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Trench Raiding Club

Posted by on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, In : Photography 


Wire cutters (left) and maces (right). These home made maces, known as Trench Raiding Clubs, were used by both sides during World War One to finish off wounded enemy soldiers. These examples are housed at the Tre Sassi museum at Passo di Valparola (Belluno).

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Recruiting Sergeants at Westminster

Posted by on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, In : Photography 


This picture, entitled "Recruiting Sergeants at Westminster", was taken by John Thomson and published in an 1877 book called 'Street Life in London'. 

Source: Museum of London

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Bronze Age Swords from Scotland

Posted by on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, In : Photography 



Bronze Age swords found in Scotland and housed in the Museum of Scotland.

Source: wikipedia.org

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Evolution of Roman Armour

Posted by on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, In : Art 



An illustration of the evolution of roman armour, from the third century BCE to the fifth century CE.

Image Source: quora.com

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The Battle of Grunwald

Posted by on Monday, September 3, 2018, In : Art 



The Battle of Grunwald, fought between Poland-Lithuania and the Teutonic Knights in 1410.

Source: 
wikipedia.org
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The Battle of Arsuf.

Posted by on Monday, September 3, 2018, In : Art 


Richard the Lionheart at the Battle of Arsuf (1191) during the Third Crusade where he defeated Saladin. Painting by Gustave Doré (19th century).

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Plate Armour of a Roman Soldier

Posted by on Sunday, July 22, 2018, In : Photography 


Recreation of the plate armour (lorica segmentata) as worn by a soldier from the Roman Empire. On display at the National Military Museum, Romania. 


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Dalton Gang Death Photo

Posted by on Monday, March 5, 2018, In : Photography 



The Dalton Gang death photo, taken in 1892. 

Source: 
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Knight in Full Armor

Posted by on Friday, March 2, 2018, In : Art 


An illustration of a knight sitting on a horse wearing a full suit of armor by P. V. N. Myers in A General History for Colleges and High Schools (1896).

Source: etc.usf.edu

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Mongolian Archers

Posted by on Friday, February 16, 2018, In : Art 


Illustration from a fourteenth century manuscript depicting Mongolian mounted archers.

Source: wikipedia.org
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Mongol Warriors

Posted by on Thursday, February 1, 2018, In : Art 


Mongol warriors battling on horseback while attacking with the short bow.
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Edward - The Black Prince

Posted by on Thursday, January 25, 2018, In : Art 



Painting by Julian Russel Story (1888) of Prince Edward, son of King Edward III of England, commonly known as The Black Prince at the battle of Crecy depicted with King John of Bohemia lying dead at his feet.

Source: 
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The Crossbow: Medieval and Modern Military and Sporting

Posted by on Monday, January 18, 2016, In : Art 




Title:  The Crossbow: Medieval and Modern Military and Sporting.

Date:  1840-1845.

Source:  Costumes of Mediaeval Christendom.

Information:  The kneeling and seated figures in this diagram illustrate how a crossbow is first drawn and then loaded. This is contrasted by the standing figure, who shows how much more rapidly a conventional bow can be fired.

Source: 
uh.edu
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World War One Cavalry Horse

Posted by on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, In : Photography 



A horse of allied cavalry troops being lowered down in a sling onto the quayside in Greece, 1915.

Source: bbc.co.uk
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The joust between the Knight of the Red Rose and the Lord of the Tournament

Posted by on Friday, January 1, 2016, In : Art 



The image above was engraved by Thomas Hodgson and depicts a jousting match from the Eglinton Tournament of 1839, a re-enactment of a medieval joust held in Scotland. It was funded and organized by Archibald, Earl of Eglinton whose opponent in the image is Richard Lechemere, the "Knight of the Red Rose".

Source: wikipedia.org
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Horses and Mules in WWI

Posted by on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, In : Art 


A breakdown of how horses and mules were used by the British army during World War One

By the end of World War One, around 50% of the British Army’s horses were in France with the rest being spread across the Balkans, Middle East, Egypt, Italy and the UK. The four main roles mules and horses played during the conflict were; 1. 
Supply horses and mules which were used to move ammunition, general supplies and ambulances. 2. Riding horses that were ridden by soldiers, sometimes on the front line...
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The Realities of War

Posted by on Friday, November 6, 2015, In : Photography 


These pictures were taken during Operation Desert Storm in the early 1990s by Kenneth Jarecke in a bid to show the American general public the realities of war. In the top picture, Iraqi prisoners of war were photographed after being captured by the U.S. military on their way to Baghdad. The middle picture shows a burned-out Iraqi truck surrounded by corpses on the “Highway of Death.” When asked why he needs to take photographs of scenes like this by a military public relations officer, J...
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Big Results

Posted by on Thursday, October 15, 2015, In : Proverbs & Quotes 



"Big results require big ambitions".

