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Friday, 23 October 2015

Friday Quiz 17



Thanks to not being able to sleep I get to post this weeks questions nice and early.

1. What is the commonly used name of the two handed swords used by Thracian's?

2. During the English Civil War the Royalists used the term `Roundhead` as an insult to troops loyal to Parliament, but who were the real Roundheads?

3. The British invaded the Zulu Nation in January 1879 without what from the British Government? 

4. Name the British pilot who shot down the first German Zeppelin?

5. Name the British ship that was intentionally exploded in the dry dock at St Nazaire?

Time for the answers, thanks for all the entrants again this week.

1. Rhomphaia was the answer I was looking for, caught a couple out with this one.

2. London apprentices were made to wear their hair short as a sign of their status. During the run up to the first English Civil War they were some of the more outspoken of the demonstrators against Charles I personal rule and so the term Roundhead was a derisive term that was to be extended to all those who sided with Parliament. Unfortunately many so called historian's actually like to portray Parliaments supporters as mostly being country squires and tradesmen whilst the gentry were for the king.

3. Indeed, the invasion was not sanctioned by the British Government and so expecting permission to be granted for the invasion just went ahead and invaded.

4. Flight Sub-Lieutenant Reginald `Rex` Warneford was the pilot who brought down the first Zeppelin (LZ37) but in fact did not shoot it down, rather he bombed it. His first two bombs failing to do the job his third was stunningly successful.

5. HMS Campbeltown was the ship in question though I was not aware of the background history of the event.

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    1. First to fall into the Dacian trap, not to worry as your not on your own.

      Ian

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  2. 1. Flax
    3. Permission. The border dispute that was the planned reason for the war was adjudicated and found in favour of the Zulus but we invaded any way hoping to have won before the post came
    5. Campletown

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    1. Great answer for 3, Flax unfortunately was the wrong sword. Not bad getting two as I think this weeks was quite hard.

      Ian

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  3. 1. Rhomphaia
    2. Permission from the British Govt. (see above). I thought we did that all the time! :O)
    3. Haircut. The 'Puritans' kept their hair short and modest in contrast to the 'Papist' and flamboyant long hair popular aongst members of the court.It's a generalisation which has stood the test of time. I can go on for hours about this sort of thing, but it's not a popular topic at socials and is probably the reason I don't get invited to parties. :O(
    4. Dunno, but it was the tracer rounds wot did for her.
    5. HMS Campbeltown. She'd made a habit of bumping into things - mostly other ships - so the St Nazaire raid was a fitting end for her. She was one of the ''Lend-Lease' ships from the US Navy. Mal Wright will undoubtedly know her American name!

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    1. Long standing generalisation as you say and as incorrect today as......... LOL. I also don't get invited out a second time. Regards 4 I thought it was tracer rounds as well but twas a bomb I tell you LOL

      Ian

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  4. Three out of five. Though me initial [stupid] answer to number one was Dave.

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    1. Bugger.
      Two out of five. I was thinking of the Dacians.
      My final answer is Dave!

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    2. Dave, Dacian, both look the same ;-)

      Ian

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  5. 2 of 5 haircut and authorization to invade.

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    1. Haircut? A little vague but I will give it to you.

      Ian

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  6. The term roundhead was because the apprentices in London's trained bands had shaved heads as most people including Parliamentarians had long hair.

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    1. I think the general misuse irks you maybe as much as me?

      Ian

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