Τρίτη, 14 Νοεμβρίου 2017

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WW1 Military Rifles 

 
 Andrew Knighton
 
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The only real power comes out of a long rifle.” – Joseph Stalin.
During WWI, millions of men were given rifles and sent into the trenches to fight. They were the weapons that turned civilians into soldiers. Machine-guns and artillery might have defined the war, but the rifle was a soldier’s constant companion. On the Western Front in particular, what made for a good rifle changed. Sitting in trenches for months at a time, enduring the terrible weather, then fighting in rushed advances and brutal close combat, men needed a rugged weapon that could take a battering.

ΡΩΣΙΚΉ ΕΞ. ΠΟΛΙΤΙΚΉ ΚΑΙ ΕΝΈΡΓΕΙΑ 


    Ως βασικό εργαλείο άσκησης εξωτερικής πολιτικής χρησιμοποιεί η Ρωσία τον πετρελαϊκό γίγαντα Rosneft προκειμένου να επεκτείνει την επιρροή της στον κόσμο και να θέσει υπό αμφισβήτηση τα συμφέροντα των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών. Για την τρίτη μεγαλύτερη παραγωγό πετρελαίου και πρώτη μεγαλύτερη φυσικού αερίου παγκοσμίως, η ενέργεια ήδη από την εποχή της Σοβιετικής Ένωσης αποτελούσε αγαθό ζωτικής σημασίας αλλά και μέσο οικονομικής προόδου.

Κυριακή, 12 Νοεμβρίου 2017

ΟΙ ΤΟΙΧΟΓΡΑΦΙΕΣ ΤΟΥ ΜΑΚΕΔΟΝΙΚΟΥ ΤΑΦΟΥ ΤΟΥ ΑΓ.ΑΘΑΝΑΣΙΟΥ
(τελευταίο τέταρτο του 4ου αι. π.χ.)

Η πρόσοψη του τάφου είναι κατάγραφη. Το τριγωνικό αέτωμα κοσμούν μυθικοί γρύπες με ολόχρυσα φτερά, ακολουθούν βαθυκύανα τρίγλυφα και λευκές μετόπες, ενώ στη στενή ζωφόρο επάνω από το θυραίο άνοιγμα ξετυλίγεται μια σκηνή συμποσίου, τόσο οικεία από διάφορες φιλολογικές μαρτυρίες ή την αγγειογραφία, αλλά για πρώτη φορά τόσο ζωντανά μπροστά στα μάτια των επισκεπτών.

Παρασκευή, 1 Σεπτεμβρίου 2017

78 Years Ago Nazi Germany Invaded Poland and Started World War II, These Are The Pictures From That Operation


 Damian Lucjan
 
German troops removing a gate at a border checkpoint, Zoppot-Gdingen (Sopot-Gdynia) Street in Danzig (Gdańsk), 1st September 1939 (Wikipedia)
 


On the 1st of September, 77 years ago, the horror World War II was unleashed upon the world when the German Army invaded Poland. The Invasion of Poland, also known as a September Campaign in Poland or Fall Weiss (Case White) in Germany,  was a joint attack by Nazi Germany, the Free City of Danzig, the Soviet Union, and a small Slovak contingent.

Παρασκευή, 4 Αυγούστου 2017

‘Just’ 10 Japanese Atrocities From World War II





On the eve of VJ Day and with Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe expressing ‘profound grief’ for WWII. We are going to look at just 10 Japanese Atrocities From World War II by listverse.com

Laha Airfield Massacre
February 1942

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This ghoulish event, which killed more than 300 Australian and Dutch POWs, followed the Japanese capture of the Indonesian island of Ambon. Allegedly as an act of reprisal after the Allies destroyed one of their minesweepers, the Japanese randomly selected prisoners and executed them via beheading and bayonet near the island’s airfield. They then repeated the process three more times during the month.
The magnitude of this atrocity was enough for an Australian military tribunal to prosecute more than 90 Japanese officers and soldiers after the war in one of the biggest war crime trials in history. The tribunal sentenced four of the accused to death and handed out a range of sentences for the others. Unfortunately, they never got to try the mastermind, Rear Admiral Hatakeyama. The Japanese officer died while awaiting his trial.

Τετάρτη, 26 Ιουλίου 2017

On this day in Byzantine history: The death of Byzantine Emperor Nikephoros.


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July 26th 811 CE

The battle of Varbitza Pass and the death of Byzantine Emperor Nikephoros.

There have been many Byzantine Emperors who had died in battle – Emperors Julian, Valens and famously Constantine XI Palaiologos, the last emperor who couldn’t hold back the might of the Ottomans in 1453. But not many are familiar with the story relating to the death of Emperor Nikephoros and the desecration of his dead body by the Khan of Bulgaria, Krum.

Τετάρτη, 14 Ιουνίου 2017

Seven reasons why the Battle of Naseby changed British history forever

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On 14th June 1645, the fields between the Northamptonshire villages of Naseby and Sibbertoft saw one of the most significant battles in British history.
Royalist troops loyal to King Charles I and the Parliamentarian ‘New Model Army’ led by Sir Thomas Fairfax met in the culmination of a three-year bloody civil war that had pitted families and friends against each other and the fates of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland rested in the balance. 
So why is The Battle of Naseby so important in British history…?
There are acres and acres of writing about the most “pivotal” moments in history, those occasions when the future seems to turn on a single act and everything after it owes its existence that that moment.
In lists of British history, the Battle of Naseby is one such moment.

Κυριακή, 13 Νοεμβρίου 2016

The Russian land battleship - KV-VI Behemoth tank



Read this fascinating tale of state power over commonsense military design. Stalin wanted a land battleship, and he was going to get one no matter how impractical it was.

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, new facts have surfaced about the secret weapons developed by the Red Army during WWII.