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

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    Here we see America’s first seagoing battleship, USS Iowa (BB-4) entering dry dock September 1, 1898, for peacetime maintenance and repair shortly after her first wartime service. You see hostilities were halted just 18 days prior to this image being taken, with the signing in Washington of a Protocol of Peace between the United States […]

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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, Sept […]

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    A group of wounded German Army prisoners receiving medical attention at first aid station of U.S. 103rd and 104th Ambulance Companies (Field Hospital), attached to the 26th “Yankee” Division’s 101st Sanitary Train. These prisoners were taken from second line trenches during the opening attack of the Battle of Saint Mihiel on the 12th of September […]

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    One of the most iconic images of the M1911 is the Great War recruiting painting “First to Fight” by James Montgomery Flagg. Flagg’s portrait, made from a sitting by then-U.S. Marine Capt. Ross Erastus “Rusty” Rowell, graces man caves and military museums around the world. According to the Marine Corps Museum, who provided the photos: […]

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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: Sons of Empire Here we see the 1899 Boer War-era poster “Defenders […]

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    Authorities in the UK are getting it done when it comes to those illegally salvaging trophies from war graves offshore. Last month, the bell of the SS Mendi was presented to the President of South Africa by the Prime Minister Theresa May at a ceremony in Cape Town. Mendi, a 4,000-ton steamship of the British […]

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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 Wednesday, […]

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    The Tank Museum at Bovington had a couple of rare German WWII tanks– an early pre-production Tiger and a Jagdtiger– that need to be repainted from their incorrect schemes to a more appropriate Wehrmacht camouflage RAL color. Curator David Willey breaks it down in a very scholarly way, above.

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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 Wednesday, […]

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    Here we see “The Highest Possible Courage,” by John D. Shaw, courtesy of the U.S. National Guard Bureau. It depicts the last moments of 2LT Erwin Russell Bleckley, the first of three National Guard aviators to receive the Medal of Honor during the 20th Century. They gave the medal to his family. A Wichita bank […]

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    Via the U.S. Army Ordnance Training and Heritage Center: This Model 1918 Mark I trench knife was made in France by Au Lion in 1918 for use by US troops during World War I. The US also produced these knives during the war, but having a French contract allowed for expedited distribution to US troops […]

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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 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: A Dear Visit Maximilian Franz Viktor Zdenko Marie Kurzweil was born 12 […]

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    A colorized image of the Unknown Soldier’s casket being carried off of OLYMPIA, which is featured in the background. Via Independence Seaport Museum. You can see Gen. Blackjack Pershing to the right, commander of the AEF, and an honor guard of Marines in blues. On this date, November 9th, 1921, cruiser OLYMPIA arrived at the […]

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  • 11/09/18--05:00: The buck stops here
  • With the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I looming, it is only fitting that we take a look at the gun carried by the only President to see combat in the conflict. While the former Spanish-American War veteran President Teddy Roosevelt (R/ Bull Moose) volunteered to return to service to fight the […]

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    William Nicholson – Armistice Night, 1918. And to remember this nearly forgotten generation who changed the map of the globe forever, here is the roll call of “the last” of the lost, courtesy of Al Nofi. 1993 September 24: Danilo DajkoviÄ, at 98 the last known Montengran veteran. 1995 September 6: Matsuda Chiaki, at 99 […]

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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 1833-1946 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, Nov. […]

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    So I’ve been fooling with a vintage Frommer Stop this week. You do know of Rudolf Frommer, a bespectacled and balding banker who resembled the fictional Ernst Stavro Blofeld and, among other claims to fame, compiled the first Hungarian-German Stock Exchange dictionary of terms, yes? Although not a trained engineer, after the banker joined the […]

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  • 11/16/18--05:00: Steadfast in loyalty
  • This Bavarian Pickelhaube spiked helmet likely was brought back to the United States as a war souvenir after the Great War. The motto on the helmet “In Treue fest” translates as, “steadfast in loyalty,” and was the motto of the Kingdom of Bavaria. Said kingdom largely ceased to exist on 7 November 1918, when King Ludwig […]

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  • 11/22/18--05:00: 100 Years of Turkey Day
  • Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Here we see a quartet of U.S. Navy chief petty officers in the city of Ponta Delgado, Azores, on Thanksgiving Day, 1918. They seem to have obtained the services of one local pony and the curiosity of one stray pooch. During the Great War, the Azores became an important ASW base in […]

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