Military History

David and Goliath in Vietnam

There are some events that can be understood only with the perspective of time. The war in Vietnam is one.<p>It was June 21, 1989, and I was interviewing a diminutive man with four stars on the epaulets of his dark green uniform shirt. We were talking in what had once been the mansion of a French …

Opinion

Which WWII Tank Battle Was the Largest?

Here are 6 times American tank units found themselves massively fighting it out with enemy armor:<p>1. Battle of the Bulge<p>Photo: US Army Sgt. Bill …

20th Century

What Happened During the Battle of Dunkirk?

'The Miracle of Dunkirk' describes the acts of courage and creativity which saved Britain<p>FEATUREDWIB HISTORY May 19, 2017 Robert Beckhusen<p>World War …

20th Century

World War I Cemeteries & Memorials Around the World

From 1914 to 1918, the wealthy and powerful Western nations and empires that had come to dominate the globe wrecked themselves in a paroxysm of …

20th Century

24 military movies to watch over Memorial Day weekend

Few things have the power to transport people like the cinema.<p>Who can forget Robert Williams' "Good morning, Vietnam" or Marine Corps DI Hartman's memorable quotes?<p>The following list is of our favorite military movies.<p><i>Jeremy Bender contributed to an earlier version of this post.</i>

Military

In 1911, sharing tales of Philly's famed Civil War regiment

The students of Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia were gathered in the third-floor auditorium to honor “Our Soldier Dead.” It was Monday, …

History

Remembering the First Major Leaguer to Die in War

Eddie Grant was the first MLB player to die in World War I. (via Charles M. Conlon)<p>Achilles wanted to go home. He was pissed off at Agamemnon because …

20th Century

'Out of the Jaws of Death': Read TIME's Original Report on the Dunkirk Evacuation

It seemed like a defeat. And, in some ways, it was. Yet the evacuation of Allied troops from the port of Dunkirk, France — an operation that began 77 …

20th Century

Dunkirk 77 years on: Army signaller who was there remembers Operation Dynamo

Exactly 77 years ago today, an armada – from destroyers to tiny fishing vessels – left Dover to rescue hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops stranded in Dunkirk. One man – Richard Sheen, now 98 – had a bird’s-eye view of Operation Dynamo.<p>In Dover Castle there’s an old photograph that …

20th Century

Go Inside A C-47 Skytrain, The Plane That Helped Win WWII [VIDEOS]

<i>By: Will Burchfield</i> <br>@burchie_kid<p>According to Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, there were four keys to victory for the Allies in World War II.<p>The atom bomb, …

20th Century

New and Noteworthy Books on Military History, from Afghanistan to Waterloo

Two very good and very different new books reflect the extraordinary range of military history being written these days.<p>In the unusual <b>THE ALLURE OF BATTLE</b><b>: A History of How Wars Have Been Won and Lost</b> <b>(Oxford University, $34.95)</b>, Cathal J. Nolan seeks to demolish how historians view war — and …

History

What to Stream This Weekend: War Movies for Memorial Day

I was surprised to discover recently that Memorial Day didn’t become a federal holiday until 1971. I grew up hearing it called Decoration Day and never knew why, until now—it was the day on which the families of soldiers who fell in the Civil War decorated their graves. It’s a holiday to remember …

20th Century

U.S. Army Old Guard Critical to Success | American Battle Monuments Commission

Miles upon miles of trenches, and burned out wasteland from the millions of rounds of munitions covered the French countryside at the end of World …

20th Century

For Army Infantry’s 1st Women, Heavy Packs and the Weight of History

FORT BENNING, Ga. — The first group of women graduated from United States Army infantry training last week, but with soldiers obscured by body armor, camouflage face paint and smoke grenades, it was almost impossible to distinguish the mixed-gender squads in the steamy woods from those of earlier …

Veterans

Alberta’s British invasion: Massive military base allows troops from U.K. to replicate war

Print<p>CFB SUFFIELD, Alta. — It’s fair to say that there is enough British firepower here to invade a good chunk of Western Canada before we could have …

War

Books to Commemorate Memorial Day

1<p>As a Navy SEAL, Brandon Webb rose to the top of the world’s most elite sniper corps, experiencing years of punishing training and combat missions …

U.S. Navy

WWII veteran recounts his experience in Okinawa for Library of Congress

EASTON -- John “Jack” Hurley joined the Navy in 1944 because he loved playing in the water as a boy in Dorchester.<p>Yet when asked Friday what he …

Library of Congress

Remembering my grandfather, a World War II vet and former minor league baseball player

I never met my paternal grandfather, Harry Alvin Swartout. He died when my dad was just 12, but I knew two things about him: He fought in World War …

Baseball

Gage's Regiment of Militia (The 4th Essex County Militia Regiment) (1777) - American Revolutionary War Forums

Gage's Regiment of Militia also known as the 4th Essex County Militia Regiment was called up at Bradford, Massachusetts on October 2, 1777 as …

20th Century

Rudolphus Ritzema - American Revolutionary War Forums

Colonel Rudolphus Ritzema (1739-1803) was an American officer in the New York Line during the American Revolutionary War, and later changed sides, …

20th Century

C'est la Guerre Advanced Review: The Lost Fleet: Corsair #1

I’m adding <i>The Lost Fleet: Corsair</i> to my pull list, and if you dig military SF, I suggest you do the same.<p><i>The Lost Fleet: Corsair</i> #1, variant cover …

Geek

Two U.S. bombers from the Second World War have been documented underwater near Papua New Guinea

Two American B-25 bombers which went missing during the Second World War were recently documented under waters near Papua New Guinea, phys.org …

Canadian News

WWI Centennial: German Planes Bomb Britain

<i>Erik Sass is covering the events of the war exactly 100 years after they happened. This is the 277th installment in the series.</i><p><b>May 25, 1917: German</b> …

Cool Stuff

Mass Grave From Thirty Years' War Reveals Brutal Cavalry Attack

On November 16, 1632, two armies faced off at the site of Lützen, Germany. On one side was Gustavus Adolphus II, King of Sweden, and on the other was General Albrecht von Wallenstein, the leader of a regiment of Holy Roman Imperial forces. The Thirty Years’ War was Europe’s deadliest religious …

Anthropology

7 of the craziest commando missions of World War II

World War II was an exciting time for special operations and commandos. The advent of airborne operations gave them a whole new angle of approach, and the sheer scale of the war guaranteed that they’d have plenty of chances to use their skills.<p>But even accounting for those things, operators on both …

20th Century

This explosion killed hundreds of black sailors and eventually helped desegregate the U.S. military

The “Port Chicago 50” were accused of mutiny in 1944<p>It is the site of the deadliest stateside disaster of World War II, an accidental explosion which …

History

Steel Division: Normandy '44 Review

Steel Division: Normandy '44 accomplishes one of the most difficult feats in strategy gaming: it's a historical wargame where the fun of the game and …

20th Century

The Dunkirk evacuation, and why it was a near-miracle for England and Churchill

<i>Tom note: This is an excerpt from my new book,</i> Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom<i>. In this section, Churchill, having become prime minister</i> …

20th Century

George S.Patton

<b>George S. Patton, Jr.<br>U.S. Army, 02605<br>1885 - 1945<br>by<br>Charles M. Province</b><p><b>He’s been called a number of things, including military genius, a legend, and</b> …

History

Mass Graves Found in Jaffa Date to Invasion by Napoleon

Excavations in Jaffa have uncovered the disarticulated remains of about 40 bodies in two mass graves dating to the late 18th century. The bodies …

Ottoman Empire