Japanese Type A midget submarine Ha-19 beached at Waimonolo, Oahu in Hawaii after the attack on Pearl Harbor. U.S. Navy photo Nearly everything that could go wrong did for Japan’s submariners by SÉBASTIEN ROBLIN On Dec. 7, 1941, the aircraft of the Imperial Japanese Navy rained devastation upon the U.S.... Read more
‘Saint Barbara fleeing from her Father,’ oil on panel, by Sir Peter Paul Rubens, 1620. Google Cultural Institute photo Dec. 4 is the Feast of Saint Barbara by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Legend has is that Dioscorus, a wealthy fourth-century pagan living in what is now Turkey, locked his daughter Barbara in... Read more
A painting depicting the Battle of Stalingrad at Russia’s State Historical and Memorial Museum. Edmund Gall photo via Flickr World War II’s bloodiest battle shows what happens when human beings abandon all mercy by DANIEL L. DAVIS Since July 2012, the world has watched in horror as the once-beautiful and vibrant Syrian... Read more
B-17 bombers during World War II. Air Force photo With better leadership, the iconic fighter plane might’ve been unnecessary by JAMES PERRY STEVENSON and PIERRE SPREY The benefits the P-51 Mustang brought to aerial battles in World War II, particularly over Germany, are reasonably well known. The iconic fighter plane could... Read more
Sparta’s oligarchical society was built for conquest, but hid contradictions that ensured its decline by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Sparta spent nearly three centuries as the preeminent military power in Ancient Greece. It rose to dominate the Peloponnese, Greece’s large southern peninsula, and led an alliance of city-states to defeat a Persian... Read more
A Mk.IV Lewis Gun with its mainspring running in a tube through the center of the skeleton stock. Royal Armouries photo Armorers rushed old and damaged guns back into service by MATTHEW MOSS Following the disastrous Battle of France and the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk in early... Read more
Helicóptero OH-58C del Ejército de Tierra de la Guardia Nacional de Florida. Foto del Ejército de Tierra de la Guardia Nacional de Florida La estadounidense Guardia Nacional consideró que este extraño vídeo sexual era un buen ejemplo de las prestaciones de sus equipos de vigilancia El manual oficial incluye un... Read more
A Climax Event nuclear blast at the Nevada Proving Ground on June 4, 1953. Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s push to direct an atomic onslaught at China would have ended terribly by ROBERT FARLEY In 1950, as U.S. forces retreated from China’s onslaught across the Yalu River, Gen. Douglas MacArthur called for strategic air... Read more
Western Approaches Command operations room. Matthew Moss photo The Western Approaches Command helped to turn the tide of World War II by MATTHEW MOSS The Western Approaches is a stretch of the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of the British Isles. During World War II, the movement of supplies into Britain... Read more
Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger in 1973. Photo via Wikipedia Richard Nixon’s madman theory increased the risk of nuclear war — and now it has an imitator in Donald Trump by SÉBASTIEN ROBLIN Would being officially and strategically unpredictable make America safer? The question, once academic, is now deeply urgent — for one simple reason.... Read more
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