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Also, not important, but still interesting: both sides of the Malvinas/Falklands War fought with the same battle rifle, the FN FAL. There’s probably something to be said about this, about how weapons know nothing of sides or loyalties, much like war itself. Anywho… The rifle, in an updated version, is still in use in the Argentine army.

Juana Azurduy de Padilla (1780-1862) is an important and famous figure in South American, particularly Bolivian history. She was a guerilla military leader in the war against the Spanish, commanding an army of about 6,000 men at her highest point of power.

It is said that she was so dedicated to the cause that she fought even while pregnant, and returned to the battlefield soon after giving birth to a daughter. At the time of her death, she was poor and forgotten, but in recent times she has been remembered and honoured across Latin America: she was posthumously made a general in the Argentine army, and a giant statue of her was commissioned in Buenos Aires to replace one of Christopher Columbus in 2015.


US made Colt 1911 dated 1933 and bought in a batch of 300-something units by the Argentine Army Officers Club, to be sold among the officers. Though its a US made gun it says Ejercito Argentino Sistema…etc, as in the argentine made pistols. 

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Emilio Marco Palma was the first person born in Antarctica in 1978

Emilio Marcos Palma (born January 7, 1978) is an Argentine national who is the first person known to be born on the continent of Antarctica. He was born in Fortín Sargento Cabral at the Esperanza Base near the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula and weighed 7 lb 8 oz (3.4 kg). His father, Captain Jorge Emilio Palma, was head of the Argentine army detachment at the base. While ten people have been born on Antarctica since, Palma’s birthplace remains the most southerly.

Argentine snapshot showing an Argentine soldier from Batallon de Infanteria Marina 5 (5 BIM) on Mount Tumbledown during the Argentine occupation of the Falkland Islands. The soldier is wearing a British Second World War style helmet (probably looted as a souvenir from the Falkland Islands Defence Force (FIDF) stores in Port Stanley) and is carrying a Ballestos Molina pistol under his left arm. This photograph was one of many confiscated from Argentine prisoners by 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines Intelligence Section.

(Imperial War Museum) 


Gold Inlaid Presentation Model 1891 Argentinian Mauser,

From Rock Island Auctions

This is a remarkable example of a “One Of A Kind” Model 1891 cased factory presentation Argentine Mauser rifle with gold inlaid engraving that was specially presented to “Mercedes De Iriondo”. This rifle has a hand polished rust blued finish with a deluxe special selection presentation grade walnut stock and hand guard with a hand engraved, 3 inch by 2 ½ inch oval silver presentation plate with scalloped edges, fixed to the right side of the buttock. The presentation plate reads as follows; “A la noble Senora/ Mercedes Z de Iriondo/ Dedica este fusil, especialmente fabricado/ para ella, como una prueba de su/ profundo e’ inalterable carino/ PabloRiccheri/ Berlin 25 Mayo 1894”. A loose translation is “To a noble lady, Mercedes De Iriondo, This rifle was fabricated as a special dedication to her, as token of my deep and unalterable affection, Pablo Riccheri”. Pablo Riccheri was Argentina’s Minister of War from 1900 until 1910. He modernized the Argentine army and personally ordered the adoption of the 1891 Mauser as Argentina’s service weapon. He is still revered today as one of the greatest figures in Argentine history and his tomb in the Ricoleta Cemetery is a national shrine. The principal highway linking Beunos Aires to the airport is named for him. During the time period this weapon is dated to, Riccheri was in Germany, acting as a purchasing agent for Argentina, and his exposure to the German military would later inspire his revisions to the Argentine Army. Mercedes Iriondo was one of the greatest women in Argentine history with a number of schools in Buenos Aires named in her honor. This presentation is from the father of the Argentine military to his esteemed friend and educator Mercedes Iriondo. It is one of the most important and artistic factory presentation Mauser rifles extant.