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

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    Matt Easton takes an extended look at a vintage French officer’s sword. Overall, its in pretty good shape for a 130~ year old martial blade.

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    With the 100th anniversary of the greatest naval battle fought in World War I approaching in few months, the Royal Navy is pulling out all the stops to revisit its greatness at its pinnacle of strength and celebration of their strategic (tactical is up to debate) victory at the Battle of Jutland. Currently the IWM […]

    laststandonzombieislandScorched by fire, blackened by soot and cordite, this is the battle ensign of the Royal Navy’s greatest ‘castle of steel’, last seen flying from HMS Warspite as she clashed with the Germans at Jutland.Ensigns unveiledlaststandonzombieislandScorched by fire, blackened by soot and cordite, this is the battle ensign of the Royal Navy’s greatest ‘castle of steel’, last seen flying from HMS Warspite as she clashed with the Germans at Jutland.Ensigns unveiled

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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, and the like that produced them. Combat Gallery Sunday : The Martial Art of Albert Brenet Born June 25, 1903 at Harfleur, […]

    laststandonzombieislandBonchamp, as she looked in 1902brenet_photobrenet101935. Albert Brenet - 8-e539890dd27523bc6280f6d103f7072dArt by Albert BrenetvLe Bouvet aux DardanellesLe Bougainville arrivant à TahitiAlbert Brenet2Early French predreadnought battleships Amiral Duperré, in the center is the Redoutable and to the right is the FormidableBréguet 521 Bizerte en panne va être remorqué par torpilleurSPITFIRE XIV au décollageOperation Dynamo, the evacuation of DunkirkHydravion survolant un convoi maritimecharge of the spahis la bataille de La Horgne le 15 mai 1940CHANCE VOUGHT V.156 à l’attaqueArt by Albert Brenet vAvro Lancaster1102200328428250076796832Art by Albert Brenetalbert-brenet_05Art by Albert BrenetFrench military gendarmes. Note the breech cover on the MAS rifle179_005French Marins commandos, 1960s, note MAT-49 subgunsSS France at Saint-Nazaire, 1961138_001OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASuper Etendard launching, 1991, FochMural for the 8th Cavalry regiment, 1993laststandonzombieislandBonchamp, as she looked in 1902brenet_photobrenet101935. Albert Brenet - 8-e539890dd27523bc6280f6d103f7072dArt by Albert BrenetvLe Bouvet aux DardanellesLe Bougainville arrivant à TahitiAlbert Brenet2Early French predreadnought battleships Amiral Duperré, in the center is the Redoutable and to the right is the FormidableBréguet 521 Bizerte en panne va être remorqué par torpilleurSPITFIRE XIV au décollageOperation Dynamo, the evacuation of DunkirkHydravion survolant un convoi maritimecharge of the spahis la bataille de La Horgne le 15 mai 1940CHANCE VOUGHT V.156 à l’attaqueArt by Albert Brenet vAvro Lancaster1102200328428250076796832Art by Albert Brenetalbert-brenet_05Art by Albert BrenetFrench military gendarmes. Note the breech cover on the MAS rifle179_005French Marins commandos, 1960s, note MAT-49 subgunsSS France at Saint-Nazaire, 1961138_001OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASuper Etendard launching, 1991, FochMural for the 8th Cavalry regiment, 1993

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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 […]

