The History of Wayang (Indonesian Puppet Theater)

The term for puppetry, wayang, comes from the Indonesian word for shadow bayang. Wayang kulit, shadow puppetry using figures made from water buffalo hide, is considered to be the oldest freestanding puppet form; the earliest references to it date...

Kecak Dance in Bali

If we talk about Bali, then off course we also have to mention about the harmonization between art, culture and religion in it. It is not only just a discourses, the Balinese society is...

Epic Historical Battle: the Battle of Myeongnyang

The Battle of Myeongnyang. This represents the greatest "victory against all odds" -type battle I have ever seen. This battle occurred in 1597 AD and involved Admiral Yi Sun-shin of the Korean navy (with...

Epic Historical Battle: The Battle of Cannae

Hannibal's incredible battle of annihilation against the Roman army has been studied throughout history, and many famous generals like Napoleon and Frederick II both regarded it as the greatest tactical achievement of all time. During...

Epic Historical Battle: Battle of Leipzig

1813, 16–19 October, Battle of Leipzig (otherwise known as the battle of Nations). This battle deserves its name, for nearly all nations of Europe fought in this conflict. Italians, Germans, Prussians, Austrians, Russians, a...

The Charlie Brown and Franz Stigler Incident

The date was 20 December 1943, 4 days before Christmas.. A box formation of Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bombers were flying back from a successful mission targeting the Focke-Wulf aircraft production facility in Bremen, northwest...

Dr. Eugene Lazowski: Hero of the Holocaust

Eugene Lazowski had the extreme misfortune of being scooped up by the Nazis immediately after the 1939 invasion, as they sought to eradicate Poland’s intelligentsia. This man did, however, have the extreme fortune of not...

Superior long range artillery in World War II

Although Soviet artillery bombardments are often described as "massive, powerful, earth-shaking ...", U.S artillery was the best in terms of both strength and effectiveness. In the book Dirty Little Secrets of World War II, the...