U.S. troops disembark from a glider.

29 September, 2014
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Winged Warriors – The Glider Troopers of WW2

ON SEPT. 13, 1943, HIGH ATOP ITALY'S Apennine Mountains, one of the most daring rescue missions of the Second World War took place. After a humiliating arrest by his own party underlings, the fascist leader Benito Mussolini found himself confined to the Campo Imperatore Hotel in the Italian Alps. Meanwhile in Berln, Adolf Hitler personally assigned a team of crack German paratroopers and SS commandos the task of springing the deposed Axis dictator from his mountain top prison. The mission called Read more [...]

26 September, 2014
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Tomahawk Diplomacy – The Greatest Hits (and Misses) of America’s Favourite Cruise Missile

ISLAMIC STATE MILITANTS IN SYRIA are in America’s crosshairs this week as the U.S. continues its bombing campaign against the shadowy terror group. According to media reports, the Pentagon ordered both warplanes and drones to hammer more than a dozen ISIS targets inside Syria on Monday, including weapons depots, barracks and command and control facilities. U.S. warships in the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf also took part in the strikes, showering ISIS-controlled territory with up to Read more [...]

24 September, 2014
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Abraham Lincoln – President, Emancipator… and Tyrant?

By Jennifer L. Weber WHEN ABRAHAM LINCOLN TOOK OFFICE IN MARCH 1861, the executive branch was small and relatively limited in its power. By the time of his assassination four years later, he had claimed more prerogatives than any president before him, and the executive branch had grown enormously. Lincoln’s critics witnessed his expanding power with alarm. They accused him of becoming a tyrant and warned that his very actions threatened the viability of a constitutional democracy. Lincoln Read more [...]

22 September, 2014
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Hellfire – 10 Incendiary Facts About Napalm

"NAPALM IS THE MOST TERRIBLE PAIN YOU CAN IMAGINE,” Kim Phuc once told an interviewer. “Water boils at 100 deg. C, [but] napalm generates temperatures of 800 to 1,200 deg. C.” The 49-year-old Vietnamese-Canadian woman became an unwilling expert on the effects of the fiery weapon at an early age. Phuc was only 9 years old in 1972, when planes from the South Vietnamese Air Force attacked her village of Trang Bang, about 40 kilometres northwest of Saigon. During the June 8 raid, Read more [...]

19 September, 2014
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The Not So ‘Phoney War’ – There Was No Shortage of Bloodshed In WW2’s Supposedly ‘Quiet’ Opening Weeks

IN BRITAIN, it became known as the “Phoney War” or the “Bore War”. To the French, it was the drôle de guerre or the “strange war”. The Wehrmacht called it Sitzkreig or “the sitting war”. The first six months of World War Two are often remembered as a relatively tranquil phase of the conflict, particularly when compared to the tumult that would come later. After a fast and furious campaign in Poland, Hitler’s army stood down. Meanwhile, the western powers' strategy was Read more [...]