It took James Peter Wolfe less than 15 minutes to defeat the French at Quebec.
And in that brief time, the 32-year old major general handed Britain her greatest victory of the Seven Years War while forever altering the fate of an entire continent. Ironically, at the precise moment of this, his most epic triumph, Wolfe fell wounded in a hail of musket fire. Minutes later, he was dead.
Now, more than 250 years later, the ill-fated general is the focus of another battle – one waged Read more [...]
By late 1916, the Allied armies on the Western Front were being bled white.
The British had lost more than 600,000 men at the Somme in four months alone, while France had sacrificed a half-million soldiers holding off a 300-day German onslaught at Verdun. With the dead piling up and recruitment targets falling short, commanders needed every able body they could muster to man the front lines. Yet by the war’s third year, there were simply not enough hands available for trench digging duties, Read more [...]
Hitler famously remarked at the outset of the Second World War that the victor of the coming contest would be the side that made the fewest mistakes.
And he was correct -- the Axis certainly committed some most astounding blunders of the war.
Much has already been written about the ill-fated Nazi invasion of Russia in June of 1941. The Fuhrer’s surprise attack on the Soviets, his one-time allies, instantly widened the two-year old conflict and in a single stroke forced Germany into Read more [...]