Yugoslav Military Doctrine Hastened the Country’s Collapse
In April 1941 Axis forces defeated the army of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, and would spend the rest of the war attempting to defeat an array of resistance groups. The most effective of these groups was the Partisans, a broad coalition of national liberation forces led by the Communist... Read more
Marcel Mitzakis’ Giant Tank-Mounted Lamp Blinded German Troops
In March 1945, the rapidly advancing U.S. Army’s 9th Armored Division — to its surprise — found itself at Ludendorff Bridge over the Rhine at Remagan; one of the two surviving bridges into the heart of Germany. The bridge was a considerable prize and its capture would shorten the... Read more
In 1948, Israel Survived Assault by Five Arab States
May 14, 1948, was a Friday and time was running out. David Ben-Gurion was determined to declare the state of Israel on the same day the British mandate over Palestine expired. However, he had to do it before Shabbath was about to begin. It was 4:00 P.M. sharp when... Read more
Think the Bosnia Conflict Was a Civil War?
The conflict in Bosnia was more than a civil war. Bosnia-Herzegovina declared independence from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia following a controversial referendum, and was recognized by the United States and Europe in April 1992 — and the United Nations a month later. Violent clashes had begun prior... Read more
What if North Korea Had Prevailed in the Korean War?
In the summer of 1950, the Korean People’s Army came tantalizingly close to rolling up U.N. forces on the Korean peninsula. Only a heroic defense around Pusan prevented a total victory for North Korea, thus allowing Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s war-changing invasion at Inchon. But what if North Korean forces... Read more
The Dominator Was the B-29 Bomber’s Bizarre Competitor
The B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber achieved fame — and infamy — for its role in the atomic bombings of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Developing the huge bombers, which could lug heavy bomb loads over long distances at high altitudes and speeds, amounted to the most expensive... Read more
How the Battle of Kursk Sealed Nazi Germany’s Fate
In 1939, and again in 1940, Adolf Hitler ignored the advice of his cautious generals and decisively ordered bold, creative plans to invade Poland and France, respectively. Hitler felt vindicated, as the German army conquered both nations in mere weeks. By the spring of 1943, however, stung by the... Read more
In 1977, 80 Mercenaries Nearly Took Over Benin
Much of modern-day public opinion about mercenaries is still colored by adventures of Robert Denard, a French solider and mercenary, famous for his involvement in numerous “jobs” in support of Francafrique – France’s sphere of influence in its former colonies in Africa. One of Denard’s typical operations was the... Read more
The Pentagon Scooped Up Soviet Weapons in Chad in 1987 and ’88
During the so-called Toyota War in 1987, forces loyal to Chadian president Hissene Habre fought the Libyan army … and won. In early January 1987, Chadian troops carried out a devastating attack on the city of Fada, killing 784 Libyan troops and capturing six SF.260 light strike planes, one... Read more
La muerte de la División Azul española
En la gélida mañana del 10 de febrero de 1943, los 5.900 soldados de la 250ª División de Infantería «Azul» ─voluntarios españoles que luchaban por el Eje en el frente oriental de la Segunda Guerra Mundial─ estaban sentados en sus trincheras y búnkeres cuando les cayeron del cielo los... Read more
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