History has witnessed hundreds of civil wars, at least two “world wars” and more than 40 distinct wars of independence. Other conflicts have been named for kings, queens, dogs, pigs, flagpoles, ears, pastries, and in one case an oak bucket. Then there are the wars that were named for the year in which they were fought, and others (as we are about to see) that are referred to by their duration.
The lengthiest war on record, known as Three Hundred and Thirty Five-Year War, Read more [...]
The Second World War led to a number of major breakthroughs and developments. Consider atomic energy, penicillin, radar, jet aircraft, computers and the United Nations. But the conflict also spawned at least one new religion: The church of John Frum.
The 70-year old faith was an uncanny by-product of the Allied military presence on the Vanuatu Islands of Melanesia in the South Pacific. During the war, the primitive tribal inhabitants of the island of Tanna were awestruck by the seemingly Read more [...]
Things are heating up in Ukraine.
With the collapse of the Moscow-friendly presidency of Victor Yanukovych following months of popular unrest, the Russian military now appears poised for what may turn into an armed confrontation in the former Soviet Republic.
The worsening crisis stems from a long-standing dispute in Ukraine between reformers who would like to see the country forge closer ties with Europe and those who would see Kiev preserve its traditional ties with Moscow.
In many Read more [...]
When filmmaker Gregory “Scott” Porter first learned that German prisoners of war were held in America during the Second World War, he was speechless.
“My grandmother told me an incredible story about how she had personally come to know several POWs on her family’s Utah farm,” says Porter. “At first she despised them, but soon she grew fond of them and realized that these so-called enemies weren’t all that different.”
Porter did some research and discovered that his grandmother’s Read more [...]
By all accounts, Luigi Cadorna was an artless and pig-headed military commander.
The 64-year old field marshal was the Italian army’s chief of staff at the outset of the First World War and would go on to become the architect of some of the conflict’s most futile and disastrous offensives. In 1915 alone, his ill-conceived assaults on enemy mountain strongholds in the Alps cost Italy more than 250,000 lives. But while largely hopeless as a strategist, administrator and a leader of men, Cardona Read more [...]