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

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    This 26-inch long, 13-inch wide cavalry pennant came currently on display at the Imperial War Museum in London may look like it comes from the Napoleonic period but in fact is a century newer. From 1889 all cavalry units of the Imperial German Army carried lances and each was fitted with a pennant, the colors […]

    laststandonzombieislandLeib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Viktoria von Preussen Nr. 2 pennant german hussar captured at Marne 1914Unteroffizier, 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Viktoria von Preussen Nr. 2 by Carl J Becker from the Anne S.K. Brown Military CollectionVictoriaLouiseUniformPrincess Victoria Louise of Prussia wears the uniform of the Leib Husaren Regt Nr. 2. in these photos from around 1910August von Mackensen in der Uniform des 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiments Nr. 1laststandonzombieislandLeib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Viktoria von Preussen Nr. 2 pennant german hussar captured at Marne 1914Unteroffizier, 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Viktoria von Preussen Nr. 2 by Carl J Becker from the Anne S.K. Brown Military CollectionVictoriaLouiseUniformPrincess Victoria Louise of Prussia wears the uniform of the Leib Husaren Regt Nr. 2. in these photos from around 1910August von Mackensen in der Uniform des 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiments Nr. 1

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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 Jakub Rozalski Jakub Rozalski is a Polish concept […]

    laststandonzombieisland1920s Hussars. Note the classic laststandonzombieisland1920s Hussars. Note the classic "Winged Hussars" meets modern warfare http://www.badassoftheweek.com/hussars.html1920, Mech KosciuszkoWojtek. Note the sniper rifle The bear by this name was famous among Free Pole forces in WWII https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wojtek_(bear)Jakub_Rozalski_Art_1920-dad-s-at-work-small1jakub-rozalski-animal-concept-02bsmallRobot Medic1920 Krakow. "Iron FIelds"Evil ShogunmutknightWhat's not to like about a PPSh-wielding, tiger riding she-warrior of the Carpathians"Westerplatte" Note the Polish infantryman vs Nazi mechs and the SMS Schleswig-Holstein https://laststandonzombieisland.com/2015/01/21/warship-wednesday-january-21-2015-a-teutonic-heavy-in-two-world-wars/Spacefight, showing a very Merkava-like MBT

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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 […]

    laststandonzombieislandProtected cruiser HMS Terrible.HMS Powerful Steaming up the English Channel, 1900, Charles Dixon RIThe Captain's cabin was ornateHMS Terrible portrait via Royal Grenwich MuseumPhotoWW1-05csTerrible1-PSHMS_Terrible_QE2_73HMS TERRIBLE He who sups with me require a devil of a long spoonBlue_Jackets_HMS_TerribleQF_4.7_inch_gun_ColensoDifficulties of trekking with 4'7 Guns4.7 Naval Gun on Carriage Improvised by Capt. Percy Scott of H.M.S. Terrible. Photo by E. KennardTrials at Simonstown of 4-7 and 12-pounders on Captain Scott's Improvised MountingsA British armored train designed and manned by Terrible's crew during the Second Boer War, covered with 6 inch anchor rope, provided by the Royal Navy, to provide it protection. The improvised additional armor was the source of its name, “Hairy Mary.” (Photo from the McGregor Museum)Hairy MaryRoyal Navy bluejackets of HMS Terrible pose by an armored train at Durban during the Boer War. Mounted on the flatbed carriage is an improvised signal lamp consisting of a searchlight and shutter mechanism, powered by a dynamo attached to the train. The officer to the right of the image is possibly Capt. Percy Scott RN. The tower of Durban Post Office can be seen in the background. IWM Q 115145Armoured Train manned by Terrible's Marines galleryShark caught by Terrible Angler at Durban1902 Crewmen of HMS Terrible at Hong Kong.Great War service had her in a more sedate haze grayhms terrible teak wood repurposeShip model HMS Terrible by Oldham Hugh, via IWMlaststandonzombieislandProtected cruiser HMS Terrible.HMS Powerful Steaming up the English Channel, 1900, Charles Dixon RIThe Captain's cabin was ornateHMS Terrible portrait via Royal Grenwich MuseumPhotoWW1-05csTerrible1-PSHMS_Terrible_QE2_73HMS TERRIBLE He who sups with me require a devil of a long spoonBlue_Jackets_HMS_TerribleQF_4.7_inch_gun_ColensoDifficulties of trekking with 4'7 Guns4.7 Naval Gun on Carriage Improvised by Capt. Percy Scott of H.M.S. Terrible. Photo by E. KennardTrials at Simonstown of 4-7 and 12-pounders on Captain Scott's Improvised MountingsA British armored train designed and manned by Terrible's crew during the Second Boer War, covered with 6 inch anchor rope, provided by the Royal Navy, to provide it protection. The improvised additional armor was the source of its name, “Hairy Mary.” (Photo from the McGregor Museum)Hairy MaryRoyal Navy bluejackets of HMS Terrible pose by an armored train at Durban during the Boer War. Mounted on the flatbed carriage is an improvised signal lamp consisting of a searchlight and shutter mechanism, powered by a dynamo attached to the train. The officer to the right of the image is possibly Capt. Percy Scott RN. The tower of Durban Post Office can be seen in the background. IWM Q 115145Armoured Train manned by Terrible's Marines galleryShark caught by Terrible Angler at Durban1902 Crewmen of HMS Terrible at Hong Kong.Great War service had her in a more sedate haze grayhms terrible teak wood repurposeShip model HMS Terrible by Oldham Hugh, via IWM

