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    Hello Guys. I am desperately trying to find anything i can about my Grandfather John McGrath, he served as a driver with the Tank Regiment in Oldham Lancashire. he was with the 10th Manchesters when WW2 broke out, as was mobilised. the 10th Manchesters were then converted to an Armoured Regiment. He use to tell me about his war years and when he was in North Africa, after the war he stayed with the Tank Regiment and drove the Centurion Tanks that they had there in the Drill Hall at Rifle street and in the Tank Sheds on Oldham Edge. I believe that he also served on Chuchill Tanks during WW2, also Shermans. IF anybody knew him or could find out anything mentioning his name or even better a photograph, I would even be willing to pay. I served with 1RTR I had to follow my grandfathers footsteps. I am now 65 yrs old and I desperately want this info before I go to the Green Fields Beyond. Thank You Sincerely.
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    Here is a WW1 Era US service manual for Sanitary Troops (medical orderlies). This manual is a corrected version of the 1914 version to meet the 1917 specifications. This particular manual was in training camp library, in one of the 32 basic training camps to prepare the troops for overseas combat. This manual had everything from drill and marching to physical training to litter carrying and first aid. In the picture where the troops are lifting the litter over a wall you can see the medical corps bolo on the soldier in the foreground. Most of the pictures are showing gear that was pre-WW1 era, although outdated by 1917/1918 standards much of it was still used until newer stock was available.
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    Here's a copy of his medal index card if you haven't got one Buster, could not find any other information about him, other than he also served in the Black Watch Royal Highlanders.
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    Here is another enlisted cap, this one with an Air Service device. It is interesting also, as it is British made. The US had contracted several countries to make uniforms and related gear to help with the massive troop buildup. Unfortunately the cap has some minor moth damage.
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    Here is a US enlisted cap, french inspired design. It has no liner which is common for the enlisted side, but has a small cotton sweatband. It has a pin backed "US" disk applied.
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    That's a well-worn piece, could have been in the field, such as paratroops, ground forces or field division, less likely on an airfield or administration in such worn condition.
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    I apologize, for some reason the pictures keep posting out of order.
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    J'aimerai vendre mon horloge mais je na sais pas comment procéder. Cette horloge impeccable est en parfait état de marche. Pouvez-vous m'aider. Merci à vous.
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    A miniature portrait, Prinz Wilhelm aged 13 in 1810. Wilhelm with Prinzeßin Augusta von Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach, 1830 Coronation in Königsberg, 18. October 1861. Painting by Adolph von Menzel, 1865 Wilhelm I. on his way to an inspection at the Front, 1870 The king awards the Pour le Mérite to the Crown Prince on the Battlefield of Wörth, 1870 4 generations, 1882 Photo portrait by Hofmüller,1884 The Kaiser appeared at his window every midday punctually to view the changing of the guard. Travellers and tourists from all over could see him, as mentioned in the works of Mark Twain, American author - "Reise durch Europa" Wilhelm I. at his desk in the Kronprinzenpalais in Berlin, ca. 1887 A portrait in Reisekleidung, ca. 1887 + 9. March 1888 and his last signature 12. March 1888, lying in state in the Berliner Dom Funeral cortége from the Berliner Dom to the Charlottenburger Mausoleum, 16. March 1888 The former residence, the Kronprinzenpalais in Berlin today. youtube has deleted the video, here is a new link (under youtube): watch?v=GfAnJ9o1CxE
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    Watched this at the weekend, it was actually quite good. The Norwegian version of Downfall.
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    Ausdauer (800m Lauf, 3000m Lauf, Nordic Walking) Schnelligkeit (Sprint) Kraft (Kugelstoßen, Standweitsprung, Steinstoßen, Schlagball) Koordination ( Seilspringen, Schleuderball, Drehwurf, Weitsprung) Schwimmen in Sprint und Ausdauer FLIZZY Kindersportabzeichen (für Kinder im Alter von 3-6 Jahre) von 10-13 Uhr Hüpfburg Awarded again today, I don't think I would be interested.
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    Below is some more WW2 era German Currency.
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    Below are some wartime German currency from WW2.
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    Below are some of the depression era German Notes after WW1. As the economy collapsed, the money became more and more worthless, even after printing astronomical values on them. These notes are from 1922.
