Morris A. “Two-Gun” Cohen A.D.C.
Michael Alderton (essarem) notes that the above image titled: Bodyguard ‘Two-Gun’ Cohen: ‘hell on wheels with a brace of revolvers’, is a mid-1990’s reworking, by Alan Flett, of a mid-1950’s illustration by the popular English illustrator, Cyril Webb. The subject of the portrait is dressed in civilian clothes - a suit and tie - with a wide, heavy belt supporting a pair of leather holsters clearly visible under the line of the suit jacket. Each holster holds the British Smith and Wesson .455 calibre Service Revolver (1917 design). This bulky revolver, with its exposed hammer, is characteristically holstered on the hip, and used in the field of battle. Differing from its American manufactured Smith and Wesson .45 calibre cousin, the British equivalent is chambered for the slightly larger, more powerful .455 British Service Eley cartridge. It is a swing-out cylinder revolver of 6 chambers, which can take two clips of 3 cartridges for quick reloading. It has an accurate range of 50 yards.
Michael Alderton (essarem) further adds that it is perhaps somewhat unfair to refer to General Cohen as being a “bodyguard”. In this context, his acquaintance, Mr R. Gould, makes the observation that: General Morris ‘Two-Gun’ Cohen kept himself employed by and close to the Chinese. He took pride in this and was careful to preserve a sound professional status, though he didn’t let this interfere with his being amusing company. One thing could make him huffy, and that was when some new acquaintance thought to display familiarity with his record by speaking of him as bodyguard to Sun Yat-sen. It could be that his name of ‘Two-Gun’ dated from the Sun Yat-sen period, but Morris felt that such a role as bodyguard was far below the dignity of a general. He preferred the designation ‘aide-de-camp’.