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Menzies War Record – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers

May 25th, 2012 · Comments Off on Menzies War Record – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers · Anzac, Australiana, Pacifism, Politics, War, WW1

When Menzies was Prime Minister in 1939, the Country Party leader, Earle Page, subjected Menzies to a bitter attack in the house. Page had served on the Western Front as a doctor (his field instruments are on display at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra). Page told the Parliament that he and his party were […]

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Bullets May Miss People But No One Dodged a Bullet – “Novel Without a Name” – Duong Thu Huong

May 2nd, 2012 · Comments Off on Bullets May Miss People But No One Dodged a Bullet – “Novel Without a Name” – Duong Thu Huong · Prose, War, Writing

I stayed stretched out like that for a long time. The ground beneath me was scorching now; the fog had evaporated and the grass had turned a deeper shade of green. The sound of an airplane rumbled overhead. I didn’t care. Why bother running for cover? I thought: Bullets may miss people, but no one […]

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Ivan is Here – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor

April 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on Ivan is Here – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor · Quotes, War, WW2

A telephone suddenly rang (in the German Zossen HQ). One of the Russian soldiers answered it. The caller was evidently a senior German officer asking what was happening. ‘Ivan is here,’ the soldier replied in Russian, and told him to go to hell.

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A Real Refugee Crisis – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor

April 25th, 2012 · Comments Off on A Real Refugee Crisis – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor · Immigration, WW2

Between 12 January and mid-February 1945, almost 8.5 million Germans fled their homes in the eastern provinces of the Reich.

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Berlin and Stalingrad – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor

April 24th, 2012 · Comments Off on Berlin and Stalingrad – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor · War, WW2

On 1 February 1943, an angry Soviet colonel collared a group of emaciated German prisoners in the rubble of Stalingrad. ‘That’s how Berlin is going to look!’ he yelled, point to the ruined buildings all around. When I read those words some six years ago, I sensed immediately what my next book had to be.

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The Charge of the Light Brigade – “The God Delusion” – Richard Dawkins

April 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off on The Charge of the Light Brigade – “The God Delusion” – Richard Dawkins · Colonialism, Culture, History, Poetry, War, WW1

Quoting Tennyson’s ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ ‘Forward the Light Brigade! ’ Was there a man dismayed? Not though the soldiers knew Some one had blundered: Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die: Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred.

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The Greatest Enemy of Fascism is Man – “Life and Fate” – Vasily Grossman

April 6th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Greatest Enemy of Fascism is Man – “Life and Fate” – Vasily Grossman · Extremism, History, Human Rights, Totalitarianism, WW2

If Fascism should ever be fully assured of its final triumph, the world will choke in blood. If the day ever dawns when Fascism is without armed enemies, then its executioners will know no restraint: the greatest enemy of Fascism is man.

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Mourning – “Life and Fate” – Vasily Grossman

April 5th, 2012 · Comments Off on Mourning – “Life and Fate” – Vasily Grossman · Writing, WW2

The people at the hospital had been struck by her calm and the number of questions that she had asked. They hadn’t appreciated her inability to understand something quite obvious – that Tolya was no longer among the living. Her love was so strong that Tolya’s death was unable to affect it: to her, he […]

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Anna’s Letter – “Life and Fate” – Vasily Grossman

April 5th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Genocide, Prose, Writing, WW2

A letter from Anna Semyonovna to her son, Viktor Shtrum from a Ukrainian Ghetto: Vitya, I’m certain this letter will reach you, even though I’m now behind the German front line, behind the barbed wire of the Jewish ghetto. I won’t receive your answer, though; I won’t be here to receive it. I want you […]

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Liquid Fire – “Life and Fate” – Vasily Grossman

April 4th, 2012 · Comments Off on Liquid Fire – “Life and Fate” – Vasily Grossman · Description, Writing, WW2

During a German artillery attack on the right bank of the Volga during the Battle of Stalingrad: Suddenly he realised what had happened: the oil-tanks were on fire. Flaming oil was streaming past towards the Volga. It seemed impossible to escape from the liquid fire. It leaped up, humming and crackling, from the streams of […]

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