~ Heraclitus of Ephesus ~

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The Joust of Sol and Luna

Posted by on Monday, September 21, 2015, In : Art 



The Joust of Sol and Luna from the Aurora Consurgens an alchemical treatise of the 15th century famous for the rich illustrations that accompany it. It is interesting to note that the emblems on the shields are inverted so that Sol's shield has a lunar (moon) emblem, while Luna's shield carries a solar (sun) design.

Source: yeatsvision.com
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Effigy of the Black Prince

Posted by on Monday, September 21, 2015, In : Photography 



Edward, Prince of Wales (1330-1376), commonly known as The Black Prince and son of King Edward III, was the embodiment of the perfect medieval English knight. His effigy at Canterbury Cathedral is a powerful 14th century sculpture showing him with his armour reproduced to perfection and his hands clasped in prayer, making him appear equally ready for heaven or the battlefield.

Source: 
theguardian.com

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The Same River

Posted by on Thursday, September 10, 2015, In : Proverbs & Quotes 



"You cannot step into the same river twice".

~ Heraclitus of Ephesus ~

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Musashi Goro Sadayo

Posted by on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, In : Art 


Title:  Clearing Weather at Mt. Shimahiro

Date:  c.1850

Artist:  Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Information:  This image depicts a 15 year old 10th century samurai by the name of Musashi Gorō Sadayo defending himself against Imperial forces. The fighting came about after his lord, Taira no Masakado, proclaimed himself the new emperor in 939. However the rebellion was ill fated and the pretender and his men were defeated at the Battle of Mt. Shimahiro by troops led by Fujiwara no Hidesato just a few months a...
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A Woman Hitting a Neo-Nazi with Her Handbag

Posted by on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, In : Photography 

This iconic photograph shows Danuta Danielsson, a concentration camp survive, stepping out of a crowd in the Swedish city of Växjö in 1985 and hitting a Neo-Nazi with her handbag.

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A Man's Fate

Posted by on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, In : Proverbs & Quotes 



"A man's character is his fate"

~ Heraclitus of Ephesus ~

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Adolf Hitler Breaking Ground

Posted by on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, In : Photography 


Adolf Hitler breaking ground in September 1933 denoting the start construction of the Frankfurt-am-Maine - Darmstadt/Mannheim highway as part of his plan to link all of the major cities in Germany with highways.

Source: slightlywarped.com
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The Skull Tower

Posted by on Sunday, April 26, 2015, In : Photography 

A section of the Skull Tower

The Skull Tower (Ćele Kula), in Niš, Serbia was built in 1809 by Turkish general Hurshi Pasha during the First Serbian Uprising against the Ottoman Empire (1804-1813). The rebels were defeated but rather than run away or give themselves up, their commander Stevan Sinđelić fired a shot into a gunpowder keg in a fully stocked gun powder room, which not only finished the rebels off but also took a number of Turkish soldiers out as well.


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Regard Your Soldiers as Your Children.....

Posted by on Friday, January 30, 2015, In : Proverbs & Quotes 


"Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys;
look upon them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death".

~ Sun Tzu ~

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The Cyrus Cylinder

Posted by on Thursday, January 29, 2015, In : Art 


The history of human rights is a long one and can be said to have started in 539 BCE when the first king of ancient Persia, Cyrus the Great, defeated the Babylonian army and took the city. Once this task was done, he freed the slaves there and introduced new laws that declared people’s right to equality and to choose their own religion.



These laws were recorded in cuneiform script on a baked-clay cylinder known as the Cyrus Cylinder, a law code that is recognised as the first known charter ...
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A Poem on King Harold Hardrade

Posted by on Monday, August 18, 2014, In : Proverbs & Quotes 


"The Upland king was all the night
Speeding the arrows' deadly flight.
All in the dark his bow-string's twang
Was answered; for some white shield rang,
Or yelling shriek gave certain note
The shaft had pierced some ring-mail coat,
The foemen's shields and bulwarks bore
A Lapland arrow-scat or more".

