The Failure of the English Armada

Everyone knows the story of the Spanish Armada of 1588 and the subsequent victory of the rag tag English ships. But the conflict didn't end in 1588. The Anglo-Spanish wars would continue for decades. Welcome to one of the forgotten failures of England's own aggression. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyvy6z_OQxU

Grave of the Fireflies: A stark reality of the life of post war life.

Grave of the Fireflies is a war film unlike many others. In a market flooded by gritty and bloodstained dramas it presents a painfully realistic story of the civilians of post war Japan. The slow demise of the main characters is made clear from the very start. We are given no option to be hopeful … Continue reading Grave of the Fireflies: A stark reality of the life of post war life.

Nostalgia, homesickness and heart conditions: Trying to understand PTSD before the 20th century.

It’s a truth as old as conflict itself; where war goes trauma follows. Its far older then the World wars ‘Shell shock that brought it to the centre stage of psychological studies and sympathetic regards. The trauma suffered by soldiers was well known but poorly understood but known. The tragic fault was the lack of … Continue reading Nostalgia, homesickness and heart conditions: Trying to understand PTSD before the 20th century.