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  • 05/07/16--05:00: The Attack of the Dead
  • One of the most celebrated pieces of Eastern European military lore of the 20th Century came from the tiny fortress of Osowiec (also spelled/spoken variously as Osovets, Ossovetz, Osovetz, Ossowicz, and Ossovets depending on who and when it was mentioned) in what is now Poland. Back in the late 19th Century, Imperial Russian military thinking […]

    laststandonzombieisland0I72rdAt least the Russians left the guns in good condition...Attack of the Dead. Osowiec, Poland, the Russian Empire. August 6, 1915Attack of the Dead. Osowiec, Poland, the Russian Empire. August 6, 1915 a226 th Infantry Regiment Zemlyansky8450313_zimowy-spacer-po-ruinach-fortu-zarzecznego-twierdzy-osowiecRussian fortress Osowiec.OsowiecOsowiec-Fortress-History-of-WWIlaststandonzombieisland0I72rdAt least the Russians left the guns in good condition...Attack of the Dead. Osowiec, Poland, the Russian Empire. August 6, 1915Attack of the Dead. Osowiec, Poland, the Russian Empire. August 6, 1915 a226 th Infantry Regiment Zemlyansky8450313_zimowy-spacer-po-ruinach-fortu-zarzecznego-twierdzy-osowiecRussian fortress Osowiec.OsowiecOsowiec-Fortress-History-of-WWI

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  • 05/17/16--05:00: It werfs minen
  • A Scottish town had this lumpy old gun floating around for several decades. Some thought it a harpoon cannon.Others a Turkish naval gun recovered during the Great War. After coating it in thick black paint to help curb rust, the gun sat as a lawn ornament for years near the city center. However in recent […]

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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 […]

    laststandonzombieislandNHC NH 45328 120mm 25cal Hontoria M1879 (left) in Spanish service. Elcano mounted two of these gunsClass leader, Cañonero de la Armada Española General Concha, 1897Cañonero español Elcano at commissioning. The Spanish liked dark hullsELCANO at Cavite Navy Yard, Philippine Island Description: Courtesy of D. M. MC Pherson, Corte Madena, California. 1967 Catalog #: NH 54354 USS ELCANO (PG-38) at Cavite Navy Yard, Philippine Island circa 1900, before being refitted for the U.S. Navy. Note she has been white-washed and her awning shown above in Spanish service deleted. Description: Courtesy of LCDR John E. Lewis, 1945. Catalog #: NH 54353 USS Shark (Submarine # 8) In the Dewey Drydock, Olongapo Naval Station, Philippines, circa 1910. The gunboat Elcano is also in the drydock, in the right background. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1978. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 86963 While on the Yangtze River Patrol, circa 1917. Description: Courtesy of Arthur B. Furnas, Corte Madera, California, 1969. Catalog #: NH 69694 During the Christmas season, circa December 1917, while in the Philippines. Note the Christmas tree on the bow and the other decorations aboard the ship. Description: Courtesy of Arthur B. Furnas, Corte Madera, California, 1969 Catalog #: NH 69697 Some of the ships of the U.S. Navy's Yangtze River Patrol at Hangchow during the 1920s, with several local junks and sampans also present. U.S. Navy ships are (from left to right): USS Isabel (PY-10); USS Villalobos (PG-42); and USS Elcano (PG-38). Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 67127 Chinese general visiting Elcano. The commanding officer of Elcano is seen waiting to greet him at the top of the gangway, Ichang, China, circa 1920's. Also note how they have to walk right into the muzzle of the 4-incher when coming aboard-- very subtle. Look up: Gunboat diplomacy. Description: Catalog #: NH 68976 Ship's baseball team going ashore, in China, during the early 1920s. Description: Courtesy of Frederick Cornman, Valois, New York, 1971. Catalog #: NH 77142 Rare today is a bluejacket who was a member of the Noble and Exclusive Order of the Brotherhood of Mighty River Rats of the Yangtze c.1903-1941. Photo via The Real Sand Pebbles. elcano lettersAiring her sails in Chinese waters during the 1920s. She was undoubtedly one of the last warships with canvas in the fleet. Description: Courtesy of Mr. Donald M. McPherson, Corte Madera, California, 1972. Catalog #: NH 75577 In dry dock at Shanghai, China, circa early 1920's note the 4laststandonzombieislandNHC NH 45328 120mm 25cal Hontoria M1879 (left) in Spanish service. Elcano mounted two of these gunsClass leader, Cañonero de la Armada Española General Concha, 1897Cañonero español Elcano at commissioning. The Spanish liked dark hullsELCANO at Cavite Navy Yard, Philippine Island Description: Courtesy of D. M. MC Pherson, Corte Madena, California. 1967 Catalog #: NH 54354 USS ELCANO (PG-38) at Cavite Navy Yard, Philippine Island circa 1900, before being refitted for the U.S. Navy. Note she has been white-washed and her awning shown above in Spanish service deleted. Description: Courtesy of LCDR John E. Lewis, 1945. Catalog #: NH 54353 USS Shark (Submarine # 8) In the Dewey Drydock, Olongapo Naval Station, Philippines, circa 1910. The gunboat Elcano is also in the drydock, in the right background. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1978. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 86963 While on the Yangtze River Patrol, circa 1917. Description: Courtesy of Arthur B. Furnas, Corte Madera, California, 1969. Catalog #: NH 69694 During the Christmas season, circa December 1917, while in the Philippines. Note the Christmas tree on the bow and the other decorations aboard the ship. Description: Courtesy of Arthur B. Furnas, Corte Madera, California, 1969 Catalog #: NH 69697 Some of the ships of the U.S. Navy's Yangtze River Patrol at Hangchow during the 1920s, with several local junks and sampans also present. U.S. Navy ships are (from left to right): USS Isabel (PY-10); USS Villalobos (PG-42); and USS Elcano (PG-38). Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 67127 Chinese general visiting Elcano. The commanding officer of Elcano is seen waiting to greet him at the top of the gangway, Ichang, China, circa 1920's. Also note how they have to walk right into the muzzle of the 4-incher when coming aboard-- very subtle. Look up: Gunboat diplomacy. Description: Catalog #: NH 68976 Ship's baseball team going ashore, in China, during the early 1920s. Description: Courtesy of Frederick Cornman, Valois, New York, 1971. Catalog #: NH 77142 Rare today is a bluejacket who was a member of the Noble and Exclusive Order of the Brotherhood of Mighty River Rats of the Yangtze c.1903-1941. Photo via The Real Sand Pebbles. elcano lettersAiring her sails in Chinese waters during the 1920s. She was undoubtedly one of the last warships with canvas in the fleet. Description: Courtesy of Mr. Donald M. McPherson, Corte Madera, California, 1972. Catalog #: NH 75577 In dry dock at Shanghai, China, circa early 1920's note the 4"/.40 caliber gun (lower) and the 3-pounder (above) Description: Courtesy of Mr. Donald M. McPherson, Corte Madera, California, 1969 Catalog #: NH 68978 In dry dock, at Shanghai, China, during the early 1920s. Note 4"/40 gun. Description: Courtesy of Frederick Cornman, Valois, New York, 1971. Catalog #: NH 77143Armed guard, photographed in Chinese waters, during the early 1920s. Note Lewis machine guns. Description: Courtesy of Frederick Cornman, Valois, New York, 1971. Catalog #: NH 77144 At Ichang China. Note trees on mastheads Description: Courtesy of Lt. Commander Merrill, USN, 1928. Catalog #: NH 54352 USS_Chattanooga_Nanjing graffitti I recently found inscribed upon a Chinese monument in Nanjing (Former Yangtze river capital 'Nanking')Group of crewmembers visit a joss house, in China, during the early 1920s. Description: Courtesy of Frederick Cornman, Valois, New York, 1971. Catalog #: NH 77147

