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Great War Wednesday: Belgium Shows Her Backbone

Germany had been spoiling for a war — with France especially — for over twenty years leading up to World War I. Unfortunately, given her position in the middle of Europe, any war was likely going to be a two-front affair and anyone who studies military history knows two-front wars are the nightmare of any nation’s military intelligentsia. 1,091 more words

One In A Series

Journal Entry: Neighborhood Social, Part Deux

Journal entry, 8/8/14: Yesterday Mr. Cornwall published on this blog an account of Justice Minotaur’s failed attempt to secure a full table of hors d’oeuvres for himself at a social hosted by Minotaur’s nearest neighbor. 193 more words

Planning A Conquest...Maybe?

Do you pre-plan everything, make hundreds of to-do lists, and strategize your errands around town to avoid traffic?  I do.  In fact, one of the things I’ve had to learn through the years is readjusting my plan as events unfold.  507 more words


Journal Entry: Neighborhood Social

Journal entry, 8/7/14: One week ago Justice Minotaur and Mr. Cornwall were invited to a neighborhood social that was held earlier today at six p.m. To say it was a “neighborhood” social is kind of a stretch since Minotaur’s compound is isolated and surrounded by large fences, but the invitation from the closest family living nearby (a whole family of chick sexors dwelling some seventeen miles away) did somehow penetrate this fortress. 405 more words

Journal Entries

The plucky ones who stood up to Fritz

Leaving aside for a moment, if that’s possible, King Leopold’s Congo Free State, let’s talk a little brave Belgium. Liège held out longer than anyone expected—eleven days—which allowed the British and French precious time to marshal their divisions . 40 more words


The Horror Begins

4 August 1914 was no ordinary day. In the early morning, the German cavalry, their 12 foot lances aloft, crossed into Belgium and began an assault on the frontier villages which presage the invasion on a much grander scale, exactly as expected. 1,118 more words

Declaration Of War

The Beginning of the Never Ending End: August 1914

“An event of great agony is bearable only in the belief that it will bring about a better world. When it does not, as in the aftermath of another vast calamity in 1914-18, disillusion is deep and moves on to self-doubt and self-disgust.” Barbara Tuchman… 639 more words