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gaborka
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Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 11:52 AM UTC
Okay,
check the picture...
what is this?
Who (what people) made it, and when (roughly)?


I hope it is not very hard.



(hehe... hungry hungarian hooligans:))
gaborka
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Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 11:52 AM UTC
whodini
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Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 12:59 PM UTC
It is a Scythian Iron Dagger VI-V century B.C. made by the nomads of the Eurasian steppes.
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Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 02:27 PM UTC

Quoted Text

It is a Scythian Iron Dagger VI-V century B.C. made by the nomads of the Eurasian steppes.



Furthermore...

Two-edged dagger is constructed of separated pieces of iron, representing a complex process of manufacture. Butterfly guard and pommel are made from two iron plates. Pommel is in the form of opposed stylized griffin-heads (often called "antenna"-shaped).
gaborka
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Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 02:34 PM UTC
Yes both of you are right. You've been very fast, how did you do that? I think this one goes to Robert.
Tarok
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Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 02:50 PM UTC

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...how did you do that?



LOL :-) While I'd like to say it's because I'm just very clever... I must confess I just followed your "cookie trail"... I just checked the properties of the picture, and went to the original URL... :-) :-)

Over to you Robert...
whodini
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Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 03:28 PM UTC
Tarok, Don't forget "Intact. L. 14.5" (36.8 cm). SOLD"
!!!!

Anyways... Now question time!
another simple question.

What are both of the lengths of the barrel on the Benelli Super 90 semi-auto shotgun for both the civillian, and "Entry" law enforcement versions?

May be a toughey... Tuphy.. Tuffy.... Well... Reasonably difficult....
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Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 03:41 PM UTC
508 mm (20 in) Tactical model,
355 mm (14 in) Entry model;
other lengths available in hunting and self-defense versions

best regards
....and guess what is this?
whodini
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Posted: Friday, March 17, 2006 - 07:53 AM UTC
Is it a date and company name stamped onto s round piece of metal? :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
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Posted: Friday, March 17, 2006 - 01:08 PM UTC
Joseph Hudson & Co made whistles for the police & military (and football referees!) so my guess is that this is a WW1 army officers whistle.
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Posted: Friday, March 17, 2006 - 02:58 PM UTC
Dave is Right..that was a 1916 British army whistle.


congrats
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Posted: Friday, March 17, 2006 - 05:11 PM UTC
Ok, next question is:

What made the 1899 British Heavy Cavalry sword so unpopular, and why did it turn out this way?
DaveCox
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Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 01:04 AM UTC
So that this thread doesn't get buried, I'll give you the answer and someone else can set a question.

The sword in question was no use at all for either cutting or thrusting, and was so badly balanced that it was hard even to hold.

The reason - the army couldn't decide whether a sword should be used ofr cutting or thrusting, so a parliamentiary commitee designed one themselves and imposed it on the troops! what a recipe for disaster............
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Posted: Friday, March 24, 2006 - 11:21 PM UTC
OK, can I have a go? This is an easy one for any SF buffs out there.

What was India's naval special ops unit, the Marine Commando Force, formerly known as?
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Posted: Saturday, March 25, 2006 - 09:01 PM UTC

I'll give it a try.

It was created the Indian Marine Special Force in 1987, before the name was changed in 1991. A previous similar force was called the 340th Army Independent Brigade.

source: http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/NAVY/Marines.html

Daniel
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Posted: Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 07:05 PM UTC
Since Spooky6 hasn't been online since posting the question, I'm going to make an executive decion and rule in Wheezy's favour. I came across the same answer as him on Wikipedia....

Wheezy, over to you, mate!
Wheezy
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Posted: Saturday, April 01, 2006 - 06:25 PM UTC
Thanks Tarok,

I'll post a question later today.

Daniel
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Posted: Sunday, April 02, 2006 - 05:31 AM UTC

Okay guys, lets stick with the theme of units, and revert back to the Commonwealth.

Its a three parter.

1)What was the name of the volunteer/militia unit that patrolled the coastline of British Columbia (Canada) in WW2?

2)After what was it patterned?

3)Did they wear standard Battledress?

Usual deal. First with all three correct.

Good luck!

Daniel
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Posted: Sunday, April 02, 2006 - 06:18 AM UTC
Interesting question Daniel. Here's my try.


Pacific Coast Militia Rangers (PCMR)

Drawn from civilian defence enthusiasm to create light, irregular units of Reserve Militia. Based on an earlier attempt at a "home guard"

No battle dress, an armband innitially, a unique water proof coat and trousers with hat later in the war.

Regards

Ray
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Posted: Monday, April 03, 2006 - 01:37 AM UTC

Good job Ray!

That's exactly what I have here. Honestly I thought it would take a bit longer for someone to get it.

Cheers,

Daniel
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Posted: Monday, April 03, 2006 - 03:47 PM UTC
Thanks for that, Rudi, I haven't been online march since getting to Germany. Spot on, Daniel.
spooky6
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Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 09:42 PM UTC
OK, since this thread has been static awhile, let me try and jump start it again.

In WW2, the Wehrmacht issued various campaign shields to be worn on uniform sleeves. My question is: Which of these campaign shields was the last one to be officially approved by the German high command, and what made it unique amongst all other wartime German awards?
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Posted: Friday, June 23, 2006 - 01:47 AM UTC

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In WW2, the Wehrmacht issued various campaign shields to be worn on uniform sleeves. My question is: Which of these campaign shields was the last one to be officially approved by the German high command, and what made it unique amongst all other wartime German awards?



This is a pure guess, but the Cholm Shield ("Cholmschild")? Perhaps unique because the shield was only ever awarded in one version?
spooky6
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Posted: Friday, June 23, 2006 - 02:13 PM UTC
Nope The Cholmschild was instituted in 1942, and there were two versions of it.
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Posted: Friday, June 23, 2006 - 04:27 PM UTC
This is my guess -
The Kuban Shield, instituted on 21Sept 43 by Hitler and his High Command to honor those who were fighting to preserve the Bridgeheads in the Kuban region from 1Feb 43 till abandoned in Oct 43 when they fell to the Soviets.
Why is it unique - no idea is it because they were defeated?
Steve