This coming week marks the 108th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, a war that was meant to be over in just a few months but where the fighting did not end until November 1918. The death toll was apocalyptic, particularly on the Western Front that ran from the Channel coast to … More The war to end all wars, apparently
Last Monday – a public holiday in Wellington – was a sunny day and I went for a casual saunter along the waterfront, starting a block from the Freyberg Building, before heading along it to the Freyberg Pool and Freyberg Beach. In case you think there’s a certain theme there, you’re right. Just then my … More Hot news about matters Freyberg
It’s the anniversary once again of the 1941 Japanese attack on the US Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor – and of their simultaneous assault on the Malayan peninsula. So began the rather inaptly named Pacific War – an oxymoron, for the fighting spread from the central Pacific to India, from China to northern Australia. And … More A memorial to the United States Marine Corps in New Zealand
This week marks the 101st anniversary of Passchendaele, the New Zealand part in the Third Battle for Ypres – and the day of New Zealand most lethal human catastrophe of all time. On that dark day, 12 October 1917, some 843 New Zealanders were killed – either outright, or left dying on the battlefield. And … More Remembering Passchendaele, 101 years on
Over the years I’ve written a fair number of books – over fifty, in fact. Almost all have been published traditionally. And that’s given me an immense back-list. Which, I’m pleased to say, is back. I had to say that, didn’t I. You know – back list… back… But I digress. The hot news is … More A really big piece of hot news. Really. Big.
This week New Zealand marks Anzac Day which, with Australia, is our day of memorial to the dead of all our wars. It is a solemn moment when both nations pause to remember those who died, remember the sacrifices made in the wars of the twentieth century, particularly, in order that we can have the … More Remembering Gallipoli and the Anzacs
This weekend – 16 and 17 December, US time – two of my books are being offered free on Kindle. That’s right. Free. It’s your 2017 Christmas gift from me. The two books are Explaining Our Weird Universe – which explains everything you didn’t know you needed to know about why quantum physics isn’t magic, … More A Christmas present from me to you
It’s 76 years this week since the Pacific war exploded across the British and their Commonwealth – a moment timed by the Japanese to coincide with the attack on US forces in Pearl Harbor, on the other side of the date line. The shock was compounded a few days later by the ill-fated sortie from … More Remembering the tragic outbreak of Britain’s Pacific war
I’ve been writing this year for a US website, Navy General Board – a site dedicated to naval history over the past century or so, and to various issues on matters naval. My professional background in that field extends back decades. Some of my post-grad work involved academic studies of various matters naval – including … More Naval history is all about people… and people…
OMG! It’s a hundred years old today. That’s right – it’s exactly a century since Admiral of the Fleet Sir John Arbuthnot Fisher – Lord Fisher, First Baron Fisher of Kilverstone – coined the acronym we all know and love. He came up with OMG (“Oh! My God!”) in a letter of 9 September 1917 … More OMG, it’s the centenary of OMG!