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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 […]

    laststandonzombieislandBear-Misc-Photos_page36_image13Captain Michael A Healy, USRC Bear. Note parrotlaststandonzombieislandBear-Misc-Photos_page36_image13Captain Michael A Healy, USRC Bear. Note parrot"Hoisting Deer aboard the Bear, Siberia, Aug 28th 1891."; no photo number; photographer unknown. USCG PhotoPhotograph shows a Native American child and man sitting on the deck of a ship, the revenue cutter Bear during a relief voyage to rescue whalers off the Alaska coast in 1897. The man is showing the child how to smoke a pipe. By photographer Samuel Call. LOC.BEAR transporting reindeer from Siberia to AlaskaCrew of the Revenue Cutter Bear ferrying stranded whalemen,photo of the Revenue Cutter Bear 1900Off BarrowUSRC Bear Dressed with flags circa 1900. Description: Catalog #: NH 56690USRC BEAR Caption: At San Diego, California, before World War I. Description: Courtesy of Thomas P. Naughton, 1973. Catalog #: NH 92207 Copyright Owner: Naval History and Heritage CommandBear_1910 uscg photo 1_300Alaskan natives dancing on deck of USRC BEAR circa 1913COAST GUARD BUREAU OF TREASURY DEPARTMENT. REVENUE CUTTER 'BEAR', RIGHT, WITH S.S. CORWIN, 1916. Harris & Ewing Collection. LOC LC-H261- 6165 [P&P]USCGC BEAR At Point Barrow, Alaska, 21 August 1922. Catalog #: NH 91762 Copyright Owner: Naval History and Heritage CommandThe midnight watch on 10 June 1924 showing the crew in the land of the midnight sun, literally. Courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard, 1930. Catalog #: NH 56694USCGC BEAR in the Arctic Ocean. Description: Courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard, 1930 Catalog #: NH 56692United States Coast Guard cutter BEAR (1884-1948), in ice pads. Description: Received from Coast Guard, 1930. Catalog #: NH 170.Bear-Misc-Photos_page36_image1the sea wolfBear-Misc-Photos_page36_image2Painting by Hasta depicts Bear of Oakland, formerly USS Bear and USCGC Bear, in Antarctic Ice during Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd's Antarctic Expedition of 1933-1935USS Bear (AG-29), formerly the US Revenue Cutter Bear, operates in Antarctic waters during the 1939-40 season as part of the U.S. Antarctic Service. [1976x1532]Photographed circa 1939, possibly during Byrd's 1940 Antarctic Expedition. This ship also served as USS BEAR (AG-29) and as USCGC BEAR. Description: Catalog #: 80-G-1033748USS BEAR (AG-29) Awaiting to evacuate west base in the Bay of Whales, Antarctica in 1941, she noses against bay ice. Supplies had to be carried from the base camp in the background. Ross Barrier is the thick ice on the left. Description: Catalog #: NH 56697 Copyright Owner: Naval History and Heritage Commandbear wwii note crew clearing ice and tarped gunsBear-Misc-Photos_page36_image29Bear-Misc-Photos_page36_image30USS BEAR (AG-29) Off the Boston Navy Yard, 2 July 1941. Catalog #: 19-N-24311 Copyright Owner: National Archives. Note Grumman J2F-1 aircraft carried.SINKING OF THE BEAR photo dated 19 March 1963; Photo No. 1CGD-03-19-63(03); photographer unknown. USCG Historians OfficeThe famous old Coast Guard cutter BEAR. From the Collection of President Franklin D. Roosevelt Catalog #: NH 1918 Copyright Owner: Naval History and Heritage Command Original Creator: Charles Robert Patterson, artistUSCGC BEAR, 1884-1948. Description: Copied from U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, April 1945 Catalog #: NH 56695 Copyright Owner: Naval History and Heritage Command Original Creator: Hunter Wood, USCG, artistBearPaintinguscgc bear bellbearfigureheadCoast Guard Cutter Bear transits past the Statue of Liberty in New York City June 19, 2016. The Bear is a 270-feet medium endurance cutter Coast Guard Cutter Healy supports Geotraces mission to the ArcticUSRC Bear ColorUSRC Bear 2

