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The Man Who Invented The World’s Favourite War Weapon – the AK-47.

The Man Who Invented The World’s Favourite War Weapon – the AK-47.

4 weeks ago
Above Photo: North Vietnamese Army soldiers fire AK-47s during the Vietnam War. (© unknown) Mikhail Kalashnikov designed the AK-47 Kalashnikov assault rifle, a weapon that has killed more people than any other gun in the world. He died aged 94 in 2013, in his home city of Izhevsk, near the Ural Mountains, where his gun is still made. Mikhail Kalashnikov with his eponymous weapon (TASS) He ... Read More
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A Vietnam War Mystery in Laos: Russian SAM Missiles.

A Vietnam War Mystery in Laos: Russian SAM Missiles.

1 week ago
Above Photo: North Vietnamese Anti-Aircraft Gunners fire on US Planes during the Vietnam War. When I was travelling along Route 9 in Laos recently, I was surprised to come across the remains of a SAM-2 rocket, or the rocket’s solid fuel booster stage, which had clearly been fired, and which was now resting in a memorial park in Muang Phin. ... Read More
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I Want Justice For My Family: A Khmer Rouge Victim.

I Want Justice For My Family: A Khmer Rouge Victim.

21 hours ago
Above Photo: Residents return to Phnom Penh after the fall of the Khmer Rouge in 1979. (© unknown) This poignant letter was published in the Phnom Penh Post from Mok Sin Heang, the sole surviving member of a family wiped out by the Khmer Rouge. It stands as a reminded that for many in Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge period is far from over. ... Read More
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John Atkinson Grimshaw’s Paintings of Liverpool’s Dock Road.

John Atkinson Grimshaw’s Paintings of Liverpool’s Dock Road.

4 years ago
Liverpool from Wapping (1875)  I’m a massive fan of John Atkinson Grimshaw’s art. For many years I have seen his paintings of Liverpool’s Dock Road (shown above and below) in books, articles and even pubs all over the UK. I’ve always thought they were magnificent examples of Victorian urban art, and they came across my path again recently when I ... Read More
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Visiting a Khmer Rouge Mass Murderer’s House in Cambodia.

Visiting a Khmer Rouge Mass Murderer’s House in Cambodia.

3 days ago
Above photo:  Having a moment’s reflection in Ta Mok’s house in Anlong Veng, Cambodia. When I was in Siem Reap recently, I visited Anlong Veng in Oddar Meanchey Province, not far from the Thai border, to visit the house of Ta Mok, or ‘Brother Number 4’ in the Khmer Rouge hierarchy. Ta Mok’s house from the driveway. Nicknamed “The Butcher”, Ta ... Read More
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