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Memorable military names

I didn’t know that there was a Royal Navy admiral named Reginald Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax. He fought at Dogger Bank. Looking that up the other day, I noticed something else I didn’t know, which was that during the last ice age, when Dogger was dry land, the Thames and the Rhine had a common mouth, or at ...

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I didn’t know that there was a Royal Navy admiral named Reginald Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax. He fought at Dogger Bank. Looking that up the other day, I noticed something else I didn’t know, which was that during the last ice age, when Dogger was dry land, the Thames and the Rhine had a common mouth, or at least what looks like one in this map.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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