This is not an anniversary to be celebrated. It is a bitter reminder of what happens when a massive mono-party seeks to dominate a whole people. It becomes a government based on ‘the one true’ ideology, featuring censorship, newspeak, informing on others, and outright repression.
At the onset of the internet, a pundit remarked that future society would be divided between the computer literate and those who failed to keep up. What was the outcome of that prediction?
January 1973 was an eventful month. It saw both the UK and Ireland joining the EEC, the forerunner to the European Union. In British Occupied Ireland it also saw Loyalist paramilitaries bringing the Northern conflict to the streets of Dublin, where a car bomb exploded in Sackville Place, killing Thomas Douglas and injuring 17 others.
The largest military operation in history commenced on 22 June 1941. Millions of German troops crossed the German-Soviet border and clashed with the Red Army. Adolf Hitler and German commanders expected to be able to defeat the Soviet Union in three months.
In Britain, there is growing despondency over hapless government, both national and local. Political and military miscalculation and failure is not however a modern phenomenon. Britain’s success on the world’s battlefields is often been down to a combination of good luck, timing, cocksure invincibility, or favourable alliance with other nations.
From as far back as recall I was disadvantaged by an absence of savvy displayed by nationalist groups and their members including my own. Well-meaning and hardworking, self-sacrificing and loyal, there was, however, a woeful lack of political experience or willingness to learn. The same could never be said of the Left-wing who were far better trained.
I make no apologies for spurning the pomp and pageantry that bull-horns Remembrance Sunday. There is much about the war that knows no political or national boundaries; war is a monument to human frailty, not strength.
Victors’ propaganda disseminated by palace publishers and on-message media has created the illusion that Poland being far weaker than Hitler’s Reich was the vulnerable prey for ‘the Hitler hyena’. The same propaganda was spread after the Reich’s pre-emptive strike on Stalin’s despotic regime which had as is now known an army of 4.6 million poised to overwhelm Europe before the German pre-emptive strike.
The Audacity of Peter Tordenskjold: The Naval Captain Who Asked His Enemy For Ammo in The Middle of a Battle
On November 12, 1720 Peter Tordenskjold died in a sword duel. It will not sound familiar to most people, but he was one of the great national heroes of Denmark and Norway—countries that were once united, a daring sailor who would be the equivalent of what Nelson is to the British, Ruyter to the Dutch, Jones to the Americans or Bazán to the Spanish. Remembered in several popular songs and honored with several statues, streets, books, films and even a festival, a corvette of the Danish navy and a ship of the Norwegian navy are named after him. He is also cited in the Danish royal anthem.
The casket of the Unknown Warrior was made of the oak timbers of trees from Hampton Court Palace. The casket was banded with iron and a crusader’s sword chosen by King George V personally, from the Royal Collection, was affixed to the top and surmounted by an iron shield bearing the inscription ‘A British Warrior who fell in the Great War 1914–1918 for King and Country’.