Bulgaria - State Railway School No.17
State Railway School - Railway Regiment of the Ministry of War No.17 (1940-1942) - Bulgaria. Under the Treaty of Neuilly-sur-Seine (1919), Bulgaria had to cover a number of military structures behind semi-civilian ones. The State Railway School was set up to train reservists for NCOs, engineering troops and railway personnel - allowing rapid movement of troops and military equipment. By decree of Tsar Boris III and a special law by the National Assembly, the State Railway School (and it's four-year training course) was established. Externally this appeared an average technical school, but the organizational structure was military - students wore uniforms and were under martial law. Date: 1942
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Portrait of Princess Alice
Portrait of Princess Alice Maud Mary (1843-1878), Grand Duchess of Hesse, third child and second daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Alice married Grand Duke Louis of Hesse in 1862 and had seven children. Among them were Alexandra, who became the wife of Tsar Nicholas II and Victoria, who married Prince Louis of Battenberg and was the grandmother of the present Duke of Edinburgh. Alice's life was etched with tragedy. A natural nurse, she was by her father, Prince Albert's side, when he died of typhoid on December 14th, 1861. One of her sons died falling from a bedroom window in 1873 and her youngest daughter died of diptheria in 1878. It was while Alice was nursing her children through this that she herself caught diptheria and died at the age of just 34, seventeen years to the day of her father's death.
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