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Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« Reply #6720 on: October 16, 2018, 02:26:21 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, October 16, 1918.


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American troops displaying a captured German flame thrower. Chaumont, 16 October 1918.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205308491 IWM (Q 60982)


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A cylinder for projecting gas in use. Chaumont, 16 October 1918.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205308492 IWM (Q 60983)

Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« Reply #6721 on: October 16, 2018, 03:16:31 AM »
American pianist Felix Arndt died on October 16, 1918 from the Spanish Flu.

Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_Arndt


Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« Reply #6722 on: October 17, 2018, 12:33:05 AM »
American pianist Felix Arndt died on October 16, 1918 from the Spanish Flu.

Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_Arndt


Liberace was quite the show man.  There were defiantly more talented players around- but not as many who would take the time to wink at the camera.

I think one of my favourite modern pianists is Daniil Trifonov.  He has improved since this early recording- but he is solo here with no orchestra and it does show his talent...  BTW, Liszt mephisto waltz seems particularly appropriate for this forum.  ;)



Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« Reply #6723 on: October 17, 2018, 02:40:22 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, October 17, 1918.


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Naval airship North Sea Class NS4 at Kings Norton.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205357064 IWM (Q 68228)


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Naval airship North Sea Class NS4 taking off at Kings Norton.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205357063 IWM (Q 68227)


Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« Reply #6724 on: October 17, 2018, 03:01:02 AM »

Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« Reply #6725 on: October 17, 2018, 04:23:59 PM »
Cool on the airship pics, Rix.

It reminded me of the "Airship Carrier" concept, which I just goggled to remind me of the USS Akron (1930s), but apparently the Brits and Germans experimented with the idea in 1918 and found it to be feasible...

Both the British and Germans experimented with this technique in 1918 and established that the principle was sound, but both rejected the idea as unlikely to give advantages worth the cost. However, the United States Navy did launch two airship aircraft carriers, though this was in the early 1930s: the USS Akron and Macon.

That particular article doesn't go into much detail about exactly when either experimented with the idea in 1918, there's two and a half months left until the end of the year and a little under 1 month left to the end of the war, I wonder if there are any dates coming up that are the 100 year anniversary of any interesting British or German air trials for the "Airship Carrier" idea...

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Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« Reply #6726 on: October 18, 2018, 03:00:14 AM »

Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« Reply #6727 on: October 18, 2018, 03:06:57 AM »
Cool on the airship pics, Rix.

It reminded me of the "Airship Carrier" concept, which I just goggled to remind me of the USS Akron (1930s), but apparently the Brits and Germans experimented with the idea in 1918 and found it to be feasible...

That particular article doesn't go into much detail about exactly when either experimented with the idea in 1918, there's two and a half months left until the end of the year and a little under 1 month left to the end of the war, I wonder if there are any dates coming up that are the 100 year anniversary of any interesting British or German air trials for the "Airship Carrier" idea...

ediot-to-add:

It will be interesting to see how far Britain goes in air development.  They probably won't have much of a budget what with no war going on, but I think that they will have something on the back burner regarding aviation.  Germany on the other hand, was pretty much deballed after the Treaty of Versie's.  I haven't researched it but I think they had to surrender all of their weaponry to the allies and were forbidden to manufacture new ships and (I'm guessing) airplanes.  I recall reading how Herman Goering instructed all of his flyers to surrender their aircraft at war's end and indeed they did, purposely crashing their planes after landing. I think that Germany would start manufacturing weaponry again, once Herr Hitler came into power.

Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« Reply #6728 on: October 18, 2018, 03:08:14 AM »
Great footage.

Indeed it is, WOTR.  I think that cool music in the background really enhances the footage.

Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« Reply #6729 on: October 18, 2018, 03:25:34 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, October 18, 1918.


