The longest and most boring war of all time

It is the 30th of March, 1651. The Dutch Empire -which was one of the World’s most dominant powers in those days-  officially declared war on the Isles of Scilly. These isles are composed of some 145 tiny islands located southwest of England. The territory is a meager 16.03 km2 (6.19 sq mi) and was home to a few hundred …

The day Gaddafi went too far

In 1996, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi (1942 – 2011) was informed of a prison revolt in Abu Salim prison. The revolt initially began because the prisoners lawyer was arrested himself and the living conditon were horrendous.

A bridge too far and a soldier too fast

In the World War 2 movie “A Bridge too far” (1977) actor Anthony Hopkins played Lt. Colonel John Frost (1912-1993). The real Frost (pictured above) was present and gave Hopkins advice that he was running too fast battle scenes. Frost commented that he and other officers were actually moving slow to show the Germans -and his own soldiers- that they …

How less than 200 Spaniards could win against millions of Incas

In 1532, the Spaniard Francisco Pizarro (1471-1541) and his men contact with the Inca Empire. The Inca population during that time was estimated to be more than 17 million. Fast-forward only 1 year and Pizarro managed to kidnap Atahualpa (1502-1533), the Inca emperor. Pizarro promised to set him free, if he would fill several rooms with gold, silver and other …