It’s Anzac day today – the day New Zealand and Australia remember the dead of all their wars. In a way it’s timing is odd. Many nations, certainly Britain and around her former Empire, mark the moment on 11 November, the day in 1918 when the guns finally fell silent on the First World War.… More It’s a century since the first Anzac Day services
I posted the other day about the way Germany nearly won the First World War in spring 1918. If Erich von Ludendorff’s gigantic offensive of March-June 1918 had succeeded, Germany would have dominated Europe on land – and with all combatants exhausted by years of fighting, it’s highly likely the Allies would have sought terms.… More What if Germany won the First World War? Would we have avoided Hitler?
It struck me the other day that amid all the ‘what if’ stories about Hitler winning the Second World War, there has been little speculation about the Kaiser winning the first one – which he very nearly did. Twice. The Kaiser’s Germany came very close to winning during the first months of their war, as… More Spring Offensive: how Germany nearly won the First World War in 1918
My book Battle for Crete: New Zealand’s Near-Run Affair, a brief history of New Zealand’s close-run defeat on Crete in 1941, is free 9 April 2016 only (US time, 10 April NZ time) on Kindle – and sitting at No.1 in its category as I write this. You can get it instantly, on Kindle. … More ‘Battle for Crete’ – free 9 April 2016
Fantastic Pasts – Sci-Fi adventures in alternate New Zealand history is out now! It’s my stupidest book – a wild sci-fi comedy romp through an alternate Kiwi history that never happened. Thrill to the French as they turn New Zealand’s rare Pliestocene fauna into pate! Laugh as Sir Francis Drake accidentally obeys orders and ends… More “Fantastic Pasts” – out today! Buy now before the llamas get to it.
I need to tell you about a cognitive bias that keeps cropping up. It’s a very human thing. And – as a species – we keep tripping over it. What I’m on about is a form of attribution bias, as applied to groups: the supposition that the behaviour or attitudes of a few reflects the… More One bad apple doesn’t spoil the barrel, does it
Facts are curious things. There are empirical facts that can be independently shown to be true. And there are facts we ‘believe’ to be true, which most of us treat as if empirical. I have to share an experience I had involving the latter. Soon after my book on New Zealand’s engineering achievements hit the… More When ego intrudes into the facts of history