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Killing Patton-The Strange Death of World War IIs Most Audacious General, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. Henry Holt and Company, Copyright 2014. 350 pages I would consider myself an occasional viewer of Bill O’Reilly on Fox. I can’t make up my mind as to whether I like him or not. I usually agree with his […]
I haven’t been writing much but have been reading so I’d thought I’d share my latest books on WW1 along with brief reviews should anyone be interested. My first plunge was John Keegan’s The First World War. Keegan’s book is written at a strategic level-a kind of movement of armies type book that gives an excellent feel to […]
Since the inception of email, texting and other forms of instant communications letter and post card writing are disappearing, One would wonder how historians will document the Afghan War when they will not have access to the thousands if not millions of emails that have passed between the service men and women and their families […]
Down below the first two pics is my latest find from an antique store in Delavan, WI. The stereotypic image portrays Russian Cossacks shooting down a German Zeppelin. There is no way to date the image but it would have to be either WW1 (1914-1918) or post-war. Although the eastern front in WW1 receives little attention […]
As a “Yank” I’ve never had a horse in the race regarding the movement for Scottish Independence from the UK. Frankly, I’ve never understood the argument from the secessionists but certainly have recognized the “William Wallace” pride associated with being Scottish. Soooo, it has seemed to me that the two countries are better off with […]
Lecturing terrorists and empire builders that they are on the wrong side of history does not stop them from terrorizing or empire building.
Here’s another postcard that caught my eye at the antique shop. It’s a print of the Pipe and Drum contingent of the 1st Royal Scots, the oldest regiment in the British Army. The publisher was Valentine and Sons. Valentine and Sons were Victorian era publishers of postcards and grew to be Scotland’s largest. The uniforms […]