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GREAT WARSHIPS OF HISTORY: THE BISMARCK

As Hitler prepared for World War II, he planned to interdict British shipping with both submarines (U-Boats) and surface raiders. Of these, the greatest and most celebrated was the Bismarck-class of battleships. Larger than any built by Europe during the … Continue reading

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THE AGE OF ARTHUR: PART THIRTEEN

This is the Thirteenth-part of our discussion of Britain in the so-called Age of Arthur: the 5th though the mid-6th Century A.D. It is a fascinating period, with the Classical civilization of Greece and Rome giving way to the Germanic … Continue reading

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THE ART(WORK) OF WAR: WARRIORS OF THE PHARAOH

Much of our perception of history is influenced by the artists who have drawn and painted scenes from out of the past. This is the start of a series in which we will look at historical armies and warriors through … Continue reading

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DIADOCHI: MACEDONIAN GAME OF THRONES

When Alexander the Great died in Babylon 323 BC, he left the greatest empire the world had yet seen with no clear successor. While both of his wives (Roxane the daughter of  Oxyartes of Bactria; and Stateira , daughter of … Continue reading

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DEADLIEST BLOGGER’S GREATEST QUOTES ON WAR PART 6

We all love lists; and Deadliest Blogger is no different! Here is sixth installment in our presentation of thought-provoking quotes on my favorite subject; from minds far greater than my own (in most cases)! War ought to be the only … Continue reading

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GREAT CAPTAINS OF WAR: HANNIBAL BARCA

This is the third in a series of posts in which the “Great Captains” of military history will be examined. Unusually, this will be in video format; posting compelling biographical material. Arguably the greatest general of antiquity, Hannibal Barca fought and … Continue reading

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ZULU: DEATH AND REDEMPTION IN THE AFRICAN SUN!

On 11 January 1879, a British Army crossed the Buffalo River, the boundary between the British Natal province and that of the independent native African kingdom of the Zulus. After the refusal of an insulting British ultimatum by the Zulu … Continue reading

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