The Demonization of Empress Wu | History | Smithsonian

Most nations of note have had at least one great female leader. Not the United States, of course, but one thinks readily enough of Hatshepsut of ancient Egypt, Russia’s astonishing Catherine the Great, or Trung Trac of Vietnam. These women were rarely chosen by their people. They came to power, mostly, by default or stealth; a king had no…

New Pompeii Graffiti May Rewrite History In A Major Way

A charcoal graffito from Pompeii may put an end to a longstanding debate about the date of the eruption of Vesuvius. Excavations ongoing at the archaeological site of Pompeii outside Naples, Italy, have revealed new graffiti that could put an end to scholars’ debate about the exact historical date of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius…

At 100 Years Old, Navy Veteran Presented Bronze Star Medal

WASHINGTON (NNS) — World War II Navy veteran Wilbur F. Hoffman was presented the Bronze Star Medal Sept. 29 in his hometown of Livingston, New Jersey, for his heroic actions on USS Hughes (DD 410) when it was hit by a bomb. Assistant Secretary of the Navy Greg Slavonic, who joined the award ceremony at St….

Cleaning the gas chambers.

Originally posted on History of Sorts:
++++++CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES+++++++++++++++++++++ The Nazis used forced labor to clean the Gas chambers it was done by the so called Sonderkommando’s mostly mad up of Jewish inmates who were selected because they were often young and still reasonably fit, fit enough to carry out physical labour. Being forced to…

14/10/1918 Wilson demands an end to the U-boat war

Originally posted on World War 1 Live:
Notes are flying backwards and forwards between Berlin and Washington as the German leadership tries to arrange an armistice through President Wilson. The Germans replied to Wilson’s last note stating that they accepted his Fourteen Points and were willing to withdraw from occupied territory; they hoped that this would…

Gettysburg and Vicksburg as Turning Points

Originally posted on Student of the American Civil War:
Here’s Ranger Matt Atkinson giving a very entertaining presentation on Vicksburg and Gettysburg as turning points in the Civil War. More accurately, he’s considering which had a greater impact on the war. The video’s description reads, “Matt Atkinson has worked as a ranger at both the Gettysburg…

CBI – British receive POW’s / Vietnam in the picture

Originally posted on Pacific Paratrooper:
Japanese POWs in Malaya “From May onwards, prisoners in a terrible state came in daily,” recorded a British gunner unit in Burma, “many of them armed with nothing more dangerous than bamboo spears, trembling with a mixture of malaria and humiliation.” British soldiers in Burma But if some proved ready…

Boston 1775: Soldiers “scourged in the Common”

On 14 Oct 1768, 250 years ago today, the Boston Whigs renewed their ongoing complaint about the royal army taking over the seats of local government, and they highlighted another grievance: The troops still keep possession of Faneuil Hall, the Court House, Representatives Chambers, &c, guards placed at the passage way into the town, near the Neck. Patrolling companies near…