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Victory Day

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On August 8, 2011
Today is Victory Day, a Rhode Island state holiday. The only state to celebrate the day, it commemorates the victory over Japan in World War II. It is a state holiday only, meaning that the university is closed, but the post office is still open. The day used to be celebrated in other states as […]
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Part I ORP Orzel broke into the Baltic, searching for German targets. The search was not immediately successful, however, and the situation onboard Orzel began to deteriorate. The captain became severely ill, and mechanical problems arose. Because of the German advance, no Polish port remained for Orzel to return. Her sister, Sep, faced a similar […]
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More Rubble

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On March 9, 2007
Today is the anniversary of the firebombing of Tokyo during World War II, when hundreds of American B-29s incinerated 16-17 square miles of the city and turned 100,000 people — civilians mostly — into ash. Placed along side the sustained Chinese Japanese raids on Chongqing, the German assault on Guernica, and the destruction of Dresden […]
On the plane ride from London I finished Julian Jackson’s The Fall of France. While I was disappointed with the first chapter, I was very pleased with the volume as a whole. It is common to assert that France fell because of inadequate tactical and operational doctrine. The story goes something like this; bright young […]
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