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Explosion in the port of Lebanon's capital, Beirut short time ago. Looks at least massive.

photos via @no_itsmyturn
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Squadron Leader John de Lacy "Dim" Wooldridge DSO DFC DFM - 106 Squadron B Flight Commander May - October 1942
John "Dim" Wooldridge was a popular and respected Flight Commander with #106Squadron and one of Bomber Command's great characters. This is just a brief overview of his varied life; there are several rewarding sources of information to the researcher - see below.
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Flight Lieutenant Otto #Altmann (later Wing Commander DSO, DFC)

A comparitive rarity - a German flying operationally for #BomberCommand!
(See photo - second right with, apparently, his Hampden aircrew.)
The story of Otto Altmann is interesting and yet frustrating.
He served as a pilot with #106Squadron when they flew Hampdens from @RAFConingsby and flew with distinction for the #RAF, rising to the rank of Wing Commander, but little detail is known of this extraordinary man.
This is an example of a research theme with which we'd be
...grateful for any further detail that could be provided by former comrades, family members or interested members of the public.
We know that Otto Altmann joined #106Sqn in March 1941 as a Flight Lieutenant and became considered as a senior pilot. He participated in the...
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Youssif Ali, son of Mahammad Cassie Ali and Babe Ali, a Bengali born in Sylhet (now Bangladesh) came to England in the early 1920s. He was the last soldier buried at the Muslim Burial Ground (Brookwood Cemetery) on 12 May 1947...
As a young man, Youssif Ali regularly travelled between India and London aboard merchant ships. After meeting and marrying Ethel Emma Wallace in London during the late 1920s, he no longer travelled. Instead he became a Court interpreter for Indian seaman apprehended for various..
misdemeanours. He also worked as a doorman, dressed in full colonial style regalia with an elaborate turban at the Veeraswamy Restaurant in Piccadilly, London. A job from which he was later sacked when a photograph in a newspaper identified him amongst a crowd surrounding...
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Today is #VEDay when we remember the end of the war in Europe. Eric Ravilious never survived to see that Peace, & for his wife Tirzah, it left her a widow. War always means Lost Lives, unfulfilled paths, but Ravilious left behind such a legacy, so let’s see some of it from #WW2
At the beginning of #WW2 Eric Ravilious joined the Royal Observer Corps whose job it was to spot for enemy planes & had a vital role in the Battle of Britain. He painted this Observer’s Post in 1939. Original in @higginsbedford collection.
Ravilious was then given an Honorary Commission in the Royal Marines and was appointed an Official War Artist. In 1940/41 he did a lot of work in #Kent & #Sussex. This was entitled Bombing the Channel Ports (1941) and shows a Sound Mirror in #Kent. Original in @I_W_M collection.
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De sloop van de #Bijlmerbajes vordert. Kan de oudste (?) graffititekst van Amsterdam ieder moment tegen de vlakte gaan? Poetst @AmsterdamNL zomaar een aandenken aan Menno Wigman weg? Een draadje. @IISG_Amsterdam @AmsterdamMuseum @stadsarchief @parool @AT5 #MennoWigman #RAF
Deze foto verscheen (’14) in het Parool bij een stuk van Wigman, die als #stadsdichter van Amsterdam poëzieworkshops gaf in de Bijlmerbajes.
"Een jaar of wat geleden schreef ik dat in de gevangenis oneindig veel wordt gedicht en dat daar soms de schitterendste poëzie ontstaat.”
“’Net als sommige anarchisten verlangden veel decadenten naar een algehele vernietiging van de bestaande orde’, schreef hij in ‘Wees altijd dronken!’ en omgekeerd herkende hij in de punkbeweging de romantische sporen” schreef @DeGroene in 2019 over Wigman…
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A thread about the English Establishment, state psychopathy, #COVID19… and why it really matters how people in power think. 🧐✊🇪🇺🇻🇳#history #ToriesOut #resist 🦠
The popular idea of a colonial official during the British Empire days was of a paternal figure dispensing justice and spreading civilisation, as in the 1935 film “Sanders of the River” (see pic), a grossly patronising tale set in colonial #Nigeria... 😬🇳🇬 #BritishEmpire #Korda
The reality was, of course, very different. Consider the work of Charles Callwell, a British soldier with much colonial experience, pictured here on the WWI Caucasus Front as a Major-General in 1916. #Callwell #SmallWars #ColonialViolence 🇹🇷🇷🇺
