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

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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 produced them. Combat Gallery Sunday: The Martial Art of Alphonse Mucha Born 24 July 1860 in the small Moravian mountain town of Ivančice–a […]

    laststandonzombieislandThe artistAlphonse Mucha The Seasons, 1896, Spring and Summer .Fall and winterThis one reminds me of someone specialLuna1T8yKThe application of the artist's eye. The model and final artwork for a 1903 illustrationZodiac 1896job cigarettes ad Alphonse MucharHoD8Soldiers DreamHe toiled away on his Slav Epic for more than a decade, often working 10 hours or more everyday. The 50 Crown note designed by Muncha100 C note-- with Crane's old lady on itPetr Chelcicky at Vodnany: Do not repay evil with evil - 1918.Vodnany was a small town caught in the crossfire between the Hussites and the Germanic forces. They chose to flee to Petr Chelcicky, a religious peasant philospher. When they arrived, they lay down exhausted and dieing, consumed by anger and grief, their homes burning in the background. Chelcicky moves amongst them with a Bible, offering comfort and support, asking that they do not seek vengeance. After the Battle of Grunwald (1st Tannenberg) 1410 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Grunwald during the Polish–Lithuanian–Teutonic War. The early fourteenth century was marked by military incursions by the German Order of Teutonic Knights into the land of the Northern Slavs. In response, The Polish King Wladyslaw Jagiello and the Czech King Vaclav IV signed a defensive treaty which was first acted upon at the battle of Grunwaldu in 1410 when the Slavs won an important victory. Mucha elects to illustrate not the fighting but the aftermath, with the Polish King holding his face in sorrow as he views the cost to both enemy and ally.Defense of Sziget against the Turks by Nicholas Zrinsky. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Szigetv%C3%A1r during the the Ottoman–Habsburg wars, 1566 In 1566 The Turks began advancing along the Danube into the Hungarian plains. Their advance was eventually halted at the city of Sziget by a citizens' army let by Croatian nobleman, Nicholas Zrinsky. With the  town under siege, he was obliged to fire the Old Town to deter advances. After a further nineteen days and with Zrinsky dead, the women of the city took refuge a watchtower; Zrinsky's widow, realising the inevitability of defeat, threw a touch into a gunpowder store, destroying the city but inflicting damage on the Turkish army which halted their progress.After the Battle of Vitkov Hill. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_V%C3%ADtkov_Hill during the Hussite wars 1420. In the early stages of the Hussite wars, the German King occupied the castle at Prague and was crowned king. A peasant army of Hus's followers arrived from Southern Bohemia to oppose the Germans, led by a brilliant military leader, Jan Zizka of Troenov. Their position at the hill of Vitkov was under siege until relieved by a group of Czech soldiers from Prague arrived, led by a priest bearing a monstrance. The mural shows the priest at a field bearing the monstrance and surrounded by supplicating clergy, with Prague's Hradcany Castle visible to the right. Stained glass by Mucha at St. Vitus, 1931Non a smile in the bunch on either side. German troops enter Prague,March 1939. Mucha would be dead within four months and his very funeral a spark of resistance in occupied Europe-- one of the first. The Epic on display. Keep in mind its 20 panelsMucha-Inspired-Tattoo-4laststandonzombieislandThe artistAlphonse Mucha The Seasons, 1896, Spring and Summer .Fall and winterThis one reminds me of someone specialLuna1T8yKThe application of the artist's eye. The model and final artwork for a 1903 illustrationZodiac 1896job cigarettes ad Alphonse MucharHoD8Soldiers DreamHe toiled away on his Slav Epic for more than a decade, often working 10 hours or more everyday. The 50 Crown note designed by Muncha100 C note-- with Crane's old lady on itPetr Chelcicky at Vodnany: Do not repay evil with evil - 1918.Vodnany was a small town caught in the crossfire between the Hussites and the Germanic forces. They chose to flee to Petr Chelcicky, a religious peasant philospher. When they arrived, they lay down exhausted and dieing, consumed by anger and grief, their homes burning in the background. Chelcicky moves amongst them with a Bible, offering comfort and support, asking that they do not seek vengeance. After the Battle of Grunwald (1st Tannenberg) 1410 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Grunwald during the Polish–Lithuanian–Teutonic War. The early fourteenth century was marked by military incursions by the German Order of Teutonic Knights into the land of the Northern Slavs. In response, The Polish King Wladyslaw Jagiello and the Czech King Vaclav IV signed a defensive treaty which was first acted upon at the battle of Grunwaldu in 1410 when the Slavs won an important victory. Mucha elects to illustrate not the fighting but the aftermath, with the Polish King holding his face in sorrow as he views the cost to both enemy and ally.Defense of Sziget against the Turks by Nicholas Zrinsky. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Szigetv%C3%A1r during the the Ottoman–Habsburg wars, 1566 In 1566 The Turks began advancing along the Danube into the Hungarian plains. Their advance was eventually halted at the city of Sziget by a citizens' army let by Croatian nobleman, Nicholas Zrinsky. With the town under siege, he was obliged to fire the Old Town to deter advances. After a further nineteen days and with Zrinsky dead, the women of the city took refuge a watchtower; Zrinsky's widow, realising the inevitability of defeat, threw a touch into a gunpowder store, destroying the city but inflicting damage on the Turkish army which halted their progress.After the Battle of Vitkov Hill. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_V%C3%ADtkov_Hill during the Hussite wars 1420. In the early stages of the Hussite wars, the German King occupied the castle at Prague and was crowned king. A peasant army of Hus's followers arrived from Southern Bohemia to oppose the Germans, led by a brilliant military leader, Jan Zizka of Troenov. Their position at the hill of Vitkov was under siege until relieved by a group of Czech soldiers from Prague arrived, led by a priest bearing a monstrance. The mural shows the priest at a field bearing the monstrance and surrounded by supplicating clergy, with Prague's Hradcany Castle visible to the right. Stained glass by Mucha at St. Vitus, 1931Non a smile in the bunch on either side. German troops enter Prague,March 1939. Mucha would be dead within four months and his very funeral a spark of resistance in occupied Europe-- one of the first. The Epic on display. Keep in mind its 20 panelsMucha-Inspired-Tattoo-4