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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 […]

    laststandonzombieislandu156uboat commericalukrezuer stormduestchland as ukreusier151USS San Diego (Armored Cruiser No. 6) Painting by Francis Muller, 1920. It depicts the ship sinking off Fire Island, New York, after mined by the German submarine U-156, 19 July 1918. Courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 55012-KNVia Attack on OrleansCurtiss HS-1L seaplane (Bu. no. 1735) of the type flown against U-156, here shown at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida Caption: On the ramp at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, circa 1918. Note insignia (patriotic, laststandonzombieislandu156uboat commericalukrezuer stormduestchland as ukreusier151USS San Diego (Armored Cruiser No. 6) Painting by Francis Muller, 1920. It depicts the ship sinking off Fire Island, New York, after mined by the German submarine U-156, 19 July 1918. Courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 55012-KNVia Attack on OrleansCurtiss HS-1L seaplane (Bu. no. 1735) of the type flown against U-156, here shown at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida Caption: On the ramp at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, circa 1918. Note insignia (patriotic, "Uncle Sam" hat), presumably of Training Squadron Five. Description: Catalog #: NH 44224v61001Damage suffered by Perth Amboy-- she would later go on to be sunk by a mine in WWII while in British serviceNote how large the U-153 is compared to other common German submarines (IWM photo)The Control Room. U155 (The Deutschland) Moored in St Katherine's Docks, London, December 1918 (iwm)German U-Boat U-155 surrendered to the British, lying alongside the British mystery ship HMS SUFFOLK COAST at St. Katherine's Docks in London, 4 December 1918 (iwm)German submarine U-155 on display in St. Katherine docks, London, England, December 1918ukreuzer

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    The Sextant has a great piece up over there about the Samoan Fitafita Guard that was part of the U.S. Navy from 1900-1951. The guard soon carved out their own military enclave in the South Pacific, serving both the U.S. Navy and their own people under a banner of mutual respect and admiration. The men […]

    laststandonzombieislandFita-Fita Guard. The native Samoan Naval Guard Force is brought to attention by BMI/c Suitonu, USN, a veteran of 15 years on the force, March 1943. Naval Station in Samoa. Description:Catalog #: USMC 53188 Copyright Owner: National ArchiveslaststandonzombieislandFita-Fita Guard. The native Samoan Naval Guard Force is brought to attention by BMI/c Suitonu, USN, a veteran of 15 years on the force, March 1943. Naval Station in Samoa. Description:Catalog #: USMC 53188 Copyright Owner: National Archives

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    Born 8th January 1900 in Essex, John “Jack” Cornwell attended school for just eight years, dropping out in 1913 to work as a van boy for a baker. Still keeping up his commitment to the Boy Scouts, he won a special award for freeing a young girl from a drain. He was that kind of […]

    laststandonzombieislandJack as a 15 year old Boy assigned to the training ship, the old armored cruiser H.M.S. Lancaster which was based at Chatam during WWI to train gunnery crews. 6253327716_2bca35a5de_zDamage to the deck of HMS CHESTER sustained during the battle of Jutland. Several sailors can be seen on deck including one bending down to inspect the hole. Boy (1st Class) Jack Travers Cornwell was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for remaining at the forward gun on board the cruiser. The ship was badly shelled by four German cruisers and Cornwell's position was hit four times, killing all the crew apart from Cornwell. The badly wounded boy sailor was taken back to Grimsby where he died on 2 June. (Surgeon Parkes photographic collection of ships portraits ) https://www.facebook.com/182158581977012/photos/a.182161278643409.1073741827.182158581977012/282071908652345/?type=1&theater lg-chesterjohn travers cornwalllaststandonzombieislandJack as a 15 year old Boy assigned to the training ship, the old armored cruiser H.M.S. Lancaster which was based at Chatam during WWI to train gunnery crews. 6253327716_2bca35a5de_zDamage to the deck of HMS CHESTER sustained during the battle of Jutland. Several sailors can be seen on deck including one bending down to inspect the hole. Boy (1st Class) Jack Travers Cornwell was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for remaining at the forward gun on board the cruiser. The ship was badly shelled by four German cruisers and Cornwell's position was hit four times, killing all the crew apart from Cornwell. The badly wounded boy sailor was taken back to Grimsby where he died on 2 June. (Surgeon Parkes photographic collection of ships portraits ) https://www.facebook.com/182158581977012/photos/a.182161278643409.1073741827.182158581977012/282071908652345/?type=1&theater lg-chesterjohn travers cornwall

