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Interesting footage from WWI

 Fascinating glimpse into life in the area just behind the trenches.  What caught my eye are the Hotchkiss machine guns (well, and the 75mm in anti-aircraft mode) and their tray feeds.  Not all that reliable when used in this mode (lots of friction in those trays) - but you can see how they linked the trays together in order to form the rough equivalent of a belt.

The other thing, from us veterans of modern wars... just how freaking *slow* that airplane is!


And yes, of course, we do have something similar in the Arsenal of Argghhh!

[This pic embiggenates]

H/t Kevin for the link to the video.


I just happened to have finished reading Herbert McBrides "The Emma Gees."  Good read - free from the Gutenberg Project.  It contains much of the same information as his later "A Rifleman Went To War," but was written during the war years.  You can pick up a little OpSec in it.  I suspect you have both books already, but the Emma Gees has been hard to find until PG republished it as an eBook. That film is a fascinating look into the period.
I do, indeed, have both.  As originals.  Flea markets are marvelous places!
 You can really see those MG's venting gas from the gasport under the barrel, Noticed it seems they cut filming as the MG jammed and then spliced in some film of it firing again. Can't say I blame the observer from bailing early on.
""just how freaking *slow* that airplane is!""

My unit was exercising out near Gila Bend (its a dry heat), when we were "attacked". The attack was in the form of a little silver dot near the horizon. As I watched it, it "transformed" into a bigger silver aircraft, ROCKING along the ground right at us. It seemed to morph into a silent stubbly winged unpainted, faster than I could process, F104.... Milliseconds later, it was passed, directly over head, maybe 50 foot high, with no noise...then the BOOM, dirt in the mouth, tumbleweeds rushing past....A few seconds later, my mind processed the USAF did not have any F104....Turns out it was the Germans.....


Yeah, and the Germans fly that way because they can't in Germany.
The other thing, from us veterans of modern wars... just how freaking *slow* that airplane is!

It's a Fokker DVII, so it was capable of zipping along at about 110 knots, max. Looked like it was only doing about 90, though -- Unteroffizier Marwede may have been nursing a sick engine before he caught the Magic Bullet.

Bill T - if you want to see one up close and flying come visit us at Vintage Aero Flying Museum (VAFM), formally LaFayette1 Escadrille Flying Museum, ( at Platte Valley Airpark (18V)

Dunno if that's in range for Bill, but it sure is for SWWBO and I!
"It's a Fokker DVII"

And very possibly the best fighter of WWI.
"Yeah, but this Fokker was a Messerschmitt!"
Is that a woman entering the frame at about the 5:06 mark? 
Watch for rattlers on the runway at Platte Valley...!
The DVII was specifically mentioned by name in the Versailles Treaty. Reinhold Platz was a genius; Tony Fokker, not so much, except at business. 
I've flown past Old Rhinebeck in NY when they were putting on their air show (back in the '90s) -- I saw the DVII in the air and the Moraine-Saulnier parked in front of the hangar, and somewhere down below me was the S.E.-5A.

And me without a camera.
Thanks for that, John.  It does answer my question on the linking of the strips, but the ones they were using seemed to be coming flexibly linked from a container, vice the one on display in your armoury with the strips hard clipped together.  What is the most dangerous thing on that table?  Is it the spear point, the warhammer or the English army biscuits?

Just returned from an Australia Day foray to the movies to watch War Horse.  Lots of No. 1 Mk III's with the long range sights intact - but no 1907s with hooked quillions for Neffi.  Very much liked the movie.