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Has anyone come across WW1 large brass casing engraved with French cities?

Engraved shell casings like this are a relatively common type of trench art (The Imperial War Museum calls it "perhaps the most common", though most of the examples in their collection are ...
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Can you help identify these medals?

Bit late but a followup on identification: The medals were awarded to J.6602 E.F CHAPMAN A.B R.N. This will indicate an Able Seaman in the Royal Navy - it turns out his personal records survive at the ...
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What was the tactical benefit of using flamethrowers as weapons?

Everyone has covered all the pertinent points, except one: fear. Not only can a single flamethrower clear out a bunker effectively, the lone flamethrower cause the abandonment of nearby bunkers as ...
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What was the tactical benefit of using flamethrowers as weapons?

If it's bunker warfare at close range (the only range at which flamethrowers work), you're crawling along or under cover anyway, so it's not like you're that bigger of a target. Throwing a 1-lb / 500g ...
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What was the tactical benefit of using flamethrowers as weapons?

I am fairly fearless facing most weapons, but flamethrowers are a major exception. In truth, I almost never thought about risk in combat, being under the influence of adrenaline and trained to think ...
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Can you help identify these medals?

These are World War One medals. This specific set is typical and is called affectionately Pip, Squeak and Wilfred, after the then popular cartoon. The first from the left is the 1914–15 Star (click ...
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Why bother attacking castles at all? Why not go around?

Castles were often positioned in strategic locations because they were easy to defend or they can protect the supply line. If an army attempts to bypass a castle, it would have been more difficult for ...
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