A military history tumblr. I place special emphasis on the Eastern Front of WWII, the Byzantine Empire, Eastern Europe in the 17th Century, the Mongols and Tatars, as well as military engineering throughout the ages.
A suit of Byzantine armour, the sort that would have been worn by the cataphractii. They were a cavalry elite that formed a core contingent of the Byzantine armies, in some ways they were a precursor to the more familiar knight cavalry of Western Europe.
Nazi terror reached new heights for the non-Jewish population of Warsaw in the winter of 1943-4. People were seized at random in the streets and executed on the spot; between October and February some 270 to 300 men and women were publicly hanged or shot each week — the kind of atrocities the French commemorate in Tulle and Oradour were, in Warsaw, a part of daily life. ‘On my way to Leszno Church today,’ Julian Kulski, a young soldier of the Home Army, recorded on 11 February 1944, ‘I saw a crowd of people standing in front of the Wall. They were gazing at something above the Wall, on the Ghetto side of it. As I got closer, I could see for myself — hanged from the upper-storey balconies of what had been an apartment house were the bodies of twenty-two of our Freedom Fighters.’ Kulski, at any rate, took them for Freedom Fighters.
From: Gregor Dallas, 1945: The War That Never Ended
“An American seaman looks at the charred corpse of a Japanese flier brought up from the bottom of Pearl Harbor, where he crashed with his burning plane during the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941 in Hawaii.”