Monthly Archives: October 2013

Day 4: Ghosts

Military History is of course, rich with ghost stories, as unsurprisingly war tends to be fairly fatal for those who participate in it. One of my mother’s earliest machinations against my sleep being sound and my sheets being dry in … Continue reading

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Day 3: Soldiers without Nation

War as a human phenomena knows only a barely constructed ideal of nationality as an identity for the soldier. The pejorative connotation of the modern age for the foreign national combatant of a national war, the mercenary, is a relatively … Continue reading

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Day 2: The Warriors of the Temperate Rainforest and the Russian Little Bighorn in Alaska

“Go down to Halibut land and fight!” -A Tlingit Fisherman speaks to his hook. The Northwest Pacific Coast of North America is home to a variety of Native American tribes with a fascinating history and culture. The Haida, Tsimshian, and … Continue reading

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Day 1: Who’s for the Khaki Suit?

Who’s for the khaki suit–Are you, my laddie?Who longs to charge and shoot–Do you, my laddie?Who’s keen on getting fit,Who means to show his grit,And who’d rather wait a bit–Would you, my laddie? -Jesse Pope,¬†The Call Men and women enter … Continue reading

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30 Days of War: A Project

Being a student of warfare in a major western capital, I’m pretty insulated from what that term really means to someone who is actually living it. London of course has its fair share of war episodes from Boadicea to Blitz … Continue reading

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The FATA, Drones, and American Strategy in the Long War

I was privileged enough to attend a very interesting talk given a week ago by Naveed Ahmad Shinwari, Chief Executive of Community Appraisal and Motivation Programme, about the recent publication of the results of polling the population in the FATA, … Continue reading

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Collapse

“Everything can collapse. Houses, bodies, and enemies collapse when their rhythm becomes deranged.” -Miyamoto Musashi Military adventure and military disaster are in many cases synonymous. ¬†Great defeats abroad more often then not mark ebbs and flows in power in subsequent … Continue reading

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