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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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Garcia Afonso - the King of Kongo

Posted by on Sunday, January 17, 2016, In : Art 



Garcia II Nkanga a Lukeni a Nzenze a Ntumba, also known as Garcia Afonso, was the king of Kongo from 1641 to 1661. He is considered by many as Kongo's greatest ever leader for his religious piety and his near expulsion of the Portuguese from Angola.

Via Pinterest 
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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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Edward Aston - Britain's Strongest Man

Posted by on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, In : Photography 





Edward Aston won the title of Britain's Strongest Man in 1911 beating out the famed Thomas Inch. Aston held onto that title for over twenty years until retiring undefeated.

Source: breakingmuscle.com

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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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An Argument Against the use of Violence

Posted by on Tuesday, October 27, 2015, In : Proverbs & Quotes 



"You never need an argument against the use of violence, you need an argument for it".

~ Noam Chomsky ~

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How to Develop a Powerful Grip

Posted by on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, In : Art 



These images are from the book How to Develop a Powerful Grip by Edward Aston, a legendary strongman who was famous in the early twentieth century for performing feats of strength that involved his incredibly powerful grip. The first image on the left, Gripping an Open Door, is used to develop pinch grip strength and the second, Hanging from a Rope, is one of the best exercises there is for improving your grip, according to Aston.

Source: rosstraining.com
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The Armenian Genocide

Posted by on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, In : Photography 

Turkish official teasing starving Armenian children with bread (1915)

The Armenian Genocide, also known as the Armenian Holocaust or the Great Crime among Armenians, was the systematic murder of the minority Armenian population by the Ottoman government in Turkey. The crisis started on April 24, 1915 when authorities arrested around 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople. After this, able bodied men were either outright murdered or died during forced labour and wome...
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The Object of War

Posted by on Saturday, September 26, 2015, In : Proverbs & Quotes 



"The object of war is not to die for your country, but to make the other bastard die for his."

~ General George S Patton ~

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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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Muhammad Ali - Conscientious Objector

Posted by on Thursday, July 30, 2015, In : Photography 


Muhammad Ali, who was famously banned from boxing for being a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War, points to a newspaper reporting in 1966 on a 30,000 strong protest march that had recently taken place against the conflict.

Source: dailymail.co.uk
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Russian Special Forces Training

Posted by on Monday, July 27, 2015, In : Photography 


A member of the Russian Special Forces (Spetsnaz) doing a training drill that consists of back
flipping over a barbed wire fence while throwing a hatchet at a target.

Via Tumblr

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ANZAC Soldiers

Posted by on Thursday, June 11, 2015, In : Photography 


Two members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) capture a Turkish
sniper camouflaged to look like a tree in Gallipoli (1915).

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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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Child Soldiers of the Great War - Germany

Posted by on Sunday, March 1, 2015, In : Photography 




Top – Two young German boys play at being soldiers c.1914
Bottom – Three new recruits for the German War Machine c.1917

Source: greatwar.nl
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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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Operation Crossroads - The Bombing of Bikini

Posted by on Sunday, January 25, 2015, In : Photography 
These nuclear bomb detonations, (known as the Able and Baker Tests respectively), took place in July 1946 as part of Operation Crossroads on the island of Bikini Atoll in the Pacific. A fleet of decommissioned US and seized Japanese vessels were deployed in the area with the intention of simulating and documenting the effects of nuclear weapons in naval warfare. They were the precursors to a series of large thermonuclear tests that over the next decade or so would render Bikini unfit for huma...
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Col. Henry P. Crowe

Posted by on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, In : Proverbs & Quotes 


"You'll never get a Purple Heart hiding in a foxhole…follow me!"

~ Marine Corps Col. Henry P. Crowe ~
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Nurses of World War One

Posted by on Thursday, August 28, 2014, In : Photography 

Senior nurses demonstrating how to care for wounded soldiers, taken some time during World War One.

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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.

Source
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Chinese Militia - 1906 - 1912

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

Manchu Nobleman with Bow


Militia from the Shaanxi Province


Militia from Shandong Province

Images taken by the French missionary Michel de Maynard in Northern China between 1906 and 1912.

