In September...

In September...

The title is not original, but inspire by Walker's post. Since I don't hang out on Twitter anymore, he pointed me to this post by ACKs creator Alexander Macris: On the 11th of September, 1683, an army of 150,000 Ottoman Muslims under Kara Mustafa attacked Vienna, defended by only 11,000 Christian soldiers. The defenders held out until King John Sobieski III of Poland arrived with a relief force. Sobieski led the largest cavalry charge in history, his force of Winged Hussars charging down Bald Mountain to route and destroy the Ottoman forces. The glorious victory of Christendom is…

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Panzerkampf

Panzerkampf

The largest tank battle fought started on July 5th, and ended on August 23rd of 1943, between the the German army, and the Soviet army, at Kursk, in the USSR. Of course Sabaton has a song for it. And a history episode. While we're at it, a cover. I think the art is fanart, for Girls und Panzer.…

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Independence Day

Independence Day

As was pointed out elsewhere, to all those who think the "boogaloo" is an actual movement because of fake news reporting and not a ha-ha only-serious label for/about when society falls apart, this country was founded on a "boogaloo." 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…

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Rorke's Drift

Rorke's Drift

I'm a bit late, but January 22nd is the anniversary of the battle of Rorke's drift. Of course someone took the song and set it to Zulu with Michael Caine. And in case you want the official lyric video...…

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The War to End All Wars

The War to End All Wars

The short version? Go see 1917. It's a solid war movie. If I had a quibble it's that they compressed nearly 24 hours into just a few while at the same time, except for a period of unconsciousness, showing you the events in two apparently continuous shots. There was certainly less overt antiwar messaging than I would have expected. The background music, while not Zimmer, is similar to his more recent soundscape-style work. From a technical perspective, it's an amazing achievement of steadicam work.…

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Sabaton Day by Day - Seven Pillars of Wisdom

Sabaton Day by Day - Seven Pillars of Wisdom

You can consider this the inauguration of a series - to insofar as possible, commemorate the events behind Sabatp's song on the anniversary of said events. I haven't mapped all of them to a calendar yet, so things may be incomplete for a while, but I've already seelcted dates for each song in The Great War. Today marks the anniversary of one of the first raids conducted by the Arabs in conjunction with T.E. Lawrence "of Arabia" against the Ottoman Empire. Incidentally, the story of Lawrence is arguably a major influence on the story of Dune.…

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Resist and Bite

Resist and Bite

The most recent Sabaton History video is about the background to one of my favorite Sabaton songs - Resist and Bite. It's the story of the Belgian troops holding the border against the German invasion in World War II. Outnumbered, outgunned, with nothing but light arms, machine guns, and rifle grenades, the Belgian troops held their ground so tenaciously through maneuver and fire that when finally captured, the Germans were shocked to discover how few truly stood against them. And while we're at it, if we're going to take the utterly silly Girls und Panzer - vastly oversimplified, based on…

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