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

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    Born in the quiet market town of Pontefract, Yorkshire was an Englishman by the name of Charles Pears on 9 Sept. 1873. A professional illustrator from the time he was 17, Charles did his duty in the Royal Marines as an officer in World War I, although in his 40s at the time. He also […]

    laststandonzombieislandCharles Pears working on an oil painting of 'R.M.S. Orcades'laststandonzombieislandCharles Pears working on an oil painting of 'R.M.S. Orcades'"Gibraltar" by Charles Pears, for the Empire Marketing Board, 1930. Note that its a travel poster-- but he still was able to work in a plethora of Royal Navy ships on the horizon. Again, its a travel poster-- but you see the naval aspect clearly. Charles Pears paid the bills through illustrating. "New Fast Turbine Steamers" GWR poster, 1923-1947. Poster produced for the Great Western Railway (GWR) to promote the new turbine steamers St Julien and St Helier which operated on services between Weymouth and the Channel Islands. Artwork by Charles Pears, a marine painter in oil who was an Official Naval Artist during the World Wars. He worked as a poster artist for rail companies and other clients and was also a book illustrator. Dimensions: 1050 mm x 1300 mm.Poster produced for the Great Western Railway (GWR) promoting rail travel to Paignton, South Devon. The poster shows a bathing belle waving a towel on the beach, with the promenade stretching out behind her and sunbathers enjoying themselves on the beach. Artwork by Charles Pears,"HMS Queen Elizabeth" by Charles Pears. he Royal Society of Marine Artists; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation"Transport by Sea: Supplying the Navy 1917" by Charles Pears 1873-1958 Presented by the Ministry of Information 1918 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P03061Charles Pears "HMS Courageous in drydock""Battleship HMS Howe in Suez Canal"by Charles Pears"Jervis Bay action" by Charles Pears"The Bombing of The British Chancellor in Falmouth Docks, 1940" by Charles Pears"British sub K22 in drydock at Rosyth, Winter" by Charles Pears. The Royal Society of Marine Artists; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation"Streaming the para-vanes" by Charles Pears. The Royal Society of Marine Artists; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation"HMS Ullswater torpedoed. " by Charles Pears. The Royal Society of Marine Artists; Supplied by The Public Catalogue FoundationA motor launch recovering a torpedo. The Royal Society of Marine Artists; Supplied by The Public Catalogue FoundationPears - Hard Lying"A Boarding Party of Royal Naval Reserve Men Going Aboard a Prize under Searchlight" by Charles Pears"San Demetrio gets home" By Charles Pears. Collection of the IWM

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  • 10/21/14--05:00: The ultimate WWI Timecapsule
  • When French Army dragoons officer Hubert Rochereau rode off to the Great War, his family kept his room just as he left it. When Hubert did not come home, his parents preserved it as a shrine. Even though they too have left these earthly constraints to reunite with their lost son, the room endures. “A […]

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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 October 22, 2014 the Overachieving Gresham Here we see the gunboat (err. Revenue Cutter) Walter Q. Gresham of […]

