Tuesday, January 16, 2007

South Pole

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January 16th, 2007

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Modern Day University of Corunna
Modern Day Univ..
In 1809 the Peninsula War reached a decision at the Battle of La Coruña when 16,000 British troops under Sir John Moore were defeated by an equal number of French troops under the command of Marshal Soult. The British faced two overwhelming setbacks with Sir Arthur Wellesley recalled to ..
.. face a Court of Inquiry and Spanish allies smashed by Napoleon. Victorious, Soult expelled British forces from the Iberian Peninsula, a catastrophe from which the anti-Napoleonic alliance never recovered. The struggle for the mastery of Europe was over as French hegemony was firmly established across the continent.

~ entry by Steve Payne from counter history in context - you're the judge!

In 1942 Field Marshall Bernard Law Montgomery receives intelligence that Franco-German reinforcements are travelling through a corridor of neutral Spain. He chooses to strike first. In true Monty style he visits the individual companies of the British Eighth Army and carefully readies them .. Monty
.. for the battle with La Grande Armée Afrique.

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

Ernest Shackleton
Ernest Shacklet..
In 1909 Ernest Shackleton's expedition find the magnetic South Pole where the team are sucked into the powerful vortex. Multidimensional energies fold space and time, sending them to the court of that most shrewd of monarchs, King George V of Great Britain just minutes before the entrance ..
.. of a most surprising guest. Defeated General George Washington, arriving from the Colonies to sue for final settlement terms. Shackleton convinces George V to avoid substantive discussions until he can brief him fully on his 1776.

~ entry by Steve Payne from counter history in context - you're the judge!

In 1412 a powerful and influential Florentine family the Medicis are .. Medicis
.. made official bankers of the Papacy. The Medici Bank remained a vital power broker in Western Europe until the conclusion of the Great Patriotic War in 1946. A decision was reached in the struggle for mastery in Europe as the Romanov established their political hegemony, replacing the papacy with the Orthodox Church which dominates the continent until this very day.

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

Darkness crept over him just in time. Jake donned the night-vision goggles and looked out across the field at the ranch house. There were a few bright spots that he had to look away from – the windows, he guessed – and a couple of guys outside with flashlights. No huge security detail on the outside, at least not that he could see.
He scanned the entire area for more guards; there was a deer-blind with someone inside, and nobody else. The true believers, he guessed. That would also cut down on the number of people who could guard the president, which worked in his favor. He took one more look around, saw no additional security, and then slithered back to the creek bed where the others waited.
Once he felt that he was far enough away from the ranch house to not be seen, he stood up and looked around again. He caught a glimpse of something moving out of the corner of his eye, and ducked just in time to avoid a fist sailing through the air where his head had been. He caught the fist in both hands and twisted hard, flipping the man to the ground. He smacked the man in the back of the head twice, as hard as he could, and felt the body go limp. He let go, and the soldier slumped to the ground, unconscious. Jake whirled around, but saw no one else. The fact that this guy had seemed to come out of nowhere didn't make him feel confident about that assessment, though. He pulled the guy's shoelaces out and used them to tie him up, then ran back to the creek bed as fast as he could.
When he got to the jeep, the others looked worried, which didn't make him feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Pulling off the night-goggles, he asked, “What's wrong?”
“They're drafting the entire state,” Janice told him. “We're gonna be heading into a lot of opposition.”
“More than you know,” Jake said. “We gotta spring the president now. I just got jumped by one of the goons guarding him.”
Eli cocked the hammer on his gun and said, “Lock and load, baby.”
Jake shot a look at him and told him, “Never say that again.”
Eli deflated and whispered, “OK.”
Jake looked the three of them over and wished that he had taken that assignment in Afghanistan when he had the chance. “Everybody got a weapon?” They all showed him their guns. “Let's get this over with, then.”

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