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  The First World War wound up to a deuced bloody stalemate by 1914. From the English Channel to the Swiss border, the historic trenches of World War I skeined through the countryside. Millions of men on either side were locked in a barren and unavailing bloodbath trying to break open holes in each others’ […]

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This is one of the greatest speeches ever delivered to Congress.     Members of the Senate and of the House of Representatives of the United States, I feel greatly honored that you should have thus invited me to enter the United States Senate Chamber and address the representatives of both branches of Congress. The […]

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White Man’s Burden.

April 9, 2013

  Rudyard Kipling   Zheng He ruled the largest empire ever, according to academic sources, Wikipedia, and so forth. This is most probably true on a technicality only. In the middle-ages, China and Mongolia were so vast and so sparsely populated that most of that territory was essentially empty. The fact is the British have […]

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Churchill Was Inspired By The Finns In The Winter War. So Much So That He Made a Speech About Them.

December 23, 2012

        Churchill as First Lord of Admirality (National Archives).   In 1930, the Soviets invaded Finland and the first Russian army was wiped out by a relatively handful of skilled biathlete like soldiers- skiing and shooting. It took a much bigger Red Army to dislodge the Finns. But the embarrassment was erubescent […]

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How The U-Boats Brought Britain To The Brink Of Defeat.

March 8, 2011

  Hitler, as it turns out, was very skeptical of the U-boat. He told Admiral Karl Dönitz that he worried they would amount to little. Early in the war on Hitler’s plans and calls ended up being right. You can imagine pride he felt when by the time he conquered France the Wolf Packs had […]

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Excogitating On The Eastern Front

October 3, 2010

Churchill and Stalin did not trust each other. Certainly it was stupendously important that the Russian leader fought with the Allies and did so ferociously. Churchill was a student of history and with his access to the finest intelligence services the west could provide he knew what had happened in the 1930s. He knew that […]

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Military Anecdote Day

September 6, 2010

After returning from a visit with the British East India Company in Bombay, Churchill attended a wartime conference. A brash American lady accosted him. “What are you going to do about those wretched Indians?” she asked. “Madam, to which Indians do you refer? Do you refer to the second greatest nation on Earth, under which […]

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Gallipoli. The Cost Of Bad Planning.

July 22, 2010

  The Dardanelles Fleet The now much denigrated Mel Gibson starred in a movie about this campaign, not surprisingly called Gallipoli. The movie is great and it is also a good portrayal of the cost paid by young soldiers for making war that is poorly led, poorly planned, begun with poor intelligence and untried methods.  […]

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Strategic Bombing In WWII

July 13, 2010

At the outset of WWII, Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued a statement that “All combatants, under no circumstances undertake bombardment from the air of civilian populations.” US commanders, particularly General Frank Akers, believed that the best use of US air assets was precision bombing (as close as it got during the day) of specific military industrial […]

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Churchill’s Displeaure With A Scottish Hotel

November 15, 2009

Queen’s Hotel Dundee, Scotland was not to Winston Churchill’s liking, and the current owners are proud of it. Pre WWI. Source: BoingBoing Related Posts:Most Politicians Would Have Been Destroyed By A Fiasco Like Gallipoli. Not Winston Churchill.Churchill’s Address to the Congress of the United States (December 26, 1941)White Man’s Burden.Churchill Was Inspired By The Finns […]

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