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  1. Gentlemen I am currently writing a history course for the Ontario (Canada) Ministry of Education and am working on the World War Two. I am planning an activity on the Dieppe Raid (Operation Jubilee) and am very interested in locating photos taken at Dieppe and in other signifiicant Canadian campaigns. I would also be interested in personal accounts experiences during the war. Because of the nature of the project, I can only use photos for which I can get crystal clear copyright permission. The simplest way is obviously from the photographers themselves but that seems unlikely. Next best is from current owners of privately made images and last is from institutions, just due to the paperwork and time constraints. If any of you own photos (or personal accounts) you would be willing to let me use or can point me at useful websites, private or not, please let me know. Thanks for your help in this. Peter Monahan
  2. Lee I would love to have a copy of this - at least the front cover - to use, if I can in my work. Can you pm me at petemonahan@sympatico.ca, please, so I we can arrange scans? Thanks so much! Peter
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    Victoria Cross- Afganistan

    Good show, that man. I always figure medics and those who help the wounded should go to the head of the line, 'cause they have to be calm cool and collected while they're winning gongs and they don't get to be shooting back at the b*****ds while they're doing it. Another in a long line of noble acts by the British Army. Peter
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    WW1 ROSS RIFLE >>the worst design ?

    Mike They're quite collectable up here north of the 49th! If you can get it to a show or dealer in Canada you'll surely make a few bucks anyway. Peter
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    WW1 ROSS RIFLE >>the worst design ?

    Part of the Ross Rifle story has to be the pre-war background: It was a superb rifle for accuracy and won many shooting competions and continued to be used by some snipers throughout War One. Unfortunately, it was far too delicate in the working parts for trench conditions, specifically: very prone to jamming if not 100% clean. I've dismantled one myself - once - and re-assembled it with some trepidation because, along with the blowback problem it is in theory possible to mis-assemble it so the bolt locks SHUT on an empty barrel, at which point of course one owns a heavy stick. I suspect that the jamming issue was far more a problem than blowbacks because I can't conceive that any training sergeant would let his charges not learn the correct way! Doesn't mean it didn't happen, but trained men would be far far less likely to do it than my friend and I (his Ross) in a basement with beer. The real issue for the Cdn Army was that the Ross Rifle was championed by Sir Sam Hughes, Minister of Militia. The same guy who tried to have himself awarded the VC for his stirling work (in Canada) on the war effort and who promoted the entrenching shovel with the hole in the middle of the blade - for use as a sniper shield. Duhhh! Hughes insisted that it be the Ross or nothing and so got a bunch of our boys killed. Modern views of Sam are summed up by local legend in Lindsay, Ontario where both he and my wife grew up. It now has a college called "Sir Sandford Fleming College" after the inventor of time zones. However one early (apocryphal) name suggestion was the Sam Hughes Institute of Technology, not because he deserved but becasue the initials - S.H.I..." would nicely sum up Sam Hughes.
  6. Jim is right. This lot makes most museum collection's look sick in comparison! BTW, Australia IS on my list of "Places where the natives are (usually) friendly and they have beer" so, who knows, I may wash up on your doorstep some cold summer night. Peter
  7. Tony Thanks. Generous offer. I'd love the scans! And I think they're public domain, so I should be ok to use them. If you'll send them on, I'll check. Muchos gracias! peter
  8. True dat! Seriously though, in a previous existance - when I had hair, wind and a working memory - I built AFV models till my mom wept. For purposes of this post I'm gonna define "influential" as meaning the tank everyone said "Want one!" to. And that's the Tiger, hands down. Too heavy, too slow, etc etc. and not a patch on Shermans or Soviet hardware in terms of how many and how well used. But including all the poor sods who survived being shot at by one and all the people who just think its a way cool fighting machine, Tigers have it. Mythology after all, is what we Western 21st Centurions live and die by! My tuppence and change worth! Great thread! Peter
  9. That is interesting! I didn't think it was possible to qualify for a campign star without simultaneously qualifying for the '39-'45, but I admit I've never studied it closely. Do let us know what the gubmint blokes say. Peter
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    No Comment

