That Damned Berlin Wall

That Damned Berlin Wall

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes On a cold, January day in 1961, in a world chilled by the threat of nuclear Armageddon, I sat near a radio with my family and listened intently to the words of a man that my very young mind idolized. Even as a small child, it was not...
A Flimsy Excuse for World War I

A Flimsy Excuse for World War I

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes An intelligence agency ignored its own government and ordered an assassination. No, not in Pakistan…. On July 23, 1914, Austrian diplomat Baron Giesl von Gieslingen delivered an ultimatum to the government of Serbia. In response...

The Fox Behind the Desert Fox

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes On June 10, 1940, Italy declared war on Great Britain. At the time, Great Britain lacked the resources to invade Italy, and Italy had no intention of invading Great Britain. However, the two enemies, along with France, had large...
With or Without Archduke Ferdinand

With or Without Archduke Ferdinand

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard & Jay Holmes Conventional history widely attributes the cause of WWI to be the assassination of Crown Prince Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria by Serbian Gavrilo Princip. While the Archduke’s murder was the excuse for WWI, it...
Not the Best or the Brightest, but the Bravest

Not the Best or the Brightest, but the Bravest

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes Air Chief Marshall Sir Hugh Dowding and some of “The Few,” image by UK Government, public domain I like Brits. In this barbaric, uncivilized world, most of them are decent and civil. Also, although most are some sort of...