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Portents: August 1914

July 15th, 2014 by Vader

One afternoon a crowd in the Bois de Boulogne gawked at an eagle wheeling high in the sky, and debated its significance. Was this a bronze symbol of Napoleon, or the family bird of the Hohenzollerns? Instead of either it proved to be a vulture, escaped from a zoo.

–Max Hastings
Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War

Good historians know they are creating literature, not publishing scientific papers. The best historians do this with a sense of irony and mordant wit that must not be mistaken for comedy or satire.

 

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July 15th, 2014 08:49:36

“I wanted to make the Nazis ridiculous”

July 14th, 2014 by Race Bannon

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July 14th, 2014 09:57:34

A worthy cause

February 18th, 2014 by Vader

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February 18th, 2014 10:52:43

R.I.P. Mikhail Kalashnikov

December 23rd, 2013 by Bookslinger

Inventor of the “AK-47 — Avtomat Kalashnikov”.

Although he worked for our Cold War enemy, and his classic rifle is generally used by folks we consider to be bad guys, his rifle design was well-suited for its purposes. Tens of millions of both the fully-automatic and semi-automatic versions of his famous rifle are still in use.

As far as firearms designers/inventors go, I would place John Moses Browning (a Mormon) at the top, for his classics which include, but are not limited to, the Colt 1911 and the Browning Hi-Power handguns, the M2 .50 caliber machine gun, the Browning Automatic Rifle (B.A.R.), and the Browning Auto-5 shotgun. I would rank Samuel Colt second, and Mr. Kalashnikov third.

My rankings are based on my limited knowledge of modern firearm history. Others whose knowledge extends further into the past may include other inventors in the top spots of fiream history.

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December 23rd, 2013 13:16:58

Wait, what?

October 21st, 2013 by Vader

From Rick Atkinson’s The Guns at Last Light, describing the French 2nd Armored Division on the eve of the liberation of Paris:     (more…)

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October 21st, 2013 08:35:15

History

July 25th, 2013 by Vader

It is sometimes said that the British and American people are still today, in the twenty-first century, indecently obsessed with the Second World War. The reason is not far to seek. We know that here was something which our parents and grandparents did well, in a noble cause …

– Thus Max Hastings

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July 25th, 2013 08:10:22

St. Crispin’s Day

October 25th, 2012 by Vader

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October 25th, 2012 11:19:32

Family History, Land History

August 21st, 2012 by Adam G.

Perhaps Mormons can appreciate this Hanson essay in a way few others can.

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August 21st, 2012 09:39:59

We Blush to Confess It

June 04th, 2012 by The Junior Ganymede

Far from being one of humanity’s greatest achievements, the Internet is in fact a seething mass of banality, pornography and contemptible dribble.

-Bedejournal

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June 04th, 2012 12:41:07

God’s Smuggler: Brother Andrew

April 30th, 2012 by Bookslinger

I often think of this book that I read in my youth. My grandfather gave/loaned me a copy back in the 70′s. It was republished in 2001. (more…)

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April 30th, 2012 20:55:48

Decline is Decline

November 29th, 2011 by Adam G.

[I]n the sack of Athens the Goths had collected all the libraries, and were on the point of setting fire to this funeral pile of Grecian learning, had not one of their chiefs, of more refined policy than his brethren, dissuaded them from the design; by the profound observation, that as long as the Greeks were addicted to the study of books, they would never apply themselves to the exercise of arms. The sagacious counsellor (should the truth of the fact be admitted) reasoned like an ignorant barbarian. In the most polite and powerful nations, genius of every kind has displayed itself about the same period; and the age of science has generally been the age of military virtue and success.

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November 29th, 2011 10:14:25

Armistice Day, Remembrance Day, Veterans Day.

November 11th, 2011 by Adam G.

Today is the 92nd anniversary of the end of the end of Western civilization and of the flower of her youth. May the King of Justice render to those men honor for their courage, recompense for their pain and despair, and forgiveness for their many faults.

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November 11th, 2011 09:12:13

Ride in Blood to Moronihah

September 19th, 2011 by Adam G.

Reading in Ether recently, I noticed how peculiar their society was. (more…)

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September 19th, 2011 09:39:14

1861

July 02nd, 2011 by Adam G.

I’m reading 1861, by Adam Goodheart. It is an illuminating and affecting scholarly popular history of the first year of the war. The chapter on Ellsworth is particularly fine. (more…)

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July 02nd, 2011 16:01:11

The real reason the Allies won

April 11th, 2010 by Vader

Richard Overy missed it.   (more…)

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April 11th, 2010 19:11:24