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  1. Ah got you Fritz, it was the title which was misspelt , sorted now
  2. Here's a very good documentary, well worth watching about the first Operation Black Buck. Operations Black Buck 1 to Black Buck 7 were a series of seven extremely long-range ground attack missions by Royal Air Force. Vulcan bombers of the RAF Waddington Wing, comprising aircraft from Nos 44, 50 and 101 Squadrons against Argentine positions in the Falkland Islands, of which five missions completed attacks. The objectives of all missions were to attack Port Stanley Airport and its associated defences. The raids, at almost 6,600 nautical miles and 16 hours for the return journey, were the longest ranged bombing raids in history at that time. The Vulcan B.1 was first delivered to the RAF in 1956 deliveries of the improved Vulcan B.2 started in 1960. The B.2 featured more powerful engines, a larger wing, an improved electrical system and electronic countermeasures many were modified to accept the Blue Steel missile. As a part of the V-force, the Vulcan was the backbone of the United Kingdom's airborne nuclear deterrent during much of the Cold War. Although the Vulcan was typically armed with nuclear weapons, it was capable of conventional bombing missions, a capability which was used in Operation Black Buck during the Falklands War between the United Kingdom and Argentina in 1982.
  3. Hi Fritz, is this unusual ? as I've seen quite a few documents with Ausweis with only one "S" ?
  4. Hi Mac, the net looks original however in this case I think the helmet would look better without the net as it hides the nice decal. Never came across the SS before, hopefully Colin or some of the others will know
  5. Yes the realities of war are horrendous, a firing squad must have been a terrible thing to be involved in for both sides. Here's another stop motion animation, posted more for the skill of the animator rather than the subject matter which is rather grim.
  6. Very unusual items Gildwiller and excellent condition too
  7. very nice helmet MacMac, welcome to the forum
  8. Hi Raven, now moved to the correct section. If some one could translate the last few posts that would help our non German speakers
  9. Lovely rifle Gildwiller, the Portuguese Government contract rifles were actually of a higher quality than the standard K98's
  10. Perhaps a family member has a photo of him, that would look very good in the frame, plus a couple of RSF shoulder titles.
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  12. “It was absolutely not a war crime. It was an act of war, lamentably legal.” The above was said by the Belgrano’s captain, Hector Bonzo, in an interview two years before his death in 2009. Since that fateful afternoon on May 2, 1982, the sinking of the Argentinian cruiser Belgrano by the British nuclear-powered submarine Conqueror has been regarded as one of the most controversial events of the Falklands War. Many British critics of the action, which resulted in the deaths of 323 Argentinian sailors, see the sinking as a war crime. In their eyes, the action was a disgraceful act of provocation by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher designed to escalate the conflict. However, it doesn’t quite work that way. The Belgrano was sunk outside the 200-nautical-mile total exclusion zone around the Falklands. Exclusion zones are historically declared for the benefit of neutral vessels; during war, under international law, the heading and location of a belligerent naval vessel has no bearing on its status. In addition, the captain of the Belgrano, Héctor Bonzo, has testified that the attack was legitimate as did the Argentine government in 1994. Though the ship was outside the 200-mile exclusion zone, both sides understood that this was no longer the limit of British action. On 23 April a message was passed via the Swiss Embassy in Buenos Aires to the Argentine government, it read: “In announcing the establishment of a Maritime Exclusion Zone around the Falkland Islands, Her Majesty’s Government made it clear that this measure was without prejudice to the right of the United Kingdom to take whatever additional measures may be needed in the exercise of its right of self-defence under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter. In this connection Her Majesty’s Government now wishes to make clear that any approach on the part of Argentine warships, including submarines, naval auxiliaries or military aircraft, which could amount to a threat to interfere with the mission of British Forces in the South Atlantic will encounter the appropriate response. All Argentine aircraft, including civil aircraft engaged in surveillance of these British forces, will be regarded as hostile and are liable to be dealt with accordingly.” Interviews conducted by Martin Middlebrook for his book, The Fight For The Malvinas, indicated that Argentine Naval officers understood the intent of the message was to indicate that any ships operating near the exclusion zone could be attacked. Argentine Rear Admiral Allara, who was in charge of the task force that the Belgrano was part of, said “After that message of 23 April, the entire South Atlantic was an operational theatre for both sides. We, as professionals, said it was just too bad that we lost the Belgrano“. The modified rules of engagement permitted the engagement of Belgrano outside the exclusion zone before the sinking. In his book, One Hundred Days, Admiral Woodward makes it clear that he regarded the Belgrano as part of the southern part of a pincer movement aimed at the task force, and had to be sunk quickly “The speed and direction of an enemy ship can be irrelevant, because both can change quickly. What counts is his position, his capability and what I believe to be his intention.” Admiral Enrique Molina Pico, head of the Argentine Navy in the 1990s, wrote in a letter to La Nación, published in the 2 May 2005 edition, that the Belgrano was part of an operation that posed a real threat to the British task force, that it was holding off for tactical reasons, and that being outside of the exclusion zone was unimportant as it was a warship on tactical mission. This is the official position of the Argentine Navy. HMS Conqueror returns home. It was commanded by 36-year-old Commander Christopher Wreford-Brown. Built in 1971, it carried a crew of more than 100 HMS CONQUEROR Churchill-class Nuclear Powered Fleet Submarine
  13. Not sure how many companies made them, but if you post some pictures we will see what we can do to help.
  14. Excellent the main priority is to post the pictures, then the makers can be edited at leisure, I'm sure the other forum members will be happy to help identify them too
  15. Excellent photos Gildwiller, it would be good if you edited them to include who the maker is for each one, if it can be worked out. We would then have a really good reference of maker marks. I see Leon has already identified one as Bury's of Sheffield.
  16. Great helmets Gildwiller1918 look forward to seeing more, they will be excellent for our data base
  17. Yes I agree Fritz, they also underestimated the British Prime Minister.
  18. Thanks to Buster for finding Toms medal card, pity the VC is not mentioned, it seems to be in another section which we can't access at the moment.
  19. Time Left: 1 month and 20 days

