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    Along with some handguns and Bren magazines.
    Found in an old house under a granite floor during renovations.

    http://www.guns.com/2017/10/19/frenc...ource=facebook

    "Montez de la mine, descendez des collines, camarades;
    Sortez de la paille les fusils, la mitraille, les grenades...
    Ohé les tueurs, a la balle et au couteau, tuez vite;
    Ohé saboteur, attention a ton fardeau dynamite..."

    This song (le Chant des Partisans) gives me shivers, the language is so stark yet poetic.




  • #2
    Originally posted by Stonecutter View Post
    Along with some handguns and Bren magazines.
    Found in an old house under a granite floor during renovations.

    http://www.guns.com/2017/10/19/frenc...ource=facebook

    "Montez de la mine, descendez des collines, camarades;
    Sortez de la paille les fusils, la mitraille, les grenades...
    Ohé les tueurs, a la balle et au couteau, tuez vite;
    Ohé saboteur, attention a ton fardeau dynamite..."

    This song (le Chant des Partisans) gives me shivers, the language is so stark yet poetic.


    that article and photos are so cool. I have a photo of a mills grenade somewhere if I can find it.
    can you translate the French song for us who are language challenged?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by commanding View Post
      that article and photos are so cool. I have a photo of a mills grenade somewhere if I can find it.
      can you translate the French song for us who are language challenged?
      Oh man, I probably can but there's just some things like the beauty of the imagery and language and the rhymes that just won't come across. All you'll get is a very rough approximation. Give me a bit of time. In the meantime here's the best version I could find, sung at a Bastille Day parade some time ago. I don't like the old Yves Montand version, it's got to be sung with depth and gravitas like this guy does.

       

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      • #4
        Incredibly cool! I owned a STEN a few years ago, full auto. What a piece of crap. Those boys were incredibly brave going into battle with it and it’s puny 9mm. Now the Thompson, THERE was a subgun. I owned one of those as well. Incredible weapon. Heavier than a Garand with awesome .45 firepower.

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        • #5
          French lyrics, le Chant des Partisans

          Ami, entends-tu le vol noir des corbeaux sur nos plaines?
          Ami, entends-tu les cris sourds du pays qu´on enchaîne?
          Ohé, partisans, ouvriers et paysans, c´est l´alarme.
          Ce soir l´ennemi connaîtra le prix du sang et les larmes.

          Montez de la mine, descendez des collines, camarades!
          Sortez de la paille les fusils, la mitraille, les grenades.
          Ohé, les tueurs à la balle ou au couteau, tuez vite!
          Ohé, saboteur, attention à ton fardeau dynamite...

          C´est nous qui brisons les barreaux des prisons pour nos frères.

          La haine à nos trousses et la faim qui nous pousse, la misère.
          Il y a des pays où les gens au creux des lits font des rêves.
          Ici, nous, vois-tu, nous on marche et nous on tue, nous on crève...

          Ici chacun sait ce qu´il veut, ce qu´il fait quand il passe.
          Ami, si tu tombes un ami sort de l´ombre à ta place.
          Demain du sang noir sèchera au grand soleil sur les routes.
          Chantez, compagnons, dans la nuit la liberté nous écoute...

          Ami, entends-tu les cris sourds du pays qu’on enchaine ?
          Ami, entends-tu le vol noir des corbeaux sur nos plaines... ?


          Translation:
          Friend, do you hear the dark flight of crows on our plains? (note: murder of crows considered a bad omen)
          Friend, do your hear the muted cries of our country in chains?
          Oi, partisans, factory workers and farmers, the alarm is sounded,
          Tonight the enemy will know the price of blood and tears.

          Come up from the mines, come down from the hills, comrades;
          Pull out of the hay the guns, the ammo, the grenades;
          Oi, killers, with bullet and knife, kill quickly;
          Oi, saboteur, careful there with your load of dynamite.

          It's we who break open prison bars for our brothers,
          Hatred at our heels and hunger pushing its misery,
          There are countries in this world where people in their soft beds are dreaming,
          Here, do you see, we march and we kill, and we die...

