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by Pat Holscher
Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: The Wreck of the Birkenhead
Replies: 0
Views: 536

The Wreck of the Birkenhead

On this day in 1852 the HMS Birkenhead struck rocks off the coast of South Africa and sunk in stormy seas. The ship had 634 passengers, most of whom were soldiers in the British Army from various units. As some of those units were cavalry, it also had a cargo of horses. One hundred soldiers drowned ...
by Pat Holscher
Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: unidentified saddle
Replies: 9
Views: 1277

Re: unidentified saddle

What is the overall quality of the leather on Japanese saddles?

The reason I ask is that I've been told that at least Japanese leather in general from the immediate post war period was of quite poor quality.
by Pat Holscher
Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: "A photo postcard of 4431 Trooper Francis Robertson, Scottish Horse & Imp Camel Corps 50204."
Replies: 4
Views: 784

Re: "A photo postcard of 4431 Trooper Francis Robertson, Scottish Horse & Imp Camel Corps 50204."

Any guesses on the rifle (carbine)? It doesn't look like a SMLE which is what he should be carrying at this point.
by Pat Holscher
Wed Jan 29, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Caption the Photo. . . .
Replies: 79
Views: 28317

Re: Caption the Photo. . . .

You went to France in 17, saw the sights. . . and remembered just before getting on the boat back home in 1919 that you hadn't bought a souvenir for anyone back home. . .
by Pat Holscher
Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Collection of Punitive Expedition Photographs
Replies: 7
Views: 11166

Re: Collection of Punitive Expedition Photograhs

The 1919 Motor Transport Convoy kept a journal of the trip that's pretty interesting and occasionally amusing: https://web.archive.org/web/20101206123509/http://www.eisenhower.archives.gov/Research/Digital_Documents/1919Convoy/New%20PDFs/Daily%20log.pdf I've read the journal before, and I can't reca...
by Pat Holscher
Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Collection of Punitive Expedition Photographs
Replies: 7
Views: 11166

Re: Collection of Punitive Expedition Photograhs

Can you imagine how unpleasant it was to travel any distance in those vehicles? By way of reference, that same time-frame was a period of EXPERIMENTAL cross-continental drives by various clubs and manufacturers. Even here in America to say nothing of Mexico, there were few paved roads outside good-...
by Pat Holscher
Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Caption the Photo. . . .
Replies: 79
Views: 28317

Re: Caption the Photo. . . .

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by Pat Holscher
Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Sauerlender collection at Haley Library
Replies: 2
Views: 655

Re: Sauerlender collection at Haley Library

Congrats to the Haley and to Philip for his generosity!
by Pat Holscher
Tue Dec 24, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Reviews & Commentary
Topic: Midway movie
Replies: 1
Views: 489

Re: Midway movie

I went to see "Midway" the other day, and was impressed with the detail of the CGI. I was also somewhat disappointed by the almost overwhelming reliance on CGI and the CGI colors seemed muted. Overall, though, I thought it was a bit over-acted. I expect the difficulty of trying to act in ...
by Pat Holscher
Tue Dec 24, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR
Replies: 5
Views: 882

Re: MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR

Yes, Dusan. Merry Christmas to all. Whatever one's personal beliefs, in the light of the west's present ills I am convinced that there can be no Christendom without Christ. Sandy Merry Christmas to all as well. Yes, this decade has been a sobering one in all sorts of ways. I'm finding that I'm watc...
by Pat Holscher
Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Horses and WWII Gasoline Rationing
Replies: 28
Views: 3753

Re: Horses and WWII Gasoline Rationing

Regarding horses, I've met a few old timers in East TN who say that when rationing took effect a LOT of people quickly went back to using saddle horses for routine tasks. This was still a very rural area and you could do that within limits. I'd have to think that there were a fair number or rural a...
by Pat Holscher
Mon Dec 09, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Horses and WWII Gasoline Rationing
Replies: 28
Views: 3753

Re: Horses and WWII Gasoline Rationing

My wife and I went to a new Yuppie hamburger place a couple of months ago. The waiter had a number of new piercings, some of which were infected. He wanted to sit next to me and be my buddy while he took our order. I was not amused. The food was adequate, but not worth the possibility of contaminat...
by Pat Holscher
Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Horses and WWII Gasoline Rationing
Replies: 28
Views: 3753

Re: Horses and WWII Gasoline Rationing

My wife and I went to a new Yuppie hamburger place a couple of months ago. The waiter had a number of new piercings, some of which were infected. He wanted to sit next to me and be my buddy while he took our order. I was not amused. The food was adequate, but not worth the possibility of contaminat...
by Pat Holscher
Sun Dec 08, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Horses and WWII Gasoline Rationing
Replies: 28
Views: 3753

Re: Horses and WWII Gasoline Rationing

Ah for the days when milkmen wore ties. At this point, I'd just settle for the girls working the cash register in restaurants and grocery stores to not look like they were involved in a tragic fishing tackle accident. There is nothing like a nose ring to scream 'Class.' Folks who know me would neve...
by Pat Holscher
Sat Dec 07, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Horses and WWII Gasoline Rationing
Replies: 28
Views: 3753

Re: Horses and WWII Gasoline Rationing

Steve Haupt wrote: Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:43 pm Ah for the days when milkmen wore ties.
At this point, I'd just settle for the girls working the cash register in restaurants and grocery stores to not look like they were involved in a tragic fishing tackle accident.
by Pat Holscher
Sat Dec 07, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Horses and WWII Gasoline Rationing
Replies: 28
Views: 3753

Re: Horses and WWII Gasoline Rationing

Couvi wrote: Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:58 pm
I wasn't aware that there were that many different models.
I was unaware of nearly every subject addressed on that page. Apparently bikes were a bigger deal on the Home Front than I could have guessed.
by Pat Holscher
Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Interesting data on US saddlery situation in 1940-41
Replies: 16
Views: 2008

Re: Interesting data on US saddlery situation in 1940-41

Pat, I wasn't aware of that. I'm not sure how the horses would have taken to being fielded with huge clanging armored vehicles, but that is very interesting indeed. Better than a person might suppose. The peacetime US experiment with Horse Mech proved viable in that setting (peacetime) and the Sovi...