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#UK based #MilitaryHistory #author. #TTRPG and #BoardGame player. Lapsed #wargamer.

My real name is Robin, but my pen name is Russell. I answer to both names.

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in 1917, the Austro-Hungarian navy attacked the Otranto Barrage. Three cruisers, two destroyers, and three submarines took part in the largest attack on the anti-submarine barrier. Of the forty-seven drifters on the barrage, fourteen were sunk and another four damaged.

Some drifters fought back, including the Gowan Lee, whose captain won the Victoria Cross.

https://russellphillips.uk/wwi-otranto-barrage/

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in 1942, British troops landed on the island of . The British assumed the French would pit up little resistance, but the subsequent campaign lasted almost exactly six months.

It was the first major Allied amphibious invasion of the , with the first use of tank landing ships (LSTs), and the first use of tanks in an amphibious operation.

https://russellphillips.uk/madagascar/

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The Polish Embassy in London has released a series of interviews with Marian Rejewski, the first person to crack the code.

He explains the process, including how they did it before they invented the bomba, and how the bomba worked. Fascinating stuff.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpGkvbzPcKIkRFESgp-rn5wraRvJD-DEz


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This is brilliant — volunteers knitted a life-size Churchill AVRE to mark the upcoming 80th anniversary of .

https://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2024-04-30/life-size-knitted-tank-created-by-small-army-of-volunteers

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The memorial to child victims of war at - 82 sculptures of children, cast in bronze. I've seen it in person, and it's a very powerful piece. It's also in need of restoration.

For my later this month, I'm asking for to the restoration fund.

You can donate here (most of the page is in Czech, but donation details are in English): https://www.donio.cz/restaurovani-pamatniku-detskych-obeti-valky?lang=en

For more information about the memorial (in English): https://www.lidice-memorial.cz/en/memorial/war-childrens-victims-monument/

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Close up photo of the plaque on the memorial to child victims of war at Lidice. Text in multiple languages. English: "82 children of Lidice gassed by the Nazis in 1942. In memory of the millions of children who perished in the Second World War"

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Despite a late train, I had a good day researching at the


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@RHW @histodons yes, but typewritten documents are much easier to read 🙂

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For those of you that are interested in armour, I've recently discovered the Totally Tanked podcast.

The format is an informal, but well-informed, chat between the hosts. Then they each review a beer at the end of the episode. I can recommend it.

Plus, they're on the fediverse, at @TotesTanked
https://podtail.com/podcast/totally-tanked-podcast/

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@TotesTanked @militaryhistory @worldwarshistory you're welcome. I've been enjoying the podcast, so it just makes sense to help spread the word 🙂

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@TotesTanked @militaryhistory @worldwarshistory it's my birthday soon. Do you have a link I can give to people for them to buy me that t-shirt? 😀

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I've started reading Devon's Island by @clacksee

Only read two chapters, but it's off to a good start. I had a tear in my eye at the end of chapter one and was seriously pissed off at Devon's mum by the end of chapter two.

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Today I learned that there was a "wheelbarrow pedestrian" craze in the late 1880s, when lots of people went on very long distance walks, pushing wheelbarrows.

The Victorians were an odd bunch.
https://www.historyextra.com/membership/tiger-tamer-5-podcast-bob-nicholson/
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Where possible, I like to read material on my Kindle and Kobo ereaders.

Not many publishers provide files, though, and reading PDFs on them is a torturous experience.

Maybe this explainer will help more publishers to include ePubs.
https://root-devil.com/posts/epubs/

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@SJohnRoss @ttrpg 😍 I was really pleased when you created an ePub version of Risus.

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@SJohnRoss @ttrpg yes, it's much easier if you plan to do it from the start.

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I've just discovered that is a thing, and it's happening on 31st March.
https://transrightsreadathon.carrd.co/

So, a few recommendations of books/series that I've read recently with characters and/or authors:

The series and series by @clacksee: https://whitehartfiction.co.uk/

The Jinx Ballou Bounty Hunter Series by Dharma Kelleher: https://dharmakelleher.com/

Welcome to St Hell by Lewis Hancox: https://search.worldcat.org/title/1308435812

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My book, "A Ray of Light: Reinhard Heydrich, and the North Staffordshire Miners" is currently 's deal of the day - discounted by 60%

Note that if you have a or account, you can use those details to log in to DriveThruFiction.

But you'll have to be quick if you want it - the deal ends in about 19 hours.
https://www.drivethrufiction.com/product/188644/

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I've never played Paranoia, but I've heard great things about it. So I've just bought this Humble Bundle.
https://www.humblebundle.com/books/paranoia-25th-anniversary-rpg-mega-bundle-mongoose-publishing-books

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@SJohnRoss @ttrpg useful to know, thank you. Which books would you recommend?

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@SJohnRoss @ttrpg gotcha. I'm guessing the first and second editions are out of print?

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@SJohnRoss @ttrpg I'll have to look out for a digital version of the 2nd edition.

Thanks again 🙂

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I've seen some people suggest that it's out of touch or naive for Americans to call for a and shows we aren't listening to people in the Middle East. But these calls for ceasefire resolutions are coming directly from the real, thriving Palestinian community of , even in the face of violence.

https://www.texasobserver.org/palestinian-austin-stabbing-hate-crime-ceasefire/ via @TexasObserver

I wonder if people said the same thing about the calls to boycott apartheid South Africa? I definitely see it with modern , even though that movement stems directly from a Palestinian call-to-action.

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@BruceMirken @kitoconnell @TexasObserver @palestine yep, I remember people in the UK saying that we shouldn't boycott South Africa because it would harm Black South Africans.

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