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"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

"Everything is easy if somebody else is the one doing it." -- Me

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Dat Hat!!

This is a photo of the Rough Riders with their two Colt 1895 "Potato-Digger" machine guns, the first automatic machine guns used by the Army in combat. As you can read in the article, these guns were purchased privately and given to the Rough Riders.


Check out, though, the hat worn by the man on the far right. It looks as though he is wearing a cover from a large soup tureen.

Here's a Potato-Digger being fired:



2 comments:

Old NFO said...

Scary, and the fact that they were DONATED says something about the lack of funds the military had in those days...

Comrade Misfit said...

Even reading Col. Roosevelt's book "The Rough Riders", it's clear that the Army's logistics system was completely overwhelmed. Most of the Rough Riders didn't deploy. Still, they went from recruitment, through training, deployment, invading Cuba, some heavy combat, returning back to the States and demobilizing in under 140 days.

The other thing was that private citizens were able to purchase medium machine guns with their own funds and donate them to the unit. Try doing that now!