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Writing to the Interests of the State

Writing to the Interests of the State

Shortly after Adolf Hitler took power in Germany in 1933 his Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, a vicious anti-Semite, assembled 300 Berlin journalists to instruct them on the Nazi’s new National Press Law. From that point on the journalists would have to be a licensed member of Goebbels’ newly formed Reichsverband der Deutschen Presse (press […]

German Postcards WW1

German Postcards WW1

I picked these two repro postcards up at a gun show from a fellow who deals in militaria. The cards are typical of the type used by most of the major powers in WW1. The soldier at the front would send one of these to his wife or sweetheart to remind her of his love […]

Grossvater, ist sie? (Grandfather, is this you?)

Grossvater, ist sie? (Grandfather, is this you?)

Gravelotte-St. Privat was the largest battle in the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71). It involved nearly 200,000 Germans and just over 100,000 French.  It was fought August 18, 1870. The battle was fought fives years after the conclusion of the American Civil War and in that time advances in weaponry had made the old style Napoleonic tactics […]

First Over There_Book Review and more.

First Over There_Book Review and more.

First Over There-The Attack on Cantigny, America’s First Battle of World War I, Matthew Davenport Thomas Dunn Books, St. Martin’s Press, New York 360 pages including notes. Select bibliography and index I started to study WW1 back in 2012 as Europe prepared for the upcoming centennial of WW1 that would commence in August 2014. I knew little […]

The 54th Massachusetts and the Assault on Battery Wagner

The 54th Massachusetts and the Assault on Battery Wagner

Today in American Civil War History the 54th Regiment of  Massachusetts Infantry, a regiment of free blacks assaulted Battery Wagner. Battery Wagner was situated on a small island that guarded the approaches from the sea-side of Charleston SC. The regiment was the lead regiment in Strong’s Brigade and thus would take the bulk of the […]

Vintage War Comics

Vintage War Comics

I’m not really a comic collector but when I see one from my youth and it’s not above $5.00 at a rummage sale or second-hand shop I’ll consider purchasing. Such was the case with these three pictured below. Two were published by Marvel Comics Group in the early 70s but they represent the type of thing […]

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