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The book "Sweden the Neutral Victor" Steven Koblik is a fine book on Sweden in WW I

RFA/RAF Stephen Berthold Gordon-Smith mentioned in the book on they have him MC (Military Cross) winner April 1918 Lt in the technical reserve April 1918 temporary Captain and RAF Major

Peregine FM Fellows the book has him being captured this was on 28 May 1918 at 230am  he took off in DH 4 A8065 with Sgt FN Prichard as his observer on a low level 200 feet bombing raid on the lock gates at Zeebrugge and he was shot down and captured most likely by anti-aircraft fire. The lock gates were damaged either by him or another aircraft.

page 44 it should be Northern Front (Russian for Army Group) not Northern Army

page 202 on the RAF in North Russia when the aircrew arrived they discovered there were no maps ! and were given drawings on sheets of paper. A common complaint during WW II by the Germans was how inaccurate the captured Russian maps were.

French Royals / Re: King Louis XIV
« on: February 18, 2019, 07:12:38 PM »
For those of us who like painting of this period see:
Adam-Frans Van der Meulen
Pierter Meulener
Erasme Quellin
Robert Van den Hoecke
Jean Van Huchtenburg
Karel Breydel
Pieter Ver Dusten
Peter Shalers

and Flemish war artists

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Upcoming Books 2017
« on: February 10, 2019, 06:32:00 PM »
on youtube "writing fun ep 158" has Helen Azar discussing the above book on Maria's 1913 Diary

on youtube I found: "Helen Rappenport The Romanov Sisters Part 1 Audio Book" by Okun Samapann

WW I movie on youtube: British Intelligence (1940)

in the works: 1917

documentary WW I the Wild Division on the Caucusus Native cavalry Division which was commanded for a period in WW I by GD Michael A (NII's brother)

on youtube "Art is Nicholas and Alexandra" in 3 parts lots of things that belonged to them ect

Helen R makes a youtube presentation "The Truth behind the secret plans to Rescue Russia's Imperial Family"

The Hohenzollern / Re: Kaiser Wilhelm II, Part 2
« on: February 02, 2019, 09:55:06 AM »
on youtube I found "Kaiser Wilhelm II's speech on WW I"  listen to him speak on 6 August 1914 with English translation

In her 21 November (4 December NS) 1914 letter to Nicholas Alexandra mentions Warsaw being bombed and the hospital train of their son stuck in the city while this is going on

Alfred Know in his book "With the Russian Army 1914-1917" (see Volume I  page 198 has "German aeroplanes throw bombs daily on Warsaw" 5 December 1914 NS

the German 9th Army was outside Warsaw at this time and 20 November 1914 had the following FFA 30,4,25,17,15

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Upcoming Books 2016
« on: January 19, 2019, 09:00:50 PM »
Another minor gaff I found in the book "Caught in the Revolution" page 235 cavalry carbine 5 pounds lighter than the infantry rifle issued to the women's battalion
M-1891 rifle 9.6 lbs 51.37 inches long 5 ft 5 1/2 inches with bayonet
 M-1891 Dragoon rifle 8.75 lbs  48.75 inches long 5ft 3 inches with bayonet
M-1907 Cavalry Carbine 7.5 lbs 40 inches long could not mount a bayonet

The pictures and film clips of the 1st Women's Battalion all have them carrying rifles with bayonets

note: I have handled and fired the M-1891/30 rifle it has a noticeable recoil and has a rather awkward to operate bolt

Having Fun! / Re: What Actors/Actresses Should Play Royal Roles?
« on: January 10, 2019, 10:02:03 PM »
I found them on youtube:
My dream castings 2017 Romanov Movie Part 1
My Dream casting 2017 Romanov Movie part 2

When I made a post on another site about the Netflix The last tsars someone replied Kevin Stacy would make a good Rasputin. One must say there plenty of other actors like him who could also play Rasputin

Having Fun! / Re: What Actors/Actresses Should Play Royal Roles?
« on: January 03, 2019, 03:46:55 PM »
on youtube there are postings by katie marie" My Dream castings 2017 Romanov Movie part 1 and 2". I think some here will find them interesting

Having Fun! / Re: Coloured Pictures XXXVII
« on: January 03, 2019, 03:41:20 PM »
on youtube there is OTMA in Color

I am a little late but:
24-Oct-4 Nov 1918 the battle of Vittorio Vento the Allied offensive against the Austrians. This was the last battle fought by the KUK Armee which was in a state of disintegration as was the rest of the Empire. 4 Nov was the day of the Armistance on the Italian front. On 11 November Kaiser Karl abdicates even though his wife Zita tried her best to stop him. One of the reasons he abdicated is there were no loyal troops around to defend him except for some cadets from a local military academy. In late life Zita says they sent out a number of telegrams requesting loyal troops but got no replies. GFM Baron Boroevic von Bojna the Italian front commander said he had some loyal troops and wanted to march on Vienna but, when he sent a telegram to Kaiser Karl the reply came back no. This reply most likely was not from Karl.

read about the last battles of the KUK Armee online:
"Austria-Hungary's Last war 1914-1918 Volume 7

Having Fun! / Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« on: December 27, 2018, 04:34:41 PM »
I sometimes wonder why you have Lacher on your list of killers? He was locked up while the killing was going on

You have the Gestapo man saying to him something like "We know you did this and the only reason we are not throwing you in jail and having some of our fellows beat on you until you tell us what you did is because the Abwehr (German Military Intelligence) thinks you and your group may be of some use to Germany". in real life the Germans did have dealings with Russian exile groups between the world wars.

There were letter bombs back then look on wiki: 1919 United States anarchist bombings

Looking on Steibach Am Brenner is 498 km from Vienna while Innsbruck is only 24 km away. That most likely would have been the place to go to get a car repaired.

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