in 1918

Though Phoebe Chapple was recognised as a skilled doctor, the Australian government’s policies precluded her from military service. Undaunted, the Adelaide-born Chapple travelled to Britain in 1917 and joined the Royal Army Medical Corps, becoming one of the first two woman doctors sent to France. During a bombing raid near Abbeville in May 1918, her care for those wounded around her, regardless of personal danger, led to her being awarded the Military Medal – the first woman doctor ever to receive this decoration for bravery.

(Australian War Memorial)

Bergmann MP18 submachine gun

Designed by Hugo Schmeisser c.1916 and manufactured by Bergmann Waffenfabrik c.1918~20 for use by German assault troops.
9x19mm Parabellum 32-round TM08 removable snail magazine, open bolt blowback automatic fire, sexy barrel shroud.

Although originally designed with a stick magazine in mind, Schmeisser was asked to make use of the ubiquitous Trommel magazine for his submachine gun. This resulted in a receiver with a similar angle than that of a Luger pistol.


Schilt P4 flamethrower

Manufactured c.1917-18 based on the previous Portable series started in 1915.
8L capacity gasoline tank, 10-12m effective range, 5mn long fuse, spring-loaded lever trigger.

A much more bulky design than its German counterpart, but with a very sexy lance. The P series was derived from the larger static Schilt No1 and No2 flamethrowers.


Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford promoting the sale of Liberty Bonds during World War 1 at the United States Sub Treasury building (i.e. Federal Hall) in New York City on April 8, 1918.

The three stars appeared together in D.C., New York, and then split up to tour the country on behalf of the Bond Drive.