1 September, 2014
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Crazy Like a Fox – 12 Remarkable Facts About Erwin Rommel

VINCENT VAN GOGH WORKED IN LIGHT AND COLOUR. Frank Lloyd Wright favoured concrete and glass. Mark Twain dealt in satire. And while few would consider him an artist per se, Germany's Erwin Rommel was indeed a creative genius too -- his medium was the tank, his canvas the sprawling sands of North Africa. Revered by his men, feared and respected by his enemies, the so-called “Desert Fox” was perhaps one of the most innovative and resourceful military commanders of the Second World War, Read more [...]

22 August, 2014
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Wartime Witchcraft? – The Strange Tale of Helen Duncan and the Sinking of HMS Barham

Helen Duncan was hosting a séance in Portsmouth, England in November, 1941 when she stunned her audience with a disturbing announcement, one that she claimed had come to her through otherworldly sources. According to the 44-year-old Scotish-born spiritualist and mother of six, HMS Barham had just been sunk. Her listeners were astounded by the news. After all, there had been no official reports of such a disaster and certainly nothing had been in the papers about an attack on the long-serving Read more [...]

20 August, 2014
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The Quotable Bonaparte – Nine of Napoleon’s Most Memorable Quips Explained

By Shannon Selin HAVING ALREADY LOOKED AT TEN THINGS NAPOLEON NEVER SAID , here are nine famous quotes that are correctly attributed to Bonaparte (although they are often taken out of context). Considering the circumstances in which the French emperor actually made the remarks may put a different spin on them. Note that all of these famous phrases differ from translation to translation, while some have changed and evolved over the past 200 years. 1. “In war, three-quarters turns on personal Read more [...]
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18 August, 2014
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Theatre of War – 14 Unexpected Historic Reenactment Groups

CIVIL WAR REENACTMENTS JUST AREN'T WHAT THEY USED TO BE. So writes Jesse Marx in an article on the news site While a decade ago, there were an estimated 50,000 living-history enthusiasts in the U.S. devoted to recreating the conflict, according to the article, the number of participants has fallen by half in recent years. “The old guys are getting out of the game… and the kids aren't necessarily rushing to take their place,” writes Marx. “Meanwhile, the Great Recession Read more [...]
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15 August, 2014
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Junior Generalissimos — Nine of History’s Youngest Military Commanders

IT'S BEEN SAID THAT WAR IS A YOUNG MAN'S GAME. Need proof? Look no further than James M. Gavin. In 1944, the 37-year-old New York City native rose to the rank of lieutenant general and was placed in command of the entire 82nd Airborne Division. A West Point grad and pioneer of the emerging field of airborne warfare, Gavin became famous among grunts for his habit of carrying a bulky infantryman’s M-1 rifle rather than a lighter carbine or officer’s pistol, as well as his practice of Read more [...]