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‘Area Bombing’ in World War 2

A while back someone asked me a question about Hitler and Churchill and two quotes that they had both reportedly made about ‘area bombing’, a method used in the second world war involving huge armadas of bombers to destroy enemy cities and towns. The quote from Hitler, which I have sadly been unable to find,…

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The Tunnel Rats in the Vietnam War

In 1960 the world was a tense place. The Cold war had been drifting on for a number of years with the East and West ready to launch a tirade of nuclear warheads at each other. Whilst thankfully it had not yet turned hot, there were certainly sparks flying around the world. Vietnam was one…

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Film Review – The Railway Man

The Railway Man tells the true story of Eric Lomax, a British soldier captured by the Japanese in World War 2. The story begins with Lomax (Colin Firth) in England many years after the war as he meets his soon to be wife, Patti (Nicole Kidman). As the story unfolds, we learn Lomax is still suffering…

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Life for the Russian Soldier During the Napoleonic wars

The various wars fought in the period between 1803-1815 are referred to largely as the Napoleonic wars. Napoleon, as leader of France, led his country in a number of conflicts against other European nations following the French revolution. Russia, being a powerful European state, was involved in a number of conflicts and thus mobilised a…

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10 Interesting Facts About Germany in WW2

1. In Most Cases, German Soldiers were better than Allied Soldiers Now this one can be difficult to explain, as what is the definition of a ‘better soldier’? After all Germany did lose the war. But if you look at all the battles where German troops fought allied troops, they outperformed the allies almost every…

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Book Review – Helmet for My Pillow by Robert Leckie

Robert Leckie, nicknamed ‘Lucky’, fought with the US 1st Marine division as a machine gunner and scout in the pacific theatre of operations in World War 2. Leckie fought at Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester and finally at Peleliu where he was wounded and taken back to the states for treatment. Many years after the war Leckie wrote…