(A medieval poem from the Nordic sagas collection Heimskringla
about the Viking King Harold Hardrade at the battle of Nissa in 1063).

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An Archer at Hastings

Posted by on Thursday, July 24, 2014, In : Art 


In this section of the Bayeux Tapestry, the archer is clearly shown as being shorter than the
English Infantrymen he is fighting alongside at the Battle of Hastings. This is probably done
to illustrate that he has a lower social status than his fellow combatants, a fact also illustrated
by his lack of armour. 

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Schlacht bei Maupertuis 1356

Posted by on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, In : Art 


Title:   Schlacht bei Maupertuis 1356

Datec.1400

Artist:  Unknown

Infomation:  This picture was produced in Germany around 1400 CE from an unknown artist and depicts the Battle of Poitiers. It was the second of three great English victories over the French in the Hundred Years War and was largely won through effective use of the English archers, shown on the left.

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Joyeuse

Posted by on Monday, July 21, 2014, In : Photography 


This sword is believed by some to be built from the original sword used by the late eighth/early ninth century king of the Francs, Charlemagne. Known as Joyeuse (meaning joyful), it was used in the Coronation processionals for French kings from 1270 (Philip III) - 1824 (Charles X).

Joyeuse was housed in the Saint Denis Basilica since at least 1505, before being moved to its current home, the Louvre in 1793. While it is generally agreed that the blade is medieval, its actual date is debated b...
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The Battle of the Little Bighorn

Posted by on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, In : Photography 

Sitting Bull (1885)


Alleged photo of Crazy Horse (c.1877)


Chief Gall (1881)


The Battle of the Little Bighorn, otherwise known as Custer's Last Stand or Lakota Victory Day took place on the 25 – 26 of June, 1876 near the Little Bighorn River in eastern Montana Territory. The conflict was fought between the combined forces of the Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes against the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army.

The Native American forces achieved an overwhelming victory tha...
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The Combat of the Giaour and Hassan

Posted by on Monday, June 9, 2014, In : Art 


Title:  The Combat of the Giaour and Hassan

Artist
:  Eugene Delacroix

Date
:  1826

Information
: The Combat of the Giaour and Hassan was inspired by the dramatic climax of the
poem Giaour (1813) by Lord Byron. It depicts the moment when the Greek giaour (meaning Christian
infidel) avenges his lover, who was killed by the Turk Hassan (on the horse to the right).

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The Lochnagar Crater

Posted by on Thursday, June 5, 2014, In : Photography 

1920s postcard of the Lochnagar Crater.

The Lochnagar Crater is 90 feet deep and 300 feet across and was caused by a charge of 60,000 lbs (26.8 tons) of Ammonal explosives that was set off on the German front lines on the Somme on 1st July 1916. Cecil Lewis, an officer in the Royal Flying Corps who saw the mine explode from his aircraft stated;

“The whole earth heaved and flared, a tremendous and magnificent column rose up into the sky.
There was an ear-splitting roar, drowning all the guns, ...

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Siddhartha in a Wrestling Contest

Posted by on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, In : Art 


An 8th century Japanese silk print depicting Siddhartha in a wrestling contest prior to becoming the Buddha.

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California Sharpshooter Lillian Smith

Posted by on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, In : Photography 


This portrait of California sharpshooter Lillian Smith armed with a Stevens Tip-Up rifle was taken sometime between 1875 and 1885. Smith appeared in 'Buffalo Bill' Cody’s Wild West troop in 1886 and was seen as a direct rival to another female sharp shooter involved with the troop, Annie Oakley. In 1889, Smith left the show after the intense rivalry with Oakley became public, after which, she faded into obscurity. 

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Josephine Baker at the March on Washington

Posted by on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, In : Photography 

Josephine Baker during the March on Washington.

Josephine Baker was an American cabaret performer who achieved a huge amount of success in Europe from the 1920s. During World War Two, she acted as a spy for the French Resistance and would later go on to become an influential activist during the civil rights movement in America in the 1960s. She was the only female speaker during the March on Washington in 1963, where she told the crowd;

“I have walked into the palaces of kings and queens and ...