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    On this day in 1916, the German High Seas Fleet under Admiral Reinhard Scheer attempted an ambush on the British Grand Fleet in the North Sea by defeating Admiral Sir David Beatty’s Battlecruiser Force first without Sir John Jellicoe’s Grand Fleet getting involved, but things didn’t quite work out like that. Jutland was a harsh […]

    laststandonzombieislandjutlandJutland - SMS Kaiser fires a salvo against HMS WarspiteThe night battleThe HMS Bellerophon at Jutland, 1916 by Paul WrightHMS Lion at the Battle of Jutland” by Mal WrightHMS Marlborough limping home from the Battle Of Jutland. Painting by Miller. Royal Marines Museum; (c) Royal Marines Museum; Supplied by The Public Catalogue FoundationLooking through a shell-hole in HMS Tiger after JutlandThe bow and stern of HMS Invincible stick out of the water during the Battle of Jutland. HMS Invincible's ammunition magazine exploded after the battlecruiser was hit by German shells. HMS Badger can be seen in the distance as it moves in to rescue survivors, but only six men survived. IWM SP 2470.HMS INVINCIBLE explodes during the battle of Jutland after she was hit five times by shells from the German battlecruisers DERRFLINGER and LUTZOW, the last hit blowing the roof off laststandonzombieislandjutlandJutland - SMS Kaiser fires a salvo against HMS WarspiteThe night battleThe HMS Bellerophon at Jutland, 1916 by Paul WrightHMS Lion at the Battle of Jutland” by Mal WrightHMS Marlborough limping home from the Battle Of Jutland. Painting by Miller. Royal Marines Museum; (c) Royal Marines Museum; Supplied by The Public Catalogue FoundationLooking through a shell-hole in HMS Tiger after JutlandThe bow and stern of HMS Invincible stick out of the water during the Battle of Jutland. HMS Invincible's ammunition magazine exploded after the battlecruiser was hit by German shells. HMS Badger can be seen in the distance as it moves in to rescue survivors, but only six men survived. IWM SP 2470.HMS INVINCIBLE explodes during the battle of Jutland after she was hit five times by shells from the German battlecruisers DERRFLINGER and LUTZOW, the last hit blowing the roof off "Q" turret and setting fire to the cordite propellant, the flash soon spread to the magazine and INVINCIBLE was ripped in two by the explosion. There were only three survivors with those killed including Rear-Admiral The Hon Horace Hood IWM SP 2468German battle cruiser Seydlitz burns in the Battle of Jutland, May 31, 1916German battlecruiser SMS Seydlitz,low in the water after jtlandgerman and brtish losses at jutland

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    Much as once a week I like to take time off to cover warships (Wednesdays), on Sundays (when I feel like working), I like to cover military art and the painters, illustrators, sculptors, photographers and the like that produced them. Combat Gallery Sunday : The Martial Art of Thomas Baumgartner Born in Munich in 15 […]

    laststandonzombieislandPortrait of Bavarian author Ludwig Thoma by Thomas Baumgartner 1912. This image was oddly enough used by a brand of beer and thus on beer steins in Munich for years.Bavarian Koenig Ludwig IIIAssorted RussiansPortraits of soldiers first world war by Thomas Baumgartner (1892-1962) 8Portraits of soldiers first world war by Thomas Baumgartner (1892-1962) 9Portraits of soldiers first world war by Thomas Baumgartner (1892-1962) 7Portraits of soldiers first world war by Thomas Baumgartner (1892-1962) 6Portraits of soldiers first world war by Thomas Baumgartner (1892-1962) 5French Tirailleur AlgeriansNepalese GurhkasScotsPortraits of soldiers first world war by Thomas Baumgartner (1892-1962)jugendBaumgartner's neighbor in Kreuth, farmer Lorenz Hagen, who was 99 years and 9 months old when painted.laststandonzombieislandPortrait of Bavarian author Ludwig Thoma by Thomas Baumgartner 1912. This image was oddly enough used by a brand of beer and thus on beer steins in Munich for years.Bavarian Koenig Ludwig IIIAssorted RussiansPortraits of soldiers first world war by Thomas Baumgartner (1892-1962) 8Portraits of soldiers first world war by Thomas Baumgartner (1892-1962) 9Portraits of soldiers first world war by Thomas Baumgartner (1892-1962) 7Portraits of soldiers first world war by Thomas Baumgartner (1892-1962) 6Portraits of soldiers first world war by Thomas Baumgartner (1892-1962) 5French Tirailleur AlgeriansNepalese GurhkasScotsPortraits of soldiers first world war by Thomas Baumgartner (1892-1962)jugendBaumgartner's neighbor in Kreuth, farmer Lorenz Hagen, who was 99 years and 9 months old when painted.

