I typically run a 16" Western Electric fan to keep cool, one that has gained the reputation on TeamSpeak as being the "Stuka Fan", apparently due to it's sound resembling that of a dive bomber roaring at you with the throttle maxed (I don't think it's that loud, but microphones can do some weird things).
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Unfortunately for the soldiers on the battlefield, the stuka fan needs 110v AC to operate.
So how did they get around this problem?
With fire of course!
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Just set that in there...
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Wait a minute or two...
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And we have a fan!
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While they may not pump out a whirlwind of air, it provided some comfort in the hot battlefields of the middle east, as well as many tropical territories postwar. I had found a neat story from a Great War soldier about one the other day, but was unable to find it again to post it here unfortunately, here is an ad instead
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I thought it was a neat novelty and wanted to share it here. I don't know how hot it gets where some of you guys are, but here in the deserts of California I need all the fans I can get!