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I had plans earlier this year with this subject...history....but got sidelined by THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT.

My apologies.

Any thoughts on current affairs and history are probably appropriate here. 

Who started the war?? Let's discuss....

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2 hours ago, Charles Anthony said:

Sigh... no takers yet.  I hope somebody bites. 

 

Not sure what's up.....you needed approval to post? 

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On 9/26/2020 at 10:12 PM, DogOnPorch said:

 Who started the war?? Let's discuss....

Depends how far back you want to go.

Ook threw the first rock...

Things were always bad. But things were stable sometimes for centuries. Why that is, is debatable.

Watched a good show about WW1 the other day, and it made me think of how it went wrong. Europe, the Habsburgs, the Tsar. The Archduke and his wife.

Treachery and savagery of the Bolsheviks, and of Rasputin.

Yes, its all a rich tapestry...

 

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On 10/3/2020 at 7:21 PM, OftenWrong said:

Depends how far back you want to go.

Ook threw the first rock...

Things were always bad. But things were stable sometimes for centuries. Why that is, is debatable.

Watched a good show about WW1 the other day, and it made me think of how it went wrong. Europe, the Habsburgs, the Tsar. The Archduke and his wife.

Treachery and savagery of the Bolsheviks, and of Rasputin.

Yes, its all a rich tapestry...

 

 

I believe the concept was that if the European leadership were somewhat related, they'd be less likely to engage in senseless wars that ultimately cost a lot of money and manpower. Worked for...a while...lol.

This is pretty cool....building a big gun.

 

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Flamethrower development in WW1.

My recollection from the history books was that the flamethrower first saw use at the Battle of Hooge in 1915...part of the Ypres salient. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hooge_in_World_War_I

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https://ourfamilyatwar.wordpress.com/2015/07/30/german-flamethrowers-attack-hooge/

Though there were apparently incidents before that of both the French and Germans hosing down trenches with petrol and then setting them alight with mortars, grenades, etc.

The flamethrower reached the height of its use during the final Pacific Campaign island battles. Saipan, Iwo Jima, etc...

Forgotten Weapons does a good video on the WW2-->Viet-Nam era M2/M2A1 Flamethrower

 

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