December 2011

Rifleman Edward Vakabua From 4th Battalion, “The Rifles” The Only Soldier From Fiji To Die In Iraq Died At Basra Palace On 6 July 2007

December 10, 2011

  “Vaka embodied the proud, honourable and long tradition of Fijians serving in the British Army. These remarkable men from literally the other side of the world are the best possible ambassadors for their beautiful country that Fiji could hope for. Tough, proud, independent, strong-willed, indomitable and courageous they come from a warrior tradition and […]

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The 335 Year War. The Longest War Ever Not Fought.

December 9, 2011

  In 1651, a war broke out between the Netherlands, and the Isles of Scilly, a small group of islands off the cSouthwest coast  of the United Kingdom. After the Treaty of Munster which guaranteed Dutch Independence from the Spanish Empire, the Isles of Scilly allied with the Royalists under Queen Elizabeth I.   Admiral […]

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Boneyard Russian Subs

December 8, 2011

  When the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, the Soviet Union collapsed. And with the government that disappeared went the budgets to maintain the vast and rather modern nuclear attack submarines. So these submarines were sent to dry dock to basically rot. One might think that this does not merit note. But remember these […]

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The Pearl Harbor Diary Of George McCartney Hunter.

December 7, 2011

  December 7, 1941     Sunday   Awoke this morning at 0730. Moe, Heavy, York, and myself had a golf match scheduled and planned to leave the ship at 0930. I lay sleepy-eyed in my bunk for some time.   At 07:45 the General Alarm sounded followed by “Away Fire and Rescue Party”. I […]

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Magnificent Scale Models And Actual Uniforms From The National Maritime Museum Collections, UK.

December 6, 2011

A Collection of 1:48 scale models made in the early 18th century and demonstrating magnificent detailed craftsmanship. Related Posts:In 2005…A Comparison Of Gun Crime In The US and The UK.The Handley Page 115 Testbed.Weird Back To The Cold War Cat And Mouse Games Begin AgainBritish Soldier Throws Back Taliban Grenade, Saves Comrade.Thoughts On The Forgotten […]

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Quote Of The Day

December 5, 2011

  Cowardice asks the question: is it safe? Expediency asks the question: is it politic? Vanity asks the question: Is it popular? But conscience asks the question: Is it right? And then comes a time when one  must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because […]

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The Great Nazi Art Heist.

December 4, 2011

  Adolph Hitler was after all an artist. Now it’s easy to call him a failed artist because of course he could not make it as one in the streets of Vienna before the first world war. He was turned down twice applying for a student position in the Vienna School for fine Arts. That […]

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King Tiger Versus Super Pershing.

December 3, 2011

Mid March, 1945, the US Army was rapidly pursuing the attenuated and worn down ranks of the Wehrmacht in western Europe. Third Armored Division was firmly entrenched on German territory, with a maintenance support group eagerly awaiting a new tank. By this time we realized that whatever we did in the war that worked, our […]

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The de Havilland DH 108 “Swallow”.

December 2, 2011

  The de Havilland DH 108 was a British tailless swept wing experimental plane developed during World War II. John Carver Meadows Frost developed this prototype that looked remarkably like the German Me-163 Comet rocket powered interceptor. It had anti spin parachutes in the wings and leading edge slots that would help fight slow speed […]

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Attila, According To History Books.

December 1, 2011

  Attila, King of the Huns was born in approximately 406 AD. Twenty-two years later a second barbarian king was born, Genseric, a charismatic leader of the Vandals. Both rose to power in their bands and both led tens of thousands to the gates of Rome and shook the Roman Empire to its very core. […]

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