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Little things of war

Little things of war

In the section devoted to the 100 anniversary of the First World War, we have already written about the wit of Russian soldiers and officers. But the collection of "little things of war", published in one of the autumn issues of the popular pre-revolutionary magazine Niva, which tells about the ingenuity and resourcefulness of our soldiers during the Great War, is so curious that it deserves to bring it here in its entirety.

Little things of war

In Russia, the nugget inventors are not enough, you just need to help them, give them hope that their work will not be wasted, that their inventions will be immediately applied to the war.

According to his observations made during the year of the war, the correspondent of the “Kiev Thought” D.Sergeev rightly indicates that sometimes even small things, but new, unexpected and witty, in the war gave excellent results.

“I remember that in the winter we used a witty, pure Russian soldier’s invention in the Carpathians. Obviously, the inventor remembered his native village, riding from the mountains on a sled. From the hills we lowered the Germans to visit the sled trenches filled with explosives. This is not God knows what fabrication positively stunned the Germans with its surprise.

What about ice floes stuffed with pyroxylin on Sanaa and other rivers? Austrians had a lot of effort to build bridges. Ice drift. Floating thin ice - "fat". Floating rare ice floes, pushing about the foundations of the bridge.

Among the simple ice floes float and explode, bumping into the foundations, ice floes, in which our sappers “frozen” tins with pyroxylin. And the foundations of enemy bridges are flying apart.

At the beginning of the war, armored cars with machine guns and small-caliber rapid-fire guns made a very strong impression.

There is a column but a highway. Suddenly an armored monster rushes towards. Cut into the human thicket, sow death to the right and left.

At first it seemed that there was no “antidote” against this. But he was soon found, and it turned out to be ridiculously simple.

In the head advanced watch they began to carry or carry on a wagon ... a log. A little armored car will appear in the distance - put a log across the road and scatter along ditches. The car is not a horse, it does not jump over a thick log. And as soon as the car stops, a steel door will open in it and someone from the reserved motorists will lean out to pull the log away — a swarm of lead bumblebees will fly into it.

Germans in order to damage the horses of our cavalry often scatter broken glass on the roads. But even during the siege of Trinity Monastery by the Poles, the monks invented: “Trinity garlic”. The monastery forges crafted special iron sharp thorns that were scattered on the cavalry ways.

Has barbed wire been used in the war for a long time - is it an ingeniously simple invention of military equipment? .. And in a real war the barbed wire web entangled all of Belgium, France, Poland, Galicia ...

Here, invent something new, similar, or a new "antidote" for the destruction, the paralysis of this web, and the army will thank you heartily.

The Germans have recently begun to use special armored scissors for cutting wire obstacles.

Every witty newly invented trifle in the war is extremely useful.

Try in wet, wet weather in the field to find dry wood, on which you could reheat a tin with canned stew or teapots with water.

Some of the participants in the Manchurian campaign brought paper firewood borrowed from the Japanese to the theater of the new war. Sheets of paper soaked in wax, paraffin and grease are rolled into sticks and cut into pieces with a knife. Several of these paper balls, taken out of pocket at any time, are enough to warm a portion of canned food or boil water for tea.

A simple invention, and how much she warmed the exhausted and chilled soldiers, encouraged their body and spirit.

It was winter ... Polish, changeable and changeable. Today is freezing cold, and tomorrow or today, at night, it is muddy and muddy. But the wind piercing and despicable.

We are in the Russian tradition, wrapped in coats, in which you can only ride, but do not walk, and in boots. Warmer, drive the fields, and walk with wet feet.

Someone from Moscow sent fur gopher stockings. They could wear waterproof "greasy" boots. Warm, dry and light.

After this sending, we all tried to write out the same stockings, and the boots were abandoned.

Rumors reached the army that Moscow furriers intended to prepare for the coming winter campaign a lot of these comfortable fur stockings.

Tried to apply Caucasian burkovye boots - did not go to the Polish mud.

Quartered Japanese vests and quilted cotton pants sent intendancerism - and we abandoned heavy and expensive coats.

It is not a shame to learn from witty technical military news from enemies.

The sample of our tail strip is known to all. And the Austrians on the blade one side edge is serrated in the form of a saw. She can not only dig, but also saw off the roots that fall in the ground, cut firewood.

And look, with what joy the soldiers picked up these comfortable shoulder blades and armed them with them for the further march.

During the war, our units also gladly borrowed Galician belts and bands, light and comfortable.

From trifles there is a harmonous system.

