second battle

What they don’t tell you is that you don’t have to go HAM for every time a racist, sexist, or homophobic or whatever moment has occurred. You can just roll your eyes or walk away. Or just let it be. You’re not being fake woke by letting it slide. You’re a human being who gets tired. You deserve not to have your every day be a constant battle. People who expect oppressed people to willing and ready at every second to go into battle when ever some igno opens their mouth are fools. Sometimes it’s okay to take off your heels and say, “that’s not my problem right now”. 

If you ever feel like you had a long day…

Just remember what Hermione, Harry, and Ron went through on May 1st.

The three of them wake up at 6am on the morning of May 1st in order to change into their disguises and head to Gringotts.

Over the next 24 hours:

  • They change and take Polyjuice potion
  • They manipulate their way into Gringotts
  • They’re badly burned by fake treasure
  • They escape on a dragon
  • They ride the dragon across the countryside for several hours
  • They’re nearly caught by Death Eaters
  • They hear the real story of Dumbledore’s sister from Aberforth while enjoying their first and only meal of the day (a large loaf of bread, some cheese, and mead)
  • They go with Neville to the Room of Requirement
  • Harry breaks into the Ravenclaw common room to look for the diadem
  • Harry reveals himself to McGonagall, Flitwick, and Sprout
  • Ron and Hermione go down into the Chamber of Secrets to destroy the cup
  • They goes into the Room of Requirement to find the diadem
  • They narrowly escape the Fiendfyre
  • They duel with Death Eaters
  • Ron’s brother dies
  • They sneak out to the Shrieking Shack
  • Ron and Hermione help move the dead when Voldemort announces that he’s going to give Harry an hour before resuming fighting
  • Harry runs up to Dumbledore’s office to see Snape’s memories
  • Harry watches memories that totally alter his perception of his life and of Snape
  • Harry realizes he needs to die
  • Harry rushes out to the Forbidden Forest to sacrifice himself
  • Harry speaks to his parents, Sirius, and Remus using the resurrection stone
  • Harry allows Voldemort to kill him
  • Harry is taken back to the castle by the Death Eaters and a triumphant Voldemort
  • Ron and Hermione and the others briefly mourn Harry while Voldemort monologues
  • Harry rises again and monologues for a bit before dueling Voldemort
  • Harry kills Voldemort as the dawn begins to break
  • They visit Dumbledore’s portrait and discuss the elder wand
  • Harry goes off to his dormitory, wondering if Kreacher can bring him a sandwich

IRAQ. Al-Anbar governorate. Fallujah. June 27, 2016. A member of Iraqi government forces celebrates along a street in Fallujah after government forces recaptured the city from Islamic State militants.

Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

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February 2nd 1943: Battle of Stalingrad ends

On this day in 19423 during the Second World War, German troops surrendered to the Soviet Red Army in Stalingrad, thus ending five months of fighting. The battle began in August 1942 during the Nazi invasion of Russia - codenamed Operation Barbarossa - and Adolf Hitler ordered an attack on the major city of Stalingrad. Stalingrad became a major playing field of the war, as Soviet leader Stalin was determined to save the city which bore his name. Under the leadership of General Paulus, German bombing destroyed much of the city and troops captured areas through hand-to-hand urban warfare. In November, Marshal Zhukov assembled six Russian armies to surround Stalingrad and trap the Germans in the city, barring provisions and troops from reaching them. Many German soldiers died of starvation and frostbite following the onset of the harsh Russian winter, with temperatures down to -30°C, but Hitler insisted they fight until the last man. After five months, the Russian Red Army claimed victory when the remaining German troops surrendered in February 1943. 91,000 Germans were taken prisoner, including twenty-two generals; this was all that remained of the 330,000 strong German force who arrived at Stalingrad. The Battle of Stalingrad is among the bloodiest battles of the Second World War, causing nearly two million casualties. The disaster depleted the German army’s supply of men and equipment, allowing the Allies to gain the advantage, which enabled them to invade Germany and win the war.

“The God of war has gone over to the other side”
- Adolf Hitler upon hearing of the German surrender at Stalingrad

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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.