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  • History Roundup 244 including Really Amelia? October 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 244 including Really Amelia?

    Today’s post is on first machine gun casualty and today’s links follow. 1) Dogs of War: Somme etc 2) Amelia Found: Pacific 3) Leonardo, Magic and Hitler: Turin 4) Nazis in the CIA: US 5) World’s First CD Rom: Crete 6) Stolen Bodies: the graveyard 7) Witches through the Ages: Africa 8) Napoleonic Memories: France (amazing […]

    Daily History Picture: French Medal Giving October 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: French Medal Giving

    Jauffre getting all kissy in WW1

    Who Was the First Victim of a Machine Gun? October 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Who Was the First Victim of a Machine Gun?

    The machine gun was one of the most vicious military innovations of the late nineteenth century; and in the twentieth century, it slaughtered more individuals than the motor car, Ebola and ISIS put together. However, who had the honour of being first penetrated and killed by a machine gun bullet? The answer depends, of course, on […]

    History Roundup 243 including Earliest Stonehenge Reference October 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Uncategorized
    History Roundup 243 including Earliest Stonehenge Reference

    Today’s post is on non-saluting German and today’s links follow. 1) Earliest Stonehenge Reference: England (convincing!!!!) 2) Musical Ex-slave Review: Novel warning 3) Radioactive Coyotes: US 4) Holy Mowers: Devon 5) Mike Tyson, History Buff: wth! 6) Voyaging in Strange Seas: Review (promising?) 7) Oxford Traditions: hiss, boo… 8) Women’s Clothes Sizes: US and from […]

    Daily History Picture: Surviving the Blitz October 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Surviving the Blitz

    Baby and baby probably in 1940/1941

    The Poison Duel 11#: Poison Duels in Plays and Conclusion October 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    The Poison Duel 11#: Poison Duels in Plays and Conclusion

    Woe, the poison duel series is over, at least till someone else finds some new evidence. Here though are two bits of supplementary evidence, poison duels in plays. This slightly bitchy review appeared in 1835. Another new burletta, entitled An Affair of Honour, was also produced during the week at this theatre. The main interest […]

    History Roundup 242 including Butcher’s Secret Language October 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Uncategorized
    History Roundup 242 including Butcher's Secret Language

    Today’s links follow. 1) Henry VIII’s Cap on Maintenance: Ireland 2) Butcher’s Secret Language: Australia 3) Dinner with Michael Scott: Esoterx 4) Doctor’s Ghost Story: Derbyshire 5) Violent Trans ‘Husband’: Britain 6) Testicle Transplant: from a few years ago but interesting… 7) Turin Shroud for Easter: Italy 8) Gum Disease Past and Present: Britain and […]

    Daily History Picture: Sermon on the Mount October 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Sermon on the Mount

      Sublime beato Angelico at San Marco, note poor Judas…

    Churchill Urinating in Germany October 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Churchill Urinating in Germany

    An unseemly story as the title suggests. 24 March 1945, Churchill visited the first occupied areas in Germany and more particularly the famous Siegfried Line. He was travelling with several British dignitaries including Montgomery and Brooke. An American, Lieutenant General William Hood Simpson asked Churchill, some miles prior to Germany’s last line of defence, whether […]

    History Roundup 241 including Homer’s Flames October 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 241 including Homer's Flames

    Today’s post is on non-saluting German and today’s links follow. 1) The Flames that inspired Homer? Turkey 2) MI5 Foiled Nazis: Britain 3) Columbus, a Flawed Hero: Spain and the Americas (love the lead picture!) 4) First Space Walk: Outer Space 5) How Africa Should Look Today: Mapland 6) Robert Louis Stevenson Unplugged: Scotland 7) […]

    Daily History Picture: Samurai Bow Training October 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Samurai Bow Training

      Late nineteenth century samurai training.

    Speaking to Tens of Thousands Before Battle: Is it Possible? October 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
    Speaking to Tens of Thousands Before Battle: Is it Possible?

    Beach worried to day about speeches before battle in ancient and medieval times. If you have read any Roman or Greek historian then you know the drill. General stands up before his army, makes a few choice reflections on why his men are fighting,  and then the army goes out, inspired, and trashes or is […]

    History Roundup 240 including Historic UFOs October 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 240 including Historic UFOs

    Today’s post is on medieval conversion in Japan and today’s links follow. 1) UFO at Soccer Match: Italy 2) The Dunston Pillar: England 3) Ingrowing Curtain Ring: you owe it to yourself not to read this perhaps particularly if you are a man… 4) UFO in art: Romania 5) Glass of the King Over the […]

    Daily History Picture: Superb Mosaic October 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Superb Mosaic

      Unpleasant meal, second century BC mosaic  

    The German Non-Saluter Myth October 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary
    The German Non-Saluter Myth

    This picture has appeared periodically over the last few years. Its popularity is easy to understand. A crowd is slavishly announcing the thousand year reich but one man, can you spot him, refuses to lift his hand. The picture has become associated with August Landmesser, a member of the Nazi party who made the error […]

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