Category Archives: War

Kennedy, Khrushchev and the Great Compromise 1962-3

  The 1958 installation of missiles in Italy and Turkey provided compelling evidence, for the Soviets, of the USA’s malign intentions. Khrushchev resolved to remove the American missile threat to the USSR’s existence. The Cuban Revolution in 1959 provided an … Continue reading

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Adolf Hitler’s pitiless indifference to the suffering of the Wehrmacht 7th November 1942

The table was elegantly set with silver cutlery, cut glass, good china and flower arrangements. As we began our ample meal, none of us at first saw that a freight train was stopped on the adjacent track. From the cattle … Continue reading

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Lunacy

Dictator Kim Jong Un, in North Korea President Donald Trump, in America Each with inflated egos Each believe they’re supermen: fools. As bigger nuclear payload rockets Designed to kill without pity Demonstrates the might of true stupidity To the millions … Continue reading

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Theresa May: an unlucky political general

“I know he’s a good general, but is he lucky?” Napoleon Early evidence suggested that Theresa May was a lucky political general. Political accidents fell in place in exactly the right order for her to emerge as Prime Minister in … Continue reading

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The Sledgehammer and the Scalpel: Hamburg 1943 and Amiens 1944

Introduction The Germans achieved a stupendous military victory in the summer of 1940 leaving Britain isolated behind the English Channel, which acted as a ‘moat’. It quickly became apparent the Germans couldn’t invade Britain and vice versa. A military impasse … Continue reading

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The importance of the battle of Mukden (1905)

The carnage of the first world war wasn’t inevitable. The horrendous losses suffered could have been avoided by high commands sensitive to the evolution of warfare techniques. Their ‘war games’ were a hapless iteration of previous obsolete military experiences. Nine … Continue reading

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The Ricardian Curse, Margaret Thatcher and North Sea Oil

The Ricardian Curse is normally associated with third world countries who are ‘blessed’ with a bonanza of wealth from natural resources. The ‘curse’ is that sudden increases in wealth negatively impact on the immature countries who often fail to effectively … Continue reading

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