Testament of Youth: Coming of Age in WW I


Based on the autobiographical book by Vera Brittain, this 2014 movie gives us a sense of what the world around T E Lawrence (of Arabia) must have looked like as WW I unfolded in Europe. To my mind, very well done.

A riveting indictment of war.

For movie info Click Here.

For the original book, Click Here


The Battle of Coronel: Sunday November 1, 1914


The above picture is of Graf Spee’s squadron leaving Valparaiso November 3, 1914 following the battle.

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A German postcard of the thick of the battle

Web references for the Battle of Colonel:

Colonel Memorial

kaiserliche-marine.de (here seen through Google Translate)

The Scharnhorst

The German Ships

Dr. John E. Counts, Chief of Staff, Berlin as the Berlin Wall Fell


Here seen on the mv Regatta during the December 2011 Panama Canal Cruise, Dr. Counts graciously took the time to fill me in on the tenor of those heady days when the Berlin Wall fell. I actually have a piece of the wall at home, so it was fascinating to hear the story from someone who was there.  Following his military service, Dr. Counts served as President of the Western New Mexico University for 18 years.

US Naval War College Website

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Thanks to the former Academic Dean of the US Naval War College, Captain Howard Burdick (Ret), here’s a link to the US Naval College website: www.usnwc.edu

Photograph (c) 2008 by Onne van der Wal Photography, Inc. Used with permission.

There are any number of informative articles in the Naval War College Review, and one in particular, Asymmetric Warfare at Sea, gives a great outline of the starting positions of the US and Japan prior to WWII in addition to a detailed recount of  the Naval Battles off Guadalcanal, 1942–1943.

I was fortunate to meet with Howard on the ms Rotterdam en route to Lima, Peru, and we discussed a number of the points I bring up in my military lectures: Click Here

Thanks Howard!!!!