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griff If want to know about Baracca the book "It Aces of World War I and their aircraft" by Roberto Gentilli Antonio Iozza and Paolo Varriale has a chapter on him. It includes his combat report on his last victory and a photograph of the victim on the ground. This is a excellent book on this subject written by 3 aviation historians who know their subject. King VE3 and other royals make appearances.

Movies" And Quite Flows the Don" the 1930 silent no English subtitles and the 1957 6 hour mini series with English subtitles are both on youtube.They are based on the novel of the same name. If you like epics this is for you.

Italian Royal Families / Re: Books on Italian Royals
« on: June 19, 2017, 03:20:17 PM »
Italian Aces of World War I and their aircraft" by Roberto Gentili, Antonio Iozzi and Paolo Varriale is the book on Italian aces of WW I. King VE3 and other royals make occational apprences.

Having Fun! / Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« on: June 12, 2017, 09:26:34 AM »
It should be pointed out the WW I /RCW period was totally different than the 1970s and later. Mossad had almost unlimited budget for their operations and getting money to them was no problem. In the RCW spy rings in Red territory had a number of major problems that Mossad did not have to put up with at a later date. One was just trying to get enough money to them in order to operate. Another was trying to get information back to their own side. Add to this the Cheka was on the lookout for spies and if they caught one or a caught a suspected spy they were going to torture the hell out of him or her. It should also be pointed out spies behind Red lines had to worry about members of their groups defecting or turning into Cheka informants. Finally for Mossad agents to get back to friendly territory wasn't too much of a problem. For spies in Red territory if things went wrong getting back to friendly territory was difficult if not impossible.

Yes Von Seekt was a very interesting figure.

on the great war forum Italy section and the First world war section there is a new posting of WW I photos taken by a soldier of the KUK 43 Infantry regiment/ 17th Infantry division on the Italian front during WW I. It includes a picture of Karl and what looks like one of Zita. A few of the other photos are graphic. the posting is

Having Fun! / Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« on: June 05, 2017, 10:01:12 PM »
More comments from a history and firearms guy:

In away the groups is too big 16 people it should be no more than 5 at the most or subdivided into 3 smaller groups in case someone is caught and tortured or defects they won't know too much.

Making a silencer/suppressor is not too much of a problem neither is making a bomb. The info is both online and in books but I don't advise you to make either because it is illegal.

On taking out Kabanov in a apartment the plan is too complex and involves too many people and they have him under survilence for too long. A better way to get him than a bomb in a lamp. It a old Viet Cong trick they used to put a hand grenade in a desk drawer of a South Vietnamese Government official so when he opens the drawer it pulls the pin of the grenade that goes off killing him.

After Lenin was wounded in a assassination attempt the Reds killed and jailed thousands. If they suspected the Whites were hunting down and killing their people they would be doing the same.

You have one of the men chewing gum I don't think they had chewing gum in Russia at the time.

Having Fun! / Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« on: May 27, 2017, 07:13:37 PM »
Some comments and errata from me:

There were no remote controlled bombs ect back then a time bomb with a clock should be possible.

You have the hit team using 4 cars in Moscow where in the Russian Civil War a working car was rare. Then you mention a rented car not possible in Moscow at this time.

Letter bombs I don't think were possible back then. A bomb in a package was possible. or a egg type hand grenade in a package could be used.

The IDF trains its soldiers to carry semi-auto pistols with the chamber empty and to work a round into the chamber and fire quickly. These shooters back then would have had rounds in the chamber ready. this is the way John Browning designed his auto pistols to be carried. and I don't think they would stop to pick up their fired shell casings ballistics was a new science back then.

As for most of them heading for one safe house this is bad security. Too many eggs in one basket. Also going there by car would make you stand out back then

If they were going to leave Moscow in April 1919 when it is starting to thaw out they would all have to go by train or horseback any car would soon get stuck in the mud.

Note medical care for the reds even in Moscow was poor. One or more of the bomb victims would probably die as a result of infection ect in a few weeks or months time. This happened to a number of WW I wounded.

You mentioned Drivers licenses? I think they would be rare then. I also believe I have read that peasants passports had no picture ID in the pre WWI Russian Empire.

