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Roman legionary – Soldier Profile

First century AD Roman legionary. At a glance Appearance Uniform and Imperial Clothing and Jewellery Military tunic worn as standard Leather belt, baldric, and apron straps often with personalised metallic decorations Scabbard, often with personalised decoration Hobnailed sandals Weaponry Throwing spear with pyramidal head and long metal shank (pilum) Short, stabbing sword (gladius) Dagger (pugio) […]

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Celtic warrior – Soldier Profile

First century AD British Celtic warrior At a glance Appearance Hair sometimes lime-washed and spiked-up Face sometimes painted with blue protective tattoos Clothing and Jewellery Cloak, tunic and trousers, often of tartan cloth Neck-ring (torc) made of gold, silver, electrum or bronze Leather belt, often with decorated buckle and plates Scabbard, often decorated, especially at the […]

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The Stonewall Brigade – Regiment Profile

Brigadier-General Thomas J Jackson, a professor of Virginia Military Institute, and his foot cavalry. It was the first major battle of the American Civil War in the eastern theatre. The Union men afterwards knew it as First Bull Run, the Confederates as First Manassas. It was fought on 21 July 1861 by two armies of […]

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The Royal Scots Greys – Regiment Profile

The Royal Scots Greys: The regiment that caught the French Eagle. The image of the Scots Greys charging out of the picture in Lady Elizabeth Butler’s classic painting Scotland Forever! depicts one of the proudest moments in the regiment’s history. The truth, however, is far more remarkable than the portrayal of wild galloping horses in […]

Rare Nazi propaganda unearthed

A series of German World War II propaganda leaflets have come light, after being put on sale by private collectors. It is likely that the leaflets, intended for British servicemen, were masterminded by the Nazi head of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels. They were dropped into occupied France following D-Day, June 1944. According to Richard Westwood-Brookes, of […]

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RAF Lossiemouth faces closure

The World War II airbase, RAF Lossiemouth, in Scotland, is facing closure in light of the recent Strategic Defence Security Review. Built between 1938 and 1939, No 15 Flying Training School began operating from Lossiemouth in April 1939. Originally housing Oxfords and Harvards, these made way to accommodate Bomber Command in April 1940, when No […]

Nazi war criminal ‘Beast of Bolzano’ dies

Michael Seifert, a Nazi war criminal known as the ‘Beast of Bolzano’, has died aged 86 in an Italian hospital, where he was serving a life sentence. The Ukrainian-born Seifert became a Nazi prison guard following German occupation.  After the war ended, he moved to Canada in 1951 to start anew, leaving his past behind. […]

Gas Mask: a cultural icon

UCL’s Gabe Moshenska muses on the extraordinary iconic significance of the gas mask. My particular object of interest is the ‘General Civilian Respirator’ issued to the British people in the lead up to the Second World War. This ubiquitous mass-produced object has come to symbolise life in Home Front Britain, even though it was never […]

The 5 Bloodiest Battles in History

Every victory comes at a price. Here we look at the staggering cost of human life in five of history’s fiercest confrontations where the sheer number of warrior-dead defies imagination. Much of a soldier’s life is spent awaiting and preparing for war. When the moment to take action does come, it is usually bloody, confusing, […]

Battle of Marathon Myths Challenged

New thought sees Marathon get revised in the long run. New perspectives on the Battle of Marathon are beginning to challenge the accepted versions of events.  Often, due to contradictory documentary evidence, details are still greatly contested.  Military Times examines a selection of the most notable aspects surrounding the ancient battle, including Pheidippides’ long distance journey which gave […]

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