          Here, each one knows what he wants and what he is doing,
          My friend if you fall, a friend takes your place from the shadows.
          Tomorrow under the sun, blackened blood will dry on the roads,
          Sing, companions, for in the night, Liberty is listening...

          Friend, do you hear the muted cries of our country in chains?
          Friend, do you hear the black flight of crows on our plains?...
          (tune continues hummed)


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          • #6
            thank you stonecutter, I saw a video recently talking of how the British royals were to come take refuge in Canada if the Germans had invaded England in WW2, which makes sense, but it would have been something, also saw the underground bunkers built for the resistance in England. well camoed.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by riderboy View Post
              Incredibly cool! I owned a STEN a few years ago, full auto. What a piece of crap. Those boys were incredibly brave going into battle with it and it’s puny 9mm. Now the Thompson, THERE was a subgun. I owned one of those as well. Incredible weapon. Heavier than a Garand with awesome .45 firepower.
              You would not believe how jealous I am right now. WHY DO YOU NOT STILL OWN THESE?! Lol. I would give my left nut... Wow.

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              • #8
                I guess a granite floor would discourage the German's from pulling up the floor looking for contraband too often...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Stonecutter View Post

                  You would not believe how jealous I am right now. WHY DO YOU NOT STILL OWN THESE?! Lol. I would give my left nut... Wow.
                  The STEN was easy to sell, it really was a piece of crap. The Thompson was harder, but I guess it just gets to be a bit routine and it's time to move on to new toys. I dried my tears with the large check that got.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by riderboy View Post
                    The STEN was easy to sell, it really was a piece of crap.
                    For me it would be more about its historic value, the role it played in the resistance across Europe. My uncle had one above the fireplace mantle in his chalet in the Alps, sadly it was stolen during a break-in. Next time you come across one call me!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Stonecutter View Post

                      For me it would be more about its historic value, the role it played in the resistance across Europe. My uncle had one above the fireplace mantle in his chalet in the Alps, sadly it was stolen during a break-in. Next time you come across one call me!
                      My father in law had a surrendered Japanese type 99 rifle from the Pacific as he was in the Navy on the CVE Kitkun Bay escort carrier and on Saipan, and it was stolen during a break-in also.

                      happily I found and bought two captured Jap rifles and gave one to his oldest son along with the matching bayonet and a Jap helmet and Jap NCO Samurai sword.

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                      • #12
                        I wonder if the Resistance fighters were killed before they could reclaim the cache or if they decided to keep the material for possible future Soviet occupation....or fighting the government if they were dicks.

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                        • #13
                          Ian McCollum is probably sweating heavy right now somewhere.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Hildemel View Post
                            I wonder if the Resistance fighters were killed before they could reclaim the cache or if they decided to keep the material for possible future Soviet occupation....or fighting the government if they were dicks.
                            Interestingly, we will likely never know but it fuels the imagination and possibilities. American archeologists have found many caches of skillfully crafted stone weapons that date back about 11,000 to 13,500 years ago, which were obviously intentionally cached and covered in red ochre (Clovis caches) and the reason for the caches is surmised and imagined in conjecture but will never be accurately known.

                            examples are the Fenn Clovis cache http://lithiccastinglab.com/gallery-...tifactslrg.htm

                            Hogseye Clovis cache https://www.researchgate.net/figure/...fig2_257155045

                            etc...

                            one wonders if some future archeologists will uncover a weapons cache 12,000 yrs in the future if any current objects will survive that long.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Hildemel View Post
                              I wonder if the Resistance fighters were killed before they could reclaim the cache or if they decided to keep the material for possible future Soviet occupation....or fighting the government if they were dicks.
                              There were such caches all over France until the 60s
                              French resistance acted like squirrels : digging caches everywhere for the winter
                              Some were anti soviet/ anti commies so ready for a civil war after the war
                              A lot were commies ready for a civil war after the war
                              Some were neither
                              A lot of such caches were lost or kept hidden by grand pas, great uncles "just in case" etc
                              It's not for nothing that we have several millions of firearms in circulation

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