    laststandonzombieislandPrewar operations. Photo colorized by irootoko_jr http://blog.livedoor.jp/irootoko_jr/Interesting arrangement of the flight deck and hanger elevator on French aircraft carrier BearnClose up of her pre-war. Note the two casemated 6.1-inch guns Photo colorized by irootoko_jr http://blog.livedoor.jp/irootoko_jr/French carrier Béarn, date unknownFrench carrier Béarn viewed from another warship, date unknownFrench aircraft carrier Béarn, the only aircraft carrier produced by France until after World War II, and the only ship of its class builtlaststandonzombieislandPrewar operations. Photo colorized by irootoko_jr http://blog.livedoor.jp/irootoko_jr/Interesting arrangement of the flight deck and hanger elevator on French aircraft carrier BearnClose up of her pre-war. Note the two casemated 6.1-inch guns Photo colorized by irootoko_jr http://blog.livedoor.jp/irootoko_jr/French carrier Béarn, date unknownFrench carrier Béarn viewed from another warship, date unknownFrench aircraft carrier Béarn, the only aircraft carrier produced by France until after World War II, and the only ship of its class built"Le porte-avion Bearn et un latecoère 298"by Albert BrenetSix Belgian Brewster Buffalo's aboard the French aircraft carrier Béarn during the journey, which would end on Martinique. Besides the Buffalos, she was carrying 27 Curtiss H-75s (P-36s), 44 SBC Helldivers and 25 Stinson Voyagers.French carrier Béarn, date unknown, seen in the May 1963 issue of US Navy publication Naval Aviation NewsBearn after her WWII American refit. Note the casemates are empty and a number of AAA guns are fitted as are emergency rafts and liberal camo. Note stored planes on deck Photo colorized by irootoko_jr http://blog.livedoor.jp/irootoko_jr/French carrier Béarn, 1946Dutch submarine Dolfijn (3) moored alongside the French aircraft carrier Bearn, Toulon Mar 1963french carrier Bearn in port at Toulon, France, 1964Image via Shipbucket http://www.shipbucket.com/images.php?dir=Real%20Designs/France/CV%20Bearn.png

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    U.S. Army Lt. Col. Isaac Newton Lewis took a failed design and ran with it, producing one of the best light machine guns the world saw in the first half of the 20th Century. The Buffalo Arms Company or Buffalo, New York in 1910 was high and dry. They owned a series of patents to […]

    laststandonzombieislandFully Transferrable Class III BSA Lewis Mark II Medium Machine Gun, (sold at auction in 2014 for $11k)laststandonzombieislandFully Transferrable Class III BSA Lewis Mark II Medium Machine Gun, (sold at auction in 2014 for $11k)

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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 […]

    laststandonzombieislandImage via NavsourceUpper laboratory on the U.S.S. Albatross, 1900Taking soundingsalbatross-dredge-diagram-2aHer crew working a sounder as USFC gentlemen observe1901. Note her partial sail rig in use. Dredging 1901albatross galapagosalbatross_side_lrgAlbatross in poor state, 1920Albatross by Eugene VoishvilloNOAAS Albatross IVlaststandonzombieislandImage via NavsourceUpper laboratory on the U.S.S. Albatross, 1900Taking soundingsalbatross-dredge-diagram-2aHer crew working a sounder as USFC gentlemen observe1901. Note her partial sail rig in use. Dredging 1901albatross galapagosalbatross_side_lrgAlbatross in poor state, 1920Albatross by Eugene VoishvilloNOAAS Albatross IV

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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, and the like that produced them. Combat Gallery Sunday : The Martial Art of Claus Bergen Born 18 April 1885 in Stuttgart, […]

