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A military dog who lost a leg when sniffing out a roadside bomb has been awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross after serving in more than 400 missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lucca, a 12-year-old German shepherd, served in the US Marine Corps for six years, protecting the lives of troops by sniffing out munitions.

from Mail Online

How Mary Seacole was made a saint and Florence Nightingake was smeared

Mary Seacole, Jamaican Herbalist. During Crimean War performed surgery on the frontline and established the "British Hotel" providing supplies for soldiers and quarters for sick and infirmed.


During both World Wars, many civilian women took up jobs in agriculture, replacing those men who went to war. The women who worked for the Women's Land Army (WLA) were commonly known as Land Girls. In forestry, Women's Timber Corps were known as Lumber Jills. At the height of the First World War the Land Army had a full-time membership of 23,000 members. The number exceeded 80,000 during the Second World War.


British. A Careless talk poster, illustrated with civilian and armed forces headgear, with the slogan ‘The more information you keep under your hat' (trilby hat) and the caption ‘the safer he'll be under his' (steel helmet). As with many Careless talk posters, the images focus on the head area, indicating whatever knowledge was contained in the head, it should be kept there.


The United States Marine Corps is a branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for providing power projection, using the mobility of the United States Navy to rapidly-deliver combined-arms task forces on land, at sea and in the air. It's logo resembles that of a similar style to a coat of arms.

from the Guardian

Shaped by War: Photographs by Don McCullin

Don McCullin is one of the greatest war photographers. This is just one of many, many of his images. They are stunning.


WW2 Animals Pictures & Photos In this photo Butch, a sentry dog, stands guard over Pfc. Rez P. Hester of the Marine Corps’ 7th War Dog Platoon on Iwo Jima in this undated photograph from the National Archives. (AP Photo/National Archives via National World War II Museum) WW2 Animals Pictures & Photos

Pvt. Opha May Johnson, 40, first enlisted female Marine sometime after joining the Marine Corps. Johnson enlisted into the reserve in August 1918. (Courtesy of the Marine Corps History Division, Historical Reference Branch) Read more: