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ferg98131 Oct 2020 3:32 p.m. PST

Good evening

A quick question for the hive mind, an OOB for the Battle of Castalla 1813 shows that in the 2nd Spanish Division commanded by General Phillip Roche there is a unit called "Portuguese Volunteers"

Can anyone advise if this is a regular unit, and if so, how it was uniformed?



Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP31 Oct 2020 3:32 p.m. PST

"Behind that putrefying flesh, there's a lot of hidden depth to the zombie. As humanities scholar Jeffery Cohen puts it in his book Monster Theory: Reading Culture, "monsters provide a key to understanding the culture that spawned them." In 1918, with the Spanish Flu ravaging the U.S., we turned our fears into zombies.

Many mistakenly date zombies' shuffling, limping entry into popular culture with George Romero's Night of the Living Dead in 1968. The whole need-to-eat-human-flesh to survive thing is definitely present in the film, but the story only ever refers to its flesh eating monsters—born of an infectious disease—as "ghouls." In one of the most iconic zombie films ever made, the word "zombie" is not once uttered…"
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SHaT198431 Oct 2020 7:43 p.m. PST


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