    That's gonna leave a mark!
  11. Good on ya, Sam! Look forward to reading your posts. Peter
  12. Tom I own several of these. We bought them when I began re-enacting War of 1812 because the correct buckets - wooden - are $80.00 and a six month wait. The neat thing is that they hold water and stand up when wet but collapse when dry. There is a camping version - Chinese I think - with a palstic rim on the ottom and no wood stiffener in the handle which DON'T hold water - cotton too thin. Anyway, these buckets - the ones you've pictured - are modern German or swedish army issue: weigh nothing, hold water. Not nearly WWI though. Sorry! Peter
  13. Gentlemen I was given this lovely blade a while back and am trying to find out a bit more about it, specifically where i might get a translation of the inscription (Persian & Koranic, I assume) and how I might identify the maker's marks stamped and gilded on the other side of the blade. Also, the handle and sheath are very plain for such a blade, it seems. Is this common? Any way to date it, even roughly? Any and all advice gratefully received! Peter
  14. The likeliest advice you'd get from conservator on old ribbons is "Don't try to clean it" unless you're an expert or it's badly stained: may very well not be colour fast, especially at it's apparent age. Check US Parks Service "Conserv-O-Grams" for specifics on textile care. Peter
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    Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes

    I've seen RAOB certificates to Aussies and the first degree (of 4) is "Kangaroo" but apparently the "Certified Primo" refers to what became the English Grand Lodge at some point. Google "fraternal orders" and RAOB and you might get more info - a couple sites I saw have extensive newsletters and lists of at least past masters. Try posting your query on the masonic thread as well. Good luck! Peter
  16. Makes perfect sense! And, BTW, hobnails don't necessarily imply military wear. I have a pair of Dutch "Klompen" which I wear around camp on wet mornings when I re-enact the War of 1812. I've hobnailed the bottoms to give me a grip on wet grass and I'm sure I'm only re-inventing what clever people have done for centuries! Peter
  17. I did wonder! Thanks. Joking aside, these are fascinating photos. Best, Peter
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    Another Kick at the Khan

    Anyone else who reads this thread should know that Michael was disinherited on three separate occasions by his revered father, no mean wordsmith himself, for being too "punny". Oh, the shame of it! Peter
  19. Well done, Michael Charles! Shabash!
  20. I'm going to digress here, 'cause to me machine guns are just (close eyes now to avoid heresy) just noisy big things that make you a target! Digression: In Chris' post #2, who's the very "darkish" fellow in the bottom right of the photo? I didn't think the Imperial German Army had any colonial troops in Europe. Just curious. Seriously, though - great MGs! Peter
  21. I agree with Chris - Polish for sure. 1 pip for a 2nd Lt in 2 pics, three pips for Captain in 1. I can't see the badeg in my only source on Poles (Rosignoli, Army badges and insignia of WWII) but he also doesn't seem to show a "generic" / general service badeg for Poland, so it may be that. Lovely photos! Peter
  22. Chris Did you ship these home from Canada or take them on the plane with you last week? Either way, how tough is it to ghet a (declared?) MG across the water? Peter
  23. I'm not into numismatics buty I'd like to learn more too! Many many years ago - 19 actually - on my one and only trip to Forida from the Frozen North, I came across a guy selling jewellery made from "cut up" coins. I particularly a gold or gold coloured coin whose central image, obverse I assume, was an Austrian eagle. He'd cut out the eagle and made pendant out of it. Very classy and I've always kicked myself that I didn't buy it, though it wasn't cheap. He had several dozen types of coin from various places he was using, I assume all fairly common or he'd have lost money but a neat idea, I thought. (Sorry, sorry! I did say I wasn't a numismatist!) Peter
  24. Very Freudian! "Look, daddy. That man's hat has a knob on top! It looks just like yours." Peter PS It isn't just the painkillers - I'm like this when I'm not stoned too! "Better living through modern pharmaceuticals". (big beer grin here) P
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    What is happening?

    Looks great, Stuart! Peter