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Re: 100+ Years ago

Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 6:44 pm
by SteveHGraham
Very strange war. I can't imagine sitting in a trench, waiting for an idiot far away to tell me to jump out and run into machine gun fire.

Re: 100+ Years ago

Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 11:40 pm
by Downwindtracker2
They did it in the millions . The Great War as it was called, is considered the birth of Canada as a nation.

Re: 100+ Years ago

Posted: Tue May 28, 2019 4:12 pm
by Mr Ron
I wonder how many millions of pounds (tons?) of spent shell casings were left on the battlefields of he world. Did anyone try to reclaim them after the war? or was it considered not worth the effort? It boggles the mind to think when a cargo ship was sunk with hundreds of tanks, jeeps, trucks, etc, going to the bottom of the sea. What a waste of material, off course not considering the loss of so many lives. I seem to recall a statistic from the Vietnam war that said for every 10,000 bullets that were fired, only one was a kill; not sure, but it may have been 100,000 per one kill.

Re: 100+ Years ago

Posted: Tue May 28, 2019 8:07 pm
by mcostello
I just watched a video,from either China or Japan, cannot tell which. The Guy had a big pile of defused artillery shells and was making kitchen knives from them. Very skilled and worked very fast.

Re: 100+ Years ago

Posted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:03 am
by spro
There was a series on PBS of all things named UXB-- Unexploded bombs. It was great. We have our issues but many bombs fell in Europe which didn't explode but remained lethal.

Re: 100+ Years ago

Posted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:55 am
by liveaboard
It's still common for unexploded bombs to be found during construction or excavation work in European cities. whole neighborhoods get evacuated while they're either exploded in place, or moved to where they can be detonated safely.
They still come up in trawler fishing nets too.
In the news not long ago, someone found a ww2 lugar in the wall of an old Amsterdam house, with a box of ammo.

Most spent shells have been recycled.

Re: 100+ Years ago

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:25 am
by spro
I dig a Luger but it is somewhat like the Nazi anti aircraft helmets. Let someone else own them because i know what they did.

Re: 100+ Years ago

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:59 am
by mikechoochoo
I read an article in a lumbering magazine about a sawmill in Switzerland. All of the logs go thru a metal detector. Some of them come from France and Germany, but even the Swiss logs may have shell fragments in them as bullets don't recognize borders.
Mike

Re: 100+ Years ago

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:23 pm
by Cary Stewart
After the WWII tons of material was left in place as they didn't think they would ever need it again. A friend that made a trip with his wife to the So. Pacific islands was shown a huge area where stacks of crates containing Jeeps were left standing to rot and rust in the jungle on one of the islands. I know for a fact that a lot of P38s on the assembly line in Burbank were scraped. The war ended when the Japanese surrendered and Uncle Sugar just made a whole lot of phone calls telling contractors to stop all production. Like hitting a light switch to turn the lights out. Some of it was salvaged but the majority was scraped or just left in place where it was. There is local lore that Lockheed bull dosed unfinished P38s into a abandoned gravel pin adjacent to the runway off of Clyburn St. The pit which is saw in the early 40s is filled and there are buildings on the area now.
Cary

Re: 100+ Years ago

Posted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:44 pm
by spro
Good information, guys.

Re: 100+ Years ago

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:07 pm
by Downwindtracker2
In the Peace country, there legend about one of the farmers getting an Alaska Highway D-6 with a 3 ton truck.