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    The Appian Way, Via Appia, is a wonder to the world. Itself it stretches just short of 40 miles. But it was the road that began the first official universal transportation system in antiquity.   It connected Britain to Mesopotamia, from the Danube to Gibraltar and from the Alps to northern Africa. It was […]

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Napoleon and the Mameluks

by Daniel Russ on April 12, 2018

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    May 19th, 1798, 16,000 seamen, 38,000 combat troops, all packed on 13 ships of the line, 42 frigates, 160 support ships, and none of them know where the Hell they are headed. It was his fiercely charismatic personality that made this possible in the age of Napoleon.  Most people would wonder why the […]

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Native Americans Also Invaded The New World.

April 8, 2018
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  Belly Bears, Arikara Chief History is so fascinating to me because it does repeat itself. And it reveals hypocrisy, extraneous worry, and prejudice. What history really reveals is our blindness to the truth, and our predilection for bundling the events of the past into an ideological framework. Beginning in the last three quarters of […]

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The Fall And Rise of Ulysses S. Grant.

April 3, 2018
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    When South Carolina began the uprising against the United States, the fervor for war was also burning effulgent. One of the amazing insights gleaned from From Ron Chernow’s book about Ulysses Grant is that the war began as a political topic engaged by people all over the country in taverns and at work […]

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Fight Over Who Owns Krav Maga

March 30, 2018
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    Plus ça change, plus ça la meme chose.   Some of the earliest examples of brands were martial arts styles. By that I am not talking about Kung Fu, because Kung Fu is a constellation of martials arts. Kung Fu is a bit like a fractal, it all looks the same until you […]

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The E555 – “Long Range/High Speed Flying Wing Aircraft”

March 24, 2018
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            One of the criticisms leveled at the Nazi war planners is that with world domination in their mission statements, they still did not have a four engine bomber capable of real force projection across the Atlantic, into Asia and into Central and Southern Africa. That said, in 1943, the […]

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Omdurman, A Medieval Army Versus A Modern Army.

March 19, 2018
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Sir Herbert Kitchener was not a precept while he travelled through Egypt and Sudan. He was on a mission to exact revenge for the death of Major General Charles Gordon. Kitchener was an experienced British military commander in the service of a Royal expeditionary force of the large British empire. He was putting down an […]

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Russia’s 5th Generation Fighter: The Sukhoi 57

March 14, 2018
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So as warfare continues to produce new lethal technologies beyond legacy weaponry, the old format is also still quite alive. In the past year we have seen new 5th generation fighter aircraft displayed at air shows like the Cold War was still in full bloom.   Here is the new Sukhoi 67, a jet designed […]

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Awesome Cutaways From Gizmodo

March 10, 2018
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From sploid.gizmodo.com           Bell XV 15                     Douglas C 97 Stratofreighter         Mig 15   Douglas D 558 Skystreak           B-49   B-45 Tornado         Related Posts:Stay Tunes For Similar Posts

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Amazing Racist Anti Japanese Posters Printed in the US During WWII

March 6, 2018
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The Bell Airacuda

March 2, 2018
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        The first military aircraft produced by the Bell Aircraft Corporation once called the “Bell Model 1, it then became The Airacuda in 1937. The concept was a powerful and large and highly armed aircraft that was a cross between a bomber and an interceptor, and it would hopefully become a bomber […]

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The Boulton Paul P 111

February 26, 2018
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  The Boulton Paul P 111 was created to be a small jet powered combat aircraft. It had a Rolls Royce Nene engine and a Martin Baker Ejection seat. It featured a thin 45 ° delta wing with a single rear vertical stabilizer. All the control surfaces were powered, not levered. It had a crash […]

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The Model 48 Charger

February 22, 2018
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    From Wikipwedia:   General characteristics Crew: 2 Capacity: 6 paratroops in utility/cargo bay[8] Length: 34 ft 10 in (10.62 m) Wingspan: 30 ft 1.25 in (9.1758 m) Height: 13 ft 7 in (4.14 m) Wing area: 216 sq ft (20.1 m2) Empty weight: 4,457 lb (2,022 kg) Gross weight: 10,460 lb (4,745 kg) Fuel capacity: 258 US Gallon (977 L) internal[8] Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada T74-CP-8/10 […]

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Armstrong Whitworth A.W.52

February 18, 2018
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  Armstrong Whitworth ‘s laminar-flow flying wing development was featured 4 engines and a massive 120 foot wingspan. They began with a 1/3 scale  AW-52G glider. It first flew on 2 March 1945. This plane was cancelled but the company was funded for two new prototypes.  The first Nene-powered aircraft flew on 13 November 1947 […]

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New Art For The Curtiss-Wright XP-55 Ascender

February 14, 2018
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      The Curtiss-Wright XP-55 Ascender was a  US 1940s Uprototype fighter.  It competed with the Vultee XP-54 . It was the a request from the US Army Air Force that asked designers to eschew the typical and show unconventional thinking. it specifically allowed for unconventional aircraft designs. A highly unusual design for its […]

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What Aircraft Is This?

February 9, 2018
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        This rendering is obviously a British heavy bomber, circa WWII> It has six engines, a wide wing fixed back and a canards under the cockpit. Looking for ID help. respond in comments please.         Related Posts:The V-173 Became The XF5U, Or Flying Flapjack. America’s First Near VTOL Plane.The […]

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The Unfettered Cruelties Visited Upon Germans After The War.

February 4, 2018
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  When we see films of concentration camps, when we see human skeletons standing there in front of the mocking of victorious Germans soldiers, when we see piles of bodies, tossed upon each other like cord wood, it’s easy to believe the Germans for the most part got away with the crimes. When we see […]

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Rommel

January 31, 2018
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  Rommel struggled to do his due diligence for Hitler. On the 13th of May 1943, Axis forces surrendered to the Allies in Tunisia. This would forever imprecate Rommel as a failed commander. That said, he still retained the support of the German population. Hitler’s blandishments had backfired and Rommel was as close to a […]

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War Poets. Alan Seeger.

January 25, 2018
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Alan Seeger Alan Seeger was a New York native who joined the French Foreign Legion in World War I. He published this prophetic poem and never saw its publication the next year. He perished on July 4th 1916 in the French village  Bloy-en-Santerre.     I HAVE A RENDEZVOUS WITH DEATH   I have a […]

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War Poets. John McCrae.

January 19, 2018

John McCrae   Canadian John McCrae volunteered for World War I and served as a brigade surgeon following an artillery unit. At the Second Battle of Ypres, he saw the horrors of war first hand, casualties of where the German chlorine gas. This is one of the most famous war poems of all time.   FLANDERS […]

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