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  • Bakers Dozen of Interesting and/or Little Known Facts about WWI.


    1. Western Front Explosion heard 140 miles away.
    2. Fodder was the number one import to France during the war

    3. China Labor Corp, 140,000 in France

    Last edited by Colonel Sennef; 24 Mar 15, 06:03. Reason: embellishment

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    • Bakers Dozen of Interesting and/or Little Known Facts about WWI.


      1. Western Front Explosion heard 140 miles away.
      2. Fodder was the number one import to France during the war
      3. China Labor Corp, 140,000 in France

      4. The Portuguese Expeditionary Corps was part of the British Expeditionary Force

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      • Bakers Dozen of Interesting and/or Little Known Facts about WWI.


        1. Western Front Explosion heard 140 miles away.
        2. Fodder was the number one import to France during the war
        3. China Labor Corp, 140,000 in France
        4. The Portuguese Expeditionary Corps was part of the British Expeditionary Force

        5. Germany used Spring Tyres on Bicycles

        Never Fear the Event

        Admiral Lord Nelson

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        • Bakers Dozen of Interesting and/or Little Known Facts about WWI.


          1. Western Front Explosion heard 140 miles away.
          2. Fodder was the number one import to France during the war
          3. China Labor Corp, 140,000 in France
          4. The Portuguese Expeditionary Corps was part of the British Expeditionary Force
          5. Germany used Spring Tyres on Bicycles

          6. Captured Allied Aircraft were sometimes flown by Germans into combat

          Ltn Gustav Leffers of Jasta 1 claimed his 7th victory while flying captured Nieuport 16 Scout

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          • Bakers Dozen of Interesting and/or Little Known Facts about WWI.


            1. Western Front Explosion heard 140 miles away.
            2. Fodder was the number one import to France during the war
            3. China Labor Corp, 140,000 in France
            4. The Portuguese Expeditionary Corps was part of the British Expeditionary Force
            5. Germany used Spring Tyres on Bicycles
            6. Captured Allied Aircraft were sometimes flown by Germans into combat

            7. During both the Russian advance into East Prussia and the German advance into France in 1914, plans and positions were given away by uncoded radio transmissions

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            • Originally posted by broderickwells View Post
              Bakers Dozen of Interesting and/or Little Known Facts about WWI.


              1. Western Front Explosion heard 140 miles away.
              2. Fodder was the number one import to France during the war
              3. China Labor Corp, 140,000 in France
              4. The Portuguese Expeditionary Corps was part of the British Expeditionary Force
              5. Germany used Spring Tyres on Bicycles
              6. Captured Allied Aircraft were sometimes flown by Germans into combat

              7. During both the Russian advance into East Prussia and the German advance into France in 1914, plans and positions were given away by uncoded radio transmissions
              No picture to go with that?
              BoRG

              You may not be interested in War, but War is interested in You - Leon Trotski, June 1919.

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              • Originally posted by Major Sennef View Post
                No picture to go with that?
                You want pictures of a radio set?


                Russian soldiers in the field with a portable Marconi wireless station. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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                • Originally posted by broderickwells View Post
                  You want pictures of a radio set?


                  Russian soldiers in the field with a portable Marconi wireless station. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
                  Good choice
                  BoRG

                  You may not be interested in War, but War is interested in You - Leon Trotski, June 1919.

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                  • Bakers Dozen of Interesting and/or Little Known Facts about WWI.

                    1. Western Front Explosion heard 140 miles away.
                    2. Fodder was the number one import to France during the war
                    3. China Labor Corp, 140,000 in France
                    4. The Portuguese Expeditionary Corps was part of the British Expeditionary Force
                    5. Germany used Spring Tyres on Bicycles
                    6. Captured Allied Aircraft were sometimes flown by Germans into combat
                    7. During both the Russian advance into East Prussia and the German advance into France in 1914, plans and positions were given away by uncoded radio transmissions

                    8. The German attempt to supply East Africa by Zeppelin in 1917
                    Last edited by Colonel Sennef; 02 Apr 15, 15:29. Reason: embellishment

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                    • Bakers Dozen of Interesting and/or Little Known Facts about WWI.

                      1. Western Front Explosion heard 140 miles away.
                      2. Fodder was the number one import to France during the war
                      3. China Labor Corp, 140,000 in France
                      4. The Portuguese Expeditionary Corps was part of the British Expeditionary Force
                      5. Germany used Spring Tyres on Bicycles
                      6. Captured Allied Aircraft were sometimes flown by Germans into combat
                      7. During both the Russian advance into East Prussia and the German advance into France in 1914, plans and positions were given away by uncoded radio transmissions
                      8. The German attempt to supply East Africa by Zeppelin in 1917

                      9. The United States declared war on Austria-Hungary, December 7, 1917, eight months after declaring war on Germany.
                      "There is no justice among men."- Tsar Nicholas II

                      “People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.” - Otto Von Bismarck

                      "It is always easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them." - Alfred Adler

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                      • Bakers Dozen of Interesting and/or Little Known Facts about WWI.

                        1. Western Front Explosion heard 140 miles away.
                        2. Fodder was the number one import to France during the war
                        3. China Labor Corp, 140,000 in France
                        4. The Portuguese Expeditionary Corps was part of the British Expeditionary Force
                        5. Germany used Spring Tyres on Bicycles
                        6. Captured Allied Aircraft were sometimes flown by Germans into combat
                        7. During both the Russian advance into East Prussia and the German advance into France in 1914, plans and positions were given away by uncoded radio transmissions
                        8. The German attempt to supply East Africa by Zeppelin in 1917
                        9. The United States declared war on Austria-Hungary, December 7, 1917, eight months after declaring war on Germany.

