Sir Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. During the Peninsular War in Spain and Portugal the Duke of Wellington depended on maritime supply. The French fleet in the Basque Roads operated against the British supply ships. This Day in History: Apr 11, 1809: Battle of the Basque Roads between France and the United Kingdom starts http://dingeengoete.blogspot.com/
Quagmire World War One - Mud on the Somme. Men actually drowned in the mud at the Battle of the Somme in 1916."We live in a world of Somme mud. We sleep in it, work in it, fight in it, wade in it and many of us die in it. We see it, feel it, eat it and curse it, but we can't escape it, not even by dying." Quote by Australian Private Edward Lynch
Great War Weapons. Grandfather would have used a rifle. His army record describes him as 'a good shot'. Would he have used any other weapons or have needed his gas mask? We'll likely never know. He told a story about soldiers covering their faces with urine-soaked kilts to protect themselves during gas attacks; perhaps the only benefit of wearing kilts.
Carnage: Amid the appalling devastation and bodies of dead soldiers, a crucifix stands tall - miraculously preserved from the shell fire. The powerful image was captured after a bloody skirmish in 1917 - and Walter's son Volkmar says: 'This photograph is like an accusation - an accusation against war'