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    Here we see perhaps the pinnacle of German Great War sniping rifles. It is a JP Sauer & Sohn Gewehr 98 Sniper Rifle with detachable Zeiss 2.5x monocular optical sight that superimposed a pyramidal aiming point in the field of view. The large objective allowed for better light-gathering, but the best feature was a radium-enhanced […]

    laststandonzombieislandJP Sauer & Sohn Gewehr 98 Sniper Rifle with detachable Zeiss 2.5x monocular optical sight that superimposed a pyramidal aiming point in the field of view and trench mag 2JP Sauer & Sohn Gewehr 98 Sniper Rifle with detachable Zeiss 2.5x monocular optical sight that superimposed a pyramidal aiming point in the field of view and trench maglaststandonzombieislandJP Sauer & Sohn Gewehr 98 Sniper Rifle with detachable Zeiss 2.5x monocular optical sight that superimposed a pyramidal aiming point in the field of view and trench mag 2JP Sauer & Sohn Gewehr 98 Sniper Rifle with detachable Zeiss 2.5x monocular optical sight that superimposed a pyramidal aiming point in the field of view and trench mag

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  • 06/13/16--05:00: No .4 gun reporting for duty
  • From Kevin Smith at the Cruiser Olympia at Independence Seaport Museum: “Today the crew performed the task of a gunners gang, taking down the traversing gear for our #4 5″/51 broadside gun, which we use for demonstration. The gearing was assessed to be too dirty, slowing the travel of the gun left and right. The […]

    laststandonzombieislandUSS Olympia museum No 4 5 inch 51 broadside gun, used for demonstration, cleanedUSS Olympia museum No 4 5 inch 51 broadside gun, used for demonstration, cleaned 2USS Olympia museum No 4 5 inch 51 broadside gun, used for demonstration, cleaned 3USS Olympia museum No 4 5 inch 51 broadside gun, used for demonstration, cleaned 4OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAlaststandonzombieislandUSS Olympia museum No 4 5 inch 51 broadside gun, used for demonstration, cleanedUSS Olympia museum No 4 5 inch 51 broadside gun, used for demonstration, cleaned 2USS Olympia museum No 4 5 inch 51 broadside gun, used for demonstration, cleaned 3USS Olympia museum No 4 5 inch 51 broadside gun, used for demonstration, cleaned 4OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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    Historical Firearms has a good piece on the the Austro-Hungarian Standschutze Hellriegel submachine gun. Apparently this mad bulky water cooled (!) burp gun was developed during 1915 and blended pistol caliber ammunition with the firepower of a machine gun making it one of the first weapons which could be considered an SMG. More here

    laststandonzombieislandWhen you think SMG, you don't really think something with the same portability as a Vickers Maxim with 1/10th the rangeDig the assistant gunner with the leather and wood frame spare mag carrierThat looks easy to loadlaststandonzombieislandWhen you think SMG, you don't really think something with the same portability as a Vickers Maxim with 1/10th the rangeDig the assistant gunner with the leather and wood frame spare mag carrierThat looks easy to load

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    Much as once a week I like to take time off to cover warships (Wednesdays), on Sundays (when I feel like working), I like to cover military art and the painters, illustrators, sculptors, photographers and the like that produced them. Combat Gallery Sunday : The Martial Art of Geoffrey Stephen Allfree Born 11 Feb 1889 […]

