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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Commemorative chess set straight from Germany

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Hi everyone,

Here is an interesting hand-painted commemorative chess set from Germany. You can check out more at this link. Enjoy.

(German General)

The German Army Forces Command in Koblenz exercises command and control over all combat units. It is commanded by a Lieutenant General. These units include two armour divisions, two mechanized infantry divisions, the Division for Specialized Operations and the Airmobile Division.

(Angela Dorothea Merkel)

Angela Dorothea Merkel, was born 17 July 1954 is the current Chancellor of Germany. Merkel is the first female Chancellor of Germany. In 2007 she became the second woman to chair the G8, after Margaret Thatcher.

(German Sniper)

The PSG1 is a semi-automatic rifle designed by the German company Heckler & Koch of Oberndorf am Neckar. The PSG1 is mechanically based on the G3 rifle and features a low-noise bolt closing device (similar to the forward assist on many M16 rifles)

(German Heavy Gunner)

The MG 3 is a German general purpose machine gun chambered for the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge, used as a squad support weapon and vehicle-mounted machine gun. The MG 3 has a quick-change, chrome-lined barrel with 4 right-hand grooves and a rifling twist rate of 1 in 305 mm (1:12 in). Alternatively MG 3 barrels can also have polygonal rifling.

(The Brandenburg Gate)

The Brandenburg Gate is a former city gate and one of the main symbols of Berlin and Germany. It is the only remaining gate of a series through which Berlin was once entered. One block to the north stands the Reichstag building. The gate is the monumental entry to Unter den Linden, the renowned boulevard of linden trees which formerly led directly to the city palace of the Prussian monarchs. Today, it is regarded as one of Europe’s most famous landmarks.

(German Assault Soldier)

The German soldier carrying a G36. The G36 is gas-operated that uses burnt power gases from the barrel and feeds from a 30-round detachable box magazine or 100-round C-Mag drum magazine; it is a selective fire 5.56mm assault rifle, firing from a closed rotary bolt.

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