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11. Month 11. Day 11. Hour by tuomaskoivurinne 11. Month 11. Day 11. Hour by tuomaskoivurinne
acrylics 2010,
November 11th 1918, a German machine gunner kept firing at his enemy, belt after belt. It was informed that the hostilities would cease at exactly 11 o'clock. Exactly 11 o'clock the firing stopped. Lonely gunner stood up, walked few yards towards the enemy lines, took his steel helmet off and took a bow, like a musician after finishing a concert. Then he put his helmet back on and walked back to his own lines...

Re-do of my older painting.
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Enrico1946 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
wow they have so much respect then WWII so much sportsmanship in WWI :D
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Kenisi Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
I canīt help but feel like this guy is delivering a massive "u mad, tommies? :trollface:" of sorts to the poor brits he was supressing.
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reggieswar Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
This is actually a rather grotesque story. One of the last soldiers to be killed in the great war was killed by this man. His maxim tore the poor lads jaw off and when the gunner checked his watch for the time, he got up, bowed, and walked away.
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Nor does it cost something to pay homage to your enemies who, although enemies, remain humans.

Make me think to the last article of Foreign Legion's Code of Honor :
"In combat, you act without passion and without hate. You respect your vanquished enemies and never abandon nor your dead, nor your wounded, nor your weapons."
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
As Winston said, "When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite."
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jackherler Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
o yes this last min of ww1
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heretic14 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Dont know much about these machine-gun, or something, but one thing I know exactly - he got balls of steel.
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hopefully, if someone on the other side of the canal has slow watch.
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PavelKirilovich Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
The MG 08/15 is barely manportable. The Germans only developed an air cooled "light role" machinegun late in the war with the MG 08/18; which was superior in some ways to the Lewis gun, being belt rather than magazine (drum) fed. This made it better for laying down a base of fire to support an attack; but less mobile to support the maneuvre of the attack.
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed, but MG08/18 way too late to have good impact to the war. Just like MP18 "Maschinenpistole", which would have been an infantry close-quarters "super" weapon, if had more in numbers and earlier in time. I believe first MP18s appeared in actual battle around May -18 and still remained a rarity until the end of the war. Please read my reply to briantk2003 below :thumbsdown:
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