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Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 12:28 PM
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Posted By fernando
To be or not to be ... a dilemma

Still some missing links may be found out there, to be brought in for connection or, if preferred, a consolidation of all loose episodes in a solid timeline. Poor gunpowder, yes but, basically due to...
Forum: European Armoury 21st August 2019, 11:42 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 997
Posted By fernando
The simplest of tactics :shrug: . Not taking...

The simplest of tactics :shrug: .


Not taking into account reportedly massive quantities of firearms left by the Spanish after independence, which seems not having been used, the basic equipment...
Forum: European Armoury 20th August 2019, 10:27 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 997
Posted By fernando
This instead would be a "trilemma" Jim;...

This instead would be a "trilemma" Jim; the contraband powder riddle, not the the shifting of the battle result. What was the men ratio of attackers/defenders ... ten to one ? They say that in these...
Forum: European Armoury 20th August 2019, 01:58 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 997
Posted By fernando
... resuming that bad gunpowder was not the sole...

... resuming that bad gunpowder was not the sole reason for Mexican forces failure but, a set of liabilities that could be avoided with skilled organization, tactics & discipline for one, obviously...
Forum: European Armoury 20th August 2019, 01:15 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 997
Posted By fernando
Actually Joe was describing how Travis was shot;...

Actually Joe was describing how Travis was shot; i also didn't figure it out in the first place, when i read (and transcribed) the article.
Forum: European Armoury 19th August 2019, 08:06 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 997
Posted By fernando
Loose notes

If in one hand is plausible that Mexicans assumed the weakness of their explosives, it is rather amazing that their forces went to war knowing that their (no gun) powder was for pyrotechnic use.
For...
Forum: European Armoury 18th August 2019, 03:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 253
Posted By fernando
The word in the escutcheon is "PROVED",...

The word in the escutcheon is "PROVED", as for proof tested; not the maker's name :o .
Forum: European Armoury 13th August 2019, 10:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 266
Posted By fernando
I am impressed by your translating skills, Wayne...

I am impressed by your translating skills, Wayne ;) .
Indeed this is a very Spanish (Castillian) refrain, surely older than your wotsit :D .
It is invoked twice by Sancho in Cervantes great work Dom...
Forum: European Armoury 12th August 2019, 07:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 437
Posted By fernando
Basically, yes. What a temptation would be to...

Basically, yes. What a temptation would be to draft the losers from a battle towards such a captive entertainment ... salary savings diving into the captain's purse :rolleyes:.
Forum: European Armoury 12th August 2019, 07:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 437
Posted By fernando
I just picked that one as i could pick another....

I just picked that one as i could pick another. Meaning to say that images, even those carved not far from or even within the period may, or in fact, are less an evidence of facts than the author's...
Forum: European Armoury 12th August 2019, 01:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 437
Posted By fernando
Two in one ...

It would appear as one reads that, the fashion to exhibit ships rams of defeated enemies was first practiced by Gaius Duilius, eventually the same who first used the boarding bridge (corvus) against...
Forum: European Armoury 11th August 2019, 05:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 437
Posted By fernando
Ephemeral, if i may; Romans borrowed the term...

Ephemeral, if i may; Romans borrowed the term used for the beak (snout) of an animal and we, Post Romans, later brought it back, this time for the face (rosto) of a human ;).
For the ships ram we...
Forum: European Armoury 11th August 2019, 03:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 437
Posted By fernando
Right Wayne; 'Morteiro' and not 'Obus'. Still you...

Right Wayne; 'Morteiro' and not 'Obus'. Still you caught my drift in that they fired a (here technically called) 'vertical' shot and did not kick backwards... which was the subject.
Also in local...
Forum: European Armoury 11th August 2019, 02:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 437
Posted By fernando
Aren't they ugly, when you think of the charm of...

Aren't they ugly, when you think of the charm of "normal" sailing ships ?

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Forum: European Armoury 11th August 2019, 12:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 437
Posted By fernando
Bursting ... why ?

Was it 'over' heating due to intense discharges or 'over' loading of gunpowder ?


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Forum: European Armoury 11th August 2019, 12:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 437
Posted By fernando
A prestigious "Napolifashion" in the...

A prestigious "Napolifashion" in the period, Jim ;)

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Forum: European Armoury 11th August 2019, 11:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 437
Posted By fernando
At least Rick, these howitzers, not shooting...

At least Rick, these howitzers, not shooting tense straight but in angle, didn't kick back but risked entering the ground below :shrug:.


You can see them waiting for the missing one ... ;) .


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Forum: European Armoury 11th August 2019, 11:45 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 437
Posted By fernando
Impressive indeed. Here a couple more from the...

Impressive indeed. Here a couple more from the same period...


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Forum: European Armoury 9th August 2019, 05:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 553
Posted By fernando
Jim, i was referring to my self inflicted...

Jim, i was referring to my self inflicted frustration for not noticing what looked obvious (to me) in the first place; not expecting such zealous assumption to be hijacked ;).
As i started by...
Forum: European Armoury 9th August 2019, 11:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 553
Posted By fernando
Wink A bit of a detour

They say that, the worst blind is the one who doesn't want to see.
If we look at Phil's gun, the ignition system is the one perpetuated by Allen Thurber, known as 'bar hammer'.
With this...
Forum: European Armoury 8th August 2019, 11:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 553
Posted By fernando
Notwithstanding those decorations have no...

Notwithstanding those decorations have no European touch, like Phil's example; still i agree this as obviously being a pertinent approach.


Jim, the way i have read you, you were inclined towards...
Forum: European Armoury 8th August 2019, 10:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,237
Posted By fernando
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Forum: European Armoury 7th August 2019, 06:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 704
Posted By fernando
Different Empires, Wayne. Brazil constituted his...

Different Empires, Wayne. Brazil constituted his own Empire after independence from Portugal 1822-1889. You may derust your TRANSLATING MOTOR...
Forum: European Armoury 7th August 2019, 06:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 704
Posted By fernando
Thank you for your help Bruno. However i fail to...

Thank you for your help Bruno. However i fail to make out all the four letters for the word REAL. Definitely the letter before the last "L" is not a "A"; even assuming a first letter (R) would be...
Forum: European Armoury 7th August 2019, 03:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 553
Posted By fernando
Interesting item indeed, Phil ... Indeed a piece...

Interesting item indeed, Phil ...
Indeed a piece that falls into the 'usual unusual' items. Meaning that here and there, composites of this kind pop up, regardless of their non massive proliferation....
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