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American history in a wine glass

10.08.19 Posted in History, Wine by

I’m way behind on the excellent I’ll Drink to That podcast but recently caught up with a doozy, an interview with David Hirsch which ends up being an incredible voyage through America from the 60’s to the present. There’s a bit of everything, the wide open West, the hippy life here and internationally, and all […]

Obit du jour: Patton’s driver

02.02.18 Posted in History, Obituaries by

Francis ‘Jeep’ Sanza, Patton’s driver in World War II, dies in Napa at 99 From the preparations for D-Day, in May 1944, right up through the landing at Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge and the final push into Germany, Sanza was at the wheel of an open air Willys-Overland with the four-star general in […]

Even allied to the Devil, it’s for La France

07.01.12 Posted in History by

Count Robert de La Rochefoucauld, who has died aged 88, escaped from Occupied France to join the Special Operations Executive (SOE); parachuted back on sabotage missions, he twice faced execution, only to escape on both occasions, once dressed as a Nazi guard.

“Great Escape” obit

04.22.12 Posted in History by

Alex Cassie, one of the forgers who made the great escape possible, died recently.  His obituary is well worth a read.

Tales of the absurd

02.06.12 Posted in History by

From the brilliant World War II Day-By-Day Blog Near Pico Island in the Azores, British destroyer HMS Westcott (escorting troopship Llangibby Castle to Gibraltar) sinks U-581 with depth charges (3 killed, 37 taken POW by HMS Westcott). Leutnant zur see Walter Sitek swims 6 km to shore and returns to Germany through neutral Spain. He […]