March 24, 1944 Tom, Dick and Harry – Today in History

For those of us of a certain age, this story is very familiar even if only from the film, The Wooden Horse (1950).  Today in History‘s article may provide details you didn’t previously know.

Barracks were built on pilings to discourage tunnelling, creating 24” of open space beneath the buildings. Seismic listening devices were placed around the camp’s perimeter. In the German mind, the …

Source: March 24, 1944 Tom, Dick and Harry – Today in History

An entire Manhattan village owned by black people was destroyed to build Central Park

Three churches, a school, and dozens of homes were demolished…

Source: An entire Manhattan village owned by black people was destroyed to build Central Park

Victims of Antisemitism: The Anne Frank Huis and Museum Otto Weidt’s Workshop for the Blind – W.U Hstry

Last summer I had the opportunity to travel around Europe stopping in a number of countries. Today I will be looking at two museums I visited, the first in Amsterdam and the second in Berlin. Both …

Source: Victims of Antisemitism: The Anne Frank Huis and Museum Otto Weidt’s Workshop for the Blind – W.U Hstry

Anne Frank Who? Museums Combat Ignorance About the Holocaust – The New York Times

Revisited Myth #114: You had to have two opposing teeth to join the army in early America so you could tear off the end of the cartridge. | History Myths Debunked

John Hill, Supervisor of Military Programs for Colonial Williamsburg, lays this one to rest. “I have heard many reenactors note the need for two opposing teeth as part of their musket-firing …

Source: Revisited Myth #114: You had to have two opposing teeth to join the army in early America so you could tear off the end of the cartridge. | History Myths Debunked

Taking a Cruise in the Late 1950s

I can’t resist posting this little travel film from 1959 partly because it’s a world away from today and partly because my parents, Benedicta Leigh and Richard Vernon, are playing the mother and father. As someone notes disparagingly on YouTube, it features only first class travel! Typical of the time. The daughter is played by Suzan Farmer although I don’t know the name of the actor playing the son.  My brother and I were too young, alas, to play the children but I still have the mug our parents bought in Portugal!

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Sarah Vernon © March 2017

Victorians Drank Soda Out Of Monstrous Gilded Machines | Atlas Obscura

On a hot day, a cold soda can feel downright luxurious. Pop the tab, tip your head back, and the sweet liquid transports you somewhere a little cooler; a little slower.

The presentation, though, leaves something to be desired. Sure, an aluminum can works fine, but think about it—wouldn’t that ginger ale have tasted just a little better if it had come fizzing out of a bright copper spigot? Perhaps one connected to a…

Source: Victorians Drank Soda Out Of Monstrous Gilded Machines | Atlas Obscura

American Traitor: The Tokyo Rose – fyeahhistory

So what or who is a Tokyo Rose and how are they/it a traitor? Spoiler alert – Tokyo Rose is not a new racially appropriated perfume from a global beauty powerhouse who should know better, the return…

Source: American Traitor: The Tokyo Rose – fyeahhistory

This Stunning 700-Year-Old Hand Carved Cave Was Found Behind A Rabbit Hole In The British Countryside.

We’ve all heard of rabbit holes leading to another world before, but that’s usually something that only happens in books!

Photographer Michael Scott took a trip down a rabbit hole into this medieval cave, armed with candles for illumination and captured…

Source: This Stunning 700-Year-Old Hand Carved Cave Was Found Behind A Rabbit Hole In The British Countryside.

The History Girls: The Lying Press

The German phrase Lügenpresse has come into use again in the last few years with the renewed rise of the far right across the world. This is a term that can be easily searched for and found online, but I thought it was worth bringing up here to highlight how insidious and loaded a term it really is.

The term first surfaced in Germany in the 19th Century and first became widely used around1848, by Catholics as a response to…

Source: The History Girls: The Lying Press

Historians are tracing the story of an incredibly brave army nurse who was also a spy

Army nurses after the war

Madge Addy was as secretive after World War II as she was during the conflict as one of Britain’s top spies in occupied France. Historians are putting the…

Source: Historians are tracing the story of an incredibly brave army nurse who was also a spy

Orde Wingate: The Most Controversial British Commander of WWII

Born to British parents in India in 1903, Orde Wingate grew up in Britain, living with other relatives at times when his parents were in India. His family was strict Plymouth Brethren – conservative, evangelical, non-conformist Christians. They worked hard to instill their values in Orde.At school, he was friendless. Not playing games or

Source: Orde Wingate: The Most Controversial British Commander of WWII

A Sailor’s Life For Me – A day in the life of a Royal Navy Sailor from 1806

The life of a sailor has never been easy, and during wartime, it is doubly true. It was particularly so in the Royal Navy at the beginning of the 19th century.

Britain was embroiled in a struggle against France, which had recently succumbed to revolution. Napoleon Bonaparte had become ruler and he…

Source: A Sailor’s Life For Me – A day in the life of a Royal Navy Sailor from 1806

The sisters that brought down a dictatorship – fyeahhistory

Rafael Trujillo was a dick. Ruling as dictator of The Dominic Republic for over 30 years. Following a rebellion, Trujillo was voted into power with 99% of the vote in 1930 with essentially no opposi…

Source: The sisters that brought down a dictatorship – fyeahhistory

Anne Bonny, Eighteenth-Century Pirate Vixen | A R T L▼R K

A re-post.

On the 8th of March 1702, notorious Irish female pirate Anne Bonny was born as Anne Cormac, in Kinsale County Cork, the daughter of a servant woman and her solicitor employer. Trustworthy informati…

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