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The Average Wehraboo playing War Thunder

The Average Wehraboo playing War Thunder

barcarole: The most famous stunt in the movie …


The most famous stunt in the movie was actually built around what went wrong with the original stunt. Buster Keaton intended to leap from a board projecting from one building onto the roof of another building, but he fell short, smashing into the brick wall and falling into a net off-screen. He was injured badly enough to be laid up for three days. However, when he saw the film (the camera operators were instructed to always keep filming, no matter what happened), he not only kept the mishap, he built on it, adding the fall through three awnings, the loose downspout that propels him into the firehouse and the slide down the fire pole.

Three Ages, Buster Keaton & Edward Cline, 1923.



Danish resistance members during the liberation of Denmark, 1945.



Byzantine Processional Cross, gillded silver, c. 11th century [1236×1461]

Silver mounted kukri set with ivory grips, Nep…

Silver mounted kukri set with ivory grips, Nepal, 19th century.

from Hermann Historica

Silver mounted Burmese dha, inscribed: “PRESEN…




Earring from the Tomb of Tutankhamun [1280×1918]

Recruiters had great success with recruiting f…

Recruiters had great success with recruiting for Project 100,000. As the war progressed, military recruitment of low-scoring men in poor urban neighborhoods “rose to an art form,” says Myra MacPherson, a former Washington Post reporter and author of Long Time Passing, a major study of soldiers who served in Vietnam.
As an example, she says that “black Marine Corps recruiters visited shabby slums where mothers were often fair game. Recruiters told them that if their sons were drafted, nine times out of ten they wouldn’t get the job they wanted. But if their sons enlisted in the Marines, they would get ‘valuable training.’”
Of course, the recruiters knew (but didn’t say) that many of the young men, with their low AFQT scores, were unlikely to qualify for any training other than combat arms. They certainly could not qualify for the glamorous assignments—such as U.S. embassy guard in foreign countries—that were illustrated in the glossy brochures that recruiters gave to the mothers. One of the brochures said, “Paris is only one of the many overseas Marine Corps posts or installations where you could be stationed.”
The recruiting campaigns were very successful, says MacPherson. The large number of Project 100,000 volunteers from poverty areas in many cities “compensated for the decline in volunteers from more affluent neighborhoods.”
What if a young man could not read or write? Not to worry. Some Army and Marine recruiters used “ringers” (substitutes) to take the AFQT for candidates who could not pass the test on their own.
Donald Robinette, a Marine recruiter, told a Congressional panel that ringers were used at the induction center in Cleveland, Ohio. He said that one of the ringers, who took the test for 15 different candidates, was so skilled that if you told him you needed a particular score—31, say—he would deliver the exact score.

Aside from lack of funds, there was one big re…

Aside from lack of funds, there was one big reason why many men failed to be trained in special skills. While standards were lowered to permit them to enter the military, standards were not lowered for entry into the hundreds of professional occupations the military offered. Most of the men could not qualify for fields like electronics and bridge building.
Herb DeBose, who served as a first lieutenant in Vietnam, said that many of the Project 100,000 men under his command “did not belong there…. The Army was supposed to teach them a trade in something—only they didn’t. I had people who could do things only by rote. I found out they could not read. No skills before, no skills after.”

Most of the 354,000 men of Project 100,000 wen…

Most of the 354,000 men of Project 100,000 went to Vietnam, with about half of them assigned to combat units. A total of 5,478 of these men died while in the service, most of them in combat.
Their fatality rate was three times that of other GIs.