For my second post in the series of historical game reviews I’m going for something completely different. Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad is a realistic multiplayer first-person shooter. It is the sequel to Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 and was released in 2011 by Tripwire Interactive. This game is fairly unknown in the mainstream gaming audience. … More Red Orchestra 2: A Historical Game Review
I have had an extremely busy summer. One of the most rewarding things I did this summer was participate as a volunteer in the Southampton Maritime Festival. I learnt about it through the University website and I attended a training session, where I learnt exactly how it had been organised to celebrate the long and … More The Southampton Maritime Festival – 2014
For the final post following Winchester throughout the centuries, we’re looking at the twentieth and twenty-first, and what has happened in the past 115 years in what is, compared to most cities, a sleepy little place. Way back in 1908, Winchester was not so sleepy. Over three days, riots broke out. Known as the Winchester Gun … More Winchester Since the Twentieth Century
It is for a love of a song that I am currently blogging outside of my happy place of all things Medieval. For music month I want to discuss the historical meaning behind one of Iron Maiden’s most well-known songs ‘Aces High’. Here is the link to the music video to play before, after or … More Iron Maiden in World War Two with ‘Aces High’
For the past 70 years, the Lancaster bomber has always been in the limelight, whether in films or in the Battle of Britain memorial flight. Indeed it is often seen and heard passing overhead the towns of Britain as it goes from place to place, ensuring it takes part in remembering the heroic sacrifice of … More So Why the Lancaster?
Uncrowded, untouched and uncivilised, Ilha Formosa was somewhat hurriedly entitled the ‘Beautiful Island’ by Portuguese sailors in the sixteenth century, yet aboriginally named Taiwan by its Asian neighbours. The island may have seemed beautiful to seafarers accustomed to the Canton River, but historians document Formosa’s fertile landscape, native medicinal plants and abundant sulphur supplies with … More Formosa – The Beauty and the Beast
Earlier this year, we in the W.U.Hstry blog interviewed Dr. Emiliano Perra who is currently working as Lecturer in Modern European history at the University of Winchester. It is safe to say that the team had an really interesting and enjoyable time talking to Emiliano, and these are the questions we asked, and intriguing answers … More Interview with Dr Emiliano Perra
In 1568, the first voyage of Álvaro de Mendaña de Neira of Spain, resulted in the expedition and discovery of the Solomon Islands. Initially, the expedition was put together in search for Terra Australis, a hypothetical continent that was believed to lie below Australia. It appeared on maps from the fifteenth century through to the … More Guadalcanal: The Lost Soul of The Pacific
One word has appeared more regularly in the news and media than any other in recent months and years and this is the European Union or EU. Whether this is because of financial reasons such as in Greece within the debt crisis or political with David Cameron’s dispute with the EU of the Britain’s role … More The ‘United States of Europe’.
In this week’s blog post I will be looking at what Christmas was like in Britain or the ‘Home front’ during the Second World War. From September 1939 to the May of 1945 the world was engulfed in a second global conflict that started with the expansion of Nazi Germany in Europe. The British public … More Christmas on the Home Front