14/12/1918 Portugal’s President assassinated

Originally posted on World War 1 Live:
Portugal joined the Allies in 1916 but the country played a relatively minor part in the war against Germany. In Africa Portuguese troops assisted in the containment Lettow-Vorbeck while a small contingent of Portuguese troops went to the Western Front, where they were mangled by the second of Ludendorff‘s…

Santa’s Horrible Henchmen Will Make You Forget Good Cheer

Originally posted on The Raven Report:
Jakub Rozalski.?Krampus. 21st century, digital art.? Ah, Christmas time.  A brief stretch in the year when we are compelled to focus on the more benevolent side of humanity—the kindness, the joy, the rampant consumerism—and celebrate a month when society gives us permission to forget our troubles and embrace one…

14/12/1918 Britain votes #1918Live

Originally posted on World War 1 Live:
Today the people of Britain go to the polls. The electorate has been greatly expanded since the last election in 1911: all men aged 21 and over are now able to vote, as are women over 30 if they meet minimal property requirements. No one is quite sure how…

Tycho Brahe | Accomplishments, Biography, & Facts | Britannica.com

Tycho Brahe: Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer whose work in developing astronomical instruments and in measuring and fixing the positions of stars paved the way for future discoveries. His observations—the most accurate possible before the invention of the telescope—included a comprehensive study of the solar Source: Tycho Brahe | Accomplishments, Biography, & Facts | Britannica.com  

Two Cultures Collide and Heroes Emerge from the Sea

Originally posted on theleansubmariner:
The United States in 1941 was tense and filled with anticipation about the war in Europe. But nothing could prepare the nation for the events that were about to transpire. The nation and the Japanese had long been on a collision course because of the nature of their two cultures. But the…

North Luzon – July 1945

Originally posted on Pacific Paratrooper:
Kiangan Valley XIV Corps plans for operations against the remainder of the Shobu Group differed only in detail from those I Corps had previously employed.37 Reduced to their simplest terms, both sets of plans called for the exertion of unremitting pressure against the Shobu Group wherever Shobu Group troops were…

A failing monarch and a rising eagle, 101 years ago today

Originally posted on laststandonzombieisland:
Emperor Karl (Charles) I of Austria-Hungary inspecting troops of the newly formed Polish Auxiliary Corps (Polski Korpus Posiłkowy) in Bukovina, 10 December 1917. The officer on horseback is probably Lt. Col. Michał Rola-Żymierski, formerly commander of the 2nd Infantry Regiment of the Polish Legions. The Corps was formed after Col. Józef…

And just like that, the Burkes are 30

Originally posted on laststandonzombieisland:
A port bow view of the guided-missile destroyer USS ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG-51) underway in rough seas. Camera Operator: PH3 JAMES COLLINS Date Shot: 31 Mar 1993 DNSC9303708 USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51), the paterfamilias of the largest class of warships built in the West since Korea and longest production run for any…

Caught Offguard: Attacking the Manila Airbases

Originally posted on IHRA:
Some months prior to December 1941, Major Lester Maitland thought it would be a good idea to prepare for an enemy attack on Nichols Field in Manila, Philippines by digging trenches. Although this task was carried out, his idea was mocked and given the nickname of “Maitland’s folly.” Around the base…

December 7, 1941 Aftermath

Originally posted on Today in History:
It was literally “out of the blue”, when the first wave of enemy aircraft arrived at 7:48 am local time, December 7, 1941. 353 Imperial Japanese warplanes approached in two waves out of the southeast, fighters, bombers, and torpedo planes.  Across Hickam Field and over the still waters of…