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Interesting points on sword design and engineering.


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You know, that explains why some people look so clumsy with modern replica swords. Because they're too heavy in the wrong places!
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Anton Dostler, the first Nazi General to be executed, faces a US Army firing squad. 1945
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People wading through a sea of ticker tape in the aftermath of an exhuberant VJ Day celebration in the garment district. New York, August 14, 1945.
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Defendant number 9, Irma Grese, dubbed the Beast of Belsen was convicted for crimes against humanity at the Belsen Trial and sentenced to death. She had been employed at various Nazi concentration camps including Auschwitz and Belsen. At her trial survivors provided detailed testimony of murders, tortures, and other brutal behaviour towards prisoners, especially women. She was 22 years old when she was executed.
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Interesting point about the design and engineering of the sword!


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The 'Battle of Los Angeles' incident occurred on February 24, 1942. Air raid sirens sounded when a presumed enemy aircraft was sighted. Over the next hour, 1400 12.8 pound anti-aircraft shells were fired but no craft was hit. Three civilians were killed by the shells and there was building damage. The official explanation the next day was a 'false alarm'. A 1983 Air Force investigation blames 'war nerves' and a lost weather balloon.
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The Nurse in the Photo: Edith Shain, holding the iconic photograph taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Originally published in LIFE Magazine, the photo depicts a sailor kissing Edith Shain in her nurse’s uniform, in Times Square on August 14, 1945
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Archaeologists are uncovering exciting new information about the 7th century version of the Abbey at Whitby. The Abbey was the site of a Synod called by princess Hild (later St. Hilda) to determine whether Easter would be celebrated using the Celt calendar or the Roman one. This disagreement – a result of clash between Irish and Roman Christianity – came to a head in the kingdom of Northumbria, where King Oswiu celebrated the feast on a different week than his wife, Queen Eanfled. Whilst one Royal court was fasting as part of Lent, the other would be feasting and celebrating. http://ow.ly/vX1PL
Archaeologists make new discoveries at the site where the date of Easter was settled
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I'm only 5' 8" but broad in the shoulders and 210 lbs when trim. Larger now. 
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