The Siege of Leningrad and the Battles for Moscow and Stalingrad in World War Two (WWII) are well documented, but very little, certainly in the West, has been written about the Eastern Front during World War One (WWI). Apart from the crushing blows to the Tsar’s Imperial Russian Army at Tannenberg, the Masurian Lakes and … More The Battle of Vileyka, 1915
Next year 2019 is the 75th anniversary of several of the most important battles of the Second World War including the Normandy landings, Operation Market Garden, and the Battle of Monte Cassino. In history books the battle of Monte Cassino is often overshadowed by the others but it was the first major battle of the … More Reflections of the Battle of Monte Cassino
ЧК – ГПУ – ОГПУ – НКВД – МГб – КГБ – ФСБ Cheka – GPU – OGPU – NKVD – MGB – KGB – FSB Russia and the Soviet Union have always employed a State Security Service. We have all heard of and are familiar with at least one of the many acronyms that … More The changing name of the Russian State Security service: An evolution of terror!
As a Mancunian, man and boy, it was sad news to hear of the recent sad passing of the legendary Mark E. Smith. As we reminisce about his antics, musical and otherwise, it’s not hard to remember the colossal music talent that Manchester and its surrounding areas have produced all the way back to year … More 40 years at the forefront of the Berlin music scene for Mark from Manchester
I was born in Manchester and have lived and worked here all my life. I’m proud to be a Mancunian. I love it when people ask me where I’m from and I can say Manchester. But my surname clearly isn’t local. My mum was from Salford but my dad, who died in 1994 was Polish. … More From Manchester to Belarus
May the 18th 2014 marked the 70th anniversary of the victory of the famous battle at the Monastery of Monte Cassino in Southern Italy in 1944. This highly significant battle and one of the most important allied victories of the war had by then been raging for nearly six months. Its capture from the German … More From the Steppes of Russia to Monte Cassino – The brave history of the Polish 2nd Corps
Himalayan Balsam is a common weed familiar to everybody. It is vehemently hated by some and actively persecuted by others. However, it does have some redeeming features and whilst I can understand the reasons for it being much despised I feel somebody has to speak up in support of this controversial but defenceless and, even … More In support of the dreaded Himalayan Balsam