A family photo that shows a little girl beside her father and his fellow soldiers in uniform as they prepare to go to war. Four-year-old Paige Bennethum really, really didn’t want her daddy to go to Iraq. So much so, that when Army Reservist Staff Sgt. Brett Bennethum lined up in formation at his deployment this July, she couldn’t let go. No one had the heart to pull her away.
Gunkanjima is a deserted island of concrete that is slowly crumbling away on Japan's west coast. Meaning 'Battleship Island' in English, Gunkanjima's real name is Hashima and it is one of 505 uninhabited islands in the Nagasaki Prefecture, about 15 kilometres from Nagasaki itself. It earned its nickname due to its resemblance to a military warship.
Russian Women's Death Battalion, World War I. Attempted to defend the Winter Palace against the Bolshevics. According to a journalist at the time, "Some of the girl soldiers had been thrown from the windows...most of the rest had been violated, and many had committed suicide as a result of the horrors they had gone through." The claims were disputed. Some were captured during the attack of the palace. The leader fled the United States upon her release.
The ruins of Burg Trutzeltz (ca 1300), near Burg Eltz. Walking through the ruins was amazing, even if the bees in the chimney were terrifying.