Interesting History Behind BF1 Weapon Skin Names?

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I found a reddit topic with this name:

For example, I searched for Chauchat skins:

Weapon skins for Chauchat:
Distinguished: Gladiator, Sho-Sho
Legendary: Calligrammes, Ma p'tite Mimi, Le Flambeau



The Sho-Sho and the Gladiator skins for Chauchat (
After the United States entered World War I in April 1917, the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) arrived in France without automatic weapons or field artillery. Consequently, it turned to its French ally to purchase ordnance. General Pershing chose the Hotchkiss M1914 machine gun and the Chauchat machine rifle (designated as "Automatic Rifle, Model 1915 (Chauchat)" by the AEF and nicknamed the "Sho-Sho" by the troops) to equip U.S. infantry. Between August 1917 and the November 11, 1918 Armistice with Germany, the Gladiator factory delivered to the AEF 16,000 Chauchats in 8 mm Lebel and, late in 1918, 19,000 Chauchats in .30-06. The term CSRG is made up of the initials of Chauchat, Sutter, Ribeyrolles and Gladiator, the respective manufacturers. Paul Ribeyrolles was the general manager of the Gladiator company, a peacetime manufacturer of motor cars, motorcycles, and bicycles located in Pre-Saint-Gervais (a northern suburb of Paris). The fairly large Gladiator factory was thus converted into an arms manufacturer in 1915 and became the principal industrial producer of Chauchat machine rifles during World War I.


The Ma p'tite Mimi skin for Chauchat ( Jean-Baptiste-Théodore-Marie Botrel (14 September 1868 – 28 July 1925) was a French singer-songwriter, poet and playwright. During World War I he became France's official "Bard of the Armies". Botrel's most famous wartime songs were Rosalie (the nickname of the French bayonet) and Ma P'tite Mimi (about a machine-gun).


Le Flambeau skin for Chauchat ( Monument du Flambeau (Torch of Peace). The huge Torch of Peace rising out of the ground in Neuville-Saint-Vaast is certainly a striking feature of the village and symbolizes for the 1,500 people who live there a fresh start after the turmoil. The scene of fierce fighting, because of its proximity to Lorette Spur and Vimy Ridge, not one building was left standing in the village by the end of the Great War. Seized by the Germans in October 1914, this heavily-fortified position was retaken in 1915 by the French after two weeks of incessant fighting which cost the lives of more than 5,000 men and left the village in ruins.




Calligrammes skin for Chauchat ( Guillaume Apollinaire(26 August 1880 – 9 November 1918) was a French poet, playwright, short story writer, novelist, and art critic of Polish descent. Two years after being wounded in World War I, Apollinaire died during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 and was recognized as "Fallen for France" (Mort pour la France) because of his commitment during the war. Shortly after his death, Mercure de France published Calligrammes, a collection of his concrete poetry (poetry in which typography and layout adds to the overall effect), and more orthodox, though still modernist poems informed by Apollinaire's experiences in the First World War and in which he often used the technique of automatic writing.


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Heavy Bomber skins:
Distinguished: Alyosha, Bogatyr, Chobotok, Dobrynia, Kievsky, Monino, Poganoe, Russky Vityaz, Russobalt


Russobalt skin for Heavy Bomber ( Russo-Balt (sometimes Russobalt or Russo-Baltique) was one of the first Russian companies that produced vehicles and aircraft between 1909 and 1923. In early 1912 company director M. V. Shidlovsky hired 22-year-old Igor Sikorsky as the chief engineer for RBVZ's new aircraft division in St. Petersburg. This group quickly produced a series of airplanes. Among these were the S-5, S-7, S-9, S-10 (1913), S-11, S-12, S-16 (1915), S-20 (1916), Russky Vityaz (The Grand) (1913), a series named Il'ya Muromets starting in 1913, and its planned successor, the Alexander Nevsky (1916).


