"An RAF pilot getting a haircut while reading a book between missions"
colorized historical photograph
Another classic moment. That’s brilliant. I BET IT WORKED TOO.
We give Austria 12 points
Ohoh I had not heard of that one! I’m not sure if it’s worth of praise of his courage, but it definitely is of his insanity!
I did look up something that might interest you as far as those “run towards them and kill” tactics. Portugal was a country that was always heavily outnumbered, so they could never really beat the enemy through sheer army amount. They did have, however, a special type of
phallic shaped swords, which accompanied by a dagger were very easy to maneuver, and really neat for close combat.
When it came to the Moors, here’s what Port knew: They had very effective bows for distances from 50 to 400 metres, but those were pretty useless in close range combat. Also, they did not have the habit of using armours. The Portuguese knew that their only hope was to run forwards to cut that distance, rendering their weapons useless. After getting close, it was easy to maneuver the sword and dagger and kill the enemy.
The thing I love about that, is that it shows it wasn’t really a matter of brave foolishness or whatever, it was actually pretty methodic and well thought out. The reason Portugal was always so successful in battles where otherwise he’d be very outnumbered, was his brains.
Remake of my most popular gifset (only this time in better quality).
OMG PORT! I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT TO SAY
For those who don’t know the story, there was a time where King D. Afonso V of Portugal supported his niece’s legitimate right to the Castilian throne, and sent Portuguese forces to fight for it. “O Decepado”, Duarte de Almeida, was in charge of carrying the royal flag.
In the battle they cut off his hands, but he still didn’t let it fall, holding it with his arms and teeth until the Castilian forces finally captured him. After the battle he was taken to a Castilian camping, where he was treated. He later returned to Portugal, but his armour stayed.
I didn’t know it was the only armour! I tried looking after it, but apparently there are no photos on the internet at all. But the armour is in Toledo’s cathedral, in Spain, reportedly well taken care of. I emailed them asking about it, but I doubt I’ll get an answer.
(Through my shipper googles tho, I am awwwing! Figures Spain would have to keep something of Port’s or else he’d have nothing.) It’s a shame. We’re a very poor country in that aspect, much of our stuff is in other countries. I remember we also borrowed our crown jewels to an exhibit in the Netherlands, and they got stolen there and missing since then. I didn’t find any photos of those either. It upsets me a bit that we didn’t take good care of our things like that. Someone smack Port in the face.