Know Your Weapons: The American Enfield AKA the US Model 1917 Magazine Rifle

The American Enfield AKA the US Model 1917 Magazine Rifle

You can’t go wrong with a Mauser Action in .30-06 Caliber!

 

 

 

 

On This Day in History: The Chios Massacre

The Chios Massacre

 

On the 11th April 1822 an army of some 40,000 Ottoman troops began landing on the Greek island of Chios, which is situated just 7 kilometers off the Turkish coastline of Anatolia, with express orders to kill all Christian infants under three years old, all males 12 years and older, and all females 40 and older, except those willing to convert to Islam.

Estimates suggest that up to three quarters of the 120,000 inhabitants were slain, enslaved or died of starvation or disease. With the remainder forced to flee an ethnic cleansing which the Turks were to repeat with their genocide of the Armenians between 1915-1923.

 

Know Your Weapons: Mannlicher M1895 Rifle

AUSTRIA-HUNGARY’S M-95 Rifle

 

“The M95 proved itself one of the finest battle rifles of the First World War. It weighed around a pound less than its equally lengthy peers and was slim and almost delicate by comparison. The soldiers who carried it appreciated its light weight but the Allied soldiers facing the M95 in the icy Alps and trenches took note of its high rate of fire compared to their turn-bolt action guns. The M95 was capable of 30–35 rounds a minute while turn-bolt actions were generally limited to 15–20 shots a minute. The simplicity of the straight-pull’s forward-backward bolt operation certainly made it easier to master than a turn-bolt action, which requires twice the number of motions to cycle. In addition, the upward motion to lift a cock-on-opening bolt handle — for example the Lebel, Berthier, M1903 Springfield, Carcano — is physically more difficult and more disruptive to the aim. The British SMLE, which cocked on the forward stroke like the Mannlicher, was the M95’s closest rival in speed of operation.”

 

Know Your History: Paramilitary Organizations in Germany 1871-1945

 

This is a very well put together Thesis Paper (pdf) from 2014 on Paramilitary Organizations in Germany 1871-1945.

I would highly recommend you download this to a thumb drive for reference purposes.

Relevance: Understanding how a Well-Organized and Financed Paramilitary Group (ie Citizen Action Groups) can effect REAL CHANGE in the Political and Social Spectrum of a Nation.