Russky Vityaz skin for Heavy Bomber ( The Sikorsky Russky Vityaz (Russian: Русский витязь), or Russian Knight (S-21), previously known as the Bolshoi Baltisky (Russian: Большой Балтийский) (The Great Baltic) in its first four-engined version, was the first four-engine aircraft in the world, designed by Igor Sikorsky and built at the Russian Baltic Railroad Car Works (Russo-Baltiiskyi Vagonnyi Zavod or R-BVZ, Russo-Balt) in Saint Petersburg in early 1913.
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Kievsky skin for Heavy Bomber ( In 1913 the Ilya Muromets No. 107 flew for the first time, and on 11 February 1914, the second prototype (factory airframe 128) took off for its first demonstration flight with 16 passengers aboard, marking a record for number of passengers carried. From 30 June to 12 July 1914, it set a world record by making a trip from Saint Petersburg to Kiev, a distance of some 1200 km, and back. During an Imperial military review at Krasnoye Selo in July, Nicholas II decorated and christened the Ilya Muromets Type B Military Prototype, No. 128, the "Kievsky."


Monino skin for Heavy Bomber ( The Central Air Force Museum (Russian: Центральный музей Военно-воздушных сил РФ) is an aviation museum in Monino, Moscow Oblast, Russia. A branch of the Central Armed Forces Museum, it is one of the world's largest aviation museums, and the largest for Soviet aircraft, with a collection including 173 aircraft and 127 aircraft engines on display. One Ilya Muromets S-22 replica exists in the Monino Air Force Museum near Moscow built in 1970.


Bogatyr, Alyosha, Dobrynia and Chobotok skins for Heavy Bomber ( The Sikorsky Ilya Muromets aircraft series was named after Ilya Muromets, a hero from Slavic mythology. Ilya Muromets (Russian: Илья Муромец), or Ilya of Murom, sometimes Ilya Murometz, is one of the bogatyrs (epic knights) in Bylinas of Kievan Rus. He is often featured alongside fellow bogatyrs Dobrynya Nikitich and Alyosha Popovich. The tales are set in the time of the Kievan Rus'. Attempts have been made to identify a possible historical nucleus for the character. The main candidate is Ilya Pechersky [ru], a monk of the 12th century who was beatified in the Orthodox Church in 1643. According to hagiography, before taking his monastic vows Ilya was a warrior famous for his strength. His nickname was Chobotok, Old East Slavic for "(small) boot", given to him after an incident when Ilya, caught by surprise, fought off enemies with only his boot.


Poganoe skin for Heavy Bomber ( Idolishche Poganoye (Russian: Идолище Поганое) is a mythological monstrosity from Russian bylinas (epic tales) and other folklore; he personifies pagan forces invading the Russian lands. The name literally means "pagan idol", with a Russian augmentative suffix "-ishche". The major epic sources that involve Idolische are various variants of the bylina "Ilya Muromets and Idolishche Poganoye" ("Илья Муромец и Идолище Поганое"), which may also characterise Idolishche as "Tatarin" (the Tatar), in reference to the Tatar-Mongol yoke.

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@HUN_gattaca_lg Great publication mate !

Nothing about the weapons are given from the hasard in this game, another pattern why it is special.

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Farquhar-Hill skins are also quite recognizable:


Weapon skins for Farquhar-Hill:
Distinguished: Arthur, Moubray
Legendary: The RNAS, Testament of Youth, Tondern Raid

The Moubray and the Arthur skins for Farquhar-Hill ( The Farquhar–Hill rifle, a British design by Moubray G. Farquhar and Arthur H. Hill, was one of the first semi-automatic rifles designed in the early 20th century. By 1911, Farquhar and Hill revised their rifle, changing its source of energy from barrel recoil to more convenient gas operated action. After several trials, including troop trials at the Front, and some use by observers in aircraft, in 1918 the Farquhar–Hill rifle was found to be suitable for military use and an official request was issued for procurement of as many as 100,000 Farquhar–Hill rifles. However, the war ended before production facilities were allocated, and manufacture of Farquhar–Hill rifles was cancelled in 1919.



