Russ | July 2, 2013
On July 2, 1863, college-professor-turned-soldier Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and the surviving troops of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment, outnumbered and outgunned, held the line on Little Round Top at the battle of Gettysburg, and in a moment of inspired leadership that is still being taught in military history courses, did nothing less [...]
Russ | February 21, 2013
I’ve previously noted my (admittedly self-described, perhaps immodestly so*) extensive base of knowledge regarding military history in general, and World War 2 in particular. So it is, if not exactly unusual, then at least an occasion of some interest for me to run across information that leaves me wondering why I didn’t already know more [...]
Russ | October 25, 2012
On this day in history, 25 October 1415: I do love history, even if there might be some dramatic license involved. One wonders how our history might be different had Henry V not died (of dysentery) so young, only a few years after his most famous exploit.
Russ | September 11, 2012
Never, never, never.
Russ | June 27, 2012
One might be tempted to think that of all countries, Germany would be the one with a heightened sense of toleration and accommodation of Jewish religious rites. OK, perhaps not. Mark Steyn: A German court has banned the circumcision of boys for religious reasons: The regional court in Cologne, western Germany, ruled that the “fundamental [...]
Russ | February 15, 2012
Daniel Hannan, a UK Member of the European Parliament, spoke last week at CPAC. The clarity and profundity of his elucidation of the history, evolution, and current state of conservative principles puts most American pundits to shame. It’s long, a bit over 27 minutes, but his speech is well worth hearing. Go on, you know [...]
Russ | January 12, 2012
I received in my mail an item that’s apparently been going around the internet recently, what looks like a photocopy of a bit of doggerel that appears to be on New York Daily News letterhead, dated November 4, 1949. Like anything that circulates on the internet, it’s worth what you paid for it… but the [...]
Russ | October 22, 2011
So, color me shocked, the Washington Post ran a hit piece against Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). Weak and easily refuted, the only thing surprising about the story is that they chose to run it now instead of waiting until he becomes a presidential contender, which he surely will be some day.* The story wasn’t terribly [...]
Russ | October 7, 2011
Via Smitty at The Other McCain blog: Takeaway quote: So, who can blame the Israelis, today, for defending themselves as if they mean it, when they know they’re dealing with people they know they can’t trust, and who they know hate them enough to want to exterminate them as a people.
Russ | September 26, 2011
I thought I was pretty well informed on most aspects of World War 2 history. No, I am well informed on WW2. So it’s rare that I run across something in my reading that I’d never seen or heard about before. It’s fairly well known that in the countries it had conquered, Germany recruited soldiers [...]