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Troops of the 5th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (34th Division) crossing the River Lys at Halluin by an improvised bridge made of material salved on the bank, 18 October 1918.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205238977 IWM (Q 7130)


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Belgian and British troops and their transport in the ruins of Pervyse, 18 October 1918. Note two observation balloons in the air.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205246994 IWM (Q 11393)


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Troops of the 8th Battalion, the King's (Liverpool Regiment, Liverpool Irish, 57th Division) entering Lille, 18 October 1918. Note a barefooted French boy with a rifle, clearly given to him by a smiling soldier on his right.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205245319 IWM (Q 9574)

Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« Reply #6730 on: October 18, 2018, 04:00:26 AM »

Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« Reply #6731 on: October 22, 2018, 03:04:30 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, October 22, 1918.


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Men of the American 140th and 92nd Aero Squadrons lined up for "chow" outside their regimental mess, 22 October 1918. Photograph probably taken at the Ford Junction Aerodrome near Little Hampton.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205086668 IWM (Q 113494)

Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« Reply #6732 on: October 22, 2018, 03:16:27 AM »

Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« Reply #6733 on: October 23, 2018, 02:56:42 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, October 23, 1918.


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Portrait of Second Lieutenant P. P. Smith of the US Air Force at the Ford Junction Aerodrome near Littlehampton, 23 October 1918. He was a resident of Los Angeles, USA.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205343299 IWM (Q 100158)


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Portrait of Second Lieutenant W. S. Stanley of the US Air Force at the Ford Junction Aerodrome near Littlehampton, 23 October 1918. He was a resident of Detroit, USA.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205343298 IWM (Q 100157)


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Official photographer Second-Lieutenant A. H. C. Sintzenich of the US Signal Corps with his Debrie camera mounted in front of the observer's position on a Farman Shorthorn. The pilot is Lieutenant A. W. Bevin. Ford Junction aerodrome, 23 October 1918.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205191444 IWM (Q 60617)

Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« Reply #6734 on: October 24, 2018, 02:12:25 AM »


I still love that footage.  And you are correct- the music does help the feel of the videos...

Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« Reply #6735 on: October 24, 2018, 02:12:45 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, October 24, 1918.


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A German concrete observation post in the ruins of a house. The house has been almost completely destroyed, the tow of concrete being left standing. La Bassee, 24 October 1918.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205245354 IWM (Q 9616)


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Ruins of La Bassee where Germans retired from on 2nd October. (24 October 1918)
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205245355 IWM (Q 9617)

Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« Reply #6736 on: October 25, 2018, 02:11:27 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, October 25, 1918.


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A British lorry crosses a wooden bridge erected alongside a destroyed railway bridge near Douai, 25 October 1918.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205235860 IWM (Q 3315)


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A tugboat salvaging a British experimental plane in the Channel, 25 October 1918.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205354227 IWM (Q 111622)


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A Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2e aircraft landing at the Ford Junction Aerodrome, 25 October 1918.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205218794 IWM (Q 58348)

Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« Reply #6737 on: October 26, 2018, 03:08:26 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, October 26, 1918.


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A German light railway train, captured by the troops of the Machine Gun Corps, at a dump at Willems near Tournai, filled with ammunition and trench stores. The carriage shown is one marked for Red Cross use, 26 October 1918.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205247021 IWM (Q 11420)


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Refugees in a church being cared for by the British Army. Near Tournai, 26 October 1918.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205245362 IWM (Q 9624)

Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« Reply #6738 on: October 26, 2018, 03:24:31 AM »

Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« Reply #6739 on: October 27, 2018, 03:28:37 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, October 27, 1918.