    laststandonzombieislandUSRC Gresham;705.  U.S.S. Gresham 1902; photo by A. Loeffler, Tompkinsville, N.Y.USRC McCulloch in full rig. Note that McCulloch is indicative of the five ship class she came from with the exception of having a three-masted barquentine rig where as the other ships, being about 15-feet shorter, had a two mast brigantine auxillary rig. Painting, Coast Guard Academy Museum Art Collection. 2086084Maj. Gen of Volunteers, the great and Honorable W.Q. Gresham (1832-1895)gresham lochttp://lighthouseantiques.net/Revenue%20Cutter%20Serv.htm Crew of the Gresham around 1900. Note the old school Donald Duck caps. Gresham cut cleanly in two and barged through the St. Lawrence locks. Her other two sisters were subjected to the same fate. U.S.R.C. Gresham, flagship of the patrol fleet, America's Cup races. Library of Congress photo.sinking_republic_03.sizedGresham during WWII. Photo from Navsourcec. May 1947 Hatikva loaded with Jewish refugees Algerine Associates photo from Paul Silverstone's Aliyah Bet Project Aliyah Bet Project http://books.google.com/books?id=psggYctbdlQC&pg=PA105&lpg=PA105&dq=Hatikva+ship&source=bl&ots=SwRWx-nabd&sig=RH27Lu1ARpWj1UoEWq4FTtSzK08&hl=en&sa=X&ei=aBI2VMj-L5SryATovoK4Dg&ved=0CFUQ6AEwCw#v=onepage&q=Hatikva%20ship&f=false With Royal Marines coming aboard. Note her old pilot house, a relic from the 19th century. ex-Gresham, then Hatikva of the Israeli Navy (אוניית_מעפילים_התקוה) around 1948. This is the last known picture in circulation of her. The former seaplane tender made cutter USCGC GreshamUSRC Gresham as built. USCG Historians OfficelaststandonzombieislandUSRC Gresham;705. U.S.S. Gresham 1902; photo by A. Loeffler, Tompkinsville, N.Y.USRC McCulloch in full rig. Note that McCulloch is indicative of the five ship class she came from with the exception of having a three-masted barquentine rig where as the other ships, being about 15-feet shorter, had a two mast brigantine auxillary rig. Painting, Coast Guard Academy Museum Art Collection. 2086084Maj. Gen of Volunteers, the great and Honorable W.Q. Gresham (1832-1895)gresham lochttp://lighthouseantiques.net/Revenue%20Cutter%20Serv.htm Crew of the Gresham around 1900. Note the old school Donald Duck caps. Gresham cut cleanly in two and barged through the St. Lawrence locks. Her other two sisters were subjected to the same fate. U.S.R.C. Gresham, flagship of the patrol fleet, America's Cup races. Library of Congress photo.sinking_republic_03.sizedGresham during WWII. Photo from Navsourcec. May 1947 Hatikva loaded with Jewish refugees Algerine Associates photo from Paul Silverstone's Aliyah Bet Project Aliyah Bet Project http://books.google.com/books?id=psggYctbdlQC&pg=PA105&lpg=PA105&dq=Hatikva+ship&source=bl&ots=SwRWx-nabd&sig=RH27Lu1ARpWj1UoEWq4FTtSzK08&hl=en&sa=X&ei=aBI2VMj-L5SryATovoK4Dg&ved=0CFUQ6AEwCw#v=onepage&q=Hatikva%20ship&f=false With Royal Marines coming aboard. Note her old pilot house, a relic from the 19th century. ex-Gresham, then Hatikva of the Israeli Navy (אוניית_מעפילים_התקוה) around 1948. This is the last known picture in circulation of her. The former seaplane tender made cutter USCGC GreshamUSRC Gresham as built. USCG Historians Office

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    If you are a fan of modern aviation art, you know the work of Monsieur Romain Hugault. While a relative youngster (born in 1979) his work has gained international acclaim. The son of a military pilot, he earned his own pilot’s license at age 17. With his first work, Le Dernier Envol, was published in […]

    laststandonzombieislandRomain Hugault himselfRussian Polikarpov I-153 Chaika (seagull) by Romain HugaultRomain Hugault posterRomain Hugault's P-47 laststandonzombieislandRomain Hugault himselfRussian Polikarpov I-153 Chaika (seagull) by Romain HugaultRomain Hugault posterRomain Hugault's P-47 "Busty Angel"Rafael calendar illustrationby Romain HugaultBy Romain HugaultAVG pilots inspecting a L-2 Grasshopper in SE Asia by Romain Hugault

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  • 11/06/14--05:00: The coming of General Winter
  •     With the weather turning colder, I am reminded of this portrayal in a French magazine of the Russian winter blowing in off the steppes to envelope the German and Austrian Armies in World War I. I do appreciate the fact that it is a Guard Cossack in the uniform of the Tsar’s special […]

    laststandonzombieislandJanuary 9, 1915 French vision of Russia's General WinterlaststandonzombieislandJanuary 9, 1915 French vision of Russia's General Winter