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    Here are my early German coins. Deutsches Reich 5 Mark, 3 Mark, 2 Mark and 10 and 5 Pfennig coins.
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    A private purchase soft field cap for Ulanen-Regiment 1-8. Light blue silk lining with a stamp: Eigentum Friedrich.... illegible and two old collector's stamps Sammlung D. Felbig. Cockades have been overpainted and re-stitched by a previous collector. From an old collection. Passgurt for Ulanen. With regimental stamp: U.19 and size 68. Red and blue uniform cloth, dark blue starched cotton lining.
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    This is how the correct Aiguillette should look, as worn with parade uniform
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    Leslie Nielsen This Canadian born funny man was in the RCAF during WW2, as an enlisted man he trained as an aerial gunner, however did not make it overseas before the war ended .
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    WW2 versions had ground up cork under the paint to help reduce glare for the helmet, however WW2 models were used for quite some time. I have seen the front and rear seam helmets used into Korea and Vietnam, sometimes afterwards. Liners were no exception either. I have even seen US troops (non front line) using them into the late 1990's. It is common also to find the helmets with dents, as the steel pot was sometime used for cooking, latrine use, to beat a tent stake in, etc.
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    Württemberg, Kingdom Kriegsdenkmünze, 1866. Inaugurated by Wilhelm I. in 1840, last awarded for 1866 by König Karl. Bronze, on newer ribbon. Crowned K within a laurel wreath, reverse with crossed swords , within a canopy the inscription Für treuen Dienst in einem Feldzug Silberne Verdienst-Medaille 1892-1918, Silber medal with portrait of Wilhelm II. of Württemberg. The reverse with the inscription Für Tapferkeit und Treue within a laurel wreath, on original ribbon Wilhelmskreuz 1915 Für öffentliche Wohlfahrt - for public welfare. Bronze cross with a crowned W and date 1915, the reverse shows an open wreath without inscription. On a replacement ribbon. There were four variations of this decoration. Charlottenkreuz 1916 instituted January 1916 by Wilhem II. for care of the wounded. Silver celtic type cross within intertwined C and W, the reverse with 1916 within the centre medallion, on correct replacement ribbon. Dienstauszeichnung 2. Klasse 1913-1918 for 12 years long service Dienstauszeichnung 3. Klasse 1913-1918 for 9 years long service Landwehr-Dienstauszeichnung 2. Klasse 1879-1891 (Schnalle) 1st type "K" Landwehr-Dienstauszeichnung 2. Klasse 1892 - 1912 (Schnalle) 2nd type "W" Landwehr-Dienstauszeichnung 2. Klasse 1913-1918 (Medal) 3rd type
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    Thanks for the new information on XH helmets, your never to old to learn something new.
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    A Feldmütze, Stallmütze or Reitmütze for cavalry, similar to infantry. As it has a squadron marking, this example does not originate from the infantry. Being dark blue and with red facings, it could only be from Ulanen-Regiments 1-8, all of which wore red facings. The cap is probably made by a regimental workshop, and the top has been made from two sections of cloth! A typical sign of thriftyness of the Prussian army. This is a typical issue example as worn in the field or in working dress. Has been folded together for many years, as was also carried in saddle pack when not worn. Cap could be folded together and stored in saddlepack when the Tschapka was worn. White cotton lining with name tag of Gefreiter Kühr, 5. Eskadron. No regimental markings. Top of cap has been made from two sections of cloth, a typical sign of thriftyness of the Prussian military. This would not be noticeable.
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    http://www.denkmalprojekt.org/2018/verlustliste-kampfgeschwader-26-1945_wk2.html All losses, 1939-45 list recently compiled in May 2018 by denkmalprojekt online using sources: Achtung! Torpedos los! by Rudi Schmidt, "Die Spur des Löwen", die Geschwaderchronik des KG 26 by Alexander Steenbeck, 2012* with addition of Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Suchdienst Vermisstenbildlisten *This book appeared in a fairly limited edition and was gone in no time. Since occasionally offered at exhorbitant prices. The author says there will be no further edition and no further copies can be obtained. Could be some sort of marketing tactic to manipulate the price tremendously. A book that has disappeared as soon as it was published, there are also no recensions, illustrations, quotes or examples to be seen anywhere, very strange. Presently, there is one example in internet available for the price of 339,00 Euros! 368 pages, over 1000 photos... Steenbeck is the author of several books: 100 Jahre Blankensee LBC Lübeck-Blankensee - von der Fliegerstation zum Regionalflughafen Die dunklen Jahre, Der Flughafen Lübeck-Blankensee in den 1930er und 40er Jahren
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    Small "unimportant" parts can still be obtained. Lauf, Schlitten, Rahmen, only with a permit.
