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Although the person named existed and served in the Royal Flying Corps, the story itself is very likely not true. First the good news. "Dattabraya Laxuman Patwardhan" certainly existed and was apparrently a member of the Royal Flying corps. The London Gazette of 25 March 1919 records his appointment to the temporary honorary rank of Second Lieutenant. The ...


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According to Lusitania (1972): Inglefield's other brain child was to attempt to train seagulls to defecate on periscopes, and for a short while a remote corner of Poole harbour in Dorset was littered with dummy periscopes and hopefully incontinent seagulls. "Inglefield" means Admiral Frederick Inglefield. Another 1972 book, The killing time: the U-...


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This looks like a made up claim, perhaps for educational purposes. I found it made in Paul Sloanes: "Lateral Thinking Puzzles", 1991. On page 24, "Historical Puzzles, 3.7 War Aims" and that exact solution on p83. No source given, just a puzzle to teach stats. (Like re-used here.) Biggest problem in this detail: The British helmet went ...


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No it was not, the guns were delivered to troops as soon as was possible. The BAR was not put into production until after the US entered WWI so it took time until the rifle was ready to get the troops on the front line, but it did eventually get to them and saw active combat during WWI. From The Machine Gun, Volume I: History, Evolution, and Development of ...


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