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Forum Announcements / Re: 25th APRIL
« on: April 24, 2005, 01:50:25 PM »
 AUSTRALIA  IS NOT A STRANGE PLACE,WE REMEMBER OUR  BRAVE SOLDIERS WHO DIED FIGHTING THE TURKS AT GALLIOPI IN 1915. AT THAT TIME AUSTRALIA WAS PART OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE  AND SUPPORTED THE ENGLISH  IN THEIR FIGHT AGAINST THE GERMANS AND THEIR ALLIES,AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALANDERS  ALSO FOUGHT ON THE WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE AND THE LOSSES OF MEN WERE HORRIFIC FOR SUCH SMALL COUNTRIES,THE TRAGIC MILITARY DISASTER AT GALLIOPI WAS CAUSED BY THE INCOMPETENCE OF THE BRITISH LEADERSHIP- SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL.ALSO MANY BRITISH AND FRENCH SOLDIERS DIED IN THE CAMPAIGN.IN AUSTRALIA WE REMEMBER AND HONOUR OUR BRAVE SOLDIERS WHO DIED WORLD WAR ONE AND TWO ,KOREA AND VIETNAM.LEST WE FORGET THE HORROR OF WAR,REGARDS,STEVE

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Forum Announcements / 25th APRIL
« on: April 24, 2005, 06:36:49 AM »
ANZAC DAY IN AUSTRALIA  AND NEW ZEALAND                                                                                    ''THEY SHALL GROW NOT OLD AS WE THAT ARE LEFT GROW OLD.AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN.AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN,AND IN THE MORNING WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.LEST WE FORGET.                                                                                         REGARDS.STEVE FROM SYDNEY,AUSTRALIA

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 :) I recall watching it  on tv, years ago,it was made in 1964 from a bestseller by Barbara Tuchman,it is well worth watching.Regards,Steve. ;)

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A few weeks ago I saw a series on the History Channel down under called Days That Shook The World ,each hour episode has two different stories,the episode I saw was about the last days and assassination of the family,worth having a look.Regards Steve.

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The aerial photograh taken in winter time of the Catherine palace and Alexander Palace is beautiful,I remember watching a documentary years ago about the destruction of the palaces by tha nazis in World War 2 and their reconstuction,the aerial film shows the terrible condition of both palaces. luckily they both survived the war and were not blown up by the retreating german army.Regards,Steve.

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A excellent book on the subject of Royal Guards is PILLARS OF MONARCHY by Philip Mansel 1984. The chapters on the Russian Guards go up to 1917 and gives a insight on their lives and functions.The majority of the Russian Imperial Guard Units between 1914 and 1917 were decimated on the eastern front and and this escalated the revolution in St, Petersburg,any comments are welcome.Regards Steve. ;)

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Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / TSAR, by Peter Kurth
« on: April 22, 2005, 02:36:44 PM »
 :)This excellent book is about the lost world of Nicholas and Alexandra and contains many colour photographs of the Alexander Palace,published in 1995.worth buying for your library.Regards,Steve. :)

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I saw the series on Australian TV,12 months ago.  It is a documentary series on  World War I.

All the footage has been colourised and brings to life all the old black and white film I have seen over the years of the Romanovs.

I think it is a British series 6 or 8 episodes, with a accompanying book.

Regards,Steve.

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What a book.I found a copy today at Dymocks book store in Sydney $39.95 aussie dollars. the photographs are beautifully illustrated and I like the one of Ella and Serge so natural.Regards STEVE

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    I am interested to find out if the Romanovs Cossack body guards were like the gallant Swiss soldiers who tried to defend the Tuileries Palace in 1792 during the French Revolution and were massacred in their attempt to save the french monarchy.Were the cossack units employed like the swiss guard for their loyalty and during the revolution under the circumstances they faced did they desert the Tsar and his family in 1917.Regards.Steve.

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Knight without Armour stars Marlene Dietrich and Robert Donat and is set in Imperial Russia.In Australia it is only available on VHS.Anyone know if it is on DVD. Marlene plays a widowed russian countess,the movie has some splendid scenes and a first class thriller,and directed by Alexander Korda,  a 1930's classic, has anyone seen it.Regards.Steve.

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Hi there.I recently saw Rasputin and the Empress on tv the late late movie,starring the 3 Barrymores -Ethel,John and Lionel.It was made 15 years after the revolution and is set between 1913 and 1918.I believe MGM was sued for damages by Princess Irina Yousoupoff for her portrayal in the movie,not a bad movie for its time.- Compared to Nicholas and Alexandra 1971, is it good or bad,comments welcome.Thanks Imperial Opal Australia

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 Hi Brad, I like to know the interesting history of the Chevalier Guarde Helmet in the photograph,compared to the Imperial German Guarde de Corp helmut -german crowned eagle,and their rarity after the revolution they must be priceless,a close-up of your helmet would be great,Thanks.Steve.

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To Daniel and Scott, thank you for your replies ,I appreciate your expertise and interest in the subject.Two years ago,I bought  the DVD of Nicholas and Alexandra from the U.S.A. The film has been fully restored to the full length version,much better in wide screen. Also after 30 years the mini- series THE FALL OF EAGLES has been finally released on DVD from the U.K. I remember watching it in 1975 in black and white on T.V.The only problem is the U.K. is Zone 2 and Australia is Zone 4.not sure what Zone the U.S.A. is. Any further information from you blokes would be great.Thanks,Stephen,Sydney ,Australia

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Good day,every one.my first question on the forum.My interest is the Russian Imperial uniforms and helmets of the Chevalier Guardes portrayed in the film Nicholas and Alexandra 1971. I found a book- Military Fashion by John Mollo in the eighties which has photos of helmets,uniforms ect.Also he was the military advisor on the film. I would appreciate any assistance on the subject.Thanking you.Stephen,Sydney.Australia.

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