By Clark Alan

Aces High serves to remind us that, if no longer a completely scrupulous baby-kisser, nor an ideal husband, Alan Clark fairly was once a very good army historian.

There has advanced whatever of a delusion concerning the warfare within the air among 1914-1918. the parable is going that, whereas within the grime and gore of the trenches under any idealism and chivalry speedy sputtered and died, within the purer air above the final noble heroes battled in one-to-one dogfights like knights of previous. it's a delusion that Clark shoots down in flames, with attribute iconoclasm.

One of the good RFC aces used to be Mick Mannock, famed for his come across with a coaching teacher, out in a formation of six, with 5 of his very green-horned students. Mannock first shot down the trainer after which ruthlessly pursued all the rookies and shot them down one after the other. This wasn't chivalry, it was once warfare, and even supposing extra based to monitor, it was once every piece as deadly as Passchendaele.

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5, No. ) indicates major differences in configuration and/or differences in the cartridge fired by the rifle. ) indicate significant variations in the configuration of a particular model, while lesser variations are indicated by a star, or asterisk, after the Mark number. Spacing between letters and numbers varies. Here are some examples: 19 BRITISH ENFIELD RIFLES No. 4 MK I No. 4 MK 2 No. 4 MK I * No. 5Mk I Historical Note: On earlier rifles, Roman numerals are used for the Mark number. In the late 1940s, however, both the Canadians and the British began using Arabic numerals.

4 rifles, the year of manufacture, serial number, and a code identifying the manufacturer is stamped on the left side of the buttstock socket. On later No. 4 rifles and No. 5 rifles, this information is stamped or electroengraved on the left flat of the receiver, along with mark and model, date and conversion/upgrade data. On L8 rifles, the earlier data is barred out, and the new designation is electro-engraved on the left flat of the receiver to the rear of the ejector screw. Action bodies of nine different configurations are found on No.

5 rifles, the charger bridge is brazed or welded in place and the screws are omitted. With No. 62 mm NATO cartridge, an insert for the charger bridge was provided to accommodate the new rimless cartridge. Three varieties of charger bridge are encountered. First Variation: This charger bridge (Figure 2-7) is found on all except the second variation action bodies. 45 inches deep and has a circular portion milled out of the bottom. 30 inches. Second Variation: This charger bridge is found on earlier second variation action bodies (No.

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