What if…? – A Scandinavian Second World War

Finland, a small Nordic country in northern Europe, or Scandinavia as the area is more commonly known. It is bordered by fellow Scandinavian countries to the North and West, Norway and Sweden whilst to the East lies Russia..From the 12th Century until 1809 Finland had been part of the Kingdom of Sweden and served as an…

Film Review – Black Hawk Down

  The movie Black Hawk Down portrays the incredible story of ‘The Battle of Mogadishu’ and the events that unfolded in the ill fated mission. Directed by the highly acclaimed Ridley Scott, it shows the events which took place in the Somalian capital throughout the 3rd and 4th of October, 1993. What began as nothing more…

D-Day 70 Year Anniversary

70 years ago on this very day thousands of allied soldiers, airmen and sailors embarked upon the invasion of mainland Europe to free it from Nazi tyranny. For 4 years, France and the rest of Western Europe had been under Nazi control and had seen their lands stripped of their goods and their people taken…

‘Area Bombing’ in World War 2

A while back someone asked me a question about Hitler and Churchill and two quotes that they had both reportedly made about ‘area bombing’, a method used in the second world war involving huge armadas of bombers to destroy enemy cities and towns. The quote from Hitler, which I have sadly been unable to find,…

The Tunnel Rats in the Vietnam War

In 1960 the world was a tense place. The Cold war had been drifting on for a number of years with the East and West ready to launch a tirade of nuclear warheads at each other. Whilst thankfully it had not yet turned hot, there were certainly sparks flying around the world. Vietnam was one…

Film Review – The Railway Man

The Railway Man tells the true story of Eric Lomax, a British soldier captured by the Japanese in World War 2. The story begins with Lomax (Colin Firth) in England many years after the war as he meets his soon to be wife, Patti (Nicole Kidman). As the story unfolds, we learn Lomax is still suffering…