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About IrishGunner

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  • Birthday 25/06/1960

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    Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, USA
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    Artillery of the First World War

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  1. Thanks to those who wondered why I've been MIA!  I am certainly alive and well.  However, my time has been sidetracked by other pursuits, leaving little time for much else...  First, I started a full time job last August; I had considered teaching for some time and was offered a full-time position teaching U.S. Government and Criminal Justice at a high school.  It's been both a rewarding and frustrating experience, but something I believe is extremely worthwhile.  As General Stanley McChrystal recently wrote in a New York Times editorial, "education is the lifeblood of a great nation."  I thought it time to go back to serving my country instead of sitting on my butt.

    The second thing that has taken up my free time ... and expendable cash ... is in the picture attached.  My wife and I moved to the Chesapeake Bay with the idea we'd get a boat.  And last April we did just that...  Getting ready to take her out tomorrow for the start of this year's boating season.


  2. How the hell are you???????????????

  3. Appreciated discovering the photos of J.S. Carter posted some time ago. Thanks, Brian Shuckburgh

  4. KIA first day of the Battle of Messines. Nice pick-up.
  5. Yea, Chris, this really is the first US medal that I thought was totally unnecessary and completely "cheap" looking. Of course, this is the artist concept, actual medals haven't been produced yet. But I thought the GWOT Expeditionary Medal, which was already authorized for this campaign, was sufficient.
  6. Let the debate begin. I think it looks like a commemorative medal vice a campaign medal. http://www.defense.gov/News/News-Releases/News-Release-View/Article/708442/department-of-defense-publishes-inherent-resolve-campaign-medal-guidance
  7. I am in awe just with this "taking shape" shot. Impressive. I knew you were a serious collector, but I think most of us could be lost for hours/days in your "two small rooms" exploring your treasures. Only one suggestion... You still need a corner that looks something like this...
  8. Capt JS Carter

    Gunner, PM sent. Thanks! Here is Carter - not sure what medal ribbon he is wearing. Also, an image of his grave.
  9. Re your post to German Artillery: Posted 5 Nov 2013

    I am currently researching and writing about the loss of HMS Ben-my-Chree to German/Turkish artillery fire on 9 January 1917 at Castellorizo.

    Whilst I have a published book on Ben-my-Chree the story of her loss I was never satisfied with. New research has enabled me to correct and enhance the story. The article will eventually be published in Cross and Cockade International Journal.

    Now, finally to get to the point, the photos of the 15cm schweres Feldhaubitze 13 L/14 in the post are the same type of gun used by the German battery in January 1917. Unless I can locate similar photos of the guns in Turkey (proving difficult) I would like to use one of your images in my article, probably #4 in the post.

    If you are agreeable to this, could you perhaps provide a good quality scan and let me know how I should credit the image. I will also provide you with a copy of the Journal containing the image.

    Best regards

    Ian Burns

  10. What's The Use?

    I always thought the 1956 Suez Crisis needed more discussion.
  11. You keep getting artillery pieces. I swear you secretly want to be a gunner.
  12. Capt JS Carter

    Gunner, thanks! Image matches a photo I have of the man in uniform...
  13. This is an understatement. Oh, you are talking about compasses. Yea, our compasses are bigger and better too... So, if Brit ones would swing for ages, exactly how is that better? To me, the sooner a compass settles and finds its equilibrium orientation the better. Especially if I am out in No-man's-land, where the artillery can come quick, I'd want my compass to settle fast so I can get out of there...and go in the right direction!
  14. Post your bravery pairs!

    I suspect your Reuß bravery pair must be a bit scarce to find... Thanks for sharing.
  15. Post your bravery pairs!

    Christophe, that's an impressive group in #31. I'm not familiar with the cross with the yellow/red/black ribbon (and what I assume is it's 1st Class counterpart). Which German State is this from?