Category: War

Xmas 1918

In my last post I shared a Christmas card that was sent by a New Zealand soldier who was about to head off to fight in the Battle of El Alamein in the Second World War.  To make sure it arrived in time the card was sent on […]

Merry Christmas from El Alamein

It is that wonderful time of the year again.  Deadlines are looming, traffic is congested, frantic shoppers jostle for position at the cashier and all the while we are being mocked by sadistically ironic jingles about what a wonderful time we are supposed to be having.  It sure […]

Postcard from Gallipoli

Today I thought I’d share a postcard that has a particularly fascinating story.  It was sent by a New Zealander who was fighting in the trenches at Gallipoli. For my non-antipodean readers the Gallipoli campaign was this ill-fated Allied attempt to knock Turkey out of the First World […]

What to do after an Air Raid

Congratulations, you have just survived your first air raid!  But as you emerge from the dust and rubble you realize that your world has changed forever.  Few people know how to survive an air raid and even fewer know what to do in the precious minutes once the […]

How to Survive an Air Raid

Being caught in an air raid is something that most of us don’t usually need to worry about, but that is no excuse for not being ready.  If you know what to do in the event of an earthquake, tsunami, cyclone/hurricane and other similar hazards then you owe […]

Japanese Invasion Money

I once read somewhere that if a country is invaded then it takes over a hundred years for the wounds to fully heal.  It is as if occupying forces can leave invisible scars on the towns, cities, roads, bridges and fields. Once lost, innocence is difficult to regain. […]