The RNAS skin for Farquhar-Hill ( The Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) was the air arm of the Royal Navy, under the direction of the Admiralty's Air Department, and existed formally from 1 July 1914 to 1 April 1918, when it was merged with the British Army's Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force (RAF), the world's first independent air force. Before techniques were developed for taking off and landing on ships, the RNAS had to use seaplanes in order to operate at sea.


The Tondern Raid skin for Farquhar-Hill ( The Tondern raid or Operation F.7, was a British bombing raid mounted by the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force against the Imperial German Navy airship base at Tønder, Denmark, then a part of Germany. The airships were used for the strategic bombing of Britain. It was the first attack in history by aircraft from an aircraft carrier. On 19 July 1918, seven Sopwith Camels took off from the converted battlecruiser HMS Furious. For the loss of one man and several aircraft, the British destroyed Zeppelins L 54, L 60 and a captive balloon.



The Testament of Youth skin for Farquhar-Hill ( Vera Mary Brittain (29 December 1893 – 29 March 1970) was an English Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) nurse, writer, feminist, socialist and pacifist. Her best-selling 1933 memoir Testament of Youth recounted her experiences during the First World War and the beginning of her journey towards pacifism. Roland Leighton, who became her fiancé in August 1915, close friends Victor Richardson and Geoffrey Thurlow, and finally her brother Edward were all killed in the war. Many of their letters to each other are reproduced in the book Letters from a Lost Generation.


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Parabellum MG 14/17 was a redesign of the Maschinengewehr 08 machine gun system intended for use on aircraft and zeppelins.


weapon skins:

Distinguished: Degtereva, Shakhovskaya
Legendary: Otto Dix, Paul Klee, The Prussian

Degtereva and Shakhovskaya skins for Parabellum MG 14/17 ( Evgeniya M. Shakhovskaya is the World’s first female air force pilot and Nedeshda Degtereva is the World’s first female pilot to be wounded during military flight operations.


The Prussian skin for Parabellum MG 14/17: Deutsche Waffen- und Munitionsfabriken ( The Parabellum MG 14 was a 7.92 mm caliber World War I machine gun built by Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken. Deutsche Waffen- und Munitionsfabriken Aktiengesellschaft (German Weapons and Munitions public limited company), known as DWM, was an arms company in Imperial Germany created in 1896 when Ludwig Loewe & Company united its weapons and ammunition production facilities within one company. In 1896 Loewe founded Deutsche Waffen- und Munitionsfabriken with a munitions plant in Karlsruhe (Baden), formerly Deutsche Metallpatronenfabrik Lorenz, and the weapons plant in Berlin. Berlin was the capital of the Kingdom of Prussia (1701–1918) and German Empire (1871–1918).


Otto Dix skin for Parabellum MG 14/17 ( Wilhelm Heinrich Otto Dix (December 1891 – 25 July 1969) was a German painter and printmaker, noted for his ruthless and harshly realistic depictions of German society during the Weimar Republic and the brutality of war. He earned the Iron Cross, 2nd class, and reached the rank of vizefeldwebel. In August 1918 he was wounded in the neck, and shortly after he took pilot training lessons.



Paul Klee skin for Parabellum MG 14/17 ( Paul Klee (18 December 1879 – 29 June 1940) was a Swiss-born German artist. His highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that included expressionism, cubism, and surrealism. After finishing the military training course, which began on 11 March 1916, he was committed as a soldier behind the front. Klee moved on 20 August 1916 to the aircraft maintenance company in Oberschleissheim, executing skilled manual work, such as restoring aircraft camouflage, and accompanying aircraft transports.

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M1917 MG (the M1917 Browning machine gun is a heavy machine gun used by the United States armed forces in World War I) skins:

Distinguished: Black Jack, Lilly
Legendary: Amos Wilder, Rendezvous, The Sammie


Black Jack skin for M1917 MG ( General of the Armies John Joseph Pershing (September 13, 1860 – July 15, 1948), nicknamed "Black Jack", was a senior United States Army officer. He served most famously as the commander of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) on the Western Front during World War I, from 1917 to 1918.


