Tagged: war

How Pablo Escobar created a hippo problem in Colombia

Drug lord Pablo Escobar smuggled four hippos into his own personal zoo during the 1980’s. But wild hippos are usually only native to Africa and their escape after Escobar’s death has left Colombia with...

The Rothschilds

The Aristocrats, directed by Bafta-winning film-maker Patrick Forbes, explores modern day high society through historically prominent families. With unique access to names of note and notoriety, The Aristocrats opens a window onto a so-called...

1945 Japanese surrender

The surrender of the Empire of Japan on September 2, 1945, brought the hostilities of World War II to a close. By the end of July 1945, the Imperial Japanese Navy was incapable of...

Adolf on speed

German writer Norman Ohler’s astonishing account of methamphetamine addiction in the Third Reich changes what we know about the second world war. His book: The Total Rush – or, to use its superior English title, Blitzed – which...

The Vietnam War in 13 minutes

The Vietnam War is the commonly used name for the Second Indochina War, 1954–1975. Usually it refers to the period when the United States and other members of the SEATO (Southeast Asia Treaty Organization)...

The story of the Nazi’s indestructible towers of death

Flak towers were eight complexes of large, above-ground, anti-aircraft gun blockhouse towers constructed by Nazi Germany in the cities of Berlin, Hamburg, and Vienna from 1940 onwards. Other cities that used flak towers included...

The fall of the Aztec Empire explained

Second episode in their series on the Pre-Columbian civilizations in America. This time, Kings and Generals will talk about the fall of the Aztec Empire and its capital Tenochtitlan at the hands of the Spanish...

Mail Call: R. Lee Ermey

R. Lee Ermey spent eleven years in the Marine Corps, Two of which were spent as being a Drill Instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, India Company 3rd Recruit Training Battalion 1965-67, Arrived...

How to cook like a Viking

The Viking Age was not a time in which to worry about the fat content of food. The Vikings needed all the energy that they could get in the form of fat. Meat, fish,...

The Fall of Gondolin: ‘new’ JRR Tolkien book

JRR Tolkien’s The Fall of Gondolin, his tale of a beautiful, mysterious city destroyed by dark forces which The Lord of the Rings author called “the first real story” of Middle-earth, will be published...