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The ruins of Lens, 27 October 1918. Lens was in German occupation from October 1914 till 2 October 1918. Before withdrawing the Germans flooded the coal mines, which they had worked by forced civilian labour during their four years occupation.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205282963 IWM (Q 49082)


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Troops of No. 1 Platoon, A Company, 10th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (DCLI) breakfasting on their way to the line. Near Le Quesnoy, 27 October 1918.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205238993 IWM (Q 7154)


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Dazzle-camouflaged American destroyers USS Wainright, USS Winslow and USS Bell lying in the inner harbour ready for convoy service at Brest, 27 October 1918.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205028767 IWM (Q 68984)

Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« Reply #6740 on: October 27, 2018, 03:45:03 AM »
From the Library of Congress.  The Evening Star, October 27, 1918.




Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« Reply #6741 on: October 27, 2018, 04:36:38 PM »
From the Imperial War Museum, October 25, 1918.


A tugboat salvaging a British experimental plane in the Channel, 25 October 1918.


Wonder if it was one of the airplanes for the failed "airship carrier" tests?




Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« Reply #6742 on: October 27, 2018, 05:01:39 PM »
Wonder if it was one of the airplanes for the failed "airship carrier" tests?



I thought I found something on it but I don't think it leads anywhere.  There was a Second Lieutenant Talbot (USMC) who died on October 25, 1918, when his DH-4 crashed on takeoff, during an engine test flight, at La Fresne aerodrome.  Of course, the only way it would work is if Talbot made it far enough out to be over water when his plane crashed, which I doubt.  He probably bought the farm on the airfield, shortly after take off.  Talbot was a brave chap, though.  He won the Medal of Honor.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Talbot 

Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« Reply #6743 on: October 27, 2018, 06:23:41 PM »
... USS Akron (1930s), but apparently the Brits and Germans experimented with the idea in 1918 and found it to be feasible...

Remember it was the British and Germans playing with the idea in 1918, not the US.  That's why I was wondering about the "British Experimental Plane" being recovered.  Unless the Anglais are using United States Marine Corps pilots for test pilots? 

From the Imperial War Museum, October 25, 1918.


A Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2e aircraft landing at the Ford Junction Aerodrome, 25 October 1918.

This picture also caught my eye because of the two structures on the top of the wings above the mid-span support beams, I thought they might possibly be points for a pair of hooks to catch an aircraft when it returns to the airship carrier.  I doubt that's what they are, I think it is a trick of the angle of the photograph, but the "e" designation at the end of the Model# = "experimental"(NOPE)?  Although a B.E.2 model fuselage appears to have been used for some sort of observation blimp
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Aircraft_Factory_B.E.2#Airship_gondola


Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« Reply #6744 on: October 29, 2018, 03:50:32 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, October 29, 1918.


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A Curtiss HS-1 flying boat on patrol, serial number LV10, near the US Naval Air Station at Aber Wrac'h, 29 October 1918. Photograph taken from another plane from that station.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205315720 IWM (Q 70313)


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A Chalais Mendon class French airship going to sea to meet convoy of transports in Brest, 29 October 1918.[/b
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205027868 IWM (Q 65891)

Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« Reply #6745 on: October 29, 2018, 04:43:00 PM »
From the Imperial War Museum, October 29, 1918.

https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205315720 IWM (Q 70313)

https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205027868 IWM (Q 65891)

Sigh...is ths war ever going to end?! ::)

Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« Reply #6746 on: October 29, 2018, 06:28:55 PM »
Sigh...is ths war ever going to end?! ::)

The fat lady will sing in 13 more days.

Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« Reply #6747 on: October 31, 2018, 03:10:15 AM »
From the Library of Congress.  The Evening Star, October 31, 1918.


Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« Reply #6748 on: October 31, 2018, 04:22:52 AM »
The fat lady will sing in 13 more days.
I almost forgot that was 100 years ago.  Glad for the reminder to pause for an extra moment to reflect on the fact that it will have been a century this year.

Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« Reply #6749 on: November 01, 2018, 03:37:32 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, November 1, 1918.


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A rowing boat manned by seven crew is alongside a torpedo, its red casing visible above the waves.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/7605 IWM (Art.IWM ART 1111)