24 October, 2014
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Touché – Some of the Snappiest Comebacks in Military History

CAUGHT BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE. That would be an apt description of the Zaporozhian Cossacks of southern Ukraine. Originally a band of serfs who rebelled against Polish and Lithuanian domination in the 15th century, the wandering clans eventually settled in a vast territory or Sich on the lower Dnieper River region. With enemies on all sides, the Zaporozhians spent the next two centuries honing their military skills in a series of wars against Russians, Poles and even Ottomans. In 1676, Read more [...]

22 October, 2014
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M4 Furious – 11 Essential Facts About the Sherman Tank

THE GRITTY WAR DRAMA FURY conquered the box office over the weekend, drumming up more than $23 million in North American ticket sales according to Forbes Magazine. And while the action packed World War Two flick gives Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf and Jon Bernthal top billing, the real star of the show is the movie’s restored M4A2 Sherman tank. Widely acclaimed as one of the main contributors to the Allied victory, the M4 Sherman is perhaps the most recognizable American fighting vehicle of the entire Read more [...]

20 October, 2014
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West Point Brings U.S. Civil War to Life with New Book and Digital App

THE UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY AT WEST POINT has a profound connection with the American Civil War. More than 800 alumni fought in the conflict, while illustrious West Pointers like George Meade (class of 1835), Winfield Scott Hancock (1844), William Tecumseh Sherman (1840) and Ulysses S. Grant (1843) led Union armies to victory. Similarly, the list of the school’s most celebrated Southern grads reads like a veritable who’s who of the Confederacy. J.E.B. Stuart (1854), Thomas Read more [...]

17 October, 2014
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Dying to Fight – Two Thousand Years of Suicide Attackers

THE ISLAMIC STATE CONTINUES TO FIND NEW WAYS to horrify the world. Just this past week, the now notorious militant organization launched a series of suicide attacks throughout Iraq. On Monday, an ISIS agent wearing an explosive vest blew himself up inside a Kurdish security command post; another at a busy market. Fifty-eight people perished in the blasts. The strikes followed another suicide bombing on Sunday near Baghdad that killed 45. Meanwhile, the Arab news site Al Arabiya reports that operatives Read more [...]

15 October, 2014
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Hitler’s Secret War Machines – 10 Nazi Weapons that Violated the Versailles Treaty

ADOLF HITLER AND THE NAZIS RODE INTO POWER in 1933 on a pledge to restore Germany to its former greatness. At the time, the country was still stinging from its defeat in the Great War. Even 15 years after the surrender, ordinary Germans bristled at the humiliating restrictions placed upon their nation by the western powers. Under the terms of the 1919 Treaty of Versailles, not only was Germany forced to shed 25,000 square miles of territory and pay Europe a crippling penalty of 20 billion Read more [...]
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13 October, 2014
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First Blood – History’s Earliest Recorded Military Conflicts

WARFARE IS AS OLD AS CIVILIZATION ITSELF. In fact, experts believe that the first armed conflicts were fought more than 10,000 years ago by prehistoric city-states in present day Syria, Jordan and Iraq. These early contests were likely waged over resources or land. Yet, since such events predate the advent of writing by at least 7,000 years, we have scant knowledge of these first fights, save for what archaeologists have been able to glean from the smallest fragments of information. That said, Read more [...]
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10 October, 2014
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Stalin’s Organ – 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Russia’s Katyusha Rocket

FOR MANY AMERICANS, the baritone thump-thump-thump of the UH-1 Huey helicopter will forever be associated with the war in Vietnam. For others, the distinctive whine of the Soviet Katyusha rocket could very well embody the Eastern Front of World War Two. (♬ Listen Here) The famous Russian rocket system rolled into battle for the first time mere days into Germany’s invasion of the U.S.S.R. and remained on the front lines all the way through to the Red Army's final assault on Berlin. In fact, Read more [...]