NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
16th July, 1935 : Duelling might be illegal, but an Englishman’s honour is not to be found wanting in defending his King’s name. So it was that a former English Army officer and a Russian fought with naked swords in Wellington, New Zealand. The Russian is reported to have insulted the King, and the officer, refusing to dirty his hands by striking him, offered to settle the matter by the sword. The challenge ended when the Russian collapsed with a sword run through his arm.