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About Beagle

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    Geology, beer, rugby, cricket, NFL, history, miniatures, cooking, honey bees, the windy streets of old London. I rehome rescued lab beagles. I work as a geologist, but I've also been a Royal Engineer.

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  1. Beagle

    Black Friday Deals

    You're already a diamond I know, I know, but I couldn't resist On CMON, I also asked and received a refund (after being prodded by @Glitterwolf), I've regretted it ever since, there was some really nice 2000AD pieces at crazy prices
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    WW1 restored footage

    I like the contrast of these two Youtube clips. The first is the British soldier's version of the song, with the lyrics becoming more and more bawdy (note - the accompanying footage is early colourisation of WW1 footage and not P.Jackson's much superior version) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IO9hb1US7QU The second is what happens when the French get hold of it. Note the special appearance by 4 of le-Frog's Forces Speciale https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diu6ELuXvK4
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    WW1 restored footage

    Yep. About the only thing either side got right was the Allies evacuation.
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    WW1 restored footage

    If you've never seen it, this is a heartbreaking scene based on the historical attack by two Australian mounted infantry regiments during the Gallipoli campaign (at a place called the Nek, it's a plateau about the size of two tennis courts). I mentioned earlier in this thread that some attacks were sent in as sacrificial diversions, this was one of them. As a side note, this film fostered some anti-British feeling in Australia because of two misconceptions. 1. The attack was a diversion for British and French landings, contrary to what it says in the film, the British troops were not "sitting on the beach drinking tea" 2. The general who insists the Australian attack continues is an Australian and not British https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45bA29ZXCwE
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    WW1 restored footage

    There is. Something about innocence lost and the courage of men in impossible situations. The Brits had to go earlier than planned as the French were under so much pressure at Verdun. I wonder if it would have been any different if there had been sufficient time to complete preparations
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    WW1 restored footage

    That looks about right. So many battalions were turned over many times with a unit of 1000 men taking 8000 casualties for instance. One of the stats that always makes me sad is when you see something like this: On the first day of the Somme the 10th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment lost 710 men out of a total of something like 900. And then you find out that when you total in men who were sick, on other duties, in reserve etc that of the 720 men who left the trench 710 became casualties. It's just staggering when you think that was just one battalion from the hundred+ that attacked on day 1
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    WW1 restored footage

    Thanks for this, I've just picked up a copy on eBay. I'm not sure that Pershing was any worse than his peers. Looking at maps and even viewing the front line and aerial photos doesn't give a general the kind of info he needs to conduct a bloodless WW1 offensive. I was a Great War nut in my teens, I read anything and everything I could about it. I collected cap badges and other militaria, visited regimental museums, went to Flanders and other battlefields. Despite all of this it was only very recently that I got a sense of what 'thick wire' was like. In my head the enemy barbed wire was comprised of several parallel lines of the stuff, like you'd see on a farm. In reality it would be like a briar bush three miles long and a hundred yards deep - and shelling it just piled it all up in a terrifying mass of cutting steel. I can just imagine Pershing or another general back at HQ hearing about bad wire and being just as ignorant as me as to what it meant.
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    Carnevale 2.0 kickstarter by TT Combat

    I was sure I'd have the loot by now. ....but then I remembered that it's a kickstarter and I'm me, and me + kickstarter =
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    Carnevale 2.0 kickstarter by TT Combat

    Still waiting on shipping notice. I have to say that I find it infuriating that given the delays in producing the rule book, they couldn't have been better prepared for shipping. As things stand some people are going to have received their items a couple of months before people outside Europe receive theirs. I'm in the UK with TT Combat and I'm still sitting here with nowt three weeks after pledges started going out. Mumble...grrrrrrrr...moan
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    WW1 restored footage

    I think the one caveat is that victories are possible, but have to happen quickly. So the Franco Prussian war is an example of this, something the Germans were very close to replicating in 1914 (stopped at the battle of the Marne)
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    WW1 restored footage

    I visited Vimy Ridge a number of years ago, the visitor centre and especially the young Canadians working there are a real credit to Canada. When I was undergoing my officer training (Royal Engineers), we had a number of debates with visiting historians about the Great War. It's evident that the work of the war poets and some modern films/tv has done a lot to persuade the public of the lions led by donkeys myth. There were some bad generals but I don't think there were any that were callous enough to send men to their deaths without reason. By 1916 most of the generals had come to accept that the war could not be won by manoeuvre and that attritional warfare was the only way to win. New tactics were constantly developed (tanks, gas, air observation, creeping barrages, night attacks, stormtroopers, mines etc), but the fact was defensive tactics trumped attacks nearly everywhere. In addition the logistical difficulty of moving huge armies forward over broken ground was many times more difficult than supplying troops falling back on fresh infrastructure. One of the historical stories that stuck with me was this. Towards the end of the Somme battle in late 1916 a battalion commander of the Seaforth Highlanders was told that his men were to attack an impregnable part of the line, in support of the brigade attacking to his right. The colonel protested to his brigade commander and then his divisional commander, spelling out that such an attack would be suicide. The order came back that they were to go anyway. So the colonel told his company captains that when the men left the trenches the following morning they were to advance only a short distance before seeking cover and then retiring, the attack would not be pushed home and many lives would be saved. The next day the Seaforths attacked, went to ground and fell back to their trenches. To their right a battalion of the Hampshire regiment, forming the left wing of an attacking brigade, pushed home their attack against what had been identified as a weak point in the German line. They were making good progress until the guns that had been facing the Seaforths were brought to bear on them catching them in enfilade. The Hampshires were cut to pieces and the brigade attack failed. Many generals and other officers broke down over the strain and guilt they felt. Men were sent on impossible attacks, like lambs to the slaughter, but usually as a necessary sacrifice because there was no alternative. Probably the one misconception the British generals worked under (on the Western Front), was the belief that if they could break the enemy line then they could send the cavalry divisions through to create havoc in the enemies rear. But in a war where whole battalions could be stopped by a couple of machine guns, it's hard to believe that this would have created anything but a lot of dead horses and cavalrymen.
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    WW1 restored footage

    Yes, ultimately it was in vain I suppose. Although the consequences of Britain not joining may have led to a very different Europe. If you watch the documentary/film the veterans smash some myths, many of them stating they'd go through it again, that they were keen to go, that they though it was worthwhile, and just how many enjoyed it.
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    WW1 restored footage

    The actual film is 90 mins with veterans narrating, some were 14 when they joined up. The kid watching the camera in the first clip really struck me, I could just imagine what he was like.
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    WW1 restored footage

    Last night the BBC aired the Peter Jackson film created from restored WW1 film footage, it was quite incredible, really bringing the people from previously grainy black and white to life Here's some of the footage from Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiWoIlNVR6Q - link no longer works
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    And mine Highlights at 1:37:00 - 1:44:00 and 1:18:00 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIEQakyZtdI