Historical fiction can be the a fantastic way to ingrain history events as long as it doesn’t deviate too far from the dry and dusty demands of factual “truthiness”, and in the vein The Second Seal by Dennis Wheatley is an excellent primer for the dabbler who wants to get started in the area World …

  • May 7, 2021
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On 30 September 1915, Serbian gunner Radoje Ljutovac became the first man to shoot an aircraft from the sky.  He was given an award and promoted to Corporal. The Balkans were a hotbed of firsts during WWI.  In addition to the first plane that was shot down, the first real dogfight also occurred over Serbia. …

  • September 30, 2020
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In a small church that has been remodeled into an overnight accommodation just outside Mooi River in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa is a cemetery. In this cemetery is a bench with a dedication to a young man killed on 23 September 1918 and buried in Windmill Cemetery, Monchy-Le-Preux, France. Killed-in-action just six weeks before the …

  • September 23, 2020
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On 28 July 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.  The rest of Europe would soon choose a side, and within a month the guns of August were sounding. Although the world knew about the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in June, everyone expected the reaction to be localized and within appropriate bounds. Everyone, that is, …

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“When I am dead, I will not hurt anymore, will it Mama? When I am dead, build me a little monument of stones in the woods.” From the diary of Tsarevich Aleksei Romanov In the earliest morning hours of 17 July 1918, the Imperial Family of Russia was murdered in a Siberian basement.  This part …

  • July 17, 2020
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Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated on St Vitus’s Day.  To those who applauded the assassination, the members of Young Bosnia who carried it out would be forever known as “The Vidovdan Heroes.” And even though Gavrilo Princip and his cohorts were imprisoned throughout the Austro-Hungarian empire, where most of them died in prison of tuberculosis, …

  • May 14, 2020
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