Trebia. 218 BC

by Daniel Russ on January 20, 2020

  Trebia was the first major set piece battle between the Carthaginians and the Romans during the second Punic war. This was all out war by a competent and powerful foreign army inside Rome that the Romans couldn’t extract from their country for there years The Carthaginians had 38000 men and the Romans under Scipio […]

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Ticinus

by Daniel Russ on January 14, 2020

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  Publius Cornelius Scipio   In the fiorst battle of the Second Punic War, we see something rarely this nuanced. But we see cleverness.   After crossing the Alps, Hannibal finally arrived in northern Italy with 12,000 African infantry, 8,000 Iberian infantry, and 4,000 cavalry.   Polybius is sure of these numbers because, he reports, […]

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Now the Chinese made their first aircraft carrier the same way they built they first mobile phone: They stole one and replicated it from the ground up.

January 9, 2020

    In a story a secret cabal of Chinese military officers put a Chinese basketball star up to buying Varyag from a Ukrainian shipyard under the cover story that the incomplete vessel would be used to serve as a floating casino. Instead, it was radically overhauled and rebuilt into a pure carrier with Chinese hardware. The Shandong, […]

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The Yom Kippur War Was A Proxy War For Missile Manufacturers.

January 4, 2020

Of course, the conflict in the Mideast is rooted in differences that are more than recent policy proposals. Their differences go back 1000 years. Oddly, they light a fire that burns so well for weapons manufacturers and regional powers.   The Yom Kippur War was begun by Assad of Syria and Anwar Sadat of Egypt […]

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Dresden

December 29, 2019
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February 13, 14, 15. In four waves, 722 British heavy bombers and 427 USAAF assets dropped about 4000 tons of high explosive and incendiary munitions on a quaint little bedroom community called Dresden.   This was part of British Air Minister Arthur Harris’s strategy of Strategic Bombing.   A survivor commented:   It is not […]

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Letter to Mom

December 25, 2019
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    In Rich Atkinson’s An Army at Dawn, British Soldiers recovered a glasses case from a dead, pilot. In it was this note:   Mother, please do not grieve, but rather console yourself in the fact that I am happy. Try to enjoy the remainder of your life as best you can and have […]

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“Tell that frog that Uncle Sam isn’t Santa Claus.”

December 21, 2019
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US Military Representative Robert Murphy and and French General Juin Duyring the Conference at Casablanca.   “We were a reluctant tail to the British Kite,” Robert Murphy US representative in North Africa for Franklin Delano  Roosevelt.   In the invasion of North Africa, Rick Atkinson writes in An Army at Dawn, that “we had been […]

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British WWII General Sir John Kennedy described Winston Churchill

December 16, 2019
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British WWII General Sir John Kennedy described Winston Churchill as “difficult enough when things are going badly, more difficult when nothing is happening, and utterly unmanageable when things are going well.” Related Posts:Stay Tunes For Similar Posts

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Super Cool DARPA VTOL X Plane Animation

December 12, 2019

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78 Years Ago Today

December 7, 2019
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Japanese Strike US 7th Fleet In Pearl Harbor Related Posts:Stay Tunes For Similar Posts

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USAF Commercial – Do Something Amazing

December 6, 2019

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The M1A3 SEPv3 Abrams Tank Upgrade Photos

December 2, 2019
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  A picture has popped-up online showing the latest variant of the Army’s M1 Abrams tank with what appears to be a new armor package on its turret. The U.S. Army is already in the process of adding the Trophy active protection system to the vehicles, which will help guard against anti-tank guided missiles and […]

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The US World War II Draft.

November 26, 2019
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  Well, as World War II approached, 16 million Americanmen registered for the draft in 1940. You could at first only serve for a month. A conscript had to stand at least five feet tall and weigh at least 105 pounds. He must have at least 12 of his original 32 teeth.  He cannot have […]

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Grant Had A Plan For Blacks To Vote.

November 20, 2019
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  “In fact, Grant’s imagination had charted the entire arc of the freed slaves from wartime runaways to full voting citizenship. This man who had so recently balked at abolitionism now made a startling leap into America’s future. To Eaton, Grant delineated a lengthy list of useful tasks that “contrabands” could perform, with the men […]

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Grant Enacted “The Most Sweeping Anti-Semitic Action Undertaken In American History.”

November 15, 2019

  “By early December 1862, Grant had zeroed in on Jewish traders as the source of the trouble. During his southward advance, he issued orders that all traders should stay in the rear of his army, but on December 5 he complained to Sherman that “in consequence of the total disregard and evasion of orders […]

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In The Revolutionary War, Rape Was A Weapon And a Punishment

November 11, 2019
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(This is always the tragedy of military history. You see we all forgive the atrocities on the battlefield and ignore those afterwards. But the honor of battle and fighting for the Crown or the President always evanesces when we see our history is replete with crime. This is from Rick Atkinson’s The British Are Coming.) […]

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Sometimes War is Funny

November 6, 2019
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Privateers Are One of the Reasons There is an America.

October 25, 2019
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In Atkinson’s book, The British Are Coming, the point is made that the Colonists did not fare well in battle against to British that often and less often in the sea. At the behest and remuneration of the French and other enemies of the British, the Privateers, pirates in other words, really kpt the Royal […]

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An Idiot With A Gun

October 21, 2019

President William McKinley was a youth of Niles, Ohio when he joined the 23rd Ohio Regiment in the Civil War. He fought at Antietam, Cedar Creek, and numerous other skirmishes. He also carried communication from. Deployed units to headquarters. He spent four years in uniform without a single day in the hospital.    As President, […]

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A Child With A Gun.

October 17, 2019

Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle in the American Civil War. A total of 51,000 casualties were tallied between both sides. After wars concluded on the battlefield, people often picked through the pockets of dead soldiers looking for money, and they absconded with whatever they could find of value. Three-year old Edward Woods and his brother […]

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