October 8th, 2012

Appropriate Bundeswehr uniforms for certain places/events

I've got an LJ account now, and everyone here was so excellent with my last question (thank you!), I thought I'd try again.

The story takes place in the near future, somewhere in Germany, during WW3.  I've got quite a few characters in the army, and I need to know what they're wearing at certain places/times.  The majority of them are commissioned officers, although there are couple NCOs and I should probably just go ahead and ask what the enlisted soldiers are wearing, too, so I don't end up asking again--but I'm mostly concerned with the commissioned officers.

Most of the time we see them, they're on base, in offices, doing fairly menial stuff--although toward the end of the book they do see combat, so I'm pretty sure that BDUs would be appropriate there.  But when they're in the office, what's the appropriate uniform?  Would they be wearing the service uniform?

I'm also interested in rules regarding wearing a uniform while in public--like, if one of my guys is going home (off-base) at the end of his day, can he stop for dinner without having to change clothes?  Also, uniforms at non-military formal events (like weddings)--is it like the US, where that sort of thing is acceptable so long as a commanding officer gives permission, or...? 

I've Googled a lot of search terms (Bundewehr + uniform, Bundeswehr uniform + office, Bundeswehr uniform general duty, Bundeswehr uniform at wedding, etc) and have been all over the Bundeswehr uniform section of Wikipedia, but I can't figure this out.  Please help?

Birdspotting London SW13 early morning

Place: Barnes, London, SW13
Time: early January 2007

You live in a lovely house with a lovely garden in SW13 overlooking the Wetland Centre. It is between 7:30am and 8:30am on a January morning and the sun is in the process of coming up. It rained a bit during the night, but has since stopped. The temperature is about 48F/9C. You are looking into your garden: what birds might you see, especially if you are quite keen on them and put food out etc. to attract them?

My research: It's not hard to find info on birds in general in the UK, but birds in very specific locations is another matter. I did look over the website for the Wetland Centre, but unfortunately for me their bird-spotting blog only goes back 6 months and I'm not sure how many of those birds might end up in someone's garden and/or what other birds might be around. The info on sunrise and weather conditions comes from the rather terrifyingly complete historical database of weather conditions by location at www.wunderground.com
  • Current Mood: curious

Crete, Greece and the Levant ca. 7,000 Years Ago

Setting: Eastern Mediterranean, ca. 5,000 BC

So a part of my NaNo story of this year is set about 7,000 years ago around the Eastern Mediterranean, more specifically Egypt and Crete. It's a AU but more regarding civilisations; I'd like to keep the environmental part correct. I think I got Egypt figured out but I've got problems regarding Crete (and Greece as well as Asia Minor generally and possibly the Levant). I know that around 7,000 years ago, due to the Neolithic Subpluvial, Egypt was much greener than today, more like a savannah than the desert it is now. I know that the Neolithic Subpluvial was caused by the shifting of the Monsoon patterns. However, I cannot seem to find proper information and/or maps of Crete and Greece of that time and even though the exact coastline is not relevant (though it would be interesting to know if the Super Cycladic Island still existed, at least in part), for my story I need at least a little more knowledge about the vegetation and the climate than I have. The few maps I found always depict more or less the same climate as now but I think this would be illogical because Egypt and Crete aren't so far apart and wouldn't the Neolithic Subpluvial have an effect on the rest of the Eastern Mediterranean, too? Would that mean that Crete and the Cyclades had more rainfall and thus a different vegetation, too? Also (this about Egypt), would the Nile be significantly broader than it is today? If yes, how broad (around Memphis, just south of the delta)?

I already clicked my way through the Greece and geology-tags.
Wikipedia articles I read: Neolithic Subpluvial (duh), Crete, History of Crete, 5th Millenium BC (also 6th and 4th), Protodynastic Period of Egypt, Chalcolithic, Prehistoric Cyprus (this gave me more information about what people could have eaten but still today the climate of Cyprus and Crete differs quite a lot), History of the Cyclades
Googled both in google and google images: map neolithic crete, map neolithic greece, vegetation neolithic crete/greece, neolithic subpluvial greece/crete, chalcolithic crete/greece, eneolithic crete/greece, and permutations thereof. I got maps with no details whatsoever, lots of really nice photos of Santorini and tons of "articles" about Atlantis and many, many maps showing the regions of various Neolithic cultures and the invasion of the Greek tribes into what is Greece now and using the term copper age gives me images of Ötzi *lol*. Nothing of this is useful. Maybe I'm just using the wrong search terms. Any help?
  • Current Mood: frustrated

Treatment and infection of gunshot wounds (Sengoku Japan)

Hi, everyone. I need help with a scenario that's so specific I'm not having much luck googling it because of the whole historical aspect (I keep coming up with present-day resources while searching for the medical stuff, and only technical information while searching for the firearms. Search terms have included things like "16th century firearms", "arquebus", "tanegashima", "gunshot wounds treatment/infection" which turns up modern resources that assume the use of antibiotics even if I add "history" to the query as well, "sepsis/septic shock", and possibly a few others, finding mostly general information. I've also checked the tags that seemed relevant in this comm, but the situations described there were all significantly different).

Setting: Japan, 1600 CE (just after the Battle of Sekigahara)

Scenario: I have a 60-year-old man who gets shot somewhere on the torso during the battle. (He was previously quite physically fit, and distinguished himself as one of the officers who fought fiercely till the end on the losing side.) The injury does not kill him then and there, but he is said to have died about a month later in consequence. My fic is set in this time window. It starts a day after the battle with the wounded character collapsing from exhaustion, having tried to get farther away from the battlefield and lie low. He is found by a monk who attempts (the key word here: attempts) to nurse him back to health. At this point, the injury has had all sorts of ill-advised stuff rubbed into it, ranging from bits of the projectile to dirty clothing to mud.

Obviously, I'm going for infection as the eventual cause of death, possibly coupled with lead poisoning from the projectile (unless the latter would have been too slow to matter in a few weeks). The problem is that, reading the general resources on gunshot wounds and infections before antibiotics, I'm beginning to find it unlikely he'd even survive for as long as a month. I am open to shortening the timeline of the fic somewhat (since the history I'm working with is half the stuff of legend anyway when it comes to this guy, and the portrayal I'm using is already fictionalized), but I do need him to be alive and coherent long enough to be able to carry on several conversations with the POV character, the monk trying to heal him. (Varying degrees of coherence are, of course, expected.)

So, what's the best guess for an infection that turns out to be fatal, but not immediately? One option I've come up with is to give him a fairly superficial injury (thus not hitting any major internal organs, and the projectile had lost speed) from a shot that was fired at a distance and shattered on impact, creating a non-lethal but highly contaminated wound. How fast would the infection progress in this scenario? Would there be a brief period of "getting better" as the wound itself healed, only to be followed by a worsening state overall as the infection began to spread? Or would it just be a steady downhill ride until (presumably untreatable) septic shock set in? What kinds of symptoms would be realistic to show that his condition is getting worse than it should be for still making a recovery? And is this idea even plausible, or does it require tons of artistic licence and I should look for something different to bring about the end result?

Another alternative would be to "just" give him a graze, but I'm not sure if that can get as messy/dangerous.

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Thanks in advance for any help!