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War Elephant - Photograph of Elephant with Mounted Machine Gun, circa 1914 - 1918
Retronaut ^ | 1914 - 1918 | Retronaut

Posted on 02/15/2013 8:38:17 PM PST by DogByte6RER

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The gun is John Moses Browning’s M1895 Colt-Browning machine gun, aka ... Potato Digger.


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; History; Military/Veterans; Miscellaneous; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: banglist; elephant; elephants; gunsandammo; m1895; machinegun; modernhistory; potatodigger; warelephant; warfare; workingdogs; worldwar1
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war elephant Pictures, Images and Photos The WWI era elephant is just a 20th century version of this earlier tactical use of elephants in warfare
1 posted on 02/15/2013 8:38:24 PM PST by DogByte6RER
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More at ...

Throwback Thursday: Elephant Mounted Machine Gun

http://www.guns.com/2013/02/14/throwback-thursday-elephant-mounted-machine-gun/


2 posted on 02/15/2013 8:39:35 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

3 posted on 02/15/2013 8:42:23 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: DogByte6RER

So, is this a big problem in Indochina?
4 posted on 02/15/2013 8:43:49 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: DogByte6RER

Maybe this should be the new logo for the GOP!


5 posted on 02/15/2013 8:44:51 PM PST by cruise_missile
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To: DogByte6RER
"...earlier tactical use of elephants in warfare..."

They also have their uses in the penal system...


6 posted on 02/15/2013 8:46:47 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: cruise_missile

http://www.arthursclipart.org/elephants/elephants/page_3.htm

pick a logo, any logo


7 posted on 02/15/2013 8:48:00 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: DogByte6RER; Lancey Howard; All

Possible armored field transportation to repel the Anti US Constitution Hordes as they try to Occupy the huge storage sites for Social Security Stockpiles of live Ammunition.


8 posted on 02/15/2013 8:48:32 PM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Commune Obama"care" violates Anti-Trust Law s, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: DogByte6RER

9 posted on 02/15/2013 8:49:20 PM PST by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Pachyn heat.


10 posted on 02/15/2013 8:49:49 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Not an elephant you would like to hang around with if he developed a liking for popping people’s noggins.


11 posted on 02/15/2013 8:51:45 PM PST by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: Joe 6-pack
They are also held responsible in the penal system. Mary the Elephant 1916


12 posted on 02/15/2013 8:54:48 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?)
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To: GeronL

It still only counts as one!


13 posted on 02/15/2013 8:58:26 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson (Molon Labe!)
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To: SnuffaBolshevik

In Thai warfare, the elephant's greatest use was that of a war mount, for kings and commanders of armies. When employed in battle, the war elephant carried three persons on his back. The king or commander, who sat alone on the elephant's neck in order to fight the enemy commander in direct mortal combat. This was a little like the individual contests between warriors in the "Heroic Age" of Ancient Greece or the jousts between knights in armour in Medieval Europe.

The tactical commander sat in the middle of the seat, strapped to the animal's back, handling either two flags or peacocks tails to signal directions of movement to the soldiers below. A third soldier sat on the elephant's hind quarters, in order to drive the animal and take care of the weapons attached to the middle seat.

The war elephant was surrounded at all times by a bodyguard of up to eight foot soldiers, known as "Chaturonkbath". It was their duty to protect the elephant's legs from a surprise attack or other cowardly maneuver by a dishonorable enemy.

The sight of the king or commander of the armies, seated on the back of the elephant and overlooking the battlefield, must have been truly magnificent and a great inspiration to his soldiers. But he would also have been highly conspicuous and vulnerable to enemy projectile weapons.

This vulnerability and indeed the role of the elephant on the battlefield began to be questioned in the seventeenth century, when large numbers of Europeans began to arrive in South East Asia. The reason for this questioning was because these Europeans brought with them, new and terrifying weapons, efficient hand held firearms.

Clinch Muay Thai: The Fighters Fix: The War Elephant

14 posted on 02/15/2013 8:58:36 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Stonewall Jackson

lol


15 posted on 02/15/2013 8:59:47 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: DogByte6RER
Ya know, I have a feeling that elephant would not respond well to the sound of that machine gun a few inches from his ears.

I think this is a BS publicity shot, not something you would actually try to employ.

16 posted on 02/15/2013 9:02:26 PM PST by Ditto
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To: DogByte6RER

The 1895 was the result of a Navy inquiry. They asked Colt if they could develop a machine gun capable or raking an opposing ship’s decks or superstructure for 5 minutes solid.

Colt asked Browning if he could develop a machine gun which would do that. Browning came up with the model 1895.

The gun was tested in Colt’s basement with John doing the firing using belted ammo that was long enough to cover the entire 5 minutes.

At the end of 5 minutes the gun had performed perfectly but everyone there said they believed Browning had raised all the ghosts in the area from the noise.


17 posted on 02/15/2013 9:02:37 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: DogByte6RER
And from that comes the phrase "he's seen the elephant" and the inclusion of elephants in one of the 'Lord of the Rings' movies.

Personally, I think Alexander had a trick to keep them alive when crossing the Alps. Possibly involving wine and small rodents. Just my theory.

/johnny

18 posted on 02/15/2013 9:03:36 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: yarddog

Browning was the eccentric guy with the ice skating rink in his living room?


19 posted on 02/15/2013 9:06:21 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: DogByte6RER

Want!


20 posted on 02/15/2013 9:11:22 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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I am the very model of a moderate Republican

21 posted on 02/15/2013 9:16:33 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

I actually did not know that.

