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Fur flies over 16th century ‘rocket cats’ warfare manual theguardian.com, Thursday 6 March 2014 05.44 EST Researcher baffled by document written by artillery master Franz Helm featuring pictures of jetpacks strapped to cats and doves The manual suggests capturing cats from enemy territory and strapping bombs to them. Photograph: Matt Rourke/AP You’re a 16th century… Read More


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Today, 1913 is inevitably viewed through the lens of 1914: as the last year before a war that would shatter the global economic order and tear Europe apart, undermining its global pre-eminence. Our perspectives narrowed by hindsight, the world of that year is reduced to its most frivolous features—last summers in grand aristocratic residences—or its… Read More