    laststandonzombieislandThe Wake of a P-boat. A view from the stern of a patrol boat of the waves and spray created by the boat as it moves across the surface of the water. Another vessel is visible in the patrol boat's wake..IWM ART 563A Monitor's Turret. A detailed side-on view of the two-gun turret of a Monitor, with part of the ship's superstructure visible behind the turrent to the left. A portion of the deck is visible, with a sailor standing on it in the right foreground. The silhouettes of buildings are visible in the background, showing that the Monitor is moored in a dock. IWM 564Submarines In Dry Dock. a view of two Royal Navy submarines being refitted in a dry dock. The foremost submarine is shown from the bow, whilst the second, to the left, is shown from the stern. Both are supported by scaffolding and struts. Men work on the deck and hull of the foremost submarine, with a few men also standing on the floor of the dry dock. IWM 777HMS Revenge in Dry Dock, Portsmouth, 1918. A view of the looming bow of the Royal Navy battleship HMS Revenge whilst undergoing maintenance in dry dock at Portsmouth. The huge ship is tethered to the dockside and supported against the side of the dock with large struts. The lower half of the hull, usually below the water level, is a rusty orange colour. Only the tallest part of the ship's superstructure is visible at the top of the composition. The lead ship of her class of 5 30,000-ton modern battleships, Revenge was commissioned in 1916, just before the Battle of Jutland and survived both World Wars, going to the breakers in 1948. IWM 765HMS Revenge In Dry Dock At Night, Portsmouth The Work was Continued through the Night by the Aid of Huge Flares. IWM 761A Monitor. A front-on view of a large Monitor at sea, with its two-gun turret facing towards the bow. Parts of the ship's superstructure are painted in a chequered pattern. A number of sailors are visible standing on deck and there is a stationary gun platform visible in the background to the left. IWM 568Dazzled Tramp In Portsmouth Harbour. a view of the starboard side of a dazzle camouflaged Merchant Navy transport ship, which is moored in Portsmouth harbour. IWM 793A Torpedoed Tramp Steamer off the Longships, Cornwall, 1918. A tramp-steamer in dazzle camouflage keeled over to port and grounded on a cliff-lined Cornish beach. A heavy sea flecked with foam washes over the wreck, while a stormy sky passes overhead. Shafts of sunlight illuminate the sea and cliffs with an unearthly glow. The remains of an earlier wreck can be seen stranded on the point in the upper left. IWM 2237.HMS Iron Duke. The ship is starboard side on, steaming from left to right with a smaller ship in front of the battleship's bow. The lead ship of her 29,000-ton class, Iron Duke was commissioned into the Home Fleet in March 1914 as the fleet flagship, fought at Jutland, and made it through WWII to be broken in 1946. IWM149.A Dazzled Oiler, With Escort. A large dazzle-painted oiler at sea being escorted by a smaller vessel, with the white chalk cliffs of the coastline visible in the background. IWM 567.Motor Launches Engaging a Submarine. A motor launch at full steam, moving from right to left, with her bow lifting out of the water. Two figures on the deck are manning a light gun. Another motor launch is visible just behind. Both are moving quickly towards a German submarine that has surfaced, in the background to the left. The artist served in motor launched throughout the war, even while in work as a war artist, so this image was real life for him. IWM 148laststandonzombieislandThe Wake of a P-boat. A view from the stern of a patrol boat of the waves and spray created by the boat as it moves across the surface of the water. Another vessel is visible in the patrol boat's wake..IWM ART 563A Monitor's Turret. A detailed side-on view of the two-gun turret of a Monitor, with part of the ship's superstructure visible behind the turrent to the left. A portion of the deck is visible, with a sailor standing on it in the right foreground. The silhouettes of buildings are visible in the background, showing that the Monitor is moored in a dock. IWM 564Submarines In Dry Dock. a view of two Royal Navy submarines being refitted in a dry dock. The foremost submarine is shown from the bow, whilst the second, to the left, is shown from the stern. Both are supported by scaffolding and struts. Men work on the deck and hull of the foremost submarine, with a few men also standing on the floor of the dry dock. IWM 777HMS Revenge in Dry Dock, Portsmouth, 1918. A view of the looming bow of the Royal Navy battleship HMS Revenge whilst undergoing maintenance in dry dock at Portsmouth. The huge ship is tethered to the dockside and supported against the side of the dock with large struts. The lower half of the hull, usually below the water level, is a rusty orange colour. Only the tallest part of the ship's superstructure is visible at the top of the composition. The lead ship of her class of 5 30,000-ton modern battleships, Revenge was commissioned in 1916, just before the Battle of Jutland and survived both World Wars, going to the breakers in 1948. IWM 765HMS Revenge In Dry Dock At Night, Portsmouth The Work was Continued through the Night by the Aid of Huge Flares. IWM 761A Monitor. A front-on view of a large Monitor at sea, with its two-gun turret facing towards the bow. Parts of the ship's superstructure are painted in a chequered pattern. A number of sailors are visible standing on deck and there is a stationary gun platform visible in the background to the left. IWM 568Dazzled Tramp In Portsmouth Harbour. a view of the starboard side of a dazzle camouflaged Merchant Navy transport ship, which is moored in Portsmouth harbour. IWM 793A Torpedoed Tramp Steamer off the Longships, Cornwall, 1918. A tramp-steamer in dazzle camouflage keeled over to port and grounded on a cliff-lined Cornish beach. A heavy sea flecked with foam washes over the wreck, while a stormy sky passes overhead. Shafts of sunlight illuminate the sea and cliffs with an unearthly glow. The remains of an earlier wreck can be seen stranded on the point in the upper left. IWM 2237.HMS Iron Duke. The ship is starboard side on, steaming from left to right with a smaller ship in front of the battleship's bow. The lead ship of her 29,000-ton class, Iron Duke was commissioned into the Home Fleet in March 1914 as the fleet flagship, fought at Jutland, and made it through WWII to be broken in 1946. IWM149.A Dazzled Oiler, With Escort. A large dazzle-painted oiler at sea being escorted by a smaller vessel, with the white chalk cliffs of the coastline visible in the background. IWM 567.Motor Launches Engaging a Submarine. A motor launch at full steam, moving from right to left, with her bow lifting out of the water. Two figures on the deck are manning a light gun. Another motor launch is visible just behind. Both are moving quickly towards a German submarine that has surfaced, in the background to the left. The artist served in motor launched throughout the war, even while in work as a war artist, so this image was real life for him. IWM 148

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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 […]

