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  1. There has always been something of a debate about the Anglo-Zulu Wars of 1879, particularly with regard to the numbers of Welsh soldiers involved in the Battle of Isandlwana and at the defense of Rorke's Drift. Battlefield at Isandlwana. Photo by Trudy Carradice. Often legend and roma...

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  2. Sixty years ago thousands of British servicemen went to war in a far away land. On 25 June 1950 communist-backed North Korean forces invaded South Korea, triggering a global military conflict just five years after the cessation of the Second World War. Following the division of the Korean pen...

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  3. Have you ever wondered where some of the words, phrases or sayings that we now use actually originated? For example, many of us often light bonfires in our gardens. But where did the word come from? In the Middle Ages it was quite normal to dig up people's bones after 30 or 40 years in order to...

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  4. On Monday 8 May 1648, at the village of St Fagans to the west of Cardiff, over 10,000 men clashed in a life or death contest that was, quite probably, the largest battle ever to take place on Welsh soil. It was one of the final acts in the long running English Civil War, a conflict that eventually saw King Charles 1st executed and a republican Commonwealth under Oliver Cromwell established in Britain. The Battle of St Fagans was, from the beginning, an uneven contest. By 1647 it seemed as if the Civil War had come to an end but rows and disputes over unpaid wages, as well as Parliament's demand that the various generals should now stand down their armies, meant that a new conflict was inevitable.

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  5. Over the years Wales has been a real "melting pot" of warfare and strife, so much so that when the English kings tried to conquer the land, they could only achieve it by building gigantic stone castles. Indeed, it has been said that, in Wales, there are more castles per square mile than in any o...

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