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Андрей, на обороте лишь надпись на ломаном польском языке в том смысле что на фото мой сын с двумя коллегами. Никакой дополнительной информации. Правда, было там ещё одно фото с ним же на фоне катера с шифровкой принадлежности к ВВС США - U.S.S. AVR-9. Какая то патрульная лодка.

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Спасибо, Андрей. Эту страничку я уже прошерстил. Безрезультатно, к сожалению. Учитывая что здания этих храмов весьма внушительны, не исключено, что на моём фото просто другой ракурс, боковой вход в здание или что-то в этом роде... Может со временем кто-то компетентный в масонских делах на форум забредёт... Просветит нас в этом деле. :smile:

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Интересная фотография времен Первой мировой войны.

Разведывательная летающая лодка производства французской компании Donnet-Denhaut (модификация DD-8 или DD-9) из состава эскадрильи патрульной авиации ВМС США, которые закупили партию этих машин.

DD-2 использовались для обучения пилотов, DD-8 для борьбы с подводными лодками, а DD-9 для охраны легковооруженных DD-8.

Машина являлась двухстоечным бипланом с двигателем жидкостного охлаждения и толкающим винтом. Фюзеляж имел деревянную конструкцию, в носовой части лодки располагалось место для стрелка, оборудованное турелью с двумя 7,69-мм пулеметами “Льюис”. За ним располагалась кабина пилота. Экипаж – 2-3 человека, вооружение – от двух до четырех пулеметов и две 35-кг. бомбы. Всего во Франции выпущено 500 машин модификации DD-8 и 100 - модификации DD-9.

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Стало интересно, а есть ли у кого в коллекции - фотографии военнослужащих 101-й воздушно-десантной дивизии США ("Вопящие орлы")?

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Возможно и национальный гвардеец - судя по металлической эмблеме "8М"( какое-то подразделение N 8 в Миннесоте?) и тому факту, что фото сделано в штате Миннесота. Общевойсковых эмблем армии США также не видно.

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Возможно, М - это Миннесота? 8 полк Национальной гвардии штата Миннесота ? Единственный 8-й Миннесотский полк пехоты регулярной армии США, который я обнаружил, прекратил свое существование в 1865 г. ...

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The Private in the photograph gives no indication that he is anything but a typical infantry ‘Doughboy’ of the Regular Army, circa 1898/1899. His uniform, arms and equipment are entirely regulation, with none of the subtle variations in uniform, or use of older patterns of weapons and accoutrements, which so often indicated National Guard troops during this period. His pose is a perfect ‘Parade Rest’, as per the Manual of Arms.

 

He wears the 1889-pattern campaign hat, in drab fur felt, with the brass metal insignia authorised after July 1898 (i.e. regimental number over company letter), in this case indicating Company ‘M’ of the 3rd Battalion, 8th U.S. Infantry Regiment.

 

Raised in 1838 in New York, this regiment saw service in the Second Seminole War, the Mexican-American War, the Civil War, and the Indian Wars of the 1870s and 1880s. At the outbreak of the Spanish-American War in April 1898, the ten-company, single battalion, structure of infantry regiments was rapidly overhauled; each regiment now consisted of twelve companies, organised into three battalions of four companies each. The companies were designated sequentially, ‘A’ to ‘M’ (the letter ‘J’ being omitted, to avoid confusion with ‘I’). The 1st and 2nd Battalions (minus Company ‘F’) of the regiment landed in Cuba as part of 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Fifth Army Corps, and took part in the Siege of Santiago de Cuba. Company ‘F’ served in Puerto Rico as part of the occupation force there, after the invasion of August 1898. In August 1898, the 1st and 2nd Battalions (minus Company ‘F’) returned to the U.S.A., and in September rejoined the 3rd Battalion (which did not go overseas during the war) at Hunstville, Alabama.

 

Turning to this infantryman’s uniform, he wears the 1890-pattern, five-buttoned dark-blue twilled flannel ‘fatigue blouse’, also known as the ‘sack coat’. This blouse was the final development of the pattern first introduced in 1874, and subsequently amended by the patterns of 1883 (abolition of arm-of-service piping on collar and cuffs), January 1884 (abolition of the single button on each cuff), and October 1884 (addition of three external slash pockets, all un-flapped, one on the left breast and two on the blouse skirts). The 1890-pattern blouse abolished the external pockets, but retained the three-button cuffs, which had been added to the blouse in 1886. In addition, this man wears standard 1884-pattern, sky-blue (also known as ‘Saxony blue’) Kersey trousers, and 1892-pattern russet-leather field shoes, worn with brown, cotton-duck, 1888-pattern lace-up leggings.

