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. […]
Today is a pretty big anniversary for history geeks, it is the 197th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. So yes, there will be some pretty big commemorations in another three years when the bicentenary rolls around. To mark this historic day I thought I’d post a bit […]
I’ve got an exciting series of posts coming up soon on life in wartime New Zealand including a guide to surviving aerial bombardments, a look at the threat of Japanese attacks and the resulting American invasion. Speaking of which – this month marks the 70th anniversary of the […]
Well so far I’ve lasted just over a whole month in the blogosphere so I thought I’d take the opportunity to post a bit of an update on the aim of this blog and some of the places I want to take you the readers in the next […]
Today is D-Day – the transit of Venus will be visible from New Zealand for the first time in 130 years. If you get the chance then I urge you to get out and take a look as you won’t live to have another opportunity. Just make sure […]
History, the weather and the sea are all muses of mine – which is why this postcard is one of my favourites. It shows stormy waves pounding Nelson’s Rocks Road, a scene that I’m very familiar with. Nelson was founded in 1841 by the New Zealand Land Company […]
Today I thought I’d share a bit about an explosive topic. My daytime job involves sourcing all kinds of film and photographs for use in television documentaries. One of my current projects recently gave me an excuse to re-visit a fantastic archive – the U.S. Department of Energy, […]
Resurrecting the humour of yesteryear is a favourite pastime of mine – so today I thought I’d share a charming hundred year old postcard from my maritime collection. As usual, it also comes with an interesting back story.
Regular ephemeral broadcasts will presume shortly, but after the relatively heavy topic of armoured warfare in third-world countries I feel that History Geek needs to take a brief swing into the realm of the slightly less serious. So here is some history laced satire….
My last post started telling the story of the T-34, a Soviet designed tank that gave the Germans a hell of a fright on the Eastern Front. Arguably one of the most influential tanks of the Second World War, it then went on to fight in Korea, Vietnam […]