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Re: The official AHF other eras quiz thread

Postby Polar bear on 24 Jan 2013 17:55

hi, Ironmachine,

very fast and correct, too :D (I expected nothing less from you :milwink: )

James Hilton, author of the book "Lost Horizon" (1933), the place of the story being the Tibetian cloister of Shangri-La.

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Re: The official AHF other eras quiz thread

Postby Ironmachine on 25 Jan 2013 09:11

A pair of commemorative medals (there were more) minted to commemorate a "victory" that never was:
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Which one?
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Re: The official AHF other eras quiz thread

Postby Ironmachine on 28 Jan 2013 08:04

A famous British admiral was defeated by a one-eyed, one-armed, one-legged opponent.
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Re: The official AHF other eras quiz thread

Postby Ironmachine on 31 Jan 2013 08:03

A previous victory by that same British admiral gave its name to a street in London.
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Re: The official AHF other eras quiz thread

Postby Polar bear on 05 Feb 2013 22:35

hi, Ironmachine

Ironmachine wrote:A famous British admiral ...

Edward Vernon, "Old Grog", victorious at Portobello >> Portobello Road

Ironmachine wrote:... a one-eyed, one-armed, one-legged opponent.

Blas de Lezo y Olavarrieta

I should have known he was a Spaniard :milwink:

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Re: The official AHF other eras quiz thread

Postby Ironmachine on 06 Feb 2013 08:05

Yes, you got it. The "victory" that never was is Vernon's assault on Cartagena de Indias in 1741. During the early stage of the battle, when the British victory seemed certain, several different commemorative medals were minted in London to celebrate the capture of Cartagena. Unfortunately for Vernon, later the "victory" turned out to be a big defeat. :lol:
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Re: The official AHF other eras quiz thread

Postby Polar bear on 06 Feb 2013 10:04

hi, Ironmachine,

seems to me we have started a dialogue here :lol:

not too difficult ... a 24 year-old admiral and brother of the king ... was ?

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Re: The official AHF other eras quiz thread

Postby Ironmachine on 06 Feb 2013 13:12

Don Juan de Austria (John of Austria)?
He was 24 years old at the time of Lepanto (though the year of his birth is not totally sure), but on the other hand he has been appointed as Captain General of the Sea when he was 21 (IIRC), and he was just half-brother of king Felipe II.
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Re: The official AHF other eras quiz thread

Postby Polar bear on 06 Feb 2013 14:10

hi, Ironmachine,

yes, and that was a special for you !

the ball´s back to you,

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Re: The official AHF other eras quiz thread

Postby Ironmachine on 06 Feb 2013 19:31

Thanks, pb.
Please identify this dry-docked warship:
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And you can be sure she is not a Spanish ship. :wink:
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Re: The official AHF other eras quiz thread

Postby Polar bear on 06 Feb 2013 20:07

hi, Ironmachine,

now, that´s a challenge ...

Ironmachine wrote:And you can be sure she is not a Spanish ship.

No, I`m rather sure that she is Italian (at Venice ?)

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Re: The official AHF other eras quiz thread

Postby Ironmachine on 06 Feb 2013 21:10

No, she is not an Italian ship. Try another European country.
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Re: The official AHF other eras quiz thread

Postby Polar bear on 06 Feb 2013 22:13

hi,

I did ... although looking at the uniform, I hadn´t thought of the UK first ... http://www.cityofart.net/bship/polyphemus.html

a very good question !

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Re: The official AHF other eras quiz thread

Postby Ironmachine on 07 Feb 2013 08:09

Yes, I went from one-eyed Blas de Lezo to one-eyed Polyphemus! :lol:
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Re: The official AHF other eras quiz thread

Postby Polar bear on 07 Feb 2013 15:31

hi,

a male infant stood, alone, on the deck engulfed in flames ...

and someone made a poem about it, the title sounding like that of a US movie classic ...

what ship and which battle am I thinking of ?

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