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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 […]

    laststandonzombieislandUSS COLORADO WCColorado (BB-45) leading, Maryland (BB-46) following. The 3 sisters can be distinguished from one another (during the 20's and early 30's) by the forward range dial. Colorado carries hers half below the bottom of the fire control tower, the Maryland carries hers fully on the face of the fire control tower while the West Virginia (BB-48) carries hers like the Colorado but her dials are black with white numbers. Text & photo i.d. courtesy of Chris Hoehn.Photo possibly by Frank Lynch, chief photographer of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, circa 1929.Photo from the collection of Carrie Schmidt. Navsource http://www.navsource.org/archives/01/45a.htm Colorado just after commissioning. Note the rakish bow. World War One32709vUSS Colorado, overhead view 1932USS Colorado at 1934 New York naval review. While stationed for most of her career in the Pacific, she did reach the East Coast from time to time via the......Panama Canal. Click to bigup. pancernik-uss-colorado-bb-45Bow view, port side of the Colorado (BB-45) 2 October 1944.Colorado off Tarawa 1943American battleship at Tarawa by Mark LittlejonUSS Colorado off Tinian 24-July-1944 with hull damage, the result of 22 hits from shore batteriesOkinawa Landing, U.S.S. Colorado,1945 Painting By Anthony Saunders.Colorado 1945 Okinawacolorado scrap 1959ColoradoPlaqueuss_bb_45_colorado_1942-03652laststandonzombieislandUSS COLORADO WCColorado (BB-45) leading, Maryland (BB-46) following. The 3 sisters can be distinguished from one another (during the 20's and early 30's) by the forward range dial. Colorado carries hers half below the bottom of the fire control tower, the Maryland carries hers fully on the face of the fire control tower while the West Virginia (BB-48) carries hers like the Colorado but her dials are black with white numbers. Text & photo i.d. courtesy of Chris Hoehn.Photo possibly by Frank Lynch, chief photographer of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, circa 1929.Photo from the collection of Carrie Schmidt. Navsource http://www.navsource.org/archives/01/45a.htm Colorado just after commissioning. Note the rakish bow. World War One32709vUSS Colorado, overhead view 1932USS Colorado at 1934 New York naval review. While stationed for most of her career in the Pacific, she did reach the East Coast from time to time via the......Panama Canal. Click to bigup. pancernik-uss-colorado-bb-45Bow view, port side of the Colorado (BB-45) 2 October 1944.Colorado off Tarawa 1943American battleship at Tarawa by Mark LittlejonUSS Colorado off Tinian 24-July-1944 with hull damage, the result of 22 hits from shore batteriesOkinawa Landing, U.S.S. Colorado,1945 Painting By Anthony Saunders.Colorado 1945 Okinawacolorado scrap 1959ColoradoPlaqueuss_bb_45_colorado_1942-03652

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    As a country, the United States has a long history of inventing and perfecting some of the best military systems in the world. However, there was a decade or so that included one of our first foreign wars in which Uncle Sam’s GIs carried a rifle designed by a team of guys named Ole and […]

    laststandonzombieislandthe krag magazine loaded from the sideDane%20Krag_02krag rifle 1898 tampalaststandonzombieislandthe krag magazine loaded from the sideDane%20Krag_02krag rifle 1898 tampa

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    Charge of Flowerdew’s Squadron, Painted by Sir Alfred James Munnings. Currently in the Beaverbrook Collection of War Art. Canvas was formerly at the Imperial War Museum in London; but it is now in the collection of the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. Nearly three-quarters of the Canadian cavalry involved in this attack against German machine-gun […]

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  • 11/21/14--05:00: Oy, What kit is that?
  • A modern-day British Army soldier discusses his equipment with an interpreter kitted out as a British soldier from 1914.Part of ‘First World War in Focus’, an online learning resource from the National Army Museum, London.

