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Oleg Penkovsky, Six Breaths and World Destruction May 31, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Oleg Penkovsky, Six Breaths and World Destruction

    Beachcombing has never quite known what to make of Oleg Penkovsky, the most important double agent run by MI6, indeed by any power in the Cold War. Was he self-seeking? A traitor? A hero? These are puerile questions: he was probably all three. But now for a curiosity that is more amenable to […]

Tibetan soldiers in the Second World War May 31, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Tibetan soldiers in the Second World War

                    Beachcombing has long been intrigued by the following account published in Tribune in October 1944 in Orwell’s As I Please. We know that Greenlanders fought the Germans, that Brazilians attempted to take Monte Cassino… but Tibetans in the Wehrmacht? The mind boggles. Is it genuine or […]

Tyrkjaránið – Arab Pirates in Iceland May 30, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Tyrkjaránið - Arab Pirates in Iceland

        Despite rumors of a polar bear in medieval northern Africa and well attested penetration by Rus Vikings into the Volga in the tenth century contacts between the Arab world and Scandinavia are few until (very) modern times. All the more reason then for Beachcombing to enjoy the Tyrkjaránið, the Norse/Icelandic word for the […]