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Royals and world leaders have gathered for ceremonies marking 100 years since Britain joined World War One. The Prince of Wales and David Cameron attended a service in Glasgow, while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in Belgium with many heads of state. At a ceremony in Liege, Prince William paid tribute to the […]

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Having done a bit of reading the other day i came across the rather fascinating revelation that Britain has invaded nearly 90% of the world’s countries during its history, with only 22 out of 193 not on the receiving end of a bit of Great British aggression. The findings are detailed in a book, “All […]

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Trooping the Colour is a ceremony performed by regiments of the British and Commonwealth armies. It has been a tradition of British infantry regiments since the 17th Century, although the roots go back much earlier. On battlefields, a regiment’s colours or flags were used as a rallying point. Consequently, regiments would have their ensigns slowly […]

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In the summer of 2013 Stephen Frey (undoubtedly a bloody genius) did a small series on the City of London, revealing that essentially it is in a world of it’s own. So bear with me whilst I try to explain just how the City of London functions as its own small entity. Firstly the City […]

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Sir Adrian Paul Ghislain Carton de Wiart VC, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO (5th May 1880 – 5th June 1963) A British Army Officer of Belgian and Irish descent who served in the Boer War, First World War and Second World War. During his service of the armed forces he was shot in the face, head, […]

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Lieutenant Colonel John Malcolm Thorpe Fleming “Jack” Churchill (Mad Jack) DSO, MC (16th September 1906 – 8th March 1996) Nicknamed Fighting Jack Churchill or Mad Jack, was a British soldier who fought throughout the Second World War armed with a Longbow, and a Scottish Sword. He is well known for the motto “any officer who goes into action without […]

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In the space of exactly a month – from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo on June 28th, 1914, to the Austro-Hungarian declaration of war on Serbia on July 28th – Europe had gone from peaceful prosperity to a conflict zone that would bring down four empires and cost more than 15 million […]