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  • 08/09/16--05:00: LOC does the Great War
  • The Library of Congress—which holds the largest multi-format collection of materials on the American experience in World War I—will present a major exhibition in 2017 to commemorate the centennial of The Great War. The United States’ involvement in the “war to end all wars” began on April 6, 1917, when the U.S. Congress formally declared […]

    laststandonzombieislandJoseph Pennell (1857–1926). Submarines in Dry Dock, 1917. Transfer lithographic drawing. Bequest of the Estate of Joseph Pennell. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (005.00.00) LC-DIG-ppmsca-40029WW-Hist-clipping-Nov-11-1918-NY-Evening-JouranllaststandonzombieislandJoseph Pennell (1857–1926). Submarines in Dry Dock, 1917. Transfer lithographic drawing. Bequest of the Estate of Joseph Pennell. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (005.00.00) LC-DIG-ppmsca-40029WW-Hist-clipping-Nov-11-1918-NY-Evening-Jouranl

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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 […]

    laststandonzombieislandCruzador Nitheroy [sic] [i.e. Nictheroy] by Marc Ferrez, Detroit Publishing Co. Image via LOC LC-D4-21236Aquidabã at Hampton Roads 1893Dynamite gun on Brazilian ship, Nitheroy [i.e. Nictheroy] by Marc Ferrez, Detroit Publishing Co. Image via LOC LC-D4-32259Vesuvius in 1891...the three tubes on her main deck are 15inch FIXED Dynamite Guns(Brazilian auxiliary cruiser, 1893-1898, formerly S.S. El Cid, later USS Buffalo) View on board, probably taken while fitting out for Brazilian Navy service in November 1893 at the Morgan Iron Works, New York City. The gun, which is mounted at the ship's stern, is almost certainly a 4.7 quick-fire weapon built by the Hotchkiss Ordnance Co. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 105944View on board, probably taken while fitting out for Brazilian Navy service in November 1893 at the Morgan Iron Works, New York City. Her single 15-inch dynamite gun on the forecastle (left center) was offset 3 feet to starboard of the centerline and was trainable right ahead and on both bows. The gun on the right may be one of the two 33-pounder (4-inch) Hotchkiss quick-fire guns that were listed as having been mounted forward on the bluff of the bow on each side. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 105942View on board, probably taken while fitting out for Brazilian Navy service in November 1893 at the Morgan Iron Works, New York City. Shown looking forward from near the stern, aft of the main mast. The gun is probably one of the ship's nine one-pounder Hotchkiss quick-fire weapons, eight of which were mounted on top of the deckhouses. She also had two 1-pounder Hotchkiss machine guns on top of the pilothouse. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 105943Probably shown fitting out for Brazilian Navy service in November 1893 at the Morgan Iron Works, New York City. Several barges are alongside. Nictheroy's single 15-inch dynamite gun is on the forecastle. A small quick-fire gun, probably one of her eight 6-pounder Hotchkiss weapons, is barely visible behind a shield on the weather deck aft. Six of the other 6-pounders were carried behind ports in the hull, along with four tubes for Howell torpedoes. Her former name, El Cid, has been painted out on the bow but the ship still wears the rest of her mercantile paint scheme. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 105941A bugler sounding the call to breakfast in 1898. The gun appears to be a 4laststandonzombieislandCruzador Nitheroy [sic] [i.e. Nictheroy] by Marc Ferrez, Detroit Publishing Co. Image via LOC LC-D4-21236Aquidabã at Hampton Roads 1893Dynamite gun on Brazilian ship, Nitheroy [i.e. Nictheroy] by Marc Ferrez, Detroit Publishing Co. Image via LOC LC-D4-32259Vesuvius in 1891...the three tubes on her main deck are 15inch FIXED Dynamite Guns(Brazilian auxiliary cruiser, 1893-1898, formerly S.S. El Cid, later USS Buffalo) View on board, probably taken while fitting out for Brazilian Navy service in November 1893 at the Morgan Iron Works, New York City. The gun, which is mounted at the ship's stern, is almost certainly a 4.7 quick-fire weapon built by the Hotchkiss Ordnance Co. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 105944View on board, probably taken while fitting out for Brazilian Navy service in November 1893 at the Morgan Iron Works, New York City. Her single 15-inch dynamite gun on the forecastle (left center) was offset 3 feet to starboard of the centerline and was trainable right ahead and on both bows. The gun on the right may be one of the two 33-pounder (4-inch) Hotchkiss quick-fire guns that were listed as having been mounted forward on the bluff of the bow on each side. