A happy medieval couple practicing the ancient Christmas tradition of kissing under the mistletoe at an elegant Xmas party. Mistletoe was sacred to the Druids as it is a plant that thrives in winter and symbolizes immortality. Kissing beneath it was to ensure fertility.
Military kit through the ages: from the Battle of Hastings to Helmand
Military kit through the ages: from the Battle of Hastings to Helmand. 1709 was a fabulous year, but the rest was pretty cool.
In 1941, the U.S. began to form a hand-picked army to fight in Europe; its troops were composed of artists, designers, actors, meteorologists, and sound technicians, and their true mission was not to fight, but to deceive the German army. Their props were inflatable tanks and pyrotechnics; their tools camouflage, “spoof” radio plays, special effects, and sonic deception. Their last “disappearing act” was to vanish from history. Officially they were the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops.