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Factoid of the Day

"In 1211 the Great Wall was effortlessly breached and in the next five years the Mongols completed what has been estimated as the conquest of one hundred million people by one hundred thousand solidiers".

(Islamic Imperialism - A History. Ephraim Karsh. Yale University Press 2006)
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Blogger The Hitch said... 4:31 pm

Who is that minx who seems to be a fan of yours?
Obviously mad as a run over squirrel.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 4:41 pm

Lost me there, I'm afraid.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 4:53 pm

If it was so easy to breach, why did they build it? Sounds like a NuLabourmake-work project to me.  

Blogger The Hitch said... 4:54 pm

vigilant watcher
linked to your site  

Blogger The Hitch said... 4:58 pm

if tou can log into www.infowars.com now try and do so
some soldier who was in the bunker with cheney is coming out exposing the lies they have told about 911  

Blogger Croydonian said... 5:06 pm

Oh yeah, that mybloglog malarkey.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 5:32 pm

Verity - it looks like the bit we all visialise when we think GWoC was built well after that particular invasion.

However rudimentary the breached barrier, it must have slowed down the horde somewhat, unlike the Maginot Line, which had guns that only pointed Germany-wards, and thus proved utterly useless when the Germans came through Belgium instead. In fairness, the guns at Singapore also proved useless when the Japanese attacked by land rather than sea.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 7:01 pm

Oh, I'm sure it slowed them down. But - this is a serious question as I really don't know - what about Hadrian's wall. Did it really serve to keep the Picts out?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 7:37 pm

V - difficult to tell, although having garrrison forts would have helped too. It has been suggested that it was also a projection of Rome's power and intended to overawe the Picts as well as to phyiscally block them.  

Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 6:50 am

it's a bit like offas dyke.the theory is that they were built to tell invaders of the power of the rulers not to actually serve as a barrier to invasion  

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