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Female SS torturers are supervised by British …

Female SS torturers are supervised by British infanty burying the dead in a mass grave – Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp: 23rd April 1945

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The females listed in this picture are named as;
Magdalene Kessel, Anneliese Kohlmann, Hildegard Kambach, Charlotte Pliquet, Frieda Walter, Ilse Förster & Elisabeth Volkenrath

11 o’clock, on the 11th of November 1918. Brit…

11 o’clock, on the 11th of November 1918. British soldiers celebrate the ending of WW1

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Allied POWs at Stalag XI-B welcome British lib…

Allied POWs at Stalag XI-B welcome British liberators from B Squadron 11th Hussars and the Reconnaissance Troop of the British 8th Hussars. April 16th, 1945.

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An IRA warning to British troops on patrol, Ar…

An IRA warning to British troops on patrol, Armagh, Northern Ireland, 1994

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ALFRED THE GREAT: ALFRED the Great (r. 871-899…

ALFRED THE GREAT: 

ALFRED the Great (r. 871-899 CE) was the king of Wessex in Britain but came to be known as King of the Anglo-Saxons after his military victories over Viking adversaries and later successful negotiations with them. He is the best-known Anglo-Saxon king in British history thanks to his biographer Asser (died c. 909 CE) and that work’s impact on later writers. Alfred’s epithet ‘the great’ was not given to him in his lifetime but centuries later when Asser’s work became more widely known and the significance of Alfred’s reign was more fully recognized. Even so, in his lifetime, Alfred was respected as a noble king who won the trust of his people for his reforms in education and law, and most notably, his leadership against the Viking threat.

The Vikings had begun their raids on Britain c. 793 CE and, by Alfred’s time, had established themselves throughout the land from Northumbria through Mercia with increasing incursions into Wessex. Alfred defeated the Viking leader Guthrum (died c. 890 CE) at the Battle of Eddington in 878 CE, after which he was able to deliver terms including the Christianization of Guthrum and his closest advisors, thus bridging the religious gap between the two peoples. Although this victory did not end Viking raids in Britain nor drive the Vikings back to Scandinavia, it allowed for a period of relative peace in which Alfred’s reforms could be implemented and take root.

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American Brigadier General William Alexander, …

American Brigadier General William Alexander, Lord Stirling, leading the 5th Maryland Regiment against British forces at the Cortelyou House, during the Battle of Brooklyn, August 27, 1776. Painting by Mark Maritato

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An in-depth description of Stirling and the Marylander’s action can be read here.

To be brief: British forces under the overall command of General Sir William Howe attempted to outflank American troops defending Long Island. Caught by surprise, American units began retreating across Gowanus Creek to reach fortified positions along Brooklyn Heights, opposite from Manhattan.

To buy time for the withdrawal Brigadier General William Alexander, Lord Stirling, took a section of the 5th Maryland Regiment, commanded by Major Mordecai Gist, to confront British units at the Cortelyou House on the Gowanus Road. The house had already been occupied by British troops commanded by Lord Cornwallis, including Hessians and men from Frasier’s Highlanders, the 71st Regiment. The Marylanders (known as the “Dandy Fifth”) were one of the most elite units in the Continental Army, having fine discipline as well as being issued with and receiving training in bayonet usage. They marched forward as many as six times, and twice drove the British from the Cortelyou House.

The Marylanders took heavy casualties, suffering 256 killed wounded or captured, and only nine making it back to American positions. Brigadier General Alexander was also captured, but would be exchanged back to the Americans in September.

A reconstruction of the Cortelyou House (the original was destroyed in 1897) still stands in Brooklyn. Here’s) the Wikipedia page.

“The Battle of Vlakfontein. Under cover …

“The Battle of Vlakfontein. Under cover of the smoke from a veld fire the Boers rushed the British guns, shot the wounded, and fled helter-skelter before the bayonets of the Derbyshire Regiment.”

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1943 British fashion design by Norman Hartnell.

1943 British fashion design by Norman Hartnell.

A German air force officer talking to a Britis…

A German air force officer talking to a British policeman in a Jersey street shortly after the occupation of the island, 1940

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British destroyer HMS Harvester escorting a co…

British destroyer HMS Harvester escorting a convoy en route to Great Britain from the U.S seen from the deck of a Cunard freight ship, 1941.

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