Nautical History

Nautical History

First, for those who missed my post, Sabaton decided that, since they couldn't figure out a place to slide it in between Heroes, The Last Stand, and the upcoming Great War, that they'd just go ahead and do a single about the Bismark.OK, for those somewhat familiar with the story of the hunt for the Bismark, there's actually an argument for putting it under "The Last Stand". Either way, like how they executed the video.While on the subject, another song about the same ship:I grew up with that song, courtesy of my dad.…

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Notre Dame

Notre Dame

In addition to Gene Wolfe's death, another tragedy yesterday was the destruction of the cathedral of Notre Dame. While it's not been a priority to "bucket list" travel items, much less have a "bucket list," it's a place that I will no longer get a chance to properly see. It's loss is a blow to beauty and the symbols of our civilization.How did it happen? We don't know. That said, the official story, that it was an accident due to construction, stinks to high heaven.Look, I fully understand the desire of truly good and peaceful men who know…

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Sabaton

Sabaton

For those of you who've hung around a while, my love of Sabaton is not news. There are metal bands with more intricate musicianship, but the overall blend of history and music sense is outstanding. They've also started a youtube history channel with Indy Neidell, who has two other youtube channels dedicated to history in general and WW2. I'll post links to the first seven videos released up until now below, but another question has been knocking around the back of my head. What do they believe? I'll grant up front that I cannot and will not read minds, but…

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Red Scare

Red Scare

On the recommendation of Cataline Sergius over at his new blog, I tried out "Death of Stalin".Glad I did.Not hysterically fun, it is an exceedingly black and dark company that transforms into straight-up dark near the end, and yet has a number of moments worth a chuckle as the actors and script manage to both play it utterly straight, yet slightly ridiculous.I'm also somewhat shocked - despite the black humor it is an utterly unfettered look at exactly how evil and kill-happy the communists were. If anything, the presentation as humor files a few edges off -…

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The Lost Battalion

The Lost Battalion

I'd covered before the Sabaton song, "The Lost Battallion", but had not realized that that particular battle had been immortalized in film. The film transitions to France with a mixture of establishing shots filmed previously by the U. S. Signal Corps. We next see our characters enjoying letters from home before the start of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Once the offensive starts the men of the 77th division are shown in their trench waiting for the order to go over the top. The order is given; rushing into no man’s land and fight hand-to-hand once they reach the German trench…

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Long Boats, Iron Men

Long Boats, Iron Men

The Dream of the Iron Dragon: An Alternate History Viking Epic is the the type of “alternate history” that’s been around since Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” – a man of our time goes to the past, and starts changing things. Like Flint’s “1632” series, and Stirling’s Nantucket series, it’s not just one man. Like Weber’s Apocalypse Troll, you can throw out the “from our time” aspect. Our protagonists are from our future, the crew of an exploration ship desperately searching for possible boltholes for humanity to retreat to stumbles into…

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Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July

Enjoy the friends, family, and food. IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident,…

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