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  • Slaughter at the bridge!!!

    Found this article interesting...
    The long toll of the brave
    Is not lost in darkness
    Over the fruitful earth
    And athwart the seas
    Hath passed the light of noble deeds
    Unquenchable forever.

  • #2
    Yeah it is.
    Credo quia absurdum.


    Quantum mechanics describes nature as absurd from the point of view of common sense. And yet it fully agrees with experiment. So I hope you can accept nature as She is - absurd! - Richard Feynman

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    • #3
      Excellent Vom mate
      "Ask not what your country can do for you"

      Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

      you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

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      • #4
        And whatever they were fighting over may have been intensely important to them but has long been lost in the mists of time. Whether it was territory, religion or sheer tribal animosity it's all forgotten now. Puts things in perspective.
        Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
        Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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        • #5
          MarkV, it's often something I cogitate on when walking battlefields. I've heard people say that they can 'feel' the closeness of history and strife in the woods around Oosterbeek, or near the great gate of Hugomonte. Wonder wot they'd 'feel' walking along that peaceful Jerry riverbank, probably sod all... till they got shown that skull with the bronze arrowhead stuck through it!?

          The long toll of the brave
          Is not lost in darkness
          Over the fruitful earth
          And athwart the seas
          Hath passed the light of noble deeds
          Unquenchable forever.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Half Pint John View Post
            Excellent Vom mate
            It's VON actually... you silly old sod!

            The long toll of the brave
            Is not lost in darkness
            Over the fruitful earth
            And athwart the seas
            Hath passed the light of noble deeds
            Unquenchable forever.

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            • #7
              Good stuff, thanks for posting it.

              SPORTS FREAK/ PANZERBLITZ COMMANDER/ CC2 COMMANDER

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MarkV View Post
                And whatever they were fighting over may have been intensely important to them but has long been lost in the mists of time. Whether it was territory, religion or sheer tribal animosity it's all forgotten now. Puts things in perspective.
                Bridges have long been choke points attracting antagonist forces into close conflict. You say that these battles have long been forgotten, as indeed many have, but might I suggest that even some of those forgotten ones may have left their ripples that caused and affected later battles and tribal and later national culture and politics.

                Some of my own historic ancestors were at 'bridge battles', Constantine I 'The Great', who was victor at the Battle of Milvian Bridge, and another ancestor who was cousin and companion to one of Harald Hardrada Sigurdsson's sons at the Battle of Stamford Bridge - this one they lost to the other Harald. -To name but two. It could still be argued that although the Norsemen lost that battle they impacted on the outcome and the culture and the politics and history of England and indeed the UK and beyond, via the Battle of Hastings.
                Last edited by Wooden Wonder; 28 Mar 16, 13:33.

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                • #9
                  Bit of speculation. The date puts it at around the time of the Trojan War and theinvasions of the Sea Peoples in the Eastern Mediteranean. Possible connection?
                  "To be free is better than to be unfree - always."

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Von Richter View Post
                    It's VON actually... you silly old sod!

                    Sir Von the Excellent
                    "Ask not what your country can do for you"

                    Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

                    you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

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                    • #11
                      Stop creeping all this 'ero worshipping's very embarrassing.
                      The long toll of the brave
                      Is not lost in darkness
                      Over the fruitful earth
                      And athwart the seas
                      Hath passed the light of noble deeds
                      Unquenchable forever.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Surrey View Post
                        Bit of speculation. The date puts it at around the time of the Trojan War and theinvasions of the Sea Peoples in the Eastern Mediteranean. Possible connection?

                        Its possible, but no one would be able to tell you for sure. Bad enough weather might drive tribes out of there normal range?
                        "Sometimes its better to light a flamethrower than to curse the darkness" T Pratchett

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                        • #13
                          Strangely it says that a lot of the dead came from the south. Could see a barbarian horde coming from the north or the east and heading south but not the other way round.
                          "To be free is better than to be unfree - always."

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Surrey View Post
                            Bit of speculation. The date puts it at around the time of the Trojan War and theinvasions of the Sea Peoples in the Eastern Mediteranean. Possible connection?
                            It is more likely to have been a fracas between one or more of the north Germanic tribes and a large band of either Danes or Swedes. It is even possible that one [or more] of my own Scandinavian ancestors [leaders, jarls, princes and kings numbered amongst them], could have been involved.

                            It is a pity that the various Norse sagas, steelers, and other monuments don't go quite that far back.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Surrey View Post
                              Strangely it says that a lot of the dead came from the south. Could see a barbarian horde coming from the north or the east and heading south but not the other way round.
                              South tribe gets displaced northwards? historically speaking in europe tribes moved out of the east and you get a sort of domino effect displacing the peoples who were already there?
                              "Sometimes its better to light a flamethrower than to curse the darkness" T Pratchett

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