Historic bits of information…

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Henry Steele Commager said: “History, we can confidently assert, is useful in the sense that art and music, poetry and flowers, religion and philosophy are useful. Without it — as with these — life would be poorer and meaner; without it, we should be denied some of those intellectual and moral experiences which give meaning and richness to life. Surely it is no accident that the study of history has been the solace of many of the noblest minds of every generation.” “The past itself, as historical change continues to accelerate, has become the most surreal of subjects – making it possible… to see a new beauty in what is vanishing,” (Susan Sontag)

Nick Grabe (70 years plus) is a fount of wisdom and historical facts and he wrote the following as a quiz for historic guides that specialize in war. “Remember, you can never have too much information to share and it broadens your view in life,” Nick said.

  1. In early Gaelic terms, what was a “nicht”? Knight

2 What invention in the early 1500s made jousting, lancing and javelin throwing far more effective from a horse? Stirrups

3 Which country is said to have invented the bayonet? France

4 Why was it called a bayonet? After the town in France, Bayonne

5 The linen cloth thrown over a suit of armour had the owner’s insignia painted on it, what was this cloth called? Coat of arms. The insignia was also painted on his shield

6 What was the true purpose of this cloth? To protect the wearer of armour from the heat of the sun’s rays on the metal

7 To die “in the harness” means what? To die in battle! Early armour and breastplates were made from leather and the strips of leather hence it was called a Harness before it was later called a suit of armour when it was more metal.

8 When a monarch touches you on each shoulder with the flat edge of a sword, what title does he bestow upon you? SIR=knight

9 If your father was a military man as well as yourself, upon his death what happens to his war medals and colour bar? You wear them on your right breast

10 What type of unit is the cavalry? Horse and riders unit. Normally armed with, spears, lances and swords named after Chevalerie French =horsemanship

11 What was military drill display main used for? Mainly show of force and for pomp and ceremony and honour at funerals

12 What was the shape of a parade ground supposed to copy? A cemetery. It is sacred ground to a soldier.

13 The act of a knight of lifting his visor to be identified has taken on another modern military action? Salute

14 How did a knight in armour mount his horse? He was trained to leap on as there were no stirrups as yet.

15 Toe daggers were used by which army? Indian

Part 2 will be featured in the next edition of GPS News.




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