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13 August 1704

Slaget ved Blenheim var et større slag under den spanske arvefølgekrigen utkjempet ved landsbyen Blindheim i Bayern. Det er normalt kjent under den engelske formen av stedsnavnet, Blenheim. For å stoppe en fransk og bayersk hær på vei til... Read more ...

13 August 1704

Storalliansen seiret ved Blenheim
Slaget ved Blenheim var et større slag under den spanske arvefølgekrigen utkjempet ved landsbyen Blindheim i Bayern. Det er normalt kjent under den engelske formen av stedsnavnet, Blenheim.

For å stoppe en fransk og bayersk hær på vei til Wien utførte britiske og nederlandske styrker en rask marsj fra Nederland til Bayern. Dessuten ble de møtt fra sør av en østerriksk hær. Storalliansen – der også Danmark-Norge var med – møtte de franske og bayerske styrkene ved Blenheim.

Den allierte hæren hadde 52 000 soldater, mens de franske og bayerske styrkene var på omtrent 60 000 mann. De dansk-norske, hessiske, hannoverske, prøyssiske, nederlandske og britiske styrkene ble plassert i midten med de østerrikske styrkene på høyre flanke. En tredje gruppe holdt venstre flanke.

Slaget åpnet med at den allierte venstre flanken angrep den franske høyre flanken to ganger. Samtidig angrep den franske venstre flanken den allierte høyre flanken. Den midtre delen av den franske hæren, som besto av unormalt mye kavaleri, ble svekket siden de måtte avgi tropper til flankene. Dette utnyttet de allierte som angrep denne med sin midtseksjon og drev den franske midtseksjonen på flukt. Etter denne aksjonen svingte den allierte midtseksjonen mot høyre og drev den franske høyreflanken på flukt. Den allierte høyreflanken drev deretter den franske venstreflanken på flukt. De franske tapene var på 30 000 mann, mens de allierte tapene var på 12 000 mann.

Slaget ved Blenheim var et avgjørende slag, det satte den franske allierte, Bayern, ut av krigen og drev de franske styrkene tilbake øst for Rhinen. Dessuten skiftet de franske allierte Savoia og Portugal side. Slaget var også en av de første store britiske seiere på det europeiske kontinentet siden slaget ved Agincourt 300 år før.


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      The P-1856 Army Short Rifle was the first short rifle in the new .577 calibre family of muskets made by the Enfield factory in England for the British Army. The P-1856, also called "Sergeant's Rifle", was issued to all sergeants of Line Regiments, the Rifle Brigade and the 60th Regiment, the Cape Mounted Rifles and the Royal Canadian Rifles.

    Making a Target or Carrying Sling

    Category: Miscellaneous
    Published: 14 September 2008 by Øyvind Flatnes.
    Edited: 14 September 2008.
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    Most old military longarms had sling swivels, but their original leather slings are usually long gone. Replica firearms are rarely sold with slings, but making a sling that fits you and your musket or rifle is pretty simple. This article shows you how to do it.

    This sling in this article is a copy of the Norwegian military sling that was used on the old Norwegian kammerlader rifles and the Remington rolling block rifles. You don't need any buckles or other metal objects; the sling is made entirely of leather. The sling which serves as an example is used as an example is made for an original P-1856 Enfield rifle musket, and has the following measurements:

    • 3 mm (.118") thick
    • 135 cm (53") long
    • 30-35 mm (1.38") wide

    The Enfield sling pictured here was supposed to be a target sling and not a carrying sling, and that's why it is as long as 135 cm. I bought the sling from an acquaintance which is a shoemaker by profession, and it cost me 60 Norwegian crowns. The leather was uncoloured, but leather is easily coloured with any leather dye. You can get the dyes in a number of different colours. The colour I chose was dark brown.

    Remember, if you pre-order a leather sling you must measure the sling swivels on the weapon you are going to use it for. The length must also be considered. On my Enfield there is a rather long distance between the two sling swivels, and that calls for a long sling. For most other firearms the sling could have been shorter.

    The finished sling in action:

    How to make the sling

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    Punching the holes.

    The first you must do is to make the necessary holes in the sling. As mentioned earlier no metal buckles are used, and the finished sling will be an all-leather sling. The top end the sling is going to have four holes. Two at the end of the sling and two slightly further below (see the picture). Use a belt punch to punch out the holes. If you don't have a belt punch you can actually use an empty .22 LR case. Use it the same way you use a wad punch.

    On the bottom part of the sling the holes are positioned a bit differently. You should have four holes here as well, but they should be positioned in the centre of the sling (see picture).

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    The template that is used to make the leather button, and a drawing that shows how it is made. To the right is a picture of a finished button.

    The hardest part is probably to make the leather button which is used to adjust the length of the sling. The button is made from a thinner piece of leather as shown in the drawing. Start with the wide end and roll the piece together. When you have rolled the wide end you punch a hole with a sharp object through the roll and thread the thin end through the hole. Afterwards you tighten it securely. Making the button may require some training, but it is not impossible to make.

    Then the button must be attached to the sling where you made the four centre-lined holes. The arrows in the drawing show you how to begin the threading. The most important thing is to fasten the end of the leather sling to prevent the button from sliding out. On the other end of the sling it is simpler with only one single leather strap to be attached.

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    The drawing shows you how to thread the button to the bottom part of the sling, and the leather strap in the other end of the sling. The pictures shows the button and leather strap installed.

    The only thing remaining is to make holes for adjusting the length of the sling. On old military slings you usually find two holes: one for rolling up the sling entirely on the weapon and one for using the sling as a carrying sling.

    If you are going to use the sling as a target sling you can make holes to suit your own needs and shooting position. It is quite easy: Punch one hole in the centre of the sling, and then cut a slash from the hole with a sharp knife. The slash allows you to stick the leather button into the sling. You can have many such holes, depending on what shooting position you use.

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    This is how the hole used for adjusting the sling looks like.

    Mounting the sling on your firearm

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    The pictures shows you how to mount the sling on your firearm. Start by threading the upper part of the sling through the lower sling swivel and drag the sling through the sling until it stops in the leather button. The sling is to have the 'outside' against the stock. Thereafter you thread the sling through the upper sling swivel and secure it. Finally you adjust the length by selecting one of the holes you have made.

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