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  • 04/07/15--05:00: Retreat Hell
  • I try not to bombard you guys with too many videos but I saw this doc on the 2nd Platoon, Golf 2/5 (5th Marine Regiment) in Afghanistan and thought I would share. The hard charging Devils of the 2/5 fought at Belleau Wood and other actions on the Western Front where they covered themselves in glory, […]

    laststandonzombieislandA German trench mortar—Minnenwerfer—captured at the Battle of Belleau Wood by the US Marines 2nd Battalion, 5th Regiment while under the command of Col. Frederic M. Wise.2 5 MarineslaststandonzombieislandA German trench mortar—Minnenwerfer—captured at the Battle of Belleau Wood by the US Marines 2nd Battalion, 5th Regiment while under the command of Col. Frederic M. Wise.2 5 Marines

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    In the World War One era, the U.S. Army did a number of low key experiments in attaching lights to small arms for various purposes. Here are two rather steampunk examples that I stumbled across in the Springfield Armory Museum Collection. This US Model 1911, SN 58237, was made in 1913 and shipped to SA […]

    laststandonzombieislandThis was the SIRT gun of the 1900s-- if only the bulbs didnt keep breaking!light 1911 saneary 1903 3neary 1903 2Oh yeah, you know this is what you came here forClose up of the Neary sight light It had three Every Ready batterieslaststandonzombieislandThis was the SIRT gun of the 1900s-- if only the bulbs didnt keep breaking!light 1911 saneary 1903 3neary 1903 2Oh yeah, you know this is what you came here forClose up of the Neary sight light It had three Every Ready batteries

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  • 04/27/15--05:00: Before the G36…
  • In a direct rebuttal to the current state of German Army battle rifles, lets take a look at the downright primitive stuff they had a hundred years ago…

    laststandonzombieislandBavarian troops pose in a trench, 1915. Note the man at the rear - his Gew98 is outfitted with a scope, and he wears both the lanyard of a Schutzenschnur that identifies him as a marksman, and the steely look of a man not to be trifled with. Click to big uplaststandonzombieislandBavarian troops pose in a trench, 1915. Note the man at the rear - his Gew98 is outfitted with a scope, and he wears both the lanyard of a Schutzenschnur that identifies him as a marksman, and the steely look of a man not to be trifled with. Click to big up

