 the battleship USS Missouri (BB 63), at the center of this photo, arrived at Istanbul in Turkey to return the body of the Turkish ambassador Mehmet Munir Ertegun from the U.S. and to show U.S. support and willingness to defend Turkey. The famous Dolmabahce Mosque is in the foreground. Admiral H. […]

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    Here we see a relatively fit Captain Edwin Camden, formerly of the Army of the Confederate States, then aged 75, of Volusia County, Florida, in April 1917. According to the state archives on 6 April 1917 “He put on his Civil War veteran’s uniform and tried to register for the draft on the first day […]

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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 their own, which sometimes takes them to the strangest places. – Christopher Eger Warship Wednesday, […]

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    Russian Imperial Guard Troops landing at Feodosiya, Crimea, on April 13, 1919. Caption: Part of the 105 members of the “White Russian” Imperial Guard ashore at Feodosiya on the Crimean peninsula on April 13, 1919, having just disembarked from the British Destroyer HMS TOBAGO (G61), which can be seen in the right background. The men […]

    laststandonzombieislandCourtesy of Mr. Boris V. Drashpil of Margate, Florida, 1986. Description: Catalog #: NH 101051laststandonzombieislandCourtesy of Mr. Boris V. Drashpil of Margate, Florida, 1986. Description: Catalog #: NH 101051

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    As part of C&Rsenal’s new “Anvil” series, Mark gives a classic Remington 12 gauge trench gun an update to return some of its military utility. A product of the mind of the great John Pedersen, best known for the original M51 pistol and the World War I Springfield 1903 firepower improvement device that carried his […]

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    Some 102 years ago today, the German embassy in Washington D.C. posted a warning on ships sailing under a British flag from the U.S. Notice!     Travellers intending to embark on the Atlantic voyage are reminded that a state of war exists between Germany and her allies and Great Britain and her allies; that the […]

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    Group portrait of the Australian 11th (Western Australia) Battalion, 3rd Infantry Brigade, Australian Imperial Force posing on the Great Pyramid of Giza on 10 January 1915, prior to the landing at Gallipoli. In just a few months, many of these faces would be no more. The 11th Battalion did much of their war training in […]

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  • 04/28/17--05:00: ‘A Sailor’s Prayer’
  • “A Sailor’s Prayer: A hammock-bound Sailor’s reflections on Navy lower deck life, with second thoughts as re-enlistment time nears.” Taken in a 5″/51 cal gun casemate on board USS Nevada (BB-36) by A.E. Wells, the ship’s photographer, during the early 1920s. Note ready-service shells on the casemate bulkhead, gun at left, shoes tied to hammock […]

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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 one of the most interesting tasks of a bygone era was that of making smoke, on purpose.- Christopher Eger Warship Wednesday, May 10, 2017: All Vessels: Make Smoke! “The signal […]

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  • 05/12/17--05:00: Civilized
  • Two unidentified Marines pose for a portrait in Manila, circa 1901. From the James B. Manion Collection (COLL/86) in the Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections. Note the Krag-Jorgensen rifles in .30-40 Springfield and the 45-round Mills-style cartridge belts. While the Navy and Marines of the time predominantly used 6mm Lee rifles (until the 1903 […]

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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 their own, which sometimes takes them to the strangest places. – Christopher Eger Warship Wednesday, […]

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