Tag Archives: Hermann Goering

This week in the War, 25–31 May 1942: Cologne—the thousand-bomber raid

This week in the war, at midnight on the night of 30/31 May 1942, Churchill announced to his dinner guests at Chequers that the RAF was, at that very moment, striking Cologne with over a thousand bombers. The guests included … Continue reading

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Vignette: If Hitler had a Facebook page…

The American Civil War felt the impact of photography, and much of the Second World War was reported through motion pictures in the form of newsreels. For Vietnam, it was television. For modern day conflicts, it will likely be social media. … Continue reading

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Vignette: Venus, Victory, and the Chateau de Valencay

A few years ago, my wife and I visited the Château de Valençay some kilometres south of France’s Loire Valley. We followed hordes of French school children bent on learning about their country’s history—or having a fun time, at least—and … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 23–29 September 1940: Rose Valland—portrait of a heroine

This week in the war, on 24 September 1940, Mademoiselle Rose Valland received a grant of 10,000 francs to conduct research into art. Her adventures are described in Rose Valland: Capitaine Beaux Arts (Dupuis, 2009), a captivating book by Catel, Polack … Continue reading

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In the news: Romanino’s Christ

The Italian Renaissance masterpiece, Christ Carrying a Cross Dragged by a Rogue, painted by Girolamo Romanino, was seized by US officials while on tour in Tallahassee and, as reported in the British newspaper The Telegraph (19 April 2012), returned to the … Continue reading

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