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

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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, […]

    laststandonzombieislandU.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph # NH 57497Forward turret crew Gunner's Mates pose by the breech of one of the ship's 13laststandonzombieislandU.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph # NH 57497Forward turret crew Gunner's Mates pose by the breech of one of the ship's 13"/35 guns, 1903. Note the ex-Apprentice marks (figure "8" knot badges) worn by two of these men.Photo # NH 57494, from the collections of the United States Naval Historical Center.Champion guns crew with Lieutenant Lewis J. Clark, 1903. They are posed with a 13-inch shell, on the foredeck in front of the ship's forward 13"/35 gun turret.Photo # NH 57495.Crew members F. Petry (left) and W.M. Langridge (in gun) pose at the breech of one of the ship's 13"/35 guns, 1903. Note the "A" with figure "8" knot on Petry's shirt. Photo # NH 57496

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  • 02/08/18--05:00: Yours for Democracy…
  • A very proud Doughboy, and recent college graduate, armed with a brand new Enfield M1917 30.06 rifle and ready to go “Over There.” The back of this photo was signed “Forrest G. Johnson, Yours for Democracy.” Via Harpers Ferry National Historical Park: Forrest Griffin Johnson was born in Bolivar, WV on May 5, 1895. He […]

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    More than 10,000 Ordnance QF 18-pounder MkI&II field guns were made by Armstrong, Vickers and the Royal Arsenal between 1903 and 1940 until they were phased out by the 25-pounder, though they remained in operation throughout WWII and in far-flung Commonwealth countries as late as the 1970s. The 2,800-pound light gun, with its 84mm 18.5-pound […]

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  • 02/20/18--05:00: Emilie…
  • Description: Breech of a large Naval Gun. Photographed on board a battleship, circa 1913. The ship is probably USS Rhode Island (Battleship # 17), and the gun is presumably an 8/45 or 12/45. Note the name Emilie painted on it. Commissioned into the Atlantic Fleet in February 1906, Rhode Island was one of five Virginia-class […]

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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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    The UK’s National Army Museum recently announced they have received a historic revolver tied to an iconic British adventurer from World War I. The revolver, which looks to be an early Smith & Wesson 1st Model Hand Ejector in .44 — the company’s first N-frame– is engraved with the name of Ashraf Bey. Who? More […]

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    You know the 100th anniversary this month of the “glorious Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army” would showcase a bunch of vintage Soviet hardware, still in remarkable condition. The Russian Ministry of Defense has been releasing a bunch of images a military parade in Severomorsk in honor of the 100th anniversary of the formation of the […]

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    American soldiers wearing captured German “donut” flame throwers, Ménil-la-Tour, France, 6 March 1918, described as “liquid fire machines” recovered from No Man’s Land. Front view… The device, dubbed the Wechselapparat M1917 or Wex in German service, was a small, portable flame device, replacing the troublesome Kleinflammenwerfer M.16 (“Kleif”), and was reintroduced in German service in […]

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    “167th Infantry, 2nd Battalion, Co. F. –Cpl Howard Thompson holding pistol of German whom Sgt James W. White killed in No Man’s Land with the butt of his pistol. A patrol of 5 men met 10 Germans in No Man’s Land on March 7, 1918. Cpl. Thompson went into No Man’s Land in the daytime […]

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    Behold: the forgotten Great War-era colors of the 116th Inf Rgt: While conducting an inventory of a seldom-used storage compartment at the Virginia War Museum in Newport News, museum worker discovered forgotten World War I Regimental flags for the 111th Field Artillery Regiment and the 116th Infantry Regiments of the 29th Division as well as […]

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  • 03/22/18--05:00: Provisioning a warship
  • “This drawing gives a splendid idea of the hugeness of the task of keeping a warship fighting trim. It represents the food for the officers and the men only. The food for the guns is, of course, another very big item” Looking at the turret layout, the warships look to be early St Vincent-class or […]

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    The Battle of Moreuil Wood on March 30, 1918, is captured in the painting “Charge of Flowerdew’s Squadron” by Sir Alfred Munnings via the Canadian War Museum: The story behind the charge: “The Canadian charge at Moreuil Wood occurred at the height of the Kaiserschlacht, the German Spring Offensive of 1918, a massive assault on […]

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  • 04/14/18--05:00: Fit for a Kingsman
  • The folding clasp knife, aka jackknife, aka pocketknife, aka penknife, aka peasant knife, et. al, in military ancillary use dates back to the Roman Legions as early as 200~ AD. Fast forward to the 19th Century and the level of inexpensive standardization that was brought about by the Industrial Revolution, and good folders became available […]

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  • 04/19/18--05:00: The Cricket Ball grenade
  • This bad boy seemed like a good idea at the time it was invented, but the lengthy fuze and the fact that it was thrown to some of the most capable hobby bowlers in Thrace gave it an Achilles heel. From the AWM The Turkish 1914 model hand grenade, better known to the Australians as […]

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    These are not the kind of guys you want to pick a fight with. Ensign Schuyler F. Heim and other members of the landing party from the South Carolina-class battleship USS Michigan (BB-27) preparing to disembark, 22 April 1914, at Vera Cruz, Mexico. Their white uniforms have been crudely dyed for camouflage purposes. Heim is […]

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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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  • 04/30/18--05:00: Yup, that’s possum
  • Here we see a busby for officers in the 2nd Life Hussar Regiment “Königin Viktoria von Preußen” No. 2. The regiment was garrisoned in Danzig-Langfuhr and was part of the XVII. Army Corps in Danzig under General August von Mackensen in August 1914, though they were rushed to the Western Front in the opening stages […]

    laststandonzombieislandUnteroffizier, 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Viktoria von Preussen Nr. 2 by Carl J Becker from the Anne S.K. Brown Military CollectionVictoriaLouiseUniformPrincess Victoria Louise of Prussia wears the uniform of the Leib Husaren Regt Nr. 2. in these photos from around 1910laststandonzombieislandUnteroffizier, 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Viktoria von Preussen Nr. 2 by Carl J Becker from the Anne S.K. Brown Military CollectionVictoriaLouiseUniformPrincess Victoria Louise of Prussia wears the uniform of the Leib Husaren Regt Nr. 2. in these photos from around 1910

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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, […]

    laststandonzombieislandCrewmen in whites pose amidships with sea bags and her commissioning pennant, circa 1918-19. Description: Courtesy of Paul H. Silverstone, 1983 NH 94994laststandonzombieislandCrewmen in whites pose amidships with sea bags and her commissioning pennant, circa 1918-19. Description: Courtesy of Paul H. Silverstone, 1983 NH 94994

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  • 05/03/18--05:00: Of Dreyse and Lignose
  • So I have been watching Babylon Berlin, a noir-style crime drama set in (go figure) Berlin during the Weimar-era based on the novels by Volker Kutscher. While it appeared on Sky Deutschland last year, Netflix has it with an English dub (or subtitles if you would rather listen to it in German) and it is […]

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    The below image shows a  great selection of Soldiers of various units of the polyglot Austro-Hungarian army in 1914 (click to big up). From left to right: Austrian Landwehr ulan cavalrymen, Austrian Landwehr (infantryman), Bosnian Jäger, Austrian Jäger, Austrian infantryman, Hungarian infantryman, Tyrolean and Imperial Jäger, Bosnian infantryman, Hungarian honvéd infantryman, Common, or joint (közös) […]

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