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Pinned  GMIC 10 Year Anniversary May 2014

Dec 13 2013 06:59 | Nick in News

May 2014 will celebrate the 10 year anniversary for GMIC. There are a lot of exciting things planned for next year at GMIC which also ties in with the 100 year rememberance anniversary for the Great War. Some of the things I will highlight are:

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Toronto's Near Forgotten Veterans of Crimea

Mar 31 2014 07:47 | Stephen Otto in GMIC Articles

The Friends of Fort York at Toronto are a 20-year old group of volunteers who exist to complement the operation of the fort that was the founding place of the city in 1793, and played a prominent role in the War of 1812. The Friends publish a quarterly newsletter, The Fife & Drum, which is available gratis by subscription on the organization's website. Just published is an issue that includes a piece on several of Toronto's Crimean veterans including Alexander Roberts Dunn, V.C., and Michael Brophy who was the subject of a recent series of posts  in the Collectors' Discussion Forum on the GMIC site on "A Very Very Very Old Soldier," started by Ulsterman in December, 2013.

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Medal Mounting - Tutorial

Apr 07 2014 19:17 | Brian Wolfe in GMIC Articles

Once in a while, or more often if you are like me, you will find yourself in need of having some medals mounted for your collection. You could send them out to a professional or you could add to your enjoyment of the hobby by mounting them yourself.  There is a certain satisfaction in being able to “do-it-yourself” and the finished project may well surprise you in looking quite professional.  
I have mounted groups of medals for friends wanting to preserve their father’s or grandfather’s medals as well as fellow collectors who just can’t be convinced to try this themselves.  The one thing I will NOT do is add an attachment pin to the back of the mount unless it is for the veteran who was awarded the group.  I will not be part of making it possible to easily wear someone else’s medals.  However, I happen to like the way a group sits in a display case with the pin device in place and if I am mounting the group for my own collection I place a small piece of cardboard under the top edge to give it the same look; not affixed to the mount but simply placed under the group.  I leave it to you as whether you want to add a mounting pin or not.  I’ll point out when this should be done as we proceed.

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Artillery in the First World War: The Kaiser’s Guns

Feb 07 2014 01:43 | IrishGunner in GMIC Articles

Sources vary and exact figures are difficult to achieve; however, consensus is that artillery caused the majority (something close to 60 percent) of combat casualties in the First World War.  Add in the effects of constant harassing fire, reaching far behind the lines with large caliber weapons, as well as those of artillery-delivered gas attacks, and there can be no doubt that artillery was an effective killer.  German production of artillery shells went from 1.36 million in 1914 to 36 million in 1916.  Certainly, many (if not most) of those were fired across no-man’s land into allied positions.  On the other side, Britain’s Royal Artillery fired 170 million shells by the war’s end, sometimes in barrages that would last for days.  (David)  The sheer volume of artillery ammunition expended during the First World War certainly made life on the battlefield very dangerous.
Given the importance of artillery to the First World War and the approaching centenary of the war, a broad survey of the topic seems in order.  Ideally, over the course of the centenary, I will periodically add installments to this space.  While I spent over 10 years as a professional artilleryman, I am only an amateur historian; therefore, I do not presume I will add anything new to the wealth of information already written about artillery in the multitude of volumes on the First World War, including several texts dealing exclusively with the subject.  There are also some very detailed and worthwhile websites on the topic.  However, I have noted that this wealth of information is a lot like disconnected pockets of gold in a mine.  By bringing together some basic facts and interesting information from both the printed works and these websites, my goal is to provide a useful starting point for discussion and further research for those with an interest in artillery during the First World War.  I also will try to bring the topic to the soldier’s level by tying in post cards, documents, and other items related to artillery in the First World War that I have collected over the years.  This also will allow me to try and focus the discussion more on the tactical level of regiment and below rather than on the strategic and operational levels above divisions.

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British WW1 Ranks Ilustrations

Dec 02 2013 18:13 | Boris in GMIC Articles

Hello all
I'm going to place here and clean up later on depending the work progress, a serie of illustrations about the WW1 British ranks (based in the 1913 British Regular Army Regulations). It is an open work and it is mainly thought to learn making this that to speak with authority.
Hello, here is the link:
 One archive: PDF (A):  11 Megas.
Its is free and a gift to the forum for its ten years of life.

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Jan 22 2014 12:04 | Mervyn Mitton in GMIC Articles

H.M.S. HOOD was the largest ship built for Britain's Royal Navy.  She was to be the last of 4 Admiral Class Battlecruisers  -  first ordered in 1916. However, after the Battle of Jutland it was realised that the German Battleships were superior in a number of ways to our own

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Centenary of the Great War 1914 - 2014

Jan 07 2014 21:57 | Nick in News

To mark the occasion of the Centenary of the Great War GMIC will be creating a Special Interest Section to post relevant items and topics relating to this event. Any contributions including articles or case studies most welcome.

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The 2013 GMIC Photographic Competition

Oct 01 2013 10:54 | Nick in News

The 2013 Photography Competition is starting. Entries can be submitted from today. The categories have changed from last year to allow for greater flexibility.  This is a competition with some great prizes. Show imagination composition and, most importantly look for the different angle or approach to the subject. Where the entry calls for a brief description to accompany the photo make it brief and concise.

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Imperial German Research Forum Renamed

Sep 23 2013 16:54 | Nick in News

In memory of the recent death of Rick (Research) Lundstrom I thought it would be apt to rename the Imperial German Forum after him. I have also adopted his avatar for the forum as it will be recognised by many of you.

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In Memoriam: Rick Lundström

Sep 18 2013 19:30 | Nick in News

No doubt many of you are aware of the tragic news that Rick (Research) Lundström who only recently was able to rejoin us at GMIC, was killed yesterday,17th September 2013 in a road traffic collision.

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