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    William A. Lewis served his country in the United States Navy in World War Two as a young man in his twenties. Born in Mo Town, he had attended the University of Michigan just before the war and returned to it afterwards, attending the College of Engineering and College of Architecture and Design from which […]

    laststandonzombieislandA trio of controversial paintings by Michiagn University Professor William A. Lewis entitled laststandonzombieislandA trio of controversial paintings by Michiagn University Professor William A. Lewis entitled "Notices on the Gates of Hell." at First Unitarian Church, April 1963. Photo by Ann Arbor News http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19630412-artists_work " E.A. Poe" Watercolor by William A. Lewis, 1959 at the Poe Museum in Baltimore https://www.poemuseum.org/collection-details.php?id=138 The Retreat from Antwerp – British Marines and Belgian soldiers, October, 1914 by William A. Lewis | acrylic | 22″ x 15″ | 2009Revenge in the Lead – British pre-dreadnaughts patrolling in the English Channel, July 1914 by William A. Lewis | watercolor | 15″ x 11″ | 1989British A-class submarine and armored cruiser Aboukir, spring 1914 by William A. Lewis | watercolor | 22″ x 15″ | 1990-2010Patriot’s Dream | ink | 18″ x 12″ | by William A. Lewis 1955

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  • 11/24/14--05:00: The Tsar’s Crusaders
  • High up in the hills of the Georgian Caucasus mountains, is a mysterious tribe of highlanders who go by the name of the Khevsurs (also spelled Keveshur). These scattered 3200~ traditionalist Khevsureti inhabit a land dubbed Khevsuria (what else) that consists of a smattering of about two dozen small villages around Mount Borbalo that, by […]

    laststandonzombieislandkhevsur_by_gagarinkhevsur (2)Shatili village, Khevsureti, Georgia photo wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Shatili_village,_Georgia.jpg The fortified village fortress consists superimposed flat-roofed dwellings and some 60 towers which cluster together to create a single chain of fortifications, impregneble from the ground in medieval times, and impassible from above.Khevsur2KhevsurKhevsur3Khevsur4Georgian Khevsureti anarchists arriving to fight against Soviet Army,1921.laststandonzombieislandkhevsur_by_gagarinkhevsur (2)Shatili village, Khevsureti, Georgia photo wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Shatili_village,_Georgia.jpg The fortified village fortress consists superimposed flat-roofed dwellings and some 60 towers which cluster together to create a single chain of fortifications, impregneble from the ground in medieval times, and impassible from above.Khevsur2KhevsurKhevsur3Khevsur4Georgian Khevsureti anarchists arriving to fight against Soviet Army,1921.

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  • 11/29/14--05:00: Kiwi Infantry, 1918
  • George Edmund Butler’s drawing, currently in the New Zealand Military Museum Collection, entitled “Full marching kit, Corporal J W Cahill, 16 October 1918″. The artist’s annotation on this painting indicates that Corporal Cahill belonged to 14th Co, 2nd O.I.B., (14th Company, 2nd Otago Infantry Battalion), and gives his service number as 41132. Note the campaign […]

    laststandonzombieislandGeorge Edmund Butler, Full marching kit, Corporal J W Cahill, 16 October 1918 nz enfieldlaststandonzombieislandGeorge Edmund Butler, Full marching kit, Corporal J W Cahill, 16 October 1918 nz enfield

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    Lets just call a spade a spade. The Navy has a critical shortage of Subchaser/Destroyer Escort/Frigate type ships…again. Going back to the old steam and steel navy of the 1900s, the torpedo boat was put out to pasture by the destroyer (who could both kill torpedo boats and launch torps while keeping up with the […]

    laststandonzombieislandWWI-era 110-foot Subchaser #57 of the laststandonzombieislandWWI-era 110-foot Subchaser #57 of the "Splinter Fleet" these boats were small but had a lot of heart. Dont knock them for thier size-- submarines of the day weren't much largerUSS Buckley (DE-51), your typical WWII DE. 1740-tons, 306-feet, built for the fight at hand. Aerial view of Knox-class frigate USS McCandless (FF-1084) 4260-tons 438-feet long, these were excellent ASW/ASuW boats and held the line in the Atlantic for 25 years. SSC-vs-LCS-comparisonSSC-Freedom-ClassSSC-Independence-Class

