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Enemies of Rome


The Cuachicqueh was the most prestigious warrior society and the tlacateccatl, a very high ranking
general, was always a member. Not much is known about this unique band of Aztec fighters, some
sources mention them as being akin to the ‘berserkers’ – and thus their ranks only included esteemed
warriors who had dedicated their lives to the pursuit of warfare, instead of titles and land grants.
The cuachicqueh possibly comprised full-time soldiers who had proved their flair in battles with courage,
ferocity and downright fanaticism. They were usually excluded from holding office because of their wild
nature. They were usually recognizable by their shaven heads which left a crest of hair that is described
in text sources as on the left side of the head, but usually depicted in pictorial sources in the middle.
The Cuachicqueh took an oath not to take a step backwards during a battle on pain of death at the hands
of their fellow warriors. The officers were recognizable in the battle by their wood poles (Pamitl) with the
feathers and banners flying from them. They fastened this banner to their back, so that they did not
become hindered in battle.

They often would be at the front of the Aztec army shouting insults and mocking the enemy in an effort to
provoke the enemy foolhardy to break ranks and attack.

Aztec Empire – Conquest of America

Drums Along The Mohawk

Walter D. Edmonds wrote about the area of upstate New York, and detailed the lives of pioneer farmers
along the Mohawk River during the American Revolution.

Edmonds wrote “The Matchlock Gun,” which was about a 10-year-old boy defending his home against
Indians in colonial New York, and won the Newbery Medal for Children’s Literature in 1942.
He also wrote about four women captives of Indians in 1778 in his 1947 book “In the Hands of the

Edmonds’ books are considered the richest body of fiction about the time and region since the works of
James Fenimore Cooper.

The initial sets for this series will include militia, wagoneers, and more girls with guns, all suitable for the
American Revolution and French and Indian War periods.

The series will also attempt to cover probably the most significant battle of the American Revolution.
The two Battles of Saratoga were a turning point in the American Revolution. On September 19th, British
General John Burgoyne achieved a small, but costly victory over American forces led by Horatio Gates
and Benedict Arnold. Though his troop strength had been weakened, Burgoyne again attacked the
Americans at Bemis Heights on October 7th, but this time was defeated and forced to retreat. He
surrendered ten days later, and the American victory convinced the French government to formally
recognize the colonist’s cause and enter the war as their ally.

Drums Along The Mohawk

Knights of the Skies

Frank Luke Jr. (May 19, 1897 – September 29, 1918) was an American fighter ace , ranking second
among U.S. Army Air Service pilots after Captain Eddie Rickenbacker in number of aerial victories during World War I (Rickenbacker was credited with 26 victories, while Luke’s official score was 18). Frank
Luke was the first airman to receive the Medal of Honor . Luke Air Force Base , Arizona, a U.S. Air Force pilot training installation since World War II, is named in his honor.

Luke’s final flight took place during the first phase of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive . On September 28,
after achieving his 14th and 15th victories, he landed his SPAD XIII at the French aerodrome
at Cicognes where he spent the night, claiming engine trouble. When he returned to the 1st Pursuit
Group’s base at Rembercourt the next day, he was confronted by Captain Alfred A. Grant, his squadron’s
commanding officer (C.O.). Despite being under threat of arrest by Grant for being AWOL , Luke took off
without authorization and flew to a forward airbase at Verdun , where his sympathetic group commander,
Major Hartney, canceled the arrest order and gave Luke tacit approval to continue his balloon
hunting. That evening Luke flew to the front to attack three balloons in the vicinity of Dun-sur-Meuse , six
miles behind the German lines. He first dropped a message to a nearby U.S. balloon company, alerting
them to observe his imminent attacks. Luke shot down the enemy balloons, but was then severely
wounded by a single machine gun bullet fired from a hilltop above him, a mile east of the last balloon site
he had attacked. Luke landed in a field just west of the small village of Murvaux —after strafing a group of
German soldiers on the ground—near the Ruisseau de Bradon, a stream leading to the Meuse River.
Although weakened by his wound, he made his way toward the stream, intending to reach the cover of its
adjacent underbrush, but finally collapsed some 200 meters from his airplane. Approached by German
infantry, Luke drew his Colt Model 1911 pistol and fired a few rounds at his attackers before dying.
Reports that a day later his body was found with an empty gun and a bullet hole in his chest, with seven
dead Germans in front of him were proven erroneous. According to author Skinner, the fatal bullet, fired
from the hilltop machine gun position, had entered near Luke’s right shoulder, passed through his body,
and exited from his left side.

