Recounting a Soldier’s Reaction on Being Sent to the Frontline

“Private Xu Xiangyao joined the PLA in his village in Hebei on March 19, 1984. After a few weeks of intensive training, he was assigned to an infantry company in the Thirteenth Army. That summer, his regiment moved south by train. Inside their boxcar, one of twenty-one, no one talked. “We were so nervous and… Read More

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The Zipper King…

“Tadao Yoshida, “the zipper king”, founded the company in 1934, but had to start again after his Tokyo factory was bombed in the second world war. Soon the postwar company had gained a reputation for quality and reliability outside Japan.” (The Economist, 2018, p.71). Reference The Economist. (2018) Zip Fasteners. The Economist. 22 December 2018,… Read More

US Navy Aviator Jackets: Zip Fasteners Take Off!

“Sundback’s improved zip proved hard to market, not least because of the previous, dud design. It was used on utilitarian accessories—money belts, tobacco pouches – but the rag trade proved resistant. The first world war, though, gave the zip its break. In 1918, the US Navy began to put them on its aviator jackets. Then,… Read More

The Chinese & Gunpowder

Chinese alchemists discovered gunpowder in the 8th century while they were carrying out experiments to find the elixir of life. By the 10th century, gunpowder was being used to make fireworks and weapons. The Chinese invented the gun, the rocket, the bomb, and the mine. The Song army used guns against the invading Mongols in… Read More

What is a Parents Pension?

Parents pension were first introduced during World War I (114-1918). At that time, adult sons and daughters had a duty under the Poor Law to contribute towards the support of their parents if they were in financial need. The state accepted responsibility for replacing, within certain limits, the support which a son killed in action… Read More

A Brief History of Fat Grafting in the Management of War Injuries

Research Paper Title Fat Grafting in the Management of War Injuries. Abstract The healing potential of fat grafting was empirically noted by the surgeons who were confronted with the dramatic facial disfigurements resulting from World War 1. Fat was transplanted into the wounds either en bloc or in parcels to promote the healing capacity or… Read More