Hugh Beach

Sir Hugh Beach was one of the more respected British military minds of his generation, serving from 1941 to 1981. He saw active service in France and Java during his early years, and eventually ascended to the post of Master-General of the Ordnance. After retiring from the military he advised the government on warfare and […]

Valerie Harper

“My name is Rhoda Morgenstern. I was born in the Bronx, N.Y., in December 1941. I’ve always felt responsible for World War II.” went the voiceover at the start of the sitcom Rhoda, helpfully illustrating the average American’s complete ignorance of military history. Its star, Valerie Harper, may not have started any world wars but she […]

Jim Leavelle

One of history’s least effective bodyguards, Jim Leavelle, has died. A sailor with the US Navy during World War II (he was present during the bombing of Pearl Harbor), Leavelle became a homicide detective in 1950. His contribution to world history came in 1963 when, while wearing a stupid tan suit and hat, he escorted […]

Guy Innes-Ker

At a time Prince Andrew needs all the friends he can get, one person who won’t be coming to the ebephile royal’s defence is his old mucker Guy Innes-Ker. Innes-Ker was the 10th Duke of Roxburghe and attended all the expected locales (Sandhust, Eton). Other than his friendship with the nonce he was an important […]