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The Magnificent Rabble

Listen, my children, and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five; Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year. Other than recalling a fragment of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s wonderful, if historically inaccurate poem, many Americans, myself included, do not know much […]

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Tongues of Fire on Idris Flaring

Practically Historical reminds us that last Friday was the 137th anniversary of the battle of Rork’s Drift. This was the occasion when the British fought against an attack from the Zulus in Natal. It was held by the B Company, 2nd Battalion, 24th Foot, who became not long afterward the South Wales Borderers, and is now […]

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I will tell you want Isis don’t want. Overwhelming western military force

This! Where, in God’s name, is the fire from our governments? We have been attacked (still again) and while David Cameron and François Hollande are making some of the right noises, and doing some of the right things, it seems to me to be rather half-hearted. We are not going to defeat IS from 29,999 feet, […]

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Heroes who wait

[Neo] I can’t speak for you but, I always find it a comfort when the cousins come with us on our military operations. Over the weekend Parliament overwhelmingly voted to join us in the air strikes in Iraq. That gives me some confidence that we may be doing the right thing. They aren’t joining us […]

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Hard Power, Soft Power, and Muddy Power and the Current World

I was taught many years ago that there are several types of militaries (specifically armies but it’s applicable across the board) The political army: this is used mostly to keep the civilian populace under control. The original (prewar) SS would be a good example of this The parade ground army: this is the army that […]

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(Not) John Cleese on Threats to Europe

[A quick note here. Am I the only one who remember why we classed chemical weapons as ‘weapons of mass destruction’? It was because during the cold war we had lots of tactical nuclear weapons but no gas shells. the Russians had lots of gas shells. so we decided that a gas shell, a bio […] . . . → Read More: (Not) John Cleese on Threats to Europe . . . → Read More: (Not) John Cleese on Threats to Europe

Soldier of the Empire

You know we talk a certain amount here about the Empire (mostly the British one, I’ll bet there’s a blog about the Galactic one, as well, though) but we don’t often think all that much about the men who built it, and sustained it. Sure we have heard the bad parts, like how Lord Hastings […] . . . → Read More: Soldier of the Empire . . . → Read More: Soldier of the Empire

America’s Army

  Something you may not know is that Jess gets precious little guidance here, if she wants to write about the London fashion scene for 14-year-old girls, nobody is going to stop her, although I’d probably raise an eyebrow. I mention that because I specifically asked her to write Thin Red Line of Heroes. Because we […] . . . → Read More: America’s Army . . . → Read More: America’s Army

Soldier of the Queen

The British soldier brutally killed in London in a Islamist attack was a drummer in a military band who had served in Afghanistan, officials said on Thursday. Lee Rigby, 25, known as “Riggers” to his friends, was killed in broad daylight on Wednesday And so we find out this week that Nigerian so-called men have […] . . . → Read More: Soldier of the Queen . . . → Read More: Soldier of the Queen