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Entries from April 2016

Gear and Advancements of the Allies during WWI

April 27th, 2016 · Comments

Feld-Uniformen unserer Feinde im Westen [Field Uniforms of our Enemies in the West], German poster for identifying enemy soldiers, 1914, accessed April 27, 1916, http://i.imgur.com/JV7H0bv.jpg.
Feld-Uniformen unserer Feinde im Osten [Field Uniforms of our Enemies in the East], German poster for identifying enemy soldiers, 1914, accessed April 27, 1916, http://i.imgur.com/JV7H0bv.jpg.

See also Jonathan North, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Uniforms of World War I: An expert guide to the uniforms of Britain, France, Russia, America, Germany and Austro-Hungary (London, UK: Lorenz Books, 2011).

Tags: technology · Britain · trench life · Russia · uniforms · kits

Tweet the Rising!

April 25th, 2016 · Comments

Check out the website http://www.1916.today to experience the 1916 Rising as though it were happening right now!

Associate Professor of History Dr. David Kilroy of Nova Southeastern University is managing a project to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.  It is a social media project and goes live on Sunday April 24.

Kilroy writes that “’Tweet the Rising’ is an innovative project that uses social media to bring the history of the Ireland’s 1916Easter Rising to life, providing a unique opportunity for people everywhere to immerse themselves in the events of that week and ultimately to draw their own conclusions about what is arguably the most important event in Irish history.  Twenty fictional but historically accurate characters will tell the story of the Rising through Twitter starting on April 24, 2016.  The characters can be accessed at http://www.1916.today or on Twitter using #TweetTheRising or #1916today."

To get into the mood, click the following link to watch a commemorative reading the GPO Declaration of the Republic on April 24, 2016 from Irish Times: 



Tags: Britain · Ireland · nationalism · Easter Rising · Home Front · Ulster

Room 40 and WWI Cryptoanalysis

April 21st, 2016 · Comments

Information from the Institution of Engineering and Technology and Wikipedia.

Image from Paul Gannon, "First World War technology: Room 40 secret intelligence unit," Engineering and Technology Magazine, May 19, 2014, http://eandt.theiet.org/magazine/2014/05/before-bletchley.cfm, accessed April 21, 2016. 

Tags: technology · Britain · code-breaking · Room 40

The History of the USSR

April 18th, 2016 · Comments

1302213574_lenin_cat09.jpg This extra-long episode consists of a nickel tour of the  downfall of the Romanov dynasty, the various  maneuverings of the Bolshevik party and their leader  Vladimir Lenin, and the Russian  Civil War and the  consolidation of Soviet power and authority.  

 To listen via YouTube, click  here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Xt6iTpvLts&feature=youtu.be
Lenin Cat Meme from http://www.excusememe.com/article/1065/10-of-the-Funniest-Lenin-Cats

Tags: Greater War · Soviet Union · Russia · communism · V. I. Lenin

The 36th Division of Ulster: the Battle of the Somme

April 14th, 2016 · Comments

A look at the 36th (Ulster) Division and the important role they played at the Battle of the Somme. 

James Prinsep Beadle's The charge of the Ulster Division, Somme, 1st July, 1916 in Belfast.  
Image from "World War One: Political Divisions," Creative Centenaries, 


Tags: Britain · Ireland · nationalism · Battle of the Somme · Ulster

Dr. Dolittle Goes To War

April 12th, 2016 · Comments

Story_of_Doctor_Dolittle.jpg Hugh Lofting's The Story of Doctor Dolittle, Being the  History of His Peculiar Life at Home and Astonishing  Adventures in Foreign Parts (1920). 


 First edition photo from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Story_of_Doctor_Dolittle, accessed April 21, 2016.

Tags: DefaultTag · Britain · Ireland · trench life · Hugh Lofting · Dr. Dolittle · literature

Family Feud of World War One

April 8th, 2016 · Comments


 Miranda Carter, "How George, Nicholas and Wilhelm were Related: A Royal Family Tree," from Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, http://knopfdoubleday.com/marketing/post/CarterFamilyTree.gif 

Tags: Britain · Germany · family · royalty · genealogy · Russia

Home Rule in Ireland

April 4th, 2016 · Comments

A look at the history of home rule in Ireland and related concepts and its lasting effects today. 
"Home Rule for Ireland" poster - Image from http://www.greatwar.nl/eire/homerule.html
"The Home Rule Crisis 1910-1914"
"1916 Easter Rising: Prelude"

Tags: Ireland · nationalism · Easter Rising · Home Front · Ulster