Daily Archives: March 20, 2015

New death: pictures of the flamethrower in action

A Casebook of Family Interventions for Psychosis

Flamethrowers — known as flammenwerfer during the war — were a German invention: they appeared on the Western front in 1915. The special violence of death by fire was a shocking development. The British press was fascinated by the gruesome new device, Wartime propaganda condemned them as another example of German ‘barbarism’, but the British […]

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Pilots decorate their fighter planes

With a twist of dark humour, these Belgian planes have been painted for extra fighting spirit. One shows comedian Charlie Chaplin, superstar of the early cinema. The newspaper commented on the oddity, as ‘one more testimonial to the universality of fame which a really humorous and original player commands’. The second plane bears an image […]

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The Cantatas of J. S. Bach: With Their Librettos in German-English Parallel Text

Dogs were valued comrades for soldiers at the front line, particularly in the French, Belgian and German armies. Highly trained and reliable, these service animals gave essential strategic and medical support. Their companionship was also good for morale: some regiments even adopted dogs as their mascots. Here are five ways dogs took part in the […]

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