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    Very rare WW2 German ARG 1 Celestial Computer used for extremely accurate navigational readings by the Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine particularly the U-Boat arm.The body is aluminium and Bakelite construction with glass screen that is illuminated when plugged in.There is an azimuth with microscope eyepiece and cross hairs. To front of instrument around glass are four information plates in luminous yellow.Reverse has switch with words 'Dunkel Aus Hell'(Dark From Light). Connecting wire included and wooden storage box in good condition with all parts intact and original information labels included.


    - GB

  20. I agree Nicola, hopefully he will log on at some point and you can share your information. I hope Gunner is OK as it's unusual for him not to reply.
  21. Interesting family group Buster especially with the note to the back of the index card. Colin do you have access to the medal cards? Would love to see the cards for my two uncles if they were available? Henderson, John Rank: Serjeant Regiment: 6th Battalion Cameronians. 3249529 John Henderson (377299 this is his new number issued to him as a officer ) to be 2nd Lt. 13th October 1946 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 1 APRIL, 1947 page 1485 Caldwell, Thomas Rank: Serjeant Regiment: 12th Battalion. Royal Scots Fusiliers (Carluke) Date of Act Of Bravery: 31 October 1918 Campaign: 1914-1918 War Locale: Audenarde Medal card of Caldwell, Thomas Corps Regiment No 569 Rank Corporal Lancashire Fusiliers Royal Scots Fusiliers 295536 Serjeant SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 6 JANUARY, 1919 Page .307 No. 295536 Sjt Thomas Caldwell, 12th Bn, R. Sc. Fus. (Carluke). For most conspicuous bravery and initiative in attack near Audenarde on the 31st October, 1918, when in command of a Lewis gun section engaged in clearing a farmhouse. When his section came under intense fire at close range from another farm, Sgt. Caldwell rushed towards the farm, and, in spite of very heavy fire, reached the enemy position, which he captured single-handed, together with 18 prisoners.
  22. One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. The aims of terrorism and guerrilla warfare may well be identical but they are distinguished from each other by the targets of their operations. The guerrilla fighter's targets are military ones, while the terrorist deliberately targets civilians. By this definition, a terrorist organization can no longer claim to be 'freedom fighters' because they are fighting for national liberation. Even if its declared ultimate goals are legitimate, an organization that deliberately targets civilians is a terrorist organization.
  23. Lovely examples Gwar as always
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