Teletype no. 2117/26 URGENT

To: 61st, 81s, 82nd, 89th Armee-Korps, Military Governor Belgium and Northern France, Armee Group B, 16th Flak Divisionen, Admiral Channel Coast, Luftwaffe Belgium and Northern France.

Message of BBC 21:15 June 5 has been processed.

According to our available records, it means expect Invasion within 48 hours starting 00:00 June 6.

From: Oberstleutnant Helmuth Meyer, Chief of Intelligence, 15th Armee, Pas de Calais, France

Sent: 9:25 PM, GST (10:25 PM British Double Summer Time, 3:25 PM Eastern Standard Time)

A great mystery remains as to how the ONLY German force in Northern France not to receive this warning and be put on Full Alert in the hours before British and American airborne forces began attacking the Calvados Coast of Normandy a little after midnight was the German 7th Armee and their 84th Armee-Korps stationed exactly where the Invasion took place.

Remember this day!

Pancho Villa and others at the very first Fiesta de la tarro vacía

Rare photo recently discovered

Sinko de Mayo

A contemplative Villa (left) and a glum Zapata (2nd from right) face an uncertain future

In Mexico during the time of the Revolution, mayonnaise was a national obsession. More of the condiment was consumed there than anywhere else on earth, with Hong Kong a distant second.

In fact, leaders on both sides of the conflict were crazy for the stuff. But it was Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata who spread the spread among the common people, as it were, so that its popularity soared, circa 1910.

In those days, England was the mayonnaise capital of the world, with Cross & Blackwell’s, and Hellmann’s as the most popular brands, and the largest shipment of all time, some tens of thousands of jars, set out from Southampton by steamship on April 10, 1912, bound for Vera Cruz, by way of Cherbourg, New York, Charleston, and Havana.

But as history showed, the vessel was none other than the ill-fated H.M.S. Titanic, which struck an iceberg and sank on April 15th. When news arrived in Mexico twenty days later, the war-torn people were devastated.

Their anguish was so great across the nation that a truce was declared between the Federales and the rebel factions, for one day of mourning. And thus was held the very first Fiesta de la tarro vacía (Feast of the Empty Jar.)


(photo: Museos de México)

It has been observed ever since, on this very day, now known colloquially as Sinko de Mayo.

Thank you, I’m here all week … try the guacamole.


Thanks Flora, for the flora

May Day ‘Round the Maypole

Interestingly enough, I was unable to find any listings for the oldest known photo of a maypole.

But I did learn that the modern version of the ritual dates from the mid-1700s, the earliest mention of it is attributed to Chaucer, but likely dates back at least to the Roman Britannia. But others claim it came from the Germanic lands and arrived in Britain during the Anglo-Saxon migrations and the rituals related to the goddess Flora.