Source: chinesemartialstudies.com
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Muhammad Ali Meeting Saddam Hussein

Posted by on Thursday, July 3, 2014, In : Photography 


Muhammad Ali meeting Saddam Hussein in 1990 when the former heavyweight champion was enlisted to help negotiate the release of 15 American hostages. The ‘guests’ were held in Iraq following Saddam's invasion of Kuwait with the threat that they would be used as human shields should US forces attack strategically areas in the country. After tense negotiations, all 15 men were released without being harmed but when praised for his actions, Ali insisted all credit be given to Allah.

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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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Hazel Ying Lee

Posted by on Friday, May 16, 2014, In : Photography 


Hazel Ying Lee, the first Chinese American woman to fly for the United States military, became a licensed pilot in 1932. She flew fighter aircraft to their destinations as they poured out of American factories for the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). After 12 years of service, Lee was tragically killed at the age of 32 when she was involved in a mid-air collision while piloting a P-63 Fighter.

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A Crossbow from the Wubei Zhi

Posted by on Friday, April 4, 2014, In : Art 


An illustration of a crossbow from the Wubei Zhi (Treatise on Armament Technology),
a comprehensive Chinese military guide written sometime in the early 17th century.

Source
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Julius Caesar on Fear

Posted by on Friday, April 4, 2014, In : Proverbs & Quotes 


It is not these well-fed long-haired men that I fear, but the pale and the hungry-looking.

~ Julius Caesar ~
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The Blumenkrieg

Posted by on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, In : Photography 


On March 12, 1938 the 8th Army of the German Wehrmacht crossed into Austria. Many welcomed the coming of the Nazis as liberators and the troops were greeted by cheering German-Austrians citizens with Nazi salutes, flags and flowers. As a result, the Nazi annexing of Austria is sometimes called the Blumenkrieg (war of flowers), though the official name was Unternehmen Otto. For the Germans, it was seen as the first big test of their war machine although as it turned out, no actual fighting t...
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That 2,000-Yard Stare

Posted by on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, In : Art 


That 2,000-Yard Stare
by Tom Lea is a painting housed in a U.S. government warehouse that stores artifacts and precious works of arts obtained over the years by the army. The collection includes 16,000 pieces of fine art consisting of of donated and commissioned pieces, much of which were painted by soldiers who experienced their subjects first hand.

Source
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Thomas "Tad" Lincoln

Posted by on Saturday, March 1, 2014, In : Photography 


Abraham Lincoln's son Thomas "Tad" Lincoln is shown here dressed in a uniform patterned after his
hero, Elmer Ellsworth, the first Union casualty of the American Civil War.

Source
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The Black Prince

Posted by on Thursday, December 19, 2013, In : Art 


The Black Prince is one of the most celebrated knights of medieval history, remembered as a warrior who exemplified the chivalric code of honour. Born Edward of Woodstock, he was the eldest son of King Edward III of England and Philippa of Hainault and had a string of titles to his name including;

•    The First Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter
•    The Prince of Wales
•    The Duke of Cornwall
•    The Prince of Aquitaine

The Black Prince, a nickname he received as a result of...

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The Battle Between the Gods and the Titans

Posted by on Thursday, December 19, 2013, In : Art 


Title:  The Battle Between the Gods and the Titans

Date:  1600

Artist:  Joachim Wtewael

Information:  According to Greek mythology, the world was once run by a group of deities known as the Titans. Their leader, Cronus, had eaten most of his offspring in a bid to prevent their prophesised rebellion however his youngest son, Zeus, escaped this fate. After freeing his siblings from their father’s stomach, they moved to Mount Olympus from which they waged war on the Titans.

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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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Sergeant William Knapp

Posted by on Friday, November 1, 2013, In : Photography 


Sergeant William Knapp of the 1st.Battalion, Coldstream Guards. The picture was taken by Robert Howlett
and Joseph Cundall in Aldershot, Hampshire in July 1856. Knapp is wearing the Crimea Medal with four bars
for Alma, Balaklava, Inkermann and Sebastopol.
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Decapitation During the Nanking Massacre

Posted by on Thursday, October 17, 2013, In : Photography 


A Japanese headsman tells his Chinese prisoner the best way to hold his head
for a smooth decapitation. The picture was taken in 1938 during the Nanking massacre.
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The Alexander Mosaic

