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26 November, 2014
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Anatomy of a Battle – App Maker Offers MHN Readers Interactive Map of Antietam Clash

LAST MONTH, MilitaryHistoryNow.com reported the release of The West Point History of the Civil War. The comprehensive volume, which was compiled by faculty historians at the prestigious United States Military Academy, is available in hard cover and also as an immersive digital app for the iPad. The enhanced tablet version offers the same content as the conventional print edition, but also includes a full suite of animated diagrams, photo libraries and a feast of other multimedia features. And Read more [...]
Poland was the first country to lay its hands on Enigma technology. It transferred its knowledge of the famous code machines to the Allies in 1939.

24 November, 2014
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Cracked – Military History’s Most Famous Codes and Code-Breakers

THE AMAZING STORY BEHIND BRITAIN'S shadowy effort to crack the Nazi Enigma code is set to hit the big screen in North America later this week. The Imitation Game, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, follows the rise and fall of celebrated Bletchley Park cryptanalyst Alan Turing. The mathematician turned wartime code-breaker was one of the brains behind “the bombe”, a revolutionary early computer that British intelligence used to crunch Hitler’s famous World War Two Read more [...]
More than 54 million Americans watched the Why We Fight series.

21 November, 2014
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‘Why We Fight’ – America’s World War Two Propaganda Masterpiece

FEW TIMES IN HISTORY HAVE AMERICANS been as united on an issue as they were in the days following the Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. While a Gallup poll released just days before Dec. 7, 1941 revealed that only half of Americans at the time (52 percent) believed that a conflict with the Axis was inevitable, a sample taken following the bombing showed an unprecedented 97 support for war.[1][2] Not even the 9/11 attacks 60 years later produced such unanimity (support for the so-called Read more [...]
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19 November, 2014
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The Guns of Cap Gris Nez – Hitler’s Four-Year Artillery Bombardment of Southern England

THE NARROW SPAN OF WATER separating Dover, England from the Pas-de-Calais, France has long been one of the most strategically vital locations on the map of Europe. And no time was that fact more evident than during the Second World War. Not only does the 21-mile gap link the British Isles with the continent, it’s also tight bottleneck through which ships travelling between the North Sea and the Atlantic must squeeze. Not surprisingly, the Dover Strait became the scene of one of World Read more [...]
Adolf Hitler emerges briefly from his Berlin bunker for the last time in April of 1945.

17 November, 2014
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Bunker Mentalities – Some of History’s Most Famous Underground Military Complexes

EBOLA OUTBREAKS, NUCLEAR ARMAGEDDON, THE DREADED zombie apocalypse -- none of it need worry America’s richest millionaires, thanks to a new up-scale condominium complex being built into a decommissioned Cold War nuclear silo complex. According to the property developers’ own website, two obsolete Atlas ICBM launch tubes near the town of Concordia, Kansas will be converted into the underground equivalent of a 15-story, high-rise apartment building. Individual units will be stacked Read more [...]
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14 November, 2014
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Naval Historian Sounds Alarm Over America’s Silent Service

THE UNITED STATES NAVY MAY SOON BE boning up on the lost Cold War art of anti-submarine warfare (ASW), according to one military historian. In a recent article for the current affairs magazine The Diplomat, James R. Holmes of the Newport, Rhode Island-based U.S. Naval War College argues that since the decline and fall of the U.S.S.R., America’s once robust ASW capability has been left to stagnate. Instead, the navy brass have shifted the force's focus onto supporting joint operations Read more [...]
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12 November, 2014
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Bloodletting – The Deadliest One-Day Battles in Military History

THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR WAS JUST ENTERING ITS 18TH MONTH WHEN two colossal armies collided in a quiet corner of Maryland just 60 miles northwest of Washington D.C. On Sept. 13, 1862, 55,000 Rebel troops under the command of Robert E. Lee invaded the neutral border state in hopes that the presence of a large Southern army might compel residents to join the rebellion. More than 75,000 Union troops under the command of George McClelland set out to intercept the Confederates and force a decisive clash. Read more [...]