15 September, 2014
MAJOR MEDIA OUTLETS reported last week that President Obama is ordering the U.S. military to execute a new round of air strikes against ISIS targets throughout Syria, while also dispatching an additional 475 troops to Iraq to shore up the nearly 1,200 already in country.
This widening war against the so-called Islamic State represents the third time in less than 25 years that Washington has committed troops to the troubled Persian Gulf country. While this certainly stands as a grim milestone Read more [...]
12 September, 2014
IN HIS 1997 PULITZER-PRIZE-WINNING BOOK Guns, Germs and Steel, author and University of California historian Jared Diamond describes the absurd Battle of Cajamarca.
The clash, which tool place on Nov. 16, 1532 in what would later become Peru, saw an 80,000-man Incan army utterly routed by a token force of just 168 Spanish Conquistadores in a matter of minutes.
The violence erupted when the Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, along with a handful of soldiers and mounted horsemen, met Read more [...]
10 September, 2014
By Doug Peterson, University of Illinois
PATRICK R. CLEBURNE, A PROMINENT GENERAL IN THE CONFEDERATE ARMY of Tennessee, could see what was happening in the South in the winter of 1864. Rebel forces were outnumbered, the soldiers were demoralized, and the war effort itself was floundering. So one cold January night, Cleburne rode through a sleet storm in northern Georgia to present an audacious proposal to nearly a dozen Confederate commanders.
He recommended that the Southern army let Read more [...]
8 September, 2014
FOR SEVERAL WEEKS NOW, MHN has been asking prominent historians, writers and journalists from around the world a single question: Which figure from military history do you find most fascinating and why? In our first installment of this new series, entitled Sound Off, we reached out to Alastair Massie of the National Army Museum in London, England for his insight. Here’s who he chose.
CAPTAIN LOUIS EDWARD NOLAN (1818 to 54)
On Oct. 25, 1854, during the Crimean War, there took place probably Read more [...]
5 September, 2014
Just after 3 a.m. on Feb. 25, 1942, the skies over Santa Monica, California shook to the thunder of an anti-aircraft barrage.
At six minutes after the hour, four batteries of the 37th Coastal Artillery Brigade opened fire on what spotters believed were enemy aircraft.
Only weeks prior, the Japanese had struck the American naval base at Pearly Harbor. All winter, the population along the U.S. west coast feared they'd be in the enemy's bombsights sights next. Could this be the attack Californians Read more [...]