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 105942View on board, probably taken while fitting out for Brazilian Navy service in November 1893 at the Morgan Iron Works, New York City. Shown looking forward from near the stern, aft of the main mast. The gun is probably one of the ship's nine one-pounder Hotchkiss quick-fire weapons, eight of which were mounted on top of the deckhouses. She also had two 1-pounder Hotchkiss machine guns on top of the pilothouse. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 105943Probably shown fitting out for Brazilian Navy service in November 1893 at the Morgan Iron Works, New York City. Several barges are alongside. Nictheroy's single 15-inch dynamite gun is on the forecastle. A small quick-fire gun, probably one of her eight 6-pounder Hotchkiss weapons, is barely visible behind a shield on the weather deck aft. Six of the other 6-pounders were carried behind ports in the hull, along with four tubes for Howell torpedoes. Her former name, El Cid, has been painted out on the bow but the ship still wears the rest of her mercantile paint scheme. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 105941A bugler sounding the call to breakfast in 1898. The gun appears to be a 4"/40cal. At this time the ship carried four of these weapons plus two 5/40 guns. Courtesy of Commander Donald J. Robinson, USN (Medical Service Corps), 1975. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 82990She does look handsome in white! Photographed in 1902, while serving as a training ship. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 56644USS Buffalo Photographed at Algiers in January 1904 while serving as a training ship. Courtesy of Rear Admiral Ammen Farenholt, USN (MC), 1933. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 434A footlocker inspection on the main deck in 1904. The Sailor on the left, closest to the camera, is Chester Bryon Harper. Courtesy of Mr. Gene B. Reid (Harper's grandson), 1983. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 94193USS Buffalo at Mare Island, California loading materials for the expedition to Alaska radio stations. 1914 NHC Accession #: UA 557Dressed with flags at Kodiak, Alaska, on 4 July 1914, during the 1914 Alaskan Radio Expedition. Collection of Admiral Montgomery M. Taylor, donated by Louisa R. Alger, 1962. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 105444-AAt the naval coaling station at Sitka, Alaska, in October or late September 1914. During the 1914 Alaskan Radio Expedition. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Admiral Montgomery M. Taylor, donated by Louisa R. Alger, 1962. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 105470Teddy, a ship's mascot, on the ship's forecastle circa mid-1914 during the 1914 Alaskan Radio Expedition. Teddy, probably an Alaskan bear cub, is also shown posing with one of the ship's divisions in Photo # NH 105464. Note the ship's capstain in the background. Collection of Admiral Montgomery M. Taylor, donated by Louisa R. Alger, 1962. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 105596.On 12 November 1918 in European waters wearing pattern camouflage paint. Photographed by E. J. Kelty. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 56642At Gibraltar circa December 1918, with USS Schley (Destroyer No. 103 ) alongside and the collier USS Jupiter (Fuel Ship No. 3) in the background. Note that Schley is still wearing pattern camouflage, while Buffalo has been repainted into overall grey. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 56643At Villefranche on the French Mediterranean coast in late 1918 or early 1919. Donation of Captain Stephen S. Roberts, USNR (Retired), 2008. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 105907The ship's baseball team ashore in the Azores in March 1919. Photographed by St. Jacques. Courtesy of Paul H. Silverstone, 1983. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 94998DYnamite cruiser Nichteroy.

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    Here we see a beautiful Springfield Armory 1903 MK I .30-06 SPRG caliber rifle with an uber rare and original Pedersen device. Mr. Pedersen’s device was a very simple top loading, blowback-operated pistol without a grip. Its barrel was the exact size, shape, and length of the standard .30-06 M1906 cartridge case. All the soldier […]

    laststandonzombieislandSpringfield Armory 1903 MK I .30-06 SPRG (R18854) caliber rifle. Springfield 1903 with Pedersen deviceSpringfield Armory 1903 MK I .30-06 SPRG (R18854) caliber rifle. Springfield 1903 with Pedersen device overallSpringfield Armory 1903 MK I .30-06 SPRG (R18854) caliber rifle. Springfield 1903 with Pedersen device 1919 RIA marked bolt pouchlaststandonzombieislandSpringfield Armory 1903 MK I .30-06 SPRG (R18854) caliber rifle. Springfield 1903 with Pedersen deviceSpringfield Armory 1903 MK I .30-06 SPRG (R18854) caliber rifle. Springfield 1903 with Pedersen device overallSpringfield Armory 1903 MK I .30-06 SPRG (R18854) caliber rifle. Springfield 1903 with Pedersen device 1919 RIA marked bolt pouch