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    Much as once a week I like to take time off to cover warships (Wednesdays), on Sunday, I like to cover military art and the painters, illustrators, sculptors and the like that produce them. Combat Gallery Sunday : The Martial Art of Paul Rizhenko Born in 1970 in the Northwestern Russian city of Kaluga, Pavel […]

    laststandonzombieislandRyzhenko Pavel Viktorovich2laststandonzombieislandRyzhenko Pavel Viktorovich2"Wounded," by Pavel Viktorovich Ryzhenko, depicting the last Tsar on an inspection of a military hospital near the front in World War I. "Alexander Nevsky" 2008, by Pavel Ryzhenko. "Athos" by Pavel Ryzhenko. Depicts a Russian Orthodox pilgrim staring up at the monastery of Mt.Athos in Greece, one of the most holy spots in that religion. Moscow 1941"Palace grenadiers" by Pavel Viktorovich Ryzhenko. This unit was the most elite of the Imperial Guard, made up of 100 retired Senior NCOs drawn from the whole army. The were the Winter Palace Guard and wore bearskin caps picked up during the retreat of Napoleon's Imperial Guard in 1812. "Stokhid. The Last Battle of the Life Guards Preobrazhensky Regiment 1916." By Ryzhenko, Pavel Viktorovich."Farewell to the shoulder straps", 2008, by Ryzhenko depicting a deeply monarchist officer of the White Army (note the Kornilov Deaths Head patch on his sleeve) burying his Imperial Epaulettes. You see the White Army , while being anti-Bolshevik, was anything but pro-monarchist, and those who were kept the fact largely to themselves. "Umbrella" showing a psychologically fractured daughter of an Imperial Guards colonel and wife who was just executed by Red Sailors from the battleship Gangut against the walls of the Peter and Paul Fortress in Petrograd 1919. This was regarded by many to be one of Ryzhenko's most controversial pieces. "Abdication" by Pavel Ryzhenko, portraying Colonel Alexander Pavlovich Kutepov, the last commander of the Preobrazhensky Regiment of Foot Guards and the man who held the Winter Palace during the March Revolution removing his shoulder straps after hearing of the end of the 304-year Romanov reign coming to an end. Kutepov would later become an important leader of the Whites during the Civil War"Repentance" by Pavel Viktorovich Ryzhenko. The imagry of the Red Guard, complete with Trotsky cap and fallen banner, when awed by the church bells is powerful. "Picture as a souvenir," by the artist, 2007. Depicting a posed photo of the Tsar, his familiy and suite in the summer of 1914 in Poland just weeks before the War and Revolution would sweep them all away. "Confinement in Tsarskoe Selo. Alexander Palace,, 1917" 2004, by Pavel Ryzhenko. Depicting the Tsar, Tsarina and Heir while under house arrest at their former palace. 'The Last Inspection" depicting Tsar Nicholas II inspecting the cossacks of the convoy at Pskov March 15, 1917 after he abdicated. The men of the unit in many cases had been with the sovereign for decades and at that moment, was the last loyal force in the country. "Ipatiev house after the regicide," 2004 by Pavel Ryzhenko. Depicts the last residence of the Tsar and his family. Note the Colonel's shoulder straps cut off on the floor. They were given to Nicholas II by his father Tsar Alexander (hence the "A"). The Tsar and his entire family were shot in the basement of the Ipatiev house on the night of July 17/18, 1918 and their bodies buried in shallow graves. The Heir"Faith, Tsar and Fatherland 1905 Forgotten War" by Pavel Viktorovich Ryzhenko showing Russian military artist Vasili Verestchagin aboard battleship Petropavlovsk with Admiral Makarov just before it sank. I love the sailors in the background. Ryzhenko in his studio in 2013 with "Wounded" behind himRyzhenko at work on a mural. He completed several huge ones including the painting at the Minsk military park.

