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Posts on 09/23/17

Pink Gin Explained

(John Heelan, UK, 09/23/17 5:07 am) Pink gin = gin and Angostura Bitters. Later in life I chanced upon another use of Angostura in a refreshing drink prepared by barmen at our golf club they called a "Gunner," comprisi ...

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Suvorov Thesis; German Warmongering

(Cameron Sawyer, Russia, 09/23/17 4:50 am) Has anyone said that Germany has a history of "warmongering"? (See Eugenio Battaglia, September 21st.) I don't think we need to give more credence to "Suvorov&q ...

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The Suvorov Thesis: Stalin`s Invasion Plans in 1941

(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 09/23/17 4:36 am) There's a strange irony here. During the Cold War the West believed that Stalin wanted to invade Western Europe, and some still believe that Putin wants to invade Europe now (?). But these same p ...

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Russia vs NATO Revisited

(Istvan Simon, USA, 09/23/17 4:13 am) I thank Cameron Sawyer (21 September) for his opinions on NATO vs. Russia military strength. While I do think that some of his points are spot-on, for example about air power, I think he greatly over ...

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Posts on 09/22/17

Who Started the Franco-Prussian War?

(Carmen Negrin, France, 09/22/17 3:56 pm) In response to Eugenio Battaglia (21 September), France indeed declared war on Prussia first, but in a context where Bismarck was pushing for the war, building Germany, having previously eliminated Au ...

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RAF Potables

(John Heelan, UK, 09/22/17 4:34 am) In my RAF experience--Beer. Navy--Pink gin for officers, rum tots for ratings. A naval gunner on a carrier commented that after a heavy drinking night, Fleet Air Arm (i.e. RN) pilots enjoyed " ...

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Bordeaux, Port, and the English

(David Duggan, USA, 09/22/17 4:20 am) Bordeaux was controlled by the English for more than 200 years during the late Middle Ages (Eleanor of Aquitaine and all that). The last battle of the 100 Years' War was at Castillon-sur-Dordogne ...

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RAF Potables...and the Madeira Roll

(Michael Sullivan, USA, 09/22/17 3:21 am) The essential question:  Was it Port or Madeira? When I was with the RAF we had a formal Mess Night each month, where all the officers from the three squadrons on the base woul ...

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Posts on 09/21/17

Russia Again: Reply to Istvan Simon

(Tor Guimaraes, USA, 09/21/17 6:01 pm) Istvan Simon (20 September) thinks that "I have a one-sided and severely distorted perspective of Russia, at its center colored by a zero-sum view of East-West relations, in which the gain of one ...

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German Aggression and Soviet Aggression

(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 09/21/17 4:16 pm) Quite often in our discussions the topic of warmonger Germany has come up. However in 1870, it was France that first declared war on Prussia. Our esteemed moderator has already clear ...

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