Members of the 173rd Airborne Brigade geared up for a patrol during Operation Junction City. (1967)
Operation Junction City sought to clear the area northeast of Saigon of enemy troops.
An amusing Republican anecdote to correspond with the anniversary of Stalin’s coming to power on this day in 1922. Gerald Boland was in Russia following the Irish Civil War to buy arms and he met with Stalin. They were discussing the Irish Revolution when Stalin enquired as to how many Bishops had they shot? When Boland replied; ‘none.’ Stalin shook his head and sighed “Are you people serious at all?”
The morning of Bobby Sands death, Belfast, 1981.
Werner Bischof, A man walks through a destroyed city looking for food, Germany, 1945
(3# Algeria) Djamila Bouhired: Why she kicks ass
- She was an Algerian revolutionary who opposed French colonial rule of Algeria, joined the Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN) while a student activist and has worked as a vocal activist in the movement for women’s rights in independent Algeria.
- She worked as a liaison officer and personal assistant of FLN commander Yacef Saadi in Algiers. She was considered valuable to the FLN because she looked European and could easily infiltrate places where French soldiers hung out. She also assisted the FLN, in recruiting young Muslim women from the capital who could pass as Europeans.
- Dressed as Frenchwomen, Bouhired and two other female militants placed concealed bombs in the European sections of Algiers. Two bombs exploded, causing civilian casualties; but her bomb failed to detonate.
- This event and others were the catalyst for the Battle of Algiers, which raged until 1957. She eluded the French military and police until April 1957, when she was arrested, imprisoned, and subjected to appalling torture.
- In July she was sentenced to death by the guillotine after a trial deemed a travesty of justice. However, She became a cause célèbre because of international media coverage of the French army’s systematic use of torture, and was eventually released.
- In the early twenty-first century Djamila continued to be actively involved in feminist politics, advocating fundamental transformations in the legal, political, and social status of Algeria’s women.
West Germans climb the Berlin Wall, November 10th 1989.
Red Army photographer Yevgeny Khaldei in Berlin with Soviet soldiers, near the Brandenburg Gate in May, 1945.