Book: The Price Of Glory

First published in 1962, Alistair Horne’s book The Price Of Glory tells the story of the German attack, and French defense, of the city of Verdun, France from February to December of 1916.

The battle for Verdun was one of the longest and costliest battles in history, lasting 9 months, 3 weeks and 6 days. Constant artillery bombardments firing shells numbering into the millions, and the first use of Phosgene gas, one of the deadliest used during World War I, would lead to an estimated 420,000 dead and 800,000 gassed or wounded. In the words of the German commander, the goal of the offensive was to cause the French forces to, “bleed to death.”  It was a battle of attrition during a war of attrition.

I’ve read a number of firsthand accounts of World War I (there are many available for free on Kindle and Project Gutenberg), and they often downplay, to some degree, the brutality of trench warfare. Whether written during the war and censored, or intentionally dialed down a bit for some other purpose, this book literally gets deeper into the mud than those others do.
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The art of the unnecessary flourish.

(I have no idea how being magnetic benefits a pair of scissors.)



I set as my browser homepage because they’ve usually got some great images – the cost of which is the strip-‘o-news that appears at the bottom of the page, where this example of questionable editing comes from.

When I first saw it, that center story was not flanked by Olympic stories and had me somewhat concerned.  Have they really all been eliminated?!  Does anybody check this stuff?


Bottle of Red

Looking for a new ink to try fountain pen users?  My guess is it’s a little old and dried out, maybe hard to get working.  No word yet on whether or not there’s just the one bottle for everyone to share.

There’s no better answer to socialist nonsense like a little dose of capitalism.

If you do want to soil your pen with this stuff, or for your fountain pen/paper needs, I do highly recommend  The prices are great, and they pack your order in feather pillows with more care than any other place I’ve ordered from.


The ’59 Plymouth’s Really Got It!

The 1959 Plymouth Fury, powered by the Golden Commando V8 engine.  I don’t know if it ran on testosterone or gasoline, but you can bet it used a lot of it.

This commercial is from the Suspense episode on the latest Relic Radio Show. The old jingle’s are fun sometimes.

      1959 Plymouth Radio Ad

The Wheeled Body Shield


…a wheeled body shield that affords immunity from rifle bullets and shrapnel when advancing upon fortified positions.  The body of this is constructed of tempered-steel plates, the front so rounded and tempered that bullets strike the surface at an angle and glance off without doing harm…

From Popular Mechanics, November, 1915.


When you think of the bomb-cratered, mud-covered battlefields of World War I, it’s no surprise these never rolled farther than the drawing board.  Between artillery fire and terrain, even early tanks were of limited use.  These would have been caskets.

On second thought, maybe after some modifications they could have been enlisted in the fight against Ming?  The technology looks similar.



Psst! Off

You know what would come in handy next time, Google Chrome?  The ability to automatically clear out the history upon closing the browser, like every other major browser offers!

And really, shove the cutesy verbage up your cache.

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