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Members of the Red Warriors – a French street gang part of the ‘80s anti-fascist punk movement, known for violent confrontations with neo-Nazi skinheads

Marine Le Pen is an avid Holocaust denier and all-around horrible, hideous person.  Thus, I get that French mayor’s point when, upon realizing his town had overwhelmingly voted for her, said: “I feel like quitting now. I don’t want to devote my life to these assholes.”

That might be one of the most powerful political quotes of 2017.  

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The Dunkerque evacuation was the evacuation of Allied soldiers from the beaches and harbour of Dunkerque (Dunkirk), between 26 May and 4 June 1940, during the Battle of France.

By the end of the eighth day, a total of 338,226 soldiers had been rescued by a hastily assembled fleet of over 800 boats of merchant marine boats, fishing boats, pleasure craft, and lifeboats called into service for the emergency. The British Expeditionary Force lost 68,000 soldiers during the French campaign and had to abandon nearly all of their tanks, vehicles, and other equipment (enought to equip about eight to ten divisions).

Between 30,000 and 40,000 men were left behind and forced to surrender to the Germans.

Saint-Chamond Canon de 240mm Mle1918 L/51 railway gun prototype

Manufactured by FAMH in Saint-Chamond, France c.1918-26, bought out by Schneider&Cie c.1924, then sold to the Japanese army c.1930 as the Type 90 Schneider gun.
240mm caliber gun, 59km range, 360 degrees rotating railway mount.

Part of the French long range artillery program of the interwar years, arguably one of the most successful prototypes.