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    Artillery of the First World War

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

  2. KIA first day of the Battle of Messines. Nice pick-up.
  3. 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.
  4. Let the debate begin. I think it looks like a commemorative medal vice a campaign medal.
  5. 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...
  6. Gunner, PM sent. Thanks! Here is Carter - not sure what medal ribbon he is wearing. Also, an image of his grave.
  7. 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

  8. I always thought the 1956 Suez Crisis needed more discussion.
  9. You keep getting artillery pieces. I swear you secretly want to be a gunner.
  10. Gunner, thanks! Image matches a photo I have of the man in uniform...
  11. 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!
  12. I suspect your Reuß bravery pair must be a bit scarce to find... Thanks for sharing.
  13. 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?
  14. Later version of a Bavarian Landwehr II. Kl.
  15. On an Army band uniform, small mini groups make perfect sense. Army band uniforms are unit issue items because they are required for performances. Band members do not have to purchase those items. Same for ceremonial units like the Old Guard in Washington, DC. However, for everyone else, mess dress uniforms are optional and therefore, private purchase and expensive. Of course, officers have to buy all uniforms. Again, expensive. I am old, but in my day, it was rare that an officer bought a mess dress uniform before being at least a senior captain or a major. Even rarer for an enlisted soldier until they were a senior NCO. Often officers waited until they attended Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS - also the headquarters of Marlow White, a famous military tailor since 1879 - probably not a coincidence. You are right, it doesn't seem likely that a "faker" would go to the trouble for such common medals. But probably more common than we as collectors would like... And I've distracted this thread long enough...maybe I should go scan my "small" miniature set (made by Marlow White by the way) to bring the thread back to topic.