    laststandonzombieislandwinnetouClaus Bergen CordillerenS475Claus Bergen CordillerenS1140_d49d0_4e95601_XXXLHigh Seas Fleet setting sail 31 May 1916German battleships passing HeligolandSMS-Grosse-Kurfurst-German battleships in actionBridge of SMS MarkgrafHipper leaving Lutzow for SMS MoltkeInside a battleship main turretGerman destroyers attack the British battleship line at Jutland 31 MaySMS-Seydlitz seeing what hell looks like Night actionSMS- Thuringen and HMS Black PrinceThe Kaiser addressing the High Seas fleet after JutlandIn den WellenbergenClaus Bergen 4-1b35337784183493e6c573246631dde7Claus Bergen 3U-53 in the summer of 1917404_0012HGsHjjBattleship Schlesig-Holstein on 1st-September 1939 fires the first naval shots of the War at Danzig1942 U-boot Type IXPrinz Eugen at Denmark Strait Painting by Claus BergenDornier Flugboot XMit Wind und Wellenpic21496laststandonzombieislandwinnetouClaus Bergen CordillerenS475Claus Bergen CordillerenS1140_d49d0_4e95601_XXXLHigh Seas Fleet setting sail 31 May 1916German battleships passing HeligolandSMS-Grosse-Kurfurst-German battleships in actionBridge of SMS MarkgrafHipper leaving Lutzow for SMS MoltkeInside a battleship main turretGerman destroyers attack the British battleship line at Jutland 31 MaySMS-Seydlitz seeing what hell looks like Night actionSMS- Thuringen and HMS Black PrinceThe Kaiser addressing the High Seas fleet after JutlandIn den WellenbergenClaus Bergen 4-1b35337784183493e6c573246631dde7Claus Bergen 3U-53 in the summer of 1917404_0012HGsHjjBattleship Schlesig-Holstein on 1st-September 1939 fires the first naval shots of the War at Danzig1942 U-boot Type IXPrinz Eugen at Denmark Strait Painting by Claus BergenDornier Flugboot XMit Wind und Wellenpic21496

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    The C. L. Best Tractor Company of San Leandro, California built two mock-up armored vehicles based on their CLB 75 Tracklayer tractor in 1916 for trials with with the California National Guard. These vehicles were steampunk before steampunk was cool. One had a semi-cylindrical hull with a turret (of which most pictures exist) and the […]

    laststandonzombieislandC.L.Best Tractor Company of San Leandro, tracklayer tank of California national guard 1917 5C.L.Best Tractor Company of San Leandro, tracklayer tank of California national guard 1917 3C.L.Best Tractor Company of San Leandro, tracklayer tank of California national guard 1917 2C.L.Best Tractor Company of San Leandro, tracklayer tank of California national guard 1917C.L.Best Tractor Company of San Leandro, tracklayer tank of California national guard 1917 6C.L.Best Tractor Company of San Leandro, tracklayer tank of California national guard 1917 4437084laststandonzombieislandC.L.Best Tractor Company of San Leandro, tracklayer tank of California national guard 1917 5C.L.Best Tractor Company of San Leandro, tracklayer tank of California national guard 1917 3C.L.Best Tractor Company of San Leandro, tracklayer tank of California national guard 1917 2C.L.Best Tractor Company of San Leandro, tracklayer tank of California national guard 1917C.L.Best Tractor Company of San Leandro, tracklayer tank of California national guard 1917 6C.L.Best Tractor Company of San Leandro, tracklayer tank of California national guard 1917 4437084

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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 […]

    laststandonzombieislandIWM photohms_terror_1916'Erebus' and the 'Terror' in New Zealand, August 1841, by John Wilson Carmichael.These were really big guns: Worker being helped out of a BL 15 heavy gun after she had finished cleaning the rifling, Coventry Ordnance Works, England, United Kingdom .Terror's 15s, these ships had thier turret set so high to enable her shallow draftHMS ‘Terror’.Date painted 1918HMS TerrorPhotoWW1-03monErebus1NPTerror at MaltaOh the fate of peacetime service! Note the school house/barracksTerror at Singapore, with camo addedHMS ‘Terror’British monitor HMS Erebus at a buoy in Plymouth Sound. IWMHMS EREBUS 1915-1946laststandonzombieislandIWM photohms_terror_1916'Erebus' and the 'Terror' in New Zealand, August 1841, by John Wilson Carmichael.These were really big guns: Worker being helped out of a BL 15 heavy gun after she had finished cleaning the rifling, Coventry Ordnance Works, England, United Kingdom .Terror's 15s, these ships had thier turret set so high to enable her shallow draftHMS ‘Terror’.Date painted 1918HMS TerrorPhotoWW1-03monErebus1NPTerror at MaltaOh the fate of peacetime service! Note the school house/barracksTerror at Singapore, with camo addedHMS ‘Terror’British monitor HMS Erebus at a buoy in Plymouth Sound. IWMHMS EREBUS 1915-1946

