Most remember the Russian Civil War as a fight between the Bolsheviks or Red Army and the anti-communist White Russian forces.
While it’s true that these two opposing factions represented the largest and most powerful armies in the five-year conflict that marked the formation of the Soviet Union, there were other blocs vying for control of the former Russian Empire. And like their better-known Red and White counterparts, many of these other movements adopted a specific colour to differentiate Read more [...]
With a Nazi invasion of the United Kingdom all but certain in the fall of 1940, Prime Minister Winston Churchill famously vowed that Britons would fight the Axis on the beaches and landing grounds as well as in the fields, streets and hills of England. But to do so, the nation would need weapons... and lots of them -- weapons like the sten gun.
First dreamed up in the opening months of the war and then rushed into production during the Battle of Britain, the sten was a bargain-basement Read more [...]
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 [...]