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Mughal weighing ceremony

This scene from Mughal India in the early 17th century depicts Emperor Jahangir weighing his son Prince Khurram against valuable goods, including gold and silver, as part of his 15th birthday celebration. Based on a contemporary painting, Jahangir stands in the centre with the prince, who is seated on a large golden scale; both are…

Assault on Fort Eben-Emael, 10th May 1940

On this day in history – 10th May 1940 – German paratroopers launched a glider-borne assault on the fort of Eben-Emael in Belgium, paving the way for the invasion of France and the Low Countries. Ten gliders, carrying less than 80 men, would take the fort by surprise, while another group would capture the nearby…

Allied ski troops, Norway, 1940

Following on from my previous post, this picture (partly based on a black-and-white photograph) depicts a group of French and Norwegian troops preparing to march with their skis during the German invasion of Norway (Operation Weserübung). French chasseur alpins (mountain infantry) were among the thousands of French, British and Polish troops that landed in mid-April…

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