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Old October 21, 2023, 05:09 PM   #576
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Don't shoot tires with BB guns. The BBS will bounce right back at you with considerable speed. I am lucky I didn't put my eye out as a kid and it just hit me in the belly.
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Old November 19, 2023, 11:48 AM   #577
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Scattering of German troops in WW II.

During the iniitial invasion of Russia (Soviet Union), some motorized German troops scattered in panic.

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Suddenly there were screams, people running around, and buzzing noises all around us. We looked around surprised, and then ran as if possessed by the devil, wildly flailing about with our arms. The whole company was trying to escape from a swarm of bees. Some really greedy boys had knocked over the beehives to get at the honey and the bees were getting their revenge for the robbery. When the bees had finally calmed down and quiet reigned once more, the culprits had to suffer at the hand of their badly treated comrades.
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Old December 9, 2023, 09:19 PM   #578
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Control files

Dr. D. Janda (ret.) served under Surgeon General Koop and was warned never to attend a party at #41's house. He was advised that something would be done to drug him and he would be placed into bed with men/women/boys/girls and those photos would be placed into a control file (blackmail). This happens to almost all politicians in DC. Now that you know what a control file is, here's the relevance to this incident.

Back after Germany fell in 1945, a popular lieutenant got drunk and accidentally shot himself in the foot. Remember, guns and alcohol don't mix. Anyway, he was afraid he might not be able to return to the states with the unit so with the captain's consent, he was squirreled away at a local home. The doctor came from battalion to dress his wound daily until it healed.

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"While Lt. Baxer was bed ridden, we decided to play a little joke on him.

We rounded up a woman mannequin and one evening while he was asleep in his bed and pretty well wined up, we slipped the mannequin into his bed. One of the guys took pictures with him and the mannequin in different positions.

Some days later when Lt. Baxter was sober and the pictures had been developed, we showed it to him. Well, he became unglued as we laughed and heckled him mercillessly. He hopped around the room, chasing and cursing us, trying to destroy the pictures.

We finally gave him all of the photos with the negatives but not before we had our full measure of fun. Finally he laughed along with us saying, "You conniving SOBs."
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Old January 14, 2024, 03:58 PM   #579
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Pre WW II German gun confiscation

On July, 1944 PFC Frank Harold was captured in Normandy. He survived several USAAC strafing runs on the RR.

"On Nov. 5, 1944, PFC Frank, who by now was healed from the wound and able to work, asked Karl (German supervisor of PoWs), "Many Germans are good, hard-working people. How did the German people allow Hitler into power?"

"Hitler did it through intimidation and bypassing the Reichstag [German Congress]," Karl replied. Then he told Frank that "Unarmed German SS came and had us register all firearms. They said they didn't want the weapons but just wanted to make sure who had them. Then several months afterwards, a German Army halftrack came, and armed SS soldiers ordered me to give up the guns listed."

"I don't have guns anymore," Karl had said.

But the SS officer told Karl, "You have ten minutes to hand over the guns, or we will kill your wife and kids."

"They got the guns," Karl stated, while adding, "then we could do nothing."

From Mark Hager's The Last of the 357th Infantry: Harold Frank's WW II Story of Faith and Courage, page 171.
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Old January 15, 2024, 12:26 PM   #580
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I like Ike.

Just read a story about a fomer PoW and Ike. Liberated, the former PoW was in a chow line at Camp Lucky Strike (repatriation camp for former PoWs and GIs who had enough points to return home) and was given a small amount of pudding. He asked for more and the server/soldier said, "I'm in charge of the pudding. You'll eat what I give you." Someone from behind the GI/former PoW said, "You give the man what he asked." The cook/server said, "No!" and then he looked up and saw SHAEF Commander General Eisenhower standing behind the former PoW. Shocked the cook/server had a sudden change of heart. "Yes, sir, boss! Yes, sir, boss!" Ike afterwards announced that they would be allowed one phone call home.

See p. 208 of The Last of the 357th Infantry.
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Old January 15, 2024, 02:26 PM   #581
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1st US Sharpshooters

I worked 3 years at Gettysburg, working for every division in the Park except the one I desired to make a career. One of my favorite areas was Pitzers Woods, where the US Sharpshooters got in a hot scrape against Alabama troops.

On that second day of the battle, one hundred sharpshooters fired on average 95 rounds per man. They were supported by some infantry outfits or vice-a-versa. Another interesting fact is that over the course of the three days, the 1st US SS, with 450 rifles, fired 14,400 rds, according to Berdan.
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Old January 16, 2024, 12:16 PM   #582
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Piss on it!

During the blackpowder era, when a musket fouled from blackpowder residue, some soldiers urinated down the barrel to rinse out the fouling. Here's a WW II equivalent.

One new replacement "saw movement and attempted to shoot, but the M1 misfired. The sergeant leading the patrol grabbed the rifle, which was dirty, and told the private to clean it immediatly. He told him not to waste water, but to piss the dirt off, which the soldier did."

Water was scarce in combat and urine was not. I'm certain the sergeant after the patrol had the soldier dissassemble the rifle for thorough cleaning. Survival depended on clean firearms.

See 150-1.
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Old January 16, 2024, 12:31 PM   #583
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M1 doesn't do well in sandy / muddy environment. Too many places for the dirt to get into the action to jam it up. Flush with water or pee works.

Same problem with AK. AR actually does better with tighter fit (surprising).

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Old January 26, 2024, 04:28 PM   #584
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Pesky Patton.

New York, July 15, 1943 (UP)

In Sicily, Messerschmitts circled a nearby hill, but Technical Sergeant Richard Redding, stringing a wire atop a telegraph pole and a perfect target, worked on. Someone yelled up from below, "What are you doing up that pole?"
"Working," said Redding, too engrossed to look down.
"How long have you been there!"
"About 20 minutes."
"Don't the planes bother you?"
"Hell, no - but you do!"
At the foot of the pole was, Lieutenant General George S. Patton, Jr., who had been doing the yelling, kept his peace.

BTW, the movie Patton had a recreation of his speech to the GIs in England. Patton's version of that story was part of the speech. He praised the sergeant for his steadfastness in danger and dedication to the job.
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Old February 11, 2024, 02:10 PM   #585
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Firearm safety

Make sure your bore is clear of any obstruction.

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"Another fishing story: One of our soldiers had a British rifle, Short Magazine Lee Enfield, a distinctive weapon with a cutoff look where the bayonet stud sticks out beyond the end of the barrel. The water was so clear along the river that he decided he was going to shoot some fish. He concealed hmself on the bank, and when a big fish roamed around in the water just below him, he carefully took aim at the fish and pulled the trigger. Unbeknownst to him,he had stuck the barrel into the water, so his gun just blew up. It bloodied his nose, and his ears were ringing to beat the band. When he pulled his rifle back out of the water, six inches from the end of the barrel had just opened up like a flower."
Arms were in short supply so the barrel ws sawed off and filed down. Muzzle blast was horrible b/c it was only 18" long from the original 24" length. They had to readjust the sight.

However he was of mind to bring the fish back.
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