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Snippets from Mărăşti, Mărăşeşti and Oituz

Posted September 8th, 2017 at 06:42 PM by Offspring
Updated September 8th, 2017 at 06:48 PM by Offspring

It's been a century since the battles of Mărăşti, Mărăşeşti and Oituz. A few months ago, I bought a special edition of our biggest history magazine:

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The following are from that magazine. I hope you'll enjoy them.



German patrols went near the Romanian line, at night, and asked: "Ruski? Ruski?". A Romanian...
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II - Hortense and Louis

Posted September 2nd, 2017 at 02:21 AM by Josefa (Napoleon as a matchmaker)
Updated September 2nd, 2017 at 02:39 AM by Josefa

While Napoleon's first attempt at arranging a political marriage in retrospect can be seen as somewhat successful (particularly by the husband who owed his life to it), the second should have made Napoleon turn away from that business forever. This will be a story about Hortense Beauharnais, daughter of Joséphine, and Napoleon's younger brother Louis.

We have already seen that Napoleon may have had ulterior motives when marrying his aide-de-camp Lavalette to Émilie Beauharnais: Émilie...
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Auschwitz (part 1)

Posted August 26th, 2017 at 10:05 AM by Solidaire
Updated August 26th, 2017 at 10:08 AM by Solidaire

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The main entrance to Auschwitz concentration camp. The infamous "Arbeit macht frei" sign dominates the scene. "Work sets you free", a slogan used by the Nazis to greet prisoners in a number of concentration camps, not just in Auschwitz. It is said that the "B" was made upside down by the prisoners as an act of defiance.

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The perimeter of the camp and its...
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Plunkett’s Liberty: Count Plunkett and the Liberty Clubs, April-August 1917 (Part V)

Posted August 25th, 2017 at 12:03 PM by Ascendant (Éireann Ascendant: An Irish History Blog)

Plunkett’s Liberty: Count Plunkett and the Liberty Clubs, April-August 1917 (Part V)

The tensions between Count Plunkett and Arthur Griffith finally spilled out into the open at the 'Plunkett Convention' on the 19th April 1917. Griffith announced to the audience that the Count had refused him permission to speak, and warned them about the likelihood of failure unless they stayed united.

The reaction in the hall was one of consternation, according to a newspaper report:...
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Plunkett’s Gathering: Count Plunkett and His Mansion House Convention, 1917 (Part IV)

Posted August 19th, 2017 at 09:23 AM by Ascendant (Éireann Ascendant: An Irish History Blog)

Plunkett’s Gathering: Count Plunkett and His Mansion House Convention, 19th April 1917 (Part IV)

On the 19th April 1917, the simmering feud between Count Plunkett and Arthur Griffith, the two most prominent leaders of the burgeoning independence movement, spilled out into public view at the 'Plunkett Convention'.

The Convention, held in the Mansion House, Dublin, was also notable in how it was the first attempt to voice the mood in Ireland since the Rising of the...
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