Do not be ashamed of trifles.
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  1. Free wind
    Free wind 11 October 2015 08: 01 New
    Probably one of the first applications of quilted jackets in the army, I'm talking about Japanese quilted vests and pants.
    1. atos_kin
      atos_kin 11 October 2015 11: 23 New
      So sho, quilted jackets are Japs? What a hell! :))
  2. am808s
    am808s 11 October 2015 08: 42 New
    And they went all over the union, I thought this is our invention from poverty
    1. bald
      bald 11 October 2015 17: 15 New
      Quote: am808s
      I thought this is our invention from poverty

      Everyone was waiting for the invention of synthetic winterizer and had to wear padded jackets.
  3. Mikhanchik
    Mikhanchik 11 October 2015 08: 45 New
    Now they’re wearing berets in the army. And for me, boots with footcloths seemed warmer. Maybe not beautiful. But then it didn’t bother me much. recourse
    1. Slobber
      Slobber 11 October 2015 08: 59 New
      Boots with high fur boots are even warmer. And if you go for a run, and not sit in the "box", it’s quite hot.
    2. Teplotehnik
      Teplotehnik 11 October 2015 09: 54 New
      I can’t say anything about the berets - in my time they weren’t. But my boots, kirsa, exhausted my whole soul, from running to cleaning, got the infection, and of course heavy, and footcloths? That was certainly invented by a sadist !!!)))
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  4. Neophyte
    Neophyte 11 October 2015 08: 51 New
    Need to take an example of blank rolls of paper impregnated with grease for camping trips?
    1. Eugene
      Eugene 11 October 2015 10: 15 New
      Back in Soviet times, I bought tiles for lighting a fire from Sporttovary. Something like a large chocolate bar, made of sawdust soaked in paraffin. One "slice" was enough to ignite the flame. And now a lot of this stuff is on sale. An article plus deserved.
      1. Cap.Morgan
        Cap.Morgan 11 October 2015 11: 08 New
        Now I take dry alcohol with me, it also helps a lot.
  5. parusnik
    parusnik 11 October 2015 09: 23 New
    The car is not a horse; it will not jump over a thick log. ... There is no method against scrap ... in terms of logs ... Interesting, thanks ..
  6. Volga Cossack
    Volga Cossack 11 October 2015 09: 53 New
    A smart article !!!! Thank! and the Russian soldier is savvy Rich!
  7. Cap.Morgan
    Cap.Morgan 11 October 2015 11: 07 New
    The tarpaulin boots certainly helped the army - they were simple, cheap, the tarpaulin did not get wet during processing. They saved our soldiers from rheumatism. Yes, and where would we have gathered so much leather on soldiers' shoes at that time?
  8. kvs207
    kvs207 11 October 2015 14: 47 New
    Quote: Teplotehnik
    about boots, kirsa, I exhausted my whole soul, from running to cleaning, got infections, and, of course, heavy ones, and footcloths? That was certainly invented by a sadist !!!)))

    Maybe we served in different armies)))
    For two years, he demolished 4 pairs and there have never been any complaints. And he preferred walking in boots, even closer to the demobilization, in footcloths. He put on socks, only with boots and in winter, but under footcloths.
    In the conditions of a mass conscript army, these are the most correct shoes.
    1. Black Colonel
      Black Colonel 12 October 2015 16: 40 New
      At the exit, the footcloth is wet - rewound, and the leg is again dry. And with socks, such a number will not work. He served for two years, only footcloths and used. The main thing is to choose the right shoes and wrap the footcloth correctly. And no problem!
  9. Disant
    Disant 11 October 2015 16: 22 New
    and my five cents:
    in everyday life, socks are preferable.
    and in the field in winter = autumn with wet shoes there are no equal footcloths - they can be dried instantly in comparison with socks. you can sock your socks on a bonfire to the point, and the tailbands waved once = two - and you're done! and it’s just dry in the winter in the wind
    footcloths - POWER!
  10. kpa1975
    kpa1975 11 October 2015 19: 46 New
    I wore kirzachi with footcloths for an urgent sense, conveniently. Now I take berets with footcloths in spring, summer, autumn, work on the ground, conveniently. In October I switch to boots made of foamed plastic footcloth under a woolen sock.
  11. IS-80
    IS-80 11 October 2015 20: 35 New
    And the Austrians on the shoulder blade have one serrated edge in the form of a saw. It can not only be dug, but also sawed across the roots found in the ground, cut firewood.

    The one who wrote this never tried to saw with such a shovel. smile
    1. biznaw
      biznaw 11 October 2015 21: 19 New
      On our MSL, notches in the form of saws have long ceased to be made. It’s easier to chop than to chop wood with a shovel.
  12. Dragon-y
    Dragon-y 12 October 2015 06: 54 New
    "Belt harness" - a prototype of "unloading and suspension system"?
  13. serge siberian
    serge siberian 16 October 2015 19: 50 New
    he wore boots all the service-high !!! dressed in clothes at the entrance to the parade, watch movies at the club. shoes are uncomfortable (socks were knocked down) -loiled in general. boots with footcloths are also hygiene!
    MSL hacking is more convenient than sawing - I do not argue the fact.