JFK Had a Secret Nuclear Fallout Bunker in South Florida
In December 1960, the SeaBees – the U.S. Navy’s construction force  —  supposedly began the mundane task of building a munitions depot behind the Coast Guard station on Peanut Island, Florida. Known as “Operation Hotel,” the SeaBees actually built a secret nuclear fallout shelter for president-elect John F. Kennedy, who often... Read more
Underwater Firearms Are a Thing, and Russia Is Really Into Them
This story originally appeared on Feb. 13, 2016. The Soviet Union began developing underwater guns nearly 50 years ago. The idea — to arm commando frogmen and other combat divers for underwater engagements, however rare and unlikely these subsurface firefights might actually be. In the late 1960s, Moscow enlisted... Read more
La brutalidad de la Guerra de Corea le revolvió el estómago a los más  aguerridos soldados estadounidenses
Resulta difícil mantenerse al día respecto a los acontecimientos en el último asalto del cruce de bravuconadas entre Estados Unidos y Corea del Norte. El presidente estdaounidense Donald Trump y el “líder supremo” coreano Kim Jong-un han intercambiado en repetidas ocasiones palabras a través de Twitter y otros medios... Read more
The Tupamaros Were Propaganda-Savvy Urban Guerrillas
In 1963 a new leftist rebel group emerged in Uruguay as the country struggled with economic decline. The rebels called themselves the Tupamaros in honor of Tupac Amaru II, the leader of a failed 18th century revolt against colonial Spanish rule in Uruguay. Their source of inspiration died nearly... Read more
The Korean War’s Brutality Turned the Stomachs of America’s Most Hardened Soldiers
It’s difficult to try to keep up with developments in the latest round of saber rattling between the United States and North Korea. U.S. President Donald Trump and Korean “supreme leader” Kim Jong-un have repeatedly traded verbal barbs via Twitter and more formal avenues amid news of naval redeployments,... Read more
The Paraguayan War was the Dumbest and Costliest Conflict the Americas Ever Experienced
The Paraguayan War — sometimes referred to by South Americans as the War of the Triple Alliance or the Great War — pitted the armies of Paraguay against those of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. It was an incredibly lopsided contest. Paraguay had a population of roughly 500,000 people, while... Read more
En un principio la pistola AR-15 parecía un chiste malo
La pistola AR-15 pasó muchos años de mala racha en el mercado de las pistolas y las armas de defensa personal . Todos los comentarios al respecto solían ser muy críticos o incluso despectivos. Algunos incluso se reían abiertamente de este arma por su supuesta falta... Read more
Women With Guns Helped Win the Nicaraguan Revolution
The myth of women serving only in auxiliary capacities or holding down the home front during times of conflict has always been highly questionable. History has shown time and again that women have actively participated in combat, to varying degrees in different cultures, for thousands of years. The last... Read more
The AR-15 Pistol Seemed Like a Bad Joke at First
For years the AR-15 pistol had a rough time in the handgun and personal defense weapon markets. Reviews tended to be critical or even dismissive. Some even openly mocked the weapon for its supposed impracticality. The public wasn’t very interested in it other than as a novelty gun. There... Read more
‘Soy Cuba.’ ICAIC capture Critics loved ‘Soy Cuba,’ but its intended audience hated it by DARIEN CAVANAUGH In 1992, the Pacific Film Archive’s Edith Kramer was given a difficult task — track down a copy of the obscure Cuban-Soviet propaganda film Soy Cuba that had been produced almost 30 years earlier. Cuban novelist... Read more
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