WWI

Sidney Reilly, World War I Spy and Scoundrel

Author Ian Fleming, when asked about the escapades of his fictional spy James Bond, reportedly replied, “He’s no Sidney Reilly.” Who was Sidney Reilly and why did Fleming’s remark indicate that the smooth, suave licensed-to-kill ladykiller was inferior to him? Perhaps because what Agent 007 accomplished with the gadgets provided by the ingenuity of Q …

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Arthur Conan Doyle’s Military Innovations in World War I

The War’s Afoot: Arthur Conan Doyle’s Military Innovations in World War I

As Sherlock Holmes would have put it, when one has eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. Holmes used the aphorism to solve crimes, but for his creator Arthur Conan Doyle, the surly attitudes of Germans in attendance at the 1911 International Road Competition in 1911 convinced him that the automobile …

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Wilhelm II, German Emperor, with the Crown Prince Adalbert, the Prince August Wilhelm of Prussia, the Prince Oscar and the Prince Joachim

The Royal Wrecks: World War I and the Original Game of Thrones

HBO didn’t need to adapt George R.R. Martin’s fictional series involving wars of succession, dangerous alliances, overbearing villains and doomed heroes in order to have a ratings hit. The cast, plot, and setting for the real Game of Thrones played out over a century ago and although we tend to forget about it now, The …

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Jack Dimmer WWI

This officer served his machine gun.. until he had been shot five times – Jack Dimmer VC

A few years ago I worked for the London Borough of Merton. Based at the Civic Centre in Morden, for nearly two years every day I walked past a small plaque in the foyer to Lieutenant Colonel John Dimmer, VC. I was recently reminded of this when I picked up a set of VC winner …

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Horrors of World War I

Horrors of World War I brought in colorized images

The featured photographs, colorized by Benjamin Thomas, Doug Banks, Dave Chandler, Frederic Duriez, Paul Reynolds and Royston Leonard, capture in vivid detail the horror, devastation and sadness on the battlefields of World War I. Their photos are also featured among the hundreds of colored photos on the WW1 Colourised Photos, WW2 Colourised Photos and Colours of Yesterday Facebook pages. Editor’s …

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