Monthly Archives: July 2014

Beyond the Balmoral: Major Claude Raul Champion de Crespigny

  http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/major-claude-raul-champion-de-crespigny-18781941-5th-bt-49166   A portrait of a fine gentleman and Auxiliary Policeman, Claude Raul Champion de Crespigny, 5th Baronet.   This family had an interesting time of it. From the end of the Second World War, the baronetcy passed three … Continue reading

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Nationwide Once Again

Last night rté, Ireland’s national television station, broadcast the first of three shows dedicated to the tensions and histories of the men and women who gave their lives in what would become known as the First World War.  The Nationwide programme … Continue reading

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Last Hiroshima bomb crew member dies

Last Hiroshima bomb crew member dies http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28548475

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Don’t get your Bat Trunks in a Knot!

  Follow Me: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/07/a-brief-history-of-batmans-trunks!!! Now normally this site is purely dedicated to Military History and the like, but given how popular last year’s homage to Batman and history was, I’ve decided those of you who have a keen interest in all … Continue reading

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Royal Crest at NUI Galway

Here are a few pictures which I took some time ago of a disused royal crest carved ‘in the round’ at the National University of Ireland Galway. As you can see from the relief detail and also the lion and … Continue reading

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Here are a few pictures which I took some time ago of a disused royal crest carved ‘in the round’ at the National University of Ireland Galway. As you can see from the relief detail and also the lion and … Continue reading

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The RIC (Royal Italian Constabulary)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28254297 The carabinieri have served Italy for 200 years in a fashion similar to other gendarmeries. Indeed when one considers matters the similarities between it and the now defunct Royal Irish Constabulary are striking. Neither force attracts recruits from particularly … Continue reading

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An Irishman’s Diary on Hubert Gough, an enigmatic general

http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/an-irishman-s-diary-on-hubert-gough-an-enigmatic-general-1.1858372

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The Marching Dead

US sends draft notices to 1800s men http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28268638   The agency responsible for maintaining and updating the data which allows the United States government to theoretically the maintain operational capability of conscripting its citizens for military service recently made a … Continue reading

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Trench construction in World War I

Originally posted on Diana Overbey:
When people think of World War I, one of the first images that comes to mind is the trench.  Here’s a look into how these major features were constructed, as well as their impact on…

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Pity the Nations

Art imitates life with alarming regularity, especially in our twenty-first century, but it is rarely seen whereby life returns the favour. Unfortunately the ongoing civil war in Syria is doing just that.     The Crusaders’ castle, Krak des Chevaliers … Continue reading

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Cold war haunting the Israel-Gaza conflict

  What weapons are being used in the Israel-Gaza conflict http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28245343 Israel might be a cutting edge weapons producer, but the weapons which it’s enemies deploys against it are a blast (pun unintended) from the past. This short story from … Continue reading

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Remember the Alamo?

Phil Collins donates Alamo hoard http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-28054287 Collection of military memorabilia is at an all time. With the natural rise in interest in the First World War with the centenary of that conflict rapidly approaching. In this case it’s Phil Collins … Continue reading

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Olympian and POW Zamperini dies

Olympian and POW Zamperini dies http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28149957

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Alba go Bráth?

Everyone Scottish child and adult knows that the Battle of Bannockburn was a famous victory for the Scottish over their persecutors the hated English. Or so the popular story goes…. But what was the Battle of Bannockburn really about? What … Continue reading

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