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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 […]

    laststandonzombieislandPhoto by William Henry Jackson/Detroit Publishing Company, Via LOC LC-D4-21686 [P&P]Alert at the Boston Navy Yard in 1875. Note details of her iron hull; boat. Note her dark overall scheme, which she would keep for most of the 19th Century. Catalog #: NH 57105alert laundry dayPhotographed after the Samoa hurricane of March 1889. She was configured thus until 1899. Catalog #: NH 586In dry-dock at the Mare Island navy yard, about 1890. Catalog #: NH 71061And from the stern-- In dry-dock at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, about 1890. Note her huge rudder and prop Photograph from the William H. Topley Collection. Courtesy of Mr. Charles M. Loring, Napa, California, 1969. Catalog #: NH 68684Photographed about 1901. Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution Catalog #: NH 57108Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, about 1901. Catalog #: NH 57109Postcard photo, probably taken while she was serving as California State Naval Militia Training Ship, 1906-1910. Note she still has some cannon mounted. Courtesy of Commander D.J. Robinson, USN (Ret), 1978 Catalog #: NH 86255Post card image of USS Alert (Submarine Tender #4) moored at San Pedro, CA. The submarines alongside are laststandonzombieislandPhoto by William Henry Jackson/Detroit Publishing Company, Via LOC LC-D4-21686 [P&P]Alert at the Boston Navy Yard in 1875. Note details of her iron hull; boat. Note her dark overall scheme, which she would keep for most of the 19th Century. Catalog #: NH 57105alert laundry dayPhotographed after the Samoa hurricane of March 1889. She was configured thus until 1899. Catalog #: NH 586In dry-dock at the Mare Island navy yard, about 1890. Catalog #: NH 71061And from the stern-- In dry-dock at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, about 1890. Note her huge rudder and prop Photograph from the William H. Topley Collection. Courtesy of Mr. Charles M. Loring, Napa, California, 1969. Catalog #: NH 68684Photographed about 1901. Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution Catalog #: NH 57108Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, about 1901. Catalog #: NH 57109Postcard photo, probably taken while she was serving as California State Naval Militia Training Ship, 1906-1910. Note she still has some cannon mounted. Courtesy of Commander D.J. Robinson, USN (Ret), 1978 Catalog #: NH 86255Post card image of USS Alert (Submarine Tender #4) moored at San Pedro, CA. The submarines alongside are "F" class boats, circa 1916. Note the wicker deck furniture over her extensive awnings. http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/36/3604.htm Via Navsource: Photo - Ron Reeves Caption - Ric HedmanUSS Alert (Submarine Tender #4), serving as tender for the Third Submarine Division of the Pacific Fleet, laying alongside the wharf at Kuahua, U.S. Naval Station, Pearl Harbor, 22 August 1917. K-3 (Submarine #34) and K-4 (Submarine #35) are identifiable alongside; the unidentifiable "boat" is probably either K-7 (Submarine #38) or K-8 (Submarine #39).Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Catalog #: NH 42542Ship's baseball team, 1917.USS Alert. In port, circa late 1918 or early 1919. Note the old cannon used as a bollard in the left foreground, and the submarine chaser (SC) tied up astern of Alert. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 104155112-TV-Emery-Rice-Steam-Engine-1873_page6_image5alert class

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    Here we see a group of of the 2nd General Krukovskii’s Mountain-Mozdok Regiment of the Terek Cossacks, with their distinctive Cossack model Mosin-Nagant Model 91s. The Cossacks were organized somewhat differently than the regular line cavalry and also varied slightly between the different “hosts” (voyska)—Don, Kuban, Terek, Astrakhan, etc.—however, in general, a Cossack regiment consisted […]

    laststandonzombieislandMembers of the 2nd Gorsko-Mozdoksky Regiment of the Terek Cossacks, undated cossack mosin'The Last InspectionlaststandonzombieislandMembers of the 2nd Gorsko-Mozdoksky Regiment of the Terek Cossacks, undated cossack mosin'The Last Inspection" depicting Tsar Nicholas II inspecting the cossacks of the convoy at Pskov March 15, 1917 after he abdicated. The men of the unit in many cases had been with the sovereign for decades and at that moment, was the last loyal force in the country. izy mosin nagant 91 30

