Know Your WW1 History: April 25, 1915 – WWI Allied Troops Land in Gallipoli

April 25, 1915 – WWI Allied Troops Land in Gallipoli

 

Excellent overview of the Gallipoli campaign debacle.

It is important to note that some historians have attempted to lay the blame of this military tragedy solely at Winston Churchill’s feet (who at the time was the Lord of the Admiralty) but this is not the case as the article states:

Winston Churchill, Lord of the Admiralty, tried to argue for a combined attack by the army and navy; a purely naval attack would merely provide the Turkish artillery with an opportunity to make literal the concept of “turkey shoot.” But the War Minister, Lord Kitchener, declined to provide any troops for Churchill’s navy; he felt they were needed in Europe. Thus Churchill was forced to do his best with the navy, and the inevitable disaster ensued.

Sidebar: The Australian TV series Gallipoli (2015) was really well done and I highly recommend it if you have not seen it.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

Savage M1918 Aircraft Lewis at the Range (With Rare Tripod Mount!)

Savage M1918 Aircraft Lewis at the Range (With Rare Tripod Mount!)

 

A True Blast from the Past!

What made the American Lewis Gun so powerful is it fired the venerable .30-06 round!

A bonafide Man Stopper!

Know Your WW1 Weapons: The Great British Machine Gun Controversy

Weapons and Warfare

The Vickers was used for indirect fire against enemy positions at ranges up to 4,500 yards (4,115 m) with Mark VIIIz ammunition. This plunging fire was used to great effect against road junctions, trench systems, forming up points, and other locations that might be observed by a forward observer, or zeroed in at one time for future attacks, or guessed at by men using maps and experience. Sometimes a location might be zeroed in during the day, and then attacked at night, much to the surprise and confusion of the enemy. New Zealand units were especially fond of this use. A white disc would be set up on a pole near the MMG, and the gunner would aim at a mark on it, knowing that this corresponded to aiming at the distant target. There was a special back-sight with a tall extension on it for this purpose. The only similar…

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Know Your Weapons: WW1 Night Sights – Gewehr 98 and SMLE

Germany, Britain, and France all introduced luminous night sights for their service rifles in 1916. Today we are looking at a Gewehr 98 and an SMLE that have detachable WW1 night sights fitted (and the SMLE also has a metal muzzle cover device).

WW1 Night Sights: Gewehr 98 and SMLE — Forgotten Weapons

Rendezvous with Death Book Review

Appreciate the Review Jeff.

Always enjoyed reading obscure History like this. 👍

Inch High Guy

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Rendezvous with Death: The Americans Who Joined the Foreign Legion in 1914 to Fight for France and for Civilization

by David Hanna

Hardcover in dustjacket, 332 pages

Published by Regnery History June 2016

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1621573966

ISBN-13: 978-1621573968

Dimensions: 6.0 x 1.1 x 9.0 inches

The French Foreign Legion is one of the more storied of the world’s military formations.  In the Legion a man can make a fresh start regardless of his past – in exchange for the promise of military service to France a new identity is created.  The Legion is famous for attracting men looking for a fresh start for themselves or to forget past mistakes.  The men in this book did not join the Legion for the typical reasons.

Rendezvous with Death is the story of a group of Americans living in Paris at the beginning of the Great War in 1914.  Idealism is what…

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