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  • 11/05/15--05:00: Majestic Steed
  • When you think of the Australian Light Horse, this comes to mind: However, these also served…  

    laststandonzombieislandNº.1457 Sergeant Clement Edward Hill, 3rd. Australian Light Horse Regiment Colourised by Jared Enos An unidentified soldier on his donkey gazing across the barren plains. Each regiment of the Australian Light Horse operating in Palestine had a few donkeys which were ridden by batmen and grooms. c1918.laststandonzombieislandNº.1457 Sergeant Clement Edward Hill, 3rd. Australian Light Horse Regiment Colourised by Jared Enos An unidentified soldier on his donkey gazing across the barren plains. Each regiment of the Australian Light Horse operating in Palestine had a few donkeys which were ridden by batmen and grooms. c1918.

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    This ship graveyard contains the graves of 230 United States Shipping Board Merchant Fleet Corporation ships sunk in the river in 1925. These ships were wooden hulled steamships made to a poor design during the Great War– the Liberty Ships of WWI if you will– then sold for their value as scrap. Bethlehem Steel came […]

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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 […]

    laststandonzombieisland656923Mr. MCD Borden (not Franz Ferdinand) 12130301Adolph_Marix on ScorpionIn October 1900. Description: Catalog #: NH 2742 Copyright Owner: Naval History and Heritage Command Another Detroit Publishing Co. shot, this one from 1903, with her laundry hanging. LOC# http://www.loc.gov/item/det1994010972/PP/ View of officers and men circa 1904. Note the six pounder Description: Catalog #: NH 83748 Photograph of ship, with diary entry and roster of officers. Lieutenant Commander Richard G. Davenport was aboard as passenger. Description: Catalog #: NH 43803 NH 83747NH 103045View taken at Constantinople, Turkey, in 1919 of ship's officers. Front row (L-R): Lieutenant Samuel R. Deets, USN; Commander Richard P. McCullough, USS; Lieutenant Leonard Doughty, USN. Back row: Lieutenant George P. Shields (MC), USN; Paymaster Clarence Jackson, USN; Lieutenant William O. Baldwin, USN; Lieutenant Gale A. Poindexter, USN. Description: Courtesy of LCDR Leonard Doughty, 1929 Catalog #: NH 50276 Anchored off the Dolma Bagtche Palace, Constantinople, probably during the early 1920s. Description: Original negative, given by Mr. Franklin Moran in 1967.Catalog #: NH 65006 Copyright Owner: Naval History and Heritage Command.1925laststandonzombieisland656923Mr. MCD Borden (not Franz Ferdinand) 12130301Adolph_Marix on ScorpionIn October 1900. Description: Catalog #: NH 2742 Copyright Owner: Naval History and Heritage Command Another Detroit Publishing Co. shot, this one from 1903, with her laundry hanging. LOC# http://www.loc.gov/item/det1994010972/PP/ View of officers and men circa 1904. Note the six pounder Description: Catalog #: NH 83748 Photograph of ship, with diary entry and roster of officers. Lieutenant Commander Richard G. Davenport was aboard as passenger. Description: Catalog #: NH 43803 NH 83747NH 103045View taken at Constantinople, Turkey, in 1919 of ship's officers. Front row (L-R): Lieutenant Samuel R. Deets, USN; Commander Richard P. McCullough, USS; Lieutenant Leonard Doughty, USN. Back row: Lieutenant George P. Shields (MC), USN; Paymaster Clarence Jackson, USN; Lieutenant William O. Baldwin, USN; Lieutenant Gale A. Poindexter, USN. Description: Courtesy of LCDR Leonard Doughty, 1929 Catalog #: NH 50276 Anchored off the Dolma Bagtche Palace, Constantinople, probably during the early 1920s. Description: Original negative, given by Mr. Franklin Moran in 1967.Catalog #: NH 65006 Copyright Owner: Naval History and Heritage Command.1925

