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“Battle tanks carry holiday crowds.”  From Popular Mechanics, 1920.

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Belgians Liberate Bruges and Zeebrugge

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King Albert (center) on his entry into the city on the 25th, after arriving in the area by plane on the 23rd.  He was accompanied by, among others, Admiral Keyes; the elimination of the U-boat threat in Ostend and Zeebrugge had long been a goal of the Royal Navy.

October 19 1918, Bruges–Since renewing their attack on October 14, the combined Allied force in Flanders had advanced at an extremely rapid pace, in some cases aided by a German withdrawal, in others in spite of determined German opposition.  Lille, which was outflanked by the breakthrough, was captured on the 17th without a shot being fired, much to Ludendorff’s disappointment; he had wanted to hold on to the region’s industries as a bargaining chip in the negotiations to come.  On the same day, the Belgians liberated the port of Ostend, after four years and two days of German occupation.  On October 19, they took Bruges and its port of Zeebrugge, the last Belgian port with unfettered access to the sea under German occupation.  The U-boats that had been stationed there and at Ostend had been hurriedly recalled, and a few torpedo boats had been left behind.  The next day, the Belgian Army reached the Dutch border.  The liberation of Belgium had begun in earnest.

Today in 1917: The “Silent Raid”


Today in 1916: Penultimate Sortie of the High Seas Fleet
Today in 1915: “The Thirty-Nine Steps” Published
Today in 1914:  German Fourth Army Attacks at Ypres

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Italian casualties. They probably died because of a slavine and the bodies could be found when the snow melted in spring. WWI

Holy shit this thing is huge. The French don&r…

Holy shit this thing is huge. The French don’t fuck around.

More numbers I found in the Maxse papers at th…

More numbers I found in the Maxse papers at the IWM.

So what we’ve got here are from after action reports of the Third Battle of Ypres. Lots of thinking and analysis went into the campaigns of 1916 and 1917 to try and find a better method of fighting for the next year. 
This sort of data was collected yearly and sent out to army and corps commanders along with a many other bits and pieces of data.

So we’ve got ammunition used by XVIII (18th) Corps between June and November 1917. Spoiler, it’s a lot. For example 2.6 million 18 pounder shells of all type in four months in just ONE corps. Somewhere around 4.5 million shells of all type for the corps during Third Ypres.

Then it’s road building material. Given the number of shells being lobbed by each side the roads in each area were obliterated during an attack and damaged each and every day. Repairing the roads to allow for the transport of supply was an extremely high priority. As you can see in four months the ONE corps used over 59,000 tons of stone and 65,000 wooden sleepers on road building.

Next is 18th Corps postal service for the whole of 1917. Over 20,000,000 letters and 1,000,000 parcels from the UK to 18th Corps and 15,000,000 letters back to the UK. This gives an average of 60,000 letters a day, or four letters per day per soldier.

And finally is numbers of guns (meaning everything larger than rifles) replaced between mid-June and and the start of November. They’re losing a lot of Lewis guns, not surprising, but they’re also losing as many 18 pounders as they are Vickers which did surprise me.

Absolute bargain from yesterday.

Absolute bargain from yesterday.

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qsy-complains-a-lot:

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marine2402:

qsy-complains-a-lot:

scrapironflotilla:

Saw some pretty cool stuff today.

:O

Where?!??!???

@scrapironflotilla

Chatham militaria fair. Apparently it’s one of UK’s monthly fairs.

Wait how did you put two vertical pictures side by side under a reblog..?

Pure dumb luck from mobile. Just selected all three in one go.

On a related note if it wasn’t so difficult to bring things into Australia I’d have been sorely tempted.

And two extremely good boys.

sinistresabreur: What’s the legal tape like when you go to one of these shows in the UK? There’s a bit of a misconception that western europe is a place without firearms among Americans and I know it’s not the case… Just curious if you have the spare time

Well a lot of the stuff I saw, especially the modern stuff, was deactivated which according to the signs I saw meant that you didn’t need a license for it. And from all the people I saw carrying LA85′s and SLR’s I’d assume that’s the case.

But pretty much all the blackpowder stuff was over 100 years old, meaning that it counted as an antique or a collectible and not a firearm/weapon and thus could be purchased without a license.

The early-mid 20th century stuff was a mix of deactivated and working but I didn’t really ask or see much about them so I can’t say with any certainty. 

I’m also from Australia and only visiting the UK so take everything above with a healthy dose of salt because I’m absolutely no expert.

There certainly was a ton of really great stuff there though and I could easily have spent a lot of money.

It was awesome to see the training camera Lewis gun.

qsy-complains-a-lot: scrapironflotilla: marin…

qsy-complains-a-lot:

scrapironflotilla:

marine2402:

qsy-complains-a-lot:

scrapironflotilla:

Saw some pretty cool stuff today.

:O

Where?!??!???

@scrapironflotilla

Chatham militaria fair. Apparently it’s one of UK’s monthly fairs.

Wait how did you put two vertical pictures side by side under a reblog..?

Pure dumb luck from mobile. Just selected all three in one go.

On a related note if it wasn’t so difficult to bring things into Australia I’d have been sorely tempted.

And two extremely good boys.

marine2402: qsy-complains-a-lot: scrapironfl…

marine2402:

qsy-complains-a-lot:

scrapironflotilla:

Saw some pretty cool stuff today.

:O

Where?!??!???

@scrapironflotilla

Chatham militaria fair. Apparently it’s one of UK’s monthly fairs.

Saw some pretty cool stuff today.

Saw some pretty cool stuff today.