Welcome to the March 2023 announcements.
For this set of announcements, we have a Trojan War Chariot, Morane-Saulnier Aircraft, Mountain Men and lots of other goodies.
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We hope you enjoy them!
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MORANE-SAULNIER type N,No. 5069, No.1 SQUADRON, R.F.C, MARCH 1916
In April 1915, a German 2 seater plane fell in flames before the guns of French Ace Roland Garros's monoplane. This was the beginning of a new technique in aerial warfare. It was achieved by firing a machine gun between the blades of a spinning propellor. Although crude it was successful mainly due to small steel blades attached to the propellor blades. The bullets which did not pass between the blades were deflected by the plates without harming the propellor.
A new degree of accuracy was made possible by aiming the entire airplane at the target.
The Morane-Saulnier N was one of the few operational monoplanes of WW1. It had an extremely sensitive elevator response and fast landing speed, but was considerably more manouverable than its German opponents at the time.
The Aileron control was achieved by wing warping.
In addition to the French, 2 British aquadrons flew Morane-Saunier N's where it was nicknamed the "Bullet" due to the large spinner fitted on the nose.
The large metal "casserolle" spinner designed to streamline the aircraft caused the engine to overheat. In a915 it was decided to remove the spinner with little loss in performance.
The Type N was not particularly successful. Only 49 aircraft were built and it was quickly rendered obsolete by the pace of aircraft development.
Please note these items are available on a Pre - Order basis only. PRE-ORDER PERIOD ENDS 28th FEBRUARY 2023. They will not be available for ordering after this date. Only the # of pre-orders are expected to be made.
The Sd.Kfz. 251/1 SPW was the standard troop carrying version of the SPW. It had a crew of twelve consisting of a standard 10-man squad plus two extra Panzergrenadiers to operate the SPW. It was armed with two MG-42 machineguns, one located forward with an armored shield for the gunner and one at the rear of the SPW on a flexible mount. The JJD Sd.Kfz. 251/1 SPW carries the markings and vehicle number of the 10. Kompanie of SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt. 2.
The Sd.Kfz. 251/7 Pionierpanzerwagen was the specialized version issued to Panzerpionier of Panzer units. Pioniere were infantry unique to the German forces. While similar to combat engineers, they are more accurately described as heavy assault infantry with specialized engineering skills. The Pioniere supported the assault parties with explosives expertise and by clearing mines, clearing obstacles. The Sd.Kfz. 251/7 was the third abundantly produced version of the SPWwas designed to assist the Panzerpionere in their duties by carrying the extra explosives and specialized tools in its stowage bins. However, the most striking difference between an Sd.Kfz. 251/7 SPW and a standard Sd.Kfz. 251/1 SPW was the addition of two 8-ton Uebergangsschienen (small bridge sections) carried on the upper sides of the SPW. The JJD Sd.Kfz. 251/7 Pionierpanzerwagen carries the markings and Panzerpioniere from 9. Kompanie (Pioniere) of SS-Pz.Rgt. 1.
The Sd.Kfz.251/9 SPW was intended for the heavy weapons companies of Panzergrenadier units to provide fire support for the panzergrenadiers. It mounted a short barreled 7.5 cm L/24 cannon. This is the same cannon found on the early Sturmgeschutz assault guns. When StuG cannon production shifted to the long barrel StuK L/43 in March 1942, the leftover short barrel L/24 cannons were adapted for installation on SPWs. Originally, this cannon was munted low in a cutout to the right side of the upper front superstructure. However, this solution gave the cannon a limited traverse of only 12 degrees to the right and 10 degrees to the left. Starting in December 1943, a purpose built gun (7.5 cm Kanone 51) replaced the earlier expedient gun mount. Instead of cutting out a section of the SPW hull, the new cannon was mounted directly onto the top of the superstructure of a normal SPW, along with an armored shield to provide the cannon crew with protection from small arms. This improved solution provided the cannon with a left and right travers of 20 degrees. The Sd.Kfz.251/9 carried 32 shells for the cannon, mixed between high explosive (both impact and delayed fuses), smoke rounds, and shaped charge armor piercing rounds. The shape charged rounds provided the Sd.Kfz.251/9 with an anti-armor capability effective to 800 meters against standard Allied tanks like the Sherman and T-34. Because it was a shaped charge, this round was equally effective at all distances. The Sd.Kfz.251/9 provided the Panzergrenadiers with direct fire support and was a prized weapon employed at the most important areas.
Pandarus was a Trojan aristocrat in Homer's Iliad, who is portrayed as an energetic and powerful warrior.
In the Iliad, Pandarus is a renowned archer and the son of Lycaon. He led a contingent of warriors from Zeleia.
Pandarus first appears in book Two of the Iliad, and in Book Four, he is tricked by Athena, who wishes for the destruction of Troy and assumes the form of Laodocus, son of Antenor, to shoot and wound Menelaus with an arrow, sabotaging a truce that could potentially have led to the peaceful return of Helen.
He then attempts to kill Diomedes, who is protected by Athena, and retaliates with a deadly blow that knocks Pandarus out of the chariot.
As Romans were never considered exceptionally good horsemen, and the role of the cavalry not as important in the Roman thought process, the Equitatus was generally made up of non-Roman horsemen. While they would play an important part of Legionary tactics, the Roman Cavalry was considered secondary and would remain the weakest part of the Roman Army until the very late Imperial period.
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Del GuDel Gue is a fictional character from the 1972 film Jeremiah Johnson, played by actor Stefan Gierasch.
Stefan Gierasch (February 5, 1926 -September 6, 2014) was an American film and television actor. Gierasch made over 100 screen appearances, mostly in American television, beginning in 1951. He appeared in many films including The Hustler (1961), The Traveling Executioner (1970), Jeremiah Johnson (1972), What's Up Doc? (1872), High Plains Drifter (1973), Carrie (1976), Silver Streak (1976), Victory at Entebbe (1976), The Champ (1979) Blood Beach (1980) and Perfect (1985).
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Warrior Societies were an important aspect of the Plains life, which divided a tribe's fighting men into distinct units which provided their members with a social club, and an organization in which they could progress through ranks of officership to bring great prestige.
Among the Lakota there existed several Warrior societies. The main function of these societies was for the training and development of fighting skills and the warrior ethos.
Moral character was also cultivated and taught.
The Wi'ciska, White Marked Society, wore feathered headdresses, trailing to the ground, which flew dramatically behind them when charging . These were also renowned hardened warriors.