The Sammie skin for M1917 MG ( “Yanks,” “Sammies,” “Pershing’s Crusaders” – these were just some of the names used to label America’s enlisted men in World War I. Pershing’s Crusaders and Sammies (for Uncle Sam’s troops) made some appearances in advertising and propaganda posters, but those labels weren’t well liked by the troops, many of whom preferred to be called Yanks.


Amos Wilder skin for M1917 MG ( Amos Niven Wilder (September 18, 1895 – May 4, 1993) was an American poet, minister, and theology professor. He studied for two years at Oberlin College (1913–1915), but volunteered in the Ambulance Field Service; he was awarded the Croix de Guerre. In November 1917, he enlisted in the U.S. Field Artillery as a corporal. He wrote Battle Retrospect, about his experiences in World War I.


Rendezvous skin for M1917 MG ( Alan Seeger (22 June 1888 – 4 July 1916) was an American war poet who fought and died in World War I during the Battle of the Somme, serving in the French Foreign Legion. He is best known for the poem "I Have a Rendezvous with Death".


Lilly skin for M1917 MG (???)  triple question mark, maybe Lilly Base Hospital 32 (

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A very readable account of the fighting around  Fismes and Fismette (also skins for the 1900) from the US point of view.  I think this is supposed to be captured in the Rupture Map, but it doesn't bear much resemblance to Fismes as described in the book.

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Nagant Revolver Skins:
Distinguished: Émile, Léon
Legendary: The Rasputin, Sarikamish

Émile and Léon skins for Nagant Revolver: Fabrique d'armes Émile et Léon Nagant ( The Fabrique d'armes Émile et Léon Nagant, later known as L. Nagant & Cie, Liège, was a Belgian firm established in Liège in 1859 as a manufacturer of firearms and later automobiles. The company was originally founded by brothers Émile (1830–1902) and Léon (1833–1900) as an industrial repair business, which included repairing damaged firearms. The company is best known for Émile's contribution to the design of the Mosin–Nagant Russian service rifle, adopted in 1891. This introduction to the Tsar's military administration led to the adoption, in 1895, of the Nagant M1895 revolver (designed by Léon) as their standard-issue sidearm.


The Rasputin skin for Nagant Revolver ( Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin (Russian: Григорий Ефимович Распутин 21 January 1869 – 30 December 1916) was a Russian mystic and self-proclaimed holy man. He is best-known for having befriended the royal family of Nicholas II, the last Emperor of Russia, through whom he gained considerable influence in the later years of the Russian Empire.


Sarikamish skin for Nagant Revolver: Battle of Sarikamish ( The Battle of Sarikamish was an engagement between the Russian and the Ottoman Empires during World War I that took place from December 22, 1914 to January 17, 1915 as part of the Caucasus campaign. The battle resulted in a Russian victory.

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Mars Automatic Pistol Skins:


Distinguished: Fairfax, Hush-Hush
Legendary: The Beast, Syndicate

The Beast skin for Mars Automatic Pistol (In-game description): "The Mars was an absolute beast of a gun. Observers described that the Mars looked more like a firearm exploding than being fired. For a time, it was the most powerful handgun in the world."


Fairfax skin for Mars Automatic Pistol ( The Mars Automatic Pistol, also sometimes known as the Webley-Mars, was a semi-automatic pistol developed in 1900 by the Englishman Hugh Gabbett-Fairfax and distributed by the Mars Automatic Pistol Syndicate Ltd. of Birmingham.



Syndicate skin for Mars Automatic Pistol ( By the end of 1903, it became clear that no military contracts were going to be won, and Gabbett-Fairfax (who had been financing the whole project with personal loans) was hopelessly bankrupt. His patents were taken over by a consortium of his creditors under the name of the Mars Automatic Pistol Syndicate in an effort to revive the gun and recoup their investments. In late 1905 Clement Brown (formerly Gabbett-Fairfax’s shop manager) filed a patent for several improvements to the design. The Syndicate subcontracted manufacture out to a number of local Birmingham gunsmiths and in conjunction with remaining stocks of parts they attempted to market the improved gun in 1906. Their efforts failed completely, and by 1907 the effort was given up and the next year the Syndicate was also bankrupt, and dissolved.


