Things that look like alternate history, but aren't

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Zouaves:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zouave

"Zouave was the title given to certain infantry regiments in the French army, normally serving in French North Africa between 1831 and 1962. The name was also adopted during the 19th century by units in other armies, especially volunteer regiments raised for service in the American Civil War."



The uniforms seem like AH to me. The origins, especially the ones in the American Civil War, also seem kind of odd, don't they?



Picture:

"A French zouave from 1888 wearing white summer trousers instead of the usual red."

Zouave1888.jpg
 
Does this have to be pictures? If not:

"Against all expectations, the German forces in East Africa held on for two years and then became a roving band preying on Entente convoys and slipping across much of northern Mozambique and into Rhodesia, tying down disproportionate Entente assets including much of the arm of South Africa and several warships. They displayed remarkable ingenuinty and pioneered modern guerilla warfare. This performance is generally attributed to the superb leadership of General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, the only undefeated German general of the war. A brief attempt was made by Germany to re-supply him using a zeppelin. Though failed, it anticiated strategic airpower."

It's like the people who think Shakespeare is full of quotation. When something becomes cliche, the first intstance gets that treatment even though it was innovative, or, in our case, OTL.
 
Does this have to be pictures? If not:

"Against all expectations, the German forces in East Africa held on for two years and then became a roving band preying on Entente convoys and slipping across much of northern Mozambique and into Rhodesia, tying down disproportionate Entente assets including much of the arm of South Africa and several warships. They displayed remarkable ingenuinty and pioneered modern guerilla warfare. This performance is generally attributed to the superb leadership of General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, the only undefeated German general of the war. A brief attempt was made by Germany to re-supply him using a zeppelin. Though failed, it anticiated strategic airpower."

It's like the people who think Shakespeare is full of quotation. When something becomes cliche, the first intstance gets that treatment even though it was innovative, or, in our case, OTL.
Yeah, that example's interesting! It even has airships, lol.

"The last King of Scotland" - great movie though
I never saw that...I heard that it was about a doctor that treated Idi Amin though, right?
 


"Police officers of the East German Volkspolizei wait for the official opening of the Brandenburg Gate on 22 December 1989."

One might think this is an ATL where the fall of the Berlin Wall was delayed by a few months... :rolleyes:
 


"Twenty-seven sacred books have been left, which disseminate intelligence by unfolding the original transforming principles. By the rule for admission, it is the custom to apply the water of baptism, to wash away all superficial show and to cleanse and purify the neophytes.

"As a seal, they hold the cross, whose influence is reflected in every direction, uniting all without distinction. As they strike the wood, the fame of their benevolence is diffused abroad; worshiping toward the east, they hasten on the way to life and glory; they preserve the beard to symbolize their outward actions, they shave the crown to indicate the absence of inward affections; they do not keep slaves, but put noble and mean all on an equality; they do not amass wealth, but cast all their property into the common stock; they fast, in order to perfect themselves by self-inspection; they submit to restraints, in order to strengthen themselves by silent watchfulness; seven times a day they have worship and praise for the benefit of the living and the dead; once in seven days they sacrifice, to cleanse the heart and return to purity."

--"Nestorian Stele," Eulogizing the Propagation of the Illustrious Religion in China, with a Preface, composed by a priest of the Syriac Church, 781 A.D.
 


JEB behind the podium with the presidential seal.

"President Jeb Bush swings through Austin TX to talk up his Medicare prescription drug plan. With him is his brother, Texas Governor George W. Bush."
 
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