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So I've been in Riga for a few days now and found this great book that I can't remember the name of (will have to go back and see again) about Latvian soldiers in the Great War. Here is a photo I found interesting and thought you'd all enjoy.
 

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Be sure to visit the military museum in old town Riga. The Occupation Museum is superb, as well, but the military museum has a lot of WW1 and WW2 items.
 

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Be sure to visit the military museum in old town Riga. The Occupation Museum is superb, as well, but the military museum has a lot of WW1 and WW2 items.
Next time I'm not taking the wife with me there - had to rush through as she had very little interest. On the other hand my son is starting to appreciate history, so maybe he will go with me.
I remember going to "pulvertornis" as a kid with my dad.
 

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And of Course, S&B (Sellier and Bellot) had a Plant in Riga (Latvia) to make .303 Marka VII Ball for all three Baltic Countries (Packed in British made Mark I and II Chargers, 10 round card packets.) Headstamp SB/ 38/R/19/ (Clockwise).

Also, besides the Vickers, Lewis Guns in the Army, the Latvian Airforce used Vickers and Lewises and Vickers GO guns in the Planes, (British) as well as some Czech designed and Built 7,7 guns in the Avia Fighters bought from CS.

Doc AV Great Historic Photos.
 

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Nice pics guys. Citen, those are awesome 1895 Win pics. Kind of funny I have absolutely no interests in lever guns. Would be hard for me care less about any lever gun. Except the 1895 Win in 7.62x54R. Thanks for sharing guys.
 

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So I've been in Riga for a few days now and found this great book that I can't remember the name of (will have to go back and see again) about Latvian soldiers in the Great War. Here is a photo I found interesting and thought you'd all enjoy.
Both of my Latvian Grandfathers fought after World War I for freedom. My Dad said they both used American-made Winchester M1917 rifles! They were very similar to the British P14s, but were chambered in U.S. .30-'06 instead of British .303. The bayonets were interchangeable. When the American troops (Yes!) came to Russia in the early 1920s to help the Whites fight the Reds, all the American soldiers had the M1917. Some of these rifles remained with the Baltic Republics after the Americans left, and many survived until and through World War II. I purchased one of these reconditioned M1917s as a tribute to my Grandfathers for the 100th anniversary of the freedom of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia, in 2017-18. Then I sold it back to the gunsmith who did the work, and sold it to th79-year old son whose 97-year old father used one in his WW II Navy training!
 
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