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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 […]

    laststandonzombieislandClick to big upNote her forward 7.1-inch guns As completed. She traded 15 casemated 130mm guns for 4 180mm singles. Sailors of the Soviet cruiser “Red Caucasus” with the ship’s pet bearOn her Med Tour, 1933Sailor on a cruiser of the Black Sea the “Red Caucasus” in front of his 100mm flak piece In 1933 on her Med cruiseA junior Red Caucasus sailorClick to big upLoading troops. She shuttled thousands to and from some of the most contentious fighting on the Eastern FrontThe light cruiser often carried as many as 1,800 troops on her runs across the Black SeaThe Red Caucasus was used extensively on shoe-string amphib landings She saw lots of unsung action during the warIt was planned at one point to turn her and her sister into aircraft carriers in 1946, but they were too badly damaged from hard wartime serviceRed Caucasus on payoff 1947She was remembered by a series of Soviet stampsImage by Ship Bucket http://www.shipbucket.com/images.php?dir=Real%20Designs/Russia/KRT%20Krasnyy%20Kavkaz.png  Click to big uplaststandonzombieislandClick to big upNote her forward 7.1-inch guns As completed. She traded 15 casemated 130mm guns for 4 180mm singles. Sailors of the Soviet cruiser “Red Caucasus” with the ship’s pet bearOn her Med Tour, 1933Sailor on a cruiser of the Black Sea the “Red Caucasus” in front of his 100mm flak piece In 1933 on her Med cruiseA junior Red Caucasus sailorClick to big upLoading troops. She shuttled thousands to and from some of the most contentious fighting on the Eastern FrontThe light cruiser often carried as many as 1,800 troops on her runs across the Black SeaThe Red Caucasus was used extensively on shoe-string amphib landings She saw lots of unsung action during the warIt was planned at one point to turn her and her sister into aircraft carriers in 1946, but they were too badly damaged from hard wartime serviceRed Caucasus on payoff 1947She was remembered by a series of Soviet stampsImage by Ship Bucket http://www.shipbucket.com/images.php?dir=Real%20Designs/Russia/KRT%20Krasnyy%20Kavkaz.png Click to big up

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    The tiny central European country of Switzerland was renowned for centuries for the quality of their fighting men and was one of the few countries on that continent that was never attacked in either of the great World Wars. One reason may be the grueling armed marathon that they call the Waffenlauf. Swiss martial tradition […]

    laststandonzombieisland 19th-century painting of Winkelried's deed by Konrad Grob.62-kilogramm-schwer-muss-der-rucksack-sein-wie-hier-beim-lenzburger-waffenlauf-der-jeweils-ende-mai-stattfindet-laststandonzombieisland 19th-century painting of Winkelried's deed by Konrad Grob.62-kilogramm-schwer-muss-der-rucksack-sein-wie-hier-beim-lenzburger-waffenlauf-der-jeweils-ende-mai-stattfindet-

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  • 05/03/15--10:00: 76 Years ago today
  • Battleships of the New York-class, USS New York and USS Texas, in New York City during the New York World’s Fair, 3 May 1939. The two 28,000-ton pre-WWI era dreadnoughts at this time were among the oldest in the world still in front line service, with some 25 years of service behind them. Refitted to […]

    laststandonzombieislandBattleships of the New York-class, USS New York and USS Texas, in New York City during the New York World’s Fair, 3 May 1939.laststandonzombieislandBattleships of the New York-class, USS New York and USS Texas, in New York City during the New York World’s Fair, 3 May 1939.

