Sunday, February 21, 2016

Ohh Gargoyles

Middle Ages Gargoyles in Paris

Monsters that protect buildings from rain runoff.

Beast or demon?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Emperors Vanity

Napoleon never believed in half measures. When he planed monuments to his glory they had to be bigger than the Roman ones he that inspired him. Here the Arc du Carrousel

Arc de Triomphe, the gigantic monument originally dedicated to the victory of Austerlitz, dwarfs (twice the size of the largest Roman arches) all previous victory arches.


Monday, August 4, 2014

The Great War

Although war had already been declared between Russia, Germany, Serbia and Austria-Hungary it was still seen as a limited war. Upon learning of the German declaration of war upon France one of the most prophetic statements of that time was made: "The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime," Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey, August 3, 1914. Later the next day the British Empire would join the folly that would last four years, redraw the map of Europe, destroy four empires, kill more than ten million men and lay the ground work for the greatest war in human history a generation later. The lights of the old Victorian/Edwardian World would never be lit again.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Last Sight

Seeing a fully armored cavalry man at this angle was probably the last sight seen by many an unlucky warrior in the 15th/16th centuries

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Firearms Knights Bane

Tiny but deadly wheelock pistols.
Early long arms, the top two were orginally matchlocks, then modified into wheelocks and finally made into flintlocks.
The great break through , the flintlock.
Wheellocks modified into flintlocks
Decorative powder horns.
Experemental breachloader with a prefilled "cartarge.
Experimental rotating eight shot flintlock.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Recon Small Vehicle Important Job

From the earliest days of the Armored Fighting Vehicle (AFV) to today the fast lightly armored and armed recon vehicle has filled the niche that for thousands of years was the prerogative of the cavalry. To search out the locations and strengths of the enemy his dangerous job of the recon warriors. This British recon AFV, a Daimler Ferret, (the emblem on the small machine gun turret is for British Parachute Regiment), at the Guards Museum in London, must have been a tight fit for anyone my size, I'm six feet tall, weigh 195 Ibs. and would have a tough time getting comfortable in such a low profile vehicle.