By now you’ve probably heard the news that Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, CBE, CSt has passed away. What you might not have been aware of however was just how much of a BADASS he was…
Best known for playing legendary bad guys on screen – from Dracula to ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’ to a turn-coat wizard in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy – Lee was actually a rather legendary Good Guy in real life.
Christopher Lee was born somewhere in England in 1922. His mother was an Italian Countess who was actually descended from the line of Charlemagne, and she was so important that she was allowed to wear the royal seal of Frederich Barbarossa. Lee’s father, meanwhile, was a distant relative of Robert E. Lee and was multi-decorated war hero who’d served as a Colonel in the 60th King’s Royal Rifle Corps during World War I and the Boer War. Growing up, Lee studied Classics at Wellington College, where he was also a champion squash player, a badass fencer, and spent his spare time playing on the school hockey and rugby.
In commemoration of the airborne forces who led the way in the invasion of Normandy seventy-one years ago, The Liberty Jump Team performed an airdrop of paratroops from a WWII-era C-47 aircraft at Amfreville.
Formed in 2006, The Liberty Jump Team is comprised of active duty & retired ABN as well as families of Vets and those seeking to keep the flame alive. www.libertyjumpteam.org
Photos copyright John Bessems, via Liberty Jump Team
Well, let’s face it, you’ll probably never get your hands on a real one – and even the real-steel semi-auto-only replicas are quite expensive and hard to come by too…
So its a good thing that Shoei are going to do another production run of their fully-functioning (but non-firing) museum-quality FG42 Type 1 replica gun.
At the current time they are taking pre-orders / reservations for the next production run, and the number produced will be determined by the number of pre-orders / reservations they get.
I was the very proud and happy owner of one of these about 12 years ago, when I used to be involved in WWII Fallschirmjaeger re-enactment, and I can vouch for the exceptional quality and historical / collectable value of these. In fact, Shoei even feature a photo of me in my Italian front FJ impression on their website.
Visit the Shoei website for further details.