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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 […]

    laststandonzombieislandClick to big upThe island, before 1909M1909%204%20-%20Ft%20Drum%20-%201937Fort%20Drum%20Longitudinal%20SectionTopside PlanEngine tank sectionPowder magazines1936-38_ft_drum_-_battery_wilson_and_cage_mast_-_1937_-_The M1909 mount being tested at Sandy Hook Proving Ground, New Jersey before shipment to the PI. Only two of these mounts were ever constructed and, to the credit of the Army, are both still in existence despite an epic trial by combat. The man...1936-38_ftdrum_prior_to_'41_copyUS Army landing on Drumdrum031Starboard beam view of the battleship USS NEW JERSEY (BB-62) passing between CORREGIDOR (background) and FORT DRUM as she enters Manila Bay. Date: 3 Jul 1983 Camera Operator: PH2 PAUL SOUTAR ID: DN-SN-83-09891  Click to big up1329544818334fort-drum-102Image by Ship Bucket http://www.shipbucket.com/images.php?dir=Real%20Designs/United%20States%20of%20America/USS%20Fort%20Drum%201.png Click to big upImage by Ship Bucket http://www.shipbucket.com/images.php?dir=Real%20Designs/United%20States%20of%20America/USS%20Fort%20Drum%202.png Click to big uplaststandonzombieislandClick to big upThe island, before 1909M1909%204%20-%20Ft%20Drum%20-%201937Fort%20Drum%20Longitudinal%20SectionTopside PlanEngine tank sectionPowder magazines1936-38_ft_drum_-_battery_wilson_and_cage_mast_-_1937_-_The M1909 mount being tested at Sandy Hook Proving Ground, New Jersey before shipment to the PI. Only two of these mounts were ever constructed and, to the credit of the Army, are both still in existence despite an epic trial by combat. The man...1936-38_ftdrum_prior_to_'41_copyUS Army landing on Drumdrum031Starboard beam view of the battleship USS NEW JERSEY (BB-62) passing between CORREGIDOR (background) and FORT DRUM as she enters Manila Bay. Date: 3 Jul 1983 Camera Operator: PH2 PAUL SOUTAR ID: DN-SN-83-09891 Click to big up1329544818334fort-drum-102Image by Ship Bucket http://www.shipbucket.com/images.php?dir=Real%20Designs/United%20States%20of%20America/USS%20Fort%20Drum%201.png Click to big upImage by Ship Bucket http://www.shipbucket.com/images.php?dir=Real%20Designs/United%20States%20of%20America/USS%20Fort%20Drum%202.png Click to big up

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    The Mauser brothers and their company, the famous Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken A.G. (DWM) concern, was perhaps the world’s premier bolt-action rifle makers for decades and armed the military of their own country and dozens of others with their rifles. They also made millions of pistols, the best know of these being the Luger series […]

    laststandonzombieisland1914 mauser posterlaststandonzombieisland1914 mauser poster

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  • 05/08/15--05:00: The Greatest Generation
  • William R. Wilson (right) and brother Cpl. Jack Wilson (left) standing by a German 88 mm gun at Verdun, France on VE Day] via LOC Update: above caption was from the LOC, as sharp-eyed Roger noted, its actually a “captured French Model 1930 AA gun on a 1917 wheeled mounting. The 3 rings on the […]

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    Today each Army and Marine fire team contains at least one hard charger who is designated the squad automatic weapon man. This position, first conceived back in 1918, was until the disco era composed of a Joe or Leatherneck armed with a BAR. What’s a BAR you ask? Officially designated “Rifle, Caliber .30, Automatic, Browning, […]

    laststandonzombieislandLooks comfy, no? This was the rig to help carry the BAR for the WWI-concept of laststandonzombieislandLooks comfy, no? This was the rig to help carry the BAR for the WWI-concept of "walking fire."A 1918-made Marlin-Rockwell BAR that was reworked for WWII service as a M1918A2. Image via RIA

