Peace, Suffer, for War…

“The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scar of war.” General Douglas MacArthur (1880 to 1964) A US Army General who is widely known for his exploits during World War II, where he commanded the Southwest Pacific Theatre, as military… Read More

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Died Hard, but Loved…

“They died hard, those savage men – like wounded wolves at bay They were filthy, and they were lousy, and they stunk. And I loved them.” General Douglas MacArthur (1880 to 1964 A US Army General who is widely known for his exploits during World War II, where he commanded the Southwest Pacific Theatre, as… Read More

Heroic Sacrifices…

“We must be prepared to make heroic sacrifices for the cause of peace that me make ungrudgingly for the cause of war. There is no task that is more important or closer to my heart.” Albert Einstein (1879 to 1955) A German-born physicist who developed the special and general theories of relativity and won the… Read More

Courage to Retreat…

“In the Soviet army it takes more courage to retreat than advance.” Joseph Stalin (1878 to 1953) Joseph Stalin, Russian in full Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin, original name (Georgian) Ioseb Dzhugashvili, secretary-general of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1922 to 1953) and premier of the Soviet state (1941 to 1953), who for a quarter… Read More

Ends the Same Way…

“Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.” Ernest Miller Hemingway (1899 to 1961) An American novelist and short-story writer who served in World War I (in 1918 as an ambulance driver in the Italian Army) and… Read More

Kuril Islands: Japan & Russia in 1945

“In 1945, two days after America bombed Hiroshima, Joseph Stalin declared war on Japan and Soviet troops attacked Japanese-held territory. They grabbed the southern Kuril islands, even though Russia had acknowledged them as Japanese since 1855. For two years the islanders lived alongside the occupiers. A touching photograph in an exhibition in Nemuro shows Russians… Read More

Quantity & Spells…

“Quantity has a spell of its own.” Joseph Stalin (1878 to 1953) Joseph Stalin, Russian in full Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin, original name (Georgian) Ioseb Dzhugashvili, secretary-general of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1922 to 1953) and premier of the Soviet state (1941 to 1953), who for a quarter of a century dictatorially ruled… Read More