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    Alan Seeger was born in New York City on June 22, 1888, and received a BA from Harvard University in 1910 where he edited and wrote for the Harvard Monthly– alongside future 10 Days that Shook the World author John Reed and had  T.S. Eliot and Walter Lippmann in his classes. A poet and idealist […]

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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 […]

    laststandonzombieislandchtoqpaumaaonteNordenfelt I in trials in Landskrona, Sweden just before she was handed over to the Greeks. (September 1885)Nordenfelt two-barreled 25mm gun on naval mounting. The guns sold to the Turks were the same, except in a larger caliber. (Courtesy: Royal Armouries)Nordenfelt_submarine_AbdülhamidLibrary of Congress's Abdul Hamid II Collection https://www.loc.gov/collections/abdul-hamid-ii/?sp=1Turkish torpedo factory. Library of Congress's Abdul Hamid II Collection Turkish made torps. Library of Congress's Abdul Hamid II Collection Divers at the Imperial Naval Arsenal, 1893. Library of Congress's Abdul Hamid II Collection Battalion divers at the Imperial Naval Arsenal. Library of Congress's Abdul Hamid II Collection 1886Image by Michael Crisafulli https://www.renderosity.com/mod/bcs/1886-steam-submarine-abdulhamid/81781laststandonzombieislandchtoqpaumaaonteNordenfelt I in trials in Landskrona, Sweden just before she was handed over to the Greeks. (September 1885)Nordenfelt two-barreled 25mm gun on naval mounting. The guns sold to the Turks were the same, except in a larger caliber. (Courtesy: Royal Armouries)Nordenfelt_submarine_AbdülhamidLibrary of Congress's Abdul Hamid II Collection https://www.loc.gov/collections/abdul-hamid-ii/?sp=1Turkish torpedo factory. Library of Congress's Abdul Hamid II Collection Turkish made torps. Library of Congress's Abdul Hamid II Collection Divers at the Imperial Naval Arsenal, 1893. Library of Congress's Abdul Hamid II Collection Battalion divers at the Imperial Naval Arsenal. Library of Congress's Abdul Hamid II Collection 1886Image by Michael Crisafulli https://www.renderosity.com/mod/bcs/1886-steam-submarine-abdulhamid/81781

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    While the sun may have never set on the British Empire (until 1956, anyway), the Brits were big fans of using technology to their advantage to allow units with small footprints to control large areas. From 1912 through the 1950s, the water-cooled .303 caliber sustained fire Maxim machine gun variant produced by Vickers Limited, best […]

    laststandonzombieislandManchester Regiment sit with their wwi era Vickers gun during a demonstration of preparedness for jungle warfare in Malaya, circa August 1941A Vickers machine gun post, June 1919. Of the 13 British infantry battalions that served during the 3rd Afghan War and the Waziristan uprising (1919-1920), nine were Regular and the rest Territorial. Photo: National Army Museum via Under Every Leaf.Vickers machine gun emplacement in a sangar, North West Frontier Province between the wars. The pouches on the back on the No. 2 (with his hand up) are for clinometer and the foresight bar deflector - seldom seen in the field. The headdress of British Indian troops was normally the khaki puggaree which varied by the soldier's religion--Muslims with a pointed kullah skullcap inside the puggaree and Sikhs with a more open version that allowed their uncut hair to remain in a bun atop their head, while most Hindu troops wore a simple turban. Photo via British Empire Uniforms 1939-45. Sepoys manning a Vickers Machine Gun, Spinwam, south west of Peshawar. The sepoy manning the gun has a .455 Webley in a holster on his belt and a tin mug fastened to the 08 haversack on his back.laststandonzombieislandManchester Regiment sit with their wwi era Vickers gun during a demonstration of preparedness for jungle warfare in Malaya, circa August 1941A Vickers machine gun post, June 1919. Of the 13 British infantry battalions that served during the 3rd Afghan War and the Waziristan uprising (1919-1920), nine were Regular and the rest Territorial. Photo: National Army Museum via Under Every Leaf.Vickers machine gun emplacement in a sangar, North West Frontier Province between the wars. The pouches on the back on the No. 2 (with his hand up) are for clinometer and the foresight bar deflector - seldom seen in the field. The headdress of British Indian troops was normally the khaki puggaree which varied by the soldier's religion--Muslims with a pointed kullah skullcap inside the puggaree and Sikhs with a more open version that allowed their uncut hair to remain in a bun atop their head, while most Hindu troops wore a simple turban. Photo via British Empire Uniforms 1939-45. Sepoys manning a Vickers Machine Gun, Spinwam, south west of Peshawar. The sepoy manning the gun has a .455 Webley in a holster on his belt and a tin mug fastened to the 08 haversack on his back.