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  • 05/19/15--05:00: Fearless Navarre
  • Regular French Army poliui of the 5th Infantry Regiment (“Fearless Navarre”) in their beautiful 1914 blue double-breasted wool uniforms and kepis, throwbacks to the Crimean War. Then part of the 12th Infantry Brigade, 6th Infantry Division, 3rd Army Corps., these men are waiting to depart from Paris to the Western Front on 6th August 1914. […]

    laststandonzombieislandParis, 6 août 1914. Soldats du 5e régiment d'infanterie (laststandonzombieislandParis, 6 août 1914. Soldats du 5e régiment d'infanterie ("Navarre sans Peur"), Il fait partie de la 12e brigade d'infanterie, 6e division d'infanterie, 3e corps d'armée juste avant le départ pour le front (photo 'Excelsior') (Colorised by Luc Heinrich from France) Via WWI Colorised Photos https://www.facebook.com/450822585061599/photos/a.450835521726972.1073741828.450822585061599/674183542725501/?type=1 Click image to big up5°_RI_Type_1The 5th upon Napoleon's Return from Elba, by Charles Auguste Guillaume SteubenChâteau de Madrid / December 1944 - Members of the reformed 2nd Battalion of the 5th RI, Free French Forces before departure towards the Ardennes and the Vosges and the final push to Germany. Note the mix of U.S. and French gear. Via 5e RI Historical Association http://navarre5eri.free.fr/articles.php?lng=fr&pg=12

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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 […]

    laststandonzombieislandClick to big upNote the close arrangement of her three stern screwsUnder constructionLaunchingOn trails. How many times have you seen an icebreaker with a bone in her mouth?Surikov's laststandonzombieislandClick to big upNote the close arrangement of her three stern screwsUnder constructionLaunchingOn trails. How many times have you seen an icebreaker with a bone in her mouth?Surikov's "The Conquest of Siberia by Yermak" The cossack swashbuckler took 800 men east and won an empire from the khans of the tartars and tribal people of the region that the Russians hold until today. Yermak in St Petersburg on the NevaYermack was the first polar icebreaker in the world, colorized photo of it assisting the Graf Apraksin in 1899."Icebreaker " Yermak ", who worked for the removal of stones from the battleship "Adm. Apraksin ", saved the 10th February 1900 27 fishermen, the news of the death of the first of which was received on a radio installation"Picture M. G. Platunova First swimming polar icebreaker Ermak, depicting her first encounter with sea ice in 1899In port, click to big upYermak in heavy sea iceA great stern shot in warm waters. Click to big upShe conducted some of the first through-ice dives in frozen watersNote the mascot and Tsarist uniforms with British influenceFelman. This intrepid polar explorer and ship driver lived until 19281-3Click to big up1950, at this point she had seen a solid half-century of service.Her monument in MurmanskIcebreaker Ermak80217e059a98Icebreaker Yermak by noted Soviet maritime artist Eugene VoishvilloYermak at revel by Yuri SorokinTarmo via Wiki Via wiki http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/22/Tarmo_Vellamo_3.JPG ermak2

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    The below sold for $72,000 at auction last weekend in the UK. Which is actually a bargain as it is one of the last surviving WWI-era British Matchless motorcycles complete with a Vickers machine gun sidecar. The motorbike, a Matchless-Vickers 8B2/M Russian Military model, is one of a contract of some 250 of the vehicles […]

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    You have to love the Springfield 1903. Be careful this weekend. Lots of under-supervised barbeques and illegal fireworks. Not that I’m complaining or anything, just saying. Boom!  

    laststandonzombieislandVia LOC http://www.loc.gov/item/00652402/laststandonzombieislandVia LOC http://www.loc.gov/item/00652402/

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    While, yes, it may be a phrase from Act 3, Scene 1, line 273 of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, and was likely written sometime around 1599, both Caesar’s army and those of Shakespeare’s own time, as today, contain military working dogs and canine mascots. And the one thing that unites them all, is our desire […]

