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David Beckham visits troops in Afghanistan

Now, lots of harsh words are spoken about footballers – some of it true (yes you, Ashley Cole!) and some of it not so true. But David Beckham’s recent visit to Afghanistan showed what a true gent he is. He’s always struck me as more grounded than people seem to think, and he certainly comes across like that here.

Solidarity Poland 1981

This is a section of the BBC Documentary series The Cold War that looks at the Solidarity Movement in 1980′s Poland. It also focuses on Pope John Paul II and Lech Walesa. I can remember watching this in College for A-Level History. There has always been something tragic about Polish history that has fascinated me.

Black Label Society – In This River (Live)

I spent many years of my youth listening to this band. Zakk Wylde has to be the greatest heavy metal guitarist out there, and this is his tribute to Dimebag Darrell of Pantera, who was murdered onstage in 2005. Its a very emotional song and means a lot to me too.

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Portsmouth vs. Liverpool – FA Cup Semi Final 1992

Before the Taylor report, SkyTV and Bosman. When football was football, and when Pompey were Pompey and there really was an atmosphere. I was there, in the very far bottom corner of the clock end – you can almost make me out when the ball goes out at 5:31! Just look at how good the atmosphere was. What I find incredible is that my Grandad watched Pompey in a Semi-Final at Highbury in 1949, and was back there 43 years later.

Katyn – Trailer (English subtitles)

After the sad events that led to the death of the President of Poland and many others, its impossible to not realise the cruel twist of fate that they were travelling to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre. This Polish drama series deals with what was a tragic event in a country that during the twentieth century new more tragedy than most.

Oral History – the Luftwaffe Bomb Portsmouth

I’ve found this wonderful clip of a ladies memories of living in Portsmouth during the war, where she talks about a close encounter with a German bomber. My Grandad has a very similar memory, of seeing a Heinkel so low that he could see the Pilots face and the colour of his hair.

Biffy Clyro – Bubbles

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Heres my latest selection of interesting clips, courtesy of youtube:

Sailor – The 1976 TV series on the old HMS Ark Royal

The Tank Museum featured on BBC’s The One Show

Archive footage of The Battle of the Somme

Bruce Springsteen (featuring Tom Morello) – The Ghost of Tom Joad

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Its been a while since I’ve shared some of my favourite videos from YouTube… so here are some recent videos I think you might like!

German Newsreel footage of Operation Market Garden

I’ve found this fascinating German newsreel covering the battle of Arnhem. Whats really interesting about it is that part of the footage was filmed when my Granddad was jumping at Ginkel Heath – those Germans are firing at my Granddad. Its also fascinating to see the Nazi Propaganda Machine at work.

HMS Invincible 1982

There is a pretty ridiculous conspiracy theory out there that HMS Invincible was either sunk or damaged during the Falklands. War. As this video shows, any sane human being will be able to work out that its ludicrous.

Grenadier Guards Band in 1940

Heres a British Pathe clip of the Grenadier Guards Band playing in Trafalgar Square in 1940. Fittingly, they’re playing ‘British Grenadiers’.

Biffy Clyro – Many of Horror live

And finally, something from the best band in Britain today…

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Soldier Set for Miss England

New target system for Apache

Cold War – the Berlin Wall

Biffy Clyro – The Captain

And for more historical videos and music, check out the Daly History Youtube Channel

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