Hush-Hush skin for Mars Automatic Pistol ( Dunsterforce: Kiwi soldiers in the 'Hush-Hush Brigade'. One of the lesser known but most intriguing campaigns involving New Zealanders in the First World War was the Dunsterforce expedition into the Caucasus mountains and Northern Iran. Needing to keep these oil-rich and strategically important regions out of Ottoman and German hands, Britain sent 350 hand-picked Officers and NCOs (non-commissioned officers) from New Zealand, Australia and Canada to join the secretive 'Hush-Hush Brigade,' which was established by General Lionel Dunsterville, the man behind Rudyard Kipling’s character ‘Stalky’.

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Modello 1915 Pistol Skins:
Distinguished: Baracca, Diaz
Legendary: The Arditi, Il Risorgimento


Baracca skin for Modello 1915 Pistol ( Count Francesco Baracca (9 May 1888 – 19 June 1918) was Italy's top fighter ace of World War I. He was credited with 34 aerial victories. The emblem he wore side by side on his plane of a black horse prancing on its two rear hooves inspired Enzo Ferrari to use it on his racing car and later in his automotive company.



Diaz skin for Modello 1915 Pistol ( Armando Diaz, 1st Duke della Vittoria, (5 December 1861 – 28 February 1928) was an Italian general and a Marshal of Italy. He is mostly known for his role as Chief of Staff of the Regio Esercito during World War I from November 1917. He managed to stop the Austro-Hungarian advance along the Piave River in the First Battle of Monte Grappa. In June 1918, he led the Italian forces to a major victory at the Second Battle of the Piave River. A few months later, he achieved a decisive victory in the Battle of Vittorio Veneto, which ended the war on the Italian Front. He is celebrated as one of the greatest generals of the war.


Il Risorgimento skin for Modello 1915 Pistol ( The unification of Italy (Italian: Unità d'Italia, also known as the Risorgimento (lit. 'Resurgence'), was the 19th-century political and social movement that resulted in the consolidation of different states of the Italian Peninsula into a single state in 1861, the Kingdom of Italy. Some of the states that had been targeted for unification (terre irredente) did not join the Kingdom of Italy until 1918 after Italy defeated Austria-Hungary in the First World War. For this reason, historians sometimes describe the unification period as continuing past 1871, including activities during the late 19th century and the First World War (1915–1918), and reaching completion only with the Armistice of Villa Giusti on 4 November 1918. This more expansive definition of the unification period is the one presented at the Central Museum of the Risorgimento at the Vittoriano.


The Arditi skin for Modello 1915 Pistol ( Arditi (from the Italian verb ardire, lit. "to dare", and translates as "The Daring") was the name adopted by a Royal Italian Army elite special force of World War I. They and the opposing German Stormtroopers were the first modern shock troops, and they have been defined "the most feared corps by opposing armies".



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Obrez Pistol skins:

Distinguished: Bednyak, Serednyak
Legendary: The Kulak, Romanovka


Bednyak, Serednyak and The Kulak skins for Obrez Pistol ( Soviet terminology divided the Russian peasants into three broad categories:
1. Bednyak, or poor peasants.
2. Serednyak, or mid-income peasants.
3. Kulak, the higher-income farmers who had larger farms.


Romanovka skin for Obrez Pistol ( The Battle of Romanovka was fought in June 1919 during the Russian Civil War. Russian Bolsheviks of Yakov Tryapitsyn launched a surprise attack on an American army camp at Romanovka, near Vladivostok. As a result of the engagement, the attacks were repelled. Romanovka and the Suchan Valley Campaign that followed were the final major engagements of the Russian Civil War involving the United States. Battles would later break out again between the Americans and Soviets, as well as the Cossacks, on much smaller scales. Likewise, the Americans were invariably victorious.

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