Archive for the ‘History’ Category

“Under [Napoleon] a total of 2,432,335 men were called up for conscription . . . between March 1804 and November 1813.”

May 16, 2017

Roberts, Andrew. Napoleon: A Life (p. 690). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

“Up to 140,000 of Napoleon’s soldiers died of disease in 1812, the majority of them from typhus but a significant number from dysentery and related illnesses.”

May 15, 2017

Roberts, Andrew. Napoleon: A Life (p. 590). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

1812 was the year of Napoleon’s disastrous invasion of Russia. A Rare Look at the Archives of the German Secret Police

May 12, 2017

Excerpt:  Following its dissolution on January 13, 1990, the German government preserved everything the Stasi had gathered. Anyone who grew up under East German rule can submit a request to peruse the archive, something more than 2.9 million people have done since 1991.

“No Relief Like Passing Checkpoint Charlie – – Visits to East Berlin reminded me of how fortunate I was.”

May 11, 2017

My first visit to Berlin was a business trip in the  1990s.  I had a very crowded schedule, but was able to see a little of Berlin, which at the time was being called the largest construction site in the world in the wake of reunification.  A highlight was visiting the Checkpoint Charlie Museum my last morning there, before heading off to the airport.

In 2001 I visited Berlin with my parents, with whom my siblings and I had already had multiple viewings of “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” and “Game, Set, Match.”  I took the opportunity to get a photo of my father walking past the iconic Checkpoint Charlie sign (while wearing his Bernard Samson hat).

‘Rule one on page one of the book of war, is: “Do not march on Moscow.” ’ Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery, House of Lords, May 1962

May 11, 2017

Roberts, Andrew. Napoleon: A Life (p. 580). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.