    laststandonzombieislandU.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 46708. Colorized by irootoko_jr.NH 76662NH 76661NH 60214 Naval History and Heritage Command. Both ships of this class initially carried a pole mast above the conning tower, though shortly after commissioning, both ships had lattice masts added aft, and in 1910, the forward masts were replaced with lattice masts. Also note the elegant white and buff scheme, similar to that of the Great White Fleet that she was built too late for, that she carried for just a few months. Figurehead, USS IDAHO Caption: Photographed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 28 June 1909. Description: Presented by information section, O.N.I., 1927. This was soon removed in the effort to make the fleet more battle-ready, but I cannot find what happened to it. Catalog #: NH 115210(Battleship # 24) Photographed in 1909 by Brown & Shaffer. Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 101497 Idaho (Battleship # 24) In the Hudson River off Fort Lee, New York, 1909. Photographed by William H. Rau. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. USS IDAHO (BB-24) Off New York City, 3 October 1911, during the naval review. Note she now has two lattice masts rather than the single aft one shown above. Catalog #: 19-N-13812 National Archives USS Idaho (Battleship # 24) Dressed with flags during the Naval Review off New York City, October 1912. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives. The number 30 is her place in the review.Cruiser Averoff sandwiched with Kilkis and LemnosGreek predreadnought battleship Kilkis (former USS Mississippi), Grand Harbour, Malta 1917Lemnos (Greek battleship, 1914) Firing a salute to U.S. Navy Admiral Mark L. Bristol, at Smyrna, Turkey, 15 September 1919. Lemnos is flying the U.S. and Greek flags at the foremast peak and the Italian flag at the mainmast peak. A British D-class light cruiser is in the right distance, also with the Italian flag at the mainmast peak. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Lemnos Dressed with flags at Smyrna, Turkey, in 1919, possibly on 15 September. She is flying the Greek flag at the foremast peak and the Italian flag at the mainmast peak. Photographed by Wayne. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.Catalog #: NH 46707German still of Lemnos and Kilkis under attack 13 AprilPhoto #: NH 77440 Greek battleships Kilkis and Lemnos Sunk in the basin of the Greek naval base at Salamis after they were hit by German air attacks on 23 April 1941. Seen from the harbor pier following the arrival of the German army. Kilkis, the former USS Mississippi (Battleship # 23), is in the foreground. Lemnos, ex-USS Idaho (Battleship # 24), is in the distance, with her guns removed. Franz Selinger, via the U.S. Naval Institute, provided photograph and some caption information. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Battleship Kilkis sunka_batt48uss mississippi shieldidaho silver service 1912As built, U.S. service, image via ShipbucketIn Greek service, image via ShipbucketlaststandonzombieislandU.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 46708. Colorized by irootoko_jr.NH 76662NH 76661NH 60214 Naval History and Heritage Command. Both ships of this class initially carried a pole mast above the conning tower, though shortly after commissioning, both ships had lattice masts added aft, and in 1910, the forward masts were replaced with lattice masts. Also note the elegant white and buff scheme, similar to that of the Great White Fleet that she was built too late for, that she carried for just a few months. Figurehead, USS IDAHO Caption: Photographed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 28 June 1909. Description: Presented by information section, O.N.I., 1927. This was soon removed in the effort to make the fleet more battle-ready, but I cannot find what happened to it. Catalog #: NH 115210(Battleship # 24) Photographed in 1909 by Brown & Shaffer. Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 101497 Idaho (Battleship # 24) In the Hudson River off Fort Lee, New York, 1909. Photographed by William H. Rau. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. USS IDAHO (BB-24) Off New York City, 3 October 1911, during the naval review. Note she now has two lattice masts rather than the single aft one shown above. Catalog #: 19-N-13812 National Archives USS Idaho (Battleship # 24) Dressed with flags during the Naval Review off New York City, October 1912. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives. The number 30 is her place in the review.Cruiser Averoff sandwiched with Kilkis and LemnosGreek predreadnought battleship Kilkis (former USS Mississippi), Grand Harbour, Malta 1917Lemnos (Greek battleship, 1914) Firing a salute to U.S. Navy Admiral Mark L. Bristol, at Smyrna, Turkey, 15 September 1919. Lemnos is flying the U.S. and Greek flags at the foremast peak and the Italian flag at the mainmast peak. A British D-class light cruiser is in the right distance, also with the Italian flag at the mainmast peak. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Lemnos Dressed with flags at Smyrna, Turkey, in 1919, possibly on 15 September. She is flying the Greek flag at the foremast peak and the Italian flag at the mainmast peak. Photographed by Wayne. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.Catalog #: NH 46707German still of Lemnos and Kilkis under attack 13 AprilPhoto #: NH 77440 Greek battleships Kilkis and Lemnos Sunk in the basin of the Greek naval base at Salamis after they were hit by German air attacks on 23 April 1941. Seen from the harbor pier following the arrival of the German army. Kilkis, the former USS Mississippi (Battleship # 23), is in the foreground. Lemnos, ex-USS Idaho (Battleship # 24), is in the distance, with her guns removed. Franz Selinger, via the U.S. Naval Institute, provided photograph and some caption information. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Battleship Kilkis sunka_batt48uss mississippi shieldidaho silver service 1912As built, U.S. service, image via ShipbucketIn Greek service, image via Shipbucket

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    Much as once a week I like to take time off to cover warships (Wednesdays), on Sundays (when I feel like working), I like to cover military art and the painters, illustrators, sculptors, photographers and the like that produced them. Combat Gallery Sunday: The Martial Art of Geoffrey Muirhead Bone Sir Muirhead Bone N.E.A.C., H.R.W.S., […]

