Thursday, December 30, 2010
Captain William Pechell and men of the 77th (East Middlesex) Regiment of Foot in winter dress during the Crimean War. 1855, Roger Fenton.
Following the public outcry at the condition of the troops in the Crimea during the winter of 1854, the British Government had sent out fresh supplies of warm clothing.
Monday, December 27, 2010
A photo of water lilies in the Okavango Delta in
by Frans Lanting, 1989. Botswana
Water lilies mottle the surface of the Okavango Delta in
. They represent one of the oldest evolutionary branches of flowering plants. The Okavango Delta is the world's second largest inland wetland region. The delta is maintained by annual pulse flooding of the Botswana . Okavango River
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
The daguerreotype is named after the French artist and chemist Louis Daguerre, who announced its perfection in 1839 after years of research and collaboration with Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, the inventor of photography. Instead of Daguerre obtaining a French patent, the French government provided a pension for him and announced on August 19, 1839 the invention as a gift "Free to the World."
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Crimean War: Captain Francis Baring, Fusilier Guards, Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General, attached to the Light Division. Photo by Roger Fenton, 1855.
Francis Baring (1833-1895) gained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the service of the Scots Guards. He died unmarried at age 61.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
A friendly local talking to German soldiers (Bundesarchiv)
Fall Blau (Case Blue) was the German codename used by the German Armed Forces (Wehrmacht) for its 1942 strategic summer offensive in southern Russia that lasted between 28 June and 19 August 1942. The offensive was so named because German military plans were "cases", or solutions to problems. The operation was a continuation of Unternehmen Barbarossa (Operation Barbarossa).
The German offensive faced two problems: the continued resistance of the Red Army which now occupied a defensive position west of the Volga river, and the demand by Adolf Hitler for securing the Caucasus oil fields, which had to be reached by crossing the Caucasus mountains.
Initially the German offensive met with spectacular gains. However, the Red Army defeated the German Army at Stalingrad. This defeat forced the Germans to retreat from the Caucasus for fear of being trapped themselves
Crossing a river (Bundesarchiv)
Monday, December 6, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Lieutenant John 'Joey' Yates of the 11th Hussars during the Crimean War. At the left the groom, a person responsible for the feeding and care of horses. Notice the dog.
In the immediate aftermath of the disastrous Charge of the Light Brigade (25 October 1854) Yates was one of the first to meet Lord Cardigan on his return from the 'Valley of Death', joining him at about the time he made his famously remark to General Cathcart: ''I have lost my Brigade''. Yates, then, hanging back at the respectful distance of a pace or two, trotted away with Cardigan to the northern edge of the Causeway Heights (the hill forming the left side of the valley) where they met other returning survivors