Wednesday, January 31, 2007
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Wednesday, January 24, 2007
This is an impressive recreation of this battle of the American Revolution made using 1/72 miniatures. I wish I had the perseverence to do an epic project like this but it looks like a collective effort, so I suppose it's a social activity too. Plenty of images on the Strelets site. Well done.
Monday, January 22, 2007
A captured T-34 with German markings was dragged out of a lake in Estonia where it was dumped by the retreating Germans. It was found to be in relatively good order and the enthusiasts plan to restore it. Apparently a boy noticed tank tracks leading to the lake and saw bubbles coming to the surface.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
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Wednesday, January 17, 2007
I found this piece on a page of the site History in the Movies which I will go back to soon - note the bit at the end - it isnt just me...
Q Was the battle portrayed accurately?
A. The opening battle sequence of Cold Mountain realistically portrays the gruesome nature of Petersburg's "Battle of the Crater." Union engineers created a massive crater with explosives in an attempt to penetrate the Confederate lines. Untrained Union soldiers rushed into the crater and got trapped. Confederate soldiers remembered the ensuing clash as a "turkey shoot," with over 5000 Union soldiers dying.What the film misses, though, are the many black Union soldiers involved in that battle. Probably this was a function of filming in Romania, with all-white Romanian army troops as extras. But though the Union army's racial diversity wasn't portrayed, the use of Romanian extras made for more believable looking soldiers. Young, gaunt, and sporting bad teeth, these soldiers are a far cry from the chubby, middle-aged Civil War reenactors who populate the battles in recent epics like "Gettysburg."
As you can see from this photo from the Crimean war they used to wear a very stylish version of the men's uniforms. On the above linked site there are colour photos of actual outfits and period paintings.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
I apologise for doing all these posts about Franco-Prussian war reenacting - this will be the last one on the subject for a while. This group DSM were involved in the film mentioned below La forteresse assiégée and it give me an excuse to show some pictures involving railways...why? This was warfare in the age of steam. It is of course a great misnomer the Franco-Prussian war as most of the German states were involved including Bavaria - depicted in the light blue. Anyway let's hope these groups flourish - they are highlighting a much neglected part of European history.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Photos of Zouaves at Napoleon III's camp
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Ticonderoga was the scene of one of the great French victories of the Seven Years War when wave after wave of British and American troops threw themselves against a well fortified position - the action was a devastating defeat for the British. Preparations are already under way for the big 250th anniversary...
Friday, January 12, 2007
The uniform is one that is based on the campaign experience of the French army in North Africa - the kepi copied across the world's armies had its origin in a peaked version of the fez and the greatcoat being the prinicipal garment was another modification from North Africa. The epaulettes got left off in time - this reconstruction is apparently from August 1870.
How I would go about reenacting this period is something that has been on my mind for a few days and here is my thoughts on the subject. I reckon the period of the Third Republic is most famous for its art and culture - so a group ideally would recreate the whole Belle Epoque - cycling, Impressionist painters and radical politicians could run shoulders with the military bit. The period up to 1914 could be done at Heritage railways and boating lakes, picnics and the infantry wing could be ready for the centenary of the Great War in 2014.
I think there is a group doing this in France but it could work anywhere - the US, UK anywhere...just my thoughts on the subject. Feel free to comment...
Thursday, January 11, 2007
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Monday, January 08, 2007
This looks really good - I know it's the time for starting mad projects and give them up by about March but in my good intentions file I would love to get a contingent of French infantry going in the UK and attend this festival. The nearest I'll get to it though will be making some of the ICM 1/35 figures and plan some conversions in that scale. The Germans depicted may be from this group.
This is the first in a series of films about the Paris Commune in 1871. This happened after the siege of Paris by the Prussians when the working-class of Paris who had suffered terribly during the siege began to resist the terms of the surrender. It looks like all the parts of this movie from 1999 are up on Youtube - reading the above link it was made with non professional actors and the results look well worth watching. Learn about the Communards and the spirit of Revolution here.
Sunday, January 07, 2007
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Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Still in Memphis here's someone who isn't recognised as much as he should be - Gus Cannon - who with his Jug Stompers made some of the greatest recordings ever. One of these days I am going to form a jug band - with banjo, harmonica, jug and maybe washboard guitar...maybe the odd kazoo... Listen to Going to Germany here - isn't that one of the greatest ensemble sounds ever? Harp is the legendary Noah Lewis.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Monday, January 01, 2007
Most of these videos are available by searching this Blog - I will post some more of our favourites - in the meantime Happy New Year