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War, Guerilla, Metal

Last spring was full of metal

by Marcus Hammerschmitt

Kirchheim — Last spring, our tactical situation was often difficult. We had to employ our best knowledge about stealth, infiltration and subversion to fulfill our missions. The enemy was extremely watchful. Scaling the fences and foiling the anti-intrusion measures took every last bit of courage and smartness we could muster. Sometimes our own booby traps from prior engagements compounded the complexity of ou...

War, Remembering, Grandfathers

A simple, moving live memorial at Piccadilly this morning

by Steve Dearden

Manchester — Unlike all the usual ceremonies of remembrance - the marching, the trumpets, men with medals, sombre suited dignitaries laying wreaths - this touched me, and stayed with me all day and since. Unexpec...

War, Family, Memory

Whenever I am in Leeds Art Gallery I say hello to my Grandfather, George Dearden. He is the third soldier from the left.

by Steve Dearden

Leeds — He isn’t really. The photo by an unidentified Australian war photographer is titled The Third Battle of Ypres, Passchendeale 31 July - 10 November 1917. The soldier isn’t him, but my Grandfather did...

Art, War, Middle East

An added bonus of having a wife that attends art school, are art swaps.

by Aidan Rasmussen

Wellington — We think this artist is going to be famous. I guess it doesn’t matter what we think. Whether someone becomes well known and successful is not up to us, but I do like Negin Dastgheib’s paintings, the n...

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