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    Where am I and what happened here?

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    Near Harrison city PA?

    Battle of Bushy Run?
    Its called Tourist Season. So why can't we shoot them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun Grape View Post
    Near Harrison city PA?

    Battle of Bushy Run?
    Well done, Gunny!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Bushy_Run

    Neat little battlefield to visit.

    Not too far from Jumonville Glen.
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    This was the largest "all American" battle of the Revolutionary War. No British involved.

    President Hoover once said "This is a place of inspiring memories. Here less than a thousand men, inspired by the urge of freedom, defeated a superior force entrenched in this strategic position. This small band of Patriots turned back a dangerous invasion well designed to separate and dismember the united Colonies. It was a little army and a little battle, but it was of mighty portent. History has done scant justice to its significance, which rightly should place it beside Lexington, Bunker Hill, Trenton and Yorktown."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun Grape View Post
    This was the largest "all American" battle of the Revolutionary War. No British involved.

    President Hoover once said "This is a place of inspiring memories. Here less than a thousand men, inspired by the urge of freedom, defeated a superior force entrenched in this strategic position. This small band of Patriots turned back a dangerous invasion well designed to separate and dismember the united Colonies. It was a little army and a little battle, but it was of mighty portent. History has done scant justice to its significance, which rightly should place it beside Lexington, Bunker Hill, Trenton and Yorktown."

    Name the battle
    King's Mountain, SC OCT 1780 (I visited the battlefield in April of this year). It featured the Patriot Overmountain men against Loyalist Militia under the command of LTC Patrick Ferguson.

    One correction Gunny. Ferguson was a Scotsman and was killed in the battle. He was the only Brit.
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    Correct, AR

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    Its called Tourist Season. So why can't we shoot them?

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    How is The O Boat related to a county in New York?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albany Rifles View Post
    How is The O Boat related to a county in New York?
    What is an O Boat? Tried Googling it but have only come up with some company that rents pontoon boats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ironduke View Post
    What is an O Boat? Tried Googling it but have only come up with some company that rents pontoon boats.
    The O Boat was the nickname for a US Navy ship.

    It was built in World War 2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albany Rifles View Post
    The O Boat was the nickname for a US Navy ship.

    It was built in World War 2.
    USS Oriskany (CV-34)

    Named for the Battle of Oriskany, fought between the US and the Brits and their respective Iroquois allies on August 6, 1777 during the War for Independence.

    Oriskany is a village in NY in modern-day Oneida County. Back then, it was an Oneida Iroquois village named Oriska.

    The USS Oriskany itself was later sunk in 2006 to create an artificial reef off the coast of Florida.




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    Since I've had this question in the chamber for about a week now, I'm going to go ahead and post it straight away.

    This war was fought between the Australian Army and WWI vets against a 20,000-strong invasion force during the Great Depression.

    What is the name of the war, who was in the invasion force, and what was the war being fought over?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ironduke View Post
    Since I've had this question in the chamber for about a week now, I'm going to go ahead and post it straight away.

    This war was fought between the Australian Army and WWI vets against a 20,000-strong invasion force during the Great Depression.

    What is the name of the war, who was in the invasion force, and what was the war being fought over?
    That would be the Emu War, an ultimately futile attempt to stop emus damaging crops in the large West Australian wheat belt. Two concerted efforts using regular Army, militia & veterans armed with Lewis guns resulted in a victory to the Emus. Ornithologist Dominic Serevnty noted:

    The machine-gunners' dreams of point blank fire into serried masses of Emus were soon dissipated. The Emu command had evidently ordered guerrilla tactics, and its unwieldy army soon split up into innumerable small units that made use of the military equipment uneconomic. A crestfallen field force therefore withdrew from the combat area after about a month.
    Major G.P.W. Meredith, who was in charge of the operation, commented:

    If we had a military division with the bullet-carrying capacity of these birds it would face any army in the world... They can face machine guns with the invulnerability of tanks. They are like Zulus whom even dum-dum bullets could not stop.
    The bravery of the Australian troops was never in question, despite the fearsome speed & claws of their adversary. However, we lacked the tactical ability required. Sadly our great Field Marshal Sir John Monash was busy indulging his profession of choice - engineering - and was busy constructing a world class power grid in my home state of Victoria.

    In the end we fell back on a traditional Australian method of dealing with things - we built a bloody great fence. :-)



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