I thought this would be fitting for the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, seeing that we’re in the eleventh year. Almost every major event in the second half of the twentieth century—most of the ones that had major, life-changing impacts—stem from World War II: the Cold War from Potsdam and … More Forêt de Compiègne, La Clairière de l’Armistice
So, four hundred and twenty-four years ago today, a resupply convoy arrived in North Carolina to find the colony it was supposed resupply, Roanoke Colony, had vanished. There weren’t any signs of a struggle, and the buildings had all been dismantled, seemingly in a slow and orderly fashion. Pretty much anything could have happened, since … More But How Can You Lose An Entire Colony?
70 years ago today, Axis troops invaded the Soviet Union as part of Operation Barbarossa. Despite a rapid advance in the early months of the campaign, capturing millions of Soviet soldiers and decimating the Soviet air and tank corps, the invasion would eventually stall, in the middle of a freezing Russian winter, in the suburbs … More Ghosts of the Eastern Front