I don’t think he was considered too eccentric. I know the factory workers tended to be very fond of him and he was impressed with their ability to turn out such beautiful guns.


22 posted on 02/15/2013 9:17:27 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Alexander?

shhh..... he’s on a roll.


23 posted on 02/15/2013 9:18:23 PM PST by correctthought ("Obamunism is a temporary setback on the road to freedom" - Liberty Prime)
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To: yarddog

Mybe I got him confused with another big gun maker?


24 posted on 02/15/2013 9:21:05 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

“The war elephant was surrounded at all times by a bodyguard of up to eight foot soldiers, known as “Chaturonkbath”. It was their duty to protect the elephant’s legs from a surprise attack or other cowardly maneuver by a dishonorable enemy.”

LOL. So the importance of infantry to armor was discovered a long time ago.


25 posted on 02/15/2013 9:21:08 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: GeronL

“The war elephant was surrounded at all times by a bodyguard of up to eight foot soldiers, known as “Chaturonkbath”. It was their duty to protect the elephant’s legs from a surprise attack or other cowardly maneuver by a dishonorable enemy.”

LOL. So the importance of infantry to armor was discovered a long time ago.


26 posted on 02/15/2013 9:21:17 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: GeronL

Winchester house?


27 posted on 02/15/2013 9:22:45 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart; yarddog

was I thinking of Winchester??


28 posted on 02/15/2013 9:23:39 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Travis McGee; SLB; Lion Den Dan; ATLDiver; trifona; Joe Brower

Yeah, I’m just going to put this one in the “really bad ideas” column.

Heck, true cavalry was obsolete at this time, though dragoons perhaps were not. But elephants!? Please God, no!


29 posted on 02/15/2013 9:24:37 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: GeronL

Might be. Sarah Winchester built that maze to keep ghosts killed by their guns confused and away from her so Dad may have been eccentric as well.


30 posted on 02/15/2013 9:25:33 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

No, it was an ice skating rink in their living room


31 posted on 02/15/2013 9:26:24 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

Right, but I’m saying maybe that rink was in that house. I dunno.


32 posted on 02/15/2013 9:27:28 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: GeronL
"pick a logo, any logo"
33 posted on 02/15/2013 9:32:52 PM PST by shove_it (Long ago Huxley, Orwell and Rand warned us about 0banana's USA.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
"Personally, I think Alexander had a trick to keep them alive when crossing the Alps"

Yep. Alexander didn't lose a single Elephant crossing the Alps. Hannibal would have done well to adopt his methods however, 'cause he lost a few.

34 posted on 02/15/2013 9:33:58 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Norm Lenhart

The Browning House I saw doesn’t look big enough, maybe he also owned a bigger one later?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2301662/posts


35 posted on 02/15/2013 9:35:51 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

The Winchester house website doesn’t show anything about one I could find. I figured if any place gun dude related would, that would be it. But no dice...or ice ;)


36 posted on 02/15/2013 9:38:16 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: DogByte6RER

Why is the photo TRUNKATED at the bottom?


37 posted on 02/15/2013 9:38:23 PM PST by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Marchione.)
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To: shove_it

"I'm a little moderate, sweet and stout.
38 posted on 02/15/2013 9:38:23 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: DogByte6RER

I wouldn’t want to be on that critter when they set that thing off right next to those ears!


39 posted on 02/15/2013 9:39:38 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Norm Lenhart

I know I saw/heard about this somewhere. Probably on the History/Military channel and maybe “Tales of the Gun”


40 posted on 02/15/2013 9:39:41 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

“...we’re really liberals, The truth is now out!” ;)


41 posted on 02/15/2013 9:40:05 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

lol!

good one


42 posted on 02/15/2013 9:42:32 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

Guys like Tesla, Westinghouse, Edison, Ford and other big name types from that area were all kinda eccentric in one way or the other...and many of them interconnected. Wouldn’t surprise me if a couple of them did.


43 posted on 02/15/2013 9:43:23 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

Yes, expect some of them would be. I had this dream of becoming super rich once. I built a fortress-like house one mile square with a huge courtyard in the middle of course. :p

The top floor was empty and we rode bikes all around it...

Yeah, I’d be eccentric like that


44 posted on 02/15/2013 9:46:42 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: CrazyIvan

LOL! Clever.


45 posted on 02/15/2013 9:49:29 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: GeronL

I’d build a huge tower with a percentage sign on the side of it (Thus “1%”) and put a blowtorch broadcast tower atop it (TV and Radio) that played “Liberals suck!” 24/7...

The tower would be covered in LCD screens showing scenes of rich people oppressing OWS types in every form I could find. And I’d drive my Rolls with the fur interior and spotted owl feathered Landeau top through Brooklyn all day and night

Just cuz...cuz I have a dream too ;)


46 posted on 02/15/2013 9:53:27 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: JRandomFreeper

The Oliphaunts in the LOTR movie were in the book first. They didn’t get as much focus, but they were mentioned in the Battle for the Pelennor, as well as when Sam and Frodo saw them in Ithilien. They weren’t just added to the movie out of nowhere.


47 posted on 02/15/2013 10:08:32 PM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: DogByte6RER

War Donkey - Circa 2012

48 posted on 02/15/2013 11:08:20 PM PST by Slyfox (The key to Marxism is medicine - Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Ditto

GMTA


49 posted on 02/15/2013 11:09:35 PM PST by stormer
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To: GeronL

That was John Cantius Garand.


50 posted on 02/15/2013 11:30:19 PM PST by tony549 (Stuck in SoCal)
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