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The Panthers of the 12. SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend spotted in Normandy ready to counterattack in the summer of 1944.

Human zoos were a big exhibit in the Paris Colonial Exposition of 1931, which was used to show off all of the things gained through France’s colonial expansion. “Hey, I know that a lot of you think that what we did was bad, because we tried to ‘civilize’ everyone and treated people pretty poorly in our march across Africa, but we got something really neat! Look at this painting! And this dress! Totally worth it! It’s all GOOD. Let’s clink glasses and pretend that we’re not terrible.”

7 World’s Fairs History Should Be Ashamed Of


Color photos of the 12. SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend during its service in Normandy in the summer of 1944.

May 3rd, 1915 - Canadian John McCrae Writes Poem In Flanders Fields

Pictured - Surgeon, soldier, and poet, John McCrae’s most famous work is In Flanders Fields.

Depressed and disillusioned by the death of a close friend, Canadian surgeon Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae penned his famous poem In Flanders Fields on this day one hundred years ago.  McCrae had spent the time since the beginning of the Second Battle of Ypres laboring in a tiny bunker in a shallow trench, trying to save grievously wounded patients.  He described it as a nightmare.  While leading the memorial service for a friend killed in action, he took inspiration from the poppies he noticed blooming around the graves.  The poem that followed remains the most enduring in the English tradition - though its romanticism and its final verse show that the combatants were far from the cynical bitterness as later in the war.  Punch magazine was first to print the poem.  McCrae died of pneumonia in 1918.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.



Glisenti M1910

The M1910 was developed by Societal Siderugica Glisenti, an Italian firearms manufacturer, to replace the ageing Bodeo M1889 revolver.  Designed by Bethel Abiel Revelli the pistol used a short recoil system and a pivoting locking wedge it fed for a 7-round magazine.  There pistol has an unusual grip safety at the front of the grip near the trigger guard (see image #2). 

Chambered in the proprietary 9mm Glisenti round which shares some of the dimensions of its better know contemporary 9mm Parabellum but is less powerful and has a slower velocity.   Development of the pistol began in 1906 with Glisenti purchasing Revelli’s design who in turn sold the manufacturing rights to another company Metallurgica Bresica gia Tempini. In 1909 the Italian army tested the pistol in its original 7.65x22mm calibre and requested it be chambered in a more powerful round similar to the new German 9x19mm round.  Because the pistols design was inherently incapable of withstanding the higher pressures of 9mm Parabellum the result was the weaker 9mm Glisenti. 

 The pistol saw service during the First World War with approximately 100,000 being made before it was increasingly supplanted in service from 1916 onwards by better designs from Berretta who still provide Italy’s service pistol today.  The M1910 saw some limited use during World War Two and the design was revised and sold on the civilian market by Metallurgica Bresica gia Tempini as the Braxia. 


Image One Source

Image Two Source

Pistols of the World, I. Hogg & J Weeks (1992)

“Major General Walther Dornberger, Commander of the V-2 laboratory at Peenemnde; Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Axter; Professor Wernher von Braun, inventor of the V-2 rocket; and Hans Lindenberg, after they surrendered to U.S. troops.” Austria, 5/3/1945

From the series:  Photographs of American Military Activities, ca. 1918 - ca. 1981

I smiled when I read that headline. Reminds me of when I was younger my fellow nish (Anishinabe) would play various games of who can be the stealthiest.