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John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, c 1705. Husband of Sarah Jennings. Soldier and statesman under the Stuarts.

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the oak trees of blenhheim palace, which have stood for over three centuries, photographed by simon norfolk.

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The death on this day 5th August, 1962 of Douglas Bader. .Bader lost both his legs while attempting some aerobatics, he crashed and lost both his legs, he was retired against his will on medical grounds. But after the outbreak of WW2 he returned to the RAF and was accepted as a pilot. The film Reach for the Sky was made about his life.

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British grenadiers charging at the French defending the churchyard of Blenheim, Battle of Blenheim, War of the Spanish Succession

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"I know that my people are not on the horses, / but are out on the horizon, / under the smoke, shooting and hacking, / working endless horrors on one another, / bleeding into the history books / the duke’s reputation as a great warrior." —from "On Seeing a Painting of the Battle of Blenheim"

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