Lt Colonel Fighting Jack Churchill, aka Mad Jack
- fought throughout WW2 with a longbow and a broadsword
- was also known to bring bagpipes
- he volunteered for the Commandos, not because he knew what they did but “because it sounds dangerous”
- he crawled out of a concentration camp
- about the end of WW2, he commented “If it wasn’t for those damn Yanks, we could have kept the war going another 10 years.”
- atta boy
ANGRY AS FUCK
The Vatican Library (formally established 1475) is home to an amazing wealth of historical documents and objects.
April 19, 1943 marked the beginning of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
The Jewish Combat Organization (or ZOB), a resistance group made up of Warsaw residents, fought against Nazis with the limited arms they were able to collect and homemade bombs. The Uprising lasted for just a little under a month. The ZOB killed around 300 Nazi soldiers and the retaliation was extremely harsh: virtually none of the residents of the ghetto during the time of the Uprising survived to the end of the war.
A recommended documentary to learn more about the Warsaw ghetto - available to stream via Netflix - is A Film Unfinished (warning: it is a very graphic film, as are most about this horrific period of history).
College Girls is a light cultural history of women’s higher education in the US. Organized by topic rather than chronologically, the book focuses on how dating, fashion, and wifely expectations impacted the lives of college girls from the 1830s through the 1960s. A good mix of colleges are represented, from land grant colleges to historically black universities, but particular attention is paid to the seven sisters as both models for later programs and havens of wacky traditions.
Tumblr loves vintage images of women from the 1920s-1960s, but there isn’t a lot of information about what life was like for those women. I think this weighty tome (over 400 pages) would be particularly enjoyed by those who have daydreamed about being a stylish co-ed back in the day. Partly for the fashion information and cute traditions, but also to better understand the downsides of life as a Victorian lady, flapper, or bobbysoxer.
German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop returns from negotiations in Moscow, where he and Soviet Foreign Minister Molotov signed an agreement on August 23, 1939 to equally divide Poland between the two totalitarian powers. Peace in Europe would last just 10 more days..
I will start posting things soon. I’m currently working on a short article now for the blog, and then I’ll see where it goes from there. Until then, enjoy a picture a political cartoon map of Europe.