Page 252. " with the snails she would at best revolt him "
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Creative Commons AttributionEscargot - Credit: Per Ola Wiberg (Powi), Flickr
"After the escargot have passed a fasting period for 5 or 6 days in wooden boxes..."   How to prepare snails

Look at that escargot - The Daily Mail, 2008



Heston Blumenthal's Snail Porridge

Creamy Garlic Escargot

Escargot Prosciutto


Page 255. " Studded with blunt spikes "
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Naval Mine
Public DomainNaval Mine
 Naval mines were widely used in World War I, and were particularly effectively deployed by the Turks in defence of Gallipoli, where several of the British and French battleships deployed were damaged or sunk.

Page 262. " Weber brought over his wind-up gramophone "
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Listen on Spotify:

Mein Blondes Baby

Leben Ohne Liebe


Page 268. " It's a BMW vertical single-cylinder shaft drive "
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Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumBMW R35 - Credit: Jeff Dean
The borrowed motorcycle is probably a BMW R35.  Shaft drives were preferred to chain drives particularly in the North African campaign, where chains were damaged by sand.
Page 270. " Donna non vidi mai "
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Donna non vidi mai  from Manon Lescaut by Puccini

Page 274. " Dressed in the fustanella of an evzone "
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Creative Commons AttributionEvzones - Credit: Britrob, Flickr
Fustanellas were worn by Greek fighters in the 1821 revolution.   The Evzones are the Greek presidential guards, who wear traditional costume consisting of a white-sleeved white shirt, an embroidered waistcoat, a sash, pompom-tipped shoes, and a skirt - or fustanella - with 400 pleats, representing the 400 years of Turkish oppression.



Page 275. " the Marble Emperor "
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The last reigning Roman Emperor, Constantine XI Palaiologos, was killed in 1453 when Constantinople fell to the Turks.  Constantine led a last, fatal charge, and was later recognised only by his imperial purple boots. 

It was said that an angel turned the Emperor to marble and placed him in a cave near the Golden Gate, to one day be brought back to life and restore the Roman Empire.  He is a national hero in Greece for his defiant stand against the Ottomans, and is considered a saint by some.

There is a parallel with Friedrich Barbarossa, who in German legend sleeps in a mountain until the Holy Roman Empire is restored.