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  • 12/25/14--05:00: Merry Christmas…
  • “A Christmas Truce – British and Germans Fraternise, December 1914 Soldiers of the rival armies exchanged sweets, cigars and cigarettes, and sang carols and sung in unison” An ink drawing from the front page of ‘The Sphere‘ illustrated newspaper dated the 9th of January 1915. (Colourised by Royston Leonard from the UK)

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  • 12/25/14--05:00: Rare Russian Contract Luger
  • The Tsar’s military and police typically bought locally made rifles and carbines during their long history. Handguns, however, prior to about 1926, were not really a Russian thing. In the 1860s the Russians bought a series of Colt and Remington revolvers in small numbers until Smith and Wesson won big with a contract of more […]

    laststandonzombieislandDWM Model 1906 Russian Military Contract Semi-Automatic LugerDWM Model 1906 Russian Military Contract Semi-Automatic Luger mosin rifles crossedlaststandonzombieislandDWM Model 1906 Russian Military Contract Semi-Automatic LugerDWM Model 1906 Russian Military Contract Semi-Automatic Luger mosin rifles crossed

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    The Great War on the Western Front started in August 1914 as a vast war of maneuver in which 7 German Armies swept across Belgium, Northern France and Luxembourg and met a combined Anglo-French force. Stopped at the Marne some six weeks into the war, everything got rather…static. Each side dug in and kept digging […]

    laststandonzombieislandRoyal Seaforths holding a trench while under fire from a German sniper along the Western Front, 1914. You can see where sitting like this all day would get old and at night, some of the more adventuresome lads went looking for a little payback. A raiding party of the 1 8th irish King’s Liverpool Regiment, April 1916. IWM imageBritish Armor experiments with plated vests and eye pro, 1915. Tell me this doesnt scream steampunk!More of the Experimental British Trench Raiding Ensemble 1915 to include steel cover and gauntlet with daggerAnd another version of plateThe Germans very much got into the act as well, only mainly reserving their armor for snipers Thus....The Allies captured huge caches of the stuff in 1918Which led to ballistics experiments by both the French and British showing that, against rifle bullets of the time, the armor was virtually useless, but still provided a modicum of protection from edged weapons, shrapnel and low-powered handgun rounds.laststandonzombieislandRoyal Seaforths holding a trench while under fire from a German sniper along the Western Front, 1914. You can see where sitting like this all day would get old and at night, some of the more adventuresome lads went looking for a little payback. A raiding party of the 1 8th irish King’s Liverpool Regiment, April 1916. IWM imageBritish Armor experiments with plated vests and eye pro, 1915. Tell me this doesnt scream steampunk!More of the Experimental British Trench Raiding Ensemble 1915 to include steel cover and gauntlet with daggerAnd another version of plateThe Germans very much got into the act as well, only mainly reserving their armor for snipers Thus....The Allies captured huge caches of the stuff in 1918Which led to ballistics experiments by both the French and British showing that, against rifle bullets of the time, the armor was virtually useless, but still provided a modicum of protection from edged weapons, shrapnel and low-powered handgun rounds.

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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 […]

