trench prepares

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Okay so here’s a handful of scribs I decided to clean up somewhat and slap some flat color onto :’) 

Merdessa and Nalani tend to take as many trips away from Nar Shaddaa as possible, preferring quieter and more tropical planets to the busy smog ball that is Narsh. Nala eventually convinced her mother through huge amounts of begging to take Dusk with them on their latest trip. It was… Fun. 

When they first came, Dusk decided he would rather wear a heavy coat then dress lighter/go without a shirt LIKE A NORMAL PERSON. The heat got him to reconsider after only a couple hours :^D

The second picture is Nala and Dusk hiding out in their sand trench, preparing to throw space Sea Urchins at anyone who dares to pass too closely by. Especially if they’re filthy TAKIS. 

“How’s your aim, kid?”
“It’s alright.”
“We’re gonna make it better.”
“Okay! :)” 

That third one is drunk Dusk yelling at a Trandoshan about how he could turn her into a vest and wear it because he’s a super cool military man. The Trandoshan wants to fuck him and Dessa just wants to go to bed. 

Dusk, of course, belongs to @moonlitalien

history meme - (1/10) moments

The Battle of Dybbøl (18 April 1864) was the key battle of the Second Schleswig War. In January 1864, Prussian and Austrian troops invaded Southern Jutland in Denmark following the annexation of the Duchy of Schleswig in November 1863. The Prussian army was remarkably better equipped than the defending Danish army but the Danes relied heavily on the fortification Dannevirke for their strength in battle. However, due to the thread of being outflanked the Danish army had to withdraw from the traditional fortified defence line of Dannevirke and under the cover of darkness, they marched to the ill-prepared Dybbøl Trenches.

On the morning of 18 April 1864, the Prussians moved into their positions at 2:00 am. At 10:00 am, the Prussian artillery bombardment of the trenches stopped and the Prussians charged through shelling from the Rolf Krake and thirteen minutes after the charge, the Prussian infantry had seized control of the first line of defence of the redoubts.The 8th brigade halted the Prussian advance with a counterattack but eventually a Prussian attack threw them back and the Prussians reached Dybbøl Mill. During this attack, the 8th brigade lost half their men. At 1:00 pm, the final resistance collapsed at the bridgehead in front of Sønderborg.

During the Battle of Dybbøl about 3600 Danes and 1200 Prussians were either killed, wounded or disappeared. Every year on 18 April a national memorial is held in Dybbøl (+more).

July 5, 1916 - The Somme: French Advance Continues, But German Resistance Stiffens

Pictured - A German machine-gun crew on the Somme.  Allied troops told a rumor that German soldiers were chained to their machine-guns to prevent them from retreating.

Today, the Battle of the Somme is overshadowed in French public memory by the simultaneous battle at Verdun.  In 1916, however, the French army’s successes in the first phase of the battle set the nation alight after months of depressing news from the other battle.  By July 5, the Colonial Corps had advanced seven kilometers and recaptured the largest tract of French land since the trench war began in 1914.  Henry Wilson, a British officer visiting French Army Group Nord headquarters on July 5, reported that spirits were high:

“Foch… was well pleased with his attack… he has captured first and second systems, he has advanced 4000-5000 yards, he has taken 9,000 prisoners and sixty guns, and all this at a loss of under 8,000 men. It is the finest attack performance of the war, and Foch and Weygand can well be proud of themselves.  Result is very high moral tone in his men.”

French I Colonial Army Corps (CAC) continued its advance on July 5, attacking beyond the loop of the Somme river towards broad Combles plateau, where the terrain rose from the slow river towards the village of Rancourt, whose church spire was visible just in the distance.  So was the third German defensive line, along which bands of busy German pioneers could be seen working manically to deepen and prepare their trenches.  Briefly, the trench war had given way to a mobile one like in 1914.  The village of Péronne and the road that ran through it represented the most important prize. However, it became clear that the momentary onset of panic in the German army had started to subside.

French troops attacked forward again on July 5, towards the villages of Barleux and Belloy-en-Santerre.  Foreign legionnaires from the Morrocan Division spearheaded the attacking, charging over No-Man’s Land cheering “Vive la Legion!  Vive la France!”  However, the spirited legionnaires failed to break in to the town.  Four new German regiments had arrived to plug the gap, and the fighting broke down into small skirmishes.  Moreover, the French reinforcement routes were starting to get choked with supplies, men, and guns.  The hoped for break-through looked to be slowing down.