Russian 45mm AT Gun.
March 21st 1871: Bismarck becomes the first Chancellor
On this day in 1871, Otto von Bismarck became the first Chancellor the newly united German Empire. He had previously served as Minister President of Prussia, and oversaw the Austro-Prussian War (1866) and Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871) which together made up the German Unification Wars. The wars made Prussia dominant over Austria and France and allowed Bismarck to create the German Empire in 1871 out of the old Germanic states, thus essentially making him the father of Germany. Bismarck served as Chancellor until he was dismissed by the Kaiser in 1890. Bismarck has been called the greatest politician in history and has become known as the ‘Iron Chancellor’ due to his focus on military power.
“The great questions of the time will not be resolved by speeches and majority decisions…but by iron and blood”
U.S. Special Forces soldiers, attached to Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, prepare to conduct close-quarter battle drills at a shoot house, Kabul province, Afghanistan, Jan. 23, 2014.
Draft of ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ by Wilfred Owen, c. 1917-18
British Library Add. MS 43720, f.21
This is the original manuscript of the poem ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’, written in Owen’s own hand while he served as a soldier in the appalling conditions of the trenches. Composed between 1917 and 1918 (the year of his death), the poem gives a chilling account of the senselessness of war.
Using a combination of gritty realism and an aching sense of compassion, it describes a mustard gas attack on a group of war-weary soldiers. Owen’s despair at the crumbling morality of the world around him is expressed in phrases such as ‘froth-corrupted lungs’ and ‘sores on innocent tongues’. The deliberately ironic title of the poem comes from one of the ‘Odes’ of Horace, the ancient Roman poet, which translates as ‘it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country’.
Image and desciption via the British Library
Last exam today.
I’m fucked but I’m still looking forward to it.
or you could teach them how to fight and they don’t have to be cowards
What do you even mean?
Apparently Jackie Chan there’s gonna take down armed gunmen with his bare hands, and that ALSO means everyone else is physically capable of doing so.
In the dark. After he’s just woken up, and he’s groggy and uncoordinated.According to him, anyone who’s afraid of being shot dead in their own home is a ‘coward’ for wanting to defend themselves.If your 12 year old daughter can’t fight off a 200 pound man she is a coward
*reblogs from the future*
My 12 year old can only pull 7 pounds, but is able to do so several times per second. She holds the record for shots on target in a given time frame among her classmates.
Oh my god that person is such a mindless fucking idiot I feel like vomiting with every single thing they say.
They’re talking about fear like some sort of whiteknight five year old who’s watched star wars one too many times. Their entire argument is based off hasty generalizations and caricatures.
rome 2 was a shit game but my god is the soundtrack fantastic.