Category Archives: Weapons

Wills’s Aviation Card #78–”Short” Hydro-Aeroplane.

History Behind The Card: “Short” Hydro-Aeroplane. Card #78 of 85, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Vice Regal Mixture – Black-back issue Horace Leonard Short on July 2, 1872 in Chilton Colliery, Durham, England, Great Britain – April 6, 1917 … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #76 – Italian War Monoplane.

History Behind The Card: Italian War Monoplane. Card #76 of 85, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Vice Regal  – Black-back issue Captain Carlo Maria Piazza on March 17, 1881 in Busto Arsizio, Italy – June 24, 1917, Milan, Italy. This Wills’s Aviation … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #64 – Mr. Claude Grahame-White.

History Behind The Card: Mr. Claude Grahame-White. Card #64 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut – black back issue Claude Grahame-White, August 21, 1879 in Bursledon, Hampshire, England, Great Britain – August 19, 1959 in Nice, … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #52 – “Maxim” Biplane, 1910.

History Behind The Card: “Maxim” Biplane, 1910. Card #52 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills’, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim, February 5, 1840, Sangerville, Maine, United States of America – November 24, 1916, London, Great Britain.  … Continue reading

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Bladed Anti-Aircraft Shell

Here’s an interesting weapon used to take down dirigibles during WWI. You can almost hear the German airman in the gondola above screaming “Ach du lieber Gott!” as the bladed shell rips the heck out of the fabric of the … Continue reading

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How To Destroy A War Balloon

Just something brief here… here is a period-piece of a balloon buster from BEFORE World War I. Yes, it’s a drawing and not a photograph, because it depicts a scene from around 1870, and yes, they had cameras back then, … Continue reading

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WWI – Bombs Dropped Totals

Tons of Bombs Dropped In WWI & (# of sorties) Date Germany Zeppelins Germany Gotha/Giant Bombers British Bombers Jan-’15 1.815 (2) – – Feb-’15 – – – Mar-’15 – – – Apr-’15 5.303 (5) – – May-’15  7.864 (4) – … Continue reading

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The Daily Mail’s Zeppelin Insurance

Here are a few posters distributed by Great Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper regarding compensation from German zeppelin attacks on London in what can be construed as the First Battle of Britain during WWI. The first, above, describes a ‘Zeppelin Fund’ … Continue reading

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Dropping Darts From An Aeroplane

Above is a card issued by Gallaher Ltd., a cigarette company that issued many great tobacco cards – this one back in 1915, entitled The Great War Second Series, implying there is a First Series, and there is, also from … Continue reading

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Curtiss C-1 Canada Twin-Engine Bomber

On this date, September 3, 1915, a Curtiss C-1 Canada prototype aircraft – the first twin-engine aeroplane in Canada – was tested at Long Branch near Toronto, or, if you will just south of Toronto, in the Lakeshore area of … Continue reading

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