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New Picture of Billy the Kid Discovered

Posted by on Sunday, March 2, 2014, In : Photography 


According to historian Frank Parrish, this photo that recently came to light is only the second one in existence of the notorious outlaw Billy the Kid (Right). The man on the left, according to Parrish, is Dan Dedrick a close friend of the gunslinger and the picture is believed to have been taken in 1879 when Kid was 20 years old, two years before he died.

Source: dailymail.co.uk
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Heinkel He 111 Bombers

Posted by on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, In : Photography 


A formation of low-flying German Heinkel He 111 bombers flies over the waves of the English Channel in 1940.

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Apollo and Artemis

Posted by on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, In : Art 


Title:  Apollo and Artemis

Datec.470 BCE

Artist:  Briseis Painter (real name unknown, this Athenian artist is known for his
particular style of decoration on pottery).

Information:  The artwork on this Attic red-figure cup features Apollo, the Greek god
of archery and his twin sister Artemis, the goddess of wild places and hunting. 
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Traditional Fighting in Africa - Engolo

Posted by on Saturday, April 27, 2013, In : Art 

Drawings by Neves e Sousa, 1965

Engolo or NGolo (strength / power) is a ritualistic form of combat performed at various traditional ceremonies by several ethnic groups around the Cunene River in Southern Angola. Engolo consists of kicks, dodges, and leg sweeps, with particular emphasis on inverted positions, i.e. with one or more hands rooted to the ground. Many of the moves are reminiscent of capoeira fighting techniques and the African system may well have been one of the influences on the B...
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The History of Sochin

Posted by on Sunday, March 24, 2013, In : Video 


Sochin (Tranquil Force) may have its origins in martial arts history in Dragon Style Kung Fu and then later come through the Naha-te school in Okinawa, where it was taught by Seisho Arakaki. According to legend, Higaonna Kanryo learned it from him then passed it down to Kenzo Mabuni, the founder of Shito-Ryu.

Mabuni is said to have spent some time instructing Gichin Funakoshi’s son, Yoshitaka in the art of kata and as a result of these instructions, the Shotokan syllabus gained not only S...
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Taekwondo History Legends – Nam Tae Hi

Posted by on Thursday, December 6, 2012, In : Photography 

Major Nam Tae Hi with some of his students from the Vietnamese Army in the early 1960's

Nam Tae Hi is a modern day Taekwondo Legend who was instrumental in the formation of the art in its current form. Born in Seoul, Korea in 1929 he began his martial arts training as a school boy. After demonstrating the art to the President of South Korea (Syngman Rhee) in 1954, it was introduced to the military and five years later, Nam and a team took Taekwondo oversees for the first time when they demonst...
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Taekwondo History Legends – Song Duk Ki

Posted by on Thursday, November 1, 2012, In : Photography 


Song Duk Ki demonstrating his art in Seoul in 1964


Song Duk Ki was a master of taek kyon, (a precursor of taekwondo), who was instrumental in preserving Korean martial arts in the first half of the 20th century. Taek kyon and soo bak were the main forms of art being practice at the time and they would later go on to be blended together along with moves from karate and kung fu, to help create modern taekwondo.

However this would have been impossible without a group of masters, led by Song Duk K...
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Taekwondo History Legends – Lee Duk Mu

Posted by on Thursday, September 13, 2012, In : Art 


During the Yi dynasty (1392 – 1910), interest in learning martial arts in Korea faded considerably, partly as a result of a growing emphasis on classical learning on subjects such as music, art, literature and poetry, as opposed to physical pursuits that were favoured in earlier periods.

By 1790, the martial art forms that would later develop into Taekwondo were at risk of dying out so in a bid to retain their knowledge, King Chong Jo ordered Lee Duk Mu, one of his generals and a martial ...
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Taekwondo History Legends – Chin Heung and the HwaRang

Posted by on Saturday, August 25, 2012, In : Art 


One of the earliest influences on taekwondo history and philosophy was the twenty-fourth King of Silla, Chin Heung. He organised a special fighting unit for his army who were well trained, elite warriors known as the HwaRang who were prolific with weapons as well as an unarmed combat system called SooBak.

They became taekwondo history legends because their whole lives were dedicated to protecting their realm. They were also taught spiritual matters and they were expected to live by an honou...


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