Revolution in Russia 1: Understanding Influences | First World War Hidden History

The First World War drained Russia, literally and metaphorically. By January 1917, after two-and-a-half years of mortal combat, six million young Russians had been killed, seriously wounded or lost…

Source: Revolution in Russia 1: Understanding Influences | First World War Hidden History

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September 12, 1940 Lascaux Caves – Today in History

Entering via a long tunnel, the boys discovered what turned out to be a cave complex, its walls covered with depictions of animals.  Hundreds of them.  Four teenagers in Nazi occupied France, had d…

Source: September 12, 1940 Lascaux Caves – Today in History

The History Girls: The writer, the spies and leaf-mould memories by Deborah Burrows

I first visited the museum at Bletchley Park, near Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, UK in 2014, and went again last month. It is a fascinating museum, in many ways representing the triumph of eccentricity over evil. At Bletchley a group of dedicated men and women – many of them amateurs with a gift for …

Source: The History Girls: The writer, the spies and leaf-mould memories by Deborah Burrows

Painting the Town Red: Spies & Secret Agents in London Restaurants & Hotels in the 1920s | cabinetroom

If you were wanting to learn about the history of London’s bars, restaurants and hotels – or indeed just to choose somewhere nice for dinner – you might not immediately think to look in the MI5 archives. These files, which the British government has gradually been declassifying and which are held at the National Archives in Kew, are full of unexpected details about…

Source: Painting the Town Red: Spies & Secret Agents in London Restaurants & Hotels in the 1920s | cabinetroom

The Milkman | Iconic Photos

Keep Calm and Carry On, proclaimed the poster which is now overused and over-parodied. Ironically, the poster was never used — the campaign was abandoned just as the Second World War began. In…

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Tilly Edinger vs. the Nazis. | Letters from Gondwana.

“Tilly” Edinger was born on November 13, 1897, in Frankfurt, Germany. She was the youngest daughter of the eminent neurologist Ludwig Edinger and Dora Goldschmidt, a leading social advocate and acti…

Source: Tilly Edinger vs. the Nazis. | Letters from Gondwana.

The ‘First’ Blitz | London Historians’ Blog

A guest post by LH Member Suzie Grogan. This article first appeared in London Historians Members’ Newsletter from November 2013. Before 1914, the idea that war could be waged in the air was b…

Source: The ‘First’ Blitz | London Historians’ Blog

Peggy Guggenheim: The Woman Behind the Art | A R T L▼R K

On the 26th of August 1898, American matron and collector of the arts Peggy Guggenheim was born in New York. “Peggy Guggenheim was one of ten children-the second of three daughters-born to Benjamin…

Source: Peggy Guggenheim: The Woman Behind the Art | A R T L▼R K

L/Corporal Herbert James Francis Walsh – 1887 – 1918 – A 102 year tribute – A Poem “Tommy”. | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

field of poppiesMy grandfather was in the army for about five years as a boy soldier and came out in 1907 as a trained carpenter. In 1914 he rejoined the Royal Engineers and served throughout the war. Wounded thre…

Source: L/Corporal Herbert James Francis Walsh – 1887 – 1918 – A 102-year tribute – A Poem “Tommy”. | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

Women’s Battalion of Death – Smart History Blog

Maria Bochkareva by Boris Losin, 22 November 1917

We know a number of female soldiers from Russian history. Many of them, aviators and snipers, were praised as war heroes during the Great Patriotic War. Speaking of personal bravery on a battlefield, there is no-one quite like Maria Bochkareva – “the Jeanne d’Arc of Russia”, during…

Source: Women’s Battalion of Death – Smart History Blog

A 17th Century cottage with an unusual past: the “Exorcist’s House” of King’s Lynn | Flickering Lamps

The fenland town of King’s Lynn has a long history, and unsurprisingly a few dark tales have been remembered and passed on through generations of townspeople over the years.  Once a thriving …

Source: A 17th Century cottage with an unusual past: the “Exorcist’s House” of King’s Lynn | Flickering Lamps

Edith Tudor-Hart, Photographer | Spitalfields Life

Edith Tudor-Hart, self-portrait 1936

Mark Richards explores the controversial work of photographer Edith Tudor-Hart and her secret life as a Soviet agent in London during the Cold War…

Source: Edith Tudor-Hart, Photographer | Spitalfields Life

August 14, 1945, A Kiss in Times Square – Today in History

The lit message running around the Times Building read, “VJ, VJ, VJ, VJ” as George Mendonsa grabbed a stranger and kissed her. Two seconds later the moment was gone, but Alfred Eisenstaedt an…

Source: August 14, 1945, A Kiss in Times Square – Today in History

Merian C. Cooper, extraordinary life of a hero of 2 nations and King Kong | Pacific Paratrooper

Merian C. Cooper was born in Jacksonville, Florida, United States. He was the youngest of his siblings and at the age of six, he started to dream about exploration and adventures, a common dream am…

Source: Merian C. Cooper, extraordinary life of a hero of 2 nations and King Kong | Pacific Paratrooper

August 10, 1920, Ottoman Empire – Today in History

Throughout the period, the “secret sauce” of Ottoman power was an army of élite infantry called “Janissaries”.  Janissaries were Christian slaves, usually taken as spoils of…

Source: August 10, 1920, Ottoman Empire – Today in History