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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 […]

    laststandonzombieislandOfficial U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Catalog #: NH 97970Artist's conception of the final class design, made circa the early 1920s by Frank Muller. Ships of this class were: OMAHA (CL-4), MILWAUKEE (CL-5), CINCINNATI (CL-6), RALEIGH (CL-7), DETROIT (CL-8), RICHMOND (CL-9), CONCORD (CL-10), TRENTON (CL-11), MARBLEHEAD (CL-12), and MEMPHIS (CL-13).Catalog #: NH 43051Mines on an Omaha class (CL 4-13) light cruiser Description: Taken while the ship was underway at sea, looking aft, showing the very wet conditions that were typical on these cruisers' after decks when they were operating in a seaway. Photographed circa 1923-1925, prior to the addition of a deckhouse just forward of the ships' after twin six-inch gun mount. Donation of Ronald W. Compton, from the collection of his grandfather, Chief Machinist's Mate William C. Carlson, USN. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 99637Triple 21-inch torpedo tubes on the upper deck of an Omaha (CL 4-13) class light cruiser, circa the mid-1920s. The after end of the ship's starboard catapult is visible at left. Donation of Ronald W. Compton, from the collection of his grandfather, Chief Machinist's Mate William C. Carlson, USN. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 99639Photographed circa 1923, immediately after completion. Note her peculiar stacked casemates. These ships proved top-heavy in operation. Go figure, huh? Catalog #: NH 43052Passing through the Panama Canal, circa 1925-1926. Note the tropical awning over her stern. Catalog #: NH 43054Boxing match held between the aircraft catapults of an Omaha (CL 4-13) class light cruiser, circa the mid-1920s. View looks forward, with the ship's after smokestack in the left center background. Donation of Ronald W. Compton, from the collection of his grandfather, Chief Machinist's Mate William C. Carlson, USN. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 99640Great overhead shot. Anchored in the Hudson River, near New York City, 2 May 1927. Catalog #: NH 43059Putting the screen in screening! Omaha Class Light Cruisers lay a smoke screen during maneuvers in about 1930. Courtesy of Chief Photographer's Mate John Lee Highfill (retired) Catalog #: NH 94898Underway, circa the early 1930s. The original photograph is dated 20 October 1936, but it was actually taken prior to Omaha's 1933 overhaul, during which her topmasts were reduced and a bathtub machinegun platform was fitted atop her foremast. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Catalog #: NH 97971Two of the 6laststandonzombieislandOfficial U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Catalog #: NH 97970Artist's conception of the final class design, made circa the early 1920s by Frank Muller. Ships of this class were: OMAHA (CL-4), MILWAUKEE (CL-5), CINCINNATI (CL-6), RALEIGH (CL-7), DETROIT (CL-8), RICHMOND (CL-9), CONCORD (CL-10), TRENTON (CL-11), MARBLEHEAD (CL-12), and MEMPHIS (CL-13).Catalog #: NH 43051Mines on an Omaha class (CL 4-13) light cruiser Description: Taken while the ship was underway at sea, looking aft, showing the very wet conditions that were typical on these cruisers' after decks when they were operating in a seaway. Photographed circa 1923-1925, prior to the addition of a deckhouse just forward of the ships' after twin six-inch gun mount. Donation of Ronald W. Compton, from the collection of his grandfather, Chief Machinist's Mate William C. Carlson, USN. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 99637Triple 21-inch torpedo tubes on the upper deck of an Omaha (CL 4-13) class light cruiser, circa the mid-1920s. The after end of the ship's starboard catapult is visible at left. Donation of Ronald W. Compton, from the collection of his grandfather, Chief Machinist's Mate William C. Carlson, USN. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 99639Photographed circa 1923, immediately after completion. Note her peculiar stacked casemates. These ships proved top-heavy in operation. Go figure, huh? Catalog #: NH 43052Passing through the Panama Canal, circa 1925-1926. Note the tropical awning over her stern. Catalog #: NH 43054Boxing match held between the aircraft catapults of an Omaha (CL 4-13) class light cruiser, circa the mid-1920s. View looks forward, with the ship's after smokestack in the left center background. Donation of Ronald W. Compton, from the collection of his grandfather, Chief Machinist's Mate William C. Carlson, USN. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 99640Great overhead shot. Anchored in the Hudson River, near New York City, 2 May 1927. Catalog #: NH 43059Putting the screen in screening! Omaha Class Light Cruisers lay a smoke screen during maneuvers in about 1930. Courtesy of Chief Photographer's Mate John Lee Highfill (retired) Catalog #: NH 94898Underway, circa the early 1930s. The original photograph is dated 20 October 1936, but it was actually taken prior to Omaha's 1933 overhaul, during which her topmasts were reduced and a bathtub machinegun platform was fitted atop her foremast. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Catalog #: NH 97971Two of the 6"/53 casemate guns on USS Omaha CL-4 Picture taken in August 1933 after overhaul at the Puget Sound Navy Yard. Note newly installed machine gun bathtub atop Omaha foremast, rangefinders, and other fire control facilities on and about the mast, voice tubes running down from the masthead, and Battle Efficiency E painted on the pilothouse. Courtesy of Don S. Montgomery, USN (Retired). U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 93507Aground in the Bahamas, 18 July 1937. Note lighthouse at right and vessels alongside Omaha. Meh, these things happen. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Catalog #: NH 43061USS OMAHA (CL-4). Description: Courtesy of Mr. Donald M. McPherson, 169 Birch Avenue, Corte Madera, California, 1969 Catalog #: NH 68319Odenwald, NH 123752USS OMAHA/ODENWALD Incident during World War II. Autographed Portrait of Salvage Detail. American Flag and emblem of the Nazi party/ Swastika flag on ship with Salvage Detail portrait signed by each member of Salvage Detail.NH 123757USS Omaha (CL-4) In New York Harbor, 10 February 1943. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives. Note the added AAA suite. Catalog #: 19-N-40594Historic World War II Case V-42 Stiletto and Scabbard, Both U.S.S. Omaha Markeduss-cl-4-omaha-1923-light-cruiser