    laststandonzombieislandSummer, Isle of Whithorn 1930The war artist Lieutenant Muirhead Bone crossing a muddy road, Maricourt, September 1916. IWMThe Querrieu - Albert Road An Anti-observation screenWelsh Soldierstanks!Erecting AeroplanesThe Château, FoucaucourtA Dead TankGuards Mustering for a Royal Review behind the Somme 1916Watching our Artillery Fire on Trônes Wood from Montauban 1916The Untilled FieldsTommy, pencil 1916The cover of The Western Front: Drawings by Muirhead Bone. Click here to download the full volume of drawings. https://keyassets.timeincuk.net/inspirewp/live/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2014/08/Country-Life_The-Western-Front_Muirhead-Bone_Part-I.pdfBetween Decks (H.M.S. “Lion”)HMS Lion A Gun TurretMounting a Great GunFinal Assembly of a Naval Great GunNightwork on the Great Gun 1917The Mountain Background, Gerona ?1926 Sir Muirhead Bone 1876-1953 Purchased 1930 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N04558Bone, Muirhead; Broadford Pier, Skye; Glasgow Museums; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/broadford-pier-skye-83235Sir Muirhead Bone at work on the bridge. 1940HMS Illustrious entering the Basin at John Brown's Shipyard, Clydebank 1940Building HM Submarine Tradewind, a Royal Navy submarine under construction in a dockyard. The hull is in place in the water, with numerous workers on deck, where they are busy assembling the conning tower and whole upper deck. Two large cranes are visible in the background and there is a large rowing boat in the water in the left foreground. IWM ART LD 3315. Built as P329 at Chatham, and launched on 11 December 1942, HMS Tradewind was infamous for sinking the Japanese army cargo ship Junyō Maru on 18 September 1944. Unbeknown to the Commanding Officer of Tradewind, Lt.Cdr. Lynch Maydon, the Junyō Maru was carrying 4,200 Javanese slave labourers and 2,300 Allied prisoners of war of which she took down 5,620 with her into the darkness.A portrait of George Anderson and Lawrence Smith Halcrow, shown manning a Lewis gun in an emplacement on the deck of SS Highlander. IWM 3020Lowering a mine into the mining deck, Dec. 1940Mine laying off IcelandMinelaying: The last of the laylaststandonzombieislandSummer, Isle of Whithorn 1930The war artist Lieutenant Muirhead Bone crossing a muddy road, Maricourt, September 1916. IWMThe Querrieu - Albert Road An Anti-observation screenWelsh Soldierstanks!Erecting AeroplanesThe Château, FoucaucourtA Dead TankGuards Mustering for a Royal Review behind the Somme 1916Watching our Artillery Fire on Trônes Wood from Montauban 1916The Untilled FieldsTommy, pencil 1916The cover of The Western Front: Drawings by Muirhead Bone. Click here to download the full volume of drawings. https://keyassets.timeincuk.net/inspirewp/live/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2014/08/Country-Life_The-Western-Front_Muirhead-Bone_Part-I.pdfBetween Decks (H.M.S. “Lion”)HMS Lion A Gun TurretMounting a Great GunFinal Assembly of a Naval Great GunNightwork on the Great Gun 1917The Mountain Background, Gerona ?1926 Sir Muirhead Bone 1876-1953 Purchased 1930 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N04558Bone, Muirhead; Broadford Pier, Skye; Glasgow Museums; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/broadford-pier-skye-83235Sir Muirhead Bone at work on the bridge. 1940HMS Illustrious entering the Basin at John Brown's Shipyard, Clydebank 1940Building HM Submarine Tradewind, a Royal Navy submarine under construction in a dockyard. The hull is in place in the water, with numerous workers on deck, where they are busy assembling the conning tower and whole upper deck. Two large cranes are visible in the background and there is a large rowing boat in the water in the left foreground. IWM ART LD 3315. Built as P329 at Chatham, and launched on 11 December 1942, HMS Tradewind was infamous for sinking the Japanese army cargo ship Junyō Maru on 18 September 1944. Unbeknown to the Commanding Officer of Tradewind, Lt.Cdr. Lynch Maydon, the Junyō Maru was carrying 4,200 Javanese slave labourers and 2,300 Allied prisoners of war of which she took down 5,620 with her into the darkness.A portrait of George Anderson and Lawrence Smith Halcrow, shown manning a Lewis gun in an emplacement on the deck of SS Highlander. IWM 3020Lowering a mine into the mining deck, Dec. 1940Mine laying off IcelandMinelaying: The last of the lay

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  • 07/05/16--05:00: 1916 redux
  • I’m not sure the origin of these layouts of 1916 military infantryman’s gear, but they are great.   If anyone knows the source, please let me know so I can link back. Thanks Update: Apparently they showed up on Imgur last week. Original is here. Photos updated with sources.

    laststandonzombieislandFrench. Note this is well after the war began as the red trousers have been replaced. British/Commonwealth. Note the SMLE .303 with bayonet and wirecutting accessory just off the muzzle. Also the extensive field mess kit. To the left there is the classic non-standard trench mace and the E-tool handle with pike/shovel blade. German. Note the camoflauged Stalhelm at the top right and the rifle grenade near the muzzle of the Gew 98 Mauser. Russian. They spent a lot of effort on this one as you can tell from the ushanka fur cap (left) Shinel greatcoat (right) Gymnastiorka selection, Bashlyk Circassian hood and gloves. Also note the M1912 laststandonzombieislandFrench. Note this is well after the war began as the red trousers have been replaced. British/Commonwealth. Note the SMLE .303 with bayonet and wirecutting accessory just off the muzzle. Also the extensive field mess kit. To the left there is the classic non-standard trench mace and the E-tool handle with pike/shovel blade. German. Note the camoflauged Stalhelm at the top right and the rifle grenade near the muzzle of the Gew 98 Mauser. Russian. They spent a lot of effort on this one as you can tell from the ushanka fur cap (left) Shinel greatcoat (right) Gymnastiorka selection, Bashlyk Circassian hood and gloves. Also note the M1912 "Lantern Head" Grenade. Curiously, the Russians, widely beleived by many to be backward militarily at the time, was one of the first to adopt and issue hand grenades before the War to include the M1912 and the hex-shaped design of Col. Stender-- having gained experience in field expediant ones in the 1904-05 Seige of Port Arthur. This partiular model was redesigned and lived on as the M1914/30 which was only totally withdrawn from Warsaw Pact service in the 1980s. The only thing I have to throw rocks at on this one is that I think the rifle is a 91/30 and not a Mosin 91, but close enough. Also, the Adrian helmets were only used by the Russian Expeditionary Brigade sent to the Western Front. US Infantryman (Doughboy), arrival in France, 1917. Equipment provided by: Lee Martin, historical adviser, collector and living historian, photographed by Thom Atkinson. Note the cleanest campaign hat ever! Also keep in mind that, while the "Regulars" showed up in France with M1903 Springfields, most of the new Yanks came over with Enfields. The dominoes are a nice touch

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  • 07/05/16--05:00: Ghosts of the Somme
  • With the five month hell of the Somme remembered forever as the bloodiest battle of the British Empire’s history (481,842 killed, including a staggering 19,240 on the first day alone), some 1,400 reenactors in the UK have pulled down a very effective commemorative in the #WeAreHere movement in which, dressed as 1916 Tommies, they ride […]

    laststandonzombieislandWe are here Somme BEF reenactor wwi tommyWe are here Somme BEF reenactor wwi tommy 2We are here Somme BEF reenactor wwi tommy 3We are here Somme BEF reenactor wwi tommy 4We are here Somme BEF reenactor wwi tommy 5laststandonzombieislandWe are here Somme BEF reenactor wwi tommyWe are here Somme BEF reenactor wwi tommy 2We are here Somme BEF reenactor wwi tommy 3We are here Somme BEF reenactor wwi tommy 4We are here Somme BEF reenactor wwi tommy 5