In the SR plot the wounded Lenin they split Moscow in to 4 sections each containing a two person team one scout and one shooter. The scout found out where Lenin or Trotsky would be and notified the shooter who would carry out the hit.

I will have more:

This book is on my must read list Margarita.

not books but photos of Russia taken by the Germans mostly during WW II go to: forum section life in the third reich and weimer republic a posting Civilian Life in occupied Soviet Union photos and documents lots of pictures in color and black and white Allied vehicles section 5 may 2017 posting period east front color pictures from http/

looking at some of these photos I would say in many of them they were scenes the IF would have seen and would have been familiar with.

Not WW I related but on youtube there are some 50 music videos on historical figures and events at historyteachers included Marie-A Catherine the great, Mary Queen of Scots, Henry 8th, Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I ect that I think some of us might like.

Two more books of interest:
A Sentimental journey Memoirs 1917-1922 Viktor Shklovsky revolution  and civil war memoirs by a future Soviet writer. He was in Petrograd when the feb/mar revolution broke out.
Artillery in the great war Paul Strong & Sanders marble dealing with the artillery of all the major armies of WW I and how well they performed or in the Russian case how they often failed to perform.

Having Fun! / Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« on: May 13, 2017, 07:46:00 PM »
Ann good points on the clothes but in Russia during the Civil war clothing was hard to come by. I would say of the agents some would be in uniform or parts of uniforms some would be in Russian peasant clothing no suits and ties. The women would be wearing dresses or skirts and blouses a mixture of western and Russian peasant attire. Note many of the soldiers and officers in the White armies in Siberia were often described as ragged looking. uniforms would not be only Russian it could include German, Austrian and British. The first two were from POWs the latter were sent as aid during the Russian Civil war. Also being March in Siberia everyone would be wearing heavy coats. Also note for a woman to wear a hat or a man to wear a starched collar was enough to sometimes get you arrested as a bourgeois by the reds during the Russian civil war.

I don't think Kolchak would have discussed this sort of plan in front of his cabinet for security reasons. I also don't think the Whites at this time would have had photos of all the men involved. Admiral Kolchak from what I have read about him doesn't look like the sort of man to have had anything to do with this sort of plot. I should also point out at this time the Whites were confident that they were going to defeat the Reds by the end of the year 1919.

I'll have more keep up the good work

The Russian Revolution / Re: 100 Years Later
« on: April 28, 2017, 02:33:44 PM »
North Korea is the worlds only remaining Stalinist/Communist state. Dumb and his father and grandfather sometimes have or had purges where someone who falls out of favor gets shot or sent to the North Korean version of the Gulag along with most or all of their family including distant relatives who sometimes don't know the victim.

Having nuclear weapons also means North Korea and Kim Jung Um are too big too fail as they say. If North Korea implodes there will be nuclear weapons that could fall into the hands of terrorists. It could also read to millions of refugees flooding into South Korea or China or both which neither nation wants. So it looks like the world may be stuck with this monster for a long time to come and no doubt he will continue to cause trouble.

I found some Cheka movies on the site Cheka:

The Fiery Miles (Miles of Fire) on youtube a "Red Western" loosely based on the John Ford Movie "Stagecoach" has English subtitiles

other not on youtube:
Dead Season
At Home among Strangers
The Adjutant of his Excellency (miniseries)

Post Soviet:
The Chekist

The Russian Revolution / Re: 100 Years Later
« on: April 26, 2017, 05:20:56 PM »
Along the Korean DMZ there have been many "incidents" since the cease fire of 1953. Look at Korean DMZ on wiki and there is a lot that even wiki doesn't mention.  Kim Jung Dumb and his father and grand father have a history of causing them. Part of the reason I think Kim Jung Dumb is causing trouble right now is the South Korean president has recently resigned and the country has a acting President.

As for the Chinese their President came away from his meeting with President trump impressed with him. In part do to the missle strike on Syria and in part do to trumps daughter Ivanka's children singing ect to him in Manderin Chinese. Also from the Chinese point of view the status que in Korea in good for them they have little to worry about on the Chinese/Korean border as long as the country remains divided as it is. A war could change that as could Korean unification under a pro-western South Korean government.

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