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Re: SAS~Storebror and SAS~Cirx in the same place
« Reply #144 on: February 12, 2020, 12:36:31 PM »

Difficult to decipher the form Kanji takes on a tang.
Often it is the province, period, date, other side master's name.
Sometimes it is a legend expressing loyalty or sacrifice.
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Re: SAS~Storebror and SAS~Cirx in the same place
« Reply #145 on: February 19, 2020, 09:26:28 AM »

No one else having a clue of that japanese text on the sword?

Well then... for the time being, you can guess what this pinnacle of british engineering wants to be:


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Re: SAS~Storebror and SAS~Cirx in the same place
« Reply #146 on: February 19, 2020, 10:02:58 AM »

One of the close assault versions of the Churchill...Mk VIII maybe...
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Re: SAS~Storebror and SAS~Cirx in the same place
« Reply #147 on: February 19, 2020, 10:16:04 AM »

Churchill AVRE 94mm petard demolition mortar
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Re: SAS~Storebror and SAS~Cirx in the same place
« Reply #148 on: February 20, 2020, 12:32:29 AM »

Flanker nailed it.
Actually this Churchill was born as a Mk. IV with completely different shape and weapons, but it got converted further and further until it finally received that freaking mortar in late '44.

See more details of this tank's history here (click to open larger image and zoom/pan around as you like):



And two more detail shots of the amazingly complex construction here:





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Re: SAS~Storebror and SAS~Cirx in the same place
« Reply #149 on: February 20, 2020, 04:12:38 AM »

Used as a 'Devilish Duo' the other part of the combination being the Churchill 'Crocodile' flame thrower.
the petard would hurl a shell to crack a bunker or reinforced strongpoint. The stunned unfortunates inside would be then immolated by a deluge of flame from the Croc; the flaming liquid seeping through the cracks or depriving those inside of oxygen.
My late father-in-law commanded a Croc in early 1945. He maintained that the knowledge of the mere presence of this inhumane weapon caused the demoralised German troops, at that late stage in the conflict poorly trained, sub-standard and often very young, to surrender or run.

A fellow commander was berated by an outraged Heer officer that the usage of the Croc was "unfair and un-British!"

I found it hard to associate this kind and gentle man I knew as a lovely caring Granddad to my 4 children with using such an awful weapon, though he claimed he never had to use it in anger. "I only burnt some old huts!" at Belsen Bergen perhaps? 7th Armoured were nearby, but grim faced he wouldn't expand further.
Postwar he went onto Comets, and armoured cars during the partition of India. When 7th Armoured was disbanded in 1957, he went into Air Despatch, retiring in 1972.
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Re: SAS~Storebror and SAS~Cirx in the same place
« Reply #150 on: February 20, 2020, 05:48:51 AM »

notice how thick the armor on the Churchill is, its 152mm in some places so thicker then a tigers armor! it was handicapped by poor engines so was ponderously slow and wasnt equipped with a decent gun until later in the war 
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Re: SAS~Storebror and SAS~Cirx in the same place
« Reply #151 on: February 20, 2020, 12:07:48 PM »

Surprised the Germans in Italy with it's climbing ability though Flanker.
Slow, as it was designed as an infantry tank. could withstand a hit from an 88
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Re: SAS~Storebror and SAS~Cirx in the same place
« Reply #152 on: February 20, 2020, 12:24:48 PM »

if i recall it was the only allied tank that could withstand a direct hit from an 88
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Re: SAS~Storebror and SAS~Cirx in the same place
« Reply #153 on: February 23, 2020, 02:19:36 AM »

Here is one that fell through the cracks


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Re: SAS~Storebror and SAS~Cirx in the same place
« Reply #154 on: February 23, 2020, 03:06:42 AM »

Cool desktop wallpaper 8)
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Re: SAS~Storebror and SAS~Cirx in the same place
« Reply #155 on: March 30, 2020, 02:06:52 AM »

Guys whenever that lockdown in SA is over, drop me a note.
I wanna emigrate.
This is not funny anymore... 7 AM in Germany:





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