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    Thanks Fritz, I was waiting to hear your comments. I appreciate you letting me know about the medals, still learning about them. The US stuff is more my area, but I am slowly expanding into other areas.
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    Here is another US M1902 enlisted dress tunic, this one has yellow piping to indicate a cavalry trooper. It is complete with all buttons and proper aiguillette. The rank on the sleeves is that of an saddler. This insignia was used from 1902-1908.
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    Alec Guinness In 1941, he entered military service with the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. In 1942, he was commissioned officer of a landing craft, he saw action in the invasion of Sicily, Elbe and Normandy and during the allied attempt to supply arms to Yugoslavian partisan groups. During the war, he was granted leave to appear in the Broadway production Flare Path, which was a play about the RAF Bomber Command. After the war, he continued his successful Shakespearean career as well as evolving into a film actor. He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1955 and was Knighted in 1959. In 1957, he was in the Bridge on the River Kwai, in which he won the Academy award for best actor. He is also well known for his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars. In 1991 he received an honorary doctorate degree from Cambridge University. In 1994 he was mae a Companion of Honour for his accomplishments in the arts. He passed away in 2000.
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    Lee Marvin This actor, known for his tough guy roles, was a real life roughian who left school to join the United States Marine Corps, serving as a Scout Sniper in the 4th Marine Division in the South Pacific. He was wounded in action during the Battle of Saipan and saw most of his platoon killed. Marvin was wounded by machine gun fire, which severed his sciatic nerve, for which he was awarded the Purple Heart medal and given a medical discharge. The tough old Marine died of a heart attack in 1987 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery where his headstone reads “Lee Marvin, PFC US Marine Corps, World War II”. Once a Marine, always a Marine.
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    Here is a nice personal hygiene item for the doughboys, WW1 dated foot powder tin. This tin is 12mm tall, and contains 1/4 pound of powder. This tin is still full of its original contents. To the right is a boxed example to show various methods in packaging. This tin is the most common type encountered, although a earlier round/cylindrical tin was also used. The US military stated the uses for foot powder were to control and prevent ringworm and athlete's feet. However changing socks and keeping feet dry with the addition of powder prevented some possible injuries/infections. The main injury related to feet in WW1 was trench foot, which was mainly caused by soldiers having cold wet feet for long periods of time without being able to dry off or stay warm. Having good hygiene, changing socks, warm conditions and boots were a good way to reduce the risk of trench foot, however that was not always possible in trench warfare.
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    I agree with you Fritz, pretty much all the accessories I have seen for the MG42 are all Yugo types. While close in appearance, not always accurate. but like you said, generally much cheaper.
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    I will check out the you tube section, I agree all quiet on the western front is an excellent movie, and I have a copy. I still remember the scene where the french infantry reach the german lines only to be blown up, all you see are hands hanging, never forgot that part.
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    1842 - The Great Fire As a comparison the Great Fire of 1842 destroyed the old city almost entirely. Impressions of the fire in 1842.
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    Are these now obsolete? In this modern era of warfare is there any need for the bayonet? We all know the stories of the enemy running from the charge of cold steel from the olden days but where are they now on the modern battlefield? We very rarely have the chance of seeing the bayonet apart from on parades. Is it now the time to consign these things to the past??
