GUN Pistol that sparked World War One goes on display in Britain for the first time

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  1. TL1000RSquid

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    Revealed: Pistol that sparked World War One goes on display in Britain for the first time

    By Daily Mail Reporter
    Last updated at 12:12 PM on 25th September 2008



    Weapons involved in the assassination plot that sparked the World War One - and led to the deaths of 21 million people - are to go on display in London to mark the war's end.

    A pistol and bomb carried by the men involved in the killing of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914 will be displayed at the Imperial War Museum as part of its In Memoriam: Remembering the Great War exhibition.

    The archduke's assassination by Gavrilo Princip started a domino effect of allied nation disputes which led to the First World War.

    The exhibition will mark the 90th anniversary of the armistice that brought the war to an end.

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    Terry Charman, the museum's senior historian, said: 'The 90th anniversary of the armistice is an important milestone in the Imperial War Museum's own history as it was founded during the First World War.

    'It was designed to be "a lasting memorial of common effort and common sacrifice" to those who played their part in the conflict in which over 700,000 British servicemen lost their lives.

    'We hope that In Memoriam: Remembering the Great War will allow visitors to discover more about the personal experience of those whose lives were shaped by the events of the First World War.'

    Other pieces on display will include the Military Cross awarded to poet and soldier Wilfred Owen and a wreath tossed into the carriage carrying Prime Minister Lloyd George after the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.

    It will also feature the Victoria Cross awarded to Jack Cornwell, the youngest VC recipient, and a watch and king's shilling given to Edward Packe, who enlisted in the army in August 1914.

    The experiences of 90 individual servicemen and women and civilians will be used to illustrate the key events of the Great War and its aftermath.

    The watch and King's shilling given to young men enlisting will also feature along with Zeppelin wreckage and the diary of a nurse on the Russian front.

    Londoners whose stories have been uncovered include the tragic tale of Alice Cross, five, who was killed in a German bombing raid, and William Leefe Robinson, the first pilot to shoot down a Zeppelin over Britain.

    Mr Charman added: 'As well as the great and the good we wanted to tell the stories of ordinary people.

    'This was the first total war of the 20th century, killing not just soldiers on the front line but London's civilians and many people are still surprised there was a blitz in World War I.'

    The exhibition opens on September 30 and runs for almost a year.
     
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    AustinL911 Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator

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    Sweet. Wonder what that thing is worth...
     
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    more info on the pistol?
     
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    Things like that are priceless.
     
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    That's really cool.

    I wish it'd come over here, I'd really like to see that exhibit.
     
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    in terms of raw killing power, that gun is the fuckin best
     
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    21 million killed by 1 boolit. :run:
     
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    I thought they only knew the serial numbers of the batch of guns that were purchased by the assassins and not the exact one used?

    :cool: bit of history anyway.
     
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    technically wwI cause wwII as well, so it's probably much much higher.
     
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    Sounds like a really cool exhibit :coold:

    And, actually, that sounds like it would be a cool museum any time.
     
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    Must have been a second shooter with a 10mm then :run:
     
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    I'd note that the Cold War was sparked by divisions of Europe after WW2
     
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    I'd also note that the massive decolonization movements and wars of independence were sparked by weaknesses in the established imperial orders in the immediate post war era as well.
     
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    I would note that taking these all into account makes this gun one bad motherfucker.:eek3:
     
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    ot has some witty-assed sumbitches
     
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    if i owned that piece of shit, i'd turn it in at a gun buy back for a $50 Olive Garden gift card so i could propose to my GF :coolugh:
     
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    Or some of us are history majors taking classes about decolonization movements and how it setup alot of the future problems :o
     

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