    laststandonzombieislandSaint Anne by  Eugene VoishvilloThe steam yacht Jeannette, formerly HMS Pandora, HMS Newport's sistership at Le Havre, France, in 1878, prior to her departure for San Francisco, CA. She is flying the US Yacht Ensign and would become the USS Jeanette. Yacht Blencathra (formerly HMS Newport)HMS Newport as  Svyataya Anna in St Petersburg, 1912Georgy Brusilov and Valerian Albanov (left to right)Yerminia Zhdanko, Saint Anna in backgroundArctic expedition George Brusilov on the schooner Saint AnnaValerian Albanov and Alexander Conrad float to the schooner St. Fock in their schooner. Original Russian version of Albanov's book as it appeared in 1916. The sketch was done by himEnglish version of Albanov's bookUntitledNansen's planned drift, via Wiki. imgp05431_521009466-i_010laststandonzombieislandSaint Anne by Eugene VoishvilloThe steam yacht Jeannette, formerly HMS Pandora, HMS Newport's sistership at Le Havre, France, in 1878, prior to her departure for San Francisco, CA. She is flying the US Yacht Ensign and would become the USS Jeanette. Yacht Blencathra (formerly HMS Newport)HMS Newport as Svyataya Anna in St Petersburg, 1912Georgy Brusilov and Valerian Albanov (left to right)Yerminia Zhdanko, Saint Anna in backgroundArctic expedition George Brusilov on the schooner Saint AnnaValerian Albanov and Alexander Conrad float to the schooner St. Fock in their schooner. Original Russian version of Albanov's book as it appeared in 1916. The sketch was done by himEnglish version of Albanov's bookUntitledNansen's planned drift, via Wiki. imgp05431_521009466-i_010

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    Much as once a week I like to take time off to cover warships (Wednesdays), on Sunday, I like to cover military art and the painters, illustrators, sculptors and the like that produce them. Combat Gallery Sunday : The Martial Art of William Barnes Wollen  The martial art of William Barnes Wollen Born in Leipzig […]

    laststandonzombieislandThe Scouts - William Barnes Wollen depicting the use of light cavalry (Hussars) during the Napoleonic WarslaststandonzombieislandThe Scouts - William Barnes Wollen depicting the use of light cavalry (Hussars) during the Napoleonic Wars"The Last Stand of the 44th at Gundamuck," by William Barnes Wollen. In 1841 the 44th was in Kabul where uprising endangered the garrison. Constantly attacked, without shelter or food, the force waded in deep snow through narrow passes for four days trying to reach Jellalabad. As rear guard, a stand was made by 20 men at Gundamuck . Lieutenant Thomas Souter tore the Regimental Colour from its pike and wrapped it round his body. The Afghans saw the silk and thought it the waistcoat of a person of high rank suitable for ransom. Souter and Colour survived, but the Queen's Colour was lost. The painting, done by Wollen in 1882, is currently at the Essex Regiment Museum."The Flag: Albuhera 16 May, 1811" by William Barnes WollenThe 21 Lancers at Omdurman, Sudan - William Barnes WollenThe Black Watch at Bay, at Quatre Bras in 1815 - William Barnes WollenBritiian's Watchdogs by William Barnes Wollen depicting Napolean on the island of Elba watching the Royal Navy keeping tabs on him. (c) Museums Sheffield; Supplied by The Public Catalogue FoundationBattle of Lexington, 19 April 1775, by William Barns Wollen. Painted in 1910, it dipicts the famous first battle of the Revolutioary War. It is currently on display at the National Army Museum in LondonBattle of Abu Klea during the Sudan Campaign by William Barnes Wollen, in the collection of the National Army Museum; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation"The Coldstream Guards 1914"The Second Battle of Ypres (Frezenberg) by artist William Barnes Wollen, 1915 in collection of Canadian Military Museum and on display at the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Regimental Museum, CalgaryThe Last Stand of the 2nd Devons at Bois-des-Buttes, 27 May 1918 - William Barnes Wollen2nd Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry fight the Prussian Guard at the Battle of Nonne Bosschen, 11 November 1914, by William Barnes WollenWilliam Barnes Wollen, "Observation Post, winter," One of Wollen's final paintings. It is currrently in the New Zealand Army war art collection. http://warart.archives.govt.nz/node/587

