Elements of Naval History
Boarding Pistol of the K.K. Kriegsmarine dated around the late 1860′s on display at the Heeresgeschichtliches Museum in Vienna. It’s a particularly clean design.
Though the navy was never a priority for Emperor Franz Joseph and was not as popular in the Austrian press as the army. With the development of naval guns and ironclads in the late 19th century, naval boarding became uncommon. Though many navies, all over the world, still trained marines and sailors for boarding and repelling boarders.
Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian, at the age of 22 in 1854, was appointed Commander in Chief of the Austrian Navy. With the patronage of an Imperial Prince, the Austrian Navy went through a series of modernizing reforms for the ships and the soldiers of the navy. He also instigated large-scale scientific missions such as the Novara Expedition in which the SMS Novara became the first Austrian ship to circumnavigate the globe. It later ferried Maximilian and his wife to Mexico for his ill-fated reign.
These reforms aided the navy during the Third Italian War of Independence in 1866 specifically at the Battle of Lissa in the Adriatic. This battle is famous for being one of the last naval battles to have wooden ships using ramming attacks (and boarding with the pistols, above).
Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps (RNZAC) NZLAV of Kiwi Team One on patrol in northeast Bamyian, Afghanistan. 2011
The Kiwis loved to bolt extra stuff onto their LAV’s, and sling stuff from every hardpoint, such that they looked as if their rides belonged in a Mad Max film. They were always headed for Thunderdome.
Then there are the Dutch.
Dutch Fennek armed reconnaissance vehicle in Mali. Yeah, I guess.
And the Israelis.
Merkava Mk IVs at a staging area near the Gaza border, a year ago 14 May 2021.
Third Obama Term
USA Elevation Map
Radar in the nose of a B-18B Bolo
Webley-Fosbery M1903 automatic revolver
Manufactured by Webley & Scott c.1901-24 and retailed by the Army & Navy Cooperative Society Ltd., .455 Webley six-round cylinder, short recoil semi-automatic, top break action, manual safety.
The Army & Navy CSL was a cooperative shop set up by British officers in the 1870′s to provide their less wealthy colleagues, who at the time probably still had to pay for their own swords, with basic groceries and more military-orientated supplies, like this sidearm.