The Witch’s March: History Fact #3

The Lebel Model 1886 M93 model was the main French sniper rifle used during WW1. Pictured is the rifle fited with an original A.P.X. 1916 scope, as used by Maréchal Beachêne in The Witch’s March.

The elfish have evolved with the times, no longer just  legendary for their skill with bow and arrow, but also the rifle.  His rivals have claimed it’s due to his enhanced sight, but that doesn’t mean they can’t argue the simple fact: Beachêne is the best of the best.

Winter Is Here

For the next six Sundays, I will be unavailable starting at 7:00pm.  The show doesn’t air until 9:00, you say?  Yes, I know, but I need emotional time to prepare for each airing.  THE NIGHT KING IS THROUGH THE WALL AND EVERYBODY IS GOING TO DIE!!!

Not my most traditional Thursday post… but I’m too excited to write anything else!

The Witch’s March: History Fact #3

 During World War I, or The Great War, the American military created two combat divisions for African Americans.  One, the 92nd Division, was composed of draftees and officers.  The second, the 93rd Division (later known as the Harlem Hellfighters, was mostly made up of National Guard units from cities like New York, Chicago, and Cleveland.

The 92nd Division faced one loss on the field that the world used as confirmation blacks weren’t fit to serve their country in war.  That was until the Harlem Hellfighters’ success.  When they returned to New York City after their victories at war, according to the Tribune, Never have white Americans accorded so heartfelt and hearty a reception to a contingent of their black country-men” and “the ebony warriors” felt it.

Although not introduced until The Witch’s March resolution, Martin Fox served as a Harlem Hellfighter.  One of Hattie’s love interests, he fought during the final Meuse-Argonne Offensive.

#TBT: The Time the Floridian Saw Snow

This is me about on year ago – when I still had long and brown hair.  This is from my trip to Oregon to visit my aunt and cousins before I started my first big kid job as a Consultant.  Well, that’s not my job anymore, but I’m excited to say I’m able to go back for my cousin’s graduation this year!  Just booked the ticket!

As most of you don’t know, my cousin Jen is called my “mini-me” by all of our parents.  Not only do we share a first initial and a middle name (her mom stole it from my mom) but we also have weirdly similar personalities.  I might have to wait til June to go, but least I won’t be dying from frostbite.

No, this was not my first time seeing snow.  Yes, I still fell every couple feet because this sheet of white was s-l-i-p-p-e-r-y

The Witch’s March: History Fact #2

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The Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5 is arguably the best airplane of World War i.  It was a British biplane fighter aircraft that was first used in April 1917.   It was one of the fastest aircraft of the war, while still being both stable and relatively maneuverable.  Per Robert Jackson, it was “the nimble fighter that has since been described as the ‘Spitfire of World War One'”.

While some pilots were still initially disappointed with the S.E.5, they all quickly came to appreciate its strengths.  In June 1917, any failings were addressed with the S.E.5a entering service.

The S.E.5b is the fictional model that makes an appearance in The Witch’s March.  In the novel, this  airplane is the only Ally plane that was successfully fireproofed, in order to be better protected against dragons.  This fantasy-influenced model is an upgrade from the S.E.5.