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    Much as once a week I like to take time off to cover warships (Wednesdays), on Sunday, I like to cover military art and the painters, illustrators, sculptors and the like that produce them. -Christopher Eger Combat Gallery Sunday : The Martial Art of Anton Otto Fischer Remembered by many in the art community as […]

    laststandonzombieislandSaturday Evening Post cover by Fischer. In all he did over 400 illustrations for the magazineSaloon Shootout by Anton Otto Fischer, 1919. Note the surprised expression on the Tomato's face...pricelessThe Grand Army of the Republic vs the American Expeditionary Force by Anton Otto Fischer. The GAR was the veterans organzation of the Union Civil War vets, and is apparently isnt too happy with the WWI doughboy from the 42nd Rainbow Division of Maj.Gen McArthur. Anton-Otto-Fischer-Other-Life-Magazine-Covers-MontageViewing an Illustration, 1919. Such detail...2085448102450929988SEP coverJohn Paul Jone's Bonhomme Richard vs HMS Serapis, 23 September 1779. Artwork of Anton Otto. Fischer. From the US Navy Art Collection2296554334983916889Anton Otto Fischer - The Perils of Pauay-Phillipine Islands-1788210527044700644Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea - art by Anton Otto Fischer41035546439319763029Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea - art by Anton Otto Fischer4Seaplane down at seaTwenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea - art by Anton Otto Fischer4Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea - art by Anton Otto Fischer4Fischer, a LCDR in his 60s, and at war. Burning Tanker of the North Atlantic, Feb 1943. Fischer saw this first hand from the Campbell. Captain At Sea, Anton Otto Fischer. Click to big up to appreciate the skipper's joy and misery. Atlantic Carrier Escort GroupCoast Guard Cutter Campbell by Fischer. Formosa Patrol by Anton Otto Fischer. British sloop getting some post-WWII actionlaststandonzombieislandSaturday Evening Post cover by Fischer. In all he did over 400 illustrations for the magazineSaloon Shootout by Anton Otto Fischer, 1919. Note the surprised expression on the Tomato's face...pricelessThe Grand Army of the Republic vs the American Expeditionary Force by Anton Otto Fischer. The GAR was the veterans organzation of the Union Civil War vets, and is apparently isnt too happy with the WWI doughboy from the 42nd Rainbow Division of Maj.Gen McArthur. Anton-Otto-Fischer-Other-Life-Magazine-Covers-MontageViewing an Illustration, 1919. Such detail...2085448102450929988SEP coverJohn Paul Jone's Bonhomme Richard vs HMS Serapis, 23 September 1779. Artwork of Anton Otto. Fischer. From the US Navy Art Collection2296554334983916889Anton Otto Fischer - The Perils of Pauay-Phillipine Islands-1788210527044700644Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea - art by Anton Otto Fischer41035546439319763029Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea - art by Anton Otto Fischer4Seaplane down at seaTwenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea - art by Anton Otto Fischer4Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea - art by Anton Otto Fischer4Fischer, a LCDR in his 60s, and at war. Burning Tanker of the North Atlantic, Feb 1943. Fischer saw this first hand from the Campbell. Captain At Sea, Anton Otto Fischer. Click to big up to appreciate the skipper's joy and misery. Atlantic Carrier Escort GroupCoast Guard Cutter Campbell by Fischer. Formosa Patrol by Anton Otto Fischer. British sloop getting some post-WWII action"Fight to the Last oil"on canvas by Anton Otto Fisher, Coast Guard Artist, USCG collectionChase of the CONSTITUTION, July 1812 Painting by Anton Otto Fischer, depicting the boats of U.S. Frigate CONSTITUTION towing her in a calm, while she was being pursued by a squadron of British warships, 18 July 1812. NHHC Photo NH 85542-KN - See more at: http://www.navyhistory.org/2012/05/new-video-series-on-the-war-of-1812/#sthash.4bezdSre.dpufClipper Ship at Sea. Oil on canvas, circa 1950. One of FIscher's last works, done in his late 60s. By then he was just painting what he wanted and you can see an old man's thoughts of a young man's sailing years at the turn of the Century. "Crew of the Revenue Cutter Bear ferrying stranded whalemen," By Anton Otto Fischer. From the USCG Collection

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