                        10.The youngest authenticated combatant to serve was only 12


                        His name was Sidney Lewis from the UK.
                        Last edited by McMax; 06 Apr 15, 19:48.

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                        • Bakers Dozen of Interesting and/or Little Known Facts about WWI.

                          1. Western Front Explosion heard 140 miles away.
                          2. Fodder was the number one import to France during the war
                          3. China Labor Corp, 140,000 in France
                          4. The Portuguese Expeditionary Corps was part of the British Expeditionary Force
                          5. Germany used Spring Tyres on Bicycles
                          6. Captured Allied Aircraft were sometimes flown by Germans into combat
                          7. During both the Russian advance into East Prussia and the German advance into France in 1914, plans and positions were given away by uncoded radio transmissions
                          8. The German attempt to supply East Africa by Zeppelin in 1917
                          9. The United States declared war on Austria-Hungary, December 7, 1917, eight months after declaring war on Germany.
                          10.The youngest authenticated combatant to serve was only 12

                          11. In the first year or so of the war most armies used single wire, ground return telephones and telegraphs. The other side could often listen in. Both switched to two wire sets like the British Telephone D Mk 3 shown.

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                          • Bakers Dozen of Interesting and/or Little Known Facts about WWI.

                            1. Western Front Explosion heard 140 miles away.
                            2. Fodder was the number one import to France during the war
                            3. China Labor Corp, 140,000 in France
                            4. The Portuguese Expeditionary Corps was part of the British Expeditionary Force
                            5. Germany used Spring Tyres on Bicycles
                            6. Captured Allied Aircraft were sometimes flown by Germans into combat
                            7. During both the Russian advance into East Prussia and the German advance into France in 1914, plans and positions were given away by uncoded radio transmissions
                            8. The German attempt to supply East Africa by Zeppelin in 1917
                            9. The United States declared war on Austria-Hungary, December 7, 1917, eight months after declaring war on Germany.
                            10. The youngest authenticated combatant to serve was only 12
                            11. In the first year or so of the war most armies used single wire, ground return telephones and telegraphs. The other side could often listen in. Both switched to two wire sets like the British Telephone D Mk 3 shown.

                            12.In the spring of 1915 the Belgian Army adopted khaki, not because it was the color of their choice, but because Britain could supply the enormous amount of cloth required to replace the existing colored uniforms.



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                            • Originally posted by McMax View Post
                              Bakers Dozen of Interesting and/or Little Known Facts about WWI.

                              1. Western Front Explosion heard 140 miles away.
                              2. Fodder was the number one import to France during the war
                              3. China Labor Corp, 140,000 in France
                              4. The Portuguese Expeditionary Corps was part of the British Expeditionary Force
                              5. Germany used Spring Tyres on Bicycles
                              6. Captured Allied Aircraft were sometimes flown by Germans into combat
                              7. During both the Russian advance into East Prussia and the German advance into France in 1914, plans and positions were given away by uncoded radio transmissions
                              8. The German attempt to supply East Africa by Zeppelin in 1917
                              9. The United States declared war on Austria-Hungary, December 7, 1917, eight months after declaring war on Germany.
                              10. The youngest authenticated combatant to serve was only 12
                              11. In the first year or so of the war most armies used single wire, ground return telephones and telegraphs. The other side could often listen in. Both switched to two wire sets like the British Telephone D Mk 3 shown.

                              12.In the spring of 1915 the Belgian Army adopted khaki, not because it was the color of their choice, but because Britain could supply the enormous amount of cloth required to replace the existing colored uniforms.



                              6 and 11 are inaccurate

                              The Germans copied a number of allied aircraft designs including :
                              The Nieuport 17, the Morane Sauliner G and H, the Morane Sauliner L
                              This gave rise to mistaken reports that they were flying captured aircraft

                              The Germans could pick up the ground return signals using special Moritz sets. The Allies did not know this at first (and did not have Moritz sets) The French first discovered it but some how forgot to tell the British who didn't find out for another year (a Canadian signaller eventually discovered the secret.) The French introduced twin pair wires but the British invented the Fuller phone which still used a single wire but was very difficult for the Moritz sets to pick up. The Fuller phone also incorporated a form of scrambling (using a buzz chopper)and was this much more secure as even if the lines were tapped the message still could not be understood by the tapper. The Fuller could transmit over much longer lines and the signal could still get through on a broken line provided that the broken ends were reasonably close together.The Fuller was still used in WW2
                              Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
                              Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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                              • Originally posted by MarkV View Post
                                6 and 11 are inaccurate

                                The Germans copied a number of allied aircraft designs including :
                                The Nieuport 17, the Morane Sauliner G and H, the Morane Sauliner L
                                This gave rise to mistaken reports that they were flying captured aircraft

                                The Germans could pick up the ground return signals using special Moritz sets. The Allies did not know this at first (and did not have Moritz sets) The French first discovered it but some how forgot to tell the British who didn't find out for another year (a Canadian signaller eventually discovered the secret.) The French introduced twin pair wires but the British invented the Fuller phone which still used a single wire but was very difficult for the Moritz sets to pick up. The Fuller phone also incorporated a form of scrambling (using a buzz chopper)and was this much more secure as even if the lines were tapped the message still could not be understood by the tapper. The Fuller could transmit over much longer lines and the signal could still get through on a broken line provided that the broken ends were reasonably close together.The Fuller was still used in WW2
                                Thank you MarkV, quite insightful

                                Could I trouble you to fill this Baker's dozen with an accurate final post?
                                That way you also will have earned the right to pick the theme of the next dozen
                                BoRG

                                You may not be interested in War, but War is interested in You - Leon Trotski, June 1919.

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