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    DMZ - Deutsche Militär-Zeitschrift A rare publication, a special edition featuring the Waffen-SS from January 2007. This magazine is no longer available to the general public or at newsagents, probably only on subscription, if not already banned, has long earned a bad repution with the broad mass general public, as most other publications of special interest. Front cover shows prominent former soldiers of the Waffen-SS The author Günter Grass admitted just very recently that he had been a 17-year old volunteer with the Frundsberg-Div. Otto Skorzeny survived the war and became a successfull businessman and advisor to several governments Günter Samtnebe entered politics in the postwar period and joined the SPD, became Oberbürgermeister of Dortmund Franz Schonhuber, a prominent member of the Bavarian CSU Otto Beisheim founded the Metro Concern Jochen Peiper, much tormented, spent his last years in France, murdered by local communist former Maquis members. All now deceased. Panzer Ace Michael Wittmann went down with guns blazing in Normandy, August 1944 The Waffen-SS, a controversial troop, and Paul Hausser, who made a great contribution to the develpment of the troop. Freed Mussolini, Otto Skorzeny, of Austrian origin, spent most of the postwar years abroad, and died in Spain. Himmler, the almighty, a short biography Battles on the Eastern Front The case of Tulle and Oradour, "Das Reich" in the war against the partisans. Mutilated and tortured: Allied war crimes against the Waffen-SS Nürnberg and the Waffen-SS on trial The Malmedy Affair: Jochen Peiper on trial
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    Some photo postcards of the aftermath of the raids in July 1943. All postcards by Foto Hugo Schmidt, Hamburg 36, Poststraße 14-16 Street scene with minimal damage and what looks like anti-tank barriers near the centre of Hamburg, possibly Reeperbahn or Neue Pferdemarkt. Ruins around the Nikolaikirche near the Hopfenmarkt. Hamburg, view along the Mönckebergstrasse towards Spitalerstraße and the Hauptbahnhof, ruins A view in the opposite direction from the Mönckebergstrasse towards the Rathausmarkt, ruins, to the left, the Petrikirche Mönckebergstrasse and Gerhard-Hauptmann-Platz, ruins View from a building in a side street over the Mönckebergstrasse showing the scale of devastation. -------------------------- Alt-Barmbek, Soldiers and Luftschutzpolizei clearing the ruins and searching for the missing. KZ-Häftlinge from Neuengamme preparing a house in Altona for demoltion. Sperrgebiet - Betreten verboten! KZ-Häftlinge clearing up the rubble. The area of Hammerbrook had to be walled in, as it had become a dead zone. Remains of the victims could only be recovered on clearing the ruins in the postwar years. Much of Hammerbrook was not rebuilt till the early to mid 80s. It was reported that on one occasion an SA-Mann was shot by Ordnungskräfte for plundering in Ballindamm in the city centre. A view of Hammerbrook or Rothenburgsort, both entirely destroyed. 900.000 lost their homes in Hamburg and were compelled to leave the city. Flakbunker, Heiligengeistfeld Cellars thought safe as air raid shelters became a death trap and inferno Hamburg-Eilbek The aftermath 1945, life in Nissen-Huts
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    A very old studio photo, dating between 1871 and 1889, hard to estimate. A group of soldiers in walking-out uniform of one of the regiments within the VIII. Armee-Korps. Photo is very much faded, and some of the emulsion has migrated in places as the upper middle edge, which does not detract from the image as a whole. Mounted on hard cardback with decorative print as a frame, damage to corners. Printed name of studio on left and right below: Carl Scholz Photograph, Köln-Deutz, Freiheitstr. 64. This could be the forerunner of Photo Scholz in Wandsbek. This photo came from the archive of Photo-Atelier Mercedes Riedel in Wandsbek. Image would require some digital restoration. The original photo is also in need of some attention. Image has now been lightly worked on.
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    Yes correct I joined on a 14 day free trail then stayed for an extra month for just over £13. Here are two more documents.
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    Here's a picture to be seen and never forgotten
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    Update for John Bell Galloway service number 1688 Private A Coy 1st Regiment South African Brigade. Son of James and Ann Galloway of 17 St Clair St Glasgow, a Native of Leslie Fifeshire, Died in Sollum West of Sidie Barrarni Egypt on 4th April 1916, buried at Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery, Plot F, Row E, grave 259, inscription on grave "To Memory Dear". here are a few documents map and photo.
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    And this is him in 1940, before going on active service.
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    Here's some photo's of the Royal visit to the town in 1954, the 41st Royal Tank Regiment was the guard of honour.
