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REVIEW: The Frontline Fugitives: Book IV: SS Werewolves and Criminals

Another great historical fiction genre of book that carries us back the end of World War 1. In this series called “The Frontline Fugitives, this particular book has the main characters hunting down Werewolves, Straggler SS teams that were conducting hit and run tactics in Germany towards the end of the war. A compelling story …

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REVIEW: The Saint Mihiel Offensive 12-16 September- The Americans

Maarten Otte’s book covers the story of the American Participation in the World War One Saint Mihiel Offensive.  The Americans entered the war late and although unproven in battle they quickly became a formidable force in their own right. With Pershing leading the American Forces he negotiated with the Allies to ensure he commanded his …

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Sous Lieutenant Legros wielding his axe through the North Gate, Hougoumont.

Then & Now: The Defence of Hougoumont (1815)

If Waterloo was the pivotal moment of Napoleon’s return during the Hundred Days, then Hougoumont was linchpin of the Battle of Waterloo itself. The Duke of Wellington, commander of the Allied forces during the battle, later said “The success of the battle of Waterloo, however, turned upon the closing of the gates of Hougoumont.” That …

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Portrait Lucien Bersot

Lucien Bersot was executed because he refused to wear bloodied pants

Lucien Jean Baptiste Bersot, born on 7 June 1881 at Authoison (Haute-Saône) and executed on 13 February 1915 at Fontenoy (Aisne). Lucien Bersot was a French soldier who was shot as an example during the First World War because he refused to wear a bloodied pants that belonged to a death comrade. He was born in …

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