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[Rollei] Re: OT Sailor Fountain Pen

Allen Zak wrote:

> The 1911's design preceded WWI and was used extensively by US forces prior
> to the Great War.  Rolleiflex came later, supposedly inspired by the
> necessities of trench warfare, but I don't know that for sure.
> I qualified on the 1911 in 1959.  My ears were ringing for 2 days afterward,
> and I wouldn't be surprised if my present case of persistent tinnitis could
> be traced to that experience.  The army didn't go in much for ear protection
> then.  It was a simpler (stupider) time.

This simplicity/stupidity persisted at least through Vietnam... I know many
vets who have substantial hearing loss as a result of their service...

Eric Goldstein