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It wasn’t the casualty rate that made the Somme so bad

Obviously, the Battle of the Somme was bloody awful. Arguably, it was an appalling waste. But, in the grand scheme of things, how bad was it really? It was certainly a horrific mega battle, running for 5 months, with British Empire casualties estimated

Posted in History, Military, Uncategorized

More cover art and how artists can avoid getting the armour wrong

So Cassie, who normally does pretty handcrafted things, turns out to have quite a feel for depicting mayhem and war machines! Come to the dark side… Joking aside, it’s a reminder that real artists, just like real writers, can cheerfully turn their

Posted in Armour, Blog Post, Military, Swords Versus Tanks, Uncategorized

Waterloo in which each side fought for a different kind of liberty

So Waterloo was 200 years ago today: a battle so terrible that afterward you asked who had survived, not who had died. It was an odd battle. Those who fought against the imperialist side were less personally free than those

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Sharpe’s Plot Structure

I’m working on a military-type story right now, so I ended up revisiting my old LJ notes on the subject. This is a tidied up version: There’s no point in reinventing the wheel (unless you end up with armored tracks).

Posted in Genre, Military, Writing