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    Ian from Forgotten Weapons takes a look at the curious inner workings of a Danish Madsen light machine gun. Its an oddball falling block action that originates from the gas lamp era. Oh, and the neat thing, is the gun he is looking at is was made in 1950. Yup, even with such designs as […]

    laststandonzombieisland1932 madsenThe guns made an early appearance in Mexico's series of civil wars, shown here in 1913German soldiers with Madsen machine guns 1915Soldiers, possibly Czechoslovak Legion, using a Madsen machine gun note french adrian helmetsshort barreled Madsen light machine gun, a Danish manufactured weapon used in the 1930’s and 40’s in the Dutch West India ColoniesTwo members of the 4th special hunter company manning a Madsen machine gun. By then somewhat of an antique, in 1970s AngolaMadsen still giving a strong showing with Brazilian special police in 2013laststandonzombieisland1932 madsenThe guns made an early appearance in Mexico's series of civil wars, shown here in 1913German soldiers with Madsen machine guns 1915Soldiers, possibly Czechoslovak Legion, using a Madsen machine gun note french adrian helmetsshort barreled Madsen light machine gun, a Danish manufactured weapon used in the 1930’s and 40’s in the Dutch West India ColoniesTwo members of the 4th special hunter company manning a Madsen machine gun. By then somewhat of an antique, in 1970s AngolaMadsen still giving a strong showing with Brazilian special police in 2013

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    You are a 29-year old mechanical engineer and the city you live in, the second largest city in the country, is besieged by enemy troops. The defenders need a simple gun that can be made quickly but is still effective. You are Alex Sudayev, its 1941 Leningrad, and your solution is the PPS. Born in […]

    laststandonzombieislandpps43pps-43 in 7.62x25 pps43field stripping the pps is simplepps43 firingthe pps was the soviets favorite sub gun in late World War Twopossibly the most famous image of a soviet soldier in wwii and he has a ppsthe pps lived on in asia as the type 54pps in africaFighters loyal to Ivory Coast presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara celebrate in the main city Abidjan, April 11, 2011. Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo was arrested by opposition forces on Monday after French troops closed in on the compound where the self-proclaimed president had been holed up in a bunker for the past week. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun (IVORY COAST - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)A soldier of the United Nations Mission in Ivory Coast (MINUCI) inspects weapons handed in by soldiers of the New Forces (FN) on June 15, 2010 at the military camp of Korhogo during a ceremony where the former rebels started joining the army. AFP PHOTO / SIA KAMBOU (Photo credit should read SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images)PPS dummy gun used in We Were Soldiersnew made ppsh43 PPS-43 pps subgun carbines semi autolaststandonzombieislandpps43pps-43 in 7.62x25 pps43field stripping the pps is simplepps43 firingthe pps was the soviets favorite sub gun in late World War Twopossibly the most famous image of a soviet soldier in wwii and he has a ppsthe pps lived on in asia as the type 54pps in africaFighters loyal to Ivory Coast presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara celebrate in the main city Abidjan, April 11, 2011. Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo was arrested by opposition forces on Monday after French troops closed in on the compound where the self-proclaimed president had been holed up in a bunker for the past week. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun (IVORY COAST - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)A soldier of the United Nations Mission in Ivory Coast (MINUCI) inspects weapons handed in by soldiers of the New Forces (FN) on June 15, 2010 at the military camp of Korhogo during a ceremony where the former rebels started joining the army. AFP PHOTO / SIA KAMBOU (Photo credit should read SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images)PPS dummy gun used in We Were Soldiersnew made ppsh43 PPS-43 pps subgun carbines semi auto

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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, and the like that produced them. Combat Gallery Sunday : The Martial Art of C. LeRoy Baldridge Born May 27, 1889 in […]

    laststandonzombieislandlaststandonzombieisland"Along the Rhine; To Make Sure He [Prussianism] Stays Down." Illustration by Cyrus LeRoy Baldridge. The Stars and Stripes, December 13, 1918, p. 4, col. 4.baldridgebaldridge 1baldridge2baldridge3baldridge4baldridge5baldridge6baldridge7baldridge8CyrusLeroyBaldridge-TheRelief-color-smclbb-cartoonbaldridge 2Peking Winter - By Cyrus Baldridge1387815029283599_bb021511a3_z51vikQud6qL._SX338_BO1,204,203,200_half2med_resbaldridge5baldridge4baldridge3

