Mannlicher M1895

Mannlicher M1895

The Austro-Hungarian army rifle Mannlicher model 1895 calibre 8×50mmR Mannlicher (military designation 8 mm Repetiergewehr Modell 95, abbreviated as M 95) represents the most typical weapon of our great-grandfathers. In various modifications (with a total length of 1,270 mm for the rifle and 990 mm for the carbine) it was also used by the other…

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On 4.8.1915 a warrant was issued for Masaryk’s arrest

On 4.8.1915 a warrant was issued for Masaryk’s arrest

After the outbreak of the war, the anti-Russian political groups had no idea how to work and pinned all their hopes on the negotiating powers. At first it was also believed that the war would be short and the Russians would soon occupy the Czech lands. This idea was especially indulged in by K. Kramář,…

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The future hero was the only son of the Czech prince Oldrich

The future hero was the only son of the Czech prince Oldrich

In order to understand the motivation behind Břetislav’s unusual behaviour, it is necessary to go back to the roots, so to speak. The future hero was the only son of the Bohemian prince Oldrich. There would be nothing strange or unusual about this, but the key point is that he was born as a son…

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The bloodiest war in American history, North versus South

The bloodiest war in American history, North versus South

It was the bloodiest war in American history, killing 210,000 soldiers and claiming a total of 625,000 lives, including civilians. The war killed 30% of all male residents of the South between the ages of 18 and 40. After the Battle of Gettysburg, the victors collected the discarded rifles and took them to Washington, D.C.,…

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Tank Char B-1

Tank Char B-1

The road to the standard French heavy tank was a complicated one. From the commissioning of the development to the entry into service took more than a decade. Several companies undertook the development during the 1920s, with Renault emerging as the winner, whose prototype was accepted into service in 1929 after modifications. In 1929, a…

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Trench knife pattern 17

Trench knife pattern 17

In 1917, the Austro-Hungarian soldiers got their hands on an inconspicuous weapon, which fully characterised the unprecedented brutality of trench warfare, in which there was no place for chivalrous manners or flashy weapons. It fulfilled all the elements of mass consumption and its purposeful shape was underlined by its durable construction. The cheap materials used…

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Truppenfahrrad

Truppenfahrrad

The motorized units of armoured grenadiers proved their worth in combat, and all of Western Europe was conquered by blitzkrieg tactics. Yet it remains true that the German armed forces were largely dependent on non-motorised means of transport, including bicycles In German propaganda weeklies we do see images of infantrymen riding on trucks, but the…

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Madsen M1902

Madsen M1902

The first mass-produced and then deployed light machine gun was not built by a Briton, German or American, but by a Danish engineer and captain Vilhelm Herman Oluf Madsen (1844-1917) in 1890. The weapon was then purchased by 34 armies in 13 modifications with cartridges in calibers from 6.5 to 8 mm. The successful weapon…

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Nordic warriors created descriptions of potential criminals

Nordic warriors created descriptions of potential criminals

Crime was a big problem for medieval Vikings – so much so, according to Dr Gardin Wills of the Centre for Scandinavian Studies in Aberdeen, that artists devised a special way of depicting the worst criminals. The historian has examined the earliest descriptions of Vikings in Icelandic literature and found that the authors very accurately…

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