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 [...]
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. Not even the 9/11 attacks 60 years later produced such unanimity (support for the so-called Read more [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
OF THE MILLIONS OF STORIES OF SACRIFICE AND LOSS to come out of the First World War, perhaps George Edwin Ellison’s is the most moving.
By the autumn of 1918, the native of Leeds, England was something of a legend among his squad mates. The 40-year-old career soldier was still alive and kicking after four punishing years of trench warfare. And that was no small accomplishment for a Tommy on the Western Front. After all, the British Army had been effectively wiped out and re-manned with volunteers Read more [...]