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William Howard Russell - new grave plaque for the father of war reporting

A couple of weeks ago, Times editor John Witherow (I can't preface his title with "acting" any longer) could be found in London's Brompton Cemetery with several of his staff to attend the gravestone restoration of one of the paper's greatest reporters - William Howard Russell.<p>Regarded as the father …

Why is Gove trashing Mary Seacole?

Life may unfold in dribs and drabs but put them together and pretty soon you have a narrative. And in much the same way, one can look at the stories of recent days about Mary Seacole, and discern a pattern. Time to knock the black icon off her perch, appears to be the philosophy, and it starts with …

Mary Seacole - a summary

This is how the story goes… Mary Seacole was born Mary Jane Grant in 1805, in Kingston, Jamaica to a Jamaican mother and a Scottish soldier: ‘I have …

From the archive, 2 August 1950: Stalin and the Soviet state

Mr. Stalin has emphasised the need to strengthen the Army of a Socialist State in conditions of "capitalist encirclement," in a review of Marxist principles in the magazine "The Bolshevik". Moscow radio made his review the subject of a special broadcast.<p>The Soviet Premier was answering queries by …

Churchill, Stalin Got Super Drunk Together During World War 2

Two years before Yalta, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin met for a late-night wartime meeting. Their mission? Drink lots of wine, according to new records released by the British National Archives.<p>Churchill and Stalin's wild drunken night took place one evening in August 1942. The leaders had …

Vasily Stalin - a summary

On 21 March 1921, Joseph Stalin’s second wife, Nadezhda Alliluyeva, gave birth to Yasily Stalin, or Vasily Dzhugashvili. Their second child, …

Yakov Stalin - a summary

Born 18 March 1907, Yakov Stalin (or Dzhugashvili) was the son of Joseph Stalin and Stalin’s first wife, Ekaterina Svanidze. Stalin certainly didn’t …

Death of Stalin

Joseph Stalin died 5 March 1953, aged 73, a victim of his own power. So frightened were his staff, that having suffered a stroke he was left to …

A Brief History of Female Nurses in the Military, from the American Revolution to World War II (PHOTOS)

<i>Cate Lineberry is the author of THE SECRET RESCUE: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines ($27, Little, Brown)</i><p>For nearly four decades, the United States has honored its nurses with National Nurses Week, held between May 6 and May 12 -- the birthday of celebrated British …

Welcome back, Stalin: Dictator, ruthless killer, small-town hero

Standing on the main square of this town in the mountains of northern Georgia, you can watch as time slides backward.<p>Locals looked on approvingly last week as a work crew from the municipal government built a large metal plinth. Soon, if all goes according to plan, the centre of Gori will again …

Monument in memory of Crimean War prisoners of war restored in Britain - Russia Beyond

A monument in memory of 28 Russian Empire soldiers who died as prisoners of the British during the Crimean War 1853–1856 was unveiled on Saturday 28 September by Alexander Yakovenko and Pekka Huhtaniemi, the Russian and Finnish ambassadors, in Lewes.<p>The Russian dead numbered 53, while the allies …