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Finding myself with time on my hands during the #CoronavirusUK #Lockdown I thought I’d spend some of that time wisely and tweet the story of Sidney Carlin MC DFC DCM who is, in my opinion, one of Hull’s bravest sons and a war hero that you have most probably never heard of…
Sidney Carlin was born in Kingston upon Hull in 1889 He enlisted with the 18th Hussars in 1908 but bought himself out and resigned in December 1909 for the sum of £18. In 1911 he was working as a farm labourer at North Frodingham in East Yorkshire.
He re-enlisted on 8th Aug 1915 and was refunded half the money (£9) he had bought himself out with. No 28677 Private Sidney Carlin 18th Hussars won the Distinguished Conduct Medal during the heavy fighting of 13th May 1915 when very heavy casualties were suffered
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Bon, #VendrediLecture et #Vendredi13 oblige, je me sens en veine d'écrire un [THREAD] sur un livre qui a marqué mon adolescence.
#LordOfTheRings aka #LeSeigneurDesAnneaux en VF.
Je compte cependant attaquer la chose sous l'angle militaire. Stratégie, opératique et tactique.
Alors quelques mentions préliminaires.
1) Qu'est-ce qui me qualifie pour m'attaquer au sujet?
Une maîtrise en histoire contemporaine des représentations, 25 ans de geekerie assumée et 10 ans de carrière militaire se doublant de 35 piges d'intérêt pour la res militaris.
2) Pourquoi maintenant?
- Parce que je suis ET flemmard ET très occupé.
- Parce que je veux me faire inviter chez @alexjubelin sur le #Collimateur @IRSEM1
- Parce que je peux enfin souffler et écrire un peu.
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Auf der Plattform @lehrer_online werden reaktionäre Narrative in Unterrichtsmaterial verwandelt. (Danke für den Hinweis: @Korallenherz) Ich habe mir die "Plakatreihe Linksextremismus" runtergeladen (299MB), entpackt und habe mir das einmal angetan. /1
Plakat 1 hat den unschuldigen Dateinamen plakat-was-ist-extremismus.pdf. Los geht's darin mit der Headline: "Extremismus - Gegen die Demokratie". Klar: das zentrale Motiv hier das #Hufeisen ist. /2
Warum das Hufeisen Bull#### ist? Hier entlang!
Wenn 1 Linksextremisten "in den Kopf schaut", sieht 1 natürlich, dass die keine "vielfältige und demokratische" Gesellschaft wollen und Stalin und Lenin "richtig und gut" finden. Vereinfachte und falsche Darstellung von Anarchie kommt später noch. Gibt 1 extra Plakat für... /3
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@ChinneryRoy @RT_sputnik @georgegalloway @francisbeckett @GayatriGalloway @RT_com @UKLabour I don't believe you've read much history of WW2... if you had you wouldn't have come out with such an uninformed statement!
1st & foremost, George is correct - Britain fought for 2 years on our own & that is what saved the world... & what America conveniently forgets! ...cont
@ChinneryRoy @RT_sputnik @georgegalloway @francisbeckett @GayatriGalloway @RT_com @UKLabour 2. There were more '#British' troops landed on D-Day than #American troops.
The #OmahaBeach disaster was the #Americans fault - They screwed up there as they did in #NorthAfrica, #Sicily & #Italy & in the #Pacific at #PearlHarbour on #Tarawa & #Pelelieu & elsewhere. ...cont
@ChinneryRoy @RT_sputnik @georgegalloway @francisbeckett @GayatriGalloway @RT_com @UKLabour 3. #USNavy CnC Earnest King caused a disaster in the #Atlantic in late 12.'41-05'42 when over 600 merchant ships were sunk in sight of US coast, because he didn't want to take #British Advice.
Of all the #American commanders only #Eisenhower & Marshall were Not Anglophobes! ..ct
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#Reserves Continuous Attitude #SurveyResults 2019
#ReCas. This survey of volunteer reserves covers satisfaction with various aspects of being a reservist.
#Volunteer reservists are more likely to be satisfied
with life in their Service, feel a greater sense of
pride, and recommend joining to others compared
with trained #Regulars. Satisfaction with Service
life, in general, has increased for both #Reserves
and #Regulars since 2018.
Overall, there have been increases in the per cent
positive responses compared to 2015 in several
areas, such as:
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[1] Bell (Helicopter) to supply Huey II helicopters to #Uganda , #Kenya and unidentified African customer

Contract date - September 27, 2016…
[2] #Kenya - 44th #PotUS Barack Obama has ancestry there, an is visiting there as of the moment

#Uganda - Where #JimStrzok (uncle of Peter Strzok) has been since 1987

Bell Helicopter - Where Peter Strzok has business connections , and which has large business in Iran
[3] "According to a US Department of Defence announcement on 26 Sep, the company has been awarded a foreign military sales contract worth $52.1 million for five Huey II helicopters and spares for Kenya and a $34.5 million contract for five helicopters for Uganda. "
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