Posted by on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, In : Art 


Title:  The Alexander Mosaic

Date:  c. 100 BCE

Artist:  Unknown

This mosaic was found in the House of the Faun in Pompeii and depicts a battle between the armies of Alexander the Great (left) and Darius III of Persia (in the chariot to the right). Alexander’s, upper body and head are still visible and on his breast plate is a picture of Medusa. Darius is believed to be desperately trying to flee the battle and his extended arm may suggest he had just thrown a javelin. The Alexander mosaic is t...
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Mas Oyama Makiwara Training

Posted by on Monday, August 19, 2013, In : Photography 


A young Masutatsu “Mas” Oyama training on a makiwara board c.1954.
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Why we Make War

Posted by on Friday, July 12, 2013, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Mzilikazi

Posted by on Monday, July 8, 2013, In : Art 


Mzilikazi, meaning "The Great Road" (c. 1790 - 1868), was a king from South Africa who is famous for leading a massive tribe known as the Khumalo on an 800 km long journey from Zululand to Matabeleland (now SW Zimbabwe), where he founded the Matabele kingdom. Formally a lieutenant of the great Zulu king Shaka, he rebelled in 1823 and formed his own tribe. Along the way he conquered many other tribes, assimilating the survivors into citizens of his own kingdom showing him to be both a great ge...
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Retiarius vs. Secutor

Posted by Andrew Griffiths on Friday, March 22, 2013, In : Art 


Artist:  Unknown
Date:  Second – third century CE
Info: In this mosaic from the villa at Nennig, Germany, a retiarius gladiator, who fought with a net and a three pronged trident, stabs at his opponent who is a secutor gladiator, whose weapon of choice was usually a short sword or a gladius.

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Private Joe Louis Says...

Posted by on Monday, February 4, 2013, In : Photography 

This poster depicts Heavy Weight boxer Joe Louis and was aimed at getting new recruits to join the American army during World War Two. It was produced around 1942 during the ‘Brown Bomber’s' reign, which stretched from 1937 – 1949.
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When to Fight

Posted by on Thursday, January 31, 2013, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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A Ship in the Harbor

Posted by on Monday, January 28, 2013, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Mother, what was war?

Posted by on Friday, December 7, 2012, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Tomoe Gozen - Female Samurai Warrior

Posted by on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, In : Art 


Title:  Tomoe Gozen

Artist:  Kikuchi Yōsai (1781-1878)

Infomation:  Tomoe Gozen was one of Japan’s few famous female warriors who fought
alongside her master, Yoshinaka Minamoto, in the Gempei War (1180 – 1185).

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You Must Not Fight Too Often With One Enemy

Posted by on Friday, November 2, 2012, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Muay Thai Boxing Legends - Prince Narusuan

Posted by on Sunday, October 21, 2012, In : Photography 


Prince Narusuan was a key figure in the development of the martial arts in Thailand (formerly Siam). In c. 1585, Narusuan succeeded in reorganizing a defeated Thai army. He made sure his men all learned martial arts leading to successful campaigns against the Burmese soldiers who had occupied the country since 1568.

Then, in a dramatic final showdown, he faced the leader of the Burmese army in open battle, both on the backs of war elephants. After a violent fight, Narusuan’s martial arts sk...
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Emperor Akbar Training His War Elephant

Posted by on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, In : Art 


Title: Emperor Akbar tames an elephant

Datec.1609

Artist:  Unknown

Infomation:  The 16th century Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great is shown training a war elephant.
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Tomoe Gozen

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


Title: Tomoe Gozen

Date: 1899

Artist: Toyohara Chikanobu (1838–1912)

Infomation: This painting depicts the legendary female warrior Tomoe Gozen at the Battle of Awazu
in 1184. So the story goes, she killed one of the warriors shown with her, Uchida Ieyoshi, and
escaped capture from the other, Hatakeyama Shigetada.
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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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War Elephants

Posted by on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, In : Art 


Title: The Battle of Zama

Datec.1890

Artist
:  Henri-Paul Motte (1846–1922)

Infomation: The war elephants of Hannibal’s Carthaginian army fighting
against the Roman infantry at the Battle of Zama in 202 BC
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The Dance of War

Posted by on Monday, July 30, 2012, In : Art 



Title: Capoeira or the Dance of War

Date: c1823

Artist: Johann Moritz Rugendas (1802 - 1858)

Capoeira Home

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