    laststandonzombieislandU.S.S. New York circa 1896. Ship’s tailor The dog is Nick.Sergeant Stubby, the mascot of the 102nd Infantry, 26th Yankee Division WWIGefreiter Hund A German WWI era mascot dog complete with his own jacket with rank button, feldmutze with cockade and his very own Iron Cross Second Class. Photo via Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/48140075@N04/6337681189/in/pool-971387@N24/Those Germans love their dogs... another WWI era shotdevil dog marine poster1925. laststandonzombieislandU.S.S. New York circa 1896. Ship’s tailor The dog is Nick.Sergeant Stubby, the mascot of the 102nd Infantry, 26th Yankee Division WWIGefreiter Hund A German WWI era mascot dog complete with his own jacket with rank button, feldmutze with cockade and his very own Iron Cross Second Class. Photo via Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/48140075@N04/6337681189/in/pool-971387@N24/Those Germans love their dogs... another WWI era shotdevil dog marine poster1925. "Sgt. Jiggs." The Marine Corps mascot in Washington, D.C., with an actual Marine. National Photo Company Collection glass negativeSgt. Jiggs, close upM1919 with sled dog Alaska WWIIFinnish soldier and dog in position near Kiestinki, 25 April, 1942, note the Mosin rifleYou will take this Mauser and like itObserverCo-pilotField promotionU.S. Scout dog, Luzon, 1945Mike Forsythe and his dog Cara break the world record for highest mandog parachute deployment by jumping from 30,100 feetThe official mascot of the United States Marine Corps, English bulldog Pfc. Chesty the XIV, sits for his official photo at Headquarters Marine Corps Combat Camera in the Pentagon, Arlington, Va, May 15, 2013 at Headquarters Marine Corps Combat Camera, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Chesty the XIV will officially take over as the mascot when his predecessor, Sgt. Chesty the XIII, retires in the fall of 2013. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Adrian R. Rowan HQMC Combat Camera/Released)WMD memorial at Eglin AFB. Image by Chris Eger

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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 […]

    laststandonzombieislandClick to big upUSS Connecticut with a bone in her mouth on trials, 1906View of the ship’s bow decoration, taken while the battleship was in dry-docks at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, 6 January 1909. Note gilt-work on the eagle figurehead and associated decorations, stockless anchors in hause pipe, stocked anchor on billboard further aft, Sailors leaning on the bow bulwark, jack at half-mast, bell mounted in front of the ship's pilothouse, and barred portholes. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives / USNHC # NH 19-N-4-8-21, via Navsource. Click to very much big upNew Hampshire on trails note no main 12 inch guns have been fitted. USS_New_Hampshire(BB-25)_NH7654823USS New Hampshire B-25 firing on the target ship San Marcos (ex-Texas) at Tangier Sound in Chesapeake Bay, March 1911. This photograph is of historical interest as it was one of the first gun shoots where a spotter in the cage masts was used to spot fall of shot.  Previously, each gun layer or turret captain utilizing their turret gunsights was responsible.  This new technique increased the maximum possible engagement range from 12,000 yards (11,000 m) up to about 24,000 yards (22,000 m). Also note the ship's wake and that firing a broadside did not push the ship sideways. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 73105. Photo colorized by irootoko_jr   http://blog.livedoor.jp/irootoko_jr/  Oh yeah, and CLICK TO BIG UPtexas30texas28texas27texas26texas25texas8In the Hudson River, New York, 27 December 1918. Note wartime modifications, including removal of some of the seven-inch and three-inch broadside guns and fitting of blast deflection shields on the laststandonzombieislandClick to big upUSS Connecticut with a bone in her mouth on trials, 1906View of the ship’s bow decoration, taken while the battleship was in dry-docks at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, 6 January 1909. Note gilt-work on the eagle figurehead and associated decorations, stockless anchors in hause pipe, stocked anchor on billboard further aft, Sailors leaning on the bow bulwark, jack at half-mast, bell mounted in front of the ship's pilothouse, and barred portholes. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives / USNHC # NH 19-N-4-8-21, via Navsource. Click to very much big upNew Hampshire on trails note no main 12 inch guns have been fitted. USS_New_Hampshire(BB-25)_NH7654823USS New Hampshire B-25 firing on the target ship San Marcos (ex-Texas) at Tangier Sound in Chesapeake Bay, March 1911. This photograph is of historical interest as it was one of the first gun shoots where a spotter in the cage masts was used to spot fall of shot. Previously, each gun layer or turret captain utilizing their turret gunsights was responsible. This new technique increased the maximum possible engagement range from 12,000 yards (11,000 m) up to about 24,000 yards (22,000 m). Also note the ship's wake and that firing a broadside did not push the ship sideways. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 73105. Photo colorized by irootoko_jr http://blog.livedoor.jp/irootoko_jr/ Oh yeah, and CLICK TO BIG UPtexas30texas28texas27texas26texas25texas8In the Hudson River, New York, 27 December 1918. Note wartime modifications, including removal of some of the seven-inch and three-inch broadside guns and fitting of blast deflection shields on the "cage" mast fire control positions. Photo courtesy of Larry Bonn. Text courtesy of USNHC # NH 2891Lloyd Brown, a 104-year-old World War I veteran takes a moment to pause as he remembers being in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard with his ship the day WW I ended, at his home in Charlotte Hall, Maryland, on November 9, 2005. Brown remembered Armistice Day in 1918 as few, ever so few, veterans can. "For the servicemen there were lots of hugs and kisses," he recalls Brown, a teenage seaman aboard the battleship USS New Hampshire when the fighting stopped. "We were so happy that the war was over." Brown added, "There's not too many of us around any more." An estimated 2 million Americans served in Europe after the U.S. entered the war in 1917. Lloyd Brown passed away in April of 2007, at the age of 105. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner) Via Robert Dole, Maritime Quest. Her bell is preserved at Portsmouth. Image by Jim Cerny uss-bb-25-new-hampshire-1908-battleship

