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 “Stonewall” Read more [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
AMERICA WAS STILL REELING FROM ITS HUMILIATING DEFEAT IN VIETNAM in 1976 when hawks within the administration of President Gerald Ford were pushing to enter yet another war -- this one much closer to home.
According to documents recently released by the National Security Archive and reported last week in The New York Times, U.S. secretary of state Henry Kissinger urged the 38th president to inaugurate a massive bombing campaign against Cuba. The air strikes were to be followed by an assault Read more [...]
By April Smith
ON FEB. 7, 1930, FIRST LADY LOU HENRY HOOVER reached into a silver bowl in the Red Room of the White House and pulled out a single unmarked envelope from an assortment of 48. Inside was the name of the U.S. state that would be the first to send a contingent of war mothers across the Atlantic to visit the graves of their sons that had died fighting in France. Nebraska won the draw. Only days earlier, Congress had earmarked $5.3 million to finance 11,000 such voyages.
Over Read more [...]