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Mark Collins – “The Lord of the Rings'” Origin at the Bloody Somme

4 Jul

Yet another aspect to a terrible battle that haunts us still: How J.R.R. Tolkien Found Mordor on the Western Front Credit Rebecca Bird IN the summer of 1916, a young Oxford academic embarked for Fr…

Source: Mark Collins – “The Lord of the Rings'” Origin at the Bloody Somme

Mark Collins – Movie “Twelve O’Clock High” and USAF’s Tough Combat Future

3 May

Further to this post (“12 O’Clock High” is noted near the end), Movie “Command Decision” and US Strategic Bombing vs Germany, 1943 a piece at War on the Rocks suggests the USAF mi…

Source: Mark Collins – Movie “Twelve O’Clock High” and USAF’s Tough Combat Future

Mark Collins – Movie “Command Decision” and US Strategic Bombing vs Germany, 1943

26 Apr

The movie is excellent. It focuses not on combat as such but on the United States Army Air Forces’ determination in 1943 to preserve its policy of strategic daylight precision bombing (the RA…

Source: Mark Collins – Movie “Command Decision” and US Strategic Bombing vs Germany, 1943

Mark Collins – Hollywood and Canada in World War II

13 Apr

Further to this post, The RCAF and WW II: “Captains of the Clouds” here’s a fun topic thread at Milnet.ca. “Captains” poster: The top aircraft is a Lockheed Hudson, rather appropr…

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Mark Collins – Tony Blair, or, the Mendacious (maybe not?) Eel, Part 2

7 Mar

Further to this post, this book review at The Economist seems rather unable, the title aside, in fact to make up its mind about the merit or otherwise of the erstwhile New Labour prime minister: A …

Source: Mark Collins – Tony Blair, or, the Mendacious (maybe not?) Eel, Part 2

Mark Collins – Re-Up: “First Mention of the CIA in a Major Movie?”

23 Dec

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