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    It would have been a good thing if some heads had...

    It would have been a good thing if some heads had rolled at SOE for their security failures that caused so many agents to be caught, tortured and killed. "Pour encourager les autres", but of course...
  2. Gives some useful perspective on pigeons doesn't...

    Gives some useful perspective on pigeons doesn't it? ;) And the other good thing about them was their roosts could be at whichever chateau or distant battery C.P. the message was intended for;...
  3. Thread: Try again.

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    My father worked for a time in the Probate...

    My father worked for a time in the Probate Department and used to say that the two leading killers of young men in these parts were motorbikes and logging in that order. Logging killed 30-40 a year...
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    It was an awfully expensive way to sink u-boats. ...

    It was an awfully expensive way to sink u-boats. I wonder if any attempt was made to plant timed explosives in them using French dockyard workers.

    Considering just the economic and human costs,...
  5. The Reichswehr did a fine job of teaching the Red...

    The Reichswehr did a fine job of teaching the Red Army all about sniping in the 1920s, and Zeiss and Busch got them all set up with suitable scopes.

    "Cutting off your nose to spite your face".
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    As far as bombs are concerned I would have though...

    As far as bombs are concerned I would have though Tallboy and Grand Slam were the start of it all.

    The GBU-28 was apparently needed either because those lessons of WWII had been forgotten, or more...
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    Your reproofs will always be accepted in good...

    Your reproofs will always be accepted in good part Peter! :D

    Hopefully someone on the Sceptered Isle got a nice kickback, or at least a whopping tax credit. :lol:
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    Doesn't look it hit the buffing wheel too hard on...

    Doesn't look it hit the buffing wheel too hard on the last reblue, which is a good thing. Some careful work with emery boards could restore the sharp edges somewhat. Cleaning rod damage on the...
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    I've seen the cut-up remains of such activities...

    I've seen the cut-up remains of such activities in a scrap yard locally: little bits of antique pocket pistols after a thick cutting disc was run through them. Nothing salvageable except screws...
  10. Thread: Snail mail

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    Not to worry, the future residents of Africa will...

    Not to worry, the future residents of Africa will take the matter in hand I'm sure. ;)
  11. Thread: Snail mail

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    Good to know the Empire standard is being...

    Good to know the Empire standard is being maintained.

    Every tenth worker...yes, I think that would do it.

    And every second manager... :D

    "Let them draw straws!"
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    Practically an insult. Hard enough to maintain...

    Practically an insult. Hard enough to maintain here; what about there? :rolleyes: Mere comic opera I suggest; if they ever get there they will probably be sold on to somewhere like India or...
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    Curious isn't it how the Japanese who seem to us...

    Curious isn't it how the Japanese who seem to us so profligate with the lives of their soldiers, actually took far more trouble far earlier to prevent illness due to unsanitary water supplies.
    ...
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    Perhaps you could order a few sets from RSM and...

    Perhaps you could order a few sets from RSM and cut the recess in the top surface required for Mk.I and II fittings? Trouble is they are or should be, hardened after machining and you'd need to...
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    No fear, I can tell the difference alright. ;) ...

    No fear, I can tell the difference alright. ;)

    This geezer just reminded me of my old acquaintance. The gift of the gab was similar. :D
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    Certainly unusual. What strikes me is that they...

    Certainly unusual. What strikes me is that they followed the RN protocol of marking rifles "N" not "RN" as one would expect, for in those days it was of course the RCN, not the CN it later became...
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    There aren't a lot of congenital liars about...

    There aren't a lot of congenital liars about fortunately, but I knew one. He was a very pleasant and talented (old) gent, but he literally could not stop himself running off with the most fantastic...
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    So did I, given recent trends.

    So did I, given recent trends.
  19. I wouldn't worry too much for the old MIC; unless...

    I wouldn't worry too much for the old MIC; unless holding a lot of stocks in it. They've got to replace all that kit accidentally left in Viet'stan, and besides we have a lovely little war going on...
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    Personally I don't see anything "crude" about the...

    Personally I don't see anything "crude" about the scope, in fact the design of the turret and drums looks both stronger and simpler to manufacture and maintain.
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    An aspect I'm not familiar with Cinders, but...

    An aspect I'm not familiar with Cinders, but sounds like I should be. Why would it fail in a much more popular war and yet apparently succeed in Vietnam? Or did it?
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    The equivalent question is why that height issue...

    The equivalent question is why that height issue either was not apparent to the pilots concerned, or apparently didn't cause them concern? After all, they were experienced air show pilots were they...
  23. One can enjoy the double entendre of the phrase...

    One can enjoy the double entendre of the phrase and the scenario anyway; it's "pregant" with meaning after all! :D
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    Seems a pity a tree screw mounting couldn't have...

    Seems a pity a tree screw mounting couldn't have been provided After all, the Davidson had one in 1915.
    Not to mention a kill-flash for the objective. .
  25. These things do turn up at gun shows. I've found...

    These things do turn up at gun shows. I've found three stripped T's over the years; one a 1941 Maltby, the other an un-serialed LB with the pads set back about 1/4", and a 1944 M47C. It pays to...
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