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    Some extra information. Prince Albert Victor eldest son of future King Edward V11 ( 1901-1910 ) on the 3rd December 1891 proposed marriage to princess Mary of Teck at the country residence of the Danish Ambassador to Britain. The wedding was set for 27th Feb 1892 but six weeks later Prince Albert Victor fell ill with influenza during the influenza pandemic of 1889-92. He developed Pneumonia and died on 14th Jan 1892 leaving his Brother Prince George 2nd in line to the throne, George had only just recovered himself from a serious illness after being confined to bed for 6 weeks with Typhoid Fever eventually succeeding to the throne as George V in 1910. Prince George later married Princess Mary himself in 1893 after they became close during the mourning period of his brother Albert Victor. Here are a few photo's. Pic 1. Of Prince Albert Victor in 1891. Pic 2. Of Princess Mary of Teck. Pic 3. Of King George V ( right ) and his cousin Tsar Nicholas II wearing German military uniforms in Berlin before WW1.
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    As a young schoolboy my very first collection in the late 1950s was collecting Rugby League Programmes for my local rugby club Oldham RLC. This carried on till the mid 1970s ,by this time I had over a thousand Programmes, including Internationals dating back to 1909, Wembley Programmes dating back to the early 1930s not to mention most clubs to the 20s and 30s. at this point I sold most of the collection keeping just a few as a reminder which I still have. Here are a few for the late 50s. Pic 1 Probably the best team the club ever had. Pic 2 Programmes for the 3 finals they won on the run. Pic 3 A photo of Jack Keith, John Etty parading the cup they won in 1956. Pic 4 Newspaper cutting.
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    Here's a newspaper photo of the first batch of Oldham club players to sign up, taken at Southport and shows 13 Oldham players who volunteered along with their 2 officers in the ( 2nd 10th Battalion of the Manchester Regiment. April 1915 ). Back row Pte C.Waye. Pte W.Jardine. Pte J.Tetlow. Sgt E.Oliver. Pte W.Dixon. Sgt H.Carter. Middle row Sgt A.D.West. Sgt T.Brice. Sgt-Maj F.W.Wise. Col Patterson. Col Hodgkinson. QM Sgt V.Farnsworth. Sgt J.S - Parkinson. Front row Pte T.White. Pte T.O.Jones. In total 41 players and officials of the club fought for their country. A roll of honour was unveiled on 26th June 1920. At the head of the roll there are the six men who are listed as "fallen in action". T.O.Jones - H.C.Mills - D. Shannon - J.Scott - A.D.West - T.Wainman. followed by W.B.Jardine who died back in Britain from injuries received in battle. Thomas.Owen Jones was a Welshman who joined from Neath in December 1913. Herbert.C.Mills was a local player joined from the Oldham Parish Church junior team. Danny Shannon was a scrum half who joined from the Scottish Rugby Union club Harwick in October in1912. He was the first Oldham player to be killed in action, whilst serving with the 7th Cameron Highlanders in September 1915. John.Scott. Very little is know about him other than he signed from Cadishead junior club in August 1912. Arthur.Douglas.West was one of many player from the "West Country" joined from the Bath club in January 1913. Thomas.Wainman was a local player joined from the Heyside club in November 1914. Billy.Jardine by far the most experienced Oldham player had come to Oldham following in the footsteps of his brother Adam from the famous Scottish RU club Jedforest in July 1908, a great favourite with the Oldham crowd.
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    Heres a couple of ss lids i have, one is a s/d m42 EF64 kia, and the other is an m35 d/d, this was origionally green then reissued black then back to green,so 3 sets of decals either side,its also named inside to W.GROSSE/12/SS.2 rgds Dave
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    I have a few bayonets now. My pride and joy is the bayonet my great grandfather had with him in France during WW1 which I have alongside service meadal and picture in uniform. Nice oiece of family history.
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    David, Depends on the type of bayonet... are socket and sword bayonets obsolete... yes. These were designed to prevent cavalry attack, something no longer seen. Modern bayonets have evolved into a multipurpose tool, they can cut wire (a good thing), act as a utility/survival knife, sometimes have a saw or saw blade, and have many other features that are useful to modern combat soldiers. As a weapon on a rifle, well then it is debatable. There are stories of them used by British Troops in Iraq as a last resort, and perhaps it is good to keep them as a last resort weapon and for an extension in close arms combat. You could also argue it makes a handy way to stick a rifle into the ground to hand stuff off of in the field :-p ps... glad to see the forum back up and running!


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