Eddie Rickenbacker said of Luke: “He was the most daring aviator and greatest fighter pilot of the entire
war. His life is one of the brightest glories of our Air Service. He went on a rampage and shot down fourteen enemy aircraft, including ten balloons, in eight days. No other ace, even the dreaded Richthofen ,
had ever come close to that

Knights Of The Skies – WWI

Knights of the Skies

The First World War spelled the breakthrough as a means of transport for the truck, both for military use and in
private enterprise.

Like the United Kingdom, Germany entered the First World War with a “Subsidy” system. Under this
system civilian companies were allowed to purchase vehicles at a lower price provided that they would
hand them over to the military in case of war. Their number, however, remained too low to fulfill the
German Army’s needs in 1914. As a consequence an enormous variety of civilian trucks were impressed
into military service when the war started. However, in the coming years of war, this variety mostly
vanished, as many trucks were used up in the daily grind and the army could order more unified military
trucks. On the average some 25,000 trucks were in German Army service at any single day during the

During the war about 40,000 new trucks were manufactured between 1914-1918.
One of the “Subsidy” truck designs that was kept in production throughout the war was made by Daimler
Marienfelde (Marienfelde was the location of the Daimler factory). The truck was of modern design and
went into production in 1914. It was used extensively wherever the German Army went. Technically it was
a 3-ton truck with chain drive, using a 4-cylinder gasoline engine which gave it a maximum speed of some
30 km/h. Over 3,000 of these trucks were built between 1914-18.

Multiple period photos exist showing aircraft being transported on these lorries and towed behind.

Many of these trucks survived the war and were used by civilian companies or the German Reichswehr
Army during the twenties and thirties, with pneumatic tires replacing the old solid ones.

Knights Of The Skies – WWI


Inter-War Aviation Collection



WWII – German

The Jagdpanther ( “hunting panther “) was a tank destroyer built by Nazi Germany during World War
II based on the chassis of the Panther tank . It entered service in 1944 during the later stages of the war on the Eastern and Western Fronts . The Jagdpanther combined the 8.8 cm KwK 43 cannon of the Tiger
II and the characteristically excellent armor and suspension of the Panther chassis

Mounting the deadly 8.8 cm PaK 43/3 L/71 cannon and protected by well-sloped 80 mm frontal armor, the
Jagdpanther proved its worth as the most fearsome German tank destroyer of the war. Although too few
were produced to affect the outcome of the war, the Jagdpanther represented an ideal blend of lethality,
armor protection, and mobility that could destroy any allied tank with ease.

The Jagdpanther Ausf G2 was the final production variant of the deadly “Hunting Panther.” It differed
from the earlier Jagdpanther Ausf G1 by using the engine configuration of the Panther G. The other main
difference was the relocation of external tool stowage from the sides of the vehicle to the engine deck and
rear hull. This tool arrangement was recommended by schwere Panzer jäger Abteilung 654, based on
their experience in Normandy, and adopted for production.​

This model represents a Jagdpanther Ausf G2 of the 2. SS-Panzer Division “Das Reich”. Late in the war,
German industry could not keep pace with the tremendous losses of armor suffered by the Wehrmacht
during the Battle of France, Operation Bagration on the Eastern Front, and the Battle of the Bulge.
Consequently, tank destroyers like the Jagdpanther and Hetzer were often issued instead of tanks to
Panzer Divisions late in the war. Das Reich was issued Jagpanthers in early February 1945 while it was
refitting following the Battle of the Bulge. It used them in the 8. Kompanie of its Panzer Regiment during
Operation “Spring Awakening” , the last major panzer offensive of the war around Lake Balaton in
Hungary. Das Reich continued to employ Jagdpanthers on the Eastern Front until its eventual surrender
to the U.S. Army in May of 1945.

The Das Reich Jagdpanther Ausf G2 comes in winter whitewash with a primer red interior and displays
many late production modifications including a raised crew compartment heater over the left engine
cooling exhaust fan, sliding plates over the right side air intakes to regulate radiator temperatures, and
flame suppressing exhausts (Flammenvernichter). Its markings also include a stylized “G” on the front
glacis plate and rear hull sides. This marking was evident on many Jagdpanthers and other panzers
during this time frame and meant the vehicle had been treated with the winter antifreeze solution
Glysantin. Prominently displayed, the Glysantin “G” alerted crews not to add the summer coolant Akorol,
lest catastrophic engine damage occur.

JJ WWII Collection

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