Why Eastern European Soldiers Wear Ski Masks
In April 2018 I interviewed five Ukrainian soldiers who were fighting against Russian-backed separatists in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine. “Why do Russian and Ukrainian soldiers always wear balaclavas?” I jokingly asked one young soldier, who called himself Myhalych. “I mean no disrespect, Sergeant O’Donnell, but that is a... Read more
Wars Are Rarely Fought Sober
Although that was the case throughout most of human history, it seems inconceivable that today’s professional U.S. military would use performance-enhancing drugs to gain an edge against our nation’s formidable adversaries. But you might be surprised. Some of the earliest examples of explicit drug use are found in Homer’s... Read more
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