Monthly Archives: June 2014

Jim Gant: the ‘Lawrence of Afghanistan’

A thought provoking piece on COIN theory and the lengths you sometimes have to go to. One cannot help but be struck by the parallels which exist between the case of Jim Gant and that of the insurgent supporter TE … Continue reading

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Rorke’s Drift heroes Immortalised

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-27762901 It is quite sad to think that even though a tremendous action (is battle the right word here?) took place, scores killed and wounded on both sides, heroism unparalleled in modern history and what are we left with? A film, … Continue reading

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“Black and Tans” in Palestine

Ireland was only the beginning for the Black and Tans…. Continue reading

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Bowe Bergdahl: What does a returning POW need?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-27805816

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Countess Markievicz’s Court Martial records

Constance Gore Booth aka Countess Markievicz is listed in this record from the National Archives of the United Kingdom, Kew. She was an active member of the Irish Citizen Army before and during the Easter Rising of 1916 and afterwards … Continue reading

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Countess Markievicz’s Court Martial records

Constance Gore Booth aka Countess Markievicz is listed in this record from the National Archives of the United Kingdom, Kew. She was an active member of the Irish Citizen Army before and during the Easter Rising of 1916 and afterwards … Continue reading

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Allez des Cauchemars

France’s forgotten Blitz http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-27703724 Today marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Occupied France. The actual landings themselves were preceeded by a massive aerial bombardment of the Nazi held French coastal areas of Normandy. As many as 50,000 … Continue reading

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Young Historians and WWI

Young historians bring past to life for competition http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/young-historians-bring-past-to-life-for-competition-270766.html?utm_source=androidapp&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=sharebutton

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Puritanical Ireland’s great poster cover-up

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/puritanical-irelandrsquos-great-poster-cover-up-269689.html?utm_source=androidapp&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=sharebutton This is a fantastic archive, a cross section of Irish censorship history throughout the twentieth century. Looking at, in particular Marilyn Monroe’s “dress”, one cannot but help be struck by the sheer absurdity of it all! A great head-shaking … Continue reading

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