 

This soldier is equipped with an 1894 Mills-Orndorff infantry cartridge belt. The first pattern of this woven cotton cartridge belt was adopted in 1880, with a row of either 45 or 50 single loops, each accommodating a single .45-70 cartridge for the ‘U.S. Rifle Model 1873’ (commonly known as the ‘Trapdoor’ Springfield). Over the next decade, this drab-coloured belt underwent continuous minor modification. However, with the adoption in 1894 of the ‘U.S. Magazine Rifle, Caliber .30, Model of 1892’ (based upon the Norwegian Krag–Jørgensen design), the smaller .30-40 cartridge necessitated a significant re-design of the belt; it was now double-looped, i.e. carrying 100 rounds in 50 double-loops, and was fastened using a ‘C’-shaped heavy brass-wire clasp (replacing the distinctive ‘H’-shaped plate-buckle worn hitherto, which had ‘U.S.’ stamped on the front). In addition, the belt was now constructed from dark-blue cotton, instead of drab. However, the fact this soldier’s cartridge belt is drab instead of dark-blue indicates a date of manufacture after April 1898, when the earlier colour was re-adopted in order to speed production during the Spanish-American War. From 1895 the cartridge belt was ordered to be worn in all Orders of Dress, including Full Dress.

 

This man is armed with the ‘U.S. Magazine Rifle, Caliber .30, Model of 1896’. As soon as the ‘U.S. Magazine Rifle, Caliber .30, Model of 1892’ was put into production and issued to troops, a number of shortcomings in the design became clear, and a multitude of incremental improvements were made to the rifle in the field. As a result, the Model of 1896 was introduced, incorporating these improvements as production standard, and it was with this rifle the Regular Army was equipped during the Spanish-American War. Following the war, the rifle was yet again improved, and the Model of 1898 later introduced. The fixed bayonet is the Model 1892, which would be used on all models of the Krag–Jørgensen rifle in U.S. military service.

 

The mention of a 13th Regiment, in connection with the Minnesota National Guard, makes it worthwhile discussing that State’s role in the Spanish-American War.

 

The increasing possibility of war with Spain had made it clear to the U.S. government that a rapid increase in the size of the Regular Army was inevitable if any invasion of Cuba was to succeed. However, political opposition to this massive expansion of the Regular Army (from just over 28,000 officers and men, to a proposed 100,000), not least from the National Guard lobby, led to a compromise: in April 1898 Congress authorised that the Regular Army be increased to 64,719 officers and men, but also that there be established a new force, to be designated the ‘Volunteer Army of the United States’, with a strength of 125,000 officers and men.

 

Volunteers to this new force would enlist for two years, or for the duration of hostilities with Spain, whichever was shorter, with the organisation of the new units raised being the responsibility of the States of the U.S.A.; the intention was that the majority of volunteers to this new force would be men of existing State National Guard units (which until 1916 were barred from serving outside the U.S.A.), which would simply be re-designated as volunteer units. Each State had a quota of men to raise for the volunteers, which for Minnesota amounted to three infantry regiments. This fortuitously matched exactly the number of National Guard infantry regiments in the State, all of which volunteered as formed units – the 1st Regiment of Infantry, Minnesota National Guard, was re-titled the 13th Regiment, Minnesota Volunteer Infantry; the 2nd Regiment of Infantry, Minnesota National Guard, became the 12th Regiment, Minnesota Volunteer Infantry; and the 3rd Regiment of Infantry, Minnesota National Guard, was re-designated the 14th Regiment, Minnesota Volunteer Infantry. In May 1898, a further call for 75,000 volunteer troops was made, and in response Minnesota raised the 15th Regiment, Minnesota Volunteer Infantry.

 

The numbering of these four regiments of Minnesota Volunteer Infantry was made in deference to the wishes (and political clout) of Minnesota’s veterans of the Civil War, who did not wish the new units to take the numbers of the eleven Volunteer Infantry regiments raised in the State between 1861 and 1865. Only the 13th Regiment, Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, left the U.S.A. to see action during the Spanish-American War, being sent to the Philippines, where it took part in the Battle of Manila.

 

The second photograph below (from the internet) shows an infantry Private of the U.S. Regular Army, circa 1894-98, in full equipment. Note the 1894 Mills-Orndorff infantry cartridge belt, in the dark-blue woven cotton used until the outbreak of the Spanish-American War.

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Further to my post above, the photograph below (from the internet) shows an infantry Private of the U.S. Regular Army, circa 1894-98, in full equipment. Note the 1894 Mills-Orndorff infantry cartridge belt, in dark-blue.

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24-х летний поляк Антоний - петти-офицер III класса (англ. Petty Officer Third Class, PO3) авиации военно-морских сил США( или Береговой охраны США). 1944 (?) г.

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