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    The No. 1 Hand Grenade, as the name may suggest, was the first hand grenade designed by the British, and was the first grenade used in World War I. Unlike later grenades, which operate on timed fuses activated by pulling a pin, this grenade uses an impact fuse, meaning it detonates when it strikes the […]

    laststandonzombieislandBritish No. 1 Hand Grenade WWIlaststandonzombieislandBritish No. 1 Hand Grenade WWI

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    Here at LSOZI, we are going to take off every Wednesday for a look at the old steam/diesel navies of the 1859-1946 time period and will profile a different ship each week. These ships have a life, a tale all of their own, which sometimes takes them to the strangest places.- Christopher Eger Warship Wednesday […]

    laststandonzombieislandCourtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1978 #: NH 86969USS O-12 (SS-73) Photographed as she left her dock at the Lake Torpedo Boat Co., to start her official trials, Bridgeport, Connecticut, 21 August 1918. Note damaged bridge in background. #: NH 44559USS O-12 (Submarine # 73) At Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone in February 1920. Donation of Lieutenant Gustave Freret, USN (Retired), 1971. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 74644laststandonzombieislandCourtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1978 #: NH 86969USS O-12 (SS-73) Photographed as she left her dock at the Lake Torpedo Boat Co., to start her official trials, Bridgeport, Connecticut, 21 August 1918. Note damaged bridge in background. #: NH 44559USS O-12 (Submarine # 73) At Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone in February 1920. Donation of Lieutenant Gustave Freret, USN (Retired), 1971. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 74644"O" Class Submarines photographed in port by A.E. Wells of Washington, D.C., circa 1919, with S.S. SOTHERLAND in background. Subs are (l-r): O-12 (SS-73), O-15 (SS-76), O-16 (SS-77), O-14 (SS-75), O-13 (SS-74), O-11 (SS-72).#: NH 44558Submarines O-12, O-14, O-11, and others in dry-dock circa 1919 with floating Derrick No. 5 (YD-5). Description: Courtesy Philadelphia evening ledger. #: NH 42566Cutaway illustration of the Nautilus for Modern Mechanics magazine, 1931Elevating conning tower showing crewman exiting through tube on to ice460_0011931ANautilus in the dry dock in Devonport, England undergoing repairs to the engines and other items things that failed during the first part of the voyageCaptain Sloan Danenhower opening the conning tower hatch following a dive. A huge cake of ice can be seen jammed on the main ice drill The Nautilus in the Arctic, 1931. In Bergennaut_4Simon Lake's O-12 (SS-73) retained his trademark stern and amidships planes (shown folded down in the outboard view). Note the separate flooding ports in the watertight superstructure. Drawing by Jim Christley, text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press. Via NavsourceO-12 (SS-73) was discarded in 1930 to be rebuilt by Lake & Danenhower Inc., of Bridgeport CT., for the Wilkins Artic expedition. Lake had long thought about submarine operations under ice; in 1903, he built a trestle atop his Protector and deliberately operated her in iced waters. The Nautilus conversion, shown here, was far more sophisticated. Drawing by Jim Christley, text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press. Via Navsource

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    A pretty decent look at the first real U.S. tank, the M1917 Renault, with Len Dyer of the National Armor and Cavalry Restoration Shop. The U.S. Army Tank Corps picked up just under 1,000 of these in the last days of WWI and they remained in service to one degree or another through the 1930s. […]

    laststandonzombieisland1920s US soldiers including 1903s, 37mm gun and 1917 Renault tankBoys playing on M1917 tank, Raton, New Mexico 1920laststandonzombieisland1920s US soldiers including 1903s, 37mm gun and 1917 Renault tankBoys playing on M1917 tank, Raton, New Mexico 1920

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  • 07/16/16--05:00: The cannes de poilus
  • In showing a photo montage of Great War era infantryman’s typical loadout last week, it was interesting to note the non-standard equipment each often carried. While the Doughboy could be expected to have a domino set and the Tommy a trench mace, the French soldier’s kit was shown with a walking cane. Yup, the canne […]

    laststandonzombieislandFrench Poilu 1918 by Stcyr74 Via Deviant ArtNos diables bleus en reconnaissance Carte Postale DESSIN JULLIAN - CHASSEUR ALPIN Carte Postale DESSIN JULLIAN - CHASSEUR ALPINWorld War I Poilu French Infantry Soldiersgroupe de poilus le 24 eme en 1916Poilus-et-leurs-cannes-en-1916cannes de poilus gasmask schoolTransport-de-pains-enfilés-sur-un-bâton edmond lajouxcannes de poilus 1915poiluspoilu caneAlsatian Schoolboy carrying the haversack of a hairy bâton-de-poilu-par-Hansi-1919cannes de poilus 1939Général Leclerc de Hauteclocque was often seen with a cane thoughPOSTE-1953-5laststandonzombieislandFrench Poilu 1918 by Stcyr74 Via Deviant ArtNos diables bleus en reconnaissance Carte Postale DESSIN JULLIAN - CHASSEUR ALPIN Carte Postale DESSIN JULLIAN - CHASSEUR ALPINWorld War I Poilu French Infantry Soldiersgroupe de poilus le 24 eme en 1916Poilus-et-leurs-cannes-en-1916cannes de poilus gasmask schoolTransport-de-pains-enfilés-sur-un-bâton edmond lajouxcannes de poilus 1915poiluspoilu caneAlsatian Schoolboy carrying the haversack of a hairy bâton-de-poilu-par-Hansi-1919cannes de poilus 1939Général Leclerc de Hauteclocque was often seen with a cane thoughPOSTE-1953-5

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