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    First World War Pipes

    Remembrance Sunday tomorrow marks the centenary of the end of WW1, and I intend to smoke all my WW1 pipes. They are shown below; I'm still looking for a 1917 example, so if anyone spots one please let me know.

    I would be delighted for other members to post WW1 pipes in this thread.

    1914:

    "Big Bertie" a pipe with a history previously told:


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    Another wind cap Barling:


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    1915:


    A cased Barling:


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    A nice McLardy Special:


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    1916:


    "Baby Pete"


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    1918:


    Dunhill Churchwarden:


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    I'll be smoking this one, tomorrow.
    My late great grandfathers calabash. One of the 'lucky' ones to make it back.

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    There's been a fascinating series on bbc4, this week. 'The Last Tommies'. If you didn't catch it, you must see it!
    St. Bruno simply satisfies!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon G View Post
    I'll be smoking this one, tomorrow.
    My late great grandfathers calabash. One of the 'lucky' ones to make it back.

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    There's been a fascinating series on bbc4, this week. 'The Last Tommies'. If you didn't catch it, you must see it!
    Same with my grandad, Simon - probably because he he was taken prisoner fairly early on (he had lied about his age - one of the "boy soldiers" - and signed on at the age of fifteen!!).
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    Nice pipes! And always nice if there's a bit of history with them.
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    Nice to have pipes with historical family stories attached.

    Both my grandfathers died while I was still a nipper. And my father who was definitely a pipe smoker died when I was a boy so any pipe paraphernalia was tossed out well before I got interested in pipe smoking. The only memory of my grandfathers war experiences were being told both got gassed and suffered chest problems as a result. I don't have a clue what happened to their service medals either.

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    If those pipes could speak, I can imagine the stories they would tell, Chris. My maternal grandfather was in "The War to End All Wars" and, too, was gassed losing a lung from what I was told. He wasn't a pipe smoker, but smoked cigarettes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coalsmoke View Post
    If those pipes could speak, I can imagine the stories they would tell, Chris. My maternal grandfather was in "The War to End All Wars" and, too, was gassed losing a lung from what I was told. He wasn't a pipe smoker, but smoked cigarettes.
    Indeed, Russ! I am sure that Big Bertie was present at the failed attempt to break the siege of Kut in 1915, but I have related that story on PSU before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coalsmoke View Post
    If those pipes could speak, I can imagine the stories they would tell, Chris. My maternal grandfather was in "The War to End All Wars" and, too, was gassed losing a lung from what I was told. He wasn't a pipe smoker, but smoked cigarettes.
    As we lost the war in 1864 against Austria and Preussen the part of the country were my mothers family come from became German until 1920. So my grandfather had to go as German soldier but was lucky and taken prisoner by the English. My grandmother had three brothers in that war.One never came home and one suffered in his brain rest of his life. I last saw him in 1968.

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    I can highly recommend Dan Carlin's "Blueprint for Armageddon" series from his Hardcore History podcast. In total, the series spends something like 20 hours exploring the WWI from beginning to end and it's all currently available for free: https://www.dancarlin.com/hardcore-history-series/

    Dan's interest is primarily military history and he does a great job of illustrating what made WWI wholly unique from anything that came before or after it. He pulls from a wide variety of historians and primary sources with quotes from each. Go check it out.

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    Oh, and you know that I love those WWI Barling's pipes. I don't need to say it again, but I think I just did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Piffyr View Post
    I can highly recommend Dan Carlin's "Blueprint for Armageddon" series from his Hardcore History podcast. In total, the series spends something like 20 hours exploring the WWI from beginning to end and it's all currently available for free: https://www.dancarlin.com/hardcore-history-series/

    Dan's interest is primarily military history and he does a great job of illustrating what made WWI wholly unique from anything that came before or after it. He pulls from a wide variety of historians and primary sources with quotes from each. Go check it out.

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    Oh, and you know that I love those WWI Barling's pipes. I don't need to say it again, but I think I just did.
    Thanks, Anthony - I will certainly check out Dan Carlin. There has been much less 'accessible' history written about WW! than about WW2.

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    I know you do; I have never showed them together, but I just did! LOL
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