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

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    Between the end of WWI and the beginning of WWII, the U.S. Navy experimented with a number of, ultimately spurned, designs to create a hybrid aviation carrier or cruiser carrier– basically a cruiser hull, engineering suite, and partial main battery, but with an aircraft carrier flight deck and abbreviated hangar. Basically, a light carrier that […]

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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 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, May 16, […]

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    A U.S. Army Machine Gun Team from Company A, Ninth Machine Gun Battalion, 6th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, AEF, man a machine gun set up in railroad shop in Chateau Thierry, France, on June 7, 1918, 100 years ago today. This was during the Aisne Defensive, which in days saw the entire division take […]

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    Thomas Scott-Ellis, 8th Lord Howard de Walden, was a polymath who had ridden with the 10th Hussars in the Boer War and was always ready for a fight. From the National Trust Tommy’s enormous range of interests included: documenting heraldry as a medieval historian, editing Burke’s Peerage, competing in the 1908 Olympics at speed boat […]

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  • 06/21/18--05:00: Ford’s cutest tank
  • View of a Ford 3-Ton M1918 tankette, used during World War I and powered by a pair of Model T gaslone engines: Handwritten on back: “Ford 2-man tank, World War I. Credit: Col. Robert J. Icks Collection. Ford 3 ton light tank, c. 1918. 3.4 tons, max. speed 8 mph, two Ford Model T engines, […]

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    Built over two decades at the expense of huge portions of the French defense budget, the brainchild of French Minister of War André Maginot– some 5,000 interconnected concrete and steel blockhouses arrayed against Germany– was to provide a huge defensive line for “la Guerre de longue durée” (the war of the long duration) just in […]

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  • 06/28/18--05:00: Just what the “A1” means
  • Here is a great image from the Cody Museum showing a Great War-era Colt M1911 (bottom) compared to a post-war M1911A1. The A1 designation came about in 1924 and changes to the standard include a thicker front sight, an arched and checkered mainspring housing (to improve aim/ergonomics), a longer hammer spur (to help curb reports […]

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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 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, July […]

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    The Cody Firearms Museum has an extensive collection of historic arms and they recently got a special look at one of their original “Silencers.” The pre-NFA vintage firearm suppressor brand named by its inventor, Hiram Percy Maxim, was x-rayed by the Cody Police Department while the agency was on hand at the Wyoming-based museum this […]

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    Via the Thomas Crane Public Library’s Fore River Shipyard Postcard Collection: Commissioned into the Atlantic Fleet in February 1906, Rhode Island was one of five Virginia-class pre-dreadnoughts built between the SpanAm War and WWI. She carried four 12″/40 (30.5 cm) Mark 4s in two twin turrets and eight 8″/45 (20.3 cm) Mark 6s in four […]

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  • 07/07/18--05:00: The GPF of Gulf Shores
  • Here we see a U.S. Model 1918M1 155mm gun, the famous French GPF (Canon de 155mm Grande Puissance Filloux, a direct copy of the C modèle 1917 Schneider) of the Great War, which equipped U.S. forces overseas and– when upgraded with air brakes, new metal wheels, and pneumatic tires to allow for high-speed towing– remained […]

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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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    Here we see the Illinois-class pre-dreadnought type battleship USS Wisconsin (BB-9) drawing 23 feet of water in Gatun Lake, Panama, 16 July 1915. Obsolete within five years of her commissoning, she served with her two sisteres, Illinois and former Warship Wednesday alumn Alabama on the epic Great White Fleet and then, after a modernization in […]

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    Marine Corps Photo #530953 entitled “Ready for Anything–Maneuvers outside of Peking” showing some well-outfitted Devil Dogs clad in overseas winter gear to include fur caps readying a Browning M1917 water-cooled 30.06 machine gun while sheltering in what looks like a tilled field. Although the M1919 air-cooled Browning was around, the sustained fire M1917 was a […]

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  • 08/04/18--05:00: The old warhorse put to rest
  • Today, 84 years ago, the lion that was the 6′ 5″ German Field Marshal and President Paul Ludwig Hans Anton von Beneckendorff und von Hindenburg shuffled off to the great parade ground. He had the unique lot in life to accomplish most of the heavy lifting in his life after he had already retired. Born […]

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    Pres. Roosevelt, Admiral Dewey and Sec. Navy Moody reviewing war fleet from the patrol yacht USS Mayflower (PY-1) at Oyster Bay, Aug. 17, 1903. Flat followed by red-cyan stereo anaglyph to be viewed 3D. Library of Congress images Built for millionaire real-estate developer Ogden Goelet, he died aboard the 273-foot luxury yacht in 1897– the […]

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  • 08/21/18--05:00: Now that is Tyrolean
  • The great combined Austro-Hungarian Army of Emperor Franz Josef– as well as its two national reserve forces, the Royal Hungarian Honvéd and Imperial Austrian Landwehr–fielded the enbloc clip-fed Mannlicher M1895 rifle for the last few decades of its existence. Chambered in 8x50mmR, some 3.5 million(ish) of these were made by FEG in Hungary and Steyr […]

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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 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, Aug. […]

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    When looking at the rare images of the Ottoman Army in the Great War, one thing stands out– the odd headgear. For info on the headgear– I give you a quick and easy reference to the M1909 Kabalak & Bashlyk!

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  • 08/25/18--05:00: The stumpy Schneider
  • Around the 1900s, the French firm of Schneider-Creusot, or Schneider et Cie, or simply just Schneider, was a steam-era industrial powerhouse. Starting off with locomotives and the Creusot steam hammer generation before, the company soon branched out into munition with their small and medium-caliber Canet guns for French-built warships and the famous “French 75,” the […]

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