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Lindisfarne Gospels and Vikings

In the History Channel’s new series on the Vikings there is an episode where the Vikings raid the Island of Lindisfarne, a small island off of England’s Northumbrian coast. The raid is thought to be the beginning of Viking adventures on England, Scotland, Ireland, France and just about everywhere else their longships could carry them. […]

OLD ENGLISH: Battle of Brunanburh Poem (937 AD)

I haven’t had much time to write lately but have found a couple of interesting links. This one fascinated me. It’s basically a poem recited in Olde English. The poem commemorates a battle that was fought between the Wessex Saxons (the old English speakers) and the Scots, Picts and Vikings in 937 AD. Linguistics is […]

Originally posted on Under Every Leaf.:
This is one of my favourite pictures from the Boer War. It is labelled Royal Munster Fusiliers fighting from behind redoubt at Honey Nest Kloof (Feb 16th 1900). Now I have always wondered if this was real or staged for the photographer. A number of things have concerned me.…

Earliest Combat Photography

Fascinating collection of  early combat photography: 1863-1914 Compiled by Chubachus on You Tube.  

Originally posted on The Cotton Boll Conspiracy:
Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist, the last surviving member of the July 20, 1944, plot to kill Adolf Hitler, died earlier this month at age 90. Von Kleist had joined the Wehrmacht as an infantry officer in 1940 at age 18, but he did so out of an allegiance to…

Originally posted on My Take:
The headline read Ordinary German Soldiers Responsible War Crimes, not just SS. (Daily Mail, UK) It was the second time I saw the article. The first time it was in Der Spiegel a German magazine, English edition and the second time in the UK’s Daily Mail. In both cases the…

The First World War in the East

I’ve read little about World War One and the little I’ve read has been around American involvement that began in April, 1917 when America entered the war on the side of France, Britain and the Commonwealth countries. But the fact is the war had been going on since August, 1914 and all sides, Allied powers […]