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  • 09/09/16--05:00: The Biggest Yank of WWI
  • Len Dyer of the National Armor and Cavalry Restoration Center discusses the World War I era Mark VIII Tank, of which just two are still in existence, both in the possession of the U.S. Army. The Mark VIII was more advanced than the planned British Mark VI, though it was larger, male only (as in […]

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    Today we have narco subs (self-propelled semi-submersibles, or  SPSSs) to deal with but they are an idea that is almost a century old. The Volstead Act in 1919 came at a time of technological innovation and, with a lot of Great War era soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines out of work, some quickly fell into […]

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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 James Arthur Pownall Not much is known of […]

    laststandonzombieislandA Mounted Sowar in Drab Full Dress, Guides Cavalry, James Arthur Pownall, 1902, National Army Museum. The Corps of Guides was raised in 1846/1847 by Lieutenant (later Lieutenant-General Sir) Harry Lumsden (1821–1896). In 1886, as part of the later nineteenth-century reform of the Indian Army, the Guides were transferred from the control of the Governor of the Punjab to that of the Commander-in-Chief. The cavalry regiment was later numbered 10th in the 1922 reorganization of the Indian Army. Bringing Up the Guns, James Arthur Pownall, 1898,Atkinson Art Gallery Collection Indian Corps of Drums,1918, James Arthur Pownall, Cheshire Military Museum Mounted Lancer, James Arthur Pownall, 1918, Cheshire Military MuseumlaststandonzombieislandA Mounted Sowar in Drab Full Dress, Guides Cavalry, James Arthur Pownall, 1902, National Army Museum. The Corps of Guides was raised in 1846/1847 by Lieutenant (later Lieutenant-General Sir) Harry Lumsden (1821–1896). In 1886, as part of the later nineteenth-century reform of the Indian Army, the Guides were transferred from the control of the Governor of the Punjab to that of the Commander-in-Chief. The cavalry regiment was later numbered 10th in the 1922 reorganization of the Indian Army. Bringing Up the Guns, James Arthur Pownall, 1898,Atkinson Art Gallery Collection Indian Corps of Drums,1918, James Arthur Pownall, Cheshire Military Museum Mounted Lancer, James Arthur Pownall, 1918, Cheshire Military Museum

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  • 10/04/16--05:00: Dear Mum,
  • Biplane above the clouds. Handwritten on photograph front: “France, 1918, De Haviland ‘4.’” Handwritten on photograph back: “De Haviland – Liberty Motor, Dear Mum: Put this away for me. Maybe Adam helped make this engine. Ted.”

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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 […]

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    The answer to that would be 15,595 live ones in 10 different variants including HC, armor piercing and practice. The last battleship salvo was from USS Wisconsin 16 May 1991, with the last battleship transferred to museum life in 2012. The Army’s last 16″/50cal Gun M1919 coastal artillery battery was disbanded in 1946. Currently at […]

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    The Scottish war poet Capt. Charles Hamilton Sorley of the Suffolk Regiment was killed in 1915 at the Battle of Loos. He was the youngest of the major war poets, having been born in 1895. He left this poem, probably his most famous, untitled at his death: When you see millions of the mouthless dead […]

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