combat correspondent

Tremors by United States Marine Corps Official Page on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
A field artilleryman with Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, pulls the lanyard on a M327 120 mm mortar system during Operation Spartan Fury at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, Feb. 21, 2013. The Alpha Battery Marines used the mortar system for the first time during the training exercise and were mentored by Marines from Bravo Battery to become familiar with the new weaponry. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Nathan Knapke)

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Lynsey Addario: Before She Went Missing

From the Daily Beast:

Lynsey Addario, a veteran war photographer who shot Newsweek’s recent cover on George Clooney, is among the four Western journalists who disappeared in Libya. Listen to a moving telephone account from just before she vanished.

The New York Times on Wednesday reported that four of its journalists working in Libya were missing, including Lynsey Addario, a prize-winning war photographer who has covered Afghanistan and the Middle East for more than a decade.

The American photographer, who travels nearly 300 days of the year for her work, was briefly kidnapped in 2004 while on assignment in Iraq. Participating remotely in a Daily Beast conference last week, she gave a moving telephone account of her working circumstances for a panel on Women on the Frontlines.

Something I acquired today:

Marine Corps News Combat Correspondent Style Guide and Notebook.

There is a Marine Captain who is friends with my Sea Cadets Commanding Officer, I had a conversation with him this past week and about how I am going off to Marine Corps boot camp and going to be a Combat Correspondent. He mentioned to me that he had known a Marine who was one, and gave him this booklet. He was meeting with my CO again today, and gave this to him to give to me. 

It’s really cool! It’s great to see some stuff about my job before I get there. 


Recent Recap:

The last month or so has been pretty hectic and I haven’t been able to post as much as I’d have liked.  I managed to post something almost every day and there have been posts on everything from the FG-42 to the Browning SA-22.  I wrote a piece about the weapons I handled during a recent visit to the UK’s National Firearms Centre and there have also been posts on the fall of the Berlin Wall and the first Muslim to win the Victoria Cross

Thanks to everyone who recently followed Historical Firearms on twitter, now approaching 100 followers over there which is great.  Take a look at the Twitter page here. In the last couple of days there have also been an influx of new subscribers to the mailing list which is fantastic.

Thanks again for following and reading, if you have any questions, suggestions feel free to send me a message here.    




National Firearms Centre Visit (mostly rare firearms)

Lancaster Howdah Pistol

Browning SA-22

W.W.Greener .22 Martini-Henry Conversion

Colt CMG-1 & CMG-2

Historical Trivia:

Cartridge Paper

Miscellaneous History:

French Colonial Troops (WWI)

First Indian to Win the Victoria Cross: Khudadad Khan

Dickey Chapelle: 25 Years a War Correspondent

Aviation Firsts: First Take-Off from a Warship

Rise & Fall of the Berlin Wall


As always If you have any requests for firearms you like to see on the page then please feel free to let me know!

Hey! I was tagged by my gorgeous @iamnottomriddle to do this tag. Thank you loads, honey!!

Last movie you saw: Pride

Last song you listened to: A heart full of love from Les Mis

Last show you watched: Cold case

Last book you read: The song of Achilles

Last thing you ate: Soy cherry yogurt topped with fresh strawberries and raspberries

If you could be anywhere right now, where would it be: Rural Japan tbh

When would you time travel to: 1940s so I could be a rad and sexy combat correspondent a la Gellhorn

First thing you would do with lottery money: I’m gonna be so boring, but apart from a little holiday to celebrate, I’d just save the money

Fictional character you would hang out with for a day: The Weasley twins sound like a helluva lot of fun

Time right now: 09:46 am

I tag @ladylilypotter @parisian-readers @fearlessbookjunkie and @bookloverkat