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British MRC Body Armor


Developed by the British medical research Council between 1940 and 1942 to equip frontline troops, issued in April of 1942. 1mm manganese steel – equivalent to a Brodie helmet, 1,6kg, three parts, covered in canvas. Protects from .38/200 rounds at 5m, from .45ACP rounds from a Thompson submachinegun at 90m, and from .303 British rounds at 640m. Although the initial order for this armor was originaly of 500000 units, only 200000 were made and 72000 issued due in part to sharing its material requirements with helmets, which were a much higher priority, and because it was found that

“Although well padded, [that they] tended to cut into the soft-skin areas of the body causing chafing, with the result that violent and rapid movements were significantly impaired. Moreover, it causes a man to perspire so profusely that his powers of endurance were affected.” – Simon Dunstan, Flak Jackets 20th Century Military Body Armour.

Their use although perhaps not as efficient as intended still gave soldiers a boost of confidence when part of the first line of assault, and the armor was used in the majority by airborne forces of the RAF where it protected their vitals from spalling and low-velocity shrapnel. This all took place in parallel with the private development of the Wilkinson M1 Flak jacket that was issued in 1943.






A Grumman TBF Avenger strikes the ramp on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy escort carrier USS Solomons (CVE-67). The pilot and his crew survived. 25 May 1944



Radium Condoms



Nutex Radium Condoms

Produced in Philadelphia, PA somewhere between 1927 and 1940 when they were banned by the FTC not for their radioactivity -they did not actually contain radium- but for their false claims of preventing diseases. Radium had been a decade-spanning health fad around the turn of the century, being included in toothpaste, chocolate and even cigarettes, but it is not known if actually radioactive condoms were ever produced.


Identify the Aircraft


In the Days of Fighting Sail

A Letter Home – is worth a brief review.


Naval Standard of Doge Domenico II Contarini from the Republic of Venice dated to the 17th Century on display at the Museo Correr in Venice

Doge Domenico II led the Republic of Venice and its allies the Kingdom of France, the Papal States, and the Knights of Malta in the ongoing campaign to recapture Crete. At the time it was under the control of the Ottoman Empire and the Barbary States supported in defending it.

It was predominantly a naval campaign and an attempt to revive the “Crusading Spirit” by the Papal States but the mid-17th century saw widespread war weariness, especially in Venice. The war cost 134 million ducats and over 30,000 lives.

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    1. P-40 in the arse end, compact radial in the front. Interesting…

  1. Imagine doing anything that requires dexterity, such as piloting an aircraft maybe while dressed out in all that gear. And I thought building bombs wearing MOPP gear was a challenge.

    Interesting letter home.

    OOPS. Bet the pilot and crew had a case of nerves the next time they landed.

    1. Unless really low on fuel, I’ll bet other pilots will start saying “After you”.

      1. I’m extrapolating, but I sort of doubt anybody ever enjoyed landing much of anything on a CVE.


        1. From what I remember an old neighbor talking about landing on CVEs, he said there wasn’t much difference between a CVE and a CV. Now he did say taking off was a might more nervous due to less takeoff run, which is why most CVEs flew older aircraft.

  2. Ramp strikes were a ‘bit’ more survivable in WWII, even on the Jeep carriers, because the decks were wooden. That is what you see flying up in the pic, and the other thing was most of those birds landed at less than 80 mph. Flash forward to today, and it’s all steel decks and double that speed. The F-4B Phantom crossed the roundown at 140 kts or about 155 mph.

  3. Any comments from Pedo Joe on Memorial Day about the thirteen warriors who died in the suicidal blast while pulling out of Afghanistan? I haven’t seen any?

    1. I’ve been expecting him to say something about having to destroy the place in order to save it.

      1. Blame it on the Altzheimers. He doesn’t know anything but what’s on those cards that his handlers give him to read. He even reads the stage directions. A potted plant has more going for it.

        Maybe he’s going for a diminished capacity defense?

        1. Cognizant or not he doesn’t give a rats a$$ about Memorial Day because he is a rat. Maybe the Wray Coverup Lies will catch up to Pedo Joe…albeit not fast enough for half of America.

  4. I’m sure it was supposed to be pronounced “noo tex” but I can’t help seeing Nut-Ex. How appropriate.

    “carefully inspected and tested”
    Condom tester as a profession. The mind boggles.

    1. If you’re big enough, you might tear through a lot of them (high failure rate) to be compensated for with a healthy dose of radiation.

    1. Versus a standard Venetian!

      But, yeah, something totally cool about old standards and ensigns and colors.

  5. Ah, body armor. It never goes away. Still waiting on our military to adopt a full back and breast.

  6. Quick question. The escort carriers were also known as jeep carriers weren’t they might be wrong but I think I saw that in Admiral Gallery’s book on the U505 and also noted at the display of the boat in Chicago. Always wondered how they got the name jeep carriers

  7. A Manning from Colchester might just be a distant relative. Direct line to my mothers grandmother. Or not.

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