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    Sputnik, which is more or less a pro-Russian propaganda site masquerading as news, kind of Moscow’s Fox News if you will, actually has an interesting historical piece about the lost Bolshevik Red Army POWs from the 1919-21 Russo-Polish War. Of course it bends to the East in slant, but honestly I have never read anything […]

    laststandonzombieislandReds of laststandonzombieislandReds of "Budyonny's Cavalry Army" (Konarmia) the key Bolshevik fire brigade of the Russo-Polish War. Note the mix of French Adrian helmets, Cossack shapskas and Trotsky caps for headgear. Also note the Cossack at the left is wearing the 1909 pattern officer's webgear to include a trench whistle near his left armpit. As pre-Civil War Cossack officers in the Konarmia were rare (Budenny himself had only been a senior NCO in the Imperial Dragoons) this officer is likely had an interesting tale-- though notably he has ditched his shoulder boards.

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    The Germans really loved submachine guns, adopting them in the last part of WWI and by WWII had masses of MP38 and MP40 room brooms in service. However, one design that has faded to the background of use is the Bergmann MP-35 and its variants. Bergmann’s backstory Theodor Bergmann, born in Bavaria in 1850, started […]

    laststandonzombieislandBergmann-PistoleThe MG 15nA as used by the Danish military in the 1920s. Note the design of the barrel cooling fins as the follow-on M32/34/35 would mimic it.bergmanbergmann mp35laststandonzombieislandBergmann-PistoleThe MG 15nA as used by the Danish military in the 1920s. Note the design of the barrel cooling fins as the follow-on M32/34/35 would mimic it.bergmanbergmann mp35

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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 […]