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    The Webley and Enfield series of top-break .455 and .38/200 wheelguns were the standard issue British officer’s kit from the 1880s through the early 1960s when they were finally replaced by the Browning HP. These guns were even the subject of a popular after-market bayonet sold for the discerning English gentleman trench raider in the […]

    laststandonzombieislandWebley MK VI .455 Infantry Revolver, MK IV .38 SW short Police Revolver,  Albion .38 SW Tankers Revolver.The Webley with the 1915-era Pritchard-Greener Revolver BayonetBritish trench raider with Webley 455 and Pritchard-Greener Revolver Bayonet (Via Osprey)A girl shooting a Webley under the instruction of British sailors, England, 1939Mmmmmm, let it wash over you. A British officer aims his revolver at a smiling suspected Mau Mau during a night raid. 1952, Kenya note the trigger discipline trigger discpline and the similarity to the depiction from the Trenches above...some things never changelaststandonzombieislandWebley MK VI .455 Infantry Revolver, MK IV .38 SW short Police Revolver, Albion .38 SW Tankers Revolver.The Webley with the 1915-era Pritchard-Greener Revolver BayonetBritish trench raider with Webley 455 and Pritchard-Greener Revolver Bayonet (Via Osprey)A girl shooting a Webley under the instruction of British sailors, England, 1939Mmmmmm, let it wash over you. A British officer aims his revolver at a smiling suspected Mau Mau during a night raid. 1952, Kenya note the trigger discipline trigger discpline and the similarity to the depiction from the Trenches above...some things never change

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    You may remember a few months back when the Swedish coastal artillery and naval forces went ape shit on a possible non-NATO (read= Russki) midget sub in their territorial waters– and reportedly dropped a good number of ASW weapons on active contacts. Well, it seems like they have found a 20m (66 foot) long 3m […]

    laststandonzombieislandonderzeeboot-wrakNewSubElectric Boat built the Fulton (renamed the Som/Catfish) in the U.S. then disassembled her in 1904 and shipped the craft to RussiaRussan submarine SOM catfishNote the Cyrillic on the hullhard-sign-onderzeebootlaststandonzombieislandonderzeeboot-wrakNewSubElectric Boat built the Fulton (renamed the Som/Catfish) in the U.S. then disassembled her in 1904 and shipped the craft to RussiaRussan submarine SOM catfishNote the Cyrillic on the hullhard-sign-onderzeeboot

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  • 07/31/15--05:00: The Zeppelin pipe
  • A pilot in the Imperial German Air Service, wearing leather attire and the classic cork and leather flight helmet he also carries the oxygen “pipe stem” for high altitudes. Germany was one of the earliest nations involved in the First World War to recognize and address the need by aviators of aircraft and dirigibles for […]

    laststandonzombieislandImperial German Air Service pilot with pipe stem o2 tanklaststandonzombieislandImperial German Air Service pilot with pipe stem o2 tank

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