    laststandonzombieislandNaval History and Heritage Command#: NH 85178 mines-anchors1North_Sea_Mine_Barrage_map_1918Review of the Atlantic Fleet Minesweeping Squadron, November 1919. USS Lapwing (AM-1) and other ships of the squadron anchored in the Hudson River, off New York City, while being reviewed by Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels on 24 November 1919, following their return to the United States after taking part in clearing the North Sea mine barrage. The other ships visible are: USS Lark (Minesweeper No. 21), with USS SC-208 alongside (at left); and USS Swan (Minesweeper No. 34) with USS SC-356 alongside (at right). Heron was there, but is not seen on the photo. U.S. Navy photo NH 44903U.S. Navy Small Seaplane Tender USS Heron (AVP-2); no date. Note the floatplane service barge alongside. Image via navsource http://www.navsource.org/archives/11/02010.htm Carrying two Vought O2U-2 scout planes of Scouting Eight (VS-8) while serving in the Asiatic Fleet on 15 December 1930. Photo No. 80-G-1017155 Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-80-GServing as an aircraft tender before 1936U.S. warships inside and outside the breakwater, circa the later 1930s. Color-tinted photograph by the Ah-Fung O.K. Photo Service. Among the ships present are USS Black Hawk (AD-9), in left center, with a nest of four destroyers alongside. USS Whipple (DD-217) is the outboard unit of these four. USS Heron (AM-10) is alongside the breakwater, at right, with a Grumman JF amphibian airplane on her fantail. Another JF is floating inside the breakwater, toward the left. Two Chinese sampans are under sail in the center foreground. The four destroyers outside the breakwater are (from left to right): USS Stewart (DD-224), unidentified, USS Bulmer (DD-222) and USS Pillsbury (DD-227). Collection of James E. Thompson, 1979. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 90544-KN110201002“Evasion of Destruction” by Richard DeRosset portrays a strafing run by three Japanese “Mavis” flying boats following their unsuccessful torpedo attack on the USS Heron (AVP-2) on 20 December 1941. Heron shot down one of the aircraft with her starboard 3-inch gun; her port gun had been disabled by earlier combat action. This final attack followed a series of earlier ones by twelve other enemy aircraft against the seaplane tender as she sailed alone in the Java Sea. Due to heroic actions by her captain and crew, Heron survived seemingly overwhelming odds during the long ordeal. Heron had approximately 26 casualties, or about 50 percent of the crew, because of the attack.Lapwing_class__schematiclaststandonzombieislandNaval History and Heritage Command#: NH 85178 mines-anchors1North_Sea_Mine_Barrage_map_1918Review of the Atlantic Fleet Minesweeping Squadron, November 1919. USS Lapwing (AM-1) and other ships of the squadron anchored in the Hudson River, off New York City, while being reviewed by Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels on 24 November 1919, following their return to the United States after taking part in clearing the North Sea mine barrage. The other ships visible are: USS Lark (Minesweeper No. 21), with USS SC-208 alongside (at left); and USS Swan (Minesweeper No. 34) with USS SC-356 alongside (at right). Heron was there, but is not seen on the photo. U.S. Navy photo NH 44903U.S. Navy Small Seaplane Tender USS Heron (AVP-2); no date. Note the floatplane service barge alongside. Image via navsource http://www.navsource.org/archives/11/02010.htm Carrying two Vought O2U-2 scout planes of Scouting Eight (VS-8) while serving in the Asiatic Fleet on 15 December 1930. Photo No. 80-G-1017155 Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-80-GServing as an aircraft tender before 1936U.S. warships inside and outside the breakwater, circa the later 1930s. Color-tinted photograph by the Ah-Fung O.K. Photo Service. Among the ships present are USS Black Hawk (AD-9), in left center, with a nest of four destroyers alongside. USS Whipple (DD-217) is the outboard unit of these four. USS Heron (AM-10) is alongside the breakwater, at right, with a Grumman JF amphibian airplane on her fantail. Another JF is floating inside the breakwater, toward the left. Two Chinese sampans are under sail in the center foreground. The four destroyers outside the breakwater are (from left to right): USS Stewart (DD-224), unidentified, USS Bulmer (DD-222) and USS Pillsbury (DD-227). Collection of James E. Thompson, 1979. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 90544-KN110201002“Evasion of Destruction” by Richard DeRosset portrays a strafing run by three Japanese “Mavis” flying boats following their unsuccessful torpedo attack on the USS Heron (AVP-2) on 20 December 1941. Heron shot down one of the aircraft with her starboard 3-inch gun; her port gun had been disabled by earlier combat action. This final attack followed a series of earlier ones by twelve other enemy aircraft against the seaplane tender as she sailed alone in the Java Sea. Due to heroic actions by her captain and crew, Heron survived seemingly overwhelming odds during the long ordeal. Heron had approximately 26 casualties, or about 50 percent of the crew, because of the attack.Lapwing_class__schematic

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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 […]

    laststandonzombieisland960x633Farfadet-class boat Lutin (Q10), leaving port in 1903.Profile of the Emeralds surfaced. Launching 1908Turquoise-ELDTurquoise_xx_4aGerman propaganda postcard, note the Ottoman crew and markingsVia Ottoman Uniformscg3578fh1884x1543laststandonzombieisland960x633Farfadet-class boat Lutin (Q10), leaving port in 1903.Profile of the Emeralds surfaced. Launching 1908Turquoise-ELDTurquoise_xx_4aGerman propaganda postcard, note the Ottoman crew and markingsVia Ottoman Uniformscg3578fh1884x1543

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  • 01/05/16--05:00: Twilight Zone Colt
  • Here we see a Colt Government Model Serial # C8792 and it shows all the classic signs of the initial M1911s including the double-diamond grips, the lanyard loops on the frame